Why didn't Apple think of this?

Why didn’t Apple think of this?

This might just be the feature that Apple needed to give their iPhone 5S and 5C release the “oomph” it needed! OptUX lets users get the most from the 5′s larger screen size without sacrificing ergonomics. The interface can tell if you are holding the phone in your left or right hand, automatically articulating the apps in that direction so their within reach of your thumb. Perfect for working with one hand!

0 Designer: Noel Joyce

Sterile Hands

Sterile Hands

Purell and other hand sanitizers do a good job at keeping hands clean, but they do lack the sense of giving a complete hand wash. Some sanitizers leave a sticky sensation in the hands! Offering another portable and eco-friendly solution is the Electrolux HandCleaner Project. It could do with some design refinements, but scores well in the solution-thinking part. Read on to know more.

0 Designer: Érik Gurski Lima

Sit and Feel the Burn!

Sit and Feel the Burn!

The U-Stool’s signature “U” shape is functional in getting the user to work their abdomen and legs to balance the rocking seat. This healthier method of active-sitting actually makes it easier to sit for longer periods of time by keeping the user shifting, thereby reducing strain on the back and hips. The user might burn more energy while seated, but  the design’s eco-friendly construction and production process cut back on its own energy consumption! It’s even compostable at the end of its life cycle!

0 Designers: Various

iArt

iArt

Mountable on any wall, the Myquadro iPhone dock is the perfect perch for your beloved iPhone! Not only will it charge your phone, but the seemingly simple white structure will start to glow blue, green or red depending on the type of notification you’ve received. Built-in speakers also stream your favorite tunes with your phone framed like the piece of art that it is!

0 Designer: Roberto Paoli

Concrete Purity

Concrete Purity

We usually imagine exposed concrete as being dull, grey and stark…beautiful qualities in their own right. But Crisp concrete tiles break the stereotype with a visual effect not usually associated with the material. Their glassy, reflective character is made possible with micro-refractions in waveform induced by small triangles that compose the surface. The result is a modern, delicate-looking finish with the same structural integrity as classic concrete.

0 Designer: Levi Fignar

Squeezed In

Squeezed In

Kenji Ido’s Tamatsu House in Osaka, Japan is wedged in an urban, mixed-used area of small factories and office buildings that coexist in lines of very vertical structures! A major problem with this type of close-construction is the sparse amount of natural light able to enter the house, thereby making an already small space seem smaller. To counteract this issue, a clever mixture of skylights and inclined walls break up both the space and incoming light. So effectively, in fact, that you’d have almost no idea the entire house is a mere 1000 square feet!

0 Designer: Kenji Ido

Simple Kinetics And A Lock

Simple Kinetics And A Lock

The ‘In Passing Lock’ is an interesting idea where the lock of the cycle is positioned at the spot where cycle’s wheel spokes meet. It’s also the place where kinetic energy gets stored and used at night as lights. The concept offers a new way to secure cycles plus add on safety lights!

0 Designer: Chung Pei Cheng

The Power of ZEIT

The Power of ZEIT

The ZEIT shower system targets water usage and allows you to set the shower duration and water temperature. It even provides you with real-time feedback displayed via a touch screen display. The ZEIT is designed utilizes current plumbing and shower formats and as a mixer, it brings together hot and cold water to the desired temperature before you commence your shower.

0 Designer: Alice Sun

Bye, Bye Big Needles

Bye, Bye Big Needles

Krystalin is an award winning medical design that introduces a new concept of next-gen disposable insulin delivery that aims to ease and simplify the process for diabetic patients. It’s easy to administer and track doses, but the biggest improvement by far is the elimination of the large needle component altogether. Hit the jump to see how it works!

0 Designers: Various

A New Approach to Post-Disaster Recovery

A New Approach to Post-Disaster Recovery

The Prattsville Art Center will be the new cultural hub for the town of Prattsville, New York, and surrounding area, bringing together selected artists with residents of the historic Catskills town which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The project focuses on the restoration of a 2,000 sq-ft historic building damaged by the flood in addition to an entirely new structure for housing artist residencies and workshops.

0 Designer: Andrea Salvini

Flatter than Flat Lighting

Flatter than Flat Lighting

The minimalist Gru (Italian for “crane”) lamp is characterized by a simplistic form with total flatness that gives it a unique aesthetic meant to blur the lines between 2 & 3D. However thin, the design is as durable as it is ductile. This is made possible by use of Vetronite material which not only provides structural stability, but also acts as a glass epoxy conductor to deliver power directly to the LED lights without wires!

0 Designer: Illuministi

Simply The Braun Pivo

Simply The Braun Pivo

Question: How to combine the technical features of a reflex camera with the reduced size of a compact?

Answer: The Amazingly beautiful self-exploration work by designer Pierre Francoz

0 Designer: Pierre Francoz

A Tank Bath

A Tank Bath

The Tank is a shower system of your dreams! It includes a user interface, dial, flow meter, Wi-Fi connectivity and a latching solenoid. It fits easily into your existing shower system and supports easy adoption. In a very clever way, the Tank system makes you aware of your water conservation practices as well as those who are looped in the system. So in a very subtle way, it motivates you to be a water-saver and allows you to share your accomplishments with other like-minded people.

0 Designer: Charles Skender