Kikkerland Fabled Axe Tea Infuser Was Inspired by a Korean Fairy Tale about A Woodcutter

Kikkerland Fabled Axe Tea Infuser was one of Kikkerland Korea Design Challenge 2013 winners. It’s a unique axe shaped tea infuser that definitely make tea time more interesting. The design was inspired by a Korean fairy tale in which a woodcutter accidentally dropped his axe into the lake. You can use this little tool to infuse your beverage with not only tea, but also spices or fruits. It measures 1.875” x 3.875” x .625” and made of 100-percent stainless steel. We think the uniqueness of this tea infuser will grab everyone’s attention when you host an afternoon tea party.

Designer : Min Kyu, Hong [Buy It Here]

Kikkerland Fabled Axe Tea Infuser by Hong Min Kyu

Kikkerland Fabled Axe Tea Infuser by Hong Min Kyu

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Arbre Blanc : White Tree Tower Inspired by Montpellier’s Tradition of Outdoor Living

Arbre Blanc a.k.a. White Tree tower is the winning design of “Folie Architecturale of the 21st century” for Montpellier, France. This architecture design is the brainchild of an encounter between Japan and the Mediterranean, a cross-cultural attempt that symbolizes modern Montpellier. At the same time, it also represents the interchange between 2 generations of architects: Sou Fujimoto, Japanese firm, at the state of its art with the young French generation Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects and Nicolas Laisné Associés.

This ambitious project is called Arbre Blanc, a multipurpose tower designed for apartments, a restaurant, an art gallery, a bar, offices, and many facilities with breathtaking view. From the start of this project, the architects were heavily inspired by Montpellier’s tradition of outdoor living, which is perfect since this tower will be located between city center and newly developed district of Port Marianne and Oydsseum. It stands exactly in the center of old and new Montpellier.

Designers : Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associates, and Manal Rachdi OXO Architects

Arbre Blanc - White Tree Tower by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associates, and Manal Rachdi OXO Architects

Arbre Blanc - White Tree Tower by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associates, and Manal Rachdi OXO Architects

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Inspired by Hanok, Vernacular Versatility Won 9th annual Evolo Skyscraper Competition

Inspired by Hanok, Vernacular Versatility is the winning design of 9th annual Evolo Skyscraper Competition. Yong Ju Lee was inspired by Hanok, a traditional Korean house that is defined by its exposed wooden structural system along with tiled roof. Modern world has eliminated Hanok in every town, especially after modern apartments are rising. A bit about this historical building, Hanok has been known for its efficient of eco-friendly function and healing effectiveness, yes, healing. Today, many people try to move in to Hanok to cure asthma or atopy which usually caused by environment, but unfortunately there are only about less than 1% Hanok available in Korea.

Designer : Yong Ju Lee

Vernacular Versatility Skyscraper by Yong Ju Lee

Vernacular Versatility Skyscraper by Yong Ju Lee

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Fortress – The Safest Luxury Safe Upholstered With Finest Calfskin

Döttling has released its latest safe, The Fortress, which is claimed to be the safest luxury safe in the world. This safe is available in certified security classes VdS/EN 3 to VdS/EN 5, you can keep all your precious items and feel safe at night. It features a burglar alarm including a “silent alarm” function which has been tested with certified insurance cover up to US $1,000,000.

Calling this unit a luxury safe is not over-rated, both the exterior and interior reflects elegant and high quality design. It is a high-security safe which only limited of ten per security class exist with the goal of “maximum versatility”. There are 8 watch winders which you can control individually with special designed software. Basically you can turn to infinite number of rotations while also have the possibility to set the direction of rotation (left, right, or oscillating).

Designer : Doettling

Fortress - The Safest Luxury Safe by Döttling

Fortress - The Safest Luxury Safe by Döttling

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Moto 360 Watch Is Powered by Google Android Wear

After Google announced its latest project Android Wear, Motorola also released a concept modern timepiece that utilizes the power of Android, Moto 36. A short information about Android Wear, it’s an extension of Android to wearable and Google is starting with something familiar wearable: watches.

A modern watch should be able to tells us more than just time, it has evolved amazingly since it was first introduced more than a 100-years ago, from mechanical to electronic, analog to digital faces. Moto 36 android watch mission is to bring back the history as we re-imagine the wristwatch for the future. That’s why it doesn’t need to feature unconventional shape, it has the classic familiar round face with premium materials.

Designer : Motorola

Moto 360 Watch Is Powered by Google Android Wear

Moto 360 Watch Is Powered by Google Android Wear

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Beep Wi-Fi Enabled Device Turns Powered Speakers Into Wireless

Turn your speakers into wireless device with Beep. Oh yeah, this little guy makes just about any powered speakers play your music wirelessly, simply plug the cable power in and connect it via cable to your speakers (just as long as your speaker or receiver has AUX input, RCA jack, or optical input). It comes with an app that you can install on your iOS or Android, then enter your Wi-Fi password, you are good to go.

