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Special Spoons by Ineke Hans

“Special Spoons” by Ineke Hans, specially designed for Royal VKB, is a great addition to regular kitchen cutlery. The set consists of five perfect items which can be used for average refrigerated jar goodies like chili sauce, olives, paté, jam and includes a fork for pickles. Tapas hangouts will appreciate this useful accessory as well. They come in four colors – red, yellow, purple and black. Break them out of their frame, rest them on the container side over the little step at the back of the handle. Simple design yet very functional “Special Spoons” set brings your jars over the… Read more »

Biodegradable Tableware Inspired by Fruits and Vegetables

Graft, a project by Chinese designer Qiyun Deng, is a set of utensils and bowls referencing to the skin and textures of real fruits and vegetables. The tableware is made of bioplastic PLA derived from the renewable resources. Deng used plants natural beauty and simplicity as details of his work: celery stem acts as handle for the fork; a petal of artichoke becomes the bowl of spoon, etc. By waking both visual and haptic sensation the author is pointing out a question – will you be able to throw them away easily? SEE ALSO: Food Huggers – Preserving the Leftover Halves  [Source: designboom; Colossal]

Cortex – Innovative 3D Printed Cast by Jake Evill

Have you ever had your limb broken? If yes I’m sure you’ve hated that heavy cast, itchy and stinky skin underneath, uncomfortable shower and dressing up, you can continue the list of discomfort. Jake Evill, a fresh graduate from the Architecture and Design faculty at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand with a Major in Media Design and a Minor in Industrial Design came up with a very simple and innovative idea. His 3D printed cast – the Cortex – is light, shower friendly, fully ventilated, recyclable and very stylish. If Evill’s concept will be approved by medical professionals, patient’s x-ray and 3D… Read more »

Food Huggers – Preserving the Leftover Halves

Simplicity is the key to success. That’s the first thought I got seeing the new project called Food Huggers by Adrienne McNicholas and Michelle Ivankovic. What do you usually do with leftover halves from your veggies and fruits? Cover with film, put in a plastic container, just keep as is on side door of the fridge till it eventually dries and so on. McNicholas and Ivankovic found a brilliant solution to keep the halves fresh, they invented a silicone caps of different diameters (1,5 to 4 inches) which can preserve leftovers and match anything from a lime to a grapefruit. It even… Read more »

Superhero Credit Cards by Money Supermarket

If you ever wondered what a superhero credit card might look like, Money Supermarket – the makers of  “The cost of being Batman infographic” – has created a selection of fictional crime fighting credit cards designs that you’ll just want to have. Take a look below…

Ryno Motors Self-Balancing Electric Unicycle

Right out of Portland, Oregon, comes this sporty self-balancing electric unicycle named RYNO. It has a top speed of 25 mph, can go up to 30 miles in between charges, and has a max capacity of 250 lbs. Its estimated retail price will be about $4,500. Production begins in January 2013. The Eco-friendly RYNO is poised to create real fundamental change. Since you can take it on the train in the suburbs, get off downtown and quietly ride it all around, city planners will finally have a product that will allow urban centers to clear out automobile free zones and get… Read more »

Top 10 Landmark BMW Models Photographed by Erik Chmil

BMW Group has teamed up with LUMAS for a memorable project rolling out the fascinating history of some of the Bavarian Motor Works’ most impressive and exciting models. An exclusive series of ten cars, each a landmark in the history of contemporary automobile design and a reflection of its time, have been brilliantly shot by Erik Chmil, an automobile photographer. He has captured their shape, beauty, and character from a distinctive perspectives. If you’re interested in purchasing prints in different sizes of the above posters, head on to LUMAS website. [© Erik Chmil, BMW Edition, www.lumas.com] [Via LUMAS]

The Unique Toys of Child’s Own Studio

Creativity has no age limits. Wendy Tsao, a talented lady from Vancouver, BC, came out with an outstanding idea of turning drawings of kids into real toys using the child’s own imagination. The result overcame any expectations, Wendy in her Child’s Own Studio is creating amazing characters out of pictures which not always could be understood properly.

