The Design blog

The Design blog


Ergonomic Leaf O remote allows free flowing control

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:52 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

The current design of remote controls is not very functional, for they neither are ergonomic to hold nor use, and adding to your woes all buttons look identical. Thus, their navigation is not very smooth. So, interaction design expert, Yinghuan Peng, has completely remodeled the existing design. The new remote crafted has a unique rounded shape that will fit right into the palm of the user. This is actually based on the form any water droplet takes while falling on the ground. Moreover, the two circles embedded inside make the gizmo look somewhat like a compass. The all new petite remote looks neat, stylish and quite adorable.

Leaf-O - Remote Control
Leaf-O - Remote Control

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Leaf-O - Remote Control
Leaf-O - Remote Control by Yinghuan Peng

Controlling operations with this piece is very easy. There are two circular bands with a button at their center point. Press the button once to make the menu or any other selection appear. To make the selection disappear, just press this button twice. If you want to move from full screen view to the menu listings, then just hold on to this button for two seconds. The keys for setting the volume and changing channels are located at four equidistant points of the inner circular band.

The unique thing about this design is that it displays the entire menu on your television screen. So, you can make your selection easily without having to remember the function of each button. Thus, you will not end up pushing the wrong button or get confused while making the selection. Also, now you can watch your favorite horror flick in a pitch dark room without bothering about finding buttons on the remote. Additionally, its one access function allows you to make the selection using just one button, so you can keep your eyes glued to the screen at all times.

Via: Cargo Collective


Sleek T2 Light to brighten up your dwellings in a magnificent way

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:34 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Brighten up your dwellings in a truly magnificent way with the T2 Light by Joel Seetoh. The lamp has been crafted in a sleek manner, which will blend perfectly with a contemporary setup. It will flip the overall charm of the space with the twist and twirl design, which is fun to use. The lamp comes draped in minimalism and is quite pleasing.

T² Light Design
T² Light Design

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T² Light Design
T² Light Design by Joel Seetoh

The color and intensity of light produced by the lamp can be changed and used in two different ways. Change the space from brightly lit to warm lighting with the help of a rocking built in design. Simply tilt the lighting unit and change the mood of the space in a wink. T2 can act as a mood light and can be used in various spaces, like a bedroom, living room and even in offices.

The coil can be easily twirled around the design which gives it additional good looks while keeping the sight of messy cords at bay. The light at the top gets activated automatically as the switches placed on both the sides are in an inverted position. To switch the lamp off, all you have to do is keep the light in a horizontal position, which adds to the uniqueness of the design.

T2 Light will be available in a variety of color schemes, which can be picked or changed as per the taste of an individual and the overall set up of a place. So, create an ideal mood as the awe amazing lamp makes the space sparkle like a star.

[Cheers Joel]


Brew your favorite coffee at home with Starbucks Privé Clover

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:31 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Starbucks is a chain known for its refreshing, frothy and full bodied brews. If you have been longing for a sip of this heavenly cuppa at home, then look no further as the Starbucks Privé Clover is here. This is actually a line of home coffee brewing products that are designed and sold by the famous coffee chain. Caffeine addicts and aficionados who are mushy about high quality shots will love the machine.

Privé Clover
Privé Clover

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Privé Clover
Starbucks Privé Clover

What's special about this device is that it can brew coffee just to your liking. There is no need to remember all the cumbersome controls that are required to prepare your kind of brew. The machine will prepare your daily fix automatically as it will have down pat all the settings required to make the brew to tickle your taste buds. The simple interface of this machine was inspired by the easy to use iPhone application.

You can prepare different blends with this machine, together with new blends released by Starbucks in the market. Additionally, it is also possible to customize blends on the machine. Any settings required to make a cup of coffee to your taste can be created on the machine by just visiting your nearest Starbucks Barista.

The appliance is actually a product of Clover coffee machine. When the CEO of Starbucks sipped a java fix prepared by this machine, he was blown over. The original heavyweight coffee machines for commercial use were then reduced in size to fit kitchen countertops. So, if you are simply nutty about premium coffee and would love to fix a fresh cup of mocha or café au lait at home, then this affordable machine is just the thing you want.

Via: work is play is life


Go glamping amidst the beautiful forests of Bouches du Rhone

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:25 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

The prefab tents that we are going to discuss here would definitely appeal to adventure lovers. A few of Bubbletree's playful transparent tents have been placed in the middle of the lush green forests of Bouches-du-Rhone just 12 km from Marseille. The entire arrangement has been made to offer a unique experience of staying close to the nature for guests of the Attrap'Rêves Hotel.

