How to Stage a Perma-Stage

How to Stage a Perma-Stage

So I know a lot of you are bohemians. You travel from place to place, packing up all of your belongings on a weekly basis and living in a brand new place, each time. Or. What’s that? You’ve lived in the same place for several years? Well how do you stay inspired? You change your perma-surroundings to make your surroundings less perma? Why, that sounds just lovely! They should make more city landmarks like that. Like, oh, say… stages for public performances! Yes, indeed!

0 Designers: Jan Ledwon & Alicja Chola

Work It, Make It, Do It, Decaf

Work It, Make It, Do It, Decaf

The Nilko “IMO” concept coffee maker by Alisson Wilson Ströher is an arm wrestling robot. Or, if that were a feature, it would be complete. As it stands, it’s compact (folds small,) folds out to many heights for tall or short containers, and holds enough water for lots of coffee. The water reservoir brews three average-sized packets of coffee. Simple, nice, orangy!

0 Designer: Alisson Wilson Ströher

Photog Hounds Like The Leica S5

Photog Hounds Like The Leica S5

The Leica S5 concept is a technical and stylish evolution to its predecessor the S2. A reduced form factor accentuates the optical connection between body and lens. The objective was to design a body which emits harmony – underlining the technological advances of the S- System.

0 Designer: Stefan Radev

One Squishy Step at a Time

One Squishy Step at a Time

If carpets, hardwood, and concrete floors are too passe for you, how about one that generates floral patterns underneath every squishy step? The Blooming Step flooring system is a vinyl carpet containing nontransparent gel that appears clear when undisturbed. When you step on it flowers seemingly bloom from the surface tension and just as quickly disappear – creating a visual conversation as people walk across the room and interact with furniture.

0 Designer: Tae-Jin Sim

Water-Bottle Filler Upper Machine

Water-Bottle Filler Upper Machine

So you’re in the workout palace. The palace of working out. For bunz of steel. And you want to fill up your water bottle or thermos or, to use the brand-name-associative-name, Nalgene Bottle. You go over to the fountain and CRAP you can’t fill it up all the way because it’s one of those crappy-type fountains. Wait! No it isn’t! It’s some sort of orange-and-black miracle! It’s the “Aquatio” by Byron Lee! Why, this was built for bottles!

0 Designer: Byron Lee

Maps, Charts, More Maps, and a Rolling Stone

Maps, Charts, More Maps, and a Rolling Stone

Info graphics and charts and maps and maps and maps! So many info graphics, I can barely contain myself. This project is a book called “Never Stop A Rolling Stone” and it’s big motivation to get up in dem’ hills and backpack the crap outta them. It’s the result of six months of world travel and a crapload of creativity on the part of Deutschlander and designer Rahel Ritchie. From front cover to back, an adventure at your fingertips.

0 Designer: Rahel Ritchie

Out With the Old, in With the Shoe Rack

Out With the Old, in With the Shoe Rack

The shoe rack! The shoe rack forever! Have you got shoes? If you’re a person like me, you’ve got shoes, and not only that, you’ve got a ton of shoes. You might be a kick-miser, a pack-rat, or just a Confessions-of-a-Shopaholic; you’ve got shoes. You’ve got shoes, and they need a new rack. Not that kind of rack. This kind: the “Nest Shoe Rack.” Stainless Steel, wavy, and it’s got what shoes crave. Stick your shoes right in this ever-so-slightly-clever-enough shoe rack as soon as possible.

0 Designer: J-Me Design [ Buy It Here ]

No Green in Los Angeles

No Green in Los Angeles

Not for long, anyway; not at this rate. According to the design group in charge of this project, 60% of urban water consumption goes toward landscaping. Quite simply, this is because of what’s called “traditional lawns,” aka, lush green grass that doesn’t naturally grow well in untended-by-humans California. The alternative is “California native gardens,” those which are easy to tend to, cheaper than the alternatives, and don’t suck up the H20 supplies at anywhere near the current rate. Here’s the campaign to save LA.

0 Designer: CalArts Design Team (see post for list)

Who Knew the Swiss Army Made Stoves?

Who Knew the Swiss Army Made Stoves?

They DON’T. But designer Ryan Cavenagh would like to imagine what it would look like if they did. Here, in a project he’s done his sophomore year, Cavenagh presents a small backpacking stove that runs on denatured alcohol. Swanky? Is it nice enough? Does it look legit enough? Rumor has it that the Swiss are pretty hard on their product approval. Would this make the cut?

0 Designer: Ryan Cavenagh

Chummy Fire Pit Hot Pot Experience

Chummy Fire Pit Hot Pot Experience

Look at that lady! She’s having a totally amazing experience! She’s using the “Firo;” cooking in an open, blazing fire. It’s a tube. It’s a tube with a drawer in it. The drawer holds several ceramic pots. Each of these pots is hung in a way that makes sure they are always upright. Stick that whole thing in the fire, and once it’s hot just open the drawer and take the pots out. Each of the pots has it’s own insulated container to keep it warm. Presto! A nice hot meal n stuff!

0 Designer: Andrea Nimtschke

Bikes Are No Longer Boring

Bikes Are No Longer Boring

Really, Bicycles are no longer just those pedal-some buddies that you use muscle power on, They are primped with other awesome stuff. We recently gave you a list of Folding Bikes, then we refreshed it with the Ever-so-folding bike; and now I have another bike only this one boasts of Solar Power! The Solar Man is folding-solar bike that weighs a handsome 12 kgs. Pedal-power is supplemented with the goodness of the sunrays, so if you’re not in the mood of burning some calories or just plain lazy, harness the sun energy and get going!

0 Designer: Chen Weiping

A More Humane Audio Headset

A More Humane Audio Headset

So you’re sitting there in a restaurant. You’re sitting there, eating sandwiches with some other people. And you’ve got ah… one of those crappy headsets on. It looks like a spaceship. But then you realize your madness. You realize you look like… a douche. So you seek out help. And you find it. You find the solution. It’s basically a beautiful earring. “Ripple Headset” designed by Ilya Fridman. Ill. Totally ill.

0 Designer: Ilya Fridman

RELAX Contest Winner, Fluid Rocker

RELAX Contest Winner, Fluid Rocker

Big congrats to Nick Trincia. His Fluid Rocker concept received the most votes from the panel of judges. Huge thanks to everyone who entered. The concepts were amazing – so amazing that I plan on highlighting a few of them in separate posts. Thank you so so very much to our sponsors Robert McNeel & Associates and Bunkspeed. Hit the jump to read more about the Fluid Rocker and noted honorable entries.

0 Designer: Nick Trincia