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

An Encore For The Opus Design Winners

An Encore For The Opus Design Winners

The winners of the Opus Design Award were announced recently and the entries might help solve a lot of our little nagging problems with eyewear.  The gold prize went to Nick Jinkinson who designed around transition lenses that more completely transitioned in the sun.  Runners up include foldout frames, built in lens cleaner, and what can only appear to be the Opti-Grab from the 1979 comedy The Jerk.  Let’s hope none of them cause wearers to become permanently and irreversibly cross-eyed.

0 Opus Design Award

Donut Power Strip

Donut Power Strip

Wait, it’s not really a power strip if it’s a donut right? Ugh, what a conundrum! I digress. The Donut “Powerstrip” by Ramei Keum solves some of my biggest annoyances with most power strips today, namely not accommodating the huge power bricks that come with many of our electric appliances. Each outlet can spin inside its socket for the best fit. The donut shape also helps to keep cabling organized.

0 Designer: Ramei Keum

Wanna Eat Food off my Naked Body?

Wanna Eat Food off my Naked Body?

Bodylicious is inspired by Nyotaimori, a rather controversial Japanese tradition which consists of presenting Sushi on a naked woman, using her body as a tray. This was a highly appreciated act often experienced at luxurious parties and other social events. Conversely, when presenting Sushi (Sashimi) on the naked body of a man, it’s called Nantaimori. I’m not a huge fan of eating raw fish and I honestly can’t say eating it off a naked person is going to change that. Meh, to each his own.

0 Designer: Hiroshi Tsunoda

Rotary Style Music Navigation

Rotary Style Music Navigation

A small circle inside a pendant style MP3 player. You stick your finger thru the wheel key and spin it to control all audio functions from selecting modes to adjust volume. It’s the analogue version of Apple’s scroll wheel but this one somehow seems more charming. The entire pendant’s surface has an embedded LCD display that can change colors to match your outfit too! 

0 Designer: Hansoon Jeong

Leave the Children at Home; this is Adult Business

Leave the Children at Home; this is Adult Business

Kids, you have to stay here: your father and I are going to the park to play on the adult playground …?! “Big Kidz” athletic environment is made for adults who want to get active in a stimulating playground setting. Equipped with slides, recycled rubber playing area, goal space, benches for snacks, and sports equipment that can be unlocked from below.

0 Designer: Marc Nardangeli