Home workout designs to exercise without a fitness instructor and stay healthy!

I truly believe there are 2 types of people in this world – the first one who workout diligently and let nothing stand in the way of their ritual. And then there’s the other type (guilty to say I am a part of this) who let everything be an excuse to not work out! Its time we approach our procrastination head-on and get working on getting fit since we have a pandemic to survive. The collection showcased here includes AI-assisted home gyms ( this personal trainer is not going anywhere), home-fitness and trainer that double up as a mirror when not in use (keep the world guessing about the secret behind our new fitter body) and even traditional gym equipment but revived to be modern so that it won’t clash with your existing interior. Now we truly have no excuse to procrastinate, do we?

Yves Behar’s Forme is the 2020 version of the magic mirror that will make you come out of this quarantine fitter than before. Get in Forme-ation! Forme is a 6 feet tall smart mirror that doubles up as a home fitness trainer and machine. “We wanted to make a fitness machine that’s fully integrated into the home without it being an eyesore,” says Béhar. While similar machines in the market are offering cardio or yoga, with Forme you also get weight lifting, aerobics, and functional training on top of the usual programs. When not in use, the machine’s arms slide back and it turns into an elegant mirror for your home. The instructors are thoroughly vetted and you can track your progress by syncing it with your smart devices. Forme takes care of our body and our mind – that should be our focus for these complex times.

Inspired by their namesake, the Matryoshka Dumbells additional weight can be added to these dumbells by nesting the weights together. Designed by 7 nepo, these innovative fitness free weights take inspiration from an unlikely, surprising source – matryoshka Russian nesting dolls! Like the doll-in-doll system, additional weight can be added by nesting the weights together. With a quick snap-in/snap-out mechanism, you can transition from light to heavy in seconds to accommodate your workout routine without interruption. When you’re finished lifting and want to squeeze in some cardio, the handles double as a jump rope by connecting an included cord.

The Tempo Studio is a gym-set that comes complete with a display and a motion-tracking camera that actively scans and monitors your exercise in 3D. With built-in exercise routines that are guided by expert trainers performing live exercise sessions, the Tempo is the equivalent of going on a Zoom video call with your gym trainer. Hop onto a personalized live session with a gym trainer of your choice and the trainer on the other side of the screen guides you through your workout.

Introducing the world’s most portable fitness device. Monkii bars 2 is a gym by Dan Vinson and David Hunt you can take anywhere! Paired with the app it’s more than just fitness equipment – it’s your own private gym, personal trainer, and adventure guide built into one. Simply set up in less than a minute by hanging the device from any support structure – like a tree, swing-set, basketball goal, or even the door at home or the hotel. Then get a full-body workout targeting your upper body, core, and legs through hundreds of exercises and workouts.

Designed as a product to let you work and work out at the same time, Brian Oak’s crazy hybrid of a desk-chair and treadmill – named Fitwork, keeps your legs active while you work. Whether you’re sitting in front of a laptop or standing in front of one, it’s the sedentary lifestyle that Fitwork tackles. The setup (which is sure to grab a few eyeballs) comes with an office chair attached to a treadmill underneath, and an elliptical in front. Coupled with an elevating desk, the Fitwork allows you to keep the lower half of your body active while you work, giving you cardio as well as keeping your spine engaged, whether you’re sitting or standing while working.

Habit Furniture is a coffee table/bench that inverts to turn into a workout bench so your fitness equipment does not utilize all your space. Created by Designer Glory Tam and Doctor Albert Au, Habit lets you see and remember your priority of working out with ease by staying in front of you. Whoever said home gyms are bulky!

Mental workout is as important as a physical workout. Wanting to design a seat that guides you into sitting cross-legged, Gao Fenglin’s Meditation Seat can only be sat on in a certain way, directing the user’s behavior and encouraging a seating position that keeps your back upright, and your legs folded inward. The cross-legged position finds itself dating thousands of years back in Oriental and Indian cultures. Used often for meditation as well as for eating, the posture is said to increase blood circulation and joint flexibility, while strengthening bones, and keeping your back upright. It also aids digestion.