Lamborghini plans to Invade the SUV World with URUS

We’ve seen Porsche do it with their very successful Cayenne, now Lamborghini is joining the club of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Just hours ago renders started leaking online of the new Lamborghini SUV named URUS. The vehicle will officially be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show in China just days from now. It is considered to be Lamborghini’s bid to to cash in its shares in the post profitable auto market sector of SUVs. Auto Blog reports that the URUS is expected to share its platform with the next-generation Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and upcoming Bentley SUV, but is tipped to be about 100 kg (220 pounds) lighter than all of… Read more »

The Exotic New Lamborghini Aventador J with No Windshield, Announced in Geneva’s 2012 Motor Show

A fully functional one-of-a-kind piece-of-art on wheels, the Lamborghini Aventador J,  just announced this month in the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, is a radically open automobile – exterior and interior meld into each other. Resembling a a concept of a 2 seaters motorcycle, the designers and engineers in Sant’Agata Bolognese have not only dispensed entirely with the roof, but also with the front windshield. This requires that drivers of the Aventador J must have the right equipment for driving at top speeds higher than 300 Km/h. Powered by the same 700-hp 6.5-liter 12-cylinder as the standard Aventador, the all-wheel-drive J is… Read more »

Electrifying Mercedes-Benz SF1 Concept by Steel Drake

Graphic designer Steel Drake has undeniably generated quite a buzz on the Internet with his mind-blowing Mercedes-Benz SF 1 concept. The sharp but sleek angles of this classy concept, which looks like it could be straight out of a Transformers movie, will have gear heads everywhere drooling. A redesigned logo which to me is a step in the right direction, while maintaining the Mercedes-Benz character, the car also combines the good looks from the classics which is clear through the front vent and overall sharp look. Angular front and rear lights accentuate the flow of the sharp lines formed from front to back. Large rectangular and triangular… Read more »

Leco – LEGO-like Recycling Containers

The world’s most famous and creative toy LEGO has inspired a design studio flussocreativo from Italy to create an ecological station facility – Leco recycling bin. It consists of four polymer units in order to the Italian utilization color system – 2 bigger ones – white and yellow (for paper and plastic) and 2 smaller bins in blue and green (for aluminum and glass). Each box pulls to open from the front and can be stuck stably on each other imitating the LEGO puzzle, which gives the user a chance to create different configurations according to the space requirements. This… Read more »

Trash Bin Calendar by Yurko Gutsulyak

Graphical design products (like calendars, posters, business cards, etc) have a very short life-time span and must fulfill its full potential by possessing a very grabby and bright idea to completely reach the user it’s disposed. Reaching to the trash bin was the main idea of the project made by Ukrainian designer Yurko Gutsulyak. He created calendar trash bag:, through a product that consists of 4 sets of garbage bags rolls, each with 3 rolls for every months of the year. Each bag has a date printed on it so when you place a fresh garbage bag in your bin everyday,… Read more »

Dressed Up Furniture by KAMKAM

KAMKAM, a design group located in Seoul, Korea. Their Dressed Up Furniture looks like playful kids furniture with adults scale! The idea is to combine clothing and furniture, making the pieces soft and approachable, and also interactive using fasteners and buttons. Cham Cham is a storage cabinet in that opens and closes using a belt-like fastener with an inner magnet, keeping it more secure. It is named after the North Pole monster Cham, a character from a Korean novel. Dressed Up Stool These stools are upholstered with a special button detail that is also functional. You can unbutton the front of… Read more »

Pencil Bench by Boex

Stemming from a single conversation to see if an everyday office object into a piece of furniture could be incorporated, Boex designed this quirky bench. It ended up causing quite a stir across the design world, scooping two awards for Boex and being featured in a number of national design journals. The seat is made up of 1,600 pencils which are individually sprung. Each pencil can be removed and used. This goes along well with the back to school spirit. [Via DesignMilk] [Photos by Kirstin Prisk Photography]

Crater Lake – Social Meeting Point Installation for Kobe Bienalle 2011, Japan

Crater lake – is a new concept of outdoors socializing meeting points designed and built by 24° studio. The project is one of the winners of Shitsurai Art International Competition organized by the city of Kobe, Japan; the installation is a participant of Kobe Biennale 2011. Crater lake is exhibited from October 1 till November 23 at the man-made Port Island of Shiosai park providing a view at the Kobe urban center, its surrounding mountains and seascape. The installation is inviting visitors to enjoy the social interaction while observing the beauty of the environment through 360° viewing vista. The design… Read more »