Bubble Hotel
Bubble Hotel

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Bubble Hotel
Attrap'Rêves Bubble Hotel is Made of Bubbletree's Transparent Pop-Up Tents

A lot of work was put in by the designer Pierre Stephane in designing these transparent as well as opaque bubble tents. There are some partially opaque tents to provide more privacy. The aim was to offer an exciting camping adventure but without leaving any deleterious impact on the Mother Nature. The tent is only 13 feet in diameter making it really easy to pack and carry. Once packed, it seems as if they had never been there in the first place.

The tents are loaded with lavishness to add a touch of luxury and comfort to your adventurous voyage. Cozy bed, timber chairs and table, snugly cushions will give you homely comfort in the middle of the forest. Delicious meals and comfortable furnishing in lodge style restaurant would make you feel enthralled. Attrap'Rêves' bubble rooms start at 109 euros for every night depending upon the season and whether guests opt for Jacuzzi or not.

Via: Inhabitat


‘Pin’ on the music with Louis Vuitton Playbutton

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:23 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Here comes technology for the fashionable. If you're all about vogue and closely examine the closest details of what you slip into, then here's a tiny little knick-knack that'll soothe your ears as well as your desire to make a statement in a tasteful "fashion." Enter "The Verbal x Kim Jones Louis Vuitton Playbutton," a badge of an mp3 player dawned in the same pattern as on the current Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 Men's Collection on t-shirts, scarves and other items.

Playbutton
Playbutton

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Playbutton
Verbal x Kim Jones Louis Vuitton Playbutton

Verbal of Tokyo and ready-to-wear style director at LV, Kim Jones, joined hands to bring out this Louis Vuitton emblem bearing mp3 player which can be pinned on to your jackets, cardigans and so forth. Being a fashion-centric accessory, these players are to have the most basic of functions which include stop/start, skip and volume. Their oomph however increases with the degree of their exclusivity. Only 30 of these are to be made and sold and shall be packaged in a nifty gift box.

The Playbutton features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and the memory to hold 10 preloaded tunes. The tunes are packed in the open source Ogg music format, which can neither be erased nor be recorded upon. It's quite unlikely to be able to easily get your hands on one of these but if you don't, you can visit the Playbutton e-shop for a variety of other mp3 players.

Via: Mocoloco/ Highsnobiety


Multiplo, a lone piece of furniture is enough to complete your home

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:20 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

It has been rightly said that necessity is the mother of invention. A need encourages creative thoughts and efforts to meet the need. Similarly, compact housing has encouraged designers to create single piece furniture that could be transformed to various forms as per the requirement. Multiplo, a modular furniture piece from Italian designers HeyTeam forms a sofa, a table, a chair and a type of conversation pit.

Multiplo
Multiplo

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Multiplo
Multiplo Transformer Folds Into Just About Anything You Need

Multiplo forms a complete bedroom suite for making life easy for people who live in little spaces. Style and functionality have been hyped up by its adaptability to fit easily in compact apartments. The stylish furniture can be easily altered to a cozy bed at night, a chair while studying, a table to keep stuff and a chit chat pit when friends come over. Shifting it from one form to another is also quite easy and can be done with some easy moves.

Now compact housing won't hamper your social circle and you won't have to compromise anymore with the style statement for your house. In fact versatile and modular furniture are best to flaunt your taste and smartness. The colorful furniture makes your home look lively and spacious even with limited spacing.

Via: Treehugger


Nintendo NES Coffee Table becomes a controller for gaming freaks

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:19 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

The Nintendo NES Controller table is bound to appease all those gaming freaks out there. Carved out of a rich variety of woods like maple, mahogany and walnut, every nook and cranny of the table offers a delicate combination of deep colored woods and a sturdy design.

Nintendo Coffee Table
Nintendo Coffee Table

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Nintendo Coffee Table
Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

This was related only to the design of the table. However, the utility of the 42″ length x 18.25″ width x 18″ height is yet to be told. The table has an additional cover fixed on it in order to protect the inner machinery. In case, yes, you read that right. If you wish to connect it to your gaming playmate, then all you need to do is extract the cord from below the table and start gaming away to glory. The table is fully functional and offers the users full worth of its charge value - $3500.

