This swirling orb of ice helps make your drinks look amazing and cool faster too!

This could be the mildly delusional me speaking but oh, what I’d give to be in a crowded bar, not being able to hear myself think while sipping on an Old Fashioned and admiring the swirling orb of ice in it. As perfect as that orb does tend to look with the orange peel above it and the alcohol around it, it seems like it could be perfected, be engineered to look better, and perform better.

It isn’t often that something as mundane as an ice-mold wins a design award, but it seems like the Icy Galaxy deserves recognition. Designed to look like a beautiful wavy orb of ice, the Icy Galaxy sphere does two things – It creates an interesting interaction with the liquid it’s immersed in, especially when the liquid slides into the orb’s multiple crevasses, but at the same time, it also helps rapidly cool drinks down by increasing the icy orb’s surface area (similar to how motorcycle engines come with fins that increase their surface area allowing wind to cool them more effectively). The orbs are crafted using silicone+plastic molds that create two spheres at a time, and the resulting ice spheres look absolutely mesmerizing when suspended in colorful liquids… sort of like galaxies within your glass!

The Icy Galaxy Ice Mold is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2020.

Designers: Ladan Zadfar and Mohammad Farshad

Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020 Winners announced! Check out the Best of Best designs here!

Along with the Summer Solstice, International Music Day, International Yoga Day, and Father’s Day, the design community has one more reason to look forward to the present. It’s also time to reveal the winners of the Red Dot Product Design Awards for the year 2020! The Red Dot Design Awards are considered one of the preeminent award programs in the design field. Being hosted since 1955, the Red Dot has become one of the most sought-after symbols of great design and innovation. Now in its 65th year, we look at some of the ‘Best of Best’ winners of the 2020 Red Dot Awards: Product Design, right from the home of the award in Essen, Germany!

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YD Handpicks: Best of Best Winners – Red Dot Product Design Award 2020

01. AirPods Pro by Apple

The AirPods were ground-breaking for making truly-wireless earbuds the status quo. Now, with the AirPods Pro, Apple hopes to upgrade its wireless technology to provide better, clearer, and more advanced audio to its listeners. The AirPods Pro take the features of the AirPods and introduce it to better drivers, active noise cancellation, adaptive EQ, and a new design that fits better in the ear, thanks to silicone tips.

02. Aquno Select M81 by Hansgrohe

The Aquno Select M81’s purpose, apart from elevating the kitchen’s style, is to also provide unparalleled functionality when it comes to using water to wash utensils. Not only does it feature a slick pull-out spray on the top, it even comes with an array of horizontally positioned sprays that help focus water in a way that rinses food off plates easily without splashing water in every direction (or on you).

03. Touchswitch by Niko nv

Have you ever walked up to a switchboard and spent a good 5 minutes trying out every switch to see which one controls what appliance? Well, that indecisiveness is what the Touchswitch hopes to tackle, with its smart touch-enabled display interface. The touchscreen becomes a fresh, more informative interface that overhauls the rudimentary switchboard. Not only can it display information, it uses intuitive elements, colors, and visuals to help you understand what you’re doing too. Besides, rather than just switching things on or off, you can now tap, slide, and turn elements. Now who wouldn’t love that?!

04. 1919 Globetimer UTC by Porsche Design

“If you analyze the function of an object, its form often becomes obvious,” was the credo of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche and the starting point of many of his designs. The 1919 Globetimer sports the appearance of an elegant wristwatch, albeit with a slight difference. Built into its side are two buttons that allow you to easily and conveniently switch time-zones, cycling through all zones across the world.

05. MotoRAZR 2019 by Motorola

The 2019 MotoRAZR easily remains one of my favorite designs of all-time, so the fact that it’s deserving of a Red Dot Award feels pleasantly validating! The phone, which debuted in 2019, reimagined a classic, bringing a new, cutting edge flexible display to the incredibly sleek iconic design from the 2000s. It’s every bit a RAZR, and also every bit an incredibly capable smartphone. What more could one really want?!

