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

Clip-on Tea Infuser Classier Than A Clip-on Tie

Clip-on Tea Infuser Classier Than A Clip-on Tie

On Saturday, April 5, the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) presented its Student Merit Award to Paul Sukphisit, a senior at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The presentation was the highlight of the 2008 IDSA Northeast District Conference, which was held in Philadelphia. Sukphisit, along with national award winners from four other districts, will present his work at the IDSA’s national conference this September in Phoenix.

0 Designer: Paul Sukphisit

Wannabe Apple

Wannabe Apple

In a light hearted approach, this solution tries to address the desire for companies to try and copy every design aesthetic Apple innovates. By giving them an actual Apple iStudio they can bring a piece of that design ethos home.

0 Designer: André Dettler

Power Strippin

Power Strippin

Power plugs come in all shapes and sizes. From baseball sized to brick sized, it seems that electronics manufacturers can’t agree on one or even three standard sized power plugs. So why doesn’t your power strip seem to care about this fact? Well now it does. The “Revolve” by Takumi Yoshida is the simple answer to a complicated Tetris-like puzzle plaguing us all.

0 Designer: Takumi Yoshida

Really High Fashion

Really High Fashion

Beat this toy Brad and Angelina! French Luxury Brand Hermés teamed up with Eurocopter to introduce the “L’helicoptre par Hermès”, the most tricked-out, super-stylish way to fly since the Spruce Goose (look it up). This unprecedented collaboration started as just a design exercise. Italian designer Gabriele Pezzini was brought in to work with Eurocopter engineers and Hermès craftsmen to create the final design.

0 Designer: Gabriele Pezzini

Treo meets iPhone

Treo meets iPhone

There is soon to be a flood of new mobile phones to hit the street using Google’s new open source Android OS platform. RKS design consultants of southern California have just introduced their entry into this soon-to-be-ubiquitous mobile platform with this “Mimique” design.

0 Designer: RKS Design