Munich Musings and the iF Design Awards 2014

Munich Musings and the iF Design Awards 2014

There is no other place, this time of the year that I’d like to be other than Munich. The pride of Bavaria played host to the 2014 iF Design Awards Ceremony. As media partners, YD was at the event, covering the Awards Night & Gala. We (Nancy Wang and I) got to see and meet some interesting people. Stefan Diez, Claus Potthoff, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Ralph Wiegmann, BMW Welt … ring a bell?

Sanitary Hand Saver

Sanitary Hand Saver

We’ve all thought about it: you use a public restroom, wash your hands and then have to touch an unsanitary doorknob to leave the restroom?! Gross. It’s no secret that not everyone who touches that doorknob is washing their hands. Ewwww. What’s the point in washing your hands anyway?! The Foot Latch was designed with this problem in mind. After you’re finished doing your business, just use your foot to unlatch the door and go on your way with fresh and clean hands!

0 Designer:Behzad Rashidizadeh

Have a Whale of a Tea Time!

Have a Whale of a Tea Time!

Enjoy your favorite infusions with a little help from the lovable Dreaming Whale Tea Infuser! Made of food-friendly silicone, it’s soft to grip and never too hot to touch. Its detachable decorative spout stream also makes for a perfect muddler or stirrer. Get it here!

0 Designers: Juhyun Yu & Changbong Heo

The Pure Spray

The Pure Spray

I have seen little redesign in the field of spray bottles in terms of their functionality. Yes, bottles have seen some action but the spray mechanism hasn’t. The Pure Spray Bottle is a refillable spray bottle that challenges the functional design and offers a solution in a very intriguing form. Refinements in form of the innovative lever and flexible plastic in place of mechanical joints, adds to the difference.

0 Designer: Manuel Perez Prada for Ziba Munich

Charpentier Illusion Coffee Table

Charpentier Illusion Coffee Table

The latest from Peter Dudas, this coffee table’s distinct shape gives the illusion of mass without the weight. The base is made of lightweight aluminum sheet, the top is solid glass and holding it all together are 4 metal brackets that not only make it easy to break down and transport but finish off its skeletal, industrial aesthetic.

0 Designer: Peter Dudas

Warm and Woody Lighting

Warm and Woody Lighting

The Arturo lighting series makes clever use of cables and its wooden construction to create pendant, table and floor lamps that look as good OFF as they do ON! Constructed using carpentry techniques from the designers’ native Chile, the designs merge traditional woodwork with modern minimalism. Together or as single lighting solutions, they transform any space into an intimate and warm atmosphere.

0 Designer: Nueve Design Studio

Sublime Sectional

Sublime Sectional

Named after a bar of sand that joins an island to the mainland, the Tombolo sectional allows for infinite floor plan flexibility! With both linear and curved elements, it fits any need from lounges to public spaces and with an unlimited material and color palette it can be customized to be as subdued or expressive as desired. The form is quite simple, but the sit, construction and accessories come together to create a dynamic collection! Get it here!

0 Designers: MostModest for HighTower

A Desk Above the Rest

A Desk Above the Rest

For those that prefer to be on their feet when they work, the minimalist elevated Higher Desk makes for the perfect place to read or use a laptop. Its modest dimensions make working while standing possible even in the most confined spaces. Better yet, with one optional “short leg” it can be adapted to any table or desk!

0 Designer: COORDINATION BERLIN/Flip Sellin

Graphic Tees Are The Best!

Graphic Tees Are The Best!

Barely a year old and the group of graphic designers from Sans Form have proved that they know the business of making the coolest Tees, posters, and shopping bags a possibility and a great success. As an independent label of wearable and printed products, Sans Form has created a lineage that reflects the idea of “simpler is better” through classy graphics and innovative visuals.

0 Designer: Sans Form [ Buy it Here ]

Crazy Fun Canisters

Crazy Fun Canisters

This simple modification to the basic canister changes everything about storage in the kitchen! Like legos, the multi-size glass jars can be stacked and uniquely configured to your needs or mixed and matched just for fun.

0 Designer: Seungwook Park

Time to the Touch

Time to the Touch

Tacdial is a tactile analog wristwatch developed for the visually impaired. The design is composed of a raised minute hand, a rotating dial that features a debased hour indicator as well as a tactile numbered watch face. Soft and comfortable, the design utilizes a push crown, wide body silicon strap and oversized buckle clasp for maximum comfort and ease of use.

0 Designer: Ryan Kirkpatrick

Studio Wrap

Studio Wrap

The Nike Studio Wrap is crafted to help women make the most of workouts typically done in bare feet. I am talking about yoga and the likes. Designed as modular wrap, the system includes a ribbon and a flat sole. The goal is to provide barefoot training with an innovative support that helps enhance the fitness training and protect the feet from callouses.

0 Designer: Nike

The Ultimate Off-Road Racer

The Ultimate Off-Road Racer

The Duality concept vehicle ambitiously attempts to blur the lines between off-road SUV and race car. But how does it harmonize these extremes? The answer lies in its four dual purpose tires and articulated suspension, both of which transition between 2 modes in the flick of a switch. See how it works —>

0 Designer: Fernando Machado