The ButtonFly Zipper

The ButtonFly Zipper

Irony since I asked our resident industrial designer Shane Crozier to help me redesign a zipper and lookie here, someone’s already done it. Tho I’m not sure how feasible this is, the ButtonFly is interesting nonetheless. Giant interlocking button flaps create a seal similar to that of a zipper. Doesn’t seem as efficient as a zipper but it offers something new in terms of creating uniquely designed garments and accessories.

0 Designer: Mikhail Stawsky

The Genesis of Henosis

The Genesis of Henosis

The Henosis is a concept vehicle designed to connect human to machine in a personal way. The vehicle comes with a bevy of technological doo-dads to analyze the environment, driver’s mood, expression, and biometric readings to provide the most comfortable and safe driving experience.

0 Designer: Alexei Mikhailov

Pour Me a Glass of Light

Pour Me a Glass of Light

(de)light is a project that reinterprets the concept of light as we know it. What does it mean when you can pour illuminated liquid from archetypical components like a lightbulb? When something so intangible becomes tactile and easily transferrable. The project challenges fundamental design paradigms about how we use lighting, how it’s displayed, and how it’s controlled. Imagine what our world would look like.

0 Designer: Cristina Ferraz Rigo

Smoke and Mirrors and Light Bulbs

Smoke and Mirrors and Light Bulbs

Why buy, arrange, and construct an array of 60+ fluorescent light bulbs when you can strap together three of them and let good ‘ole reflections do the rest?  Resting on the floor, the pyramidal shape contains three fluorescent bulbs that, aided by mirrors, project light onto your favorite piece of designer furniture.  As an aside, if you happen to close off the shape with a fourth mirror you apparently create free perpetual energy.

0 Designer: Dodo Arslan

The Rainbow Connection

The Rainbow Connection

I’m not talking about the song Kermit sings, but about the colorful design by Christian Flindt – Parts of a Rainbow. These modular stackable chairs were not created to just stack on top of each other, but were designed to stack sideways. By stacking them sideways, the chairs can then be used as a colorful bench. Parts of a Rainbow are certain to be the most admired and talked about item at your next friendly gathering.

0 Designer: Christian Flindt

Prepare Your Nachos, Footballs, and Beer Bellies for MANVAN!

Prepare Your Nachos, Footballs, and Beer Bellies for MANVAN!

When I think of a van, I think of something a family owns: a “Soccer Mom” van, or one of those “full of crap” vans that a hectic multi-child family owns. The “Man”, as the Manvan defines it, is not one who would put up with foolish children delivering or cross-country-to-grandmother’s-house treks with family, no! The Manvan tends to to football loving man, the man who wants to watch hugescreen television in an empty parking-lot man, the strange future man!

0 Designer: Aimee LoDuca

VOIP with Style

VOIP with Style

The Tatung VOIP, winner of the 2008 IF, IDEA, and Red Dot awards is one classy phone with aims to making internet phones user friendly. Featuring Bluetooth, wireless and a touch pad design, the Tatung VOIP Phone is easy to connect to your VOIP service. Its casing can be customized but other than that the phone is devoid of unnecessary features with the exception of a faux antenna which is just for retro nostalgia.

0 Designer: Nova Design

Smokey The Bear Approved

Smokey The Bear Approved

The Shooter fire extinguisher makes all those years of Nerf gun practice worth while. Simply put it’s a light weight gun loaded with CO2 cartridges. There’s a laser guidance system to help you aim and an alarm button to let others know there’s a fire-a-comin! This has a coolness factor of 10 but how much do you wanna bet people would shoot these off just because it’s sadistically fun?

0 Designer: Eunjung Kim

More Sake!

More Sake!

When I want more sake, I want more sake. Just like when I want more water, more soda, more whiskey, or more soda AND whiskey. But in the places I love to take my sake, traditional opaque containers are still king. In a single act of brilliance, David Ngo has solved not only my sake problem, but the problems of all opaque drinkers everywhere! No longer will I have to wallow in the confusion of a container with hidden contents! Now my sake will light me up LITERALLY!

0 Designer: David Ngo

My Rolling Stones Ticket is Made of Grass, Man

My Rolling Stones Ticket is Made of Grass, Man

The O2 ticketing system is a wonderful little system for those with a green thumb (or for those who wish they had one) to remind themselves of all the little things nature does for us terrible human concertgoers. While a normal ticket to an event only stands to get lost, this one reminds the user of their upcoming joy every day! This living ticketing system saves the environment, one treehuggin’ concertgoer at a time! Very crunchy music oriented.

0 Designer: Gil Cocker

Bag for All Occasions

Bag for All Occasions

The Arrow Backpack keeps up with all your activites; gym, work, and school. The plastic structure collapses and expands to suit your baggage needed. It’s uniquely shaped to support your spine and the large neoprene straps relieve weight and stress on the shoulders. At its smallest, you can divide the bag into 2 separate modules.

0 Designer: Notus Design

Chromazon / A Giant Skeleton with Colorful Leafies

Chromazon / A Giant Skeleton with Colorful Leafies

Chromazon is a design installation whose color and construction make it an environment to behold. Did I say whose? Its organic nature makes it not just an art installation, not just a park bench: Chromazon is unnatural nature. Lately (the last ten years?) in our modern architectural design environment* competitiveness is a must. The Chromazon encapsulates the world’s new(?) radically concentrated love for design in all things.

0 Designer: SU11 Studio

Chubby Brothers Hidden Chairs Dining Table

Chubby Brothers Hidden Chairs Dining Table

Working in any kind of home or professional environment can be trying for a creative-oriented person, especially when essentials (such as a dining table, for instance) are needed for daily living. While even the wildest eccentric likes to sit down for a nice meal, afterward there’s still a bunch of goofy furniture sitting in the kitchen. What Brian Lee has made here is a definite score for those who wish to get the most out of their home or slightly public dining arena.

0 Designer: Brian Lee