Designboom Beyond Silver Winners

Designboom “Beyond Silver” Winners

Congrats to the winners and all those who were shortlisted. Beyond Silver was an international competition with silver as the theme. Create something unique and thoughtful using this precious metal. Hit the jump to see the winners.

0 Contest: Beyond Silver hosted by Designboom

Second Bulb, Insects Beware!

Second Bulb, Insects Beware!

If you still have incandescent bulbs, then I will now beat you with a silly stick. Fortunately for you here’s one more way to get use out of those archaic bulbs. The Bulb Hugger is a thermally charged light that wraps around any incandescent. Whenever your incandescent turns off or if the power goes out, the secondary light automatically turns on for up to 5 hours. If you’ve got these bulbs outdoors, an upper ring containing insect repellent vaporizes from heat, keeping bugs away.

0 Designer: Arpan Maiti

Under My Own Enchanted Forest

Under My Own Enchanted Forest

Träd is not only a storage system, Träd is a shelter – a personal space where children carry out their fantasies and games. A place that allows them to feel safe, to learn and to imagine. Think of it as their enchanted forest where they can dream of heroes and princesses and live a thousand and one adventures. Damn I want one already!

0 Designers: Josué Gamonal & Vicente Porres

Writer Chris Burns Destroyed by Spy Robot

Writer Chris Burns Destroyed by Spy Robot

Meet Spykee, construct-it-yourself spy robot. It runs on tracks, it’s got spy gear, and it’s WIFI. It is the dream of all true nerds to have at least one robot companion. Ideally, they’d be happiest with a city college robot, but for those who wish to own their own, here’s the tiny one. Spykee.

0 Designer: Cedric Ragot

Sneaky Lamp Peeps Around Corners

Sneaky Lamp Peeps Around Corners

It is the Snake Lamp. Made with a “unique” polypropylene sheet twisting and turning it’s way into your heart. You heard? It’s got a bunch of turns you ain’t never seen, and all without glue or welding. Just a mad, mad, magnet party.

For your triangle house.

0 Designer: Cristiano Giuggioli

Get a Vague Idea of How Fat You Are

Get a Vague Idea of How Fat You Are

“Vage”, a concept scale from German designer Patrick Decker, seeks to assuage our overly critical perceptions of weight.  Rather than display actual mass in pounds or kilograms, it indicates either green or red relative to a user’s ideal weight.  Considering a weight scale exists to give accurate measurement of a person’s mass, you’d think something as vague as this would be useless.  Maybe the next iteration could dispense a cookie and replace the color red with “you’re just big boned.”

0 Designer: Patrick Decker

Greener Shopping, Flip & Tumble Loopt Review

Greener Shopping, Flip & Tumble Loopt Review

Looking to abandon disposable plastic bags at the grocery store? Have a looksie at the Flip & Tumble Loopt before you decide. Hit the jump to read my lightening review, GO!

0 Company: Flip & Tumble [Buy It Here]

Experience Summer Glow During Winter

Experience Summer Glow During Winter

Hollywood movies showcase the perfect winter day effectively, however the truth is quite contrary. Look at the snow on the driveway! How gloomy and dark the skies are! After you’re done with the shoveling and nursing your frostbitten fingers, it takes a while to really appreciate the snowman or the snowflakes. If you were to have the Luminaarparaad installation on your lane, wouldn’t it make the drab, cold winters more cheerful?

0 Designers: Pent Talvet & Kristian Paljasma

Emergency Hazard Lights Better Than Flares?

Emergency Hazard Lights Better Than Flares?

Emergency hazard lights aren’t anything new so unless you’re going to rewrite the book and create a paradigm shift, only thing you have to differentiate yourself is design. The Lumitic light is cute, yes I said cute! The egro handle lights up red to flag would be saviors down or a simple release turns the unit into a tripod to divert ongoing traffic. Better than emergency flares but not as fun. Something about fire.

0 Designers: Sung-Hun Shin, Ji-Hyun Park & Choul Goo Lee

Better Than Bubble Wrap Says Mother Nature

Better Than Bubble Wrap Says Mother Nature

Plastic bubbles wraps are one of the chief sources of environmental degradation since our world revolves around the packaging and transport of goods. The Paper Wrap offers the same level of protection but at a very neutral cost to the planet. A precut symmetric pattern similar to a steel grate buffers precious goods but I see two faults. One, the flexibility of bubble wrap makes it more usable in a wide array of applications. Two, I can’t pop paper wrap and everyone knows humans have an OCD fascination with popping bubbles.

0 Designers: Wonjae Lee, Sunkyu Kim & Sangjun Hahn

Erase Your Carbon Footprints Completely

Erase Your Carbon Footprints Completely

Carbon Dioxide Scrubber is a device researched by David Keith and his team. The system looks at capturing CO2 directly from the air and making it cleaner. Not completely devoid of shortcomings, the technology of reducing diffused emissions has the skeptics on the fence. Here is a concept that looks at that addressing the issue of an individual doing his bit for the environment. The eCO2 is a personal scrubber that tries to erase the personal carbon footprint of the individual.

0 Designers: James Kershaw & Chad Garn

My Alarm Clock is Not a Movie or Maybe

My Alarm Clock is Not a Movie or Maybe

Described by its designers as an attempt to change our perception of time with a good dose of minimalism, the Minutuner is as simple as an alarm clock can get. Obviously influenced by a perception of time as a linear flow, it brings to mind the progress bars below our everpresent online video players, contextualizing our lives as finite things to be lived well and with no regrets. While not immediately available, it’s looking for partners in production, so keep your fingers crossed.

0 Designer: Antrepo Design Industry

Now More iPhone Friendly, ZAGG Z.Buds Review

Now More iPhone Friendly, ZAGG Z.Buds Review

Back in October 2008, ZAGG sent us a prototype of their iPhone Z.Buds earbuds promising the best buds for your money. A lot of companies make the same promise but this is one product I think is worth a look if you’re willing to buy outside Apple’s utopian product design and brand control. Hit the jump for my full review.

0 Company: ZAGG [ Buy It Here ]