It is not everyday that we come across beds inspired by those tiny bumper cars. Of course, there is nothing ‘tiny’ about the Bumper Bed itself, with its substantial width of 2530 mm (or 8.3 ft). However, beyond sheer size, it is the playful style of the conception that really tickles our fancy. Conceived by London based industrial designer Marc Newson (created for Domeau & Pérès), the bed’s design language is a sort of an amalgamation of different avenues, ranging from the mirthful essence of the aforementioned bumper cars to the more evolved nature of minimalism. All of these are complemented by dollops of comfort that is quite plain from the ample depth of the Bumper Bed (without any leg support), which stands at 450 mm (or almost 1.5 ft).
If you are thinking to create a dreamy atmosphere in your kid’s bedroom, then these cute Wonderlamps will definitely do the thing. The Wonderlamps from Nap Atelier is specially designed to decorate a kid’s room keeping in mind the elegance and creativity of a child. These lamps are part of a collection of products that includes furniture items and other decorative items related to a child’s world and a dream theme.
Months ago, we talked about Panasonic’s Android controlled cooking devices. And now it seems, Philips has taken a leaf from their book to unveil another ‘smart’ cooking design, this time in the form of a prototype. Christened as the HomeCooker neXt (showcased at IFA 2013), the appliance’s main functional aim is to – ‘cook tastier meals with less effort’. This is achieved through various advanced means like an integrated AutoStir technology that maintains an automated stirring action for bringing out richer flavors. The HomeCooker neXt also has the ability to ‘roast, steam or saute’, thus serving as a multi-purpose cooking contraption for contemporary kitchens.
Our last post dealt with Davide Vercelli’s Aggregates space. And, now we have come across another conception from the Cersaie 2013 exhibition with the same designer’s pedigree. We are talking about the classy Igiemme 2.0, an evolved version of the namesake Igiemme, a stylish stone sink originally designed by Vercelli. This new version is created by design studio Purapietra, with more streamlined design considerations. These modifications include a manageable cut-down size (for moderate spaced bathrooms) and an unobtrusive weight, albeit complemented by a similar aesthetic scope.
The 2013 edition of Cersaie held in Bologna ceremoniously concluded with a host of designs successfully showcasing their elegant ceramic credentials. Among these star studded appearances, designer Davide Vercelli’s ‘Aggregates’ stands out as a special space with its unique replication of nature. Wholly dedicated to the scope of hospitality, the space was envisaged as a multi-faceted environment that actually reconstructs different types of natural eco systems. In other words, the design aim of 130 sq m Aggregates hospitality space is to combine a variety of ambiances that would not only refresh our body and souls, but also have an positive emotional impact upon our senses.
After spending your lone time in a nearby park, you often would have wished that the same calm and soothing environment could follow you throughout the city wherever you would go. Now this wish of many has turned to reality with the Parkcycle Swarm, which is a modular pop up system of human powered mobile gardens. Each of these green vehicle can create a small green spot in urban spaces like a parking spot, while many of these can be united to form a big park.
The very nature of time is intangible in the sense that it can’t be controlled. Yet, over the years, clocks and other mechanisms have been invented to understand the scope of time and measure it according to ‘human’ standards. In fact, our modern day living is controlled by the fourth dimension – ‘time is money’, ‘timetables for work’, ‘estimated time for a project’ and so on. But hours, minutes and seconds are mere instruments that help us to gauge the flow of time, not define it. Designers Sean Yu and Yiting Chen have taken this irony of modern times to sculptural heights with their 4th Dimension Desk Clock.
Optical illusion, art and a general sense of classiness – all make their appearance in the above pictured Steel Suspended Staircase by Diapo. Inspired by an original art-piece at the Tate Modern Gallery designed by Do Ho Suh, this installation according to the creators serves as a sculptural item and a functional staircase. And, it seriously tickles our fancy with its vibrantly red color scheme which is aesthetically complemented with a see-through gauzy balustrade and a thin profile of deftly arranged continuous steps. The superimposition of all these features creates a remarkable ambit that is not only visually enticing but is also compelling enough to give a twist to the presumed ‘laws of physics’.
We have harped about lamps made from recycled plastic; and we have even reiterated about lamps conceived out of retired wine barrels. However, we daresay this is the first time we have come across lamp conceptions crafted from bantam washing machine drums. Created by Willem Heeffer (the same man who brought us classy chandeliers from upcycled tin cans), these Drum Lamps according to the designer are locally sourced and recycled. As for their design language, the conceptions are based upon the notion of total re-invention, thus exhibiting cool designs that intentionally traverse their past functions.