Tulip Concept EV Features Modular Design to Suit Your Needs

Ognyan Bozhilov has submitted his latest personal vehicle design to Tuvie. It’s an electric personal vehicle for modern city with modular design to suit your mobility needs. You can read details explanation below.

The Tulip is not yet another electric vehicle. The way I see it’s a striving to change the idea of one’s personal mobility. I don’t think it’s enough to cope with the emissions from conventional vehicles. We have to address also the industry that is creating them and the consumer mind of modern people fueling this industry.

This is why I want to design not only a new type of vehicle, but a whole new model for the personal transportation. An object that evolves with you, something that you form an emotional connection with. Look at it as your home. You can’t buy home. You can buy a house and use it as a base to build upon. Model it and arrange it according to your taste and needs until gradually over time it becomes your home. I want to achieve this effect with a vehicle.

Designer : Ognyan Bozhilov

Tulip Concept EV Personal Transportation by Ognyan Bozhilov

Tulip Concept EV Personal Transportation by Ognyan Bozhilov

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Vespa 946 Emporio Armani from 2 Italy’s Most Iconic Symbols of Style and Creativity

Piaggio has teamed with Giorgio Armani to develop Vespa 946 Emporio Armani. It’s a special project that celebrates 2 Italy’s most iconic symbols of style and creativity. This special edition scooter marks the year 2015 as the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Giorgio Armani and at the same time, the 130th birthday of the Piaggio Group. In keeping up with Armani’s signature of subdued color palette, this Vespa model features special combination of greys with subtle hints of green that is only visible under particular light conditions.

The name itself 946 marks the year of 1946 where this scooter was first made. Since then, it has become iconic and famous all over the world, people can easily recognize this vehicle from afar simply due to the design. Vespa 946 Emporio Armani represents modern interpretation of the original Vespa style. You can see the words “Emporio Armani” on the side while the iconic eagle logo is located above the headlight. The metallic parts have been treated in a way to blend harmoniously with matt effect of the body finishing.

Designer : Giorgio Armani

Vespa 946 Emporio Armani

Vespa 946 Emporio Armani

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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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Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners

Golden Pin Design Award has announced its best design winners for 2014, below are some great designs we would like to share with you in random order.

1. Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System
Taiwan Textile Research Institute In-house Design
Nova Design Co. Ltd
Taiwan

This CRM System combines elastic fabric electrodes and comfortable knit fabric to provide sternum support and monitor heart rate variability (HRV). The minimalist design of this functional monitor allows it to be comfortably and discreetly concealed under the clothes of the wearer. The system uses Bluetooth to transmit signals to an app, which allows users to independently manage their health. This CRM System has passed the required bio-compatibility (ISO10993-5, -10) and electrical safety (EN606061-1) tests, and has been granted CE safety certification.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The cost to make medical equipment is high because a large amount of money needs to be invested in buying patents, but once the necessary patents have been acquired, the retail prices and profits of this type of equipment are high, too. This industry is developing rapidly in Taiwan.”–

2. Espresso Urban Bike
Gearlab Co. Ltd
Taiwan

Espresso Urban Bike is designed specifically for urban living in Asian cities. The frame geometry of Gearlab’s Espresso caters to East Asian proportions, ensuring a comfortable and confident ride for Asian owners. The choice of smaller wheels with 20-inch rims means the bike accelerates faster, an essential function in the stop-and-go traffic systems typical in Asian cities. These small wheels also make the bike easier to carry in and out of tight living spaces. The bike is comfortable and has a place for bags and personal belongings, a simple locking solution, and stunning aesthetics.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Espresso Urban Bike

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“This bicycle is designed specifically for city dwellers and it’s the details that make the design, from the basket in the front to the small-sized wheels for convenient navigation on congested city roads. Given the high rate of bicycle theft in cities, Espresso comes with a specially designed lock as standard. This is a high-quality product with thoughtful design.”

3. FO-1103-P
Wow Energy Saving Lighting Ltd
Taiwan

Modern office lighting consumes far more energy than is actually necessary. A well designed office lighting system can provide an efficient light source for a working environment. All lights in the FO-1103 Office Series are made from aluminum, are adjustable, and are minimalist in design. The angle of the light and the color temperature can be adjusted by remote control. The FO-1103-P is a dexterous pendant light: the body of the lamp can rotate upwards to 180 degrees and downwards to 15 degrees. The lighting mode is flexible and can be adjusted to suit the usage needs of any given space. Available modes include down lighting, centralized lighting, two-directional lighting, and indirect lighting.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - FO-1103-P Energy Saving Light

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The light style, luminosity, and angle of this light can be adjusted using a remote control. The FO-1103-P is a true product of the future; to install this fixture, a designer needs to work with a lighting specialist who will link it up to all the other electronic devices common in today’s home. It is a concept that fits perfectly with the IOT (Internet of Things) methodology.”

4. Here I Am Sticky Note
Miccudo
Taiwan

Here I Am turns a 2D post-it note into a 3D note through folding. The space saved in the folding process creates more writing areas and enhances the efficiency of the product. The triangle shapes are sticky on all sides, and no matter where they are used, they are easy to find. Here I Am was developed to improve working and noting efficiency.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Here I Am Sticky Note

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“This label sticker set, with its multitude of three-dimensional designs, is an updated version of the label stickers currently available on the market. It is encouraging to see that with just a little creativity and a different perspective a designer can create a new product from an old concept and successfully sell it in the marketplace.”

5. Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda
Evergreen International Corp.
Keith Newstead
Taiwan

The wooden model, Panda, is engaging from the moment the package is opened until the final pieces are fitted together. The toy combines humor, ingenuity, and art to bring pleasure to the senses while at the same time rewarding the maker with a feeling of accomplishment. Through innovative design practices and making use of mechanical principles, the finished Panda springs into life when a crank is turned. The automata is made from precision-cut, environmentally friendly materials and can be assembled without having to use glue or sharp tools. The latest technology is used to manufacture the curved parts from reconstituted wood. The model can be assembled by people of all ages: the process of building Panda by hand encourages patience and focus.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“These sorts of projects are just fantastic. I’m a big fan of anything that encourages children to use their creativity and their dexterity to build something, and then experience what happens after they’ve built it. The fact that it’s made from environmentally friendly materials such as wood and not plastic is nice as well. In a world where toys are traditionally made of plastic, it’s important that children get to touch and feel products like this.”

6. Smart Projector
Quanta Computer Inc.
Quanta Innovation Center
Taiwan

In a society in which “sharing on the go” has become the norm, the intelligent micro-projector is a must-have for those in the business community. The WG1P Smart Projector features wireless data transmission and can be quickly linked to mobile devices, smartphones, and tablet PCs. This pocket-sized, super lightweight, “Intelligent” micro-projector also features a high-definition projection screen complemented by a high quality built-in 2.1-channel speaker that makes for effective presentations, compelling media playing, and simple document sharing. The sleek black exterior design features delicate speaker holes and a touchpad that allows you to quickly and easily access presentation or video files.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Smart Projector

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“We all have smartphones. We’re all recording large amounts of video and photos on our phones. To have a device that then allows us to view those images and those videos in a format that is outside of our screen is really in demand. They’ve managed to squeeze a lot of technology into a very small footprint. It’s a very intuitive little product as well. I could pick it up, switch it on, and within seconds I was operating it. There was no instruction book and the interface was in Chinese, but it was intuitive enough that I could still use it and to me that’s a sign of good design.”

7. SYL958 Loader
Sany Heavy Machinery Limited
China

The SYL958 Loader features an edgeless door cab design; a built-in, integral Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and Falling Object Protective Structures (FOPS) design; a visualization central electrical box; and a Parker fingertip operating system. The cab is sealed against the intrusion of dust to protect the health of the operator, and noise is reduced to a level 6 dB lower than other machines in China. A two-stage damper system with four-point suspended installation guarantees a comfortable operating experience. Daily service and maintenance points can be easily reached from the ground. The service life of key components is improved with the inclusion of an advanced technology DANA rotor type gearbox, a drive axle for heavy mining machines, and a reinforced heavy-duty vehicle body structure. An efficient fixed-variable confluence high-pressure system results in energy reductions of over 10 percent. The internally-pressurized oil tank stays cleaner for longer, resulting in a longer service life and less frequent oil changes. Recyclable materials and lead-less paint are incorporated across the machine.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - SYL958 Loader

Cai Jun – Jury Member
“Large equipment manufacturing–producing industrial products like high-speed trains and heavy-duty loading equipment–is one of the most important industries in China. China has made steady advancements in this area in recent years. Sany Heavy Machinery Limited is one of the leading manufacturers in this field. They focus on user-friendly design. The overall look and design of the product projects the unified spirit of the brand, and is an outstanding.”

