The Prylobite’s unusual form is a result of its combined functions

At first glance, you’d ask yourself why the Prylobite looks the way it does. It features a full-tang blade that swivels into the handle in such a way that the opposite end of the blade sticks out when shut. You’re bound to question its appearance, but that feeling lasts only a minute. When you begin using the Prylobite, you appreciate and acknowledge its appearance and the functionality it brings to the table, or in this case, your fingertips. You see, the Prylobite is a knife, but it isn’t just a knife. It’s also a flathead screwdriver, a bottle opener, a wrench, and a prybar.

With a highly tactile and sturdy, G10 fiberglass handle on the outside, and a stone-washed S35VN Steel blade on the inside, the Prylobite has a certain simplicity and elegance to it. It doesn’t feature any locking or unlocking mechanisms, relying on good-old friction tension to open and close the blade. The full-tang design prevents an open blade from closing, because your thumb applies pressure along the handle spine.

The Prylobite’s most noteworthy visual element is its blade. Designed with a pivot at the center, the blade’s always sticking out of the handle, when open or closed. Open it up, and you’ve got a nice, sharp, curved sheepsfoot blade that’s ideal for slicing, dicing, and cutting. Fold the blade inward and extension on the opposite end sticks out. This extension holds three other tools that make the Prylobite indispensable. A flat-head screwdriver/prybar at the tip allows you to tighten screws and open tightly-shut paint jars. Just behind the prybar is also a 1/4″ wrench, allowing you to tighten or loosen quarter-inch nuts and bolts. On one end of the wrench lies the Prylobite’s bottle opener, allowing you to crack open a beverage when you’re done prying off lids and tightening nuts and bolts. The other end of the wrench features a running slit that allows you to clip the knife to your pocket like a fountain pen.

The Prylobite’s just compact enough to fit on your keychain (each Prylobite comes with a S-biner carabiner), or even be independently clipped to your jeans pocket. Fitting all the right tools you’d need in your day-to-day life, the Prylobite encapsulates exactly what urban EDC should be. Useful, portable, and most importantly, eye-catchingly unique!

Designer: Michael Dickson of Pangea Designs

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YD JOB ALERT: Philippe Starck is looking to recruit a Junior Interior Architect

It isn’t everyday that one gets the opportunity to meet Philippe Starck, let alone work with him! The Parisian all-round designer is probably one of the best known names in the industry. Having formed his studio ‘Starck’ in 1970, Philippe worked on a massive variety of projects spanning categories like architecture, furniture design, consumer goods, luxury goods, packaging, and even dabbling with occasional transportation design projects. Philippe has also been lauded for factoring in his philosophy of Democratic Design into his work. Starck has been extremely vocal of his avoidance of unethical projects such as arms, alcohol, tobacco, oil and religion. He has also always implements ethical and ecological aspects into all of his creations but he also loves to inject fun into his designs and the combination of these three elements are always poetic, rebellious and definitely beautiful. His studio, Starck Network Agency, is looking to hire a Junior Interior Architect who shares these views along with a passion for design and learning.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The STARCK agency develops projects in France, the Middle East, the USA and Brazil. In the continuity of our development, we are looking for a Junior Interior Designer Hotel Restaurant H / F.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• In collaboration with a senior project manager who will manage and supervise you
• You will be involved in global hotel projects
• You will be in charge of global design projects including hotels and restaurants in France and abroad (Sketches, APS, APD, DCE) as well as the application of architectural and development concepts, in liaison with the architect and external service providers, in terms of coordination / quality and compliance with Starck specifications

REQUIREMENTS

Training school of interior architecture (Ecole bleue, ENSAAMA, Ecole Boulle, Camondo ou Ensad,…) or a similar architecture school. You have at least 2 years of experience on similar functions, imperatively in a hotel and restaurant universe. You have a successful experience in space and furniture design.

You are fluent in English (necessary).

You have a real affinity with the hospitality environment, an excellent graphic expression and you master the software such as Autocad LT, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup and the Office Pack. Relational and organizational skills, responsiveness, proven creative sense and good management of priorities are essential to succeed in the job.

As part of your missions, travel will be expected.

HOW TO APPLY

Send CV and Portfolio in PDF format by email only (maximum 3MB) to adeline@starcknetwork.eu

LOCATION

Paris, France.

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The simplest vision-testing device ever made

Designed to combat the lack of proper tools and expertise when it comes to measuring eye power in low-resource areas, the Folding Foropter is a pretty nifty, low-cost paper device that helps anyone measure their eye power without needing an expensive setup or expert assistance. The Folding Foropter uses two paper tubes and lenses to replicate the complex eye tests done by optometrists, but simplifies it to a great degree, helping bring the gift of corrective vision to the billions who require it but don’t have access to the resources.

