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- YD Showcases: Born in Sweden
Posted: 30 Nov 2011 01:11 AM PST
I fancy this particularly thoughtful strainer that attaches to any pan or dish at its rim and drains off the liquid without letting any solids slip away. Crafted from silica gel, the Food Filter comes in different sizes and drains, fitting almost any size pans and for multiple purposes.
Designers: Yu Zhigang, Chen Chao, Lv Changfu, Yuan Chenxin & Wu Jia
Posted: 30 Nov 2011 01:01 AM PST
The Urban Hotel is a very well thought-out solar-powered 'green' hotel. It features rainwater recycling system and a bicycle in each room, to help visitors explore the city. Now the cool thing here is that there is a specific slot in the room to place the bike and you can use it as an exercise cycle. Stored kinetic energy from it gets converted to electricity and helps power small gadgets and lights. If you get enthusiastic enough, for all you know, you could end up renting the room for free! Apparently all your pedaled miles get converted to energy savings and can be redeemed against the room rent. Sweet!
Designers: Lo Li-Te, Tai-Yen Lee, Cheng-Yu, Tsai Zong-Huei & Hsu Song-Jung Chen
Posted: 30 Nov 2011 12:03 AM PST
The team at in square lab noticed that the Historical Pushinsky Cinema is in need of a major facelift- one that will not only reinvigorate the architecture but also one that will revitalize its presence as a focal point of central Moscow. Their corian & glass recladding proposal is seen as a solid cellular structure that grows, at first scarcely from the square onto the steps & then gradually covering parts of the facade, constantly revealing glimpses of the building’s history.
Rather than erasing the existing building, the proposed scheme celebrates the tension and co-existence between the retained and the changed through strategic use of form, light, space and material. Corian is chosen as the facade material in view to achieve a seamless organic fluidity of amalgamation between the rigid (representing the past) and the fluid (indicating a new future).
The merging of this new solid structure into the light transparent glass facade generates a sense of playfulness while inclusive and inviting the public arena. Numerous 'celluar holes' within the new intervention also creates transient light qualities that will change throughout the day as the light washes over the surfaces.
Designer: in square lab
Posted: 30 Nov 2011 12:02 AM PST
For 350 years the Unversitylibrary Breman has organized and structured information to make it accessible to visitors. As you can imagine, the library has been witness to the incredible evolution of information sharing from paper to digital. To celebrate, this installation titled Wandern im Wissen (Wandering in Knowledge) serves as a representation of the endless flow of shared thought over the years. Hit the jump to catch a detailed vid of the process!
In the center of the 15 meters high stairway a sculpture of folded paper demonstrates the connection between the traditional storage medium and the digital information world. The permanent flow of information inquiries at the SuUB runs through on a vertical axis between four floors of the building. The random results of the inquiries release corresponding visuals of text and pictures which cause curiosity for the various activites in the library. The media sculpture highlights the abundance of the mental processes, which take place simultaneously in the library. The retrieval inquiries result in new collages of visuals of text and pictures, which form an aesthetic translation of the search procedure. The searched words, then, fill the pool of data at the ground of the stairway. Altogether the media installation poses questions about the function of the information in the age of the increasing communicational isolation. In regard to the title, the visitor literally passes through the world of knowledge.
Designer: Manuel Dreesmann
Posted: 30 Nov 2011 12:01 AM PST
Designer Victor Johannson’s mobile phone concept focuses on ease of use by providing multiple input controls that the user can customize to their liking. Features like dual sided scrolling and volume control as well as side a back-side keyboard, clock, or place to dock apps are definitely bonuses. The coolest feature by far, however, is piezoelectric feedback technology that gives tactile signals in four different directions that makes it possible for the user to ‘feel’ the direction to travel.
Designer: Victor Johannson
Posted: 30 Nov 2011 12:00 AM PST
When Pascal Charmolu, an innovative designer and Kim Vejsholt, a keen businessperson, decided to work together, the resulting partnership gave birth to 'Born in Sweden.' Driven with a passion to combine highly innovative design with unexpectedly simple product solutions, the company has grown to accommodate a mix of creative individuals who see and do things differently and have a wealth of international experience. We've handpicked for you a collection of their best works; and with this season of giving round the bend, maybe you end up being gifted one!
A classic piece for those who appreciate good design and want to share it with their world, the Bird Feeder is able to cope with extreme temperatures and conditions and is ideal of any home. Fashioned from recyclable plastic, the feeder can be mounted on on any smooth window pane, thanks to an innovative double-sided suction cup.
Folks with a green thumb and keen sense of design will appreciate the aesthetics of the Watering Can. Stylish and minimal, the can works in a very unique fashion. As Born in Sweden explains, "the can is made of 18-0 stainless steel with a flexible silicone hose. The hose has a built-in magnet that allows it to be attached to the can's body when not in use. When watering your plants, simply hold the metal cylinder with one hand and the hose in the other. To start or stop the water flow, just move the metal cylinder up or down. Available in brushed or mirror-polished steel finishes as well as 8 glossy powder-coated options. Height 31 cm, diameter 8 cm, volume 1.5 litres."
Forever losing your keys? Well, the elegant Key Cabinet is what you need the most! We simply love the oversized handle and the clever retaining strip to stow the mobile phones! . The steel cabinet is available in five durable powder coated finishes; red, white, black, purple and green. Height: 53.8 cm, depth: 5.4 cm, width: 16 cm.
If asymmetrical organization is something that appeals to you, then this metallic hedgehog is definitely for you. The playful "funky" Magazine Rack is unconventional and definitely eye-catching. Length: 40cm, height: 27.7cm base width: 10.7cm. Available in red, white, green, purple and black satin powder coated finishes.
This minimalist coat rack is quite a special nook to hang your coats. We love it for its minimal style and thoughtful hook spacing. Crafted from a single sheet of metal, the rack's clean lines will complement any modern interiors. Choose from red, black, white, green and purple satin finishes. Dimensions: 60.7 x 25 cm x 0.2 cm.
Dine with award-winning cutlery design, defined by subtle geometry and clean lines. Available as a set of 16 pieces with a knife fork and two spoons for each place setting as well a two-piece serving set.
Price: $179.95 & $49.95
Don't struggle with complicated ikebana arrangements; leave it to the simple Vase with Sphere to make your flowers look glam! The stainless steel at the neck of the sphere is a classy way of adding a dash of creativity to any flower arrangement. Ideal for your Christmas Party! Hand made from mouth-blown glass, the stainless steel sphere is available in mirror-polished, gloss black and gold finishes. Height 22 cm, diameter 14.5 cm.
Slip into comfy shoes with the help of this elegant Boot Jack. What's really cool is that the shoe horn makes a good wall hanging and need not be resigned to an obscure spot. Constructed from robust polycarbonate with a hollow stainless steel bar underneath, this aesthetically pleasing 2 in 1 jack is light, strong and functional. Length: 39 cm, height 9 cm. Available in red, black, green and white.
Celebrations are incomplete without a Christmas Tree and to make it perfect this year, you may want an invisible tree support! This special one can be filled with water to keep your tree fresh. The base is moulded in recyclable aluminium with four heavy-duty stainless steel screws securing the tree. Available in grey, red, black or white powder-coated color options. Length 60 cm, height 17 cm, hole diameter 11.5 cm, weight 2.2 kg.
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