Going by the idea that IKEA is good, Superfront just intends to make it better. The Swedish company creates handles, cabinet fronts, and legs made especially for the little bit of customization that you might think of adding to IKEA products like Bestå sideboards, Pax wardrobes and probably some kitchen cabinets as well.
Japanese designer Takashi Kobayashi is a self-taught master of tree house architecture. So far, he has created more than 120 treehouses throughout Japan, with the desire for the “creation of a new architectural tradition” and an idea to blur the boundaries between man and nature. A lot of help comes through his collective called Treehouse People. Since 1993, the designer and the collective have worked to create tree houses out of reclaimed wood, with the motive of construction being to avoid any stunting in the natural growth of the tree.
Kitschy Qwerty keyboard sofa from Zo Loft has a very faithful keyboard look and a big space bar to rest your ass on. Keys on the geeky sofa bed have micro electric motors controlled by a remote control so each of them can be individually adjusted to the needs of the user. We’d prefer they included a USB cable and actual keyboard capabilities as well. Now that would have been fun.
In Vietnam, Louis Berger Group designed a bridge over the Han River, in the shape of the dragon. We’re assuming somewhere during the designing, someone said something like “How wicked it would be if the dragon bridge really did breathe fire,” and the idea apparently stuck. The steel bridge is the longest of its type in the world and is lit with 2500 LED lights to give the appearance of a dragon. To top it all, it breathes fire. Though it does reserve that privilege for special occasions and festivals.
Now that’s a shiny treat we’d be happy to take a bite of. We’d rather eat gummy bears rather than hang them, but we wouldn’t quite mind them on a chandelier either. Artist Kevin Champeny created this Gummy Bear chandelier that goes 31-inches in diameter and includes 5000 gummy bears diffusing the sweet, colorful light in all directions. This one sells for $6500. There’s a smaller version as well, with 3000 Gummy Bears for $2400.
Hotello is the concept of a kind we don’t often get to see. The premise is an entire hotel room inside a trunk, which probably makes it some sort of luxurious and less useful camping equipment. Created by architect Antonio Scarponi and artist Robert de Luca for Swiss design group Das Konzept, the setup is basically a red trunk on wheels.
The concept for this Audi bike comes on the heels of the automaker’s acquisition of Ducati. French designer Thibault Devauze who has been an intern at both Audi and Ducati, decided to take the idea for a spin in this independent design. The concept gets a taste of its inspiration from DKW motorcycles that were manufactured by automaker DKW who later merged into Audi to form the Auto Union.
Coming straight from the world of ludicrous gadgets, the Bra Dryer as its name suggests, is a device made especially to dry bras. Seeing that bras get molested by clothes dryers, designer Alexander Farennikov gave them a savior in the shape of this dryer.
A new concept for a TokyoFlash watch, the Rorschach 2 concept looks at an e-paper watch that would tell time in the puzzle-style of TokyoFlash and somehow manage to do that in the randomness of a Rorschach test. The symmetrical ink-blot display hides the hours on the upper right side of the watch, while the minutes are displayed on the lower left. Overall, a very fascinating effect.
Designer Vincent Sall decided the world needed a camera to fit between the gap left between a full fledged DSLR and the smartphone camera, which we assume also includes point and shoot cameras. Anyways, the designer cooked up this ultra compact shooter that boasts of being a lovechild of the DSLR and a smartphone camera.