Pixel Perfect Hour Glass

Pixel Perfect Hour Glass

Most of us here in the United States (that are not of the Jurassic age demographic) have but one point of reference when it comes to sand filled hour glasses. For over 40 years, one of the longest running television shows in history opens with a slow camera zoom on an hour glass ticking away your daily wasted hour of mind numbing melodrama.

0 Designer: Pavel Balykin

Intravenous Lamp

Intravenous Lamp

For those of us not of the botanical persuasion and do not practice photosynthesis to get our nutrient fix, I present to you the “Lichtinfusion” Lamp from Christian Maas. This lamp design is a compelling and evocative visual double entendre, reminding us all that light is life and blocking out the sun is still a bad idea, no matter what George W. Bush thinks.

0 Designer: Christian Maas

Puffy Bookmark

Puffy Bookmark

The ABRACADABRA bookmark aims to make finding where you left off and opening to that page easier. I didn’t know it was an issue but now I hate my ordinary paper bookmark. The ABRACADABRA contains an air-filled chamber, half of which is flattened by the weight of a book. Squeezing the exposed side inflates the concealed side lift the page just enough for your finger to slip in.

0 Designer: Jung-Hyun Lee

Walk Towards the Light...

Walk Towards the Light…

Most of us take for granted the fundamental human need for enlightenment. No, I am not talking about being one with the Universe or counting beads. Besides, I look positively horrid in orange. I am talking about the simple need to physically see after the sun sets. We are not like most other creatures on Earth and don’t come equipped with super sweet night vision eyeballs.

0 Designer: Industrial Facility Studio

Wonka Seat

Wonka Seat

The word luxury is more a fluid concept than some absolute definition. My definition of luxury will most probably differ completely from that of say an Inuit Tribesman living above the arctic circle. We are used to seeing some luxurious elements mixed together, but only in our general idea of proper context. eg., a Cadillac interior would have associative luxurious elements such as rich wood, hand stitched leather and polished metals.

0 Designer: Adele Rotella

Rocky Radio

Rocky Radio

The Natural Radio concept is a bit convoluted in its approach changing volume and frequency. Instead of dials or buttons, it uses a scale. By placing stones on either sides of the scale, you have organic control over radio. Functionality isn’t really the idea here. This is clearly an attempt to humanize a device that pretty much revolutionized communication. Can you image how many stones you’d have to pack on to get the right volume.

0 Designer: Cheol-Ki Jo

I Want A Baby Walker

I Want A Baby Walker

Did you know baby walkers don’t help toddlers learn how to walk? Scientific research shows baby walkers distribute all the weight off the legs. For most parents, they could care less since it’s a way for baby to get around and they do seem to enjoy it. For designer Wilson Song, that wasn’t good enough. He created the Jump Baby walker that has an elastic ring to support baby in both seated and upright positions.

0 Designer: Wonjune Song

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