Close the Blinds and Turn Your Love Light On

Close the Blinds and Turn Your Love Light On

You might not be a romantic at heart or even that great at planning a memorable dinner party. Regardless, it is well known that the ambience of your surroundings can make or break that memorable moment-Some nice mellow tunes, great friends and most importantly lighting. Unfortunately lighting requires electricity which means a high electricity bill. The result is a need for a change in our thinking and adopting a more economical way of using light for our environment.

0 Designer: Yoon-Hui Kim & Eun-Kyung Kim

MacGyver Tries iPod Speakers

MacGyver Tries iPod Speakers

With all the hot-to-trot conceptual design work out there, it takes quite a person to just sit back and kick out the jams on a speaker set like this. Presenting the iPod Ghetto Accessory. iPod with classic earbuds, two toothpicks, no girls, and four cups. What else could a person ask for?

0 Designer: Dmitry Zagga

Miami Dade College is a Super Building

Miami Dade College is a Super Building

Located at Biscayne Boulevard and NE 5th Street in downtown Miami, the Campus Center for Miami Dade college looks like something out of OMA’s handbag.  It is urban density turned into a superbuilding, combining apartments, offices, educational facilities, and a lot of space for art exhibition.  But it is all Miami: the bravado somehow feels just what downtown Miami needs, and the design firm responsible, Oppenheim Architects , is located in Miami as well. 

0 Designer: Oppenheim Architects

When You Scoopy Your Puppy Poopy, Shipoopi!

When You Scoopy Your Puppy Poopy, Shipoopi!

If your town or city demands that its streets aren’t shi**y, you’ve got a lot of responsibility for your tiny puppy named Ittybitty. Ittybitty loves to make the poopy, and it’s your responsibility to scoopy the poopy. If you don’t like plastic bags that are freshly hot, pick up a Dogpot! A nice portable cleaner for your puppy’s poopies! Super-doopy!

0 Designer: Young-Long Choi

The LMacTouch: Perfect Desktop for a Perfect World?

The LMacTouch: Perfect Desktop for a Perfect World?

When you think “modern computer,” you think size, portability, functionality, and case aesthetics. What else? The LMacTouch has the good stuff. It’s got a touch screen, major-ly adjustable screen, green features, and it’s pretty!

Why isn’t this a production model?

0 Designer: Mayyen Chan

Suspended Over Water

Suspended Over Water

Do you want to take the ultimate lunch break? Forget the Gehry’s tad-overdone (sorry) Conde Nast cafeteria in New York City; head to Bangkok to the Octospider. It is a corporate cafeteria that elevates the act of eating to new heights (ouch these puns hurt, I am truly sorry). Suspended over the water with delicate concrete and steel legs, the cafeteria has three wings that spread out, giving each seat a view in every direction. It’s designed by Exposure Architects, based in northern Italy.

0 Designer: Exposure Architects

Where Have All the Collapsables Gone?

Where Have All the Collapsables Gone?

A time-honored challenge. An elegant design solution. The Fil Quadrat Design Team brings us the NewFuTi for dining and after-dinner coffee. Collapsable to two configurations, the NewFuTi is good for more than just the diner on the go: it’s togetherness in both forms makes for a fitting bit of furniture in any persons living situation.

0 Designer: Fil Quadrat Design Team

3D Wall Coverings: is the Cost Worth the Payout?

3D Wall Coverings: is the Cost Worth the Payout?

For those times when you want more than just paint on the walls; more than just wallpaper! When you’ve got nothing better to do than dust your 3-D wall all day and stare at the bright colors, yes, there is Paperforms Flow! The wall solution for the design crazy person. Made of 100% post and pre-consumer waste paper.

0 Designer: Jaime Salm with MIO

Wristlet Gets Young'ins Back in Time For Supper

Wristlet Gets Young’ins Back in Time For Supper

Until such time toddlers are given mobiles on their 5th birthdays, parents will have difficulty keeping them wrangled in and safe from danger. This Wristlet from Petr Hampl might be a useful solution in the mean time, allowing parents to send messages, alarms or graphic symbols to the solar powered display. Better hope they come in other colors, I don’t think pink would fly very well with boys.

0 Designer: Petr Hampl

Kite Cars

Kite Cars

For the hyper-imaginative future fliers. This “Wind Light Vehicle” allows three methods of locomotion, two of which involve that giant wing on the hood there. There’s an electric motor in each of the three tires, for one. Then the wing can swing upright for the vehicle to become like a windsurfing board, or it can become detached for some amazing kite wind action!

0 Designer: Tsun-Ho Wang, Min-Gyu Jung & Sung-Je Do

Thin is Out, Odd is In

Thin is Out, Odd is In

Mobile phones are getting so thin, they’re almost ignoring every rule of handheld ergonomics. Designer Heikki Juvonen decided to backtrack and redesign a futuristic mobile complete with all modern accoutrements but with realistic ergonomics in mind. The end result is a phone he believes is perfectly balanced in the hand placing the heavy components towards the bottom. The unique profile shape also helps it sit better in the hand providing multiple surface areas to grip.

0 Designer: Heikki Juvonen

Hacks on the Radio

Hacks on the Radio

How do you feel about participating in the manufacture of your next product purchase? Polish duo Maria Makowska & Piotr Stolarski from Gogo design have created the Log Radio and Clock from single lengths of raw pinewood with the intention of involving the user in the production process. When purchased, the lucky owner gets tossed a hand saw to hack their item from the log, creating a personal touch to the finished product. Pray that the person before you can cut straight!

0 Designer: Maria Makowska & Piotr Stolarski

All of Berlin in a Single Credenza

All of Berlin in a Single Credenza

Presenting the defining moment in Credenzoligy. This credenza is made to read like a novel, telling the story of the history of the structures that made up historical and modern East and West Berlin. Sounds like it could be rough. But with detail and subject matter as rich as this, learning can be at once elegant and quite complicated.

0 Designer: Tina Roeder and David Krings