Mention rocking chairs and thoughts of summer evenings on the porch and cold Mint Juleps might come to mind. This rocking chair and loveseat from Wilson Scott, however, throws together polyurethane mesh, a cutout spherical shell and curved steel piping for a distinctly modern feel. Don’t know about you, but I could definitely see getting down on one of these and grinding out 10 hours on Xbox Live.
Designer: Scott Wilson
It is just terrible when the sun is going down and I am still working and I get a headache because I was using the sun for light but it isn’t there anymore! Chris Natt has designed a device that will keep the light level constant! And it looks wild…
Designer: Chris Natt
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Design for Poverty International Contest hosted by Yanko Design in collaboration with Blog Action Day. Participation is open to applicants from every country in the world; professionals, students, and design enthusiasts.
The Pea Speaker system is bound to be costly, incurring damages from being tossed around, but that’s what designer Lu Le wants – a playful way to share music. Each pod holds 7 wireless bluetooth speakers. Only one possesses the one ring to rule them all because it controls global volume. Each sphere is powered by a lithium ion rechargeable via induction when placed in the pod. The system doesn’t do surround sound since it can’t separate channels, but it’s a good way to fill a large area with a mixed stereo track. Snazzy!
Designer: Lu Le
Have you ever imagined that you could lick on a lollipop and change the way you think? I am not talking about some illegal hallucinogenic drug, but a legal way to changing how you think or do things. Eye Candy can. Even though the concept sounds like something from the “Electric Kool-aid Acid Test”, Eye Candy uses a Sensory Substitution Technology to naturally send vibrant, emotive images to your mind.
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iFreeze is a chair designed by Jitrin Jintaprecha that is based on an Arctic iceberg. With a light hidden in the arm rests, sitting in the iFreeze will give you a sense of calmness and “coolness” while imagining sitting atop an iceberg. The seat cushion and pillows are covered in Pasaya, a unique textile used in Thailand. iFreeze was selected as “2005 Hot One Hundred” by ELLE Decoration Thailand.
Designer: Jitrin Jintaprecha
The simplest of concepts, the biggest sound! Sinus Radio is nothing to sneeze at. To turn Sinus Radio on, switch the volume nob. To find a radio station you like, turn the middle nob. That’s it, that’s it, that’s all there is! What’s the big deal with Sinus Radio?
Designer: Thomas Jenni
Frog Design is at it again, this time with an environmentally friendly LED based lightbulb. Although CFL’s are marketed to be widely superior than incandescents, the fact of the matter is they’re still made using very toxic chemicals. Mass acceptance has also been slower than anticipated but it’s obvious why – the cold bluish tint they cast and being non-dimmable.
Designer: Frog Design
Snap & Look is a system for digital photography that doesn’t require a computer but still allows the user to enjoy all the advantages of digital photography. Consisting of a digital camera and a photo viewer docking station, it enables the user to take pictures, view, edit and save with two very sleek devices.
Designer: Johanna Schoemaker
This table by Quentin Vaulot and Luiza Barroso attempts to visualize the creative process as it progresses from chaos to order. Designed for creative professionals to store materials, notes, and tools underneath, the top surface upsets our often too linear thinking. Esoteric design concepts aside, the utility of the table’s network of caging just begs to be filled with a trove of modern gadgets, if not the tangle of cords that go with them.
Designer: Quentin Vaulot
With the video wave in full ascent, the space-aware video-screen is right around the corner. Remember when internet video was unusable because of huge loading time, when the camera phone was on top of pickpocket’s to-pick list, when you could first watch video in the palm of your hand? Well check it out, soon the video screen will be the product, the device will be the program.
Designer: Andreas Myhrvold Braendhaugen
This design was inspired after Max Longin, mathematician and designer, had been sitting on a suspension bridge and noticed the nice, calming movement the bridge produced-a perfect sensation to fall asleep to. Float is held in place by four stainless steel cords that are connected to a frame of wooden rods and steel bows which can support a weight of up to 2645 lbs.
Designer: Max Longin