Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht Bridges The Gap Between Sailing and Motor Yachting

A 40 meter sailing yacht inspired by performance, developed for simplicity and minimum style. The lead in the keel of the boat was adapted to become a giant battery charged by the solar cells in the sail. The owner could live in complete comfort and with zero carbon footprint.

What makes this an innovative design solution is that the Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht is a vessel inspired by performance, developed for simplicity, and minimally styled. It is meant to bridge the gap between sailing and motor yachting, so that those who take to the winds can do so in the most comfortable, amenable and sustainable way. It is designed to have a zero carbon footprint because of its electric engine and solar sail giving the owner absolute freedom to roam the seas in complete comfort. The lead in the keel of the boat, which is regularly just used for balance, was adapted to become a giant battery charged by the solar cells in the sail. It completely redefines the layout of a sailboat.

Designer : Sebastian Campos

Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht by Sebastian Campos

Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht by Sebastian Campos

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NASA Z-2 Suit : Biomimicry, Technology, or Trends In Society

Nasa has released 3 designs for Nasa Z-2 Suit where you get to vote which one should be our next generation spacesuit platform. It’s an upgraded version of Z-1 suit which was named as one of Time Magazine’s best invetions of 2012, now the Z-2 takes this spacesuit design to the next level in commitment to a final flight-capable design. Basically, this spacesuit marks several milestones for NASA:

  • First surface-specific planetary mobility suit which is tested in full vacuum
  • The first use of 3D human laser scans along with 3D printed hardware for suit development and sizing
  • It utilizes most advance impact-resistant composite structures for the upper and lower torso system
  • It integrates suit-port concept with a hard upper torso suit structure
  • The most adjustable hard upper torso suit built to this date.

It’s your exciting oppportunity to suit the winning spacesuit which look unlike any other previous suit built before. The previous Z-1 suit has received so many positive response, the NASA engineers wanted to take this chance to prove that the new upgraded model will have equally memorable appearance. The decision which one of these 3 prototypes to be built is within you, the public, so vote now to give them your voice.

1. The Biomimicry

This spacesuit is inspired by an environment with many parallels to the harsness of space, the oceans. It mimics bioluminescent qualities of aquatic creatures where you can find them in the depth of the ocean with scaly skin of fish. The design features segmented pleats from shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee, there’s electroluminescent wire accross the upper torso which becomes visible in low light environment.

From : NASA

NASA Z-2 Suit - Biomimicry

NASA Z-2 Suit - Biomimicry

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Stylish Givi Motorcycle Top Box Features RFID Key Lock System

Givi motorcycle top box was designed by these industrial designers during their exchange period at Istituto Europeo di Design. This top box project is intended to be used on motorcycles and has to be realistic enough to be released in the market by the year of 2017.

At first, we came up with many ideas that would make this an ambitious target, but during the process we moved toward actual reasonable scenarios and implementing only those features which were likely be available at that time. We had a keen interest to design a product that is sustainable, using biodegradable plastics and making the manufacturing process and recycling process as easy as possible and one of the top box’s main feature and theme is configurability and customizability.

We applied these themes to Givi Motorcycle Top Box both internally and externally, thus the interior has an easy to use compartmentalization feature using elastic rubber bands, while the exterior has customizable rings that can match any motorbike. We decided to use a new lock system with an RFID key to simplify the access to two separate compartments. These compartments have separate purposes, a smaller for easy access for personal things that are essential and a bigger one that has more space. The aggressive angle of the lid was designed to fit with modern and future motorbike trends where the rear end of the bike is also angled, not flat.

Designers : Harold Baltodano, Krisztián Griz and Mina Kuchani

Givi Motorcycle Top Box by Krisztian Griz

Givi Motorcycle Top Box by Krisztian Griz

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Glycount : Future Vision of Humane Diabetes Management Through Wearable Gadget

There are more than 67 million diabetic patients in India alone, these “diabetics” have mindset ranges from diabetes-as-life-sentence to the ones who are in denial despite their medical reports. Keeping this in mind, Indrajeet Bakhale, an Indian industrial designer, wants to design wearable device that allows you to constantly check your blood sugar level, the result is Glycount, a humane diabetes management.

