Doorknobs by Dieter Volkers are squishy and soft, and with some tinkering to their design, Volkers managed to add a horn as well. Tugging at the soft doorknob also sets off the air horn, making the doorknob announce the visitor. There’s more to this design, Volkers also uses it to make soft lamps, but the doorknobs kind of steal the show.
The Dala vinyl player has a unique bird-like shape that apparently works very well for the audio output from the system. Making use of flat membrane speaker technology, Dala has “fins” or wing-like structures on either side of the platter. Each fin is a thin membrane speaker, and each with a size to work best with a set range of frequencies. A tiny, non-intrusive knob on the system works as a wireless controller. Dala vinyl player has been designed by Bradley Paulet.
Looking at sci-fi fantasies of the retro world, they saw the “future” as something where huge transparent domes and flying cars ruled the roost. Well, both of those things didn’t quite happen, but we can rest easy in the thought that this office in Paris at least did some part of the domed things to bring the future closer. There aren’t any boring regular cubicles here, these people sit in transparent plastic domes.
We’re not exactly going to talk about pragmatism and best use of workspace here, because the domes look cool and we don’t work in that office. Also, designed by Christian Pottgiesser, the large wooden desk in the PONS + HUOT office works as the roof of the recreational room
Tag Heuer has a long standing relation with F1 racing, keeping the same in mind, designer Peter Vardai created the Formula 1 watch concept, with focus on the McLaren-Mercedes team. And the influences are quite clear and visible with bright red inlets and the prominent Mercedes logo on the strap. Buttons on both sides of the logo release the strap, and the huge cogwheels on the watch’s face add to its racing and automobile feel.
These funky tablelamps from Italamp are “inspired by the art and seduction of women’s clothing,” and of course are quite attractive, given their style. The lamps are available in many colors and a whole lot of alluring shapes.
Mini has taken wraps off its Rocketman concept, which is scheduled for an official debut at the Geneva Motor Show. At just about 11 feet long, the tiny car uses a unique 3+1 seating arrangement, and keeps its focus on being light and mini. To stay light, the concept uses a carbon spaceframe, weight reducing wheels, and an enclosed surface structure to reduce drag. Apparently, the car is high on efficiency as well, claiming about 78mpg on the American cycle.
Designer Vanessa Hordies has created this super creative Night Night bedside lamp that makes good use of an hourglass as well. The lamp has a wooden base with a lamp located in the glass top. As the sand trickles over the lamp, it gradually dims the light by gradually covering the lamp in sand, covering it up as the user drifts to sleep.
First presented at the Geneva Motor show in 1961, the legenary Jaguar E-type will turn 50 this year. To mark the occasion, a Swiss businessman asked Vizualtech to design a car based on the legend of the E-type, and thus was born the Growler E 2011. The concept is based on the Jaguar XKR, getting power from a supercharged 5.0l V8 that pumps out 600hp. Chassis of the car has a carbon fiber core, while the body is mostly made from composites, keeping the weight low and allowing the car to hit 62mph in under four seconds.
Linje Espressomaker was designed by Husby, Audun Grimstad, Åsne Kydland and Mariko Kurioka Rohde, with the idea of introducing Scandinavian design touches to the Espressomaker, a world they find to be greatly under Italian influence. Counting of wood as an expression of Nordic design, the Espressomaker was created with layers of Poplar wood glued together and sanded down.