Best of July 2008

Best of July 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 July 2008.

Yanko Design Goes Retro Future

Yanko Design Goes Retro Future

After World War II General Motors let their designers pretty much go hog wild with automotive concepts. They featured these futuristic designs in a series of eight auto shows called GM Motorama, punctuating the new feeling of prosperity and optimism sweeping through the USA at that time. The result was an absolutely mind blowing collection of some of the greatest and strangest concept vehicle designs ever created. Enjoy this peek into your grandparents future that never was.

Save the Studs

Save the Studs

No we are not talking about saving horny horses or Richard Gere circa 1980. “Cleatskins” are basically Crocs with a friggin’ purpose other than to offend those with taste. Intended as a quick slip on protector for athletic shoes used in football, futball, baseball and golf. Greatly extending the lifespan of the spikes, cleats or studs found on the bottom of all these shoes.

0 Designer: Rick Kay

Wheel of Fortune Telling

Wheel of Fortune Telling

Straight off the desk of George W. Bush comes the “decision maker”. Great for deciding foreign policy blunders, words other than “recession” to use while describing the US economy, and most importantly, what’s for lunch. Designed by Pu Tai, the “Decision-Making Compass Kit” is a fun little concept that takes the guess work out of most annoying choices in life.

0 Designer: Pu Tai

The Nature of Caravaning

The Nature of Caravaning

I hate caravans. In all seriousness, the only good caravan is one that’s on fire. I hate driving behind them, I hate seeing pictures of them. I hate the smell of them, and I hate the cramped confines inside them. To sum up I find them offensive to pretty much all five senses and wouldn’t be caught dead in or around one. With one exception…

0 Designer: Kevin VanBraak

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Smells Like Teen Spirit

What better way to realize if a song stinks than sniffing out the proof with this MP3/aroma therapy entertainment pod that not only plays sweet sweet tunes for your ears, it also blows sweet sweet scents for your nose. Just pop off the end cap, load up a selected scent tablet and a wave of odors are delivered right to your nose by your earphones. Yup, your earphones.

0 Designer: Yangwoo Kim

A Fem-bot that Reads Ancient Novels ...smashing baby!

A Fem-bot that Reads Ancient Novels “…smashing baby!”

Whether its Princess Amidala-bot or a Murasaki-bot, depending on what you are into, this is one of the coolest useless robot functions ever. Like me, you may also enjoy a good Japanese audio version of an ancient Japanese Novel. Also like me, you may have the deep desire to have Japanese female-ish robots read you your ancient Japanese Novels. Well your dream has arrived.

0 Designer: Takahashi Tomotaka

Mirror Polished Sorapot, Because We Like Reflections

Mirror Polished Sorapot, Because We Like Reflections

You may have seen the Sorapot mentioned in other publications some time ago. Its architectural shape and simple functionality brings tea’s quiet beauty into sharp focus. Made from 304 stainless steel, borosilicate glass (Pyrex), and food-grade silicone, it articulates the ritual of tea making in a thoroughly modern way.

0 Designer: Joey Roth

Herb & Spice With Dish Drying Too

Herb & Spice With Dish Drying Too

Water is resource that needs to be conserved and recycled. Thus far, dish drying racks have been wasteful devices since perfectly good water drains into the sink. However, this Herb & Spice Dish Drying Rack, inspired by the design of traditional channel irrigation systems, directs the run-off water to a section in which herbs or spices, such as mint, lemon verbena or thyme, can be grown.

0 Designer: Ran Shnaper

Flooring Follows The Flow

Flooring Follows The Flow

Dimension is a proposal for a flooring system whose graphic pattern is generated from the surrounding space and how people move through it. Using the flexibility offered by fully digital printing processes it’s possible to create laminate flooring solutions that are individually tailored to not only specific people, but specific environments.

0 Designer: Alistair Bramley

Junkyard Jewelry

Junkyard Jewelry

Have you ever been to a junkyard? Looked out at the massive amounts of smashed up, metal frames of what used to be automobiles? When you looked out over the piles of junk, could you visualize a cute pair of earrings, or a stylish necklace? No? Well designer Adam Palethorpe could. His design concept is based on not just piles of scrap metal, but also on using outdated currency coins, recycled car headlights and other recyclable materials.

0 Designer: Adam Palethorpe

Jerk It To Get The Juice

Jerk It To Get The Juice

The Shake MP3 player by Kenneth Tay makes use of kinetic energy to keep the batteries charges, similar to modern timepieces. With the hold button switched on, jerk it a few times to get the juice. Yea I just said that. Conversely if you leave the hold switch off, the jerking shaking pauses/plays music.

0 Designer: Kenneth Tay

The Perfect Cereal Bowl. Maybe.

The Perfect Cereal Bowl. Maybe.

No one likes mushy cornflakes for breakfast. With this bowl, simply allow your milk to soak your cereal for the requisite time and then pull the plug and drain. There you go… perfectly moistened yet crispy cereal. Of course I’m one who likes to get a spoonful of milk along with my cereal but everybody has their own way. What’s yours?

0 Designer: Sherwood Forlee