Messy Eaters get a Seat at the Table too

The words ‘pop-up’ and ‘booster’ have never been used in the same sentence before. Until now. The pop-up booster for Bombol is the first fold and store away booster seat for toddlers.

Babies are ALWAYS moving around; they can never sit still. One can only begin to imagine the strenuous safety standards a booster seat must have to meet when in use, and the pop-up met them all. Its ready for use whenever and wherever it’s needed. It is the most portable booster seat on the market and it’s suitable for almost all chair designs.

The pop-up is comprised of an origami structure which is incredibly strong and safe. How strong? The pop-up met both the international safety standard for boosters and even the standard for adult furniture, which meant pounding it with a 75kg weight over 20,000 times – and it still didn’t break!

The worst part about booster seats is the cleaning. However, with the pop-up, a quick wipe and the booster seat is good to go. The booster is covered with a non-toxic, stain and odor-proof finish. On top of this, the shoulder straps are designed to be removable, making the cleaning process a lot easier. Not only this, the straps have an element of elasticity in them to self-adjust to the child’s movement and size.

And the icing on the cake – the pop-up booster comes with a seat cover to prevent those never-idle shoes from dirtying or damaging the seat material. Pop-up booster appears to tick all the boxes, it’s a shame it doesn’t help kids to eat their greens!

Designer: Frederic Gooris for Bombol

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The Power of Rhythm

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Studying rhythm is beneficial to us in a variety of ways which we don’t even notice. It creates more neuron connections, improves our moods, and trains our brains unknowingly. The R/M AI System is a different type of wearable tech that aims to train your body and mind to stay in rhythm for a variety of applications.

The design consist of a headband and wristband equipped with highly sensitive movement sensors that work in tandem with your smartphone app. They work in tandem to send tactile, audio, and light feedback to the wearer in order to stay in rhythm. Let’s say you’ve been traveling and are experiencing jet lag. The system can help you get back into routine by keeping light on your eyes and coaching you to stay awake or keep moving until it’s the right time to doze off in order to reset your sleep cycle. If you’re a professional swimmer, you might wear just the wristband so it alerts you when you’re falling behind pace. The same can be used for a musician who struggles with natural rhythm sensing. The possibilities are endless!

Designer: Theming Zhou

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Eastern Western Cutlery!

A great product experience is usually a result of two things. A great concept, and great execution. That’s what Lekue’s Twin One cutlery set is. The very idea that two pieces of cutlery can naturally lock into one another and become a third entirely different piece of cutlery is an ambitious one, but Lekue executes it brilliantly, creating a winner set of eating instruments.

Designed for two different cuisines, the Twin One can be used individually as a fork and knife. The plastic construction makes it easy to carry and maintain while being able to work its way through any food, including meat. However, when you make the switch from occidental to oriental cuisine, the fork and knife interlock, becoming a pair of chopsticks that have their own spring mechanism, making it easier for the chopstick novice to use. The chopsticks can be gripped and operated like a pair of mini-tongs. The fork and knife interlock and snap together, so that they don’t fall apart. The choice of polymer and a clever bit of detailing+engineering on the knife allow the chopsticks to have a spring action that lets you stay true to the cuisine by eating its food the desired (traditional) way and not using a spoon… or worse, your hands!

Designer: Lekue

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A tea brewer from the mountains

The mark of a good cup of tea is in its color. The correct hue is indicative of a well-timed brew, achieved by steeping the water and tea leaves for a precise amount of time. Under-brew it and you have a weak cup of tea (which no one likes), over-brew it and the leaves start releasing tannins, making your tea darker and imparting a bitter taste to it.

The Trickle is a completely analog tea dripper. By virtue of its design, Trickle times your brew, allowing your tea to steep for exactly the correct amount of time. Based on the type of tea leaves used, and the quantity, the Trickle can be set to calibrate your brew by the minute, allowing fresh, precisely brewed tea to drip into your cup. The base of the Trickle has three different sized holes. The larger the hole, the faster the steeping time. When you place the tea leaf-separator plate in, it blocks any two given holes, allowing the third free hole to be used for the dripping process. Just place the leaves in one compartment and pour hot water into the other and the Trickle does its magic, allowing the water and leaves to intermingle while only the freshly brewed and strained liquid comes gently pouring out.