8. Zenbook UX301
Asustek Computer INC.
Asus Design Center
Taiwan

The ZENBOOK™ UX301LA is a premium product in the ASUS Ultrabook™ range and combines great performance with elegant design. A unique, high performance CPU is encased in an ultra-thin, ultra-light laptop that features a Corning® Gorilla Glass Iid. The use of aluminum silicate Corning ® Gorilla Glass reduces body thickness by 14 percent, making this Zenbook lighter and thinner than its predecessors. A reduction in the use of metallic material enhances RF efficiency, and the use of fluoropolymer nanometer coating not only ensures excellent stain-resistance and anti-fingerprint capabilities, but also that surface dirt is easy to remove. ZENBOOK™ UX301LA represents the perfect combination of “mechanism, performance, and material.”

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Zenbook UX301 Notebook

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“At a time when laptop technology in Taiwan has matured, ASUS continues to innovate. This laptop features an ultra thin glass screen and the logo produces a spiral light. This high-level design was awarded a Japanese Good Design Award this year.”

Bee Home : Modern Beehive for Urban Beekeeping

Living in urban areas shouldn’t keep you away from your hobby of beekeeping. One of conceptual products that someday come in handy is Bee Home. It’s a modern beehive that allows individual with limited space to keep bees, even when they only know basic knowledge of beekeeping. It’s an innovative concept that enables you to not only keep one colony of bees easier but also to produce honey for yourself. You can observe and experience the life of bees while they are inside the hive as well as make contribution to the preservation of bees.

Do you know that bees are responsible for pollination over 80% of wild plants? Unfortunately, we are suffering from the declining of these amazing colonies, the situation is getting worse, it would dramatically effect our nature. Most food that we eat is the result of bee’s pollination service.

Designer : Raphael Klaffenböck

Bee Home : Modern Beehive for Urban Homes by Raphael Klaffenböck

Bee Home : Modern Beehive for Urban Homes by Raphael Klaffenböck

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Dot Concept Car Was Designed and Developed in Collaboration with Sazgar Company

Auto rickshaws needs to be developed to take the step into the 21-century. Therefore a project was started by University of Gujrat Product Design Department where a Modular car concept was developed in collaboration with Sazgar Company Ltd.; which is a Pakistani manufacturer of auto rickshaws Company. To develop a new product in the modern world one of the most important challenges is class of the users. As for the automotive industries this challenge has a great importance since the outcome can be devastating. One important category from the Class point of view is the vehicle cost, and another important factor in developing or converting auto rickshaw into modular Car was to improve its safety. One way of improving the safety is to improve the suspension and handling which is addressed in this thesis work.

Even today, many auto-rickshaws used in Pakistan are similar in design of the Piaggio Ape C from 1956, based on the Vespa. With a population of over 183 million people, a huge market for these auto-rickshaws exists in Pakistan. This project aims to develop the vehicle platform for a new Modular car that is more environmentally friendly and better suited for its users. The goals for this Modular car are improving vehicle handling, impact safety, and passenger and driver ergonomics while using a platform possible for Hardtack to implement in production. The project proceeded according to the product development process described by Sazgar Company Ltd.

Designers : Tahir Shafiq and Mubashar Hassan
Supervised By Mazhar Abbas

Dot Concept Car by Tahir Shafiq and Mubashar Hassan

Dot Concept Car by Tahir Shafiq and Mubashar Hassan

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A’ Design Award and Competition 2014 – Winners

It’s time again to announce the winners of A’ Design Award & Competition, with more than 12,000 entries in more than 100 categories from 208 countries, you will find amazing products, buildings, accessories, and much more. A’ Design Award & Competition has been a prestigious design competition that attracts thousands of designers from around the world to showcase their best works. It sets a benchmark for design development in different countries and the winning designs along with the designers get international fame in an instant.

