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This Zen Garden-inspired DJ console might seriously put you in a ‘trance’

There’s something incredibly calming about the Whiteout. Designed to be a DJ console that offers incredible amounts of control to the person behind it, Whiteout features a base with multiple grooves and a series of knobs you can place on them. The knobs work both as rotary-controls as well as sliders, while the base itself lights up with a minimalist interface. A pair of grooved circles on the base act as the turntables, while touch-sensitive controls on the top let you play, pause, loop, transition, solo and mute tracks. Overall, the kit offers a meaningful redesign to the DJ console, which is sometimes an overwhelmingly complicated collage of lights. Whiteout calms you down and keeps you focused as you send out ‘chill vibes’ to your audience. This might just be the most perfect controller for the international music festival ‘Sensation White’!

Whiteout is a winner of the K-Design Award for the year 2019.

Designers: Su Hyun Bang & Byoung Hoon Woo

Furniture for Instagram-lovers: This side-table is also a photo studio

This conceptual side-display-table comes either from a place of complete vanity or sheer creativity, but nevertheless, the Photo Table definitely feels like an instant must-have. Imagine never having to worry about setting up your mini-studio for a product photo-shoot. Just place it on a table, point some lights through the table’s diffuser-hood, and there you have it….perfect images for posting online. And the best part of it is not having to pack your studio up after you’re done because it goes right back to being a piece of furniture that sits somewhere in the living-room-space of your quirky studio apartment.

The Photo Table is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Zinus Inc.

Jarra is a self-cooling clay flask that combines pre-refrigeration techniques with a contemporary form

It’s really difficult to imagine a life before electric refrigeration existed, but we humans had our ways of naturally cooling liquids back in the day. Meet Jarra, a modern flask that takes inspiration from naturally-cooling terracotta vessels, while bringing a timely bit of innovation to it. You see, terracotta relies on porosity to help naturally cool water, but these pores can often lead to bacterial growth if not maintained well. Modern clay vessels circumvent this problem by using ceramic glazing to close these pores, but this eventually cancels out the clay’s natural cooling effect.

Jarra uses special glazing techniques to still meet safety standards without compromising on the clay’s natural cooling effect. Its slender-neck makes the design ergonomically sound, allowing you to hold and pour it with ease. Coupled with a food-safe aluminum cap, Jarra plays on a duality of old-techniques wrapped in a design that feels suitably modern, giving you a bottle that’s both rustic and new-age, and can almost instantly cool water without requiring any electricity!

Jarra is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2019.

Designers: Sahar Madanat & Ahmad Jarrar (Twelve Degrees)

With an endless extension wire and a wheeled base, this side-table is perfect for your plug-in gadgets!

Imagine never being too far from a plug-point. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?!

The Code Reel Table fulfills every gadget-lover’s dream of always having a charging point in the vicinity. With a wheelbarrow-esque design and an extension wire that lets you wheel the table anywhere around the house (or even your garden) but still be connected to a plug-point, the Code Reel Table is perfect for working on your laptop from your sofa, or perhaps escorting your Amazon Echo to your kitchen, all while staying plugged in. The table comes with two plug points and five USB ports to power all your gadgets, along with a neat circular surface to either place your tech, or a nice cup of coffee while you’re being productive from one corner of your home! And when you want to return your table to its original place, a button helps you quickly and automatically retract the extension cord!

The Code Reel Table is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Zinus Inc.

This hammer comes with its own finger-guard, pry-tool, and detachable spirit level

It seems like every corner of the Tuk Hammer has a little Easter Egg of functionality. Perhaps one of the most refreshing takes on the tool, the Tuk has a design that’s both eye-catching and multi-functional. For starters, it comes with a steel head on one end for hammering on hard surfaces, and a rubberized head on the opposite side for softer surfaces. Embedded into the Tuk’s T-junction are a vertical and horizontal leveling tool as well as a finger-guard that lets you hammer away without accidentally hitting yourself. The dual-headed hammer even manages to fit a nail prying tool on its upper surface, and lastly, comes with a safety strap that allows the Tuk Hammer to be secured to the user’s wrist, preventing damage and accidents caused by a falling tool when working from a height!

The Tuk Hammer is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Alvaro Uribe

This portable handheld drill comes with an X and Y axis, like a milling machine!

Titled the MODS, this modular drill set is pretty neat for the reason that it’s actually a portable VMC or vertical milling center. It uses a suction system and a lightweight frame to make drilling easier and reduce the strain on your hand as you hold your drill up to the drilling surface. Suction cups allow you to adhere the MODS to practically any surface, while a smart platform aligns the bit to be perpendicular to the drilling surface. That’s all you really need from that point onward! You can easily drill evenly spaced holes in a perfect line, thanks to the MODS’ X and Y axes, without ever really worrying about alignment!

The MODS is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Mario Kapsalis

The Conch seat is perfect for those Instagram-worthy “sit down with a book” moments!

Designed to be compact enough to fit into any space, yet comfortable enough to have you sink right in with your favorite book, the Conch comes with a molded-plywood inner body and a dual-density foam outer body, giving it structure as well as supple softness. The chair’s form conforms to the contours of the body, allowing you to sit comfortably, while also conveniently having a storage unit right under you for everything from books to a cushion to other bric-a-brac. Heck, add a rug inside it and it could even be your pet cat’s den.

Conch’s design combines a dual-purpose approach with an eye-catching design, making it a chair that just invites you to interact with it, sit on it, and marvel at its use of form and hollow space to create something that is doubly functional!

The Conch is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Wei He