Versus is a concept toilet with V-shape submitted by Vasil Velchev. You can read his explanation about this project in his own words.
All started with the shape. I wanted to create something with the first letter of my name, “V” in its feature. So i started with the side view …. and then the idea slowly developed to its current view. I also wanted to have something new in the functionality as well, so I used the tilted tank to achieve more water efficiency. This modification will change the water path. Now the elbow effect (90-degree) can be avoided and the water can flow through the pipe smoothly and with smaller resistance. Now, the water flow can be transformed from turbulent to laminar. Another third flush volume is included which allows the customer to use less water for small sanitary needs.
In order to save material, the cap of the seat will cover only the empty field inside, without unnecessary overlaying. Also this type of click into each other will give us minimal overall thickness. All this modifications put this product into a clash with traditional norms. Versus is in Latin and means ‘against’. So it is my product with its design and functionality against the traditional.
The creation of a product requires a good balance between functionality and design and if we want the product to be economical that makes it even more difficult. Versus is a product that has exactly the balance. It combines new approaches and technologies of increasing efficiency, saving water and materials and at the same time all this good stuff hidden below a bold, monolith and extravagant design.
Designed by Robert McIntyre and Thor ter Kulve, CanopyStair is a modular system of steps that can be attached without any tools in order to form a spiral staircase around a tree trunk. It was conceived when these product designers spent time in the Azores, unfortunately, the house where they staying was surrounded by a tall stone wall where only by climbing a tree in the garden they could watch the sun setting across the ocean. Inspired by this experience, they started to discuss ways of transforming a garden tree into a staircase where they could walk up and down easily to enjoy the view.
CanopyStair uses a cast aluminum tripod frame, lightweight tread, handrail, and a ratchet strap that can be used to fasten those steps into place. It’s lightweight and quick to assemble without damaging or creating any mark on the tree in any way.
In big cities, you can see a lot of visual clutter that can cause confusion and disorientation for drivers and pedestrians such as temporary signs, vehicle signals, posters, electronic signs, and many more. In order to reduce visual clutter, Mobius Strip Lamp was designed. The name itself came from Mobius Strip, it was used as a metaphor for the circulation of human in the city. Mobius Strip Lamp integrates vehicle signals, pedestrian signals, and a street lamp in one single installation. This design is one of great entries at Red Dot Design Award.
This ingenious design displays the vehicle signals on the uppermost horizontal display panel along with the remaining time. The pedestrian signals are displayed on the vertical panel, also with the remaining time. The street lamp provides great visibility for the drivers and pedestrians while crossing the street. Hopefully we can enjoy environment with less visual clutter in the future.