A Watch that Connects Time and Space

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The 4th Dimension Watch was born from a fascination with contemporary architecture and design, as well as the progression of the MollaSpace brand’s product development (concrete accessories and writing tools). Time converges with space into our physical world through, what is known in Physics as, the 4th Dimension, which sparked the idea of binding time into this beautiful and solid timepiece.

The spiral staircase immediately stands out as a visual connecting point between 2 separate dimensions. With each stair turned at a 30° angle, you can align 12 steps together, each representing an hour, to form a complete Escher-like cycle. Serving as a break in between spaces, the stairs present an opportunity to pause between time and space. Rather than rush from place to place, the stairs serve as a subconscious reminder to stop and smell the roses in-between!

Designer: 22 Design Studio

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A TV Stand We Don’t Mind

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If you’re trying to be ultra-minimalist it’s best you simply go without a TV, but if you can’t live without then Xia Kai’s 55″ flat screen might be for you! The design features a stylishly thin chassis and edge-to-edge screen with just the right amount of slim border. It’s wall-mountable for a super clean look (especially if you can tuck those wires away) but even the stand option is aesthetically advanced with inward facing legs that appear as a continuation of the frame on either side rather than an abrupt base in the center. In 4 distinct color schemes, there’s an option for every interior motif.

Designer: Xia Kai

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A Trike for Urban Trekking

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From the same designer as the EQUAL EV comes an e-trike that looks nothing short of the EQUAL’s smaller cousin! Called Urbis, the trike is a compact, foldable electric-powered commuter vehicle designed for “last mile” personal transportation in urban areas. It’s small enough to travel in the bike lane and even easier to balance and navigate thanks to its built-in GPS system.

Designer: Vedran Martinek

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A toothbrush fit for a museum

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Designer Andy Kim channelled his inner Philippe Starck with the Epiqual toothbrush. The toothbrush comes with this incredibly soft, contoured body that merges beautifully into the toothbrush stand. So much so that the chrome variant of the Epiqual could be passed off as a high-end premium faucet!

The Epiqual deviates from the trend of making toothbrushes look unreasonably functional. The Toothbrush is all about the art of living better, not about the art of dentistry, says Kim. Doing away with the gimmicky style of current toothbrushes with their cross bristles and textures backs, the Epiqual boasts of simplicity that doesn’t compromise on functionality, and an aesthetic that makes it fit for the MoMA, rather than our bathroom!

Designer: Andy Kim

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A Twist of Light | Star Magazine

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Light may travel in a straight line, but the Spiral lamp collection doesn’t! This elegant series of sculptural luminaires is a literal twist on pendant and wall sconce style lighting. The artistic design is made possible with modern, flexible LED light strips wrapped in a warm wood veneer. Graceful, stylish and maybe even a little bit gaudy, they’re sure to make a big statement in any living space!

Designer: Andrii Kovalskyi

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A Touch of Light | Star Magazine

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These days, a lamp should do more than just shine! That’s the idea behind Oma. It offers limitless control of indoor lighting by allowing the user to create their own atmospheric presets. Its built-in fingerprint reader recognizes each individual user’s identity and automatically adjusts to their preferred lighting preferences.

However minimal in form, Oma is highly functional with touch sensors in unexpected places. You can adjust the color, intensity, and temperature of the light by simply sliding your finger on the base of the lamp to set the parameters of the chromatic circle, the saturation and temperature level. Save up to 10 combinations with just a touch of the fingerprint reader!

Designer: Guillaume Allemon

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A trippy skippy rope! | Star Magazine

Here’s another one of those products that borrows an idea from somewhere else and uses it beautifully to absolutely transform a user’s experience (the previous one was the Puzlook iPhone case). Taking inspiration from all those products that use LEDs and our persistence of vision to create visuals, like the pixelstick, or those USB LED fans that tell the time, the Smart Rope by Tangram displays skipping stats as you jump.

Working almost magically, the LEDs laid out inside the rope light up almost magically exactly at your eye level so without having to look around, you can see the number of skips flash before your eyes every time, with live increments. The 23 LEDs laid out inside the rope bend along with the rope because of the patent-pending flexible PCB on the inside. Aside from numbers, the LEDs also display battery status on powering up and shutting down. The rope’s handles come in mirror-finish silver and gold or in matte black and feature ball-bearings for easy rope rotation. If you want to push your work-out further, the Smart Gym app for your phone as well as smartwatch allow you to track and monitor workout times while even letting you set your own workout goals based on your BMI.

This sort of design innovation isn’t just a novelty, but is even a psychological booster as it motivates you to skip more (and skip regularly too) just so that you can see those LEDs light up, almost like magic!

Designer: Deokhee Jeong (Tangram Factory)

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A Touch Screen Coffee Machine

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Buttons are out, touch-screens are in… and that includes devices beyond your smartphone. As is made clear by the Basilio coffee maker, the touch-screen offers simplification and intuitive interaction like never before. Unlike other pod style coffee makers with a myriad of strange buttons and cryptic symbols, the top-mounted interface of Basilio is straightforward and clear. There are 3 selections for the size of cup and one for the temperature. Additionally, there is single digital time display. What more could you ask for?!

Designer: Daniel Filipe Fernandes Correia Basílio

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A Truly Smart Smartwatch | Star Magazine

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If you’re committed to wearing a smartwatch, you’re facing a few problems that wearers of classic timepieces aren’t… your watch will become outmode and you’re limited in terms of aesthetic expression! Doesn’t sound so smart after all! Unless, of course, you have Thinkable Studio’s endlessly upgradable OMNI Smartwatch.

OMNI is focused on individuality, ease of use and expandability. The modular design takes inspiration from analog watches so you no longer have to commit to only one design. A vast number of faces with varying styles, materials and finishes are available and even the straps can be customized with features like extended batteries, a physical dial for diving, or even health sensors for fitness tracking. When it comes time to upgrade the system, just switch out the core so you’re always on top of the tech!

Designer: Thinkable Studio

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A Total Twist on the Toaster

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The latest from designer Fraser Leid, the Conique toaster (designed for the ALESSI brand) envisions the toaster in a whole new way both functionally and aesthetically. The wild-looking design is the result of contained components that make for better, easier toasting. When the canopy cover is pressed, it slowly rises and recedes backwards as two glass ceramic toast slots elevate out of the toaster and present themselves at a 35 degree angle to the user. Once user inserts the bread and returns the canopy to a closed position, contact Semiconductors begin toasting the bread. The closed canopy allows the toast to stay warmer for longer after the process is finished. A heat sensor located in the rear of the enclosure detects the variance of temperature inside the toaster and engages the extractor fan if the exterior becomes unhandlable.Unlike those other big, boxy toasters, it’s got a 1930s space-age retro look that you won’t mind being on display on your kitchen counter.

The areas that the designer highlighted and attempted to improve upon were as follows:

– An angled slot elevation, rather than a vertical configuration allowing the toast to be accessed easier by the user.
– Remove exposed toast slots to produce a better aesthetic and to limit foreign objects from falling inside.
– Introduce a more energy efficient heating element, substituting convectional current for a viable sollution.
– Remove the electromagnet bread carriage mechanism and replace with a gradual system and doesn’t pop up harshly.

Designer: Fraser Leid

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