Here are 20 amazing designs among hundreds that we’d like to share with you.

1. Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez
Remember the old days when leather jacket clad riders raced from one café to another just to prove themselves? Well, those days were the inspiration of this project. Black Shadow H-E (Hydrogen-Electric Hybrid Motorcycle) features vintage style with modern technology. Its carbon titanium composite frame making this vehicle becomes a lightweight, ecological bike with vintage styling.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez

2. Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand
Inspired by the form of seashells, this beautiful artistic Schon Lamp attracts everyone to approach to touch it. The light surface is located at the center to create soft illumination and uniform light to its surrounding. Simply touch the body to turn the light on/off.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand

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A’Design Award & Competition 2014 – Last Call for Submissions – 3 Days Left!

There are only 3 days left guys, hurry up! This is a friendly reminder to all designers all around the world, time is ticking so if you plan to submit your design/project to A’Design Award & Competition, you better hurry. It’s A’Design Award & Competition last call for submission, the deadline is February 28, 2014, so pick your best works and submit them now.

We have featured an article about this competition, you can read it here, it’s a prestigious design competition that will certainly expose your design portfolio to larger audience. The PR push will get the world to notice your talent, a dream of every young designer to gain recognitions.

A’Design Award & Competition 2014 - Last call for submission

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Anaconda Yacht : 65m Modern Explorer Yacht by Juan Ortiz Rincon

Anaconda Yacht is a 65m modern explorer yacht designed by Juan Ortiz Rincon. He was selected as Young Designer of the Year Finalist during the 2013 ShowBoatsDesign Awards at Monaco. It’s been designed for worldwide adventures or traveling in a relaxed way even to the most remote places without sacrificing comfort of your superyacht lifestyle. It boasts clear profile lines of the exterior design that make it easy to recognize and remember the yacht, providing her with a unique character. You can feel the interior style of this yacht provides the feeling of open, luminous spaces, both inside and outside areas are connected with elements such as panoramic windows and skylights.

As a yacht owner, this person can enjoy a skylight above the bed, a perfect place for shooting star watching. There’s also inside-outside glass Jacuzzi which is usable in any weather conditions.

The material of this concept yacht combines warm, natural colors and textures, such as black lip mother of pearl, white oak, honey onyx and coconut mosaics, with contemporary materials, like glass and stainless steel.

Designer : Juan Ortiz Rincon

Anaconda Yacht by Juan Ortiz Rincon

Anaconda Yacht by Juan Ortiz Rincon

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Modern Public Toilet in Beijing by Michael Young

A public toilet next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing has been designed by Michael Young. This modern toilet design was developed to suit the existing environment which was de-commissioned due to ill repair some years earlier. Traditionally, all neighborhood would depend on these facilities since the local housing was built without toilets that gives context to the historical significance of this site.

The location of this toilet is near one of China’s most important cultural sites, Tiananmen Square, this toilet is also around the classic stone work of basic local housing. The architect has come up with concept that reflects these 2 extremes.

There are 2 crucial challenges in building the structure, one, interior has to be solid and functional and second it has to have minimal foot print. The architect has developed a series of 4 units that offers the user both privacy and stimulation. You need to remember the classic toilet usually has 5 holes in the ground with no flushing or partition, in this structure, it’s really important to improve user quality of life through additional drainage and privacy (some public bathrooms in China don’t have doors). The interior offers user easy cleaning, great air flow, and management of the industrial aspects that are housed such as power terminals and drainage.

Designer : Michael Young

Public Toilet in Beijing by Michael Young

Public Toilet in Beijing by Michael Young

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Apollo E-Bike : Folding Bike Designed for Daily Urban Use

Earning its name from the roman god of the sun, the Apollo E-Bike expresses the identity of the Solsonica brand trough the chromatic composition and the logotype featured on its main frame. The “Italian Flag Badge” reinforces the national origin, assuming the Apollo as an unmistakable Italian Design product. Designed for a daily urban use, Apollo E-Bike introduces an innovative folding system, easily adapting it to any situation where space economy matters.

