The Needle makes a good point

The “Needle” makes a good point

The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture just might have been the inspiration to this “needle” concept by legendary Protrusian designer Blais Pratt. Having all the markings of a successful concept, this beautifully minimal and sleek design has what it takes to be a huge hit, and has the added benefit of keeping your clothes on.

0 Designer: Blais Pratt

Best of March 2008

Best of March 2008

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in March 2008.

Mobile Bathing with Moby?

Mobile Bathing with Moby?

Ceramist and designer Ole Jensen has cleaned up his act. Forget that hard, immovable tub you currently have in your bathroom. Ole wants you to go soft and take your eau natural body, eau natural. Made of white EPDM rubber and cork, this soft tub was designed to be a simple option for outdoor fun, healing or washing up.

0 Designer: Ole Jensen

Flower Filament

Flower Filament

Here’s a neato way to combine nature with human technology. The Flower Filament only lights up if there’s a flower in it. Yes designer Ha-Na Yeom some how managed to use the flower as a switch to lights up the hollowed out design which just so happens looks like a light bulb.

0 Designer: Ha-Na Yeom

A Little Light Renovations

A Little Light Renovations

Here is the question of the moment in my head; should the use of light be considered a design aspect? Now I don’t mean the designing of light sources e.g.. lamps, chandeliers etc. I mean the light that is emitted itself. Standing on its own, is that design or simply a cool visual effect? For that matter, is it simply visual “art” like a movie, laser light show or music video? Which brings me to this temporary make-over of the Phyletic Museum in Germany by artist Robert Seidel.

0 Designer: Robert Seidel

Go With The Flow

Go With The Flow

There is a wind blowing from the east and it smells a little like wasabi, ginger and fresh paint. It turns out its just Mazda showing off its latest design direction, the Mazda “Taiki.” Inspired by the shape and flow of wind itself, Mazda declares the  exterior lines are inspired by wind flowing through a Hagoromo, the “flowing robes that enable a celestial maiden to fly.”

0 Designer: Mazda

Music And Computers

Music And Computers

As a musician myself, turning sheet music is the bane of my art. Ok I confess. I haven’t touched a musical instrument since the 11th grade but I did play for almost 8 years so there! Back to the subject at hand, the CLEF system consists of a flexible LCD touch screen with a built-in stand and a wireless foot pedal.

0 Designer: Sungho Lee

This Chair Demands Rocking

This Chair Demands Rocking

If we’ve seen one rocking chair concept, we’ve seen them all – they all literally rock. So what’s different about the CNC Rocking Chair? First off, its design almost begs to be rocked. Those two ellipticals look like they’d be a ton of fun.

0 Designer: Hongtao Zhou

Plush Pixels

Plush Pixels

It is strange to think that not too long ago there were no such things as pixels. Before the invention of photography, artificial pixels (short for PICture ELements)simply did not exist. It wasn’t until the personal computer hit the mainstream did the word “pixel” become widely known outside of geeks, video/photographers and the CIA.

0 Designer: Christian Zuzunaga

Philippe Starck: Design is Dead

Philippe Starck: “Design is Dead”

It seems Philippe Starck has made enough toothbrushes, toasters, watches, mopeds, chairs, trendy hotels, mediocre sushi restaurants and piles of money. So what is this shamelessly self promoting product designer doing now to get attention? Biting the hand that feeds him of course. In a recent interview with Germany’s Die Zeit Magazine, Mr. Starck proclaims the “death of design.”

0 Designer: Philippe Starck

Sacré bleu! Eiffel Tower to get a make-over!

Sacré bleu! Eiffel Tower to get a make-over!

UPDATE: News of Paris-based Serero Architects’ installation at the top of the tower has been declared a hoax by La Societe d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE). I repeat Eiffel Tower Extension is a Fake!

0 Architect: Serero

Wine of the Times

Wine of the Times

Listen, you are not in college any longer and it’s about time you started cleaning up your act. Stop wearing the same underwear more than two days in a row, learn to cut your finger nails and not consider them a food group, and certainly stop drinking your “de-stresser” out of the bottle. While we wait for you to actually use soap and water to clean your dishes, we present the “Vinho Verde” wine bottle concept.

0 Designer: Viktor Pucsek

Ring* Ring* Yesterday is calling today about tomorrow...

Ring* Ring* Yesterday is calling today about tomorrow…

If you are one of the dwindling few still holding onto your home landline telephone, then this call is for you. Straight out of Stanley Kubrick’s props department are these two cordless telephone designs dubbed “Colombo One” and “Colombo Two”, by London-based Chauhan Studio.

0 Designer: ChauhanStudio