Drink from this bottle without tipping it over!

Combining bottle and straw into a singular device, the Double Drink Bottle lets you easily sip water without needing to lift and tilt it. The bottle comes with a straw-like channel built right into its body, working a lot like a straw would. Potentially, this means being able to drink on moving vehicles without potentially dropping liquid on yourself, or better still, sipping water while driving, so you don’t need to obscure your vision by tilting the bottle upwards.

The bottle exists purely as a concept, at the moment. It’s difficult to imagine how it would be constructed if it were to be realized as a product. I imagine cleaning it may also pose some problems, but that isn’t something a little pre-development brainstorming can’t fix!

The Double Drink Bottle is a winner of the Golden Pin Design Award for the year 2020.

Designers: Run-Ze Zhang, Xin-Ru Liu & Hong-Bin Yu

This award-winning tiny home uses Passive House construction methods to stay toasty warm in winter!

The design concept behind Kirimoko can be traced back to a bike trip, taken by the tiny house’s clients, Will and Jen, which required both of them to live completely out of pannier bags. Kirimoko, designed by Condon Scott Architects is a tiny home located in Wanaka, NZ, which has received several awards, including the New Zealand Institute of Architects 2019 Southern Architecture Award and a bronze award at the 2019 Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards, for the measures taken in the home’s Passive House approach during construction.

Condon Scott Architects utilized Passive House construction to bring Kirimoko to life. Passive House is a fundamental concept that provides indoor, thermal comfort by using energy sources of heat from inside the building. This construction concept requires solid, high-level insulation, and airtight design. Describing the details of the home’s build, Condon Scott says, “With a combination of Passive House measures and structural insulated panels, virtually no additional energy is required to maintain a consistent level of thermal comfort against the backdrop of the unforgiving Central Otago climate.” The builders installed structural insulated panels for the roof and walls of Kirimoko. SIPs are ideal for prefabricated structures because they maintain a solid foam center and are exceptionally airtight, requiring no thermal bridging, which is a form of heat transfer and a major source of energy loss.

The structure’s external cladding is showcased with a combination of larch weatherboards and asphalt shingles, providing a very subdued, and coy energy for the outside of the home. The seclusion of Kirimoko was achieved by keeping three-quarters of the building’s whole exterior closed, but entirely opening up one of the four facades to a floor-to-ceiling, glazed window. The window of the home’s north panel offers a full view of Kirimoko’s insides and was chosen specifically because, in the Southern hemisphere, sunlight comes from the north, so during the winter months, ample sunlight can be gained for indoor heat, but during the summer months, Kirimoko’s deep eaves help mitigate overheating. Additionally, inside Kirimoko, every corner and piece of furniture offers expansive pockets of storage so that despite the compact size and Passive House measurements, this home still buzzes with energy.

Designer: Condon Scott Architects

The decision to migrate to a 30-square-meter plot of land in Wanaka, New Zealand’s gateway to the Southern Alps, dawned on the couple after living happily for months on a cycling tour on just the bare essentials contained in their panniers.

However, even with both the small amount of land occupied by Kirimoko and the structure’s no-frills attitude, this little home still “packs a punch,” as Condon Scott puts it, and makes smart use of every nook and cranny.

While the decision to live with less stuff could certainly lend itself to a sustainable sort of lifestyle, the couple let their own experience on the road and their intuition guide the design process. According to the couple, living with less is not so much a frugal statement, as it is a natural tendency and this sentiment shines through the home’s construction process.

Situated within a busier, suburban neighborhood, privacy inside the insulated walls of Kirimoko was essential.

This circuit board desk integrates a cabling solution to give you the ultimate wire-free desk setup!

As I write from my desk, a countless number of wires hang on and tangle between my legs: the trio of cables coming from my WiFi Router, the designated spots for my phone and laptop chargers, along with some other wires whose purposes remain unknown to me. Surely, the mess of wires underneath my desk pales in comparison to the likes of a graphic designer or website coder, but it goes without saying that when it comes to cable organization, it seems we could all use some help.

