Regular rechargeable batteries that can also be wound-up if there’s nowhere to plug them in. Most likely consumers wouldn’t want to use the crank option to fully charge them on-the-regular. However, these could be great for camping and other situations where electrical outlets are un-available.
I grabbed this out of a section in this month’s Azure Magazine that highlights great design coming out of Istanbul. From the recently disbanded ünal&böler, ömer ünal designed these book and wine hangs called Sek. It’s an interesting concept, one that he seems to have explored in a few of his other projects (salkım, nar, petek, and sema), all of which approach book storage in an interesting and unique way. Plus, I’m a big fan of the photo.
I wish I had one of these when I was in university, what a wonderful idea – to be able to have a lightweight, portable stove for whenever you need it. Or imagine having an oven in your kitchen, with no permanent stovetop – just coveted counterspace everywhere – you just plop out your placemat stovetop whenever/wherever you need it. The Cooka placemat stove is created of non-toxic LSR (Liquid Silicon Rubber) that you can roll up and stow away easily. The cooking plates heat up/cool down rapidly with silver thermal conduction.
via: Trendhunter magazine
An incredibly smart reinvention of wall outlets by this Vancouver industrial designer and architect. He’s streamlined these outlets in such a way that makes you wonder why on earth we ever used the old ones. Have a look at his website here. Also, an interesting interview with Ego Design here.
A classic project from Naoto. The set also included a kiwi and strawberry version, all really great stuff.
In addition to his exhibit at the MoMA, Arad will now also be honored at the Moroso headquarters in New York. He’s produced some iconic furniture over the years, as well as a number of incredibly fluid architectural pieces (I particularly like his Design Museum in Holon Israel). Check out more work on the Ron Arad Associates website.
Amazingly cool! A pocket-sized laser device that emits a full-size functional QWERTY keyboard – that will work on any flat surface. Created by i.Tech, it’s available for wireless or cable.
Eat your words! This toaster by Sasha Tseng incorporates a little message board where one can write quick notes. The message also gets “toasted” into the toast itself. Fun fun! See Sasha’s website of wonderful projects here.
“A mirror that takes the cartoon speech bubbles as a reference and acknowledges the fact that we think in front of mirrors. The mirror is a container which is filled by our image and thoughts.” Oscar Diaz is a London-based industrial designer, whose work is concerned with tweaking everyday objects and/or situations. Check out his website to see a wide variety of brilliant projects.