Keyboard Solo

Keyboard Solo

Ever find yourself writing out your grocery list for the week and thought, “gee, I bet this grocery list would make a really cool song..”? Well, it actually might be a better song than some of the total crap that is flying around the corporate owned FM airwaves. Yamaha, the makers of dirt bikes, boats and musical instruments, have decided that your sketch book could really use some ebony and ivory.

0 Designer: Yamaha Studio

TeaCube Makes Steeping Easy

TeaCube Makes Steeping Easy

I absolutely love tea and anyone who knows me knows I avidly collect satchels from all over the world. Like coffee, a good cup of tea is all in the brewing and steeping. Steep it too long and it tastes bitter; too short and you’re drinking muddy hot water. TeaCubes make it easy by placing the tea bag on a timed retractable spool. Hands free and a good cup of tea. What more could a tea lover ask for!

0 Designer: Jieun Yang

Gimmicky But Fun Jump Roping

Gimmicky But Fun Jump Roping

This reminds me of one of those LED blinking clocks that magically suspend time in mid air when really it’s the speed of the oscillating arm creating the illusion. Apply that same process to a jump rope and you’ve got Jumplay. Every jump and skip is recorded. This can both be a good and bad thing since I have no jump rope skills. The counter would literally stall at 10 because that’s all I can do.

0 Designer: Jacky Wu

Comical Surroundings

Comical Surroundings

The 1960′s saw some truly amazing design, both graphically and industrial. Along with Roy Lichtenstein, famed Italian artist Guido Crepax is considered one of the fathers of the graphic pop art movement. His most famous character “Valentina” was a massive comic success and it’s title character is a sexual icon and his most famous creation.

0 Designer: Canevese Giuseppe

Timezones and Ticketime

Timezones and Ticketime

Ticketime is a boarding card and a wristwatch all in one. The fringe of the ticket is made of electronic paper that could be torn off and worn as a wristwatch during the period of your travel. Before your departure, the airline company would preset the watch to the time zone of your destination. It is returned to the airline counter during your check-in upon your return flight, whilst still serving the purpose of a flight ticket.

0 Designer: Jacky Wu

Ultimate Dreaming Machine

Ultimate Dreaming Machine

It was thirty years ago that BMW first introduced the BMW M1 super car to the world. Now, to celebrate it’s thirty year anniversary, BMW thought it would be fun to tease us all with this updated “concept” version of the original Bavarian bombshell. Originally designed by Paul Bracq and later by famed Italian design house Giugiaro, this BMW M1 Hommage takes a clearly aggressive pose, with retro features mixing it up with very modern elements.

Ergonomic Cushion for some Pushin…

Ergonomic Cushion for some Pushin…

Want to give your lap that extra little lift without resorting to Viagra? Now the perfect angle you are looking for is just a few pumps away. The “Airboard” pump action laptop surface by designer Ki-Seung Lee is intended to adjust your laps productive area to best fit whatever activity you are engaged in.

0 Designer: Ki-Seung Lee

Body Armor + Fashion Design = Armorni?

Body Armor + Fashion Design = Armorni?

Who says protecting yourself from sniper attacks or chemical warfare needs to be ugly business? Certainly not Dutch designer Tim Smit. His “Urban Security Suit” will be all the rage in a war zone near you. Made of stylish neoprene and strategically lined with body molded kevlar, this runway show stopper will be THE must have accessory for your next war, skirmish, struggle, conflict, combat zone or civil strife you find yourself in or starting. Aeon Flux eat your heart out.

0 Designer: Tim Smit

The Geometry of Living

The Geometry of Living

Well it’s official, cubes-that-turn-into-things is officially a trend. Maybe designers are inspired by last years Transformers movie, or the Borg on Star Trek, but these squared squares just keep on coming. The latest is by designer Naho Matsuno called “Cube 6.”

0 Designer: Naho Matsuno

Sweet Gadgets to NOT die for...

Sweet Gadgets to NOT die for…

Diabetics have it pretty rough. Aside from the constant life threatening condition, seriously restricted diets and painful monitoring of glucose levels in their blood, diabetics often have to suffer the indignity of carrying around some seriously ugly industrial design. Taking monitoring and treatment systems into his own hands, designer Sascha Morawetz has created this pair of Diabetic tools that should alleviate some of the pain and shame usually associated with this illness.

0 Designer: Sascha Morawetz

Get wet with style

Get wet with style

So as I was gazing longingly at this bathtub design called “Sorgente” by Lenci Design for Teuco, I realized that I was schooled on the difference between a bathtub and a hot tub. A bathtub is obviously for bathing, and a hot tub is obviously for more recreational use and relaxing.

0 Designer: Lenci Design

0-60 Seconds in 60 Seconds...

0-60 Seconds in 60 Seconds…

Albert Einstein once said “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Tell that to designer John Pszeniczny, he thinks time could use a turbo boost and has designed the fastest watch on Earth dubbed “F1/Carbon GMT”. Inspired by the F1 race car world and constructed of carbon fiber, Swarovski crystal, rubber and metal, this timepiece has 18 identical rubies and tells the time in everyone of the 18 cities on the 2008 F1 circuit.

0 Designer: John Pszeniczny

Alice in Amsterdam

Alice in Amsterdam

What better way to arouse creativity and inspiration than clean, white spaces filled with glowing ambient light? Some might argue that the lack of visual stimuli might create the opposite affect, but I beg to differ, and so do the Amsterdam based architects UXUS. They decided to use their own offices to showcase their latest creation that is self described as a “mysterious and poetic atmosphere of old and new world fables,”

0 Architect: UXUS