CableTread, a standing desk with a built-in cable organizer, was conceived with San Francisco-based e.ventures, where Tom Gielselmann recruited Nick Allen to develop a “circuit-board desk.” Together, over the course of a year, they redefined what cable organization looks like, winning the Red Dot Design’s 2020 Innovative Award. The printed circuit board is relatively familiar for any young person who grew up on science-fiction spy movies but also stands as the inspiration behind CableTread. Simply put, the printed circuit board is an electrical connector that mechanically supports electronic components through conductive pathways. A clever reinterpretation of the circuit board’s purpose, it makes sense that the organizational scheme for CableTread’s underbelly mimics the electric roadways of circuit boards since both seem to make some sense out of an intimidating mess. The gut of CableTread, the underside of the standing desk, also carries an embedded Mac Mini, two defined mounts for USB accessories, a power strip with six feet worth of cord extension, cable slack management, and a flush mount heigh control assist button, all in addition to the desk’s physical wireframing.

CableTread desks embed cables inside the desktop itself so that technological hardware can function as expected without that unsightly mess of tangled wires above or below a computer screen. Dedicated channels weave, twist, and turn underneath CableTread’s topside, inside of which wires nestle, ensuring that workspaces stay clean and tidy. The natural elasticity of cables is what provides them with the ability to cling to the weaving of different, predetermined channels. As wires bend, they press up against the hardest, closest surface available, in this case, the walls that surround the varying, twisting channels, ensuring that they remain tightly fastened. CableTread also has some integrated features for the top of its desktop, including an integrated monitor mount and an inset magic keyboard and trackpad. Along the ridge of CableTread, an E1 and Carb2 certified valchromat boarders the desk and provides extra wood fiber paneling for high physical performance, making the desk as durable as it is organized. The minimalist workstation is currently only available for pre-order exclusively in the Bay Area, come early 2021.

Designers: Nick Allen, Tom Gielselmann x e.ventures

Integrated monitor mount

Embedded Mac Mini

Inset magic keyboard and trackpad

E1 + CARB2 certified valchromat

Two USB accessory mounts

Power strip with six feet worth of cord extension

Cable slack management

Linak desk frame

Flush mount height control

How a design competition turned this innovative hairdryer concept into a real product

I must admit I feel very passionately about concepts. It definitely is a part of my job description, but to be honest, I’ve always loved the ability to imagine products that achieved well beyond what was possible in reality. Now I believe that there are broadly two types of concepts – Firstly, concepts that aren’t meant to exist, they’re just meant to serve as a way of express an obscure idea. In a lot of ways, flying broomsticks or real-life edible chocolate frogs from Harry Potter fall into this broad category. Secondly, concepts that are meant to exist, but only when technology evolves to the extent that they’re feasible. Here, we’ve got less outrageous but more innovative concepts, like hoverboards, or transparent smartphones, which are just a heartbeat away from reality.

The former category of concepts are what I like to call “Design Fiction, or “Design for Fiction”, while the latter serve more as “Design for a Future Reality” and just need a bit of a technological, financial, or developmental push to be turned into real-world products. That’s where the SHAPL Design Contest comes in. Envisioned as a contest that takes great ideas and turns them into great products, the SHAPL Design Contest crowd-sources ideas from designers and gets a jury panel to weigh in, along with an audience of potential customers/consumers to vote for their favorite ideas. Winning design-concepts are then developed into real products that hit the shelves, and can be bought by people across the world. This, apart from giving designers confidence in their ideas, allows them to also experience the incredible world of product-development and see their products really enriching lives. SHAPL also casually throws in a design patent that gets awarded to the creator of the product, and cash prizes amounting to a total of $100,000 for all winners!

The Hairstyler Pro is the perfect example of a product-idea brought to life by the SHAPL Design Contest. Conceptually, it fits perfectly into the second category of “Design for a Future Reality” and is the kind of idea I’d happily cover as a design concept on YD, but the SHAPL Design Contest helped take the idea to the next step by actually building the product. The Hairstyler Pro is a U-shaped hairdryer radically re-imagines how hairdryers look, behave, and interact with the users. The Hairstyler Pro looks nothing like a hairdryer because it’s so much more than one. Designed to be a dryer that works in your hand as well as hands-free, and with an attachment that turns it into a curler, the Hairstyler Pro is the ultimate hairdressing appliance. The U-shaped profile bends and contorts to assume different shapes that give it its variety of functions. A curler attachment (which applies the same curling principles found in Dyson’s curler) uses spiral wind patterns to quickly and effectively curl your hair, and the hands-free mode lets you use both your hands to comb/style your hair while the dryer stands vertically on your dressing table, blowing air exactly where you want it to!

