Hand-Held Narcissism

Hand-Held Narcissism

In these fast paced days of RSS feeds, text messaging and pneumatic wine bottle openers, it is always nice to see a young designer take a risk and go against the grain by reinterpreting an almost forgotten and completely ubiquitous item like the hand held mirror.

0 Designer: Alissia Melka

Handy Utensils

Handy Utensils

The Intimate Utensils product line is all about the intimacy of eating food. Most eating utensils are about leverage, elegance, and efficiency. The Intimate Utensils’ unique shape brings food much close to the hand, thus closer to the mouth. It’s a modern take on how primitive people ate long long ago. I still prefer chopsticks.

0 Designer: Kristrun Hjartar

Cutting Edge Home

Cutting Edge Home

Interesting things happen when architects are hand-cuffed guided by local restrictions and client’s desires. A custom home design more often than not will look like a watered-down version of an original idea that might have stood for something spectacular if not ultimately designed by committee. This F-117 Stealth Fighter inspired house in Kronberg, Germany, is very much the exception to this rule.

0 Architect: Meixner Schluter Wendt

This Thumb Drive Has Real Buzz...

This Thumb Drive Has Real Buzz…

One of the biggest issues with USB peripherals is the protruding nature of any design. From a Bluetooth adaptor to the tiniest of Flash Memory Drives, they all stick out like a sore thumb(drive). This issue with these protrusions is not just aesthetics, but function. USB peripherals are constantly being accidentally ripped out, knocked off or jammed into your computer causing not only damage to the external item but the computer’s USB plug itself.

0 Designer: Damjan Stankovic

Mother Nature's Business Card

Mother Nature’s Business Card

Every year, here in the U.S., during the Christmas holiday season, televisions airwaves are filled with commercials for some of the silliest gift ideas ever invented. Year after year we are inundated with ads trying to get you to succumb to the charms of legendary products like the magnetized “miracle-cure” bracelet, 9/11 Commemorative Collectable Coin, US Civil War Chess Sets and the king of all useless items, the Chia Pet.

0 Designer: Jamie Wieck

Canvas by Kyle Cherry

Canvas by Kyle Cherry

Designer Kyle Cherry has envisaged a new type of computer with creatives in mind. Called simply “Canvas”, the computer is designed to increase the quality and productivity of the designer or artist. It is intended to allow a user with little or no experience to make the switch from traditional to digital workflows by building the system around a more familiar interface. This concept should even make Wacom Clinq owners jealous.

0 Designer: Kyle Cherry

Backpack fridge with traveller dishes

Backpack fridge with traveller dishes

Food consumption and transportation can be very uncomfortable during a journey. “Boxcooler” a backpack fridge with picnic dishes, revalues the cooler and raises it to a modern standard.

0 Designer: Sebastian Bertram

Time for a Raise

Time for a Raise

The persistence of time has never been more impressive as when witnessed by the subtle movement of this “D/A Clock” by Alvin Aronson. His ingenious design counts each passing minute and hour with raised expectations. This time piece fades through its 24 hour cycle with a series of digital LED inspired bas-reliefs. The white on white color scheme seems to reinforce the idea that time may not actually exist, and yet, I will never the less be counting the minutes until I own one of these.

0 Designer: Alvin Aronson

Deep Love of Coffee

Deep Love of Coffee

North Americans are usually turned off by that last bit of wet, dark grinds found at the bottom of a cup of coffee. While most Europeans treat the last sip of coffee as an extra end treat of concentrated goodness. Designer Sunman Kwon has found a new reason to drink your coffee to the last drop. By incorporating a cleverly concealed symbolic message, your journey to the bottom of your cup becomes a journey into the universal language of love.

0 Designer: Sunman Kwon

Desktop/Laptop Desk for Giant Freaks

Desktop/Laptop Desk for Giant Freaks

As concepts go, most designs stand on their own merit and need nothing else to exist for them to hopefully one day go into production. Then there are the more rare concept designs that are completely dependent on yet other concepts to be created in order for the first to exist. Got that? So now that we got that out of the way, check out the “DesCom” by Sung-kyu Nam. Completely dependent on the existence of a giant Samsung media centric laptop computer, this desk beautifully and simply integrates the computer (almost) seamlessly into the desktop surface.

0 Designer: Sung-kyu Nam

All Bases Covered

All Bases Covered

The Nyamuk is a compact sleeping bag that goes from full tent to hammock complete with mosquito net. Made from super light polyester, the entire structure is supported by one pole so easy assembly is the name of the game. Tho it looks fun, this isn’t for the hardcore man vs. wild trip. This is for those relaxing summer afternoons in you yard. Just please keep your clothes on.

0 Designer: Leonie Bergmaier

You Make Whales Cry, Meanie!

You Make Whales Cry, Meanie!

Reduce, reuse, recycle. We should all live by that mantra but it’s easy to forget, so we need sculptural furniture pieces like this to remind us. The table has a panted scene of fish happily swimming but sucio! There’s trash in there too. The oceans is a toilet you can’t flush so eventually all that crap sinks to the bottom and hurts an entirely different ecosystem. In other words, your trash makes whales cry. Stop it! 

0 Designer: Bo-ha Huh

The Japanese Crystal Method

The Japanese Crystal Method

Nothing translates the language of fine crystal like stainless steel…wait, huh?! Just checked my notes and yes, what you are looking at is Japan’s new flagship store for crystal kings Swarovski. Located in Ginza, Tokyo, this palace of retail reflection is covered in thousands of stainless-steel reliefs that create the illusion of actual crystal reflecting the urban landscape that surrounds.

0 Designer: Tokujin Yoshioka