London Tap Water, Now With 100% More Glass

London Tap Water, Now With 100% More Glass

The London On Tap competition posted its shortlist of finalists this past week. The competition sought unique carafe designs that would encourage Londoners to drink plain tap water rather than over priced, over packaged bottled water. To wit, London tap water is 500 times cheaper than the average bottled alternative and involves 300 times less CO2 to process. The featured one here (read: my pick for winner) was done by Matthew Fiddimore and references the Thames with its plunging spout.

It's Tea Time! Sorapot Review

It’s Tea Time! Sorapot Review

It’s here, we got it and have been drinking tea like there’s no tomorrow – Joey Roth’s Sorapot. How excited was I to open such a beautifully packaged teapot! It’s important to note all the packaging materials are 100% recycled. The Sorapot is a modern teapot, with its architectural shape and simple functionality designed to bring the quiet beauty of tea and brewing tea into focus. How well does it perform? Hit the jump for our review.

0 Designer: Joey Roth

A Game for the Mentally and Dexterously Gifted

A Game for the Mentally and Dexterously Gifted

Mobius PLAY is a toy/puzzle by designers Paul Sandip and Suhasini. It challenges manual dexterity and mental concentration. The toy constitutes a continuous mobius ring having its ends permanently joined together and a dual snout magnetic roller. One has to hold the mobius ring in one hand and try to move the magnetic roller along the track. Just looking at it and trying to figure out how. . . is brain teasing me. Beautiful concept – a toy sexy enough to stand as an art piece.

0 Designer: Paul Sandip

The Webble Review, Footrest for Happy Feet!

The Webble Review, Footrest for Happy Feet!

We wrote about the Webble Active Footrest by BriteObjects last year. Since then we’ve received quite a few inquires about its purpose and effectiveness. We’re happy to announce the Webble is now market ready and on sale. We’ve been using one for about a month so if you’ve got happy feet and want to know if Webble can make them even happier, check out our review after the jump.

0 Designer: BriteObjects

Make Dinning Delicacies with Ease

Make Dinning Delicacies with Ease

The Sook Cut is a three-part concept by Adam Brodowski that makes delicious meals out of ingredients you may not know how to combine. The cutting board (Sook Cut) contains a moisture sensor, scale, and electronic tongue to determine what food is being prepped, then sends that information to the Sook Touch to generate a delicious recipe!

0 Designer: Adam Brodowski

It's a Bathub. No it's a Chair. Wait What?

It’s a Bathub. No it’s a Chair. Wait What?

Lounge chairs and bathtubs have one thing in common, people relax in them. Beyond that the similarities end and you wouldn’t think it would be possible to fuse the two but designer Baek-Ki Kim has done just that. Seatub is a concept lounge chair, one that looks like your tub got up, walked thru a “shrink-er-rizer” and relocated in your living room. The inspiration behind it is abstract – the exploration of combining objects with different functions seems as distant as the old adage “apples and oranges”.

0 Designer: Baek-Ki Kim

Cook Top Vesta for the Small, Tight, and Cramped

Cook Top Vesta for the Small, Tight, and Cramped

Matthias Pinkert must have had me in mind when he designed the Cook Top Vesta, one of this year’s entries in the Electrolux design competition. For people constantly on the go, living in apartments where kitchen, living, closet, and sleeping all seem to blend into one. The Cook Top Vesta is a fold down cooking surface. Flip the top up when not in use to access a prep surface. It’ll also read RFID enabled food packaging to a certain proper cook times and even suggest recipes, if say all you got is a box of dry rotini pasta.

0 Designer: Matthias Pinkert

Tapeworm, the Good Kind

Tapeworm, the Good Kind

Tapeworm is a strip that slides into any roll of tape for an instant tape dispenser. Due to the high yield strength of the material used, Tapeworm returns to its original flat shape despite significant bending and tension. It’s also friendly to you stomach and intestinal track so no worries there.

0 Designer: Paul Sandip

Real Physical Tweets

Real Physical Tweets

Microbloggers rejoice, Marc Owens has made a machine that makes it possible to update your status offline. The Receipt Clock’s only function is to keep the time and date and print it out at the click of a button. The slip of paper you receive, plus a thought on your part, and you’ve got tweets that you can paste to the streets.

0 Designer: Marc Owens

C’N’C “Plug Generation” Contest

C’N’C “Plug Generation” Contest

C’N’C invites you to join in on the fun with their “Plug Generation” Contest. Think about how you would interpret the slogan “C’N’C Plug Generation”, by using original artistic techniques such as photos, murals, stickers, video, sculptures or composite and send it in to C’N’C. The winners will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to have their creations used as graphics on T-shirts and accessories and showcased during Milan’s Fashion Week in February 2009.

Designed for Poverty

Designed for Poverty

If you’ve been struggling for ideas in our design for poverty contest or wondered how design can help those in poverty then perhaps a little bit of inspiration is in order. Recent Coventry University graduate Daniel Sheridan has successfully developed, and deployed the “Energee-Saw” through his company PlayMade Energy. The mission of PlayMade Energy is to bring renewable electricity to schools in the developing world through the fun of play.

0 Designer: Daniel Sheridan

A Well-Spent Day Brings Happy Sleep

A Well-Spent Day Brings Happy Sleep

An object that with knowledge of the most excellent ways of Leonardo Da Vinci will require very little explaining. The Da Vinci Alarm Clock assists the user in adhering to the 3.5/.5 sleep schedule devised by the Renaissance Man, allowing the user 21 hours of awake time a day, completely free of sleepiness.

0 Designer: Marc Owens

Still Haven't Found the Big Dipper

Still Haven’t Found the Big Dipper

There are a great many lights and chandeliers out there that emulate an explosion of light through glass and lines of refraction.  The Constellation Chandelier from Studio 1 Thousand however, accomplishes this feat through the simple use of LED’s and bent copper stems that array downward from a wrapped base.  Upon closer inspection, the clamps securing the LED clusters might even bring to mind Ingo Mauer’s Zettelz lamps, although this is anything but derivative.

0 Designer: Studio1Thousand