Coverflow goes Manual

Coverflow goes Manual

Without getting into an audiophiles debate over music formats, it’s fair to say that for many of us, our music collection still exists in a physical form. Most of these collections I would guess do more dust gathering than anything else. Designer Li Jianye is attempting to breathe new life into such collections with his predictably titled “iShelf”. The iShelf brings Apple’s coverflow to your physical collection, displaying your choice albums in the now universally recognized format.

0 Designer: Li Jianye

I'm An Origami Master!

I’m An Origami Master!

I made these chairs with giant sheets of origami paper. See how talented I am! Actually, the chair was designed by Enoc Armengol (awesome name!) and Arnau Miquel (equally awesome!) and was inspired by origami. It’s made out of a single sheet of stainless steel carefully folded to create a geometric, harmonious chair. It’s gorgeous IMO. For an added touch of luxury and elegance, the whole thing is finished off in black or white leather. I’m going to try and make 4 miniature ones and train my hamsters to sit in them.

0 Designers: Enoc Armengol & Arnau Miquel

Filtered Tap on the Go, French Press Style

Filtered Tap on the Go, French Press Style

We’re seeing a huge influx of filtered tap water designs and they all do the same thing; use some sort of carbon material to filer contaminants and that nasty metallic taste. A few stand out like the 321 Water. It’s like any other bottle, holding more than the recommended daily amount of fresh water but instead waiting for your bottle to fill up via a drip system, is goes all French press style on us.

0 Designers: Gretha Oost, Paul Charlwood & Andrew Howley

Scratch Notes On A Plank Day And Night

Scratch Notes On A Plank Day And Night

We need to get innovative with the way we display our feelings. Leaving Post-its or texting is getting a bit outdated don’t you think? The classic is of course; leaving a message on the fogged-up bathroom mirror, but that is about to get superceded with the Daywriter, Nightwriter. Both of them are essentially elongated three-dimensional scratchboards that you can use to write messages on.

0 Designer: Peter Freund

Music On Your Wrist, On The Go

Music On Your Wrist, On The Go

The Impossible Mac is back again to amuse us with his futuristic concepts. Here we find a transparent music player that slaps onto your wrist. Don’t want it clear; just opt for an image or color graphics instead and use it as a wrist-gear. Teamed with earphones that bring the “concert performance” to your ears, the trip sounds bombastic! I did mention futuristic right? To justify that Mac includes a built-in mic that helps locate and play a song on your playlist, once you hum the tune into it.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Space Frames and Rapid Forms

Space Frames and Rapid Forms

Lilah Fowler’s new show at Brown Gallery in London continues a line of exploration that has preoccupied artists in the second half of the 20th century: the presence of geometry in our lives. With visual influences ranging from Tony Smith’s sculptures to Sol LeWitt’s drawings to Fred Sandback’s string installations, Fowler would seem to be putting herself into a minimalist corner.

0 Designer: Lilah Fowler

This Sconce Makes Me Want Some Artichoke Dip

This Sconce Makes Me Want Some Artichoke Dip

Always one to rip off the hard work Mother Nature did millions of years ago,  Janne Kyttänen swoops in again to steal all the glory for herself with this “Dahlia” sconce that is inspired by the “mathematics of nature and the arrangement of flower petals.” Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this derivative work, If I remember correctly, I believe I saw da Vinci put out something pretty like this at the Salone del Mobile in 1512.

0 Designer: Janne Kyttänen

Stay Outta My Lane

Stay Outta My Lane

A close brush with a distracted driver is enough to intimidate any avid bicycler from riding at night. You’ve probably seen small blinkers and flashers tucked just below the seat but that isn’t enough. As a daily driver in a very bike friendly city, I can attest I usually don’t notice those blinkers until I’m within a few hundred yards of the bicycler. That leaves very little distance and time to react if I were to collide with them.

0 Designers: Evan Gant & Alex Tee

Birds Underwater and Fish That Fly?

Birds Underwater and Fish That Fly?

I love this idea called Duplex. A stylish superstructure holds a fish tank on top of a birdcage. From our POV, it’s just an odd arrangement of two very separate environments but imagine what the birds and fish are thinking. I’m a little bird and every day of my life, I’ve come to accept water is in the sky and fish really do fly. And if I’m a fish, I’d find it confounding why these feathery neighbors seem to swim in an area of the water I just can’t get to. Gives new meaning to “bird’s eye view.”

0 Designer: Constance Guisset

Contact Lens Kinda Makes You Cyborgy

Contact Lens Kinda Makes You Cyborgy

This one’s kinda hard to swallow so take a deep breath, open your minds, and pretend it’s 2100. I CONTACT is essentially a mouse fitted to your eyeball. The lens is inserted like any other normal contact lens except it’s laced with sensors to track eye movement, relaying that position to a receiver connected to your computer. Theoretically that should give you full control over a mouse cursor. I’d imagine holding a blink correlates to mouse clicks.

0 Designers: Eun-Gyeong Gwon & Eun-Jae Lee

Douse My Fire…Hurry!

Douse My Fire…Hurry!

The leaping flames, the hot arid smoke, he runs like lightning with the hose in his hands ready to douse the sparks! Good beginning for a juicy romantic novel, but I’m talking about a real big fire that firefighters have to deal with and any ways this is a design site and not Mill&Boons. The design to look out for is a new type of hydrant that uses zinc casting as a base. Featuring RFID, independent power and lighting system, this new hydrant could help firefighters save precious moments as they locate and hook the hose to it.

0 Designer: Jon Cervin

Find Beauty In A Router

Find Beauty In A Router

Router is the most mundane of your computer peripheral and the poor gadget hardly ever gets noticed. Most of the time it is callously placed on top of the CPU or stacked behind the monitor. In this modern wireless age, when we have so many creative heads bringing us upbeat tech, it’s a pleasure to see someone turn the eyesore to an object `d art. The Occipiter incorporates some amazing finishing like brushed aluminum with inlay wood and a magnesium alloy chassis. Moreover, the side panels are inspired by the Fuego Grill.

0 Designer: Michael Laut

Talk About A Super Soaker!

Talk About A Super Soaker!

Firehouses shoot insane amounts of water generating enough pressure to knock a man over but sometimes even that isn’t enough. The Jet Spray is a hose attachment that amplifies water pressure and increases range by 30 meters. The extra range would be helpful for aerial dispatches or from neighboring buildings – any where typical ladders can’t reach. The mechanism is quite simple, powered by a pressurized gas tank. The real question is when can I get one of these babies for my next water gun fight? Pew pew pew!

0 Designer: Haishan Deng