Car showrooms were once the wonders of the modern world, grand temples to the mystery of mechanical progress. Citroën, always one of the most forward-looking of firms, were amongst the first to embrace modern architecture’s potential for making spaces to showcase their wares.
Designer: Manuelle Gautrand
LEGOS have come a long way from the simple building blocks I remember from my childhood. Today they can become a total engineering feat which is why I gave up on them. Designer Jin Woo Han wants to bring people back and he believes autonomous interactivity could be the next big thing.
Designer: Jin Woo Han
In general, furniture is off limits to kids and pets so we shoo them away when they try to build a little fort out of seat cushions or decide it’s their new hiding place. The Restor coffee table by Michael Laut provides plenty of surface area for table use and also includes a soft padded area below for children and pets. And hey, it’s also a great area to rest your feet.
Designer: Michael Laut
A functionally designed luminaire has to simulate natural light and, ideally, allows us to easily vary and individually adjust the intensity of its artificial illumination. The Bossa pendant luminaire was designed to offer such adaptability and highly user-oriented variability.
Designer: Fernando Prado
Digital cameras will continue to get smaller and smaller so long as technology successfully miniaturizes high quality optics. The Canon Snap concept is a look into what a future device might look like. The Snap is tiny enough to wear on your finger yet powerful enough to give today’s bigger cameras a run for their money.
Designer: David Münscher
A company called Woogle Works (I kid you not) wants to make you feel comfortable with wearing an eye patch should you have to. Essentially it’s a butterfly decal you stick on the lens of your glasses. Something beautiful masking some that’s not. I think you’ll attract more attention wearing one of these than just a regular old black patch. Those stares could be “WTF” or they may just be admiring the trendiest pirate they’ve ever seen.
Designer: Wai Lam
If ever there were a scenario whereby we were only allowed to live with the portfolio of one designer in our home, Jacob Jensen would be our choice, hands down. And strolling through the halls of the Skive New Museum of Art in Denmark one gets an impression of what it might be like as the museum is playing host to a retrospective of two generations of Jacob Jensen Design.
Designer: Jacob Jensen
Established in 1997 by Rosario Hurtado & Roberto Feo, London-based El Ultimo Grito leapt to prominence by winning the Blueprint Design Award at 100% Design three years running. Now highly-collectible luminaries of the British design world, it is possibly their Spanishness that sets them philosophically apart.
Designer: Roberto Feo & Rosario Hurtado
Hey ladies, why are remote controls so masculine in design? I mean, why hasn’t someone created a remote specifically for women, designed with a woman’s touch? Look no further because designer Chloe Fung has your back. Her Orbit Remote is to be worn like a bracelet, but has all the basic controls on board. So the next time your man watches something you despise, play a trick on him. Show him who’s really in control and doing it with style.
Designer: Chloe Fung
Designer Bram Woo likes to mess with you. No seriously, his designs always play with the notions of function and flexibility. He aims to provoke reactions by making pieces that can adapt to whatever space they’re in. Take for instance this piece from his latest collection, Novela. It’s a shelf with integrated table and seat. How in the world are you gonna use that in your home? Think about that!
Designer: Bram Woo
The ScooterDesk is a wheeled standing-aid with an included writing tablet. It serves as a mobile touch-down station for occasional short tasks such as filling out forms, checking data and browsing the net. It can also be made to order as a dual version; with seating for 2 persons.
Designer: Utilia Design