Proper Tea Anyone?

Proper Tea Anyone?

TeaFix, the quintessential British-ness kit offers all the comfort one needs on a long journey. Like one of those plastic tear sheets found in model making, each set comes with a China cup/sauce, utensils, tea bag, and 3 lumps of sugar. But WAIT! It’s not a proper cuppa tea without a doily!

0 Designer: Iain Jones

My Legs Don't Match

My Legs Don’t Match

It’s one part modern and 2 parts whimsical. The Flaque Table technically only has 3 legs, all with different shapes. It’s a bit kitsch but he sleek lines and elegant wooden table top brings it back on the side of modern. However just as it’s trying to look all serious in your room, “X” marks the spot in one of the corners, as if there’s treasure buried in that leg. Hmm, I wonder. . .

0 Designer: Luis Porem

8 Cups? No Problem

8 Cups? No Problem

I’m always amazed at the dexterity some servers are gifted with; 2 plates of food and 8 cups of drinks all delivered without a hitch. I can barely get out the door with 3 cups of coffee so I usually force a co-worker to come with me. Pick-Cups have uniquely designed handles that make them easy to hold 4 in each hand. Just slip a finger into each slot and like a boiling ball pinch to keep them all snug for transport.

0 Designer: Jung-Woo Baik

Design for Poverty Winners

Design for Poverty Winners

We received entries from all over the world. Poverty is a difficult problem to diagnose let alone solve but nonetheless as designers we can address different aspects of poverty and hope by dealing with each point in the problem, we can begin to collapse the systemic process and give back the dignity every person deserves. We judged based on concept, cost to implement, and deployment. Thank you to all the entrants for your hard work. Hit the jump to see the winners.

World's Largest Mouse

World’s Largest Mouse

If you thought your premium mouse had a lot of buttons, check out the Glide Keyboard from Weston Boege. Resting on low friction pads, the keyboard slides around your desk picking up the movement through an optical sensor mounted underneath. The keyboard also integrates traditional mousing controls into the moulded palm rest that grips your hands as they move. Can’t say it’s a bad idea, although I can see having trouble typing when half the keys are fused together.

0 Designer: Weston Boege

Six Piece Coat-Hanger Dinner

Six Piece Coat-Hanger Dinner

Break it down, pack it up, take it out, put it up. Easy to store, easy to construct and deconstruct. Coat hanger for those who love a good simple on-the-go hanger system that’s nice to peek at too. And with a name like “Saturn”, you know it’s… a midsize car? What- No way! But it holds like 3 or more coats, totally.

0 Designer: Barber Osgerby

HOT HOT HOSE! no, not Britney & Paris

HOT HOT HOSE! no, not Britney & Paris

Designers have been tackling radiator design alternatives almost as long as designers have been tackling radiator design alternatives. The fact is; the traditional radiator is simply not attractive and has a bit of a bad attitude (all that hissing and whining). The “Ciussai Radiator” gives a new twist in home heating. Ingenious in its simplicity, this design can be wrapped around a pole, shoved under a mattress, suspended from a nail or draped across the floor.

0 Designer: Stefano Ragaini & Giorgio Di Tullio

Tripod: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Tripod: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

On Monday I introduced our future robot masters’ future robot dogs, but today we get a glimpse of their autonomous tripods that will take embarrassing party pics of robots doing keg stands. But until such time as they attain sentience, the non-human-killing Biopod from Morteza Faghihi uses a unique positioning and stabilization structure to adapt to uneven surfaces and ease height adjustment. At first glance it might seem overwrought, but I’m assuming there is a lot of utility that manifests only with use.

0 Designer: Morteza Faghihi

Rest Your Bum Here, Perfect Perch Review

Rest Your Bum Here, Perfect Perch Review

Great ideas often are simple executions. The Perfect Perch by James Chu is one of those ideas. Originally conceived as affordable seating for college students, the Perfect Perch has grown to become so much more. After the initial reaction of realizing “it’s just cardboard,” it’s become quite useful in the most unexpected situations.

0 Designer: James Chu

Beefing Up Your Old Mobile Phone

Beefing Up Your Old Mobile Phone

Most of us still use ho-hum mobile phones. I don’t say that to be condescending but to create a distinction between most of the mobile concepts we feature – touchscreen pizazz, cameras with crazy megapixel counts, and form factors as thin as crisps. For the rest of us, we still use phones that came free with our carrier plans. Smaller screens, standard numeric keypads, and no fancy software for email and web browsing. Screen2 may just be for you.

0 Designer: Lu Le

Modern Additions in not so Modern Homes

Modern Additions in not so Modern Homes

The Grafton Crescent project replaced an existing dilapidated small lean-to rear extension with a new glass extension at ground floor level and new timber and glass pod addition accessed off the existing stair’s half-landing. The lower level accommodates a new kitchen/ dining area to relocate the tiny original kitchen that was set within the ground floor living room. The room above could be used as an additional bedroom or communal living space.

0 Designer: Crawford Partnership

9-light Candelabra

9-light Candelabra

David Mellor, the eponymous founder of this illustrious British company, was one of the most important designers of the 20th century. Now, as creative director, his son Corin promises to exalt his name still further with distinctive designs of his own like this exceptional 9-light stainless steel candelabra. Based on the famous Advent wreath candelabra he was commissioned to create for Sheffield cathedral in 2007, the piece is a constructional tour de force.

0 Designer: David Mellor

Wireless Stereo Speaker Docking Station Laughs at Physics!

Wireless Stereo Speaker Docking Station Laughs at Physics!

What I love is wireless ghetto blasters. What I love is when they look really weird and awesome. And when they are waterproof, have rechargable batteries, and possibly even make use of solar power, wind power, of hydroelectricity; that is the most excellent. Oh also: iPod iPod iPod.

0 Designer: Victor Vetterlein