3XN Architects won the international architectural competition for the New Headquarters for Deutsche Bahn in Berlin . The location of the “CUBE” is in one of the most well known places in Europe, Washingtonplatz, which is the very center of Berlin and the building will be surrounded by German Government buildings.
Well, it seems pretty much that anywhere in the world, smoking is now banned from inside bars, restaurants and most clubs. Which all in all is pretty positive, but then again, we must respect the decision of others and understand that they enjoy a smoke with their coffee, beer or mixed drinks etc. So all you smokers will be quite pleased that there is someone looking out for your habits, and even if you have to go outside to smoke a cigg, Florian Brillet wants you to enjoy it as much as possible.
Designer: Florian Brillet
The holy grail of touch interface design seems to be marrying the simplicity of hand gestures with deep navigation. This is Bello’s speciality. Designer Ryan Han wanted to create a portable media player anyone could use.
Designer: Ryan Han
Measuring cup designs have changed throughout the years from the old metal design style to a more modern design. However, the newer designs have always been on the cool side of design, but far from being reliable. A New York design company, Pollen Design, has created a newer version of the measuring cup called NuScup. NuScup, is an adjustable measuring scoop that comes with a co-molded seal.
Designer: Pollen Design
Having the latest in technology is great-every gadget you can think of all the better. Yet with those tech pieces comes a wired mess. Studio Manzano has designed a couple of new products to help out with the messy tangled wires that may be on display in your home. The Powerblock, is a shield that hides all of the tangled mess of wires connected to all of your gadgets.
Designer: Studio Manzano
Designer Kwangho Lee thought it would be clever to take old sheets of styrofoam and mold them into furniture. Now before birds, polar bears, rabbits, and treehuggers clobber me, I want to say it’s just a concept. Nobody is really going to make styrofoam furniture. But to the material’s credit, it does get warmer the longer you sit on it.
Designer: Kwangho Lee
Mike Hudspeth from Machine Design talks about what to look for in ID software. Today there are many. Besides Alias ($25,000), good packages include Rhino ($895), ICEM ($2,300 and up), NX (a lot, depending on what bundle you pick), and even SolidWorks ($3,995). So besides price, how do you decide? The only significant differences between programs are capability and interface. When selecting ID software, look for these capabilities:
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of looking in my cabinets at all the different size and shapes of plates and bowls that seem to eat up all the storage space. Bowls for soups and salads, small plates and large plates-the list goes on forever. Now with a new design from Aleksey Belyalov, my problem of lack of storage space is now history. 2Side is a design that has brought together two different types of plates and made them into one.
Designer: Aleksey Belyalov
Turning Lamp is a PC mounted on a lamp base. It uses tactile interfaces people are familiar with when turning lamps on so a pull of a cord activates one of the 4 faces. Each face can display something different, i.e. – weather, news, email, music player, etc.
Designer: Seungchan Lee
Just like people, plants fall over when they begin to die from thirst but unlike people, plants can’t verbally communicate when they need watering. That’s where the Roly-Poly Pot comes in. Using water a a counterweight, the pot slowly tips over when water levels are low. The cool thing is each pot can be adjusted to work with any plant’s watering needs. Neat idea but still a concept for now.
Designer: Sangmin Bae
Here is a new design, that we haven’t seen a lot of lately. I personally do not own a coat hanger, because the past designs have been, well, quite boring, and do not fit with the style of my home. Here we have a very modern and stylish coat hanger that can work perfectly in any home environment, and one you would be pleased to have on display.
Designer: Bo Strange