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

Ring Faucet by Sun Liang

Ring Faucet by Sun Liang

Ring faucet is about experiencing water in a whole new way in our daily lives – to rediscover the awe-inspiring beauty of water in a small home faucet. This unique faucet visually frames flowing water in a circular fashion, giving you a full view of the water just as it falls over the edge.

0 Designer: Sun Liang

Ensombra: Shadow Maker

Ensombra: Shadow Maker

When being in a shadow we feel safe and are able to wander to other realities even without efforts of our fantasy. Such was the initial motto of the designer when they started creating the Ensombra. For the umbrella, inspired by the Far East, traditional fan principle was chosen: narrow segments, attached to a retaining bar, easily move around the central pivot, and thereby everyone can spread the umbrella according to his or her wishes.

0 Designer: OdosDesign

A Little More Bottom

A Little More Bottom

So here’s a laptop concept called “Float Away” that addresses one of the most bothersome aspects of mobile computing – heat. Designer Young Hwan Kim has a simple solution for it. Elevate the back end by integrating a lift bar into the design. Now heat can dissipate into the air keeping your laptop cool and possibly extending its life.

0 Designer: Young Hwan Kim

Foosball On Steroids

Foosball On Steroids

As if foosball wasn’t demanding enough designer Elia Marinucci had to go make one that uses magnets, audio commentary, and electric shocks! On either end of the table is a button which activates magnets along the field changing the ball’s path. To top that off, corner pinball bumpers knock the ball around and the final uber move is the KICK IT! (also the game’s name) which generates an electric pulse if you manage to knick your ball hard across the field.

0 Designer: Elia Marinucci

GreenHouse Effect

GreenHouse Effect

The GreenHouse Effect is a collection of 10 product concepts by Orcadesign exploring the approaches to sustainability through design. What could green design be? Beyond statistics, technology and sacrifices? How can the (green) product sincerely and meaningfully connect with people, making it a truly more appealing alternative to other (not-so-green) products?

0 Designer: Orcadesign

Recycled Packaging Lights by Anke Weiss

Recycled Packaging Lights by Anke Weiss

The packaging lights show the transformation of a mass-product into a unique item. Through individual adaptation the packaging of products like juice, cookies or soap gain a new purpose. The packaging which purpose it is to support the sale of its content becomes a product itself. It survives the point where it usually turns into garbage.

0 Designer: Anke Weiss

Bench/Deck Chair

Bench/Deck Chair

With the functions of a bench and a deck chair; it can be seated by only one person or shared with others in public space. In order to keep the balance and stability when folded, the original 4 legs are increased to 6 legs. With this 6-leg modeling, the body looks like a standing dancing lion when it is folded. 4 pieces of solid wood are glued, cut into 2, so it still matches when folded.

0 Designer: Chih-Kang Chu

Inflatable Sled To The Rescue

Inflatable Sled To The Rescue

Snow is fun but it ain’t no joke. If you suddenly take injury or fall ill, it becomes a nightmare obstacle for both you and rescuers. The Firun is an inflatable rescue carriage light enough to wear as a backpack. Using an inflated solution provides cushioning and makes it a lot easier to drag. I know it’s kind of tasteless to say this but I imagine a pack of dogs pulling me, MUSH!

0 Designer: Janine Züst

Reuse in Design

Reuse in Design

With green being the new black, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and claiming they are environmentally friendly. But what is actually being done here?

Well…executives are high fiving each other for masking their planet plundering ways with carbon credits, designers are trying to figure out how they are supposed to help the environment by making more stuff, and every year McDonald’s hosts a nation wide ‘clean-up’ day where volunteers pick up the companies rubbish from the landscape.

Time for Deep Reflection

Time for Deep Reflection

Being in my 30s, I have finally settled on an image in my head of what I look like. I know this image does not precisely resemble how the world views me, and that’s ok. Aesthetically speaking, I never seemed to be on the same page with my self image as how others saw me. I either thought I looked better than I actually did or worse. I had to learn to let go of such narcissistic thoughts and focus on pursuits that satisfy me on more intellectual levels.

0 Designer: Jean-Marie Massaud

Another Touchscreen Phone But Wait, This One Has A Surprise!

Another Touchscreen Phone But Wait, This One Has A Surprise!

Check out this concept mobile phone called the Mooon+. One too many “o’s” in there but I appreciate the clean design. It’s got that big gorgeous touchscreen, sleek design, sexy metal accents, and a digital camera. So what’s the big deal right? The mouth piece detaches and turns into a bluetooth headset. Ooh snap, I love it!

0 Designer: Sunman Kwon