Wicked Wickerwork

Wicked Wickerwork

The Tina chair and bench merge age-old rattan craftsmanship with modern production methods in a design that is both innovative and traditional. In designer Benedetta Tagliabue’s own words, “they’re built with the painstaking care and attention to detail of artisanal methods coupled with the precision and quality that comes with technology.”  At once minimal and natural, they’re complimentary to modern and classic interiors alike.

0 Designer: Benedetta Tagliabue for Expormim

Sustainable Cultivation Units

Sustainable Cultivation Units

Hakan Gürsu’s Living Pots are a series of thoughtfully produced planters for the urban gardener who’s conscious of their carbon footprint.  Composed of 100% recyclable and reused wood and metal, they make use of lumber scraps that would otherwise be thrown out or burned after truncation. With a minimal number of parts, each unit is flat-pack ready and easy to assemble. Better yet, they can be nested to create vertical gardens where space is limited. Check out the vid to see how it’s done —>

0 Designer: Hakan Gürsu

Micro Taxi

Micro Taxi

With the footprint of our personal vehicles shrinking, it’s likely that taxi designs will quickly follow suit. With consideration to the fact that taxis generally carry just 1 or 2 passengers at a time, the Ago Taxi eliminates that useless front passenger seat, positioning the driver in the center and passengers in jump seats closer to the front. Saving all that space inside means the overall size of the exterior can also be made smaller. It’s sensible styling at its best.

0 Designers: Maxim Shershnev & Tigran Lalayan

Destroying Time

Destroying Time

The Digital Destruction Watch is a good analogy for how old has to make way for the new. The watch features a face where the analog dial seems to have been destroyed by the elements and made way for the digital era. Measuring a nifty 38 mm in diameter, the timepiece is good for both men and women. Specs include a digital LCD screen, time in a military style 24 hour format, a crown button that switches between time, second, and date modes, as well as activate the backlight.

0 Designer: Ross McBride [ Buy it Here ]

Time For Prefabricated Buildings

Time For Prefabricated Buildings

The Bone is a conceptual building that delves into the advantages of large detached houses, high-rise buildings, and prefabricated houses. In short, it takes in the essentials of all the three types of living quarters and brings forth the best. This prefab building hosts large outdoor spaces including gardens and swimming pools.

0 Designer: Paik Kunil

Fence Parking

Fence Parking

Now here is a pretty clever idea that can actually be utilized. Most sidewalks have a neat metal fence, so how about integrating slots in such a way that they double up as a secure parking for cycles! Two-in-one solution that takes care of parking and fences; awesome!

0 Designers: Hyupsung University Students

Reflective Clothing for the Modern Cyclist

Reflective Clothing for the Modern Cyclist

In Los Angeles, it’s not uncommon to hear horror stories about cyclists in motor accidents, which is precisely why Angeleno designer Brett Clouser started this unique line of reflective cycling wear. Unlike standard neons, this minimalist jacket is savvy enough to wear out socially. It also collapses into a compact pouch, making it easy to store in your pocket. A reflective application on the jacket shines light directly back to its source, making it almost 400% more reflective and easier for drivers to see cyclists.

0 Designer: Lunis

Eyewear in Perfect Harmony

Eyewear in Perfect Harmony

The right pair of specs are all about balance and FLEYE’s premier design has got the solution nailed! Sure the eyewear is attractive, but the magic is in the adjustable nose pads affixed to a single piece of flexible titanium thread that gracefully loops through the nose bridge. It’s strong, durable and accentuates the aesthetic of the glasses with colors that match the style of the frame. Genius!

0 Designer: FLEYE

InsideNorway at Milan Design Week

InsideNorway at Milan Design Week

From prison-made lamps to barely-there benches, the Norwegians really made their mark at Milan Design Week! Hit the jump to see some of the best from InsideNorway —>

0 Designers: Various

+4.5 Paper Cup by Hongseok Kim and Inhye Hwang

+4.5 Paper Cup by Hongseok Kim and Inhye Hwang

Yes, this is the exact name of this disposable cup and don’t ask me why! All I can tell you is that the cup handle has a stiff tear-able portion that you can use as a stirrer. Cost effective and functional, I simply LOVE this design!

p.s. a little birdie told me that the additional handle attachment measures 4.5 cms, hence the name!

0 Designers: Hongseok Kim and Inhye Hwang

One-hand Washing

One-hand Washing

The Angel Faucet is specifically meant for those folks who have lost an arm. Apparently stats show that folks with this kind of impairment find it difficult towash their hand properly. The sensor-activated tap is integrated with a scrubbing pad that allows you to scrub and clean the single hand effectively.

0 Designers: Yang Shuai, Cui Chengtao, Wang Shuai, Lin Shuo & Liu Shaolu

A Chair with Chilean Soul

A Chair with Chilean Soul

The 2R armchair, which takes name from its bold side pillars, is composed of just two materials: lenga wood and salmon skin upholstery, both native of Chile. This luxurious combination of materials creates a sophisticated and elegant expression against an otherwise minimal frame. Though somewhat fragile looking, the handcrafted process of traditional jointing and precision material bonds make it functionally very strong, stable, and comfortable. 

0 Designer: Javier Ramirez

Back to the Drawing Board

Back to the Drawing Board

That phrase has less relevancy with the advent of digital design tools, but this creative workstation merges the physical scale of the classic designer’s board with the functionality of a tablet into one unit that classic sketchers and digital designers alike will appreciate. Called Voltra, it hearkens back to a time when pencil and paper were solely available, but instead… it’s a stylus and touch screen!

0 Designer: Jameel Kamil