Shape Changing Lamps from N&N are more than just towers showing off bricks, and since the name leaves no suspense, I’ll just go on to the dramatic side and say these lamps change shape. It isn’t so much wizardry, but just the 360-degree rotatable shades at work. The shades are made from injected polycarbonate with translucent white panels, and together with aluminum frames, they give the lamps great looks. N&N has put three lamps in the series, named Magna, Opus and Tempo.
That incandescent lamps are on their way out is no news, though the love persists and the Les Fines LED lamps from Goodbye Edison say the goodbye in style. These lamps have a soft glow illuminating a frame and when required, framing and lighting objects beautifully.
For the Sprout pen concept, the health of the plant is an indicator of the ink in the pen. When you start off, the plant is all green and lush, however, as the ink level goes down, the plant begins to fade and wither. Once you put the pen back in its filler, it starts to replenish itself with ink and the sprout goes up and strong again. Designed by Igor Lobanov.
Theoretically, it is a great idea. Your sitting space appears to levitate above ground, while the base is kept stocked with your favorite books, all just an arm’s length away. Practically, if you love books enough to have so many of them around, you wouldn’t like the prospects of having them kicked around unintentionally by those occupying the sofa, it’s just not a place for a prized collection.
There is no reason for you to keep your loved plants away from you, especially when you can carry them around your neck in a cool, stylish package. Besides, anything green is hip these days. Designed by Colleen Jordan.
I don’t know where the world would be without creative salt and pepper shaker designs, but I do know that the fairy godmother wouldn’t have been able to multitask if she didn’t have something like this Magical Sapor. You work the magic, and if you feel there’s need for more, just gently tap this thing to get the required salt or pepper. Designed by Arthur Xin from the creatively named studio Sexin Design.
Pop Up Office is the workplace you can set up anywhere you want it. Desks and chairs in the pop up system fold up easily, but since it is all made from cardboard, even if you manage to set up the office, you’re unlikely to get any work done. The office is a design from Liddy Scheffknecht and Armin B. Wagner.
Engineer Alexander Chen converted the map of New York City’s subway lines into a musical instrument. The Google engineer made use of the magic of HTML5 on the map to create mta.me. Not only do lines of crossing trains “pluck” each other’s strings, you can pluck routes on the map to add a touch of your own music. The system is based on real-time train departures and arrivals, sped up and looped into a 24 hour simulation. It can be quite sweet to listen to, and a time killer if you’ve got nothing on your hands.
Designed by Vandermades Design Zoetermeer, these milk carton lamps obviously stay very true to your name. Named 1 and 2x half full, the lamps are made from laminated cardboard and wood, and make use of LED lamps.
Designer David Krawczyk designed this brilliant clock with a 19th century flavor. Showing time on voltmeter-like faces, the Edison Alarm clock’s alarm can be set by inserting miniature bulbs into the desired slots. The designer is aiming to bring the clock out of concept form into a limited production run.