It’s All About The Crisp Toast

It’s All About The Crisp Toast

A kitchen appliance that has been taken for granted for such a long while is the humble toaster. So ignorant are we of its origins that till now it is unknown who invented the first electric bread toaster! No doubt evolved humans have been toasting a slice of bread for a long time now, but almost two centuries ago the deed was done over an open flame. The failed attempt of Crompton & Company in 1893 to commercialize it as Eclipse, led to General Electric’s D-12 claiming the title as the “first commercially successful electric toaster” in 1909.

Drammen on Down the Road to Car Island

Drammen on Down the Road to Car Island

Drammen is a city and municipality in Norway (look it up!) which is along the 1,890 km (1,174 mi) long European Route E18. The city of Drammen has been, of recent years, a relatively popular place for the cars; its city center having been burdened by heavy traffic until the installation of the E18 bridge. Designer Fredrik Haukeland plans to capitalize on this situation with an intuitive I.D. project: “a leisure park for car fanatics.”

Behold: “Drive-In Industries.”

0 Designer: Fredrik Haukeland

Bulbs Are No Longer Meant For Light

Bulbs Are No Longer Meant For Light

The SoundBulb that we saw some time back, stood for sound innovation with lights. The question is, how do you up the ante and dish out something even more pioneering? The designers at Koo Touch got their gray cells ticking and dished out this awesome De-light! An LED projector that supports the simple joys of life like group gaming, photo and video sharing via mobile, De-Light mini supports all the awesome goodness that a gadget-freak craves.

0 Designer: David Koo

Rolls Royce: Phantom (mini)Menace

Rolls Royce: Phantom (mini)Menace

Set to be introduced at this years Geneva Motor Show, BMW (parent company to Rolls Royce) is calling this the “200EX Concept”, not to be confused with Chrysler’s beautiful 200C Concept. Measuring in about 18 inches shorter than the obnoxiously large Phantom, this sleek cruiser shares many parts with its cousin the BMW 7 Series. Notice the inclusion of the classic “suicide doors” made popular by not only the Phantom but the mobster loving Lincoln Continental of the 1960s.

0 Design: Rolls-Royce

A Surfing Helmet To Negate The Entire Point of Surfing

A Surfing Helmet To Negate The Entire Point of Surfing

Do you remember in Point Break when Patrick Swayze put on his protective helmet before swimming out to ride that giant wave at the end? No you don’t, because wearing helmets is about as cool as riding a unicycle to work. To the designer’s credit, the entire project was about trying to make the helmet cooler and more acceptable to wear within our surfing cliques, but I think some things are beyond even the best of designers.

0 Designer: Tom Gaunt

Mo:Ben Heats Your Lunch, Doesn't Play iTunes

Mo:Ben Heats Your Lunch, Doesn’t Play iTunes

I should break it to you now, despite your first impression of this lunch box from Designer Alex Cheong, it does not include 8GB of music/video storage and a 5″ LCD. Rather, it does what a lunch box should do, more fully prepare and package your lunchtime experience by warming up your meal through an internal film heater. That said, I would stay away from storing beverages inside, unless you enjoy warm Coca Cola as much as I do.

0 Designer: Alex Cheong

Cook It Up With Silver

Cook It Up With Silver

Cooka takes away the theory that silver is only meant for cutlery and ornamental purposes. This unique tabletop electrical cooking device uses silver in its design quite generously. Banking on its thermal conductivity properties, the cooking plates use the metal effectively to heat up the utensils fast and cool down the unit even faster.

0 Designer: Maurizio Maiorana

Eco-conscious Radio

Eco-conscious Radio

I know many of you don’t take very kindly to ideas that proclaim to be GREEN, but lets give this Blister Radio a chance to explain itself. Replacing the usual injection-molded casing with vacuum-formed packaging components, this little fella’ is made from PLA. For the uninitiated, PLA is biodegradable, thermoplastic, aliphatic polyester got from renewable resources like cornstarch and sugarcane.

0 Designer: Klaus Rosburg

What's a Library with no Books in it?

What’s a Library with no Books in it?

Books are obsolete! Says the new knowledge seeker who learns by barraging themselves with internets. But I learn by turning the page! Says the traditional reader. That’s just it! Mattis Myhra imagines a library of the future where students of all learning disciplines can gather together in education,

(books included.)

0 Designer: Mattis Myhra

Flex Insulin Pump Overcomes Diabetes, Fear of Leeches

Flex Insulin Pump Overcomes Diabetes, Fear of Leeches

For all the active diabetes sufferers, Ellaluna Taylor has designed the Flex insulin pump system that acts as a “unique prosthetic skin” that is worn naturally under clothing as a discreet glucose management solution. Packaged with a PDA-like glucose eReader for interfacing with the device, the device makes use of soft battery technology and the MEMS Nano Pump for increased dosage accuracy and reliability.

0 Designer: Ellaluna Taylor

Finger Power Works The Tape

Finger Power Works The Tape

No matter how much we progress as far as technology is concerned, we always look back towards retro stalwarts for inspiration in the designing field. NVDRS Tape foxes around in the Cassette Tape construction but is actually a digital player. Deceptive looks aside, the player continues to follow the 45/60/90 minutes norm, holding 10/15/20 select songs in digital format; uploaded via USB.

0 Designers: Stefano Pertegato, Massimiliano Rampoldi, Eloisa Tolu, Francesco Schiraldi & Giovanni Mendini

Seductive Light Switches

Seductive Light Switches

There is a lot of scope for improvement in the light-switch industry. Intuitive touch sensitive panels have replaced the click-on click-off types. All you need is deep pockets and a sense of aesthetics to incorporate panels like the Revio. The panel boasts of eight program scene buttons, power button, dim/bright control, infrared receiver, program from iCAN network, flash memory, panel ‘clean’ switch and more!

0 Designer: Firsthand Design

Good Concrete Fences Make Good Neighbors

Good Concrete Fences Make Good Neighbors

If your home’s property lines happen to be of the more curvy and disjointed kind, then this concrete block fence system from designer Sergej Kuckir might be your key to walling out society and its discontents. Intended to emulate more curvilinear demands for fencing and ground planning, it is only natural that the fencing carry its own weight and allow the user to build a wall as low or as high as they wish.  Now if only they would re-legalize assault weapons and those kids would finally learn to really stay off my lawn.

0 Designer: Sergej Kuckir