Twist and Squeeze

Twist and Squeeze

Designer Jason Kline discovered people don’t use most of the buttons on today’s TV remotes. The complex array of function only confuses some and alienates others. Most people also only watch 12 different channels so why are we still using these ever elongating sticks? Kline suggests another way called the Licentia.

0 Designer: Jason Kline

Naked UNbrella

Naked UNbrella

Hey, Let me just say I give props to anyone out there thinking green and trying to make the world a better place through design. That being said, mad props to designer Shiu Yuk Yuen. She is out there fighting the good fight, and her latest design inspiration may be a bit of a mis-fire(in my opinion), but still deserves to be dissected, praised or criticized with the best of them.

0 Designer: Shiu Yuk Yuen

Hot Tatra

Hot Tatra

The last ten years has seen the resurrection of legendary auto brands like the Maybach, Bugatti, Healey, Mini and recently announced Alpine car brand. Tatra Motors, the third oldest car company on the planet behind Daimler Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot was the inspiration for this new concept design by Czech magazine AutoDesign&Styling. They asked designer Mike Jelinek to create this concept vision of the Tatra of the future.

0 Designer: Mike Jelinek

Beer gut Saver

Beer gut Saver

I just love ideas that come from outside “influences”, like “oh man, I may be totally blitz right now but we should totally head to Vegas tonight!” or “If I had money, I would totally open my own bar…but a cool bar, with every kind of beer from around the world…and every kind of nachos from around the world too…” Well dear friends, thank god most of us usually pass out before such genius ideas ever come to fruition.

0 Designer: Michael Roller

Volvo + trucks + fashion = !@#$%&

Volvo + trucks + fashion = !@#$%&

OK, show of cursors, who here when thinking of big trucks (not SUVs) thinks of Volvo? Anyone? Anyone? Ok, you two in the Swedish diner..now of you two actually thinking of Volvo trucks who is thinking metro sexual fashions? Ok, so there you are. Now when thinking of metro-sexual fashion and Volvo trucks are you also thinking bibs, comforters, games and toy vehicles? Ha! I lost you didn’t I Mr. Volvo-truck-fashion-boy? Well you are not alone my friend trust me.

Blockenspiel...you know, for kids!

Blockenspiel…you know, for kids!

Bust out the aspirin and put down that toy AK-47 fully automatic machine gun you were thinking about buying Junior for his birthday and think about giving the gift of music. Check out the latest in getting your groove on like a tyke, this ‘AMK’ is a modular sound toy specially designed for preschool children. Kiddies can independently play and combine sounds through plugging these uniquely programmed music blocks.

0 Designer: PKNTS Studio

Wine of the Times

Wine of the Times

I had a few too many glasses of Pinot Gris just the other evening and I swear to Bartles & Jaymes that I envisioned a wine bar that looked similar to this new interior design for “Bella Italia Weine” shop and restaurant located in Stuttgart, Germany, home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

0 Architect: Ippolito Fleitz Group

A Radio, Calliper Style

A Radio, Calliper Style

Like a precision calliper tool, 08 Radio by Mikael Silvanto lets you precisely find the station you want by sliding the entire radio unit up and down the scale. It’s a minor improvement and may irk some who prefer a dial but functions aside, it is nice to look at just as a stand-alone piece.

0 Designer: Mikael Silvanto

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

Not too long ago while shopping for a credenza, I was torn between wood and metal. I wanted the luxury of wood but the performance of metal made much more sense. Designer Daniel Enoksson has created furniture with both personalities called Pieces. Made from pine, MDF, and steel, these stools and benches play up the contrast between all the materials while maintaining their core functionality. I must have the biggest one for my studio.

0 Designer: Daniel Enoksson

Robotic Fish Feeder, Because I'm Too Lazy

Robotic Fish Feeder, Because I’m Too Lazy

If you’ve got a big pond or lake with fish just swimmingly enjoying life, you may ask yourself why you have to be the one doing all the work. Fish have it made! They just swim and eat. The FIFER robot makes feeding one less item you need to worry about on your day to day tasks.

0 Designer: Ran Xiangfei

Icebear, Waste Not Want Not

Icebear, Waste Not Want Not

Originally commissioned for Valgeir Sigurðsson Greenhouse in Iceland, Icebear is a limited edition fur made from pelt scraps in 10 shades on arctic white. Really? There are that many shades of white? In addition there are also special variations in black, brown and albino (which I thought was white).

0 Designer: Sruli Recht

Polish Cinema Paradiso

Polish Cinema Paradiso

According to a recent press release we obtained, Poland is having an economic up-swing and what better time to launch a brand new entertainment multi-plex space than now. “Multikino” theatres in Warsaw, Poland is being billed as the “most spectacular and stylish CINEMA IN EUROPE!” I have not been to every single theatre in Europe so I will have to take their word for it.

0 Designer: Robert Majkut

Best of June 2008

Best of June 2008

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 June 2008.