The SHAPL Design Contest is currently in its 3rd edition and entries are free for all, and open till the 17th of December 2020… that gives you a month’s worth of time to come up with a great idea for a product, design it, and tweak it till it’s a stellar concept! There are no strict rules or regulations pertaining to what category of product you can submit, giving you the freedom to create anything from consumer electronics to home-decor, and from fashion and personal-care to even child-care! If you’ve got a winning idea for a product just like the Hairstyler Pro, send your concept in! It’s much better than just sitting on an idea and never really seeing how much potential it really has! SHAPL oversees the production and prototyping of your concept, collaborating with you over the choice of material, CMF, etc. Go ahead and shoot your shot! (did we mention, it’s free?) Entries are open till the 17th of December 2020. Give your renders the limelight and opportunity they deserve, and your portfolio the street-cred it deserves! Scroll down to check out some of the past winners from the 2018-19 design contest!

The Total Prize Money is $100,000!

Click Here to Submit Your Designs Now! Last Date for Submission: December 17th, 2020 – Midnight EST.

Click Here to Submit Your Designs Now! Last Date for Submission: December 17th, 2020 – Midnight EST.

Robotic Prosthetic Knee sweeps the Luminary at the Red Dot Design Award: Design Concept 2020

During one of our Q&A’s, a reader asked our founder, Takashi Yamada, what a design should be according to him. “Innovative”, he said, “It is not about making something bigger, better, stronger, faster, cheaper, etc. than your previous product or service. Innovation is about creating something that makes what you already have obsolete. And that’s why I love concepts so much – they always push the boundaries.” And that same love for concepts echoes through all of Yanko Design.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has surged through the world, changing things as we know it. But one thing that could not be dampened was the sense of enthusiasm with which the design community rose up to this new challenge. Red Dot Awards are not just an award, but a seal of quality that helps the designers distinguish their design and gain a spotlight to help their talent shine. Undeterred by COVID, the Red Dot Award ceremony was held online this year, the celebratory moments captured and shared during a two-day award celebration. Let’s jump into the list of the 2020 Red Dot Awards: Design Concept winners with the Red Dot Luminary Award, presented by the Red Dot Juror – Mr. Tanaka Kazuo!

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Announcement of the prestigious Red Dot: Luminary Award 2020

The Robotic Prosthetic Knee by BionicM Inc. (Japan) is the winner of the Red Dot: Luminary 2020 award for their innovative, motor-powered design that helps above-knee amputees restore their physical functions. As Mr. Kazuo Tanaka explains “The Robotic Prosthetic Knee completely changes the concept of prostheses up to now. It is the fusion of body neural information and robot technology. As a result, the user can obtain a natural walking sensation that is completely different from that of a conventional artificial leg. What’s more, its appearance is fashionable and gives the user confidence.”

Robotic Prosthetic Knee by BionicM Inc.

The top accolade winning design serves as an inspiration to designers and takes a huge step towards building a more inclusive world. How do they do that? By merging robotic technology and the human body! The design is very personal for its CEO, Dr. Sun Xiajun since he is a prosthetic user since age 9. While he got his first prosthetic at the age of 15, Dr. Xiajun understands the importance of merging design and engineering to create a product that excels in everyday life. Especially in the prosthetics field, functionality and aesthetics hold equal weightage in making the design feel socially acceptable, helping the user be comfortable in using this design to improve their day-to-day life. The result is a compact, lightweight, and futuristic design that the user is actually proud to show-off instead of hiding it.

Yanko Design curates the team’s favorite designs that are pushing the boundaries for a better tomorrow and it ranges from urban architecture and automotive to smart home appliances and toys!

Deployable Emergency Shelter by Samuel Barratt and Henry Glogau

This design has an intrinsic connection to its environment and stands on the pillars of biomimicry and symbiosis. The concept explores how snow can be used as a natural insulator and protective layer in extremely cold environments through fractional origami skin combined with lightweight lattice structure – think Eskimos but in 2020 with design skills and their traditional knowledge of snow. “We wanted to design a shelter which looks to embrace and utilize these extreme conditions to its advantage, rather than fight against them. Snow became a building material rather than a burden,” said the designers of the Deployable Emergency Shelter.