This design phase involved rigorous ideation via sketches for the physicality of the device and paper prototyping task and the screen flow. Amongst all the devices we wear, the form of a watch seemed to satisfy all the physical, technical, and the social requirements. For the screens, the selection of the fonts and weights were selected ensuring the best visibility, legibility across age groups.

Designer : Indrajeet Bakhale

Glycount - The Future of Humane Diabetes Management by Indrajeet Bakhale

Glycount - The Future of Humane Diabetes Management by Indrajeet Bakhale

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Our Top 20 Picks from A’ Design Awards & Competition Winners 2014-2015

A’ Design Awards & Competition has released the winning designs, we can promise you this, those designs are awesome! A good design speaks international language, that’s why this prestigious design award attracts thousands of designers worldwide waiting to showcase their best designs. The results of 2014-2015 are 836 winners from 83 countries in 89 different design disciplines. All winners would enjoy great exposure for their works, all award winning designs will be exhibited in Ireland, the World Design Hub 2015, Italy, and Holland, while the “invitation-only” Gala Night and Award Ceremony will be held in Lake Como, Italy on April 18.

This year competition was much harder than previous years due to increased competition by increased quality and quantity or works. Each entry was carefully evaluated by member of international jury panel of established academics, creative design professionals, press members, and entrepreneurs. The A’ Design Award and Competition 2014-2015 Edition was further endorsed by ICSID -International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, IFI – The International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers and ICOGRADA – International Council of Communication Design which imposed several additional criteria during evaluation and voting.

We have chosen 20 amazing designs (in random orders) among hundreds that we’d like to share with you:

1. Strata Chair by Ben Preston

Strata is a unique chair that demonstration the basic concept of “complimentary juxtaposition”. It demonstrates complexity made possible by using modern technology and traditional building methods. The unique spiral pattern on the exterior can be achieved by rotating plywood “bricks” upward, the voids from the pattern create a playful shadows while displaying true nature and construction of the piece as unity. The seat and footrests are polished to shine, creating a luxurious appearance that creates contrast to rough exterior surface.

A' Design Awards & Competition – Winners 2015 - Strata Chair by Ben Preston

A' Design Awards & Competition – Winners 2015 - Strata Chair by Ben Preston

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m.U.C – Maglev Urban Commuter Project for Future Urban Transportation System

By the year of 2030, it is expected that urban areas would increase to more than 8.1 billion, almost 60% of the world population. As our mega cities become highly dense and more complex, we need better transportation system with high efficiency.

m.U.C a.k.a Maglev Urban Commuter is a design proposal for our future urban transportation. With growing demand of mobility in mega city populations, it can lead to 2 urgent problems: shortage of fossil fuels and limitation of urban space. This project aims to develop futuristic inner city electric vehicle that is highly efficient and has the ability to create a harmonious and intelligent link between people and traffic.

Designer : Jiazhen (Ken) Chen

m.U.C - Maglev Urban Commuter Project by Jiazhen (Ken) Chen

m.U.C - Maglev Urban Commuter Project by Jiazhen (Ken) Chen

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Unbrella Turns The Umberlla’s Inside Out – Open Inside

Do you guys still remember Inverted Umbrella designed by Ilmo Ahn? Well, apparently, he’s not the only one who thought about the concept. Checkout Unbrella, a similar concept that turns the umbrella inside out to keep the dry side comes as the outer side, I guess great minds think alike.

The world of umbrella doesn’t really evolve that much since 13th century, the basic design has remained the same, perhaps, until this day. The basic idea of Unbrella is the same with Inverted umbrella, it is created by reverse thinking that turns umbrella stereotypes in mind. So, the designer has designed the frame of the umbrella on the outside and thus letting the outer surface face the person hold the umbrella. In this way, the dry side of the umbrella faces out when closed, it won’t wet others around you.

