Surfaces, Surfaces, Surfaces

Surfaces, Surfaces, Surfaces

I’m sort of a nut job when it comes to minimalism. If I’m going to be a minimalist, I’m extreme. I like surfaces, surfaces, surfaces. Designer Emili Diaz understands my OCD-like vice so his Table 180 suits me to a tee. On the “surface” it looks all clean and unassuming but just underneath are a bevy of panels hiding compartments for every need be it dining or working. This is concept only but I’d like to have one.

0 Designer: Emili Manrique Diaz

ZINK Imaging Seeks New Innovative Solutions From The Design Community

ZINK Imaging Seeks New Innovative Solutions From The Design Community

UPDATE: June 8th is the LAST DAY for Submissions; 4 days left.

ZINK Imaging is asking the design community for new “solutions” and applications (not new form factors for existing products etc.) that enable and enhance printing with the ZINK Technology. Essentially, it’s about the whole design solution, not just the fit and finish. If you think you got it in you to provide a super solution; then enter ZINK Imaging’s Zero Boundaries Design Competition.

No More Racks For My Mag, Only Stands

No More Racks For My Mag, Only Stands

I simply adore the eccentric style of Fredrik Färg. This time around he’s ready to woo the crowds with is magazine stand named Skyscrape. It’s like he wants to recreate an “architectural forest” around the room. For a person who likes to keep books neatly stacked, it would be a fetish nightmare, but for the whimsical…a visual treat!

0 Designer: Fredrik Färg

 This Anti-Theft For Bike Relies On Good Samaritans

This Anti-Theft For Bike Relies On Good Samaritans

Meerkat is a bright, colorful ABS beacon kinda thang that has the height, sex and age of the owner of a bicycle molded onto it. In transit, it fits as a mudguard to the cycle; and when parked, it can be removed (lifted up-over the seat) to fit as an anti-theft with the bike lock. Till this bit the concept is fine; the flipside kicks in on two counts: it relies heavily on a Good Samaritan to notice the theft and report it and what do you do with the mudguard when someone else uses the bike or you grow up!

0 Designer: Simon Enever

Perfect Backpack Support

Perfect Backpack Support

Nearly infinitely adjustable (overstated by only a little bit) back support for the backpacking experience you’ll love to love. It takes either a very dedicated or very rich or very sponsored designer to spend a giant amount of time on one component of a larger product. What Jacob Howell has done here is to focus not on the carrying capabilities of the pack, but ability of that back to rest as nicely as possible on the back of the carrier.

0 Designer: Jacob Howell

Two-In-One Turn-Around Loo

Two-In-One Turn-Around Loo

Being fussy while using a public loo is quite justifiable coz your personal hygiene is at stake. The “Ultimate Clean Toilet” here is quite a unique concept that addresses the issue of hygiene and practicality. It’s a turn-around concept, where one side features a urinal and the other a sit-down commode. You can swivel-around this two-way design system with the flick of a button. It self-sanitizes using Steam and UV. I reckon it would be the ideal solution for Public Toilets, but its groovy style qualifies it for the rich-and-famous loos!

0 Designer: Young Sang Eun

HIGH SEAS HYBRID LUXURY

HIGH SEAS HYBRID LUXURY

This is one lean, mean and green floating machine. Part stealth fighter, part 007 fantasy, this 47 foot “CODE X” Yacht by Swiss Yacht builder CODE X, is a catamaran style power yacht that is not only ubber-luxurious but a technological wet dream. Packed with the latest in LED touchscreen control panels that delivers complete automated control over such things like the solar/hybrid power system to the GPS-controlled ‘virtual anchor’ system that utilises the electric motors to maintain a stationary position regardless of wind or currents.

0 Design: Code-X

Ten Inspirational And Creative Bionic Designs

Ten Inspirational And Creative Bionic Designs

Design is a heady mix of inspiration and perspiration. One avenue that some designers seriously contemplate but rarely incorporate is Biomimetics. It’s kinda tough implementing engineering systems and modern technology to ideas inspired by nature and animals. Here is a look at Ten Creative Bionic Designs that look awesome and are almost as perfect as their inspiration. Almost, coz you can’t get better than Mother Nature.

0 Designers: Various

Super Periodical Reading Combo

Super Periodical Reading Combo

You are going to have basically a totally amazing time when you get your hands on this paper accessory combo. You’ve got the Magazine Hanger for one: It allows you to display the magazines you’re currently into on the wall like a coat rack, with the string and the ball at the end holding them up for easy access. Then to hold the magazines or your newspaper down to peek at, you’ve got the Newspaper Table: a dimple and a stick to get you on your way to flat reading in the waiting room pleasure!

0 Designer: Isaac Yu Chen

Oranges And Air Coolers Have A Deep Relationship

Oranges And Air Coolers Have A Deep Relationship

Min Sung Kim feels there is a deep connection between an orange and an air cooler. He uses the simile of a fresh juicy one against an arid dry orange to describe the refreshing experience of his Airflow Air-Circulator Concept. The highlight of this circular cooler is the 300 degree rotation angle that circulates cool air into the room with greater efficiency. Basically, the warm air is sucked into the tube from the ends and cool air dispensed through the fills on the length of the body.

0 Designer: Min Seong Kim

Mix Some Sound Patterns In The Batter

Mix Some Sound Patterns In The Batter

The physical patterns produced through the interaction of sound waves in a medium, best describes Cymatics. The Electrolux Re-mix concept seen here mixes food by using the vibrations emitted by sound frequency. It’s like mixing a batter of pancakes to the beats Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony or making sauce to the pulse of AC/DC. Simply hook on the digital music player to the Re-mix device and enjoy the visual treat. I guess you’ll get a clearer picture after you see the awesome video after the jump.

0 Designer: Kenny Hopper

A Garden For My Umbrella

A Garden For My Umbrella

Deftly christened “Ella”, this acrylic umbrellas stand features a green patch of grass at the bottom. The drizzle of drops from your wet umbrella trickle down to water the grass, thus adding a green-quotient to the design. Constructed from three injection molded plastic parts, each screwing into each other at the base point to give a low center of gravity and to allow ease of cleaning when separated. Neat idea; but my only question: what happens to the grass during a dry spell?

0 Designer: Simon Enever

An Array Of Starts To Tell You The Time

An Array Of Starts To Tell You The Time

The perk of being an editor is that I get to sift through the most humorous, tedious, boring and musical description that accompany concepts from designers. I don’t mind them at all because they form the essence of my articles. It’s only when relevant info is not forthcoming that I get stumped. Occasionally a designer sends in a poem to support his concepts, and I really appreciate that. For instance, this Galaxy Watch is a quite a piece with a constellation of stars indicating the time. Subtle yet romantic, as the poem Kai uses to describe it…

0 Designer: Kai Yu