UN/LIMITED by Chou Kuan-hua

UN/LIMITED explores the requirements of volume and material through a daily backpack because we don’t have Hermoine’s Undetectable Extension Charm to fit everything in our regular bags. It is expandable to accommodate unexpected items and can also be compressed into a more streamlined form to allow for better mobility. Guided by the design philosophy of ‘design by reduction’, it is sealed by heat welding and made of a mono-material, DuPont Hytrel, or similar recyclable thermoplastic elastomers with different levels of hardness and also making it easier to recycle – the objective is to design a product with recyclable plastic that is sustainable, improves with age and has a genuine bond with the user.

TOGOther by Pan Yu-Ting and Wu Ya-Cheng

This is an electric transporter that can be attached to all kinds of wheelchairs giving mobility a dimension of modularity that makes it more adaptable to people and places. Depending on the needs of the disabled, it offers three mobility modes: Independent Mode, Assisted Mode, and Personal Transporter mode. The modern aesthetics and universal design details help move away from the stigma of disability. This challenges our long-standing stereotypes and perceptions of assistive devices. Rooted in the idea of an inclusive mobile society for everyone, TOGOther aims to lighten the load of both the disabled and their caregiver, thereby supporting an aging society.

Ultra-Thin Air Conditioner by Ningbo AUX Electric Co., Ltd.

Tired of the bulky split Air Conditioners or the rattle-y window ACs? This is your solution – a slim, telescopic air-conditioner with an accordion-like panel as a cool air outlet. Ultra-Thin Air Conditioner’s panel expands and contracts to change the angle of the airflow that is exiting. The more the panels expand, the bigger the area of airflow. This accordion design replaces the traditional swing-flap blades of air-conditioners that usually guide the airflow. In a standby state, the space of the air duct is compressed, the panel collapses and closes, hiding the air vents to leave behind an ‘ultra-thin’ form. Sleep, simple, and super ‘cool’.

POSEIDON by PSD Pte. Ltd.

This automotive design is a first of its kind product that enables divers to reach deeper depths with great speeds by equipping them with the environmental parameters from an integrated LCD screen. The unique built-in GPS positioning system helps users return to their set locations when the propeller goes into in low-battery mode. For user-friendly ‘smart return’ function the slots are filled with a hollow glass micro-bead type of buoyant material – this ensures that the body is not affected by the high pressure of the deep waters and that it would actually float to the surface and start the GPS positioning function after being let go. In order to create highly efficient products with perfect safety, A123 lithium-ion batteries are used because they offer no risk of explosion, therefore reducing stress for divers. Truly, the Poseidon of the automotive world with its amphibian-like design.

AMBI- by Baek Ju Yeon

A regular mouse is still a major cause for ‘carpal tunnel syndrome’ because a mouse’s angle is generally not ergonomic for the hand, especially if you are left-handed because the mouse market often forgets about you. Sandwiched between the shell of the vertical AMBI- mouse is a collapsible accordion-like structure made with flexible plastic that allows users to adjust the tilt angle of the mouse. When the structure changes, a setup window will intuitively appear on the screen. This can be modified to fit both hands. The upper and lower shell can also be used alone (by detaching the accordion structure) just like a regular mouse. Left-handers finally rejoice!

WM Fresher by Nanjing Chuangwei Household Electronic Appliances Limited

By combining the functions of a front-loading washing machine, a small top-loading washing machine, and a shoe-care machine, WM Fresher offers users a ‘head-to-toe’ clean. Its unique three-layer washing space can wash and care for different clothing materials and dirtiness at the same time, saving time and energy. It is user-friendly, even for the elderly, and it is possible to customize and personalize the washing parameters for the optimum cleaning result. It uses an innovative steam washing function to sterilize and disinfect clothes. The shoe sterilization area is right at the bottom and automatically detects, sterilizes, and deodorizes footwear according to the material and size. Making laundry easier for everyone!

