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Design

Kaohsiung Port Terminal

Kaohsiung Port Terminal

Scheduled for construction in 2012 and expected to be in operation by 2014, the flowing, $85M Port and Cruise Service Center in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan will be designed by reiser + umemoto.

Porsche Bobsled

Porsche Bobsled

Porsche Design’s new plastic bobsleigh is inspired by Olympic racing bobsleds, and features slightly concave runners and optimized camber angles to make carving down a snow-covered hill a breeze.

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LaCie Float Concept

LaCie Float Concept

André Silva’s concept design integrates a storage device (in HD or SSD versions), along with LED under-body lighting and a top that doubles as a multi-touch trackpad. LaCie, please take a look.

Faceless Watch Concept

Faceless Watch Concept

Qian Yiran “Eye of the Storm” digital watch has a gaping hole where it’s face should be, instead showing the time by marking the spots where the minute and hour hands would be around the edges.

Magic Carp-pet Concept

Magic Carp-pet Concept

Designed by John Leung and CHC Architects, the Magic Carp-pet is a two-piece set up – the specially drawn print on the rug appears to move when viewed through the complementary glass table.

Audi RB-1200 Concept Bike

Audi RB-1200 Concept Bike

Designer Gavin Harvey envisioned this Audi performance motorcycle, featuring sleek modern styling, and touches that echo the iconic brand, including the LED lights found on the sporty R8.

Scrapwood Wallpaper

Scrapwood Wallpaper
$299/roll  Buy Comment

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek created this warm faux-wood wallpaper, which perfectly apes the look of real distressed wood. While it doesn’t have actual depth, it won’t give you splinters.

deckONE Industrial Playing Cards

deckONE Industrial Playing Cards
$6  Buy Comment

These gorgeous playing cards from theory11 offer a rugged, industrial design, complemented by packaging that’s reminiscent of gunmetal. Each deck is printed on a true casino-grade press.

Desile Folding Chair

Desile Folding Chair
$335  Buy Comment

It’s not as magical as this chair, but Christian Desile’s creations is still a design marvel. When folded, it’s a mere 0.8in thick, meaning you can stack 100 chairs in just 7ft of space.

Document Extractor

Document Extractor

From the “why didn’t we think of this?” file comes a touchscreen display that doubles as a wide-format printer and a scanner. Byeong Min Choe’s design is only a concept, but it should be real.

R2B2: Pedal-Powered Kitchen

R2B2: Pedal-Powered Kitchen

Christoph Thetard’s concept kitchen removes all need for electricity, powering kitchen appliances with a pedal-powered flywheel. It can blend, chop, grind coffee, and beat eggs at up to 10,000 RPM.

The Four-Inch PC

The Four-Inch PC
$849+  Buy Link Comment

Created by Xi3 Corporation, this 4-inch aluminum cube contains a fully-upgradeable modular PC. Runs an Athlon 64 X2 CPU, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, and offers plentiful ports.

Sand Glass Traffic Light Concept

Sand Glass Traffic Light Concept

Designed by Thanva Tivawong, the Sand Glass concept for traffic lights imitates an hourglass, providing an intuitive and less ambiguous way of indicating when the lights will change.

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The Louwman Collection

The Louwman Collection

Michael Graves’ steeply sloped, Dutch-style peaked roofs and dormers compliment the historic surroundings of the Louwman Collection, the National Automobile Museum of the Netherlands.

World Building of the Year

World Building of the Year

The 2010 World Architecture Festival has honored the ultra-linear MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, with the World Building of the Year title.

Bang! Lamp Concept

Bang! Lamp Concept

Bitplay INC specialize in designing gadgets that are fun to use. Their Bang! concept lamp has a gun-shaped remote used to switch it off. The shade even tips to the side when the lamp is “hit”.

Spoonachos

Spoonachos

We’ve seen scoop shaped tortilla chips that help you get more salsa on the chip, but this spoon-shaped corn chip concept by Denis Bostandzic is brilliant. Frito-Lay, you’d better get on it now.

Lost in Sofa

Lost in Sofa

Tokyo’s Daisuke Motogi created this comfy chair that can hold all your books, remotes, gadgets and other small objects in the cracks between its soft blocks. Just don’t lose your pocket change in it.

Box Light

Box Light
$275  Buy Comment

The idea for Jonas Hakaniemi’s aluminum and plastic Box Light was derived from a matchbox. Offered in 2 colors, the lamp can be hidden or exposed as you like by adjusting it with your hand.

Equilibrium Bookcase

Equilibrium Bookcase

Malagana Design’s Equilibrium Bookcase consists of 5 separate cantilevered modules that can be configured at single angled points. It holds more than 120 lbs and disassembles without tools.

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Screwz Watch Concept

Screwz Watch Concept

This unusual watch concept would tell time not with ordinary hands or digits, but with screw heads that turn to form numeric patterns. Flip to the last image in the gallery to see what we mean.

One-Hundred Triangles Stool

One-Hundred Triangles Stool

Designer Riccardo Bovo uses a computer algorithm to generate unique stools from 100 random laser-cut wood triangles, tied together with zip-ties to create a lightweight, rigid, portable seat.

Monster Pillows

Monster Pillows
$51  Buy Comment

We don’t think we have to wait till Halloween to put these fun handmade stuffed monster pillows from Johnny Cupcakes on our couch. Each monster is marked in a numbered limited edition.

Mine Field Furniture

Mine Field Furniture

When departing in the ’90s, the Soviet army burned the explosives out of the mines stored in Mädasadam, leaving multitudes of cases as scrap iron. Mati Karmin repurposes these relics as art.

Rockkit Chair

Rockkit Chair

Lutz Pankow’s Rockkit is a pair of aluminum skids that can transform nearly every 4 legged chair into a rocking chair. The skids are screwed onto the legs with rubber mountings and are removable.

Coca-Cola Concept Can

Coca-Cola Concept Can

Who says that soda cans need to be cylindrical? We love this faceted can concept from designer Dzmitry Samal, which not only look cool, they keep sideways cans from rolling off your desktop.

Herman Miller SAYL Work Chair

Herman Miller SAYL Work Chair
$399-$499  Buy Comment

Yves Behar was inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge when he came up with the SAYL. The frameless back and Y-Tower give ergonomic support while adapting to the user’s shape and movements.

Threadless: 10 Years of T-Shirts

Threadless: 10 Years of T-Shirts
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Let’s salute Threadless for the last 10 years of fun sidewalk brightening, thanks to their clever crowd-sourced tees. If you’re late to the party, jump in: it’s all chronicled in this truly entertaining book.

Battery Clock

Battery Clock

Giha Woo’s Front & Back concept makes batteries even more crucial in making a clock work by using them as the hour and minute hands as well. Any more minimalistic and we’ll have a sundial.

Longreach Buoyancy Bazooka

Longreach Buoyancy Bazooka

Dyson Award winner Samuel Adeloju’s Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System is an expanding foam device that quickly reaches drowning victims, helping them stay afloat so rescue can respond.

Secret Stash Project

Secret Stash Project

Yiting Cheng modified everyday objects and turned them into secret stashes, hiding in plain sight. Some of them are near pointless, but the furniture is elegant and very functional.

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