Recognizing that most people don’t have the space for gym equipment in their home, or the money for a gym membership, or even the willpower to head to the gym every day, Josh Hume embarked on a journey to bring the gym to the household. The catch? It had to be the smallest, most exhaustive (and exhausting!) gym ever made. After multiple iterations, the FITT Cube was born. With its 450mm edge dimension, the FITT Cube occupies as much space as a footstool and comes with a mini-stepper (with its own seven-segment LCD display), a rotating seat, gripping handles, a plyometric platform, and even resistance bands. The FITT cube also comes with a user guide, exercise chart, and a nutrition guide to keep you on top of your fitness game. Arranged in their optimized formation, the FITT can be flipped over to any side and used to work out on, be it anything from stepping exercises, to twisting exercises, to push-ups or lifts, to even plyometric workouts… the FITT was designed to cater to all.

There’s probably a sizable overlap in the Venn Diagram that shows the intersection between Star Wars fans and Fitness Freaks. Onnit’s range of Star Wars-inspired exercise gear couldn’t be more ideal for that audience. Take for instance the kettlebells that come in rather realistic sculpted cast-iron, modeled using the heads of Darth Vader, The Imperial Stormtrooper, and Boba Fett. The idea behind using masked characters for the kettlebells not only makes for easier molding (imagine how annoyingly detailed a Chewbacca kettlebell would need to be), but also lends a certain gravitas and badass nature to the weights. The kettlebells also weigh in an increasing order of importance, with Boba Fett weighing in at 50 pounds, to the Stormtrooper being 60 pounds, and mister Vader weighing 70 pounds.

If you wish to monitor the effects of your workout, the Circular Smart Ring by Amaury Kosman retains an impressive amount of functionality in a ridiculously small form. It does so, mostly by shifting a lot of the load to your smartphone. The Circular Smart Ring connects to your phone via Bluetooth, giving you all your data in a neatly collated dashboard. During the day, the ring captures your activity, blood oxygen levels, energy levels, calorie burn count, among other metrics, while at night, the ring ambiently tracks your circadian rhythm and records your sleep quality, heart-rate variability, sleep disturbances, REM cycles, and sleep and wake times. Using pretty state-of-the-art data processing and machine-learning technology, the ring, its app, and the app’s assistant Kira help you collectively better understand your health and give you bespoke advice on how to improve it.

And if you plan to return to your old gym, wait till they install sanitizing methods like this award-winning self-sanitizing door handle design!

Students Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li were inspired by the SARS outbreak in the 2000s and figured that a self-sanitizing door handle is more effective than the chemical-based cleaning processes we are using right now. The handle is made of a glass tube with aluminum caps at each end and the entire handle is covered in a powdered photocatalytic coating made from a mineral called titanium dioxide. The bacteria is decomposed through a chemical reaction that is activated by UV light reacting with the thin coating on the glass tube. Powered by an internal generator, the handle converts kinetic energy from the opening/closing motion of the door into light energy and that is how the UV light is always doing its job. This germ-killing product actually destroyed 99.8% of the microbes during lab tests and that is more than what Thanos did with his infinity stones.

We know it’s so much easier to be lazy when no one is watching you, but instead of watching the news and stress-eating our way to another illness, let’s utilize this opportunity to at least start working out! They say the first 21 days are the hardest – well, let’s get done with those difficult days so, by the time we step outside to workout, we will be in a better position than we are now!

Wooden Architectural Designs that show why wood, as a material, will always be in trend!

Wood has been the material of choice for construction across centuries. From a simple abode to even a sustainable football stadium, wooden designs are back to rule the future. The reason for it is simple, wood ages beautifully – anything built with wood will retain the character of your house. From the floorboards to the roof, each of this wooden house designs showcase this material in a spectacular way that will meet your style- be it modern or traditional!

Persimmon Hills Architect, a Japanese architectural studio has designed this timber Kannondō, or main hall to the Buddhist Houshouin temple for the once prosperous town of Sugito. The studio hopes to revive this local community that has thinned out due to the population moving out to the bigger cities. The revived Houshouin Kannondō feels airy, spiritual, modern yet accessible., encouraging the community interaction and lift their spirits.

