A Tap With Haptic Response

A Tap With Haptic Response

Broaching the subject of being frugal with water brings me to this new concept in taps that incorporates the tactile prowess of a user in relation to haptic responses. The Gemini is a water tap design that uses a one-touch lateral operating valve system to function. In a blink, the on-board wall diverter swiftly controls the flow of the water from a stimulating jet to a therapeutic cascade.

0 Designer: Edward Taylor

Ditch Merry-go-round, Let’s Swing

Ditch Merry-go-round, Let’s Swing

Sang-Hoon Lee’s Swing bench brings to mind that episode of FRIENDS, where Rachel is petrified of the swing and how Ross helps her overcome her irrational fears. For the life of me, I can’t imagine my childhood without the thrill of swinging in the park with innocent abandonment. Now that I’m all grown up (and a few pounds heavier), the kids won’t just let me take the joyride again. I guess I’ll have to make do with the Swing Bench to satisfy my urge to be a kid again.

0 Designer: Sang-Hoon Lee

The Arc Of The Project, A Real World Tale

The Arc Of The Project, A Real World Tale

Entrepreneurs/inventors go through many stages of enterprise and end to end can mean from product conception through to some resolution. The normal resolutions are sale of the technology, startup of an operating company with its sale to another firm, operating the company to build a brand or abandonment of the project due to market or financial forces. In general, end-to-end means concept through market insertion.

0 Contributor: Zippy Flounder

imm Cologne 2009, Full Coverage

imm Cologne 2009, Full Coverage

Can’t get to Cologne, Germany to attend the imm Cologne 2009 Furnishing Fair? We’ve got you covered. Just bookmark this page for the latest. Hit the jump to see what we’ve seen so far.

Updated: Friday January 23, 2009

Heat It Up

Heat It Up

Portable beverage heaters aren’t anything new but the “Hottie” attempts to 1-up the competition by using silver as the conductive metal, with 3 modular containers to hold instant coffee, creme, and sugar. All this in one neat little package.

0 Designer: Arpan Maiti

Foldable Bowl

Foldable Bowl

This is so easy to figure out I don’t even have to explain it. I think it’s fabulous for camping, drinks, picnics, impromptu gatherings, or even when you’re too lazy to wash dishes. Tho you can use the Foldable Bowl for just about anything, I’d avoid hot foods. My only gripe is the material. Plastic, really? Do we need to go down that road again? I didn’t step into some alternate universe where plastic and nature get along fabulously right?

0 Designer: Gowoon Jeong

Best Ever Button on Some Fancy Meeting Desk

Best Ever Button on Some Fancy Meeting Desk

Look at that coffee button. Makes you just want to push it. Push it real good. Ugh. Yeah. Baby. Coffee. But then, also look at what we have here: it’s an interactive meeting desk. Everyone can get along with it. It is called “Meet.Able,” and it is here to turn all your important papers into virtual reality where they can be taken hostage by Max Headroom.

0 Designer: Dominic Kennedy

Personalized Cascading Waterfall In Your Bathroom

Personalized Cascading Waterfall In Your Bathroom

It’s hard enough to cope with the tiny matchboxes that we call apartments, that luxurious bathing concepts make me go green with envy. Remodeling one to fit in a spa system or jacuzzi can be ridiculously expensive and space consuming, so the best option is to landscape a beauty in the bath! Chin Chia Lim’s Würfel or Falling Water recreates the magic of a cascading waterfall from the washbasin to the bathtub.

0 Designer: Chin Chia Lim

Paris Hilton Eaten by Bullet-Proof Tiger

Paris Hilton Eaten by Bullet-Proof Tiger

Here’s a concept closer to advertising than Yanko usually likes to get, but it’s for an extremely important cause: endangered wild animals. Animals that, given the chance, would rip your freaking head off! But they are endangered. So do not kill them, please. Instead, ADDI design group wishes for you to design products for those deadly beasts who need to be saved for extinction.

Won’t you design?

0 Designer: Addi Design Group

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