06. Sema Whirling by Hefei LCFC Information Technology

The Sema Whirling is to barcode scanners what the Rolls-Royce is to automobiles. Absolutely captivating, convention-challenging, and just a reinterpretation of designs that we usually take for granted, the Sema Whirling is a barcode/QR-code scanner that looks like a million bucks! It retains the ability to be gripped and pointed at objects, but ditches the weird gun-shaped design for something that looks more like a luxurious bottle of perfume!

07. Mabot by Shenzhen Bell Creative Science and Education

Learning is a complex process that is always centred on and guided by individual interests. Children learn much easier and faster when they encounter something that piques their curiosity by challenging them. Mabot is an educational robot that was developed to present children with a challenge and the ability to build the toy they want. As fundamental as LEGO blocks, but equipped with motors, sensors, and electronic parts, Mabot equips kids with the ability to plug modules together to build their own robot and define the distinctive functions of their tech-wonder!

08. ThinkPad X1 Fold by Lenovo

The ThinkPad X1 Fold is perhaps the best use-case of a flexible display. Designed to make tablets as accessible and portable as notebooks, the X1 Fold gives you a device with a 7.2″ screen, but in a footprint that’s small enough to fit in your palm as you dash from your cabin to the presentation room. The ThinkPad X1 Fold, true to its name, also comes with a nifty stylus that lets you articulate your thoughts, note down points, and capture graphs, minutes of meetings, and slip in a doodle or two between long meetings too! Besides, its folding screen format and bookish design make it perhaps the best e-reader ever!

09. CleanAIR® UniMask by MALINA

The CleanAIR® UniMask comes at an absolutely opportune time. Designed for use around industries with exposure to gases like aerosols, the CleanAIR® UniMask is a mask with a full-face visor that creates a seal around your entire face with a soft cushion that enables you to wear it for prolonged hours. UniMask weighs in at just 380 grams and offers good optical and mechanical features that make for an extraordinarily light face shield with high functionality. The inner airflow regulation enables users to adjust the direction and intensity of the air to be delivered and direct it either to the face or directly into the breathing zone. The visor possesses high mechanical resistance and a special anti-fog coating that prevents fogging and delivers a clear and undisturbed view at all times.

10. Ferrari SF90 Stradale by Ferrari S.p.A.

Ending this countdown on a high note, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale reinterprets the well-known sporting proportions of the Berlinetta model with its mid-rear-located engine the SF90 Stradale, and is the first PHEV model (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) manufactured by Ferrari in series. The use of a pioneering technology based on a combination of a combustion engine and three electric motors also represents a step into a new stylistic direction, while always staying true to Ferrari’s design DNA and rich automotive heritage.

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The innovative ideas of the Good Design (GD) Selection Award 2019 winners!

The Good Design (GD) Selection Award has consistently, since 1985, strived to find and award the best designs with the highly coveted Good Design (GD) mark, a certification awarded by the government to showcase design excellence. The Good Design (GD) mark is given to products that embody a combination of values, in a broad attempt to help industries and markets recognize and embrace great products. Designed to be a globally recognized mark of design value, having a Good Design (GD) mark on your product opens it up to a wide range of possibilities, be it entering international markets, competing in existing markets, or just establishing ownership of a concept or design. The Good Design (GD) mark is recognized, for the most, part, globally, and is universally indicative of a design that has passed the highest requirements for being a well-designed product.

The 2020 leg of the GD Selection Award (now in its 35th year) is kicking off, with the competition currently accepting entries to be judged by an esteemed jury panel. Organized by the Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP), and hosted annually by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the GD Selection Award annually bestows the coveted Good Design (GD) mark onto multiple designs ranging from categories like Product and Industrial Design, to Packaging Design, Service Design, Environmental Design, Fashion, and Digital Media Design. Winners of the award are entitled to not just the trophy and exhibition, but also get to put the Good Design (GD) mark on their product as a global indicator of ‘good design’. Winners are also entitled to international press coverage, access the public procurement market, expansion of their sales channels, and recognition from the Good Design Australia (GDA) organization.

