3 is the new 4

3 is the new 4

Auto designers have been toying with the idea of three-wheeled transports for some time now and this latest concept by Higgins-Aubé called ENERGYA is pretty much another attempt at it. This side-by-side two seater is legally considered in most jurisdictions a “motorcycle”, eliminating most of the mandatory automobile systems and components that weigh down and increase the price of regular 4-wheeled automobiles.

0 Designer: Higgins-Aubé

Hanging in Orbit

Hanging in Orbit

This pendant lamp from Lucie Koldova is dubbed Orbital Light for obvious formal reasons, but all I know is that it should have been in 2001: a Space Odyssey. The LED diodes that line the inside of the ribs cast a kind of omnidirectional glow on all nearby surfaces, giving the interior a very futuristic ambient light. The project was apparently designed for grand-scale interiors and halls, but maybe my kitchenette would also be appropriate.

0 Designer: Lucie Koldova

For the Playboy with Everything, Porsche Design P'9120 Review.

For the Playboy with Everything, Porsche Design P’9120 Review.

Move over cheap radio alarm clock because for the past month I’ve been trying out the Etón P’9120 designed by the venerable Porsche Design company – yes the same one that makes those uber sexy cars. If music is your ace then you’ll be happy to know it handles nearly all digital delivery forms, including docking up with your iPod, Touch, and iPhone, radio, and integrated XM satellite. There’s even a built-in subwoofer and of course, 2 separate alarms because you never wake up on the first alarm.

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Xylophone of Ultimate Darkness

Xylophone of Ultimate Darkness

The sun will sweat when it finds the joy you and your children will take in melodic harmony with the blinds pulled. William Gurley presents “Beat Blinds”: now with each and every note worthy of blackness at midday. Not included is “Foot-stool of Ultimate Tallness” for those up-and-coming percussionists whose curse it is to walk in ultimate shortness.

0 Designer: William Gurley

Breakfast Skills with no Spills

Breakfast Skills with no Spills

Bored of morning talk shows? The daily paper too scary to read lately? How about waking your tired butt up with a good round of breakfast olympics? THE BRUNCH by Ivo Vos is a “series of consumer products that celebrate the mundane.” Test your mortar lobbing skills with this angled toaster/launcher. Or see how your peeing accuracy could improve with this height measuring tea pot.

0 Designer: Ivo Vos

Ultimate Suffering Over Spilt Soup

Ultimate Suffering Over Spilt Soup

Have you ever felt like the 80′s were over? Have you ever felt like those TV-trays you used were pretty excellent, but then again, pretty wobbly? Have you ever felt like you needed a giant retro-futuristic table chair in your home, but never had the courage to ask for it? Buck up, bucko, because Stefano Rubertelli has got what your chicken-noodle-craving, couch-potato self is sniffing for.

0 Designer: Stefano Rubertelli

I Can Sleep Anywhere

I Can Sleep Anywhere

Late nights with friends, working on projects until the wee hours of the morning or a brief touch of insomnia, can really make for hard times the next day. After overdosing on caffeine, you still can feel the affects of the night before, and by mid-morning, you would give just about anything for a quick siesta. Designed by Ivonne Dippmann, i-sleep can be our cure-all for these dreadful times and allow us the cat-nap we so desperately need.

0 Designer: Ivonne Dippmann

Crystal Snowflakes

Crystal Snowflakes

Ever looked at a magnified snowflake? It is truly remarkable how detailed and unique each snowflake is and how their individual designs can never be replicated. This magical creation of nature is the inspiration behind the design Save Your Ice. Croatian designer; Ljiljana Tutnjevic created the Save Your Ice design as a subtle reminder of the current Global Warming issues.

0 Designer: Ljiljana Tutnjevic

Make Bad Habits a Bit Better

Make Bad Habits a Bit Better

Los Angeles is stereotyped as a “health city” but the reality is it’s far from it. Sure there’s a salad bar for every McDonalds but there are also smokers and accompanying them are cigarette butts and ash. I’m not going to preach how terrible smoking is but I will say have the decency to at least properly dispose of your ciggy waste properly. The public streets are not free territory for filth. The BUG ash tray was designed for those that need a quick hit without being a mess cat. Keep your butts and ash inside the metal case and empty it when you get home.

0 Designer: Wiyono Sutjipto

Got a Light?

Got a Light?

I sure do. It’s about the size of a credit card and powered by a small cell. Flip up the lightbulb shaped cut-out to switch on the soft, mellow, glow of bliss. What’s the point? Novel – next time you have a bright idea, you can have an actual lightbulb “bling!” on.

0 Designer: Hyun Jin Yoon & Eun Hak Lee

Eco Bus

Eco Bus

I hate getting behind a bus in traffic! The nasty, smelling, diesel fuel exhaust smoking up the road in front of me. It stinks, and pollutes the air around me. No wonder we have so much pollution in bigger cities that are filled with these pollution machines. Yet, how can we live without them? Easy, just ask Volvo. Volvo has created the Volvo 7700, the first hybrid bus that is promising major green delivery. The 7700 promises to reduce fuel consumption by 30% – a perfect solution to the rising fuel prices.

All The Cool Kids Wear Air Jordan Prosthetics

All The Cool Kids Wear Air Jordan Prosthetics

3D printing has become an incredibly powerful tool to customize one-off products for differing applications. This project was based on using this technology to design a customized prosthetic leg for a specific user- a young, urban, male athlete. Nike was chosen as an appropriate brand to bring form to the leg. It also required familiarizing oneself with the emotional, medical, lifestyle, and physical changes the user would encounter.

0 Designer: Colin Matsco

Best of September 2008

Best of September 2008

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in September 2008.