Swing Your Club and Charge Up Your iPhone

Swing Your Club and Charge Up Your iPhone

Apple much? A device that might work on any “smart” phone, or if you’re talking to Wired’s Kevin Kelly, any handheld “screen.” Take a swing at power with the Handgrip iPhone Charger from our friend Mac Funamizu. Swing for power and plug in device to charge it right up

- plus an added bonus!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Tap, Tap, Tappin' on Heaven's Door

Tap, Tap, Tappin’ on Heaven’s Door

Another iteration on the intuitive music making theme, “Jam” hails from a team at the Domus Academy where the brief was to design for basic intuitive behavior in the context of a rapidly changing, unstable beta culture. The central hub records and wirelessly links Jam together, while the touch sensitive finger-taps store and play sound clips. It goes further by allowing changes in pitch by vertically dragging it on a surface and regulating the volume with the force applied to each tap.

0 Designers: Jozeph Forakis, Jihee Chun, Sung Hyun Kyung & Kerri Moskow

Water to Inspire, KOR ONE Hydration Vessel Review

Water to Inspire, KOR ONE Hydration Vessel Review

I’ve been toting around the KOR ONE Hydration Vessel for a week and the first thing someone said to me was, “that’s a water bottle? Looks pretty spacey man.” Yes it does look quite futuristic and some have even accused me of being wasteful – all that pretty packaging and design just to hold water. What gives? Hit the jump to read my review.

0 Designer: RKS Design [ Buy it Here ] Free Shipping until 12.31.08

From the Trenches by Zippy Flounder

From the Trenches by Zippy Flounder

Zippy Flounder; regulars will certainly recognize his name. His comments have been met with both colloquial admiration and austere criticism. Love him or hate him, he has over 30 years of experience in industrial design so perhaps what may seem like aimless “bah humbugs” are actually valid points from a man who’s “been there, done that.” In our first of many guest contributions, Zippy tells it like it is. So hit the jump, read the article, and don’t hesitate to leave comments for him.

0 Contributor: Zippy Flounder

Bubbling Up in Dubai

Bubbling Up in Dubai

The architecture duo Reiser + Umemoto are starting to get real with their O-14 office building , rising over Dubai. The building is has a perforated structural exoskeleton that doubles as a giant sunshade for the building. So column-free office space and desert sun shading all in one iconic skin. In our exclusive construction photo gallery the lozenge-shaped foam form work for the perforations can be see, as well as the almost fabric-like weaving of the reinforcement bar that gets encased in concrete.

0 Designers: Reiser + Umemoto

The Power of Seating, I'm Queen Elizabeth

The Power of Seating, I’m Queen Elizabeth

In an effort to transform the norm into the eccentric, the concept of power was explored through seating. This includes the power of mind, body and identity represented through three symbolic figures: Queen Elizabeth II, “The Thinker” by Rodin, and Superman. To express each character, a standard chair was transformed to personify each power and to explain their unique meanings individually. The final exhibition is called Power of Seating.

0 Designers: Sung-Hyun Kyung, Jesse Weser & Gesthimani Papadopoulou

See and Behold; God's Skull of the Ocean

See and Behold; God’s Skull of the Ocean

Given the amazing economic state that we’re in, and the fact that you’re certainly one of those lucky recipients of those six-figure holiday bonuses, you’re more than ready to hear the full details behind the “Oculus.” This yacht’s unique shape “is representative of the jaw and eye socket bone structure of large oceanic fish and mammals.” What does that tell you? It’s not quite [biomimicry], but it does really look at home in the sea.

0 Designer: E. Kevin Schopfer

The Pop-Up City

The Pop-Up City

Golfstromen is an Amsterdam-based studio whose focus is conceptual interventions in the city. Their work is so casual, and so temporary, it’s almost not there. The littlest movie theater (one seat), and Space-Inn (two surreal hotel rooms in an abandoned building) show an interest in some of the performance architecture that grew out of the Situationist International group.

0 Designer: Golfstromen

Spring into City Action in Any Corner on the Street

Spring into City Action in Any Corner on the Street

Which piece of equipment allows you to play (or practice) basketball, racquetball, golf, and football anywhere you want? The MULTI’UZ, of course! Weird! Kévin Lecoutre’s designed a compact bit of sporting equipment that turns the city into [more of] a playground for multiple ball sports!

Get your balls out for heavy action!

0 Designer: Kévin Lecoutre

Trend Report: Too Late Watch

Trend Report: Too Late Watch

They’re a huge hit in Italy, over 10,000 watches sold in the first 10 days and half a million in the first year of distribution. The waterproof version was just released this past September. The Too Late Watch is the most simplistic of simple timepieces with nothing more than a monochrome digital readout. Hell, it doesn’t even have an alarm function but it does come in a bazillion colors.

0 Designer: Too Late [ Buy It Here ]

Anemona Brings Glowing Sealife To Any Room

Anemona Brings Glowing Sealife To Any Room

Exhibited at the SaloneSatellite in Moscow, Anemona positions itself uniquely on any surface, making it infinitely configurable. Designed by Igor Pinigan, the lamp uses heavy glass balls in the bottom to stabilize it at any angle without affecting the light.  No word on how the sculpture is powered, but I’m hoping it’s kinetic based and you have to punch the thing like a blow-up clown to keep it going.

0 Designer: Igor Pinigin

New Mac Mini Concept, OMG It's not Boxed Shaped!

New Mac Mini Concept, OMG It’s not Boxed Shaped!

With rumors of a new Mac Mini on the horizon, designer Sait Alanyali, a proud Mac Mini user, decided to throw in his 2 cents. One of his gripes with the current machine are the I/O ports. It’s a pain to plug things in/out and so the “V” shape brings the ports within reach while keeping cables at bay. The shape also improves cooling as air moves freely thru the heatsink now that it’s not sitting on a flat surface.

0 Designer: Sait Alanyali

Casting a Shadow on Old Wall Clocks

Casting a Shadow on Old Wall Clocks

Mobile phones, cable boxes, alarm clocks, and microwaves are just a few examples of where time can be read at a glance. The need for a single centralized wall clock seems pointless unless you take its intrinsic design value to heart. For example, Definition of Time by Wooteik Lim (love the name) envisages a timepiece not really suited for easy time telling but the piece is quite sculptural easily making it a centerpiece in your home.

0 Designer: Wooteik Lim