What is ACK?

What is ACK?

“ACK?” – is a signal used in computing to indicate acknowledgement of receipt of a packet, and also a common exclamation of surprise but it’s also the title of the installation that represents the vision of the Milanese practice Pierandrei Associati for which the human space is no longer characterized by a rational juxtaposition of components but by a forest of suspended bamboo and metal tubing.

0 Designer: Pierandrei Associati

Modernize the Old Cedar Chest

Modernize the Old Cedar Chest

The Suspended Cedar Chest floats unlike conventional cedar chests – made of sustainable woods cedar and bamboo. A map of the world is inscribed on the underside of the recycled acrylic panel and stainless steel pins are placed where the family has traveled to. The souvenirs are stored in the  chest for keepsakes.  Not exactly contemporary but modern enough for people who are usually afraid of big plastic as big pieces in their home decor. I think the designer should have taken it a step further and somehow illuminated the surface.

0 Designer: Jeffrey Barrett

Clip Board Gets High-tech For Coach

Clip Board Gets High-tech For Coach

Trademark of the Coach: his ever-present Clipboard and whistle. A little twist however, the whistle stays, only the clipboard gets modern; its the E-Ink Electronic Coach Playboard. Using E-Ink technology (for longer battery life), the clipboard can be used to draw out strategies for multiple games like baseball, basketball, football, soccer, etc. Templates of the field/court come pre-loaded, just choose your game and start drawing out the moves using your finger.

0 Designer: Gordon Yeh & Henry Chu for Iota Creations

Car On The Railway Tracks

Car On The Railway Tracks

Many of us park our cars at the railway station and then catch the local train to work or wherever it is that we have to go. Building on this theory is the Paracité, a single person commuter car that plans on putting the car itself on the rail tracks. Generally there is a 5 miles free space between two trains on a regular railway track. This free space and time can be utilized by these commuter cars to get people going on to their destinations.

0 Designer: Matthias Pugin

A Bridge Between Private and Public Transport

A Bridge Between Private and Public Transport

It’s the DOT: Direct On-demand Transport. It’s aimed foremost at London. It’s a small non-poluting vehicle that not only works on a giant organized system that reduces traffic and travel time to a minimum, it’s made to encourage car-pooling as well. Each unit can combine with another unit to create a larger unit. And boy are you gonna enjoy the way the vehicle works.

0 Designer: Varun Niti Singh

Pop Up Box in a Crate

Pop Up Box in a Crate

It’s an art gallery! In a nutshell, it’s both a shipping container for artwork and a gallery for the artwork once it reaches it’s destination. Inspired by the work of Marcel Duschamp: perhaps you’ve heard of him. Duschamp created 24 suitcases which he brought with him to display his works of art to places where it would have been unrealistic to bring their larger counterparts. In the same way, this “Box in a Crate” is made in such a way that it might be opened and displayed in a wild array of places, indoors and out.

0 Designer: Wise Architecture

The Mask Gets Comfy

The Mask Gets Comfy

A good comfortable and fitted mask is quite essential when you are in your workshop modeling your ID prototypes. Revolutionizing this theory is the Respirator Mask Design by Elijah Stillson. The design takes into account the contouring of the human head and is inspired by natural forms like fish gills. By moving the filters out of the user’s field of vision, the design improves safety while working and re-balances the weights. Since the filter cartridge is integrated into the mask, it closes when the respirator is not being worn and extents the filter’s life.

0 Designer: Elijah Stillson

Levitating Ball Is Actually A Projector

Levitating Ball Is Actually A Projector

Geist Projector thinks itself to be a levitating fakir, but sadly it’s not! The magic happens coz of the electromagnetic field, which makes the “projector ball” levitate on the base. This gives an almost unlimited amount of mobility to the image projection field. The system keeps audio-visual reproduction as priority and thus is compatible with the multitude of recording formats available in the market. The projector base splits up into 4 parts and consists of the speakers, battery pack, input slots and card slots. Take a look at the detailed slides inside for all the info.

0 Designers: Flavio Nazario, Jenni Moreno and Tati Vieira

No Stiff Helmet For My Head Please

No Stiff Helmet For My Head Please

I don’t blame the woman in this pic for looking so stiff coz I wouldn’t know how to react to this kitsch helmet. Made from textile instead of rigid materials, the “TopUp Head Protection” for cyclists and walkers is an exploration of the honeycomb pattern and device a protective gear for the head. The brief was to design a gear that was is light and compact and that could deal with minor bumps and falls. The honeycomb was an obvious choice for its impact resistance and shock absorption qualities.

0 Designers: Caroline Journaux & Adrien Guerin for DoYouVélo?

Take a Cell-Phone Swig!

Take a Cell-Phone Swig!

You can’t get too tipsy on this: the “Cheers” personal mobile device. It’s powered by an efficient, maybe even energy-saving Alcohol-cell. Looks mighty like a container of the whisky, doesn’t it? Well it’s at least half as fun! What a mighty little device this fellow is! That cap on top of the device not only locks the cell inside, it’s a function switch as well. Kind of like a “wheel” if you will. Do you party?

0 Designer: Tryi Yeh

Clickity Tickity Clock

Clickity Tickity Clock

Click tick, tick, click; olden clocks are where it’s at. Not since my grandmother’s mail-order grandfather clock have I seen a clicky-clock I like so much. But this one is not old at all! And at 18 inches at it’s widest, it’s not that space-consuming. But then again, take a peek at it’s wild manifestation. Sort of unwieldily perhaps. Not for the home with the tiny children with long reach. You know what kind of small household companion would like this though? A parakeet.

0 Designer: Bas van Leeuwen of Bloomming Design

Darth Vader of The Night Lights

Darth Vader of The Night Lights

While his Zweistil Bike project brought him many accolades, the Night Ease project may dub Stefan Wallmann as the creator of the “Darth Vader of the night lights…” This one’s a simple solar solution that has its bottom covered with solar cells for juicing up. During the day just invert it with the bottom up, on its ring-stand and let it soak in the rays. At night, place it peak-side up and turn it the right way around (it has a tilt switch inside) to activate the light. For the Jedi, may this force be with you!

0 Designer: Stefan Wallmann

Alternate Reality Time Machine

Alternate Reality Time Machine

Let me first say that I love pie-in-the-sky designs. Those design inspirations that have absolutely zero chance of ever being manufactured in any way, shape or form. These types of concepts serve as a great launching point for our imaginations, allowing everyone to rethink our preconceived notions of known, actual designs. Part Dick Tracy, part Minority Report and all bad-ass, this latest design exercise by Bruno Delussu is not only “inspired by Bugatti’s” Type 57, it is also vaguely inspired by actual automobiles.

0 Designer: Bruno Delussu