The holidays are right around the corner so there’s no time like the present to make out your shopping list. Having trouble thinking of something for that family or friend really into modern design? Or perhaps you feel like treating yourself to something special for being extra good this year. Check out our DO WANT! Holiday Gift Guide after the jump. There’s a little something for everyone. Check back often as we continue to add more items. Have a suggestion? Leave a comment!
Holiday DO WANT! Gift Guide 2008
Who loves non-traditional wall coverings? Raise you hand! Then raise your other hand an pray! Because here’s the Porcelain Enshrinement Tile! Start a collection and built up, or just use a few! No need for a shelf or hook, each tile creates a shrine for your tiny items (and coats and photos too.) Check em out, then click through to the whole Yanko wall covering collection.
Designers: Chris Kirby & Alexandra Campbell
When I make my own studio, I’m going to call it Friends Party. And we will do battle with Isolation Unit, the studio of Teruhiro Yanagihara- the designer of this fantastic little flower pot creation. To activate the pot, all you have to do is follow the instructions given by the nice lady in the preview picture: open, expand over cup, look approvingly, and insert flower!
Designer: Teruhiro Yanagihara at Isolation Unit
If you’ve ever been to a store that caters to mothers and newborns, you were probably overwhelmed at the selection. The number of bottle choices alone are staggering! One of the latest contenders is the accolade laden Adiri Natural Nurser. Designed by Whipsaw Inc. to simulate a mother’s breast and nipple using BPF FREE materials, it’s a baby bottle simplified in design but as it turns out may be better than the generic bottles flooding the market.
Nicolas Lehotzky notice a niche trend among Mac users with built-in webcams Many cover it with post-it notes out of privacy concerns even tho there’s no way to turn it on without actively doing so. He created a little “lid” accessory if you will, that slides across the top of the screen bezel. If ever you feel like you’re being watched, just slide the cover over that tiny webcam lens and rest assured, even the best hackers aren’t going to be able to see what you do home alone.
Designer: Nicolas Lehotzky
This unnamed design by Andy Kurovets and Kris Dekeijser is a headphone that doubles as a webcam. That giant crystal on the side is actually a cover hiding the lens. The idea is no matter where you’re listening to music, seeing your friends is just a crystal popping moment away.
Designer: Andy Kurovets & Kris Dekeijser
Boy oh boy do you know a dude who loves portable speaker systems. It is me. And I say that while the best portable system will forever be the giant Ghetto Blaster, smaller and smaller competitors continue to show their chops. What do we have here? It’s JukeBrick: portable music holder, player… and performer. Yon-U Cho makes a little symphony with JukeBricks:
Designer: Yon-U Cho
When an establishment you do own, a hook you must have. You need to be able to make people have an experience when they enter your place of business, one that they want to continue or repeat. With the FLUX, people experience an eyeful of space, formed by light. Matali Crasset (w/assist) brings a new level of astound to “sitting around the campfire.”
Designer: Matali Crasset
Apple much? A device that might work on any “smart” phone, or if you’re talking to Wired’s Kevin Kelly, any handheld “screen.” Take a swing at power with the Handgrip iPhone Charger from our friend Mac Funamizu. Swing for power and plug in device to charge it right up
- plus an added bonus!
Designer: Mac Funamizu
Another iteration on the intuitive music making theme, “Jam” hails from a team at the Domus Academy where the brief was to design for basic intuitive behavior in the context of a rapidly changing, unstable beta culture. The central hub records and wirelessly links Jam together, while the touch sensitive finger-taps store and play sound clips. It goes further by allowing changes in pitch by vertically dragging it on a surface and regulating the volume with the force applied to each tap.
I’ve been toting around the KOR ONE Hydration Vessel for a week and the first thing someone said to me was, “that’s a water bottle? Looks pretty spacey man.” Yes it does look quite futuristic and some have even accused me of being wasteful – all that pretty packaging and design just to hold water. What gives? Hit the jump to read my review.
Zippy Flounder; regulars will certainly recognize his name. His comments have been met with both colloquial admiration and austere criticism. Love him or hate him, he has over 30 years of experience in industrial design so perhaps what may seem like aimless “bah humbugs” are actually valid points from a man who’s “been there, done that.” In our first of many guest contributions, Zippy tells it like it is. So hit the jump, read the article, and don’t hesitate to leave comments for him.
Contributor: Zippy Flounder