Equipped with a detachable 260Wh LiFePO4 battery, a 250W In-wheel Motor and a Dynamo (for energy recovery), Apollo E-bike is able to reach a top speed of 25km/h with a maximum range of 60km in full-electric mode. One button click away and its user can choose between two other modes (Hybrid and Pedal) extending the overall range.

Designers : Pedro Almeida and Ricardo Fonseca

Apollo E-Bike

Apollo E-Bike

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Light of Inspiration : A Light Design That Was Inspired by Spain

Light of Inspiration” was a design submission from postgraduate student of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, School of Architecture and Design. This lamp was the result of one of class projects where the brief was to translate a culture, history and identity of country into an object. Although “Light of Inspiration” lamp was only made from vellum transparent paper, it looks pretty awesome, we love the layering design that forms into hexagonal shape.

Recently I was assigned a project in which we selected a country (mine being Spain), study a film from the corresponding and identify important aspects of their culture, history and current identity. This research was then to be translated into any object in which we desire. I chose to focus on the divergent public and private lives in which the Spanish people live.

From this idea I felt it was appropriate to model a light as this would allow me to play with the ideas of transparencies, hidden secrets and personal perceptions. From these ideas I created the light which I have attached images of.

Vellum transparent paper was used to allow a build-up of layers (like in private lives) without losing essential lighting qualities. This material was formed into hexagonal shapes using wire framing to create a connection with the traditional muxarabis (Spanish blinds). The hexagonal shape also created an interesting faceted surface, having strong links to modern Spanish architecture with clean sharp lines and a simple white surface. The inner tile patterns of the light which have been laser cut come from some of the imagery in which Antonio Gaudi used in his works. These tiles allow shadow patterns to be created throughout the light and on surrounding surfaces, almost as if revealing an inner secret.

Overall I feel that the light has captured the key ideas and aspects in which I set out to achieve while also providing an interesting and new architectural/furniture piece.

Designer : Cameron D. Price

Light of Inspiration by Cameron D. Price

Light of Inspiration by Cameron D. Price

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Spaceport America Design Proposal by James Law Cybertecture

Spaceport America is one of great James Law Cybertecture’s designs to offer a breathtaking and jaw-dropping experience to the world citizens. We know that the official architects for Spaceport America are URS and Foster + Partners, however, we’d just like to show you other design proposal that offers the same futuristic elements. This commercial spacesport has been uniquely designed to utilize a liquid metal structural theme to illustrate the ground-breaking and challenging mission of our modern space exploration era.

Designer : James Law

Spaceport America Design Proposal by James Law Cybertecture

Spaceport America Design Proposal by James Law Cybertecture

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Sirena Trimaran Yacht Features Larger Interior Space, Lower Drag Coefficient and Lower Emissions

Sirena trimaran yacht is a 50m trimaran, designed by Adrian Smith and Matthew Jeffrey. With an ever increasing need for more environmentally friendly motor yachts, a trimaran provides a more efficient platform for a super yacht, with a lower drag coefficient, resulting in lower emissions and a larger interior space.

Designers : Adrian Smith and Matthew Jeffrey

Sirena Trimaran Yacht by Adrian Smith and Matthew Jeffrey

Sirena Trimaran Yacht by Adrian Smith and Matthew Jeffrey

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Kanapetko Desk Gives More Working Space Without Occupying A Lot Of Your Interior

Recently I have purchased a desk for my personal use and I have realized that I would never had to run countless shops to select the one that can meet my requirements only if I could overlook the space constraints inside my house which is a vital issue for almost all range of people too.

It is quite understandable that future furniture will be sleek, compact, handy and most of all, they will feature adjustable, multi-purpose use and Kanapetko desk can give a clear impression of modern furniture. Behind the simple and clean design, the desk comprises two slidable surfaces with bendable metal support, creating three times larger working space for creative people, without spending a lot of your room space. The spacious drawers with unsurpassed running action can provide supreme user experience even when the desk is heavily loaded and features bluemotion technology that enables the drawers to be closed silently and effortlessly. The rolling carriage can’t be overlooked too. These rollers ensure convenient moving of the desk from one room to another.

Designer : Krassi Dimitrov

kanapetko desk

kanapetko desk

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