Developed by the LVPEI Center of Innovation in India, the Foropter is simple to make and even simpler to use. A sliding telescopic layout allows two lenses to slide towards or away from each other, while you, the user try to find the lens position at which your vision is the clearest. A gauge on the side tells you what your eye power is with an accuracy of ±1 dioptre.

The Folding Foropter’s easy to ship (it flat-packs), easy to assemble and easy to use design helps bring corrective vision to the 2.3 billion people who need it. Plus, with its colorful design, it helps gamify a process that feels slightly daunting with heavy eyegear and hard-to-read charts too!

Designer: Ashish Jain (LVPEI Center for Innovation)

The Median Ambulance cuts through highway traffic by riding on the road divider

How does an ambulance reach a victim in a road/highway accident when there are more than a dozen cars stuck in a traffic jam between the ambulance and the site of the accident? Up until now the only solution was to drive in the opposite lane, weaving through oncoming traffic to get to the victim. A band of Korean designers created the Median AMB, a special ambulance that can directly reach the point of the accident without getting affected by the traffic congestion created by the accident. The Median AMB sits on the road divider/median and drives up and down the highway almost like a monorail. It features sliding doors on both sides, seating for a driver and an assistant, and an area for a stretcher that holds the victim. The Median AMB drives down the dividers, right to the victim’s location, picks them up and brings them to a proper ambulance that can take the victim to the nearest hospital.

The Median AMB is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2018.

Designers: Hong Seonghwan, Lee Hyungtaek, Lee Taekkyung & Song Yoojin

I could totally go for this sturdy, collapsible paper bed

Just a mere 100mm thick when folded, the Extendable Flatpack Paper Bed is quite incredible for a few reasons. Made entirely from paper, the bed uses an accordion-style folding mechanism to allow the bed to extend and collapse when needed. The paper’s vertical layout gives it incredible strength, allowing it to easily take the weight of two people (up to 300 kilos, or 661 lbs) sleeping or sitting on it (the mattress helps distribute the pressure too). The bed’s foldable nature may give it the advantage of portability, but its foldable mattress allows it to also turn into a sofa and an ottoman stool when you need. Just fold the base and mattress along and you’ve got yourself a simple, sturdy seating device, with or without a backrest!

The bed’s corrugated cardboard construction allows it to be eco-friendly (paper’s quite recyclable, no?) as well as light. Weighing in at just a mere 14.5 kilograms (32 lbs), the Extendable Flatpack Paper Bed is probably the lightest bed (or even sofa) for its category. And it can literally slide behind your cupboard when not in use.

Designer: Pro Idee

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The GameBoy lost some weight and got curvy (displays)

In the interest of nostalgia and Nintendo’s obsession with it, here’s the Nintendo Flex, a fan-made GameBoy update that gives the age old classic handheld gaming device a time-appropriate revamp. The Nintendo Flex is to the Gameboy what Daniel Craig is to Sean Connery. Same James Bond, but modern. (Sames Bond?)

The Flex comes with a few very welcome updates. Bigger screen on a device that’s the same handy size (albeit thinner). The screen’s also mildly curved, giving you a slightly panoramic experience and adding just a tiny couple of more display inches into the same framework. The Flex retains the same keys and controls, but gives them a makeover too, opting for flushed surfaces rather than the original GameBoy’s chunky keys that stood out from the surface. There’s even a contrast slider on the side of the Flex.

The Flex’s biggest overhaul, however, is the change in Nintendo’s cartridge system. Flex ditches the large squarish cartridges for something much sleeker and thinner, looking almost like a stylus. The stylus-sized cartridge slides conveniently into a slot in the Flex’s base, locking in place and becoming impossible to remove while in the middle of gameplay. You’ll be happy to know that the Flex also packs a Type-C charging slot and a (hallelujah!) 3.5mm audio jack, just like old times. And it also comes in the same classic old-world white color! (P.S. Brownie points to the designer for also designing a curved packaging box for the curved device!)

Designer: YJ Yoon

Twelve South made this discreet looking picture frame that also charges your phone

Turning a pleasant, memorable piece of home-decor into a useful product seems to be this year’s general consensus. Twelve South’s PowerPic is, outwardly, a photo frame, but it also happens to hide a wireless charger within it. The PowerPic sits on side tables, mantelpieces, workdesks, or coffee tables, and can hold any 5×7 photo of your choice within it. When not in use, the PowerPic is just another photo frame with a picture of your dog, parents, kids, siblings, or favorite artpiece. However, place your wireless-charging-compatible phone into the PowerPic’s thick-lipped frame and your phone instantly begins charging. Twelve South even went the distance by programming your phone’s screen to stay awake and display your wallpaper while charging, so your photo frame doesn’t get covered by a blank, black smartphone. The frame even uses authentic black or white New Zealand pine to look absolutely dapper, and conceals all unnecessary wires and cables into the photo frame’s footstand at the back. The things people think of these days!

Designer: Twelve South

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You don’t need a licence to drive the Citroën Ami One

Citroën seems to have it the nail on the head by calling its Ami One a ‘disruptive all-electric object’, and not a car. Barely 2.5 meters long, the Ami One stems from an idea that traveling is an activity, and a car should only be as permanent as the need of that activity. The video above makes a pretty bold claim by saying that YOU choose how long you want (to rent) your car. Five minutes, five hours, five days…months , or even five years. This sounds like a gimmick, but think about the fact that there are people who book taxis and ubers or take public transport, versus people who own cars. While one demographic focuses on the trip, the other focuses on ownership. The ability to own/rent the Ami One based on your needs or your belief system easily appeals to everyone.

The Ami One positions itself as a need-based vehicle that can cater to both car-owners as well as people who would otherwise opt for public transport. If that wide approach wasn’t enough, Citroën claims that (according to European legislation) the Ami One can be driven without a licence by people as young as 16 year olds, opening the Ami One to youngsters as well as foreigners or people without licenses. With a maximum speed of 28mph (it isn’t built for speed), the Citroën is a four-wheel equivalent of riding an electric bicycle, making it relatively safer than your regular four-wheeled speed demon, while also justifying the fact that it can be driven without a license. The car’s rental system ties itself to your smartphone. Scan a barcode and the car is yours. In fact the phone even extends to become your car’s dashboard, with a dedicated slot to place it in. The Ami One even packs a wireless charging surface for your smartphone for good measure.

The Ami One comes with an incredibly compact design (ideal for two passengers) and a zero-emission, zero-sound electric drive. With an aesthetic that’s edgy yet friendly, futuristic yet realistic, the Ami One is an unabashed people-pleaser. Citroën imagines a future where cities will be abuzz with these small, safe, and useful-to-all NEVs, and is all set to debut the car… ahem… disruptive all-electric object at the Geneva Motor Show next month!

Designer: Citroën

A lifesaver that purifies and distills seawater for you

Conceptually one of the most clever things I’ve seen in a while, this is the Purifier Lifesaver, a lifesaving tube that can also purify seawater to make it drinkable.

The first rule of being stranded at sea is to never consume seawater. Given seawater’s high saline content, your kidneys actually end up dehyrating your body in an effort to get rid of the salt you consume, so having freshwater is perhaps the biggest key to surviving out in the sea. The Purifier Lifesaver actually builds a purification mechanism into the buoyancy device, allowing you to fill the tube with seawater (only to a certain degree, because you still want to float), while a straw lets you sip the seawater that gets pulled through a purification unit as you suck on the straw. Keeping you from dying of thirst/dehydration, the Purifier Lifesaver can help be the difference between surviving an ocean calamity and succumbing to it.

The Purifier Lifesaver is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2018.

Designers: He Yue, Wang Dading & Yuan Huaiyu.

Samsung’s flexible mobile ‘unfolds’ a new future for smartphone design

The pun was just begging to happen. Unfolding the future. Ha! But wordplay aside, look at this gorgeous beauty that Samsung calls the Galaxy Fold. Launched barely an hour ago, this is the future of smartphone design, as dictated by the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world. It doesn’t just have a flexible screen, it has TWO screens, a beautiful colored metallic back with a lovely spine of a complementing/contrasting color, and six cameras… Three on the outer back panel, one on the outer front panel, and two on the inside laid out in an asymmetric notch on the top right corner of the screen.

The phone sports two gorgeous displays no doubt, given that Samsung is the pioneer in display technology. You’ve got a slick 4.58-inch, 1960×840 OLED panel on the outside, serving as a traditional display when the phone is closed, and a gorgeous 7.3-inch, 2152×1536 resolution display on the inside, giving the phone an iPad Mini feel.However, since the phone folds in half, you’ve essentially got a phablet that you can easily slide into your pocket and carry around with you. The phone lacks a fingerprint sensor, but packs USB-C charging and comes in both LTE and 5G variants across a variety of colors that just accentuate the phone’s beautiful butterfly design.

This right here is the breath of fresh air we’ve been waiting for. With phones trying really hard to be different but not getting anywhere by sticking to the decade-plus-old candybar format, the market has been pining for something bold and beautiful… and the Galaxy Fold might just be it. The phone should be available by the end of April this year according to Samsung, and even though it sports a hefty price tag of $1980, it’s just natural, given that flexible screens haven’t become democratized or cheap yet. However, this is surely a milestone moment for smartphones. Great job, Samsung… You’ve piqued everyone’s interest! And that too on the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy smartphone!

Designer: Samsung