Moving Z by ZINUS Design Department

Moving frequently and constantly having to buy/discard furniture is a huge hassle, especially for Gen Z who are just venturing into the real world. Cities around the world are seeing a gradual decrease in personal living space, and the increasing movement in and out of the city. People need furniture that is suited for small spaces and frequent moves. Moving Z is a new furniture concept that is compact and easy to move. It is designed to reduce the time and effort needed when moving to a new home. For frequent movers, Moving Z can be easily packed, assembled, or used in different configurations – pushed down or upright to fit any space. The modular boxes are made from a variety of materials and can be stacked/arranged freely while the wheeled frame functions as a cart which can be used to move things conveniently.

Little Hoppa by Sofie

Many children’s toys on the market are bulky, not designed to last, and non-renewable. Little Hoppa is a 3-in-1 children’s play gym, jumper, and activity table. This durable, innovative, and multi-activity toy transforms and adapts with children as they grow (from birth to 4 years old). It is easy to clean and recycle, the simple nut-and-bolt fit makes it super simple to put each stage together; most parts are also reused in each stage. It can be used by newborns for tummy time, for babies with interactive hanging toys, and for slightly older babies who start to pull themselves up, it can be used as a jumper toy. The final stage has been created for the toddler and pre-school years – the tabletop is dual-sided so younger children can use the built-in road, storytelling forms, and interactive toys for imaginative play, while older children will enjoy drawing or reading using the flat side of the table.

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The SHAPL Design Contest is here to prototype your ideas into actual products!

While most design competitions reward ideas, SHAPL is actually committed to developing them. One of the few design competitions that’s focused on the outcome rather than just the concept, the SHAPL Design Competition takes winning ideas and actually develops them into real-world products that people can buy, use, and be delighted by! The process is quite simple. Develop your design, upload it to SHAPL’s competition dashboard, and it gets judged not just by a jury, but also by consumers who would love to own the product. Consumers vote for products they like, bringing the human-centric element into the competition, allowing the market to choose the most market-ready, market-worthy product… while the jury panel also helps vet designs based on practicality, aesthetics, and overall appeal. Winners not only see their products turn into reality, but also get patents to their designs, and hefty cash prizes of up to $10,000. (With total cash prizes amounting to $100,000!)

The SHAPL Design Contest is currently in its 3rd edition and entries are free for all, and open till the 17th of December 2020… that gives you a month’s worth of time to come up with a great idea for a product, design it, and tweak it till it’s a stellar concept! The contest offers a great opportunity to really test the waters with your product and actually gauge market response, thanks to the ability for the audience to choose the winners. There are no strict rules or regulations pertaining to what category of product you can submit, giving you the freedom to create anything from consumer electronics to home-decor, and from fashion and personal-care to even child-care! SHAPL oversees the production and prototyping of your concept, collaborating with you over choice of material, CMF, etc. If you’ve been published on Yanko Design, take it from us, your designs stand an even stronger chance of being one of the many winners of the SHAPL Design Contest! Go ahead and shoot your shot! (did we mention, it’s free?) Entries are open till the 17th of December 2020. Give your renders the limelight and opportunity they deserve, and your portfolio the street-cred it deserves! Scroll down to check out some of the past winners from the 2018-19 design contest!

Click Here to Submit Your Designs Now! Last Date for Submission: December 17th, 2020.

Winning Designs from 2018-2019

01. Hairstyler Pro (Gold Winner)

The Hairstyler Pro is perhaps the best example to highlight how innovation-driven and consumer-focused the SHAPL Design Contest is. This U-shaped hairdryer radically re-imagines how hairdryers look, behave, and interact with the users. The Hairstyler Pro looks nothing like a hairdryer because it’s so much more than one. Designed to be a dryer that works in your hand as well as hands-free, and with an attachment that turns it into a curler, the Hairstyler Pro is the ultimate hairdressing appliance. The U-shaped profile bends and contorts to assume different shapes that give it its variety of functions. A curler attachment (which applies the same curling principles found in Dyson’s curler) uses spiral wind patterns to quickly and effectively curl your hair, and the hands-free mode lets you use both your hands to comb/style your hair while the dryer stands vertically on your dressing table, blowing air exactly where you want it to! Pretty innovative, huh!

02. Furia Bicycle by Francesco Manocchio (Bronze Winner)

If the Furia bicycles fearsome form looks familiar, that’s because you’ve definitely seen it before… only, not in a bicycle! It’s one of the first to utilize motorcycle-inspired hub-center steering. Rather than above the wheel, the pivot points are located in the wheel hub, allowing the steering, braking, and suspension functions to be separate. This results in a smoother more controlled ride, especially over bumps and road irregularities. Shocks are immediately absorbed by the suspension with minimal transfer to the rest of the bike. This also assists with rider endurance. Combining carbon fiber composite and 3D printing, it’s unmatched in lightness, strength and performance.

03. OAVE Microwave by Youngwoong Kim & Jungbae Gong

Unlike conventional microwaves that exist as a box-shaped oven with a door and a rotating plate on the inside, OAVE takes on a much more ornamental approach to gadget’s design, giving it a cylindrical structure and a cloche-shaped lid you can take off to reveal the food inside. OAVE gives your microwave oven a much more aesthetic, table-friendly avatar. The two-part design comprises a rotating base, and a perforated metal and glass cover that sits over your food. Visible from all sides, the food rotates on its lazy-suzy base, illuminated by an overhead light. When you’re done, lift up the lid to reveal the fresh hot meal beneath!

04. Baek-Ja Fire Extinguisher by Ko Yuni

Modeled on the pottery style of the Joseon Dynasty, the Baek-Ja Fire Extinguisher looks less like a fire-safety device and more like an oriental vase you’d have no qualms about keeping in the center of your room! The faceted outer body simply acts as an external cover for the inner extinguisher vessel. The bulbous part of the vase protects it against impacts and shocks, while the concave part extends beyond the base of the inner vessel to keep it from coming in contact with the floor while in use. I’m not entirely sure if having a fire-extinguisher colored white is ‘up to code’, but this concept sure looks less utilitarian and more aesthetic than the other extinguishers out there!

05. LITO Candle Holder by Mina Kasirifar

Designed to not just class up your cake but also prevent the wax from dripping onto the food below, the LITO Candle Holder quite literally makes your birthday-cake heavenly! The angelic candlestand can be push-fitted into the cake facing either inwards or outwards, and can hold all sorts of candles… even the numbered ones!

06. Luft Flow by Luft (Gold Winner)

The Luft Flow explores a unique approach to air filtration. Divided into two parts, this purifier separates the appliance’s two core functions – purification and humidification. You can simply detach the small, portable purifier unit from its humidifier base and carry it around with you. The purifier works on an internal battery, filtering the air of whichever room it’s kept in, while the base of the Luft Flow works towards regulating temperature and humidity in the house!

07. Chess Pick by MEARI

They say chess is a great game to make your mind healthy, but what if it could make your body healthy too? These adorable chess-piece food-picks are an interesting cross-over, in part because they make your fruit-bowl look interesting, but also because they’re just intuitively designed to be gripped (as all chess pieces are). Don’t say we can’t play with our food now!

08. Model Y Router by Ninety Studio

Unlike the antiquated box/antenna form, Y’s triangular shape is at once minimalistic, sculptural and functional. Its internal parts have been reorganized in a more sensible way that keeps the antenna contained and protected. Better yet, one section of the triangle is dedicated to cable storage! You can actually tuck away any extra cord directly into the device. Until Mark Zuckerberg gets thats universal internet idea off the ground, I NEED this in my life!

09. Unit Pen by Unit Pen

Think of the Unit Pen as an ultimate instance of fidget-stationery. Designed almost like beads strung around a necklace, the Unit Pen comes with multiple playful units strung together using the pen’s refill. You can either fidget with the different pieces, spinning them around on their axis, or rearrange them to make a nice, tactile piece of stationery your hands and eyes will love!

10. Infrared Foot Dryer by Jeans/Industrial

Modeled to look like a doormat, this nifty appliance is actually a foot-dryer that uses infrared to generate enough heat to gently (and safely) evaporate the water on your feet. The dryer comes with a central control-hub that you can maneuver with your feet. Push down on it to activate the dryer and a combination of heat and wind quickly dry the water off your feet. Any excess runoff water gets drained out through the grills on the mat.

– Total Prize: $100,000
– Production Bonus: $10,000

Click Here to Submit Your Designs Now! Last Date for Submission: December 17th, 2020.

This Smart Pet Care Robot keeps your floor clean while feeding and playing with your dog!

