Citroën with a Twist

Citroën with a Twist

One of my favorite scenes in the classic and hilarious movie “Airplane” was when Lloyd Bridges hands a weather report to “Johnny,” a fellow air traffic controller and asks: “Johnny, what can you make out of this? [Hands him the weather briefing] Johnny replies: “This? Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl…” That scene ran through my head and was what I first thought of when I read about French auto makers Citroën’s C-Design competition. This challenge is to see what useful items designers can envision and make with only Citroën car parts and their logo design.

A New “CONCEPCION” – University of the Americas

A New “CONCEPCION” – University of the Americas

What started as an idea in 2002, has now been completed. The University of the Americas in the city of Concepcion, Chile. The idea behind this futuristic design was to bring a futuristic building to an urban area that is growing in logistics. The area of where the project began was once a quiet area outside of the city, which now is turning into a more centralized location for future growth. Constructed using reinforced concrete floors, with each building level being 60 meters in length.

Beauty is skin deep, Geekness is to the core...

Beauty is skin deep, Geekness is to the core…

Fashion and technology have been dancing with each other for years now. Sadly, it’s not been the kind of dancing you see in movies where everyone seems to know when to pop-n-lock and bust out the serious Justin Timberlake moves, that eventually ends in a triumphant “tada!” with hands lifted in the air.

0 Designer: Erik De Nijs

Porsche Design plays Othello

Porsche Design plays Othello

Darth Vader is dead, long live Anakin Skywalker! For years black was where it’s at with Porsche Design. Now when I say “Porsche Design” I don’t mean the cars, I mean the luxury lifestyle objects inspired by Porsche (the cars). Their use of black across the design board was primarily based on the idea that black, according to Ferdinand Porsche himself “…is a non-color that expresses that heart of the object.”

0 Designer: Porsche Design

Square is the new round

Square is the new round

What’s this? A giant jewelry box for “power-ups” in Zelda? Nope, it’s a fine example multi-function furniture by designer John Nouanesing. Calling it the “One To Three For Five (Seconds)”, this giant white cube table can easily split up into a pair of low riding chairs and a red table/foot stool/extra life. How long does this transformation take to complete? Well as the name implies, it takes five seconds and a deep desire to interdimensionalize your surroundings.

0 Designer: John Nouanesing

Shades of Surreality

Shades of Surreality

Are your objects of tactile reality not quite giving you enough depth, dimension and shading? Neither are mine and thankfully Swedish designers Front are exhibiting their “Shade” project at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during this years Milan furniture fair. Using standard silhouettes of common household items and shading them as if on paper, the designer states his intriguing designs are “like materialized illustrations.”

0 Designer: Front Design Studio

Jungle Love, Swedish Style

Jungle Love, Swedish Style

Going green to overt suicidal dreams is what’s for dinner at this new restaurant in Sweden called “New Restaurant.” Keeping your patrons alive and happy is good for business. In a country that has to deal with six months of winter darkness a year, design firm Architect Olssonlyckefors have created an oasis of happy thoughts by incorporating cascading walls of foliage giving the illusion of warm summer nights.

0 Architect: Olssonlyckefors

Can't Cross A Virtual Wall

Can’t Cross A Virtual Wall

The Virtual Wall provides a barrier made up of plasma laser beams depicting pedestrians doing what they do best and any car that crosses that barrier suffers the consequences. Okay so maybe those lasers aren’t powerful enough to do any harm but the effect is enough to make drivers and pedestrians alike follow crosswalk rules to the tee.

0 Designer: Hanyoung Lee

The Future of Books

The Future of Books

With everything turning towards technology, we have adapted the out with the old, in with the new mentality. Designer Kyle Bean has created a design that illustrates the issues with “technology and the Internet, and the effect it is having on the way we source information”. We are becoming a society that is more virtual.

0 Designer: Kyle Bean

Faucet with Functionality

Faucet with Functionality

Hand cleaning dishes is not a favorite job of mine, but one that must be done. Unfortunately, using one hand to hold a large pot while using the spray nozzle with the other is a feat in and of itself. I have stumbled upon a new design by Kohler. The Kohler Karbon Articulating Kitchen Faucet, is an answer to all homeowners dreams, when it comes to cooking or cleaning in your kitchen sink. With a futuristic design, that can be placed in several different positions the faucet allows for the user to use both hands to fill large pots, clean the dishes, or even to prepare food.

More Ways To Store A Magazine

More Ways To Store A Magazine

After the “Habitual Bedside Table” presented by Yanko design in March – readers questioned its usefulness in contemporary interiors since not everyone reads bedside. Optionally here’s its sister; a reversible magazine rack in powder coated steel. The side used depends on your reading/living habits. The great thing about this design is how you can get so many different ways to hold a magazine or book using only two simple adjoined shapes.

0 Designer: Stephane de Sousa

A Universal Remote For Everywhere

A Universal Remote For Everywhere

We often think of a universal remote to be a device that controls any and everything. The Mulit-Chalk one-ups that axiom by controlling everywhere. Huh, what?!? It’s a soft electronic device designed to slip on anything with a button.

0 Designer: Tobi Kim

Prep Cook's Dream

Prep Cook’s Dream

A fabricated trough prep sink with electronic interface that controls rinsing functions and garbage disposal synchronization. Developed in heavy collaboration with Kohler kitchen design and engineering group.

0 Designer: Anne Kitzmiller