Iconic 70's Desk Makes a Comeback

Iconic 70′s Desk Makes a Comeback

In 1970 Ernest Igl designed a desk that became a cult object for accomplished collectors at international auctions. This groundbreaking and legendary desk is now being reproduced again in a limited run. In the early 70′s the igl jet was a kind of revolution regarding shape and manufacturing.

0 Designer: Ernest Igl

Sight And Sound Satisfaction

Sight And Sound Satisfaction

A bulb that somehow manages to include a speaker as well, does this sound farfetched to you? Does to me, but considering the possibilities available to us in the future, maybe we will have something like this in our living rooms and pubs. Wireless speakers are there as are light bulbs, so you basically put them together in a rather sophisticated way, citing technological advances as your friend.

0 Designers: Hoang M Nguyen, Poom Puttorngul & Anh Nguyen

Compact SLR? Olympus E-420 Review

Compact SLR? Olympus E-420 Review

It’s the world’s smallest SLR or at least the smallest with interchangeable lenses. The Sigma DP1 is the “smallest.” Compared to other entry SLRs, this thing is miniscule measuring under 5 x 3.6 inches without a lens attached. All that compactness doesn’t mean Olympus went cheap on power. It’s packed with features! The composite body is solid and feels like it should be heavier than a scant 18 oz. Hit the jump for a full review.

0 Company: Olympus

Coverflow goes Manual

Coverflow goes Manual

Without getting into an audiophiles debate over music formats, it’s fair to say that for many of us, our music collection still exists in a physical form. Most of these collections I would guess do more dust gathering than anything else. Designer Li Jianye is attempting to breathe new life into such collections with his predictably titled “iShelf”. The iShelf brings Apple’s coverflow to your physical collection, displaying your choice albums in the now universally recognized format.

0 Designer: Li Jianye

I'm An Origami Master!

I’m An Origami Master!

I made these chairs with giant sheets of origami paper. See how talented I am! Actually, the chair was designed by Enoc Armengol (awesome name!) and Arnau Miquel (equally awesome!) and was inspired by origami. It’s made out of a single sheet of stainless steel carefully folded to create a geometric, harmonious chair. It’s gorgeous IMO. For an added touch of luxury and elegance, the whole thing is finished off in black or white leather. I’m going to try and make 4 miniature ones and train my hamsters to sit in them.

0 Designers: Enoc Armengol & Arnau Miquel

Filtered Tap on the Go, French Press Style

Filtered Tap on the Go, French Press Style

We’re seeing a huge influx of filtered tap water designs and they all do the same thing; use some sort of carbon material to filer contaminants and that nasty metallic taste. A few stand out like the 321 Water. It’s like any other bottle, holding more than the recommended daily amount of fresh water but instead waiting for your bottle to fill up via a drip system, is goes all French press style on us.

0 Designers: Gretha Oost, Paul Charlwood & Andrew Howley

Scratch Notes On A Plank Day And Night

Scratch Notes On A Plank Day And Night

We need to get innovative with the way we display our feelings. Leaving Post-its or texting is getting a bit outdated don’t you think? The classic is of course; leaving a message on the fogged-up bathroom mirror, but that is about to get superceded with the Daywriter, Nightwriter. Both of them are essentially elongated three-dimensional scratchboards that you can use to write messages on.

0 Designer: Peter Freund

Music On Your Wrist, On The Go

Music On Your Wrist, On The Go

The Impossible Mac is back again to amuse us with his futuristic concepts. Here we find a transparent music player that slaps onto your wrist. Don’t want it clear; just opt for an image or color graphics instead and use it as a wrist-gear. Teamed with earphones that bring the “concert performance” to your ears, the trip sounds bombastic! I did mention futuristic right? To justify that Mac includes a built-in mic that helps locate and play a song on your playlist, once you hum the tune into it.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Space Frames and Rapid Forms

Space Frames and Rapid Forms

Lilah Fowler’s new show at Brown Gallery in London continues a line of exploration that has preoccupied artists in the second half of the 20th century: the presence of geometry in our lives. With visual influences ranging from Tony Smith’s sculptures to Sol LeWitt’s drawings to Fred Sandback’s string installations, Fowler would seem to be putting herself into a minimalist corner.

0 Designer: Lilah Fowler

This Sconce Makes Me Want Some Artichoke Dip

This Sconce Makes Me Want Some Artichoke Dip

Always one to rip off the hard work Mother Nature did millions of years ago,  Janne Kyttänen swoops in again to steal all the glory for herself with this “Dahlia” sconce that is inspired by the “mathematics of nature and the arrangement of flower petals.” Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this derivative work, If I remember correctly, I believe I saw da Vinci put out something pretty like this at the Salone del Mobile in 1512.

0 Designer: Janne Kyttänen

Stay Outta My Lane

Stay Outta My Lane

A close brush with a distracted driver is enough to intimidate any avid bicycler from riding at night. You’ve probably seen small blinkers and flashers tucked just below the seat but that isn’t enough. As a daily driver in a very bike friendly city, I can attest I usually don’t notice those blinkers until I’m within a few hundred yards of the bicycler. That leaves very little distance and time to react if I were to collide with them.

0 Designers: Evan Gant & Alex Tee

Birds Underwater and Fish That Fly?

Birds Underwater and Fish That Fly?

I love this idea called Duplex. A stylish superstructure holds a fish tank on top of a birdcage. From our POV, it’s just an odd arrangement of two very separate environments but imagine what the birds and fish are thinking. I’m a little bird and every day of my life, I’ve come to accept water is in the sky and fish really do fly. And if I’m a fish, I’d find it confounding why these feathery neighbors seem to swim in an area of the water I just can’t get to. Gives new meaning to “bird’s eye view.”

0 Designer: Constance Guisset

Contact Lens Kinda Makes You Cyborgy

Contact Lens Kinda Makes You Cyborgy

This one’s kinda hard to swallow so take a deep breath, open your minds, and pretend it’s 2100. I CONTACT is essentially a mouse fitted to your eyeball. The lens is inserted like any other normal contact lens except it’s laced with sensors to track eye movement, relaying that position to a receiver connected to your computer. Theoretically that should give you full control over a mouse cursor. I’d imagine holding a blink correlates to mouse clicks.

0 Designers: Eun-Gyeong Gwon & Eun-Jae Lee