I trust that I’m not far off in assuming that many of us have considered adopting a pet at least once during the quarantine. But they can be a lot of work and sometimes we bite off more than we can chew. Some pet owners have busy schedules and work their pet’s needs around them, or others might seek out help from a professional dog sitter. Whatever the case may be, Taeuk Ham was awarded the Silver A’Design for his design, Puro, the pet care robot, in order to lighten the load.

Puro is a multi-functional, autonomous robot that does…a lot. It implements three distinct modes: play, clean, and air purification. In ‘play’ mode, Puro tosses dog treats when your pet is left alone in order to help alleviate some of your dog’s anxiety. Once the treat is tossed and your pup is munching, Puro enters ‘clean’ mode and vacuums over any fallen crumbs. From there, Puro operates as an air purifier to neutralize odors and suck in loose hairs or strands of fur. One of the many features that come with Puro is the smart cleaning function. Similar to the smart robot vacuum, Puro meanders around your floor in order to collect dust, dirt, hairs, and fur, avoiding your pup and other household items along the way.

Moreover, while you’re away, Puro extends its fully-integrated dog-feeding station and also tosses treats in your pup’s direction with help from an implanted camera that maps out the floor and a gyroscopic sensor that tracks angular velocity throughout any given room. This ensures that, even when you aren’t home, your pet’s eating schedule isn’t compromised. Another aspect that distinguishes this design from other smart robot vacuums is the embedded air-purifier that operates with an incorporated air filter located in the machine’s charging station. Once Puro has completed its cleaning of the living room and feeding your pet their lunch or dinner, the vacuum slinks its way into the main charging station to turn the air-purifying function on, which cools down the top, cushioned layer of Puro that doubles as a dog bed.

While Puro certainly maintains an eating schedule for your animal friend and cleans up their space for you, you can still take your dog for nice, long walks come evening time and develop that special, close bond during the hours you’re home from work. Furthermore, if you live alone and find yourself cutting corners and speeding around the clock to keep your dog’s eating on schedule, then Puro certainly takes some of that pressure from your shoulders. Having a pet takes responsibility and while Puro, or any other robot, can’t replace that close kinship we feel towards animals, it can help preserve a certain degree of trust between you and your puppy.

Designer: Taeuk Ham

This Award-Winning Furniture’s transforming design stays with your child from birth to teenage!

Tutti Bambini, a UK-based brand devoted to manufacturing products for children and babies of expectant parents, has officially outdone their 2017 CoZee Bedside Crib with the latest award-winning crib that lasts long after your toddler outgrows it. European Product Design Award recognized CoZee XL, designed by Michael Samuel, as 2020’s Top Design Winner for Children and Baby Products. CoZee XL is four pieces of furniture in one, growing alongside your toddler and providing everlasting comfort and familiarity for years to come.

CoZee XL initially functions as the beloved Bedside Crib, which allows your baby to sleep in their own separate bed right at your side so you can develop that special, physical bond early on in childhood. The Bedside Crib can be used for co-sleeping or as a stand-alone crib, thanks to a hinge mechanism that unlocks one side of your baby’s bed to position it next to yours for sound sleeping and ’round-the-clock monitoring. Once your baby outgrows the size of their crib, CoZee expands into a Cot. The Cot is specifically designed for babies and toddlers from 6 months to two years of age. Thanks to the Bedside Crib’s frame’s hinge features, the Cot also allows for easy access and reasonable supervision throughout the night.

Then, two years will go by before you know it and your youngster will feel ready for their first “big bed,” so CoZee XL’s Cot transforms into their Junior Bed. The Junior Bed is a simple bed frame with a cushioned headboard and base, perfect for a toddler between the ages of two and four. Finally, this toddler-style transformer assumes its final shape as a sofa, which makes for an exciting, first interior addition to your child’s bedroom and social space for friends during playdates. In addition to the multi-faceted, impressive changeability of CoZee XL, it is completely foldable and portable, coming with a traveling case, so you’ll never have to worry about sleeping arrangements for your baby, no matter the age or space available.

Purchasing reliable furniture for your children is preferable over cheaper options, but it can get expensive quickly. That’s what’s so exciting about CoZee XL – this single piece of furniture is long-lasting and provides a sense of familiarity for youngsters so that the growing pains that typically accompany adjustment periods regarding discomfort over new furniture can be diminished, but you and your child’s comfort will never be compromised.

