Most of us don’t just live in one place our entire lives. Furthermore, most of us enjoy mixing up the look of our interior once in a while. Created with these two ideas in mind, the Transforming X Table 2.0 is designed to adapt to your needs on a whim.
Simplistic yet multi-functional, the design consists of a metal X-shaped base that can be adjusted to three different height settings: coffee table, dinner table, and desk. The top surface is also made to fold so that two sizes are available to accommodate different uses. With a number of different top finishes ranging from lacquer to wood, it can also be customized to the users liking.
Located on one of the islands in the historic downtown area of Wrocław, this public sculpture by Oskar Zieta reflects the shape of the island on which it rests and serves as a nod to the nearby architecture of Ostrów Tumski. Dubbed NAWA, the design consists of individual arches made from sheet metal welded at the edges and then inflated to create the 3D form seen here. Its rippled surface is also made to resemble the surrounding waterscape for which the area is known.
If you’re wondering why there doesn’t seem to be any room for you in this far-out automotive concept, that’s because… there isn’t. Dubbed the Roborace Challenge Kyoto, the design has been imagined for autonomous racing. Essentially, it’s a giant battery on wheels with a low-slung profile and slick exterior shell. No doubt fun to watch on the raceway. The only downside? None of us are invited on board!
This thoughtful outdoor installation by Zoltan B. Kecskemeti — dubbed PastWindow — encourages viewers to reflect on the history of the area they’re in. The system consists of a UHD monitor and camera system set up on public common grounds. The camera system constantly records every action taking place on the opposite side of the screen. The screen then plays back what was taking place precisely 6 months ago to the second. Same scenery, different time of year! Viewers can enjoy an all-new perspective as they watch the changing seasons, sunrise/sunset times, and more.
Fire extinguishers: you can’t live with ’em, you can’t live without ’em. What I mean is, nothing will kill the aesthetic vibe of a space quicker than a bright red extinguisher. Of course, that space won’t exist if it’s overtaken by fire… so what to do? This concept by Alessandro Zaghi is designed to look better and operate more intuitively than your average red can.
Mounted on any wall or surface, the minimalistic unit’s surface is a giant push-to-release button. It’s also attached to the base magnetically, making it easy to remove. The design differs from traditional units in that it can be worn like a satchel or bag, freeing the hands to carry other objects and operate the spray nozzle. Once removed, instructions are revealed in a detailed yet simple graphic. Simply throw it over the shoulder and press the button to spray.
PDF Haus begs the question. Remember the sliding phones of the early 2000s?! Well, it was only a matter of time until smartwatches went in that direction. Inspired by Motorola’s iconic Z8M phone, this smartwatch by the same name explores the enhanced functionality of having dual screens.
With one flick, the screen doubles with the easy-to-use sliding feature. This bump in real estate makes it easier to use apps like navigation and messaging. As an added bonus, the innovative smartwatch finally introduces a camera to the device, making it the most adventure-ready wearable out there.
Designer Clara del Portillo’s Aura lighting concept is an exploration in using the versatile Kriskadecor chainmail-like material. On or off, the lamps chain ‘tubes’ create an interesting and sculptural statement sure to be the centerpiece of any room. Switched on, however, the chain links are brought to life through shimmering light, reflection, and shadows.
This ultramodern mask is actually a noninvasive neurointerface device designed to read brain activity signals. Current BCI neuroheadsets already exist and, even though they are limited in capability, they shed light on the way in which we might be able to control our surroundings in the future. The design is equipped with the same technology but includes the addition of facial mimicking interface that reads the users expression to determine their wants and needs. Together, the system could theoretically be used to control things in smart homes, interpret dreams, facilitate hands-free/nonverbal communication, and more.
Designers: Nikita Replyanski, Maria Replyanski, Yaroshuk Danil
In addition to having a unique riding stance, cafe racer-style motorcycles are known for having a distinct chopped or stripped aesthetic that was popularized by rebellious Brit kids zipping around from cafe to cafe. Staying true to its roots — but with a modern twist — this design, dubbed the Honda Neo Fighter, by Arik Schwarz imagines the cafe racer of the distant future as being melded together from spare robot parts!
The wild looking result retains the low-handlebar look and short seat cowl admirers have come to appreciate, but adds in a laundry list of ultramodern innovations such as a solar tank, aluminum/helium frame, and adaptive brakes. Aesthetically, it looks just as mean (and certainly just as uncomfortable!) as you’d expect from a cafe racer.
Does your company’s conference room need a little inspiration? This far-out office furniture is designed to sex up your workspace. It’s entirely 3D-printed which results in smooth transitions and curves throughout. With its three-dimensional voronoi pattern, it sports an organic, liquid-like shape that’s sure to be a conversation starter and something to get your team’s wheels turning.