What's up my Jigger?

What’s up my Jigger?

What is the true measure of a liquid? Is it the color of its molecules? Is it its density? or maybe its viscosity..? Whatever it is, the “Cube Jigger” by Josh Owen for Kikkerland has six ways to measure your liquids in the most commonly measured form…its volume. This design evolved from an experiment to compress the six most common liquid measures into the smallest possible dispenser.

0 Designer: Josh Owen

Suzuki's Green Machine

Suzuki’s Green Machine

The good folks at Suzuki are serious about going green and have been spotted testing their latest concept, the Suzuki Crosscage Hydrogen Fuel Cell Motorcycle. With no gears, no noise, no clutch and no emissions, this hydrogen fuel cell / electric hybrid two-wheeler just might be the future of motorcycles and is closer to reality than you might think. Seriously, there is a guy riding one in these pictures, you won’t hear it coming, but it is.

0 Design: Suzuki

Iceberg Living

Iceberg Living

Icebergs may soon be a thing of the past, but tell that to the designers of this “Iceberg” housing project that just won a competition to build a housing complex at the Aarhus docklands development in Denmark. Architects Julien de Smedt and CEBRA architects in collaboration with Louis Paillard and SeArch have dreamed up this future community due for completion in 2010.

0 Architect: Julien de Smedt

Face melting Vinyl Stereo Speakers

Face melting Vinyl Stereo Speakers

Ed Lewis (aka Fungus Amungus) has posted a great do-it-yourself project that combines one of my favorite art forms with another of my favorite art forms. He took the hip, urban chic of vinyl toys and gave them the gift of music by fusing speakers into the faces of these “Munnny” vinyl toys from Kid Robot.

0 Designer: Ed Lewis

The Longest Mobile Phone Ever Or Just Looks It

The Longest Mobile Phone Ever Or Just Looks It

Candy bars, flips, bricks, diamonds – phones come in a myriad of monikers but a common denominator are their form factors. For the most part they’re designed to be pocketable. You can throw all those expectations out the window because designer Tamer Koseli wants no part of it. His NEED Phone is probably the longest mobile phone concept we’ve seen.

0 Designer: Tamer Koseli

Up Top Or Bottom?

Up Top Or Bottom?

The Daydream table looks like an ordinary shabby chic coffee table but it hides multiple trap doors for included vases that can go on top or down below – depending on your needs. Nothing I dislike more than being lazy on a Sunday afternoon on my couch with a bunch of vases blocking my view. Instead of angrily pushing them all to the floor, now they’re neatly tucked away. Out of sight, out of mind.

0 Designer: Yu Zhao

Art in Detail

Art in Detail

Here is a great way to look like a total art snob. Just whip this bad boy out at your next museum outing and really impress Thurston Howell III and the Monopoly Man. It’s the “ZoomArt” magnifying lens for art lovers by Odoardo Fioravanti Design Studio. This handy high quality optical lens has a 6x magnification and zooms at the twist of a wrist.

0 Designer: Odoardo Fioravanti Design Studio

A Humble Grand?

A Humble Grand?

From the 50 coats high gloss paint to the 5000 seat auditoriums they occupy, there’s nothing intimate or understated about a grand piano. A concerto on a keyboard or upright however will earn you little respect. At the recent Milan design week, designer Yves Plattard and Yamaha showcased a unique concept called “key between you” that aimed to create a more intimate environment for performances by bringing the musician and the audience together.

0 Designer: Yves Plattard

Champagne Poppin' For Everyone

Champagne Poppin’ For Everyone

Look it’s all about me me me. I don’t want to stand in the back. I want to be center front. I want to be a star. So why is it only one person gets to experience that “oooOo” moment when opening a champagne bottle? Everyone circles around as they hear the distinctive “pop” of cork freeing itself from glass. Why can’t everyone experience this moment?

0 Designer: Baptiste Mathieu

Splash Lounge Chair. Go Ahead, Dive In.

Splash Lounge Chair. Go Ahead, Dive In.

Ever look at macro photos of water splashes or super slow mo’ video of a droplet slamming into the surface sending ripples across a lake? There’s a moment in that 1/10 of a second when the impact creates a crater or sorts, as if you were small enough, it could neatly cup you. Inspired designer Michael Wendel created a 1/8th scale model called the Splash Lounge Chair, big enough for us to sit in.

0 Designer: Michael L. Wendel

Welcome to the Old Social...

Welcome to the Old Social…

Time was a person would simply pick up the phone to update grandma on all the happenings. If you wanted to share a picture with her, you would write a letter and mail her one. I know, I know, not going to happen. So let’s just throw some money at the issue and find a way to use technology to keep the old people from feeling unloved and abandoned.

0 Designer: Ben Arent

Trophy Polygamy

Trophy Polygamy

When awards are handed out, it is usually for excellence in a particular field. Well if there was an award for best award, this new award called “DesignNu” would win the award for most clever award. This take-away object of commemoration is handed out biannually for outstanding Swedish design. The trophy was designed by Form Us With Love and the basic idea of its design is to allow the winner to mould as many trophies as he/she likes.

0 Designer: Form Us With Love

Pop Ups for the Pop Ins

Pop Ups for the Pop Ins

Once again a designer is determined to make use of every square inch of available space in our ever shrinking world. Intended as a practical solution to cramped apartment living, designer Sandy Lam created the “Spaceless” hide-away patio furniture set. Have some unexpected friends? Don’t fumble around in your cramped closet for those folding chairs, just reach down and pull up a seat…literally.

0 Designer: Sandy Lam