As we flag off the entry-phase of the 35th Good Design Selection Award, here’s a look at the winners from the 2019 edition. Scroll to view them below, or register your entry for the Good Design Selection Award 2020!

Click Here to Submit Your Designs Now! Hurry, the Last Date for Submission: June 30th, 2020.

1. LG Signature OLED TV [Grand Prize Winner]

It’s only fitting that the grand prize go to LG’s incredibly innovative, cutting edge ‘rolling’ TV that transformed how the television existed in home spaces. Most televisions often turn into ugly, black boxes on your wall when not in use. LG’s Signature OLED TV circumvents that problem by using a flexible OLED display that, like a scroll, rolls into this tiny soundbar-esque cuboid on your mantelpiece that’s there when you need it, and invisible when you don’t!

2. Purisoo Portable Water Purifier Bottle

The Purisoo water-purifying bottle works sort of on the same principle as an Aeropress. The portable purifier uses a plunger and filter to allow you to turn water from any source into pure, clean, drinkable water. Working like a manual pump, the bottle draws dirty water, forcing it through a series of filters that, in a matter of seconds, turn it into water you can drink… perfect for outdoor trekking, traveling, or during emergencies or disasters.

3. Cue Microphone

The Cue is a great example of a low-cost, high-impact product that democratizes a solution. The low-cost microphone is targeted towards content creators looking to either record music, film video, or even conduct ASMR sessions. The tiny microphone sports a tripod mount on its base, and comes with three modes, allowing it to capture focused sound from whatever is in front of it, or in 360°. The third ASMR setting allows the Cue to record in great detail, producing high-fidelity recordings… all while working off a simple 3.5mm jack!

4. Samsung Bespoke Refrigerator Series

The award-winning Bespoke fridge series from Samsung does for refrigerators what the Serif TV hoped at doing for televisions. Its minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired surfacing with the use of home-friendly colors makes the fridge easily blend into spaces as a part of decor, rather than a consumer appliance. You could either opt for complementary colors so the fridge integrates into your home decor, or opt for a vibrant color combination to make the fridge look like an abstract, Piet Mondrian-inspired piece of art!

5. Samsung Galaxy Fold

Yet another example of cutting edge foldable-display tech, the Galaxy Fold was probably the first ever folding smartphone to ever reach a consumer’s hands. The company went to great lengths to make the technology viable, allowing a much larger screen to fit into the format of a regular smartphone. The result is to be seen to be believed. While Samsung is still working hard at perfecting the technology and making it better, stronger, and more affordable, the Galaxy Fold really deserves a hat-tip for pulling off something that really seemed impossible 5 years ago!

6. Coway Air Purifier

As air purifiers become an essential appliance in most households, allowing you to battle less-than-desirable air quality indoors, the Coway AP-1019 comes with a design that respects and complements indoor spaces. The Scandinavian-inspired design makes use of simple forms clad in woven upholstery and mounted on wooden legs to give it the appearance of being a part of your house’s furniture. What’s more, apart from just simply purifying air, it works as a side-table too, allowing you to place house-plants, vases, or even things like photo frames or your phone on its small tabletop surface!

7. LG Signature Air Conditioner

LG’s Signature Air Conditioner deliberately looks different from conventional ACs… because it’s quite literally a class apart. The Signature Air Conditioners from LG aren’t just coolers. They possess the ability to increase ambient air temperature too, working as a heater, as well as the ability to humidify or dehumidify the air around you… all while also purifying your air! Wouldn’t it make sense for something so radically different and innovative to have its own design language, helping it differentiate from regular ACs?

8. DO&BE Smart Intelligent Stroller

The Smart Intelligent Stroller isn’t just a regular baby-pram. It’s a safe space for your child, and a stroller that’s actually easy to use as a parent. Perhaps the Smart Intelligent Stroller’s most defining feature is its Autostop System which kicks in the minute you take off your hands from the handle. This ensures the stroller never goes anywhere unless you push it yourself, allowing you to be in control of the situation, and being accommodating enough for parents, who often end up having their hands full with stuff and may need to stop once in a while to retrieve a milk bottle, or a fresh set of diapers. The stroller even comes with the ability to monitor air quality and UV index, giving you all the information you need to take care of your baby while you’re both outdoors!