The Yomogidai house in Nagoya, Japan designed by Tomoaki Uno architects holds a long and narrow construction with a blind street facade, with it’s windowless design making it stand out in the crowd. To allow for natural lighting, the back of the house holds a complete window with a gable roof to provide a sheltered roof.

These cabins hover almost five meters above the ground, keeping the cabins free from the snow-covered slopes while being surrounded by trees to maintain the privacy of each cabin. Built by Minnesota-based HGA Architects and Engineers, the designers say “The concept for the cabins riffs on the idea of a tree house, but instead makes them accessible to all by building ‘houses in the trees’ that can be entered from a bridge at the crest of the hill, along adjacent ski and hiking trails,” The studio used red cedar wood to create the design, “Dark cedar shingles on the exterior blend seamlessly with the beauty of the pine forest while the interior is stained naturally to create an immersive warm environment,” said the firm.

Cantilevering off the edge of the mountain slope, this restaurant designed by architects Peter Pichler Architecture and Pavol Mikolajcak, the Oberholz Mountain Hut restaurant for the Oberholz ski resort is set on a small mound, giving sweeping views of the ski slopes! The structure splits into three volumes that face off into different angles of the hillside.

Stacking up 61 tree trunks, John Pawson creates a space of rest and contemplation on a cycle route in southwest Germany. Named the Wooden Chapel, Pawson said “The client wanted to provide sanctuary or contemplation space.” Using trunks of Douglas fir with minimal cutting or enhancement of design, Pawson explains, “It’s just trunks of Douglas fir stacked on top of each other, there’s a minimum of cuts, so everything is solid.”

The world’s first wooden football stadium is being built by Zaha Hadid Architects in Gloucestershire, England for football club Forest Green Rovers. The aim of the design is to be the greenest football stadium by being powered by sustainable energy sources. The 5000-seat timber stadium includes an all-weather pitch and included a different landscaping strategy to mitigate worries that the stadium design did not sufficiently make up for the loss of green fields it will be built on.

Antony Gibbons presents an combination of geometric designs to create this house named ‘Kuroi Ki’, which literally translates to ‘black wood’. This dark wooden exterior is derived from the use of clad charred wood finish for this dwelling. The angular structure is organized around a patio space that allows for a private space protected by the tall structures on each side.

Bangkok-based firm Department of Architecture Co. incorporates a façade of wood and polycarbonate shingles, laid out like fish scales that shimmer in the daylight. ‘Although working with the traditional shingle system, the uninterrupted translucency surface is achieved by a special detail design using translucent studs and special transparent screws,’ the studio explains. ‘The façade is glittering in the sun as the light touches different material grains, from the solid wood shingles to the different translucency levels of the polycarbonate shingles.’

‘We wanted to build a house with the same consideration and attention to detail we put into our furniture and lighting,’ explains Tom Raffield. ‘Designing objects for other people to put in their home is an incredible privilege, we’d never design anything that we wouldn’t have in our own home, but we’d never had a chance to design for our own space before.’ This two-storey dwelling in rural England has been wrapped with stream-bent wood which is what Raffield’s company is known for – using a pioneering form of steam-bending to create hand-shaped items of furniture and sculptural works of art.

Tomoaki Uno Architects is back with the Ogimachi House, a pared-back and therapeutic home.The sky-lit dwelling in Nagoya was commissioned by a young client for his mother, who required a private and calming space to help her recover from an illness. Tomoaki Uno Architects’ design is deliberately simple, and built almost entirely from wood in recognition of the material’s physical and psychological benefits. The house is constructed without any windows, and instead relies on 37 skylights for natural light to create an environment of healing. “One of the most important considerations in this home is how it relates to private and social,” added Uno.

Studiobase Architects features a sustainable design that focuses on nature in this restaurant located in Taichung, Taiwan. The restaurant is located in front of a discarded train station mainly used for timber transportation, uses this as an inspiration that is replicated throