Anima by Fitorio Leksono


© Fitorio Leksono

 Anima is a series of shelves designed by Indonesian designer Fitorio Leksono.

© Fitorio Leksono

Commissioned by the Jarkarta-based design company Toimoi, Anima takes inspiration from the shapes and forms of animals.

© Fitorio Leksono

In keeping with the fun and playful spirit of Toimoi, Anima is designed to appeal to the child within us.

 © Fitorio Leksono

Fitorio Leksono is a product designer with Jenggala, a tableware company based in Bali. He also lectures at Ciputra University in Indonesia. His works have been exhibited in Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney and Frankfurt.

Xuan Lamp by INNOVO Design


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Xuan (旋), which means ‘spin’ when translated, is a hanging lamp by Innovo Design.

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The lamp, crafted out of long, thin strips of bamboo, makes use of the material’s fibrous nature. In contrast to its stiff appearance, the lamp is pliant and light, dancing and swirling to the whisper of the breeze.

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The lamp is part of the Innovo’s design series “Finding a Future for Traditions” conceived in 2009. The series reconceptualizes traditional culture and handicrafts, giving them a new lease of life in the contemporary world.

Innovo Design is a product design practice located in Hangzhou, China. Their designs have been featured at many international exhibitions, including the Milan Design Week 2011.

References: Idea-cool, Innovo

Moon Boat Salt & Pepper Shakers by Zhao Liping


 ©Zhao Liping

Moon Boat is a set of salt and pepper shakers by Chinese designer Zhao Liping.

 ©Zhao Liping

Zhao posits that the form of the design was inspired by the curves of the moon and the boat. While she does not state this explicitly, the design harks back to a popular childhood ditty titled “Curvy Moon”:

  In the faraway night sky,                                                                                                         Under the curvy moon,                                                                                                                 Is a curvy bridge.                                                                                                                 Beside the curvy bridge                                                                                                               Is a small curvy boat.                                                                                                             Sailing on the curvy boat                                                                                                             Is the girl from my childhood.[…]

©Zhao Liping

Incidentally, Zhao forwards that the egg-shaped salt and pepper shakers are like two mischievous kids playing on the boat under the moon, and that the design serves to remind people of their childhood times. Like the Cloud Lamp, the Moon Boat mixes playfulness with poetry, in a unique design language that Zhao has developed of her own.

Zhao Liping is a Chinese product designer. 

Reference: Zhao Liping

Pumplight by PEGA D&E


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Pumplight by Pega D&E is an interactive lamp that can be inflated and deflated like a balloon.

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Pumplight is lighted up by literally pumping air into the balloon, which acts as a lampshade. Setting up a direct relationship between the volume of air and the intensity of illumination, a bigger balloon emits a brighter light.

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To switch off the lamp, air is let out of the escape valve. As the balloon returns to its original size, light also fades out.

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When the balloon reaches a certain size, it will stop expanding. If air continues to be pumped in, the balloon will burst. However, it is replaceable, just like any other lampshade.

All these is made possible by an IR sensor, which controls the intensity of illumination by detecting the volume of air in the balloon.

 

Pega D&E is an independent design consultancy established in 2008 with offices in Taipei and Shanghai. 

Via: CNGarget; Pega D&E

Mouse Soap by Yeduo


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The Mouse Soap is, well, a soap shaped like a computer mouse by Taiwanese product design firm, Yeduo.

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If you’ve always had difficulty extracting yourself from the computer to take a shower, this Mouse Soap might prove to be the solution. Specially recommended for all technophiles.

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Yeduo is a Taiwanese product design firm. 

Reference: CNGadget

Re-clock


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Re-clock by Taiwanese designers Lin Chen-Han, Zhong Yu-Xun, Zheng Yu-Ting, and Chen Zao-Huan is a timepiece that seeks to make visible the temporal cycle in an unconventional manner. The design won an award at the Taiwan International Design Competition.

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Discarding the hour and minute hands of the clock, Re-clock displays only numbers on its face. Wrapped with elastic fabric, the visuality of the clock changes according to the protrusion of the numbers underneath. Consequently, the passing of time is marked by the degree of protrusion of the numbers.

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Via: One More Degree

Writable by Xiao Tianyu


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Exhibited at the Stockholm furniture fair in 2011, Writable by Xiao Tianyu is a table that you can liberally vandalize scribble on.

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Conceived as a communicative device, Writable has three hinged modules, each of which reveals a blackboard surface when flipped over.

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The blackboards are meant to serve as surfaces for writing and illustrating during conversations and discussions.

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Or, if you belong to the environmentally conscious, time to go eco-friendly and get rid of those hideous sticky notes on the fridge!

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Xiao Tianyu is a Chinese product designer who is currently pursuing her studies at the HDK-School of Design and Crafts in Sweden.  

Reference: IDSOO

Ergonic by Yos & Leonard Theosabrata


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Ergonic is a collection of furniture by father and son team Yos & Leonard Theosabrata. The collection comprises pieces that combine comfort and knowledge about acupressure points.

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The chairs have an elastic seat and back covered with various plastic knobs that can conform to the shape of one’s body while sitting or lying down.

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The open space between the pins offers air circulation and the pins, the accupressure.

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The chairs are suitable for use indoors or outdoors.

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The aesthetic quality of the chair is a product of Western functionality and Asian philosophy of the body.

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Leonard Theosabrata was born in Jakarta and graduated from the Product Design Faculty at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA in 2002. Leonard is currently the head of the Jakarta-based LTD. Leonard Theosabrata Design studio, which focuses on interior and product design. His love for furniture has led him to build Accupunto for which he received the Red Dot Design Award in 2003, and Good Design Award Japan, 2005, and the recent Wallpaper Design Award 2009 for his collaboration with Michael Young for Accupunto.

Reference: http://www.accupunto.com/

Bloom Lamp by Zhang Junjie


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Want to own a piece of abstracted nature that is not green nor insect-prone? Then, Bloom, a hanging lamp crafted from the leaves of the magnolia tree by Chinese designer Zhang Junjie, is the perfect accessory for you.

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To achieve a white, translucent quality, the exterior cells (epidermis) of the leaves were removed, leaving only its inner tissues (mesophyll). The leaves were then bleached.

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Due to the special treatment process, the light diffused through the magnolia leaves is soft and gentle, emitting a soothing glow.

Zhang Junjie is a Chinese product designer with Hangzhou-based firm Innovo Design. His individual works have been exhibited at the Milan Design Week and Dutch Design Week. His designs have also been given international recognition by the Red Dot Award and the iF Design Award. 

References:  One More Degree, ArtInfo, Guangzhou Daily

Luxury Tower by Ministry of Design


Singapore design firm Ministry of Design has won the Saporiti Design Award for the conception of a luxury tower that holds, stores and displays opulent objects.

The idea of luxurious commodities as life’s precious memories was inspired by the poem “All The World’s A Stage.” The tower consists of 6 modular components, each representing a different stage in life.

Each of the containers is crafted using a different material, symbolizing a particular stage in life.

‘Infant’ is crafted from raw pinewood, ‘Schoolboy’ covered with monochromatic plaid printed on leather, ‘Lover’ in etched smoke mirror, ‘Soldier’ from brushed steel, ‘Judge’ with a polished, gold-plated finish, and ‘Pantaloon’ with polished petrified timber.

  Via: CoolHunting