9. Samsung Sero TV

People spend as much, if not more, time watching videos on TikTok or Instagram as they do on YouTube, Netflix, or Amazon Prime, and Samsung’s begun noticing that. The Sero, which Samsung just debuted at CES 2020, is a TV that flips from landscape to portrait, so you can cast videos or even scrolling webpages from your phone onto it. Sero, which is Korean for ‘vertical’, succeeds Samsung’s Flip from 2018, which was a rotating collaborative whiteboard that went from landscape to portrait too. Unlike the Flip, however, the Sero is a real TV. It doesn’t come with a touch-sensitive screen and a stylus, but rather is a 4K QLED screen that’s best suited for lifestyle consumers who want to be able to stream movies, browse the web, and watch videos that they captured on their phone. The Sero comes with a neat easel-like stand that gives it its defining look and even rotates autonomously, based on the video you play, or the orientation you hold your phone in!

10. Playworks Furniture

Playworks’s series of chairs help add a touch of glamor to a space while fundamentally allowing you to choose whether you want to socialize or focus on your work. The chair comes with an ergonomic back-cushion for comfort, and also features a circular seat that allows you to rotate as much as 30° left or right, enabling you to face the person beside you and have a casual chat between long work-hours!

Inspired? Intrigued? Have a design you think could win the Good Design (GD) Selection Award?

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This sleek, accessible Braille Computer is like a MacBook for the visually impaired!

Designed to make technology accessible but also desirable, the iF Design Award-winning Braille Computer from Hangzhou DesignDo Innovation brings the sleek design language of modern consumer technology products and introduces it to special-needs design. The computer works like any standard desktop or laptop and supports regular desktop and mobile operating systems and programs like note-taking software, mail software, e-book readers, and even internet browsers. The all-in-one computer comes with a keyboard for input on the top, and a dynamic braille display at the bottom that lets users read what’s on their screen, one line at a time. Joysticks on the left and right let users navigate through their computer too, allowing them to switch between apps, open files, and even scroll across documents and pages!

The Braille Computer’s design noticeably deviates from the design DNA of other computers for the visually impaired. Designed for functionality but also made to look and ‘feel’ desirable, the computer is small, portable, sleek, and features a satin-finish metallic body that looks and feels great to the touch, combined with concave-capped keys that make typing on the Braille Computer an absolute breeze! Designed with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built in, the computer can even connect to other peripherals, bridging the gap between consumer tech and special-needs tech!

The Braille Computer is a winner of the iF Design Award for the year 2020.

Designer: Hangzhou DesignDo Innovation

Post Covid-19 air travel: Redesigned flight seating that makes traveling safe and luxurious

Seats on a business class ticket are dramatically safer than those in economy class. That isn’t because they were designed to be safer, it’s because they were designed around the idea of spacious luxury. James Lee’s butterfly seats explore that very idea to make flight seats safer. By isolating seats, creating partitions, and providing facilities that align with the concept of premium value addition, the Butterfly seats instantly offer a much more safe travel experience by creating dedicated spaces for passengers with lesser chances of spreading germs through interaction.

The seats come in pairs of two and are slightly offset, rather than being side by side. This immediately means you don’t have someone directly beside you, which decreases the chances of socialization. Seats even have adjustable partitions between them to separate passengers, and even have dedicated armrests so you’re never accidentally resting your arm on someone else’s place. Seats come with all the fittings needed to allow you to store your belongings and even work while flying. A dedicated laptop desk ensures you can work while flying, and there are even slots to store magazines and your own pair of in-flight headphones. For parents traveling with little children, the seats fold down to turn into a makeshift bed for youngsters, and if you’re traveling solo with nobody beside you, both the seats can be folded down and covered with a zigzag mattress so you can sleep comfortably – a feature that’s useful for people who are unwell on the journey or for red-eye flights.