Love audiophile? Well, you’ll be happy to know that Beep has been designed by keeping your inner audiophile in mind. It has a built-in 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) to emit its audio signal while the 3.5mm optical output offers a loss-free digital signal. Don’t understimate this little device, the engineering team of Beep has extensive audio design experience, you’ll get to enjoy the music just as the artist intended.

From : Beep

Beep WIFI Enabled Device

Beep WIFI Enabled Device

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Compact Iota Folding Toilet Concept Drastically Reduces Water Waste

As space becomes more expensive and smaller, we need more innovations to company our compact living space, including smaller bathroom. Iota Folding Toilet has smaller size compared to standard toilet, it’s almost 1/3 smaller and saves up to 10,000 liters of water/person/year. Just in case you didn’t realize it, ordinary toilet tends to use excessive water due to large volumes of water used to force waste around water trap in order to leave you with only clean water in the trap. In order to reduce the water waste and size, a new mechanism is introduced to allow the bowl of toilet to be folded away.

Iota looks like a snail to us, a smart solution to use less water compared to standard toilet. It has small footprint, folded in upright position, the rimless design makes sure it’s easy to keep the bowl clean. This bowl contains inbuilt U bend that disengages from waste pipe while maintaining an air tight seal. In a closed, flush position, this U bend re-engages simultaneously when the storage tank flushes. If a standard toilet requires 6 liters of water to flush, Iota only requires 2.5 liters, yes, that is less than 50% reduction.

Designers : Gareth Humphreys and Elliott Whiteley

Iota Folding Toilet by Gareth Humphreys and Elliott Whiteley

Iota Folding Toilet by Gareth Humphreys and Elliott Whiteley

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Trylon LED Watch Design Inspired by DeLorean Time Machine

A watch inspired by “flux capacitor” from DeLorean time machine, yes, it’s a fictional automobile-based time travel device from “Back to the future” trilogy. The designing process involved Cylon from Battlestar Galatica and robot spaceships from Star Wars movie which have “Y” shape face, thus, the name of this concept watch “Trylon” came from the combination of the letter Y shape and Cylon like lights.

Trylon LED watch is a futuristic watch that consists of 3 rows of LEDs in “Y” shaped array with 12-5-9 format. The design of this watch features industrial sci-fi appearance, between each row of lights, there’s a button (3 buttons total) that you can use for various controls. Those vertical row of lights inform you about the time using 12 blocks, the lower left lights represent 5 of 10 minutes block, and the lower right rows represent 9 of single minutes.

Designer : Peter Fletcher for Tokyoflash

Trylon LED Watch by Peter Fletcher

Trylon LED Watch by Peter Fletcher

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Futuristic Paddle Shapeshifting Smartphone Inspired by Rubik’s Puzzle

When all major electronic manufacturers try to design and develop new type of screens which are flexible and super thin, a research team from Hasselt University has come up with innovative flexible device called Paddle. This team has done extensive research to bring you a step further to a futuristic device with compact mechanism inspired by 3D puzzles. It is so flexible that you can easily transform from a small phone to a game controller or a tablet. Inspired by Rubik’s magic puzzle, this device has been designed by keeping the similar engineering principles in mind, allowing you to switch from one shape to completely different one in only simple steps. It’s like having a smartphone, tablet, game device in one, without having to carry big and heavy gadget.

Paddle can be used as a compact phone, make a phone call by browsing your contacts, or when you need to read an e-book or bigger screen, simply fold it out for larger surface. Prefer to wear it as wristband? Yes, you can do so as well. It’s a comfortable device for wide variety of tasks.

Designer : Hasselt University Researchers

Paddle Shapeshifting Smartphone Inspired by Rubik's Puzzle

Paddle Shapeshifting Smartphone Inspired by Rubik's Puzzle

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Always Be Prepared with Gerber 31-002521 GDC Blade Money Clip

Always be prepared at any moment, perhaps this was what inspired Gerber when they design Gerber 31-002521 GDC Blade Money Clip. Aside from securely hold your money or credit cards, this tool also hold a small fine edge knife blade. The titanium nitride coated steel body comes with G10 front plate, it weighs around 2.9 oz, pretty light. With sleek body, this money clip is cable to house a blade with 3.6-inch body, you can easy keep it in your pocket.

GDC lifestyle introduces you to the idea of “always ready” lifestyle, it’s built for practical gentleman, a modern day superheroes. Beautifully crafted and attractive appearance, it won’t bulk up your pocket.

