If You're Really Into Butterflies. . .

If You’re Really Into Butterflies. . .

Then you’ll love this Nissan Teana concept circa 2023. Everything from the exterior sheet metal to the heavily overworked interior is supposed to invoke one of nature’s most beautiful insects. The sensibility isn’t for everyone but there’s something original about all the detailing. It’s ornate but in a modern way. Get past the design quirks and you’ll find a car full of tech wizardry like a heads up HUD display and auto-driver mode. So how about it, would you drive one?

0 Designer: Chen-Wei Chang & Hsuan-Ju Chia

Divining Rod Tech Rediscovered in Clock Form

Divining Rod Tech Rediscovered in Clock Form

I tell time and weather with the stars, of course, but soon I will be able to tell these things just as easily with a hunk of wood. That’s right! Inovaxion has created a wooden bit of clock and weather station that no sensible person with a hot collection of design oriented fun and helpful object would be able to turn down!

0 Designer: Sebastien Wallet

That's a lot of Black Rubber

That’s a lot of Black Rubber

A building clad in black rubber may sound ominous but in this instance, it’s a testament to modern design. The Soundhouse by Jefferson Sheard Architects and Carey Jones Architects was designed as the University of Sheffield’s state of the art music practice and studio facility. The striking quilted rubber envelope is a first and a technique never seen before in the UK or anywhere else for that matter.

0 Designer: Jefferson Sheard Architects

Walls In Motion

Walls In Motion

I have always dreamed of having my own secret hideout inside my home, a place where I could go and just have some me time minus all of the distractions in the world. With Lotty Lindeman’s design, Door, I might possibly be able to make my dream come true. Door is a design that is full of functionality with a unique twist on hidden passageways of olden times.

0 Designer: Lotty Lindeman

Roger, Roger. What's Our Vector, Victor?

Roger, Roger. What’s Our Vector, Victor?

Feldar is a 2-way radio from Jian Guan which uses red LED’s surrounding its case to indicate the direction of other radios. The addition of a compass and its disregard for GPS signal makes its a low cost choice for hiking, skiing and other long-ranging outdoor sports. That said, I can imagine a bunch of 10-year-olds having a crapload of fun playing in the woods with these; even Jian himself calls them Walkie-Talkies.

0 Designer: Jian Guan

Balls of Fury

Balls of Fury

Do your balls get out of control sometimes? Nothing is more annoying than constantly having to bend over and organize your balls. Well take comfort because your balls are about to get the shaft. It’s called the TUBALL by Inez Kochanowicz and it has the single purpose of controlling your balls in this long mesh-like tubular sack.

0 Designer: Inez Kochanowicz

Spacey Loo or Giant Smoking Pipe?

Spacey Loo or Giant Smoking Pipe?

Its name is Mrs. Hudson. Yes she has a name. The design was inspired by a modified water drop, whatever that means. I’m seeing more smoking pipe tho, but hey, it recently won a Russian bathroom design contest sponsored by Roca so it must be good. I just wonder who Mrs. Hudson is and if she knows a loo was named after her.

0 Designer: 2-B-2 Architecture

Rugged High-heels

Rugged High-heels

Any fashionista knows expensive heels and water do not go together. If durability weren’t such an issue, I’m sure you’d rock those blahniks daily. SWIMS, a Scandinavian company known for making stylish galoshes just released the City Slipper high heel.  Like the other SWIMS products, the design of the City Slipper is simple and beautiful and in line with company’s Scandanavian heritage. In addition, the design incorporates lots of great details both for practical and aesthetic reasons.

0 Designer: SWIMS Studio

Can You Smell Me Now?

Can You Smell Me Now?

While I wait for my mobile phone with built-in Swiss Army Knife functionality, I will admire this latest design dubbed LAVENDER DESIGN by Andrew Seunghyun Kim. Ready for the skinny on this sleek yet stinking phone? Well first off, it has a built-in perfume dispenser of you guessed it, lavender. If that were not enticing enough, the LAVENDER DESIGN also features a built-in “LAVENDER LIGHT” that coats your phone in a bath of bacteria killing UV lights while charging.

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

This is No Universal Remote

This is No “Universal” Remote

Often in a society of excess, (or depression, as it were,) the tendency is to provide as much precise detail in look and control as possible. Brian Garret Schuur has created a television remote that’s just the opposite. Schuur has reduced the channel, volume, pause, play, record, and power into one control button with his frankly titled “Single Button Remote.”

0 Designer: Brian Garret Schuur

3 is the new 4

3 is the new 4

Auto designers have been toying with the idea of three-wheeled transports for some time now and this latest concept by Higgins-Aubé called ENERGYA is pretty much another attempt at it. This side-by-side two seater is legally considered in most jurisdictions a “motorcycle”, eliminating most of the mandatory automobile systems and components that weigh down and increase the price of regular 4-wheeled automobiles.

0 Designer: Higgins-Aubé

Hanging in Orbit

Hanging in Orbit

This pendant lamp from Lucie Koldova is dubbed Orbital Light for obvious formal reasons, but all I know is that it should have been in 2001: a Space Odyssey. The LED diodes that line the inside of the ribs cast a kind of omnidirectional glow on all nearby surfaces, giving the interior a very futuristic ambient light. The project was apparently designed for grand-scale interiors and halls, but maybe my kitchenette would also be appropriate.

0 Designer: Lucie Koldova

For the Playboy with Everything, Porsche Design P'9120 Review.

For the Playboy with Everything, Porsche Design P’9120 Review.

Move over cheap radio alarm clock because for the past month I’ve been trying out the Etón P’9120 designed by the venerable Porsche Design company – yes the same one that makes those uber sexy cars. If music is your ace then you’ll be happy to know it handles nearly all digital delivery forms, including docking up with your iPod, Touch, and iPhone, radio, and integrated XM satellite. There’s even a built-in subwoofer and of course, 2 separate alarms because you never wake up on the first alarm.

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