Solar Powered Solar Panel Sun Glasses

Solar Powered Solar Panel Sun Glasses

The glasses themselves don’t need power to block the sun’s rays from your eyes. That’s power-free. The SIG, or “Self-Energy Converting Sunglasses” are quite simple. The lenses of the glasses have dye solar cells, collecting energy and making it able to power your small devices through the power jack at the back of the frame. “Infinite Energy: SIG”

0 Designers: Hyun-Joong Kim & Kwang-Seok Jeong

Chair to Stool to Chair Again

Chair to Stool to Chair Again

You wanna sit, but I wanna sit also. I don’t wanna sit on the floor! So you’ve got to get up. -Wait no! Your chair folds down into a stool! By jove, keep on foldin! Presenting the Fold! Available in undone wood or Wintergreen -I mean “Winterfold.”

Both flavors fold with ease.

0 Designer: Fredrik Farg

SnoozeMe, Find That Snooze Button Faster!

SnoozeMe, Find That Snooze Button Faster!

Does this situation sound familiar? You’re sleeping wonderfully and just can’t bother waking up immediately when the alarm clock goes off – so you just push the snooze button and get right back to leaping sheep land. Sometimes I can’t even find the snooze button so my hand just sorta smacks around in the general vicinity until the alarm shuts off. SnoozeMe offers a less jarring snooze experience because it’s a plushie you sleep with.

0 Designer: Lisa Toepfer

Throne Fit For Kid Gamer King

Throne Fit For Kid Gamer King

Gamerox is a new concept in game seating, designed for younger computer game users. Its unique design and patented mechanisms encourage full 3D body movement during game play. As well as creating a more exciting, interactive gaming experience, this movement improves circulation and aids muscle and skeletal development. Gamerox also assists in the development of coordination, balance and spatial awareness. The seat design encourages a dynamic upright sitting position so slouchers beware.

0 Designer: Tim Briggs

35-H Lounger Makes The Embody Look Like A Nerd

35-H Lounger Makes The Embody Look Like A Nerd

With all the comfort of Herman Miller’s Embody with none of its neurotic over-engineering, the 35 H Lounger from Designer Frédéric Sofia lets the eye rest easy on the smooth leather lines of this gorgeous relaxation machine. Typically an assortment of adjustment handles will litter chairs’ undercarriages, but Frédéric opted to house the controls in the armrests themselves, keeping the overall form very clean. So while it may look overly simplistic, there remain four pneumatic jacks to keep your back and butt in perfect alignment at all times.

0 Designer: Frederic Sofia

Clothes Hangers + Plastic Bag = Trash Can

Clothes Hangers + Plastic Bag = Trash Can

Optimally, I would have a plastic trashcan with basketball hoop 10 feet away at all times. Unfortunately, my trashcans typically consist of shopping bags or unused secondary packaging, a reality that gives the Trash Bag Holder from Chen & Karlsson great impact in the context of our makeshift lives. Never mind the holder’s promotion of “re-use” (the best of all the Three R’s), all it needs now is another clothes-hanger above all the rest for the basketball hoop.

0 Designer: Chen & Karlsson

SNEAK PEEK! 2010 Volvo S60

SNEAK PEEK! 2010 Volvo S60

Rubbed my eyes twice to make sure it wasn’t a mirage. That really is a Volvo – just a concept (an S60 to be exact) but one the venerable automaker says demonstrates their future design DNA. Odd, I don’t really see anything ground breaking as far as concepts go. Its got the typical curves, fender flares and oversized tires synonymous with concepts. Still the fact that it’s a Volvo, and in comparison to the current S60, this is a huge change.

0 Designer: Volvo

Big Eye Needle

Big Eye Needle

Where was this invention when I was in Fashion Design school? Big Eye Needle is an ordinary loop-eye sewing needle except it’s made of some new fangled metal. With a bit of pressure, the tiny loop-eye expands to the size of a button hole making threading a cinch – literally. Gone are the days of far sighted clumsy hands and sore thumbs. Damn thread never seems to want to go in without a fight. I need the Big Eye Needle now. Appropriately, I rate this a DO WANT!

0 Designer: Woo Moon-Hyung

Now That's Corky!

Now That’s Corky!

This bonsai tree stand called Querkus is based on the physical and structural properties of cork. Cork is impermeable to water, making it ideal as a plant coaster. I didn’t know this since our bathroom cork tiles absorb water like paper, yet they have never warped or molded over. It is the perfect material to make an entire plant stand out of. Cork is also antibacterial and rot resistant, so the standing water in the top recessed area will not degrade the material. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Cork is biodegradable and breaks down to what is essentially fertilizer. Okay, I’m sold.

0 Designer: Devin Sidell

Making Something Out of Nothing

Making Something Out of Nothing

In our cult of the new and the shiny, it’s sometimes refreshing to remember that it’s possible to make new things out of old things that look old. No, seriously, it’s possible. And Jan Korbes Garbage Architecture has many projects to prove it. Coming from the Gordon Matta-Clark school of architecture, Jan Korbes follows a lot of threads at once. There are a lot of small furniture pieces involving scrap wood and recycled car tires.  Some are interesting, some you’ve seen before, but in every instance he doesn’t stop experimenting.

0 Designer: Jan Korbes Garbage

Sex on Wheels, Vandenbrink GTO

Sex on Wheels, Vandenbrink GTO

The Vandenbrink GTO has been awarded the GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2008. The award is given by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and is the oldest and most prestigious awards program worldwide, elevating the best and finest new design and design innovation for products. This vehicle is excruciatingly beautiful, even for someone who prefers minimalism, I find beauty this car, evoking American muscle and Italian styling. Oh and BTW, it’s got 750 hp! Congrats to Vandenbrink!

0 Designer: Vandenbrink

Rundle Lantern

Rundle Lantern

The Rundle Lantern is a parking garage in Adelaide, Australia, composed of a big corner-wrapping screen. Each of the 748 “pixels ” has two LED lights behind it, and it can do all the stuff that awesome big screens can do. It was designed by brand consulting firm Fusion , but this is no jumbotron: it was intentionally designed to be a lantern to this part of town, and even though it moves it doesn’t display hard images or text. It’s more like a huge Jeremy Blake light-painting , and we love it for that. Check out the videos.

0 Designer: Fuse Project

Electronic Prayer Bracelets Tie Us Close

Electronic Prayer Bracelets Tie Us Close

Mobile phones are at their core, a means of connecting people to one another, and designer Rahul Sen has striped back the phone to this core element and created what he calls “Loops of Faith”.

The Nokia bracelet concept was finally born out of a convergence of a Rahki bracelet metaphor with a Buddhist prayer wheel metaphor.

0 Designer: Rahul Sen