Designer: Michael Samuel

This planter + lamp combo is an award-winning solution for the houseplant-obsessed millennial!

Any millennial can tell you that when it comes to interior spaces, both houseplants and light fixtures have this way of making a bedroom or office space feel a little bit more complete. Lighting design and indoor plants can complement one another by shifting focus from one to the other, and so on. Or, in some cases, they merge into a single product that simultaneously brightens and breathes new air into different indoor spaces. That’s the case for the ceiling, pendant, and floor lamp called Ring, a European Product Design Award-winning interior light fixture designed by Jackie Luo and Wilfried Buelacher for Lampenwelt.

The lighting fixture is ultimately a simple design, thanks to its hybrid of design attributes from both integral parts of this product: the common houseplant and lighting accessory. The lamp itself can be hung as a pendant lamp, but can also function as a floor lamp when not suspended from the ceiling. If the pendant lamp is the decided lamp, then the pots for houseplants can either be positioned in the center of the lamp’s ring or entirely done without. A centerpiece for Ring provides the placeholder for plant pots to hang from but can be opted out for a straight, iron bar. Alternatively, users can insert a spotlight that works to enhance the light coming from Ring, which can be used for any variation of the lamp. Thanks to the subdued yet infinite nature of the lamp’s circular head, houseplants are free to drape and grow as naturally as they please. The fixture itself gently diffuses light throughout the room in a circular frame so that maximal reach is guaranteed. This product’s ambient, warm lighting, and rounded top bring a sense of adaptability to any space you choose to position it.

During the daytime, houseplants like String-of-Pearls or ivy can bask in the sunlight but come sunset, the Ring’s circle of light provides a gentle frame for leaf-filled pots. With today’s generation’s excitement over houseplant decor, it’s no wonder Ring’s final product design doesn’t present itself as a hybrid at all, but rather, a distinguishable household item deserving of its own light.

Designers: Jackie Luo, Wilfried Buelacher (of JWdesign) for Lampenwelt

This Modular Refrigerator uses an innovative shelving system to tackle food wastage

Those of us who use small kitchens know the importance of storage space, especially when it comes to the refrigerator. So, staying on top of what food is expired is key. Produce gets smelly and leaks, leftovers just take up entire shelves and clearing out the food that’s gone bad feels like a day’s task. In the UK, 5.8 million tons of avoidable food waste is garnered each year, which can be traced all the way back to a simple problem: frustrating refrigerator design. Thalis Nicolaou brings us his solution: PRESENTA, a modular refrigerator design.

Most of today’s refrigerators are like deep bookshelves that come with air conditioning. They store a lot and keep our food items fresh, but as they fill, older food items just pile up and rot, so cleaning out your refrigerator ends up being more laborious of a task than it should be. In order to combat this, Nicolaou created PRESENTA, a new fridge design that keeps the storage capacity of the typical refrigerator but ditches the unfriendly depths. Three modular, three-tier shelving units comprise PRESENTA and thankfully they make both storage organization and inevitable clean up much more approachable. Detachable, plastic shelves line the swing-out design of this refrigerator and they can be swapped out and reorganized in order to optimize storage and cleanability. When the user opens the refrigerator, each of the inside contents is immediately made both visible and accessible. The refrigerator’s slide and swing door allow for the interior shelving units to expand outside the refrigerator, making the contents inside of PRESENTA apparent within a matter of seconds. Below the main door is a deep, pull-out drawer that extends to the refrigerator’s full-depth in order to store bulkier items. Nicolaou also integrated a color-coded signal that alerts PRESENTA users when the contents haven’t been checked for more than 24 hours – an orange, LED light indicator lets users know to check on their food items.

The modular design of this refrigerator is impressive because, in a market full of technologically smart, but massive refrigerators, PRESENTA finds a solution in constructive simplicity. In this simplicity, rests accessibility since Nicolaou addresses the need for active and collective food waste reduction measures by creating a tangible solution that doesn’t require costly changes to your lifestyle or diet. So, say goodbye to those days filled with procrastination before a big fridge-cleanup because PRESENTA makes it as manageable as it always should have been.

Designer: Thalis Nicolaou