Stick Your Dongle in this Asterisk

Stick Your Dongle in this Asterisk

USB hubs come in all shapes and sizes, so why not one of the most ubiquitous shapes in typography? The asterisk’s name is derived from the Latin for Star and this design is certainly the star of the USB lot. Designed by Joel Escalona, the “Asterisco Hub” is like the perfect party, one male to four females connections.

0 Designer: Joel Escalona

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

DND Casa a Korean design company has developed an amazing line of television equipped mirrors using Ad Notam mirror image technology. The possibilities are limitless with where you can watch TV. Staying true to their “everything is imaginable and almost everything is possible” philosophy, DND Casa has applied this technology to other home and office objects as well, making anything multifunctional.

0 Designer: DND Casa

Eames Inspired Prosthetic Leg

Eames Inspired Prosthetic Leg

Those of you plugged into the post modern scene know the name Eames. The duo that brought us molded plywood in every shape and form is aped left and right by today’s designers. That aesthetic could be translated into almost anything as demonstrated by designer Joanna M. Hawley and her Prosthetic Leg concept.

0 Designer: Joanna M. Hawley

Sitting On A Bird's Nest

Sitting On A Bird’s Nest

If you have an affinity for organic yet geometric shapes, this chair should tickle your fancy. The X Lounger is based on a single ray, traced along a periodic double curved surface. Its close resemblance to China’s Bird’s Nest Stadium is a testament to how smart and functional this form is. Strong yet flexible without looking harsh and man made.

0 Designer: Timothy Schreiber

Gimme Cool Air

Gimme Cool Air

I sit right under the air conditioner so believe me when I say I look dumbfounded when coworkers come over and turn the thing up. HELLO! I’m freezing over here. Free Wind is a smart ceiling mounted air conditioner with customizable air flows. Six fans operated by a smart system control wind zones and enable sectioned climate control. The cool remote uses touch-drag to anticipate and control your environment with a flick of a finger. Do want!

0 Designer: Hyun Jin Yoon

The Third Space

The Third Space

If you thought China’s opening ceremony was impressive for its scale and teamwork then spare a thought for the 52 German design students who were handed the knee weakening task of creating a temporary 200sqm world that tries to translate sociological terms like self-portrayal, community and retreat into tangible spatial situations. As impressive as it is, the real treat is in the details. The entire space was created by lashing together almost 1.3 million cable ties.

0 Design: Academy of Fine Arts in Munich

Mobile Projector Phone, Do We Need One?

Mobile Projector Phone, Do We Need One?

Here’s another mobile projector phone concept but this one is a bit more thought out, tho not without its problems. It offers portability and the communications functions of a mobile phone with a projector to support a new lifestyle.

0 Designer: Eun-Young Kim

Table Side Cooking, The Social Effect

Table Side Cooking, The Social Effect

The Electrolux concept by Chris Fox is an adaptable cooking grill(s) designed to function as the centerpiece at your next dinner party. Modular plates can connect to form patterns and provide an interactive dining experience by encouraging guests to cook for themselves. Each has its own heating coil powered from a single cord by daisy-chaining them together.

0 Designer: Chris fox

Proton, The iPod of AC’s

Proton, The iPod of AC’s

What is so “cool” about this AC unit designed by Michael Laut is that not only is it quiet, but it is stylish and environmentally friendly. The wall-mounted Proton induces air through ionization which helps to eliminate the normally loud buzz of the usual outside AC unit. The Proton also is beneficial for the environment in which it is placed by using the condensation produced by the compressor to water any plants or vegetation that sits below it.

0 Designer: Michael Laut

Check Me Out

Check Me Out

The Motorola Sparrow was conceived to provide retail stores with a mobile point of sale device to solve increased service demands from consumers while decentralizing the check out point, i.e. pay for it and get out as fast as you can. It combines a scanner, point of sale (POS) system, RFID, communication and credit card reading capabilities into one mobile device.

0 Designer: Rinat Aruh

A Fountain Pen For The Modern

A Fountain Pen For The Modern

Fountain pens may lend an air of sophistication but damn can they get anymore dated? I mean all I need is a monocle, a bowler hat, a tweed suit and I’m all set. This fountain pen design but Vivien Muller updates the ubiquitous writing tool to where I wouldn’t mind using one. Okay ergonomics may have taken a backseat here but hell, it’ll look sexy just sitting on my desk.

0 Designer: Vivien Muller

Electric Slide Mobile Get Bent!

Electric Slide Mobile Get Bent!

Why bother with one screen when you can have two for probably double the price? Designer Andy Kurovets presents his “Bend Mobile” concept. He thinks turning on a device and having it grow to nearly double its size will really be attractive to some people. He may be right but where is the proof? Oh right, he is also including a high capacity digital camera that also pops out to larger than expected proportions.

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets

FOLLO Me

FOLLO Me

Free flowing functionality is what you get with FOLLO a design by Will MacCormac for WMD. An elegant washbasin that can be used both commercially and domestically. FOLLO is the perfect addition to the health conscious hotels, clubs and other establishments. Designed with a slightly curved bowl to reduce splashing, FOLLO also contains a unique and practical drainage system resulting in less standing water creating a cleaner and healthier surface.

0 Designer: Will MacCormac