It’s simple tactics like this that will help make flying safer and less fearful at the same time. With solutions like the Janus Seat, you end up creating a functioning solution, but run the risk of still dealing with an entrenched sense of fear in the passengers (besides, sitting in that middle seat becomes even less desirable). The Butterfly, however, retains the status quo, with seats that aren’t dramatically different and visors/partitions that don’t look like partitions. By masking the idea of safety using luxury as a design solution, the Butterfly makes traveling safe again while also allowing the experience to be a relaxing, valuable, and comfortable one!

The Butterfly Aircraft Seat is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2020.

Designer: James Lee

The solution to making flying safer and less scary post-COVID is to integrate safety with luxury

Seats on a business class ticket are dramatically safer than those in economy class. That isn’t because they were designed to be safer, it’s because they were designed around the idea of spacious luxury. James Lee’s butterfly seats explore that very idea to make flight seats safer. By isolating seats, creating partitions, and providing facilities that align with the concept of premium value addition, the Butterfly seats instantly offer a much more safe travel experience by creating dedicated spaces for passengers with lesser chances of spreading germs through interaction.

The seats come in pairs of two and are slightly offset, rather than being side by side. This immediately means you don’t have someone directly beside you, which decreases the chances of socialization. Seats even have adjustable partitions between them to separate passengers, and even have dedicated armrests so you’re never accidentally resting your arm on someone else’s place. Seats come with all the fittings needed to allow you to store your belongings and even work while flying. A dedicated laptop desk ensures you can work while flying, and there are even slots to store magazines and your own pair of in-flight headphones. For parents traveling with little children, the seats fold down to turn into a makeshift bed for youngsters, and if you’re traveling solo with nobody beside you, both the seats can be folded down and covered with a zigzag mattress so you can sleep comfortably – a feature that’s useful for people who are unwell on the journey or for red-eye flights.

It’s simple tactics like this that will help make flying safer and less fearful at the same time. With solutions like the Janus Seat, you end up creating a functioning solution, but run the risk of still dealing with an entrenched sense of fear in the passengers (besides, sitting in that middle seat becomes even less desirable). The Butterfly, however, retains the status quo, with seats that aren’t dramatically different and visors/partitions that don’t look like partitions. By masking the idea of safety using luxury as a design solution, the Butterfly makes traveling safe again while also allowing the experience to be a relaxing, valuable, and comfortable one!

The Butterfly Aircraft Seat is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2020.

Designer: James Lee

This award-winning speaker also acts as a phone-stand and pen-stand!

The Waving Multifunctional Speaker is a perfect example of how form and function can help redefine a product’s design. The speaker isn’t just designed to act as an audio-playing device. It’s mindful of the objects and spaces associated with it. Given that wireless speakers are almost always used with smartphones, the Waving Multifunctional Speaker even doubles as a dock/stand for your mobile, allowing you to watch videos on it while the three mid-range audio drivers on the front pump sound out.

The Waving Multifunctional Speaker even comes with a distinct wave-texture on its top which serves as a nifty area to rest stationery. Aware of the fact that most speakers find themselves placed on workdesks, the Waving Multifunctional Speaker integrates clever and convenient solution, allowing you to rest your pens and pencils on it while you work. Pretty clever, eh?

The Waving Multifunctional Speaker is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2020.

Designer: RuiWang Xiang

Award-winning designs from the A’ Design Awards 2020 that give us hope of a better world

Bringing you a bit of positivity amidst these uncertain times, the A’ Design Awards 2020 announced their results for the year. Spanning literally a hundred categories, the A’ Design Awards look at creating a holistic list of the best designs internationally, across all disciplines. While the Coronavirus has definitely put a damper on awards who are looking to conduct exhibitions and gala nights for their winners, that hasn’t stopped the A’ Design Award from making sure their winners get their share of the international limelight!

The A’ Design Award and Competition is more than just an awards program. It actively seeks good design, markets it, brings value to the project as well as the designer in the form of a wide range of value-added services like a dedicated PR Campaign, an online exhibition, and even a platform to sell your design on… and these perks aren’t just limited to the design, they extend to the designers and creators too. Your participation entitles you to a proof-of-creation document, inclusion in A’ Design’s Business Network, and the Design Fee Calculator service that lets you accurately price your design services for clients.

