Da-Bloom Baby!

Da-Bloom Baby!

Multifunctional furniture is where it’s at. Something that can be used in several different functional ways to simplify or organize our lives and bring out the best in our imagination. Da-Bloom is by Korean designer Jin-Young Lee and imitates the motion of a blooming flower. Made from plywood and plastic, the table can be customized to your liking with just a few simple twists and turns. Use it as a chair and table or for the children to create an imaginary hide-out.

0 Designer: Jin-Young Lee

KRANK It Up!

KRANK It Up!

In a time of moving towards becoming more eco-conscious, and the need for the world to do their part in preserving our earth, we look for new designs that are full of style and functionality. I was made aware of a design concept by Efrain E. Velez – KRANK. With a few cranks of the handle which is quite similar to an old-fashioned hand drill, you can have anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes of bright light using the process of magnetic induction.

0 Designer: Efrain E. Velez

Hard Drives as Easy to Install as Ink Cartridges

Hard Drives as Easy to Install as Ink Cartridges

You love plug-and-play, yes? You also enjoy modifying your computer, right? Too much effort? Vas Obeyesekere of Point Innovation says: no way! The Evolve Modular CPU takes the soldering out of CPU enhancement, and makes it green in the process! You love green.

0 Designer: Vas Obeyesekere of Point Innovation

The Shape of Things to Call...

The Shape of Things to Call…

Yes yes we know, home phones are nearly a thing of the past. With more and more of us opting for our mobile phones as our sole means of telecommunications, the home phone has almost gone the way of the VCR. Designer Zinc Chan believes the home phone still has life in it and has concocted this fun and beautiful means to communicate.

0 Designer: Zinc Chan

A Halo of Light to Save You

A Halo of Light to Save You

As the flames get hotter you stumble in panic looking for your way out of the maze of hallways that seem so familiar yet alien at the moment. Smoke stings your eyes as you desperately search for any signs of escape. Follow the Halo, it will guide you.

0 Designer: Foo Wei Zen

PSP 2 Makes Pocket Bulges Almost R-rated

PSP 2 Makes Pocket Bulges Almost R-rated

Sony just barely updated the PSP but designer Tai Chiem is already thinking about the next iteration. His design calls for a flexible OLED display that can be conveniently rolled. An electric charge powering the display stiffens it while providing near bezeless prime real estate for gaming. Stereo speakers on either side double as a jog wheel and camera control. He also envisages Sony finally implementing two joysticks. Pipe dream or not, it’s sexy and lives up to its name; it don’t get any more portable than this.

0 Designer: Tai Chiem

So You Want to Plug it Up, Do You?

So You Want to Plug it Up, Do You?

Don’t let your bath water take over your life like the monster that it is. Water in the bathtub can be a real slippery mother; own it with the cutest plug ever: Easy Plug. One plug, a connecting plastic wire, and another plug that floats. Simple enough?

0 Designer: Maja Ganszyniec

If Nokia's Aeon And A Nano Had Sex...

If Nokia’s Aeon And A Nano Had Sex…

I don’t know what it is about Apple fanboys, but they can’t stand to see good design without their beloved logo glowing affectionately on the back. The designer, Mac Funamizu, drew on the Nokia Aeon to design a phone he would like to have, complete with Apple’s standard livery. Using a nondescript tactile feedback technology, its surface adapts to different purposes while the e-ink screen envelops the phone in graphics and information.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Fun with Wide Angle Views

Fun with Wide Angle Views

I’m a big fan of fisheye distortion, it’s more visually interesting, tells more about the context of a picture, and it’s so very useful 3d rendering. This “Fun” camera by Jian Guan comes equipped with a 16 mm lens, also mirrored for those great shots of yourself while holding the camera as far away as possible. Taking formal cues from a magnifying glass may seem unnecessary, but I think it does a great job of connecting the function to the shape.

0 Designer: Jian Guan

Blog Action Day 2008 - Design for Poverty Contest

Blog Action Day 2008 – Design for Poverty Contest

The Design for Poverty contest was a big success thanks to all the entrants. To do our part for Blog Action Day 2008, we wanted designers all around the world to come up with ways to address different aspects of poverty; food, clean water, shelter, medicine, education, etc. We’re amazed at all the creativity and ingenuity. Thank you so much for your hard work. We didn’t expect so many entries! We need a little more time to read thru each one and will post the shortlist October 17th. Great job everybody!

0 Visit: Blog Action Day

It has Feet! Stand Umbrella Review

It has Feet! Stand Umbrella Review

We received so many page views and comments about Tsuboi’s Stand Umbrella, we thought high time to review it. 100% was gracious enough to send us one and it’s probably the classiest, cutest umbrella I’ve seen. Class and uber cuteness – is that even possible?

0 Designer: 100%

Mini Composter, Air Freshener Not Included

Mini Composter, Air Freshener Not Included

I had to make a compost heap for school once and tho the actual experience wasn’t “fun”, the end results proved fruitful to our garden. The Jarst concept does the same thing without all the back breaking work in miniaturized form – tho it could probably be scaled up. There’s a seal drum and cap inside the pot. Thats where you put all your organic waste. In about 5-6 months time, a diaphragm opens to release your rich home made compost soil. Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t composting require heat and pressure?

0 Designer: Leonardo Fortino & Andrea Bartolucci

Clear!

Clear!

Remember that whole fad when pagers, mobile phones, and even computers (cough -iMac) were transparent revealing their innards? What if we applied that idea to a car? The Gamma Concept takes advantage of new polycarbonate and composite materials to create lighter, stronger, and more fuel efficient cars. Sounds like the automotive holy grail. What gives?

0 Designer: Niels Grubak Iversen