From : Gerber [Buy It Here]

Gerber 31-002521 GDC Blade Money Clip

Gerber 31-002521 GDC Blade Money Clip

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Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator USB 3.0 Flash Drive : Uncompromised Data Storage with Extreme Speed

Hands down, this little gadget Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator USB 3.0 Flash Drive is by far the largest flash disk you can purchase right now. It is available in 2 capacities: 1TB and 512GB. When you hate carrying bulky drive, you can switch to this little device that offers uncompromised data storage to carry your digital world with you anywhere. A large capacity flash drive usually has to compromise its speed, but not with HyperX Predator, the unparalleled speeds up to 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write (in USB 3.0) allow you to save a lot of time while transferring the content. You can easily and quickly access your data, edit or transfer files and application without performance lag. Even though it is compliant with our next generation USB 3.0 ports, it also guarantees backward compatibility with USB 2.0.

We love the elegant design, zinc alloy metal casing protects all components inside, keeping your data safe. Each unit comes with gorgeous keychain, cable data, and a stylish container case. This flash drive offers superior quality and high-end design, the metal case is shock-resistant, and you probably love to know that each unit has passed extensive durability and shock testing.

From : Kingston [Buy It Here]

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 1TB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 1TB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

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Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation to Wake You Up with Better Mood In The Morning

Waking up in the morning is still one of the biggest problems that many people have to face everyday. There are some people who still enjoy being woken up by sunlight because our body reacts naturally to the light. An alarm clock forces our body to suddenly wake up, the result is: stress and drowsiness. We have featured concept alarm clock that mimics the rising sun: Revive Alarm Clock or even a lamp that works just like sun rise. This time, we would like you to know about Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation. The color changing light effect provides you with pleasant, natural way to start your morning.

This clock features a colored sunrise stimulation with 20 different brightness settings where light can gradually increase between 20 to 40 minutes prior your alarm time. Just in case you also love the morning sound, this light offers 5 different nature-inspired sounds. Based on clinical research, UV-Free wake up light is proven to help you waking up with better mood and improved energy level.

From : Philpips [Buy It Here]

Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation

Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation

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HMS Illustrious Royal Navy’s Iconic Aircraft Carrier Redesigned to Serve All Nations of Commonwealth

Together, BMT Nigel Gee (BMT) and Sigmund Yacht Design have conceived a stunning a design concept to re-develop Royal Navy’s Iconic Aircraft Carrier. HMS Illustrious will be withdrawn from naval service this year. Officially, the UK Ministry of Defence has stated that the ship will be preserved after leaving service and any innovative proposals from private companies or organizations are welcome.

According to James Roy, yach design director at BMT Nigel Gee, it’s really important to preserve this iconic vessel, thus, they have come up with the idea of “Commonwealth Yacht”. It’s a great way to re-purpose the yacht, it will be able to serve all nations of the Commonwealth as a vehicle for promoting trade, attending international events, or doing disaster relief work around the globe.

Designers : BMT and Sigmund Yacht Design

Royal Navy’s Iconic Aircraft Carrier Concept Yacht by BMT and Sigmund Yacht Design

Royal Navy’s Iconic Aircraft Carrier Concept Yacht by BMT and Sigmund Yacht Design

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Elegant, Glossy Wave Piano Design Inspired by Waves

A modern piano design, it’s 5-meter long futuristic concept piano inspired by waves. It’s been awhile since we heard from Apostol Tnokovski, this time he submitted his latest project: a beautiful and elegant piano. The combination of the curved glossy black body followed by the two fine-brushed metal legs gives a powerful “out of this world” impression. Although, the concept is not inspired by any modern pop-artist in particular, Tnokovski truly hopes that it will get someone’s attention.

Designer : Apostol Tnokovski

Wave Piano by Apostol Tnokovski

Wave Piano by Apostol Tnokovski

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Nissan Kaze Was Inspired by Streamline Movement of The 40′s and Combined with Formula One

Nissan Kaze is a futuristic concept car, a design study by Carlos Palacios. This wind inspired car is one of his projects for Spanish University, as some of you already know, the word Kaze means wind or breeze in Japanese. This concept car features a mid-rear 6.5L V12 engine, it also submitted to Spanish Design contest sponsored by Nissan and Autopista magazine where Carlos won the 3rd place. The main inspiration came from Streamline movement of the 40’s combined with the passion for Formula 1, the result is something close to production, feasible yet a beautiful piece of art. Currently Carlos Palacios is looking for a position in a car design field, if you are interested to hire him, you can try to contact him through his portfolio website.

Designer : Carlos Palacios

Nissan Kaze by Carlos Palacios

Nissan Kaze by Carlos Palacios

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