Judged by a grand jury of 218 elite designers and educators, here are a select few of A’ Design Award and Competition 2020’s winners. We’ve hand-picked some of our favorites from this year’s list of winners spanning categories such as Product Design, Social Design, Tech, Furniture, Medical, and Installation Design. Scroll down below to have a look at what’s making the waves this year in the design circuit! And don’t forget to register below to participate in the competition for 2020-21 to make sure your work as well as you get the recognition you deserve!

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Below: YD Handpicks Winning Designs from A’ Design Awards 2019-20

0.1 Butterfly Aircraft Seat by James Lee

It’s sheerly uncanny timing that the Butterfly Aircraft Seat, submitted last year, could nail the exact specifics of what’s needed in airline seats today! James Lee’s design uses partitions between seats to allow both passengers to enforce social distancing, and the seats are slightly offset too, with individual armrests so there’s really no situation where you could accidentally come in contact with the person behind you. Clever, eh??

02. Millo One Blender by Millo Appliances

Practically defying the laws of physics, the Millo is perhaps the most futuristic blender I’ve seen. For starters, it’s sleek, and is dominated by aesthetic, flat surfaces, with absolutely no exposed mechanical parts. The blender is divided into two units. The base, a pristine, flat dock with no control panel or even a driving socket and its second part, the glass, a stylish Nutribullet-esque container that connects to the base using wireless technology. Just load your smoothie ingredients into the Millo, screw the top on, and rest it inverted on the base… and just like a phone starts charging the moment you rest it on a wireless-charging surface, the Millo begins whirring and blitzing all your ingredients into a fine smoothie. You can control the Millo’s intensity by sliding your finger around the rim of the base, as lights under the surface come to life, letting you see what power you’re running the blender at. When you’re done, lift the blender up and the blade magically stops spinning. It’s a sight to absolutely admire!

03. Superegg Installation by Jaco Roeloffs

The Superegg is an installation that vividly expresses our addiction for consumption and how it’s affecting nature. The installation comes in the shape of an egg, resembling nature, but step closer and you notice that the egg’s constructed from 3000 Nespresso and Keurig coffee pods. The pods, made of plastic and aluminum, are designed to be single-use and often find themselves becoming a major part of the waste that enters our ocean. Designer Jaco Roeloffs constructed the egg using 9 plywood wheels to provide the structure with shape, and 64 aluminum strips that he then mounted the coffee-pods onto. The installation looks beautiful during the day, but absolutely comes alive at night when lights inside it shine, causing the egg to glow and create absolutely mesmeric shadows against the sand, effectively turning waste into something beautiful.

04. Voronoi Bicycle Helmet by Zhecheng Xu and Yuefeng Zhou

Designed to maximise shock absorption while minimizing material used, the Voronoi Helmet employs generative design to create a helmet using a voronoi mesh. The mesh forms an outer impact-absorbing layer around a hard-hat, giving you extra cushioning in the event of an accident. It even allows air to flow through, keeping your head ventilated while you’re riding your bike!

05. Arc Guitar Stand by Hung Yuan Chang

The Arc Guitar Stand has an incredible sculptural quality to it, which is unusual for a product that’s usually designed to be really functional. A guitar stand is usually quite an unassuming product that fundamentally exists as a background element to the guitar, which sits atop it. With the Arc, the stand has an aesthetic appeal that makes it look beautiful even when there isn’t a guitar resting on it. Besides, its design does a pretty good job of propping up the instrument too!

06. Waving Multifunctional Speaker by RuiWang Xiang

Is it a speaker? Is it a stand? Is it a stationery-mat? How about all three? The Waving Multifunctional Speaker is just a really cleverly designed product that works as a speaker, but also uses its form and surfaces to provide additional functions. For starters, it comes with a slide-out element at the back that lets you wedge your phone into the speaker in landscape or portrait. If that wasn’t enough, the speaker’s wavy textured surface makes it great for resting pens and miscellaneous stationery on. Pretty neat, if you ask me.