Designer : Kajimoto Hiroshi [Buy It Here]

Unbrella Inverted Umbrella by Kajimoto Hiroshi

Unbrella Inverted Umbrella by Kajimoto Hiroshi

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Walking Bicycle : Faster Than Walking, Easier Than Riding Conventional Bike

Walking Bicycle, just like its name suggests, it’s a bicycle that you move simply by walking. It works just like an elliptical bike, it’s faster and more convenient than walking. There are no English description on the official site, fortunately, Arisa Katayama’s (the project leader) willing to explain it to us.

The project started five years ago when our CEO, Masayuki Katayama and a member of our executive board was discussing a new vehicle that moves by simply “walking.” The two were concerned that in the near future, people will rely more on technology rather than their own ability to walk and move around. They wanted to create something that would be more convenient and faster than walking, but easier than riding a typical bicycle. After numerous tests and samples, we invited top designers and producers to be part of the project including Tei Shuwa and Kenya Hara.

Although many bicycles are now made in China and Taiwan, our bicycle is handmade in our company located in Okayama Prefecture and most of the parts are made in Japan. We wanted to emphasize the top notch quality of “Made in Japan” products as well as the incredible talents of Japanese designers which explain a large part of why the price is so expensive.

We are currently in the process of constructing our showroom in the Omotesando area, Tokyo (a very fashionable and trendy area) and preparing for retail that will start in October (only in Japan for now.) We are hoping to start overseas retail as soon as things settle down here.

Designer : Walking Bicycle Club

Walking Bicycle by Walking Bicycle Club

Walking Bicycle by Walking Bicycle Club

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Samsung NX Mini Smart Camera with Interchangeable-Lens

Samsung has launched Samsung NX mini smart camera which the company claims to be the world’s slimmest and lightest camera with interchangeable-lens. The stylish and compact design is accompanied by stunning image quality, making this an ideal gadget for great photography. The NFC and Wi-Fi features allow you to take beautiful shots and share them quickly and easily for friends and families to enjoy in real time.

In support of “selfie” trend, Samsung NX mini features 3-inch flip up touch display camera up to 180-degree to answer consumer demands. The wide angle lens and flip up display have been exclusively designed to address our current passion for selfies, capturing user’s life in excellent photo quality. Weighing only 158g (body only) and its ultra slim design, making this camera can easily slip into any pocket or bag, capturing every moment on-the-go without any hassle. A solid metal body is combined with luxurious leatherette finish, making this camera gets the approval of design conscious shooters.

From : Samsung

Samsung NX Mini Smart Camera

Samsung NX Mini Smart Camera

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SERION E60 Yacht : A Future 60 Ft. Yacht for Long Range Journeys by Motion Code Blue

The Austrian design studio motion code: blue has released its latest design concept SERION E60 Yacht which was generated by Benjamin Julian Toth, a student of the University of applied sciences FH Joanneum for Industrial Design, Graz Austria as a diploma thesis. The topic was to design a reinterpretation of long range passage maker yachts for the next generation of yacht owners. Mc.b acted as cooperation partner and sponsor for this project.

The main goal of SERION E60 yacht is to offer you a visualization of our future motor yachts within 60 ft by combining megatrends, future markets and consumer behaviors. Aside from those aspects, this yacht also focuses on unconventional functions and innovative features within its class.

Designer : Motion Code Blue

Serion E60 Yacht by Motion Code Blue

Serion E60 Yacht by Motion Code Blue

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We Never Give Up! Sledge by Szymon Hanczar

What if one day, there’s no more snow outside due to global warming, would we still be able to feel the thrill of sledding? As a matter of fact, yes, thank you to this genius Polish industrial designer that has designed a modern sled with wheels. “We never give up!” sled won’t let you, sled addicts, suffer from greenhouse effect, it is an attractive and minimalist sled which possible to use on all types of flat surfaces. You’ll be able to experience the thrill of sledding even when there’s no snow outside.

