Is Mickey Mouse the new head of Tang Hua motors or is it Goofy? Surely no one else would invest the necessary millions into producing these er… ambitious concepts. An Aston Martin they aren’t, but they are just begging for Xzibit to be pimped out. Possibly this is the market? They do get bonus points for being environmentally friendly though, and have the added functionality of being amphibious.
Salone 2008 is upon us and if you’re not one of the 200,000 plus people flocking to Milan to inspect the cream of cutting-edge design, don’t panic. We’ll do our best to keep you updated on the best of all that happens with the help of our friends in the blogosphere.
It may not be something we often think about but scales aren’t exactly universally friendly – that is to say people with disabilities and handicaps. The Universal scale unfolds to all shapes and sizes to make weighing easier and less intrusive and helps patients retain a bit more dignity. A huge improvement over the slings hospitals currently use.
Designer: Shu-Hung Yeh
Coins haven’t really changed their function or core design since their inception. For the most part, they’re all flat and round – two characteristics that make it difficult to pick up. This coin by designer Hyun Woo Kim has a beveled edge. Apparently it’s angled just enough for easy pick ups. Hey, anything to shave a few seconds off from bending over to pick a coin up is aces in my book.
Designer: Hyun-Woo Kim
Today in Milan Samsung Electronics and Giorgio Armani unveiled the new Armani/Samsung LCD TV with 100Hz Full HD. A 46-inch TV will be launched initially in Europe, Korea and Russia in mid-summer, and a 52-inch will be available soon after. Unique design elements include a stylish remote control and a special 4-mode lighted power switch that customizes the display of the two companies’ logos on the front of the television.
Designer: Giorgio Armani
Matthias Hiller must have had a few knocks and bruises in his life to have come up with such a neat and useful product. “Jumi” is a silicone handle made for cabinet handles or drawer pulls. Designed with two things in mind – safety and organization. With the soft silicone handle, Jumi allows for no more bumps and the pictogram allows for the user to see what is behind the closed door or drawer.
Designer: Matthias Hiller
The Flower Council of Holland has commissioned Arne Quinze, Fredrikson Stallard, Karim Rashid, Studio Job and Arik Levy (all famous names in the design industry) to design 5 New Fiat 500’s. The catch is that they had to design them using flower so as to raise the awareness of the uses of cut flowers. It sounds kind of odd, but the results of the finished, flowery, Fiat’s are quite mesmerizing. Not too sure they would be safe driving around town with the flower petals flying in your face. Neat concept and pretty unique use for flowers.
OK, wait a minute. Rims on a table? Well, if you are Beth Fuller, then yes! Fuller has taken objects from the streets of New York Cities’ junkyards, and created beautiful recycled objects. All materials used in the creation of the “Junkture Table” are sustainable. They are found locally, and are either 99%-100% recycled. With the imagination of Beth Fuller, “Beautiful things CAN be made from junk”.
Designer: Beth Fuller
I am no Italian Chef, and so I have always struggled with getting just the right amount of pasta cooked for the guests sitting at my table. Thanks to German Design studio, ding3000, the answer to my noodle problems has been solved. Noooodle is a device designed for measuring spaghetti portions. Noooodle allows you to measure off just the right amount of spaghetti from one to up to four people.
Designer: ding3000 Studio
Hive is a simulated surround sound speaker system. As of now the market only has two options – either spread speakers around the room for the real experience or invest in a sound bar which usually consists of a long bar housing anywhere between 8-30 small speakers pointing in every direction for a simulated experience.
Designer: Oskar Daniel
Silent Energy is an interactive exhibition concept that helps us become aware of energy usage. The amount of energy we use has a direct effect on overall consumption. We usually think of energy as invisible so if that veil were lifted, and every moment clearly visualized, we’d might think twice about leaving lights on, turning off appliances, etc. This energy awareness is an important tool for all of us to learn if we’re to practice the first part of this mantra; reduce, recycle, reuse.
Designer: Jannis Huelsen
Inspired by Korean smoke alarm towers called Bongsudae, this trash bin retains the graceful organic shape of the former. The pattern even has an Asian aesthetic without being too traditional. My only gripe is the narrowing of the top. Makes it easy for things to come in, but a chore to get out.
Designer: Denis Oh