07. Sada Hubless Foldable Bike by Gianluca Sada

The Sada Hubless Bike’s unique foldable design allows it to fold down to a form that’s barely larger than a beach umbrella. While currently in the prototype phase, future versions of the bike will be built in aluminum and carbon fiber, making it as light as it is compact, so you can quite literally ride the bike when you need, and carry it around like a skateboard when you don’t!

08. Zhiwen Wearable Thermometer by Wei Gu And Di Wu

The Zhiwen thermometer lets you constantly monitor the temperature of its wearer using wireless technology. Designed to be small enough to permanently sit on the skin without causing much discomfort, the thermometer beams its readings to a control unit that allows you to check the wearer’s temperature, as well as the thermometer’s overall battery. When the thermometer runs out of charge, just take it off and slide it into the charging hub located right within the control unit!

09. Black Hole Speaker by Arvin Maleki and Ayda Mohseni

Behold the Black Hole Speaker… designed to attract your attention the way a black hole attracts all mass. Based on the design of the Harman Kardon Aura, with a few tweaks and changes to give it intergalactic appeal, the Black Hole sports a warped torus design, with a hyperbolic base, and quite literally a black hole at the very center of the torus. The Black Hole speaker comes with a speckled design on its black base that resembles stars being pulled into the void, along with a concentric ripple texture that is symbolic of a black hole’s ability to create ripples in time and space. It’s all incredibly symbolic! The speaker runs on Bluetooth (because there are no wires in outer space), and if you dare to approach it, there’s a control panel around its event horizon.

10. Dengo Chocolate Bar by Brazil & Murgel Design Studio

Have you ever heard of chocolate so good it won an award? Well the Dengo Chocolate Bar didn’t win one for taste, but it surely did one for its innovative approach to segmentation! The 80g chocolate bar deviates from the basic grid system that most bars have, and opts for an organic texture that’s actually inspired by the cacao bean. You kinda have to agree that the result is just simply eye-catching and mouth-watering!

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Made using 3000 Nespresso pods, this installation transforms ocean waste into art

The Superegg Installation is a comment on our capitalist tendencies and its effect on nature. By combining consumerism and creation into one hard-hitting sculpture, the art piece helps turn human-created ocean waste into an object that sparks conversations while saving the environment. The 6’6″ high structure comes made from 3000 Nespresso and Keurig single-use coffee pods that were pulled out of the ocean. These aluminum pods were then mounted onto aluminum sheets which were finally wrapped onto plywood rings to create the shape of an egg.

The Superegg installation looks like a Fabergé egg from afar, with the thousands of colorful pods forming patterns on it, but the magic is doubled at night, when a light within the installation illuminates the structure, causing it to create mesmeric shadows like tinted glass mosaics at churches and cathedrals. The egg acts as proof of how damaging our consumerism can be on the environment, while being a reminder that we can always turn our waste and wasteful behaviors into something more meaningful and nurturing.

The Superegg is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2020.

Designer: Jaco Roeloffs

Inspired by a Black Hole, this speaker’s design makes you ‘gravitate’ towards it!

It stands to reason that if you pull inspiration from literally one of the most mysteriously awe-striking and beautiful phenomena in our universe, you’ll have a product that will echo those very same characteristics. Behold the Black Hole Speaker… designed to attract your attention the way a black hole attracts all mass. Based on the design of the Harman Kardon Aura, with a few tweaks and changes to give it intergalactic appeal, the Black Hole sports a warped torus design, with a hyperbolic base, and quite literally a black hole at the very center of the torus.

The Black Hole speaker comes with a speckled design on its black base that resembles stars being pulled into the void, along with a concentric ripple texture that is symbolic of a black hole’s ability to create ripples in time and space. It’s all incredibly symbolic!

The speaker runs on Bluetooth (because there are no wires in outer space), and if you dare to approach it, there’s a control panel around its event horizon. The only thing missing? A Stephen Hawking or Carl Sagan-style voice assistant!

The Black Hole Speaker is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2020

Designer: Arvin Maleki