Tour Signal de Force

Tour Signal de Force

In an effort to revitalize the La Défense neighborhood of Paris, this winning design by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, was selected over dozens of other firms. This 71 floor tower will include office, hotel, residential and retail spaces. Heralded as “sustainable architecture”, this design is basically made up of four blocks piled one on top of the other with atriums forming huge windows, each facing in alternate directions.

0 Architect: Jean Nouvel

Touch Free Service

Touch Free Service

Efficiency and cleanliness are what’s on order with this serving tray design by Carlo Casagrande. His “Vassoio Monetti” design is about as minimal and effective a tool as it gets. Capable of holding most European sized demitasse and champagne flutes, this elegant serving tray even allows for touch free delivery of your precious liquids. No more, “waiter, your finger is in my coffee…” moments.

0 Designer: Carlo Casagrande

Eclipse Intuit Phone Love Sun

Eclipse Intuit Phone Love Sun

Check out the Eclipse Intuit Phone by Eddie Goh. It’s got all the basic stuff we’ve come to expect from our mobiles; powerful 5 megapixel camera with built-in software for editing and uploading to a photo album, slide-out touch keyboard with tactile feedback, and a nice big touchscreen front and center. What makes this concept unique is parts of the phone are made from a chemically based thin solar skin to charge the battery when exposed to any kind of light.

0 Designer: Eddie Goh

Collapsible Shelves For The Unorganized and Cheap

Collapsible Shelves For The Unorganized and Cheap

PLoP! is a storage shelving system designed for nomadic students on budget. Made from eco-friendly corrugated board, PLoP! weighs a mere 1.8kg and is collapsible, so students can easily carry it home with them, even on the public transport. Once at home, they simply have to remove the packaging, ‘plop’ it open, affix its backing supports and be prepared to be wowed as this humble material of a furniture holds the weight of dozens of books and objects.

0 Designer: Joyce Hong

Sneakart Lets Your Customize Your Kicks

Sneakart Lets Your Customize Your Kicks

Sneakart has launched a revolutionary sneaker customization concept for footwear enthusiasts. Using new ‘sneakskin’ technology, sneakart has created a simple and cost-effective way to change the look of your sneakers with a minimum of fuss. Sneakskin is a type of sticker film that you can apply to shoes like an ordinary sticker and it will flex and move as though part of the leather.

Follicle Reference Hats

Follicle Reference Hats

First off let me say that I am a HUGE fan of Nagi Noda’s! This Japanese phenom was the creator of one of the strangest things I ever saw on the web. A video called “Ex Fat Girl” and features white poodles exercising to music. Check it out here. Her latest project is possibly as bizarre and absolutely brilliant at the same time. “Hair Hats” are exactly as the name implies, hats made of hair in the shape of animals.

0 Designer: Nagi Noda

A Real Thumb Drive or Fingering Tool

A Real Thumb Drive or Fingering Tool

There is nothing more annoying than an opposable thumb that opposes the way you hammer a nail or screw a phillips head. No more throbbing red digits with this handy construction aid called “Shark” by Matthias Pinkert. Designed to protect and perfectly align your nail or screw, I can see this being a part of every tool box belonging to those of us less coordinated craftsmen or women.

0 Designer: Matthias Pinkert

Bipolar Table

Bipolar Table

Ok couch potatoes, this one is NOT for you. As if surfing for free porn on the web and flipping through hundreds of channels on TV were not tiring enough, now we are expected to do push ups just to bring food as close to my face as possible. This table design by Chris Murphy called “Push Up Table” just may be attractive enough to warrant the extra effort it takes to adjust the height.

0 Designer: Chris Murphy

Silicon Valley meets Napa Valley

Silicon Valley meets Napa Valley

Well it was bound to happen. There seems to be a USB everything these days. From a humping dog to sushi to even a severed bloody finger, designers and novelty manufacturers are determined to turn anything into a USB thumb drive. Designer Arwye Wan wants you to taste the finer side of Universal Serial Bus with his “Wine Stopper USB Memory Stick”.

0 Designer: Arwye Wan

Design Digest Vol.13

Design Digest Vol.13

Once again it is time for the YD Design Digest; A compendium of easily digestible design delights from around the inter-webs. First up is this yummy looking sofa design by designer Ron Arad. Called the “Do Lo Res”, this sofa is a set of separate chocolate looking cubes anchored at the base.

Water + Wind = Fun

Water + Wind = Fun

What could be more fun than flying a kite or riding a Waverunner? Try both at the same time! That’s the basic idea behind the “Nereus” water craft by designer Mathias Koehler. Powered by none other than Mother Nature herself, this water craft can deliver hours of fuel free fun above and below the water. Steering is managed via foot pedals and the diving function is handled vie the hand grips controlling the pivoting fins at the base.

0 Designer: Mathias Koehler

Wilsonart Chair

Wilsonart Chair

Wilsonart today named Eric MacDonald as the winner of its 2008 Wilsonart® Challenges… student design scholarship competition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). MacDonald’s winning entry adapts a simple shape into new dimensions.

0 Designer: Eric MacDonald

Speak-er

Speak-er

Designer Sherwood Forlee (love the name) has a sense a humor for stating the obvious. A speaker is a device that converts electrical energy into sound waves. It’s also someone who expresses in language. So if you combine those two definitions together to form some sort of iconic gesture to retain both aspects, you get the Speak-er. As Sherwood puts it, putting the “speak” in speakers.

0 Designer: Sherwood Forlee