There’s a war in the living room, and this furniture shows it

Furniture in the Kalab Exhibition is a collection of military surplus and “souvenirs.” That of course means the living room is going to be a battlefield, with all those military items lying around. Inspired by the Israeli conflict, the furniture intends to show the mix of military and civilian life. The influence comes through with vases made out of bomb shells, ashtrays made from extinct bullets and a sofa stacked like a dugout.

Via: YankoDesign

Lunar Pyramid in the UAE to gather energy from sunlight

Lunar Cubit pyramid is the winner of the United Arab Emirates design competition and is likely to be built in Abu Dhabi. The concept proposes a pyramid capable of turning sunlight into electrical energy, enough to power 250 homes. Designed with proportions similar to those of the Great Pyramid at Giza, the central pyramid would be 50 meters high, and surrounded by 42 royal cubits, each of which is 22 meters high. The Lunar Cubit structures would be made from glass and amorphous silicon, and would be open to visitors.

Via: Tuvie

Old guitars, reclaimed leather give way to stylish new headphones

Headphones created by designer Britt Ashcraft have music running through every strand. Made from reclaimed materials, the Ashcraft Aria headphones will have a headband made from wood recycled from acoustic guitars, while the quilted leather lining surrounding the aircups would come from reclaimed leather and other parts could be made from reclaimed aluminum. Ashcraft says the leather required could come from leather jackets and bags belonging to musicians. Considering the origins of materials intended for these headphones, they could be fairly expensive, but they’re just designs for now.

Via: Britt Ashcraft, Gearlog

Flashkus flash drive concept stores data in cardboard

Flashkus concept flash drives are simple cardboard packages for holding the data. Envisioned by studio Art Lebedev, these disposable flash enjoy company of their peers in cardboard, and when you need to store data, you simply pull one off the board and use it. You can write information about the data directly on the drive (it is cardboard). Made from cardboard, these drives obviously won’t have a long life unless you’re utterly careful with them, so the idea of disposable drives can stick. But unless they’re dirt cheap as compared to contemporary drives, a disposable flash drive makes little sense.

Via: Art Lebedev, technabob

Mobile phone and tablet that can also cook, whip and drill

Apps play an important role in mobile devices these days, basically allowing phones and tablet computers to lend themselves to customization and for users to get the best out of these devices. These apps though, are limited to software application, limited by the character of the gadgets themselves. What if the apps could get some “physical” work done as well. That happens to be the area explored by Vil Tsimenzin‘s latest design, the PRAX concepts. The mobile phone and tablet for the “Practical Apps Optimization Enabled Devices” (PAOE) enable these gadgets to do physical work as well.