Lounging High

Lounging High

Tired of people calling your Earth hating SUV a living room on wheels? Well send those people to hell and blaze a new path with this winged sofa design by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon for Bisazza. This installation dubbed “Jet Set” will be shown at this years Milan Furniture Show. “Set in a very glamorous hangar, this aeroplane is a light-hearted work with an unusual and enchanting look, complete with a glass cabin, leather wings and coloured missiles and symbols alluding to love…”

0 Designer: Jaime Hayon

Branding Thru And Thru

Branding Thru And Thru

The Adi-block sunblock by Adidas doesn’t do anything other sunblocks can’t. Hey, it provides basic UV protection so why are we posting here? I’m fascinated by the branding and how the designers have managed to extend it from packaging (where branding usually stops) to the delivery mechanism; three nozzles dispensing the product. It’s a small feature but certainly a strong one.

0 Designer: Jack Godfrey Wood

Tu Fin - Nordic Walking On Water

Tu Fin – Nordic Walking On Water

Update: Much has happened since the Tu Fin concept was first published on Yanko Design roughly a year ago. We been presented that they now have a full working prototype and well be showcased at the coming Munich Trade Fair Centre. Congrats to the Tu Fin Team!

0 Designer: I.Kiryakov, S.Ballmeier, K.Eichelberg & M.Dressler

2008 Salone Del Mobile Preview

2008 Salone Del Mobile Preview

The highly anticipated, not to mention comprehensive, Salone del Mobile is one of the world’s most revered furniture and design shows. With over 2,500 exhibitors from nearly 40 different countries, it goes without saying there’s quite a bit to see. This year it will run from 16 to 21 April, and to save you scouring more than 200,000 square metres of exhibition space, we’ve put together a preview of the designers, products and projects we’re most excited about.

Mindful Tap

Mindful Tap

A shower head with a guilty conscience – that is to say you’re conscience. When you use it, the segmented joints break apart acting like a timer as they slowly snap back into place. It’s a very visual way to communicate the idea of water usage and far more tactile than say a timer clock. It should also be noted this concept is called Happy Tap. Why’s it happy? I’ll leave that to your imagination.

0 Designer: Julia Treutiger

Being Incomplet

Being Incomplet

No that isn’t a mispelling, just an intentional act to drop the ‘e’, reinforcing the idea of a chair and table existing together as one because separately they are incomplete. This point of tension is explored by forcing one’s function to work by embracing the other. In this way, this chair can be a table and vice versa.

0 Designer: Melvin Ong

Loopty Loop Loopita

Loopty Loop Loopita

Update: Back in July 2007 we published a concept furniture called “Loopita” which we knew was going to be an instant hit. We been informed now that it is finally going into production! Congrats to Victor for making it happen.

0 Designer: Victor Aleman

*Ding *Dong, Secret Agent at the door

*Ding *Dong, Secret Agent at the door

Good afternoon Mr. Bond. Welcome to my lair. I can imagine the gleam in young Jérôme Olivet’s eyes, as a child watching all those super click 007 villains and their even slicker evil lairs. Note: Evil geniuses have “lairs”, simple criminals have “hideouts.” It must have taken a mad genius to come up with this architectural design dubbed “JET HOUSE” by Jérôme Olivet.

0 Designer: Jerome Olivet

Hang Your Chair

Hang Your Chair

The “Hanger Chair” is a folding chair based on one of the ultimate storage systems: the modest hanger. It allows us to store clothes in an orderly fashion. Most houses or flats are equipped with a wardrobe to receive the object. By morphing the function of the hanger with that of the folding chair, a new hybrid is born: a Hanger Chair that has a function, even when not in use, to store our clothes in an orderly fashion.

0 Designer: Philippe Malouin

Rest Your Weary Legs

Rest Your Weary Legs

Designer Yong Rok Kim listened to the woes of people using crutches and aims to ease their healing process. His Crutch Chair is exactly what it sounds like – crutches that turn into a chair to rest your weary legs.

0 Designer: Yong-Rok Kim

Lights....Camera....Perspektiva Lamp action!

Lights….Camera….Perspektiva Lamp action!

Here is a brilliant (pun intended) idea from the minds of San Francisco based 3D and visualization studio, Transparent House. They took the classic camera housing design and re-purposed it to provide pose prompting light. This “Perspektiva Lamp” design is a great example of what I like to call “Design Flip”, taking ubiquitous items and reinterpreting their intended use for completely new ones.

0 Designer: Transparent House Studio

Current Currency

Current Currency

Great Britain is set to change their change. Their Royal Mint just announced the winning designs for their coin currency refresh. 26 year old graphic artist, Matthew Dent’s heraldic design was chosen as the new face of British booty. He designed a set of clever cut-aways of the Shield of the Royal Arms. Each denomination is a part of this shield and when brought together, the shield looks complete.

0 Designer: Matthew Dent

And its name was Optimus

And its name was Optimus

Well, not really. It’s real name is the XO Move. But it looks like a transformer and almost acts like one. The concept is that when parked it transforms and locks up for security. It is adaptable to user needs, can carry one or two persons and sports a variable wheel base to make it more stable on the roads. Possibly it can take on Megatron too. who knows?

0 Designer: Camile Baron