Colorful Bridge “Slinky Springs to Fame” in Oberhausen, Germany

Slinky – the toy created in 1940s in USA and loved by many kids worldwide has got its honor in Oberhausen, Germany. It was implemented in a bright footbridge named Slinky Springs to Fame which goes across the Rhein-Herne canal connecting two existing parks. The design of a swinging spiral wrapped around a colored band belongs to German artist Tobias Rehberger. The bridge was opened in August 2011 as a part of the local project “EMSCHERKUNST 2010″. Brightness of the springy synthetic finishes of the walkway is presented in 16 different colors produced on 2.67 meters of bridge width with… Read more »

sTREEt – A Green Urban Furniture Design –  by Kibisi

Street furniture mainly represents the secondary role to the city perception, while facilitating our existence in it and giving it some character. Mostly all of the urban furniture is disengaged – streetlights are not matching garbage bins and benches, bus stops are steeped in advertisement, traffic lights are totally out of city style and so on. The Copenhagen based firm KiBiSi found a solution to the urban landscape mess – the sTREEt. It was designed especially for the Gwangju Design Bienalle 2011 in South Korea. The main idea of sTREEt is described as weaving a functional line to the cityscape,… Read more »

Kinetic Double-Sided Bench from New York

Recently the family line of outdoor benches got supplemented by a new member –the Polymorphic bench, also known as the Kinetic double-sided bench. A group of ten architects from Columbia University GSAPP in New York created a wavy-shaped unique outdoor seat, that’s made out of plywood and interacts with its users. The unusual construction consists of 119 interconnected elements all attached to a pivot and bolt system. This inventive pattern of connection moves the bench with an occupant’s weight and transforms it in the most comfortable way according to the ergonomic profiles and giving the most comfort, not forgetting the safety (a… Read more »

An Intriguing Over-ground Home Pool [PHOTOS]

Pools have been always a happy addition to homes with a backyard, while home-pool designs vary drastically, this featured one though has quiet a unique concept. In a Devoto, Argentina home, designer Andres Remy showed off his talent with a modern above-ground outdoor pool elevating from the surrounding landscape with a see-through glass wall. The brilliance behind the design lies in his choice of position of the pool, where the glass side faces the sun for the first half of the day, warming up the water for a dip at anytime. The pool is also oriented to be visible for… Read more »

BMW 328 Hommage: The Dream Sports Car of the 1930s is Reborn

Ever thought about your dream sports car? Imagining yourself driving it down a 2-lane cliff road on the seaside at sunset, thinking of the sound of its motor and exhausts, the powerful acceleration it would acquire, and surely its design lines and how sexy it would be.  Well, a car that satisfies a guys wildest imagination, was just revealed, the new BMW 328 Hommage . The car celebrates the 75th anniversary of the first Hommage that came out in the 1930s, and was considered as a successful leap into the future, due to its design.  The BMW 328 Hommage is specially crafted to… Read more »

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Caracas Metro Сable

Metro cable is the cable car system, integrated within the Metro system in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2006 State Government made a decision to build a cable car network for the poorest neighborhoods of Caracas mountainous regions. In January 2010 the first official users took a ride in the new city facility. Metro cable is also a part of a social reform – each station has a variety of public spaces such as gyms, libraries, markets and even theatres. The system, designed by Urban Think Tank, is 2.1 km lengths, consists of 5 station and employs gondolas holding up to 8 sitters… Read more »

The CONCH: A 90M Super-Yacht Concept Unveiled

British boat designer Alex McDiarmid has recently unveiled his newest concept design of a Super Yacht. With Conchology (the study of shells) in mind, the outer body is inspired from the Turitella shell (tower screw) which is a long twirled seashell, he called it The Conch. The concept sports a multi-colored exterior paint job, the openings in the shell serves as the windows to the 4 levels of the yacht. The vessel is designed to sail at a top speed of 18 knots, and a cruising speed of 14 knots. The shells on the top of the boat serves as skylights, allowing light in… Read more »

The Super Bus – from Holland to UAE [VIDEO]

