More Chairs? No Problem. Let Me Fold Some Up.

More Chairs? No Problem. Let Me Fold Some Up.

The Biombo Chair is an idea whose simplicity makes it seem obvious. The wood chair, built over a hinged wood structure, when not in use is a folding screen (Biombo). The surface of the seat can be engraved with a graphic image that transforms it into a decorative object when folded flat. To turn it into a chair, you simply take it off and get all origami.

0 Designer: Daniel Milchtein Peltsverger

Pee on the Flower

Pee on the Flower

We don’t think of urinals as objects of beauty. Even the most beautiful designs from top designers all succumb to this fact – you piss on it. Designer Sun Young Jung thinks she can change how we think of urinals. Her urinal has a flower in it, not a real one but you do piss on it. The flower is supposed to invoke beauty, move you like poetry, and make draining the snake a more enjoyable experience.

0 Designer: Sun-Young Jung

Ticker Tape Only Feeds Good News

Ticker Tape Only Feeds Good News

Ticker Tape is an internet radio for people who suffer from Euphobia, “a persistent, abnormal and unwanted fear of hearing good news”. Using RSS feeds, Ticker Tape scans for light-hearted news stories from around the world broadcasting them to the listener who can manage the content via the Ticker Tape website. Pulling the cord allows the listener to choose the duration of the broadcast. The origin of the news stories can be selected by turning the dial – old school style with a web 2.0 twist.

0 Designer: Will Carey

Vostok, Not Just For Outerspace

Vostok, Not Just For Outerspace

Designer Yar Rassadin created these bathroom designs, in a way to pay tribute to the older USSR spaceship Vostok. However, the Vostok bathroom designs are smooth, geometric designs that are modern and stylish. With almost a retro-futuristic feel, Vostok bathroom accessories will surely touch your emotions and awaken your senses. Vostok won 1st place at this years Russian ROCA design competition.

0 Designer: Yar Rassadin

Oooo Barracuda!

Oooo Barracuda!

Hey you! I bet you like going really fast on water huh? Check out the KTM Barracuda – developed for circuit races. It’s the equivalent to the RC8 and the X-Bow on water. The combination of front wing flaps and the vector thrust from the propeller allows for enormous agility and maneuverability. Unlike conventional speedboats, the Barracuda keeps water-contact at all times. The self-stabilizing design doesn’t require special training and has a low learning curve to use.

0 Designer: Christoph Albiez & Thomas Perz

An Urban Oasis

An Urban Oasis

OASIS is a water purifier, air purifier, and humidifier all in one. The idea loosely biomimics how nature cleans, recycles, and balances air and water. Water is naturally filtered into clean drinking water. Whatever you don’t drink is given to the plant which in turn cleans the air and balances humidity. The concept is a bit esoteric but if you break it down to its simplest form, it’s quite clever.

0 Designer: Yura Lee

Going Yo-Yo Over the iPhone

Going Yo-Yo Over the iPhone

Peter Thuvander was so excited over his new iPhone that he designed an induction powered yo-yo charger for it. It charges its lithium ion battery using an OLPC crank. 30 “yo-yo” cranks is all you need to juice up your iPhone which sounds almost too good to be true. Check out the video after the jump.

0 Peter Thuvander

Logitech's MX Air Wants to Fly

Logitech’s MX Air Wants to Fly

When we found out an ordinary computer mouse won an 2008 IF award, we were intrigued and had to review it. Logitech was kind enough to supply us with a model and let me start by saying this is no ordinary mouse, not surprising since I later found out it was designed by Marcel Twohig. The man currently designs for Design Partners and worked with LG prior to that. The MX Air combines laser optics for millimeter point accuracy, touch controls for parts of its interface, and Freespace’s innovative motion sensing technology to track hand gestures.

0 Designer: Marcel Twohig

Tea is Drunk to Forget the Din of the World

Tea is Drunk to Forget the Din of the World

I’ll have what the swan is having. Adam Hammerman presents a strangely elegant take on England’s favorite bit of kitchenware, the teapot. It would be a strange feeling drinking from the mouth of this beautiful animal, but in-between tips we’ve got a wonderful work of art to lay the eyes upon in Tea Time bliss.

0 Designer: Adam Hammerman

A Piggy Saved is a Piggy Earned

A Piggy Saved is a Piggy Earned

Teaching children early about saving money is important, especially in today’s world. What fun for the children to learn this concept by using The Mini Pogo and Pogo Stool Toy. Designed by Joel Escalona, The Mini Pogo is a combination of a toy and a modernized version of the Piggy Bank that will hold the coins the children place inside encouraging them to save their money. The larger Pogo is a functioning stool and a toy.

0 Designer: Joel Escalona

Nokia Open Labs 2008

Nokia Open Labs 2008

Nokia has always been knows as the market leader when it comes to mobile phones. They have been a company of legacy and innovation. For the first time, Nokia has proudly brought us Nokia Open Labs 2008 – a conference hosted in Helsinki , Finland , dedicated to social media and the future of mobile devices. Let’s get the scoop on what Nokia has in the cooker.

Rolling Bag, Literally

Rolling Bag, Literally

The brainchild of designer Rooz Mousavi, the Samsonite OBAG is a roll-on bag that literally rolls on. Its rugged exterior makes it ideal for snow or any nasty weather conditions for that matter. By augmenting the design into a giant wheel, less energy is required on your part to maneuver it. It’s even easier to drag up and down stairways in this configuration. The 2 storage compartments are on the sides and the handle collapses to slide OBAG under your bed. I SOOOOOO needed this when I was in design school.

0 Designer: Rooz Mousavi

Cooking All Tile-Like

Cooking All Tile-Like

Another entrant in this year’s Electrolux design contest, the Cooking Tiles concept takes modularity and wireless power (WiTricity) to concept reality. Flexibility and efficiency are key here. The entire system consists of two components; a smart surface containing power and touch interface, and tiles which take the place of burners.

0 Designer: Federico Weber