Designed for the Benesse Corporation, designer Nendo has given them the Perfect Clear. Sounds confusing, right? Well, the Perfect Clear is a device that helps school children learn Chinese character, mathematics, and history. Getting to the basics, apparently children in the elementary age group in Japan need to give entrance exams for junior high school. Almost one-fifth of this tot’s population uses the Benesse Corporation’s Shinken Zemi distance learning program to prepare for them. The Perfect clear is a tool that aids in the learning process and peps up the kids for a serious session of cramming.
Designer Liang Tian really loves his green thumb, I’m sure he has one because his latest designs mirrors an eco-friendly drive. Although one may cringe at the thought of another car to the road, Liang’s design sees the use of hydrogen for fuel, which makes all the difference. The result of burning the hydrogen in the engine leaves a residue of water vapor. This sleek, slim concept car would make an idea inclusion in an urban setting. Going the extra mile, Liang has also minimized the use of plastic and opted for of plant based eco-friendly materials to dress its interiors. A truly green-project inside out, the Steamlife should pave its way from the drawing board to the production line.
Do you like to see the rainbow? I simply love the way the colors blend into each other, and always hope that the pot of gold is at the end of it. Inspired by the myriad of colors, designer Christian Flindt has come up with the award-winning Parts of a Rainbow chairs. Besides their wispy colors, the chairs betoken a definitive style. They don’t conform to the traditionally one-on-top-of-each-other stance, they side-stack instead. Probably the world’s first side-stacking chairs, Parts of a Rainbow merge together to give you a grand bench to sit on. Fabricated from acrylic plastic, these chairs would fit perfectly in a huge auditorium or school stadium.
With the speed of lightning, technical advances have been bombarding us new inventions and innovations. When the iPhone released, it set off a chain reaction where every next phone aped its interface to be reckoned as “happening”. As a wave of fresh-breath, the Tatung VoIP Concept Phone bedazzles you with its beauty defined by simplicity. Winner of the IDEA, and Red Dot awards, this concept belongs to the worthy Nova Design. Going back to the roots, the design features a false antenna that gives it a very retro look. Packed into this sleek frame are Bluetooth and a touch pad.
Memories are the fond foundations on which we build our tomorrow. Sweet moments captured in pictures are meant to be shared with loved ones. What do we do if we are the possessive sorts and want to indulge in nostalgia ever so often? I guess we need to turn designer David Tonkinson who has fashioned this wonderful Memory Tank. This is a device that has the ability to soak in all the pictures and videos that you or your family sends to it via your phone. It then displays them continuously to the four screens that surround the base. The navigation keys are conveniently placed on the top of the tank so that they don’t obstruct the viewing of slideshow.
Korean designer Jin Woo Han has the distinction of winning the IDEA award for his brilliant Torch Lamp. This hand held torch services as a lamp when placed in the angle bracket meant for it. The design is such that this adaptable tool recharges itself when placed in the bracket. Portability is the key feature of this torch but it also assumes various forms to satisfy different needs. Like you can use it as a bedside lamp or keep it in the children’s room as a night lamp. On its bracket it becomes a table lamp, so the versatility-quotient in this lamp as at an all time high.
Creating something out of nothing seems to be the forte of industrial designer Stanley Ruiz. Amongst his many endeavors, the New Organic rage is by far the best example of the perfect blend between modern art and nature. Using twigs as a part of the design the master creates enterprising installations that include a bowl, a clock, a pendant and a napkin holder. Inspired by his ventures in the world of handicrafts, the designer uses his expertise to fashion such rudimentary objects that add class to environment.
The thought of Transformers invokes pictures of cars turning to robotic creatures that are out to destroy the enemy. Little would your imagination pique towards a demure sofa set that has the possibilities of morphing into different colors and shape. Well it should head in that direction if you take a look at designer Yelena Lobiv’s interpretation of a transformer! Her Sofa “Transformer” has the ability to transcend conformity barriers. It changes shape as per your whim, it even changes color to suit your mood! Heck, it’s one helluva sofa that gives you twelve different styles when you actually buy just one!
A bathtub epitomizes luxury to the hilt. Accompanied by sea-salts, essential oils and perfumed candles, the whole experience of ablutions becomes a therapeutic ritual. I can imagine designers getting inspired by the extravagance of such opulent settings but imagine taking inspiration from the hard, cold stealth-plane. It crashes down the dreamy notion of a soothing session in the tub. Designer Torsten Werner has fashioned the Tub F-117 using 14 sheeds. Apparently the design can be modified to fit your body sculpture and size. This aspect of the tub makes it an appealing proposition.
Who needs a bear hug when a very cozy and comfy Gorilla can do the same? Designer Pichaya and pals at LIFT conceptualized the Ooh Ooh for ICFF06. With the simple motive of having a colossal piece that can expand into a chaise lounger, this concept tries to bring back the straightforward message of eco-sensitivity. The body of gorilla expands to form a comfortable lounger and the head fashions into a rug. The rug along with the cushioned head can be used as a mat to laze around on the floor. Biodegradable rigid foam and plywood form the bone of this structure; which is quite smart actually, considering the environmental concerns.