Yes, it’s not a train and its not a bus, its a Super Bus. A high-speed, Eco-friendly, state of the art motor vehicle, designed for public transport, offering luxury and ease to business commuters and tourists. The electric-powered cross-over between a race bus and a limousine is being developed at the Delft University of Technology in Holland under the direction of Professor Wubbo Ockels, who in 1985 became the first Dutch citizen in space, part of the shuttle Challenger crew, and is designed by Antonia Terzi, an Italian aerodynamicist who has worked for the Ferrari and Williams Formula One teams. The Super bus has the length and width… Read more »

The Loopita Bonita – A Social Chaise-Longue

The Summer has arrived with all the heat it can offer, you gotta believe me on this one, living in Cairo, you can never under-estimate the HEAT we get here, pushing us all to go up north to our lovely breezy beaches on the coast of Alexandria – my hometown. During the sunny season, people starts their summer outdoor-furniture shopping. For the past week or so my wife and I were also on the hunt for the same exact thing, trying to land a couple of outdoors comfortable chairs for our beach place, and while searching online, I bumped into this magnificent piece… Read more »

Hover Bike – The Flying Motorcycle

The HOVER-BIKE, as crazy as that might sound, it’s a real thing now. A bike that can fly at altitudes up to 3048 meters (10000 feet) high, reaching a speed of 278.42 kilometers per hour (173 mph), it can even travel at higher altitudes, but then the rider would need to carry along an oxygen cylinder. It’s simply a dream of flying come true.  Hover-Bike designer Chris Malloy -an Australian native- primarily designed it to serve purposes like aerial Cattle mustering, Search and Rescue, aerial survey, Wildlife and Parks, or Power-line inspection, not planned commercial use yet.  Inhabitat quotes the inventions as: “Quieter and smaller than helicopters, and therefore… Read more »

Makkah Metro

In November 2010, the city of Makkah, KSA unveiled its newest and first elevated train spanning a distance of 18.1 km (11.2 miles).  The project’s main aim is to help ease the transport process of pilgrims in the Hajj season between the holy sites of Makkah, Muzdalifa, Mount Arafat, and Mena.  The rail is constructed parallel to the pedestrian road so that pilgrim tents in Mena are not disturbed. The project was originally planned to be a monorail, but was changed to a conventional steel-wheel, steel-rail design running on a viaduct. The entire train system, including stations, will be elevated… Read more »

The Soft Rocker

An interesting creation coming from the heart of Massachusetts institute of technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA. In the beginning of May 2011, a team lead by Sheila Kennedy, MIT Professor of the Practice of Architecture, presented to the Killian Court of MIT an outstanding project of a smart solar energy charging station – Soft Rocker (as it looks like an outdoor rocking lounge furniture). The idea of the leaf-like loop is to create the solar tracking system using its environment, it has a 12 ampere-hour battery and store solar energy harvested during the day. With a creation like this, outside gatherings… Read more »

Dubai gets the Longest Unmanned Train

Metro systems have evolved to take one of the biggest roles in modern transportation, with a 160 active systems in 2010 worldwide. In 1863, London, UK was the first city to have an underground metro in the world.  In 1987, the Middle East and Africa got their first subway in Cairo, Egypt. The second Middle Eastern metro system was a project that attracted the spot lights.  On the 9th September 2009 at 9:09:09 pm Dubai Metro became the newest system to start operation in the ME. Consisting of 2 major lines, the first line (red line) serves 10 stations and… Read more »

The Evolution of a Bottle

The Coca Cola Company is celebrating 125 years of production of their infamous cola drink. It was initially sold as a patent medicine for five cents a glass at soda fountains, which were popular in the United States at the time due to the belief that carbonated water was good for the health, the bottled product came later.  The taste was always the same but not the bottling, which kept developing as time passed . This is a brief look on the evolution of the Coca Cola bottle design. The 1899: The original Coca-Cola bottle didn’t have anything in common with the one… Read more »

China’s Underwater Train

China completes construction of world’s fastest underwater railway tunnel The Construction of China’s first underwater railway tunnel has been recently completed in southern China, which allows trains to operate at the world’s top speed under the water. The project, or the Shiziyang Tunnel, crosses the Pearl River estuary in south China’s Guangdong Province with a length of 10.8 kilometers. It is designed for trains travelling at 350 kilometers per hour, the highest of all underwater tunnels worldwide.  The 10.8-kilometers tunnel, which is also the country’s longest, is a key part of a 140-kilometer high-speed rail link that connects Guangzhou, the… Read more »

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