The Third Space

The Third Space

If you thought China’s opening ceremony was impressive for its scale and teamwork then spare a thought for the 52 German design students who were handed the knee weakening task of creating a temporary 200sqm world that tries to translate sociological terms like self-portrayal, community and retreat into tangible spatial situations. As impressive as it is, the real treat is in the details. The entire space was created by lashing together almost 1.3 million cable ties.

0 Design: Academy of Fine Arts in Munich

Mobile Projector Phone, Do We Need One?

Mobile Projector Phone, Do We Need One?

Here’s another mobile projector phone concept but this one is a bit more thought out, tho not without its problems. It offers portability and the communications functions of a mobile phone with a projector to support a new lifestyle.

0 Designer: Eun-Young Kim

Table Side Cooking, The Social Effect

Table Side Cooking, The Social Effect

The Electrolux concept by Chris Fox is an adaptable cooking grill(s) designed to function as the centerpiece at your next dinner party. Modular plates can connect to form patterns and provide an interactive dining experience by encouraging guests to cook for themselves. Each has its own heating coil powered from a single cord by daisy-chaining them together.

0 Designer: Chris fox

Proton, The iPod of AC’s

Proton, The iPod of AC’s

What is so “cool” about this AC unit designed by Michael Laut is that not only is it quiet, but it is stylish and environmentally friendly. The wall-mounted Proton induces air through ionization which helps to eliminate the normally loud buzz of the usual outside AC unit. The Proton also is beneficial for the environment in which it is placed by using the condensation produced by the compressor to water any plants or vegetation that sits below it.

0 Designer: Michael Laut

Check Me Out

Check Me Out

The Motorola Sparrow was conceived to provide retail stores with a mobile point of sale device to solve increased service demands from consumers while decentralizing the check out point, i.e. pay for it and get out as fast as you can. It combines a scanner, point of sale (POS) system, RFID, communication and credit card reading capabilities into one mobile device.

0 Designer: Rinat Aruh

A Fountain Pen For The Modern

A Fountain Pen For The Modern

Fountain pens may lend an air of sophistication but damn can they get anymore dated? I mean all I need is a monocle, a bowler hat, a tweed suit and I’m all set. This fountain pen design but Vivien Muller updates the ubiquitous writing tool to where I wouldn’t mind using one. Okay ergonomics may have taken a backseat here but hell, it’ll look sexy just sitting on my desk.

0 Designer: Vivien Muller

Electric Slide Mobile Get Bent!

Electric Slide Mobile Get Bent!

Why bother with one screen when you can have two for probably double the price? Designer Andy Kurovets presents his “Bend Mobile” concept. He thinks turning on a device and having it grow to nearly double its size will really be attractive to some people. He may be right but where is the proof? Oh right, he is also including a high capacity digital camera that also pops out to larger than expected proportions.

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets

FOLLO Me

FOLLO Me

Free flowing functionality is what you get with FOLLO a design by Will MacCormac for WMD. An elegant washbasin that can be used both commercially and domestically. FOLLO is the perfect addition to the health conscious hotels, clubs and other establishments. Designed with a slightly curved bowl to reduce splashing, FOLLO also contains a unique and practical drainage system resulting in less standing water creating a cleaner and healthier surface.

0 Designer: Will MacCormac

Kitchens Go All Multi-Touchscreen

Kitchens Go All Multi-Touchscreen

Wow there’s  a word we haven’t written here in awhile; multi-touch. Say it with me class. The Miele concept is the kitchen of the future, complete with, wait for it . . . a multi-touch surface. Get the latest recipes and nutritional information as well as instructions and tips on cooking. There’s a built-in scale and the cooktop interfaces with your bluetooth enabled phone to set up grocery lists.

0 Designer: Fiona McAndrew

Grape Vines Goes Green

Grape Vines Goes Green

That green bandwagon is speeding down the global highway at break neck speeds and corporations are rushing to hop on. That’s the good news… the other good news is that electronics giant Siemens is looking for ways to make bold and beautiful green statements with these cordless telephone designs.

0 Designer: Formwelt Studio

Nissan Mori Scooter. My First Car

Nissan Mori Scooter. My First “Car”

Our own little Shane Crozier may be a YD writer but he spends most of his time toiling away with ideas and concepts meant to make life easier and a little more fun. The Nissan Mori is an electric scooter inspired by a chest of draws featuring simple interfaces. It can adjust to suit the rider, and all mechanical and maintenance issues are handled by an on-board computer. Why would anyone want this? Hit the jump to read Shane’s scenario.

0 Designer: Shane Crozier

Fine China Chandelier

Fine China Chandelier

Designer Julia Coffart wants to bring back the idea of uniqueness and specificity to luxury goods. Luxe items once meant hard to find items, often establishing traditions as they’re handed down from one generation to the next. The Rendez-vous concept is an ever evolving chandelier with custom made fine china objects you can hang. No two are alike making it a perfect candidate for an heirloom tradition.

0 Designer: Julia Coffart

Silky Snappy Snake

Silky Snappy Snake

We are always in need of a USB cable to charge up a phone, an i-pod or load up digital photos from our camera, yet carrying around a USB cable can be quite bothersome and frustrating when we can’t find it. With the Lisco USB Snake by Laurent Hongisto, just slap the USB snake on your wrist and not only will you look fashionable, but you will also never have to go searching for your USB cable again.

0 Designer: Laurent Hongisto