The table controller is available in four variations, all designed to cater to the gaming expert in you. The design, and outlay matches the original controllers and the color scheme has also been kept the same. The only variations offered are in terms of the quality and the materials with which the table has been crafted. Available for sale now, the Nintendo NES Controller table is one electronic winner on your hands. Couple it up as a table when not in use and remove the glass top to use it as a gaming controller when required.

Via: Etsy


Solar Charger Messenger Bag to juice up your gadgets on the move

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 04:38 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Today's tech driven society just cannot do without electronic devices and virtually use smartphones, tablets and laptops all around the clock. Your work would totally come to a halt if your electronic devices run dry. Keeping this in mind, products that can power up gadgets even when people are on the run are becoming popular. One such product is the Solar Charger Messenger Bag that can power up your electronic devices on the go.

Solar Charger Messenger Bag
Solar Charger Messenger Bag

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Solar Charger Messenger Bag
Solar Charger Messenger Bag with 2200 mAh Battery for Smartphones

Made out of PVC, this messenger bag embeds a 2200 mAh Battery. The bag actually has a solar panel that stays on a full charge all the time. So, you now have a fully charged battery at your disposal all the time. You will be able to power up almost every electronic gadget with this bag that has multiple adapter tips. Plus, the flaps and pockets inside help you arrange all your stuff neatly.

Wondering if the product will come handy, just browse through a few details to be sure. Around 8 to 10 hours will be required to power up the solar battery and about two hours will be sufficient if you are using a USB cable. The bag can charge smartphones from HTC, Blackberry, Apple and so on. Its six adapters that are compatible with iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab also embraces products manufactured by Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Nokia among others.

Make sure that you can carry the bag around easily and fit all your gear in it. The dimensions of the messenger bag are 38 cms, 30 cms and 4 cms along the sides. While, edges of the solar panel stand at 13.5cms and 17cms. Priced at $38, the package will also contain a connector cable, USB charging cable and a user manual.

Via: Chinavasion


Let Lil Kirk take ‘charge’ of your slick iPhone

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 04:02 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Technology is like a fish, the longer it stays on the shelf, the less attractive it becomes. Knowing the fact, Apple always keeps the market curious for its new innovations by either launching novel "i" products or updating already launched series. With every new apple product comes the gust of new docks. “Lil Kirk” is a similar iPhone dock by Mike Kemery that has been designed to meet the desires of Apple loyalists.

Speakerphone Mate
Speakerphone Mate

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Speakerphone Mate
LIL KIKR - The Perfect Speakerphone Mate

The elegantly designed Lil Kirk dock is perfect to complement your Apple asset. It is a lightweight portable iPhone charging dock that securely holds your iPhone as well. Its flawless outline and smooth looks are its plus points. It is USB rechargeable and amplifies speaker output up to around 10db. It also amplifies microphone input. The dock looks quite robust with aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel craft. The dock is perfect for speaker phone as well as Facetime calling. the product will be available in three colors namely, red, black and silver.

Protective non-slip rubber pads at the base, stainless steel kickstands with protective non slip rubber caps, integrated USB charging cable and machined aluminum highlight the details that have been kept in mind while designing the dock. Now why to compromise with any wobbly, ugly dock for your precious iPhone when a masterwork packed with functionality, style and stability will be available to enhance the beauty of Apple family!

Via: Kickstarter


Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge resembles a mechanized sculpture

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 04:01 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

The proposal for Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge bridge, occupying a space of 200 square meters, looks like a mechanized sculpture extending over a streaming river. It looks like several cables were pulled together to build the bridge. The cables coil into a spiral shape at one end to form the hub that serves as a sheltered nook for anyone passing by. Although this design did not emerge a winner at the Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge competition, its unique draft is definitely worthy of praise.

Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge
Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge

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Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge
Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge by Yaohua Wang Architecture

The bridge actually consists of two paths that run parallel. One road is for pedestrians while the other one is for cyclists. The point at which both these roads meet is the functional hub. People are usually required to slow down their speed when they approach this hub. While, speedier motion is allowed on the pathway of the bridge.

The unique shape of the bridge is not just good to look at but also enhances its structural performance. Its unusual layout along with the spiral design elements is what allows the bridge to be stationed over a river. In the spiral structure, the twisting bands actually interlock with each other, this is what gives the bridge tremendous strength.

Furthermore, the robust and cutting edge form runs on clean and green energy. Power is supplied by solar and wind installments. So, the extraordinary design also helps out with environmental pollution and global warming. This eco conscious attribute gives the functional, tough and aesthetic design additional brownie points. The atypical layout has been conceived by Yaohua Wang Architecture.

Via: Bustler


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