As marvelous as the Trickle is, its manufacturing is even more fascinating. Designed as a quality product made by indigenous craftsmen, the Trickle was created to give employment to the Chundharey craft community, native to Sikkim, India. Each piece is made from locally sourced and naturally treated ‘dhar’ wood, which is turned on lathe machines that are powered by force generated by mountain river water. Handcrafted to precise calibration, it demonstrates fine craftsmanship from the mountains, and uses no electricity in its production!

Trickle also comes along with a specially designed cup, available in both wood as well as stoneware. The cups are designed to capture the tradition of drinking tea in the mountains while holding the cup with both hands… fulfilling a two-fold purpose of enjoying your brew as well as gathering warmth from the cup!

The Trickle tea-dripper will be put on showcase at the London Design Fair from the 21st to the 24th of September at the Old Truman Brewery by IMBYOU, the UK based design-retail outlet.

Designers: Kalyani Tupkary, Echostream for La

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Be in Charge of your Charge!

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It seems as though smartphones are evolving every day, while the charging cable remains relatively unchanged. Various cables have the ability to illuminate and surge, indicating power to the device. Wouldn’t it be nice to look at the cable and have some indication on how well your phone is charging? Now you can, with Check’n Cable.

Designed by Kim Jinseok, Park JungJun, and Na Yongmin, the Check’n Cable gives the user their battery percentage up front. No longer is there a need to power up the device, press the home button to trigger a screen view or in most cases, take a wild guess at the battery level. The Check’n Cable shows the battery usage on the head of the cable.

The interface of the cable head is wonderfully simple, and changes color depending on the level of power – red when the battery is low – blue when the battery is mid-level – green when the battery is in the final stages of sufficiently full.

Delivered in an array of sophisticated colors and material finishes, the Check’n Cable is designed to disrupt the existing smartphone cable market. There is an elegant flair to the cable with the soft cut-aways to either side of the cable head. To complete the luxurious feel, the Check’n Cable is partnered with a nylon braided cord – which is becoming popular in premium products – adding rigidity and structure to prevent any torn wiring internally.

Designers: Kim Jinseok, Park JungJun & Na Yongmin

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The Cleanest Keyboard Ever

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Keyboards are just plain icky! Even if you’re OCD and cleaning the surface every day, chances are you’re not lifting up each key to get the gunk underneath or in between the seams. The Off keyboard provides an answer to this problem with a less-is-more approach to the form.

Its soft, rounded keys are elevated on independent “stems” rather than recessed into a solid surface. Not only easy to clean, it also prevents buildup of dirt and residue. Better yet, its seamless design makes it spill proof and water resistant. Its organic form is also ergonomically adapted to maximize wrist comfort. It goes without saying, its far-out aesthetic is also a lot cooler than other clunky keyboards!

Designer: Marko Oljaca of Moda Studio

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Dermatology Clinic in your Pocket!

I envision a day when instruments like these will be a part of every home. With the way we humans have systematically degraded the quality of our environment, it’s no secret that the sun’s UV rays are now making their way through our depleting Ozone layer. Those effects show on our skin now, with people getting all sorts of skin complications from staying out in the sun too long… and it’s not just the sun, your skin is the first line of defense against pretty much anything from cosmetics, to fashion, to even your diet. The skin is usually quick to react to products that aren’t suited for you, often showing symptoms of an allergy.