Designer : Szymon Hanczar
Photos: Jędrzej Stelmaszek

We Never Give Up! Sledge

We Never Give Up! Sledge

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Luxury Jacob & Co Five Timezone Collection by Jacques Fournier from Horology Design

Many high-end watchmaking brands are looking for new talents for their designs in order to offer exclusive and distinctive timepieces. Jacques Fournier, owner at Horology Design Limited, is telling us a bit more about his studio and techniques.

It is rare from one individual alone to be able to provide a wide range of services from the sketches, CAD files for prototyping through to stunning photorealistic 3D images and animation package.

The designer has recently modernized considerably the Jacob & Co five timezone collection of the luxurious iconic celebs jewelry and watch brand Jacob & Co.

Designer : Jacques Fournier

Jacob & Co five timezone collection by Horology Design

Jacob & Co five timezone collection by Horology Design

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Living Roof : A Self-Sustaining Capsule For Urban Rooftop by NAU

Living Roof is a futuristic compact and self-sustaining capsule for urban rooftops. It’s been designed to cover essential elements such as a refuge to recover, plan excursions into the city, or just simply stare into the stars. The minimalist interior design allows its user to focus and concentrate along with the highly efficient enclosure provide the answer to one of the impossibility in modern lifestyle: the contemporary citizen seeks mobility but also wants to tread softly on the environment. “Living Roof” by NAU offers short-term housing unit which produces more energy than it consumes.

Living Roof is intended as an alternative to hotel rooms or temporary residence for multi-city travelers. Today’s traveler wants to experience urban lifestyle as the locals do. This project counters the trend of concentrating hotel guests in tourist ghettos by spreading individual suites throughout the city. Their location changes every 2 years to provide unexpected adventures for repeat visitors. Inside the suite, guest can find interactive guide which is completed with video preview and menu listing. This information can be transferred into a PDA or other gadgets. Checking in is a simple as inserting guest ID on an external terminal. A hatch slides open, stairway extends, and a pleasant voice welcomes guest inside.

Designer : NAU Design

Living Roof Ecological Urban Retreat

Living Roof Ecological Urban Retreat

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Urban Formation Is An Urban City Plan That Provides Calm, Green And Recreational Opportunities

The concern about keeping the future environment suitable for mankind, industrial designers always tend to blend green and nature with the futuristic architectures. Urban formation concept, an effort to humanize and programmatically decelerate the corner of 104the Avenue and 152nd street in Surrey, Vancouver Canada, is not an exception of the trend. The main focus of the project is to change the current site into a place for recreation with various leisure activities, and at the same time, making it an energy hub by transforming sun and rain into alternative energy using power generating plant. The entire area has been envisioned to be re-landscaped including a buffer system that reduces the noise from the main streets. Aside from that, this urban plan contains theatre space, recreational areas, lighting for park and space for cultural and common entertainments.

Studio : We-Designs
Team : Jasmin Dieterle, Wendy W Fok, Sue Y Biolsi, Jenny Chow, and Vasilis Raptis (Intern)

urban formation

urban formation

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Luxury WHY Wally-Hermes Yacht Redefines The Art of Living On The Sea

The WHY yacht is a concept yacht dedicatedly focused on bringing luxury living lifestyle on the sea through offering maximum durability, space and cutting-edge technologies at every single turn. The yacht is contained in a triangle shaped hull measuring 58 x 38 meter and the interior is furnished with water resistant buffalo leather with calpinage technique. Aside from the 25 meter long seawater pool on the bow, the boat creates a completely flat water surface behind it, similar to an Olympic-size pool where boarders can swim in peace. The boat is powered by a diesel electric engine and a central computer manages the different sources of energy. Moreover, about 900 square meters of photovoltaic surface panel generates a part of the energy that is required to subsist the boat.

why yacht

why yacht

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