Mini shows the Rocketman concept for Geneva

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.

Growler E 2011 celebrates the legend of the Jaguar E type

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.

Via: SeriousWheels

Linje Espressomaker has a trendy wooden finish

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.

Via: oysteinworks, MoCo Loco

Concept clock acts as a nifty to-do list

If a name like Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda doesn’t help, this concept clock at least has its minimalist looks going for it. A concept from Swedish design student Maria Bergström, the clock intends to make you give up on the procrastination and actually get some work done. You put colorful, leather-covered magnets on the clock’s face to mark time for appointments, meetings or other things. If you happen to be running late, the minute hand will nudge the magnet forward and let you know.

Via: Gizmodo

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