Display in 16 by 9 or 4 by 3, Literally

Display in 16 by 9 or 4 by 3, Literally

Studio FRST is going to get your squared away with a TV that simplifies(?) to an extra degree. The studio says that the form shows the function. That’s true. It’d fit right in at the home of a modernist, probably also at the house of a minimalist. It leaves space to put your tiny fern if you want! Put it right there under the side there! It will look nice, totally nice!

0 Designer: Studio FRST

Skateboard Deck Chair for the Old or Fantastic

Skateboard Deck Chair for the Old or Fantastic

If you’re a crazed art collector with little to no cash, you are a paradoxical sort of person. If you collect “street art”, you’ve got two options: pay the toll, or find it on “lesser” canvases. One of the more odd to display products in this category is the skateboard deck. Guess who’s got your back?

The design team at Tunto.

0 Designer: Tunto Design

How To 'Not' Put On Your Earrings

How To ‘Not’ Put On Your Earrings

There’s been a lot of effort in transforming our ugly, but occasionally necessary, bluetooth headsets into something beautiful and ornamental but this headset by Ilshat Garipov almost crosses the line into complete ornament. Obviously designed for, and pulled off much better by, a woman, the piece took inspiration from the formation of a water droplet, housing a single button for receiving and ending calls. Now if only Ilshat would make something masculine for us guys; we occasionally like to look like self-important douchebags too!

0 Designer: Ilshat Garipov

Move Over Arne Jacobsen, There's a New Egg In Town

Move Over Arne Jacobsen, There’s a New Egg In Town

Okay, so maybe this new “Egg” chair has some ground to cover before eclipsing the Jacobsen classic, still, it’s a lovely, comfortable looking arm chair to relax and play some Xbox in.  Designed by Denis Syplenko as a one-off project it does not appear to be in production.  That being said, a couple bean bags and a sewing machine (or maybe just duct tape) might garner you with something of its general dimensions.

0 Designer: Denis Syplenko

The Skimmer, And Other Instruments of Water-borne Death

The Skimmer, And Other Instruments of Water-borne Death

If you’ve ever felt your life lacks that certain gut-wrenching fear of imminent impact and death, then have I got a jet ski for you. Starting out half-submerged in water, the Skimmer, using the wing-in-ground effect, achieves enough lift at 60 km/h to break from the water and at 100 km/h reaches an elevation of 1.5 meters above sea level.  At this point the rider shifts weight and uses the handlebars to alternate power to the two motors in order to steer.

0 Designer: Zapp Design

Intimate Over A Cup OF Tea

Intimate Over A Cup OF Tea

Barely have we come out of appreciating the Enso that we have another innovative way of making and serving a hot beverage. The Mateando is the Spanish way of serving your cuppa in a very stylish ceramic set. The three-layer construction consists of “a yerbera, a sugar bowl and a mate”. Sugar is understood, mate here is the brew cup, but pardon my Spanish I don’t know what yerbera means! Hot ceramic can blister your hand, that’s why a special leather sleeve has been included round the cup. Someone may as well whisper leather to Starbucks!

0 Designer: Eliana Vincenzo

Music In My Soul, In My Kitchen As Well

Music In My Soul, In My Kitchen As Well

Taking inspiration from the works of Dieter Rams, designer Anton brings us this unique radio for the kitchen. The design takes into account wet-fingers, food smudges and greasy gloves. Going for a minimalist approach, the DAB Digital Radio features decent enough goodies to entice you. Stuff like rubberized weighted base, splash-resistant design, enclosed speakers and battery operation make it more durable given the environment it is intended for.

0 Designer: Anton Webb

Best of February 2009

Best of February 2009

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in February 2009.

Knockin' Around the Block Party!

Knockin’ Around the Block Party!

Check these blocks out. They play music. One block, the base block, is the control block. This is the block that plays the music and responds to controls. The controls – they are the other blocks. Each block, depending on weight, adds volume to the music. To switch to a new track, turn a stacked block. Beware of using these blocks in high-traffic areas – birds, cats, and girlfriends, because if the blocks are knocked: no more music!

0 Designer: Idan Arbel, Dana Yichye Shwakchamn, and Yossi Lugasi

You Like the Cold Water? Vertical Ice.

You Like the Cold Water? Vertical Ice.

You love the cold water. For when you want ice in a nice place, there is the “Iced Carafe.” Design team “Officeoriginair” brings you what’s basically a simple contraption, made simply for having wonderful time! Molded plastic with a rubber stopper, made in such a fashion that if you freeze an amount of water in the bottle while it’s on it’s side, the ice will stay put!

Full on cold your entire drink experience.

0 Designer: Officeoriginair

Pre-Burned Furniture For That Indie Housefire Look

Pre-Burned Furniture For That Indie Housefire Look

If you’re going for that lived-in look for your apartment but find everything you buy just comes off as too new you might try the Frene chair/step-up by Camillo Vanacore.  Completely transforming the object by charring its wooden surface, Camillo draws the eye and hand in desire to feel its unique texture.  The piece itself is a combination chair and four-step ladder for reaching that copy of Fahrenheit 451 perched high up on your bookshelf.  Hit the Jump for the chair’s different configurations.

0 Designers: Camillo Vanacore & Djordje Cukanovic

Not As Uncomfortable As It Looks

Not As Uncomfortable As It Looks

While it might resemble some medieval torture device at first glance, this stool utilizing a kind of egg crate acoustic foam material might actually be quite comfortable.  Designed south of the border at Eosméxico Studio, the chair does not appear to be in production sadly, but enough inquisitive emails might change that.  Hit the jump for a version sans the spikes.

0 Designer: Eosméxico Studio

Houseboat Colony For Oslo

Houseboat Colony For Oslo

Now I know that houseboats are a specialty of Amsterdam, but designer Espen Erikstad thinks otherwise. He feels that something like the Loup de Mer is what Oslo needs and that too for the student community. Ha! I can picture all the boys and girls getting all studious and cramming for their term papers over a round of fish and chips! I don’t buy this story one bit!

0 Designer: Espen E. Erikstad