The Barrier Light isn’t a preventive measure (like say sunscreen lotion), but is in-fact a diagnostic tool. The pen-shaped device comes with 4 medical grade sensors capable of detecting your skin’s moisture and barrier strength. Devised as a result of not just environmental degradation but even the cosmetics boom, the Barrier Light understands what products and routines are the best for your skin. Barrier Light does this by measuring your skin’s moisture level, and its ability to hold onto moisture, along with the temperature and the environmental humidity. All one does is hold the pen against their skin (be it their face, arms, or anywhere else) for 10 seconds and that’s enough for the Barrier Light pen to perform its diagnosis.

Keeping things minimal (read: portable) and bathroom counter-top friendly, the Barrier Light directs all diagnostic information to its companion app on your phone. This allows the Barrier Light to have an incredibly small form-factor, enough for it to even be carried around in a purse/bag. The piece-de-resistance however is the MyBarrier app, which breaks down the information sent from the pen and presents it in a simplified way, telling you if your skin-care routine is doing you any good, or if the environment is conducive to good skin.

The Barrier Light puts a dermatology clinic in the power of your hand. While we all have home-based instruments to measure our temperature, weight, blood pressure, and even blood sugar, we don’t give our skin the same priority. With the Barrier Light, now you can know everything about your skin and effectively your health too. From whether your sunscreen is doing you any good, to whether your laundry detergent is skin safe, to even whether your diet is the best for your health and skin, the Barrier Light will make sure you know what to do to keep your skin young and glowing!

Designer: Jason Yoo

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A brew with a view!

Made out of double-walled, mouth-blown borosilicate glass, the Gino coffee dripper by notNeutral is a beautiful product even when it isn’t brewing your morning fix!

Designed with an incredibly thin glass cross-section, the dual-walled dripper was designed to be the perfect height for coffee brewing. Just insert a coffee filter with the grounds of your choice and place the Gino on top of a carafe or your coffee mug and pour hot water in. The double wall keeps the water hot for longer while ensuring the Gino’s outer wall isn’t too hot to grasp. The coffee filters through the filter and out of the three outlet holes on the base of the Gino, giving you a beautiful golden brew every time… plus with Gino’s clear construction, you can watch your coffee brew through! (And probably share some Instagram stories!)

Designer: notNeutral

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For the Virtual Athelete

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In probably the ultimate real-life virtual-life sports cross-over, JoyTops creates actual sports equipment based control buttons for joypads! The buttons feature real pieces of basketball/baseball/football cut into the shape of the joypad button. Imagine the endless hours gone into perfecting the skin of a baseball for optimal grip and throwing, or the vinyl of the basketball for grip and bounce. JoyTops allows gamers to get that very feel and comfort while gaming on their joypads.

The JoyTop traps the sports material between a molded ABS ring and a silicon base that allows the JoyTop to retrofit onto any joystick (irrespective of brand). The result is a much better gripping experience that was built by athletes for athletes.

Designer: DesignStein Studios for JoyTops

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Watch with an automotive soul

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The Icon Duesey Watch looks beautiful, but it also looks familiar to some. If you’re wondering why, it’s because the watch takes direct inspiration from the original Duesenberg tachometer. In fact the watch was made by an automobile designer. When Jonathan Ward isn’t designing some of the most capable off-road 4×4 vehicles for ICON4X4, he collects watches, so it’s just natural that the two interests would collide to create a hallmark timepiece inspired by a hallmark brand of race cars and luxury automobiles in the 20s.

The watch comes built in a grade 2 titanium body with a sandblasted finish and a grade 5 titanium bezel that holds together a double domed sapphire crystal. Beneath the crystal lies an immaculately polished onyx stone dial that showcases the hour and minutes in the classic Duesenberg inspired style. On the inside of the watch lies a Dubois-Depraz Automatic 14400 module with an ETA 2892-A2 base and a custom-made oscillating weight built from tungsten alloy visible from the clear back, completely detailed with yellow gold plated markings and Icon’s signature lizard logo in polished brass. The lizard makes its appearance on the crown of the watch too! Complete with alligator leather straps and a titanium tongue buckle, the Icon Duesey doesn’t come cheap! But why would it, after all, it’s an Icon!

Designer: Jonathan Ward (ICON4X4)

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