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.

Hanging Hard Drives

Hanging Hard Drives

Portable hard drives are not really THAT portable if you have to tote around another peripheral but maybe you should have bought a laptop with a bigger hard drive! OOO Zing! No I didn’t! Yes, yes I did just go there. Kidding aside, the Hang it On hard drive encloser lets you hang you 2.5″ companion off the back of your lappie’s LCD screen. Sure, now your MacBook Air looks like it has a tumor growing off it’s svelt lines but at least you’ll get more than a measily 80 GB.

0 Designer: Sangho Jin

Modern Woodshop Tools

Modern Woodshop Tools

This re-design of an electric planer brings the charm and elegance traditional woodworking hand tools together with a new ergonomic handling concept; reducing wrist tension. Have the most modern and sexy looking woodshop in the neighborhood!

0 Designer: Mario Weiss

Cardboard Comfort

Cardboard Comfort

No you are not looking at a comforter set for break dancers. This ingenious design called “Le Clochard” by SNURK is a great way to be reminded of the daily plight of the world’s homeless. Proceeds from the sale of these duvet sets will aid homeless shelters around the globe and bring new awareness to one of the oldest issues that plagues humanity.

0 Designer: SNURK Studio

Virtual French Insanity le zoom le zoom

Virtual French Insanity “le zoom le zoom”

Well the French have taken their love of video games to the next level. So strong was the response to the virtual racer dubbed “GTbyCITROËN” in the hit Playstation 3 game Gran Turismo 5, that one of France’s oldest auto manufacturers decided to explore the future of design and make the jump to reality. Reminiscent of Mazda’s “Nagare” design movement, this sleek concept features bold design initiatives.

A Square Teddy with Digital Books Inside

A Square Teddy with Digital Books Inside

From the soft heart of Silje Softing comes Pling Plong, a pillow person with built-in media player and a taste for reading. Aimed at children with an aptitude for imagination and a heart of gold, Pling Plong will stimulate one of the most excellent impulses a young person can have: Adventurelust!

0 Designer: Silje Softing

Better Infusion and Convenient Form, Fool!

Better Infusion and Convenient Form, Fool!

Welcome back to the Designer Tea Room Time. On today’s Tea Time we have Tea to-go Sticks by Jeeyun Michaella Chung. These sticks are lovely inventions which fuse the teabag and the stirstick in order to create a more simple experience as well as a better infusion for fantastic taste. You do love taste, don’t you?

0 Designer: Jeeyun Michaella Chung

Hair Love Thanks to Remington Shine, A Hot Review

Hair Love Thanks to Remington Shine, A Hot Review

I have semi-longish hair and blow dry almost every other day. It’s a known fact blow drying actually distresses and damages hair so doing it sparingly is key, but if you can’t avoid the heat, the Remington Shine Therapy Dryer may just be the ticket to healthier, shinier hair.

0 Designer: Michael Nickel [ Buy It Here ]

A Guide for the Unlucky, Superstitions be Damned!

A Guide for the Unlucky, Superstitions be Damned!

There are a slew of old wives tales; black cats, walking underneath ladders, breaking mirrors, stepping on pavement cracks, etc.. the list goes on and on. It’s almost impossible to remember them all. Thanks to Kyle Bean, he’s created The Guide for the Unlucky. Each page contains a description and a pop up 3D element illustrating bewares we’ve all probably heard of at some point or another. Industrial design? No, but we need all the luck we can get.

0 Designer: Kyle Bean

Poncherello's New Safety Helmet

Poncherello’s New Safety Helmet

So, you are working on your aunt’s house refurbishing project and you want to look like a total space-person, yes? -Me too. I am working on my aunt’s house refurbishing project, and if I were working on the roof and didn’t mind looking like a big fan of “Chips,” I’d pick Michael Oosthuizen’s new safety helmet concept any day.

0 Designer: Michael Oosthuizen

Transform and Clock Out

Transform and Clock Out

For the child-hearted reversible-accessory loving design-conscious sleeping-person, there is the Wollip-Bear. Have you had a long day that only the loving arms of a lifeless bear impersonation can give rest from? Have you always wanted to own a form-changing creature that doesn’t just turn into a truck or motorcycle? Here is something softer. Here is Maja G’s Wollip-Bear.

0 Designer: Maja Ganszyniec

Colors for Health

Colors for Health

This is going to get a little hippie and spiritual so hold on. It’s common to focus on emotions while ignoring or having any awareness of what that goes on inside our body. This lack of understanding between the two can lead to health problems, for serious. So if we could keep track of how our emotions and bodies relate, what would that look like?

0 Designer: Sara Forsmark

Dulce Caramelo

Dulce Caramelo

Children love fun and colorful things to play on. They can sit for hours with one object as long as it is exciting and inviting. Caramelo chair is just that. Created by Mexican designer, Luis Luna, the Caramelo can be used both as a chair and a rocking chair with a simple change in position. Caramelo is a colorful and modern design that would look perfect in any child’s room.

0 Designer: Luis Luna