September 2015

Estonian Forest Amplification

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These giant megaphones constructed in an Estonia forest provide students with cover to read, meditate, or converse, while simultaneously amplifying the sounds of the forest inside.

Full story at designboom.com

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Cheha’s Acrylic Lamp

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Studio Cheha reimagines everyday items in some pretty cool ways.  Not the least of which is their series of lamps that create optical illusions via acrylic etching.

Check out the full story at designboom.com

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BRET – Elegant Phone Cover

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Sleek, simple, and functional, the BRET case from designers Nicolas Schmitt and Arnaud Debs  employs a simple leather design to show off the classier side of your smart phone.

Full story at yankodesign.com

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Gekkopod – The Future of Device Stands

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Mobile device stands have come a long way in recent years, but Gekkopod is taking things to a whole new level.

Designed by photographer, Boaz, it’s a versatile little product that can be mounted just about anywhere.

Check out the full write up at yankodesign.com

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Lilla: Furniture for Small Spaces

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Designed to offer those living in small apartments with attractive and cleverly modular furniture solutions, Jessica Herrera’s Lilla series is also totally charming.

Check out the full story at core77.com

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Cheng-Tsung Feng Bamboo Design

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Ancient techniques and modern design come together in Cheng-Tsung Feng’s bamboo design work.

The young Taiwanese designer learned to use the material in traditional craftsmanship style and has since gone on to innovate and impress.

Full story at yankodesign.com

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3D Printed Bionic Hand

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Open Bionics’ robot hand has won this years James Dyson design award, by developing a 3D printed prosthetic hand that provides amputees with a replacement limb for a fraction of the usual price.

Whilst most controllable hand prosthetics cost roughly 20-40 thousand pounds, the 3d printed device is provided for 2,000 pounds, including a fitting session.

Full story at BBC.com

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Screwpop Minimalist Utility Knife

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This utility knife from Screwpop is about as basic as they come, but that’s what makes it so charming.

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This keyring utility knife uses a really simple latch mechanism that keeps things nice and tight, and that’s about it.

Check them out at Screwpop Tools, or the full story at Core77.com

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Worry Free Headphone Wire

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Headphone cables tangle.  That’s just what they do.  Two seconds in the pocket and they become an unspeakable mess of ungodly knots.

This folding cord by designers Zhang Qinfu, Nan Fang, Wang Zhanfu, Zhong Hai, stiffens the cable and adds folding joints that make it impossible to tangle.

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Tesla’s Robotic Snake Charge Arm

Self-driving cars are pretty cool, but if your fully automated machine needs you to plug it in to the wall when you get home, well, the shine’s off the apple isn’t it.

Tesla Motors is currently prototyping the arm shown in the video above, that will automatically charge your car when it parks in your garage.

Nifty.

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