A folding hairdryer that’s as simple and elegant as it gets

Over the years we’ve seen so many flat-pack, compact hairdryers that they probably deserve a category of their own.

The beauty of compact hairdryers is because there are multiple ways of achieving the same goal. Some hairdryers come with folding handles, some with rotating handles, some with handles that detach, it’s just a playground for design details really. Take for instance Offject’s Apollo 11 hairdryer concept, which features a handle detail that allows the hairdryer’s vertical vent to dock right into it, creating a form that’s clean and singular when closed.

Created conceptually with the company Braun in mind, the hairdryer sticks to Braun’s signature simplistic stylings, with straight lines and perfect geometric details, everywhere from the form itself, to the details like the vent. My only hangup is the fact that when folded, the hairdryer doesn’t stand vertically, given the way the wire exits the handle, which would, personally speaking, connect it to its name Apollo 11 much more!

Designer: Offject

Braun inspired hub/SSD that channels your designer self

Braun is the name behind some of the most iconic designs created over the last century, and because of this, the famous products are still being used as a source of inspiration to this day. This is certainly the case for this neat concept, which takes cues from Braun’s instantly recognizable design language, and incorporates them into a product of today… the infamous dongle.

The Braun MP01 concept addresses the issue of the diminishing number of connection ports that are found on new laptops; the dongle brings all of these missing ports into one compact device, and with a design style like this one, it’s not something you’ll complain about. The device features an asymmetrical design where an angular edge gently flows into a soft curve. Unnecessary detailing isn’t present on the device, instead it carries a clean aesthetic with minimal interruptions in the casing. The large glass cover not only looks the part, but also hints at MP01’s secondary feature… an external SSD. Could this be the perfect computer accessory?!

Designer: Ja Heon Lee

Good product design makes good typography!

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No company’s design language has been so lauded, so scrutinized, so institutionalized as Braun’s. Braun’s products have arguably inspired generation after generation of product designers and the 10 Principles of Good Design associated with their products has almost achieved Hippocratic-Oath-status with a large number of product designers.

Designer Gao Yang decided to pay homage to Braun’s legacy in the form of type! Taking real products from Braun’s vast catalog, Gao made small alterations to them (you can see which products he took by zooming into the close-up renders), maintaining their Braun-ness but turning products into characters… which works pretty well because Braun’s products do have character.

Honest, effective, functional, timeless, no-nonsense products and design details get turned into beautiful letters, and the resulting typeface is nothing less than an amazing map of Braun’s journey over the years as almost a design movement in their own right! BRB, looking for high-resolution prints…

Designer: Particle (Gao Yang)

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The best electric razor

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More than an air conditioner

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Air conditioners do the obvious. Cool the room. Dehumidifiers do much more. When you remove humidity, you pretty much kill bacteria, purify the air, make it more tolerable to be in the room, and also take care of malodorous elements in the air or the room.

Braun’s A-Fresh dehumidifier concept may look simple on the outside, but it’s capable of doing all these things. Shaped almost like a massive home button, the dehumidifier aims at making your home feel just right. The designer’s intent was to make a dehumidifier that looked less like an ugly contraption, and more like a sculptural piece of art that would look beautiful and make your home feel beautiful. Job well done, I say!

Designer: Chang ho Lee

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More than an air conditioner

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Air conditioners do the obvious. Cool the room. Dehumidifiers do much more. When you remove humidity, you pretty much kill bacteria, purify the air, make it more tolerable to be in the room, and also take care of malodorous elements in the air or the room.

Braun’s A-Fresh dehumidifier concept may look simple on the outside, but it’s capable of doing all these things. Shaped almost like a massive home button, the dehumidifier aims at making your home feel just right. The designer’s intent was to make a dehumidifier that looked less like an ugly contraption, and more like a sculptural piece of art that would look beautiful and make your home feel beautiful. Job well done, I say!

Designer: Chang ho Lee

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A Fan of Good Design!

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PDF Haus are back once again with their design hybrids. This time it’s Braun and its take on a standing fan. What if Braun made a standing fan, sounds like quite a plausible question, to be honest. Nevertheless, channeling Braun’s design style in a way is trying to attain Design Nirvana I believe, so the Standing Fan concept by DongOh Hwang and PDF Haus does achieve something truly unique.

The fan’s no-nonsense yet aesthetic styling shows how closely Dieter Rams’ ten principles have been listened to and followed. And the fact that I draw similarities between this fan, and Apple’s styling (because we all know of the Braun/Apple relationship, right?), just goes to prove what a great job PDF Haus has done!

Designers: Dong Oh Hwang & PDF Haus.

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The best electric shaver

By Dan Koeppel This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.After more than eight months of testing with a dozen different men and a dozen different shavers, we fou...