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Gaming with style

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Designer: Gro Design

Often overlooked by product designers, casual non-digital bar games like darts, billiards and foosball, have always been good for intellect avoidance, drunken challenges and ice breaking awkward dates. Sadly, most of these games have seriously lacked aesthetic presence and look like they were designed by retired auto salesmen living in log cabins. “11 – the beautiful game” by GRO Design changes all the rules and tackled the most action packed pub player. Mimicking the grandeur of actual football stadiums around the globe, this polished and slick design takes the game of gaming to a whole new level.

Informations: www.grodesign.com  Product page: www.eleventhegame.com

Hang your chair

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Designer: Philippe Malouin

“Occasional furniture”. The name should be self explanatory, but it is somewhat incorrect in most cases. These pieces tend to lie around the house, stacked in a corner, or in an unused room. When space is an issue, as is the case for most European city dwellers, an object such as a folding chair will clutter up the precious available space.
The Hanger Chair is a folding chair based on one of the ultimate storage systems: the modest hanger. It allows us to store clothes in an orderly fashion. Most houses or flats are equipped with a wardrobe to receive the object.
By morphing the function of the hanger with that of the folding chair, a new hybrid is born: a Hanger Chair that has a function, even when not in use, to store our clothes in an orderly fashion.

More infos on www.philippemalouin.com

Moby « Last night »

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Club drugs and rock stars abide by the same rule: What goes up must come down. After hitting a massive high on 1999′s Play, Moby stopped making dance music, opting instead for the downtempo atmospherics of 2002′s 18 and the strummed guitars of 2005′s Hotel. So it’s exciting to hear this forty-two-year-old vegan blogger return to form. A concept album about an all-night bender, Last Night solidifies Moby’s link in the chain that binds DJ pioneers like Todd Terry to slinky futurists like Justice. From the space-age-Abba shimmer of « Ooh Yeah » to the itchy funk of the brilliant Nineties house throwback « Disco Lies, » Moby goes for groove over texture, relying on high-hats, piano and strings while wisely staying off the mike. The album is billed as a love letter to New York nightlife, but tracks like the dance-hop « I Love to Move in Here » (featuring Grandmaster Caz) feel more like an Irish wake for the era before the city’s megaclubs were shuttered. Appropriately, Last Night‘s only drawback is the harsh slowdown of the trancelike « Degenerates. » After so many body-rocking tunes, it’s like any sobering slap: a real downer.
(Caryn Ganz, Rolling Stone)

Peel an egg

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Designer: Jinhong Lin

“Lets Peel Eggs” initially starts as an unfinished product. Users need to complete the production by peeling off pieces of the shell. The polycarbonate bulb is covered with a layer of environmentally friendly, highly brittle plastic. The custom design comes from how you peel it. Done peeling? Then you’ve got custom lighting.

Lichtinfusion

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Designer: Christian Maas

For those of us not of the botanical persuasion and do not practice photosynthesis to get our nutrient fix, I present to you the “Lichtinfusion” Lamp from Christian Maas. This lamp design is a compelling and evocative visual double entendre, reminding us all that light is life and blocking out the sun is still a bad idea, no matter what George W. Bush thinks. Power cables are ingeniously disguised as rubber tubing found of intravenous units. One feature I was disappointed to not see included are a set of wheels commonly seen on actual intravenous units making it easy to move this light source down the halls while you expose your back side to the world. I can imagine really creeping out the neighbors by switching out the white light bulbs to red bulbs showcasing your blood lust or horror movie fanaticism.

Further details on: www.christian-maas.com

Batphones

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Designer: Matthias Ries

Look out Mickey Mouse, “Batphones” are about to take over where your pathetic plastic ears only look cute and cuddly. Designed to enhance any sound coming from in front of you, these plastic prosthetic ears slip on as easy as a hair band, not that I ever wore a head band. Why didn’t I just say; as easy as a pair of headphones? Anyway, moving on. Designed by Matthias Ries, these ear extensions are not meant to replace traditional in-ear hearing aides, they were more designed for people with only slight difficulty hearing. Made from one piece of injection molded plastic, the Batphones are a cheap and quick solution when you need the volume turned up just a notch at movies, plays or hunting moths at midnight. Watch for Batphone earrings coming to an elderly tattoo parlor near you.

Abracadabra bookmark

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Designer: Jung-Hyun Lee, Won-Sik Chae & Rhea Jeong

The ABRACADABRA bookmark aims to make finding where you left off and opening to that page easier. I didn’t know it was an issue but now I hate my ordinary paper bookmark. The ABRACADABRA contains an air-filled chamber, half of which is flattened by the weight of a book. Squeezing the exposed side inflates the concealed side lift the page just enough for your finger to slip in.

And just for fun and giggles, old ABRACADABRAS can be arranged on a paper pot. Yea, a paper tree, a paper pot, and graphics that look like something else.

USBee

In technical standpoint, USBee is far more advanced than the regular USB. Standard USB shape has been redesigned; now it has unusual form, with elegant and refined shape lines, which gives it a very chic look.

The revolution is made in neck part of the USBee, which is now completely flexible because of its shape and choice of material – silicon. It can move in every direction and it can’t break, as it usually happens. His electronic components are protected and are placed inside an aluminium box, which is covered by silicon, so it’s fully protected from spilling the coffee, or juice…and from some light impact or just dropping it on the floor by accident.

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Coffee would be lovely

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Designer: Sunman Kwon

North Americans are usually turned off by that last bit of wet, dark grinds found at the bottom of a cup of coffee. While most Europeans treat the last sip of coffee as an extra end treat of concentrated goodness. Designer Sunman Kwon has found a new reason to drink your coffee to the last drop. By incorporating a cleverly concealed symbolic message, your journey to the bottom of your cup becomes a journey into the universal language of love. Acting like a slow strip tease of affection, this message of love is only fully revealed after you have consumed your entire cup of caffeine, giving you new carnal ideas to channel your fresh burst of energy.

D/A Clock

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Design: Alvin Aronson RISD BFA 2008, Furniture Design.

title: D/A Clock
materials: Corian, steel, wood, electronics
dimensions: H 22” (55cm) x W 44” (110cm) x D 5” (12cm)

description:
This object plays on the common LED-display digital clock with physical segments that slowly fade in and out of a white surface. The D/A Clock introduces new characteristics to the digital mediation of time: a physical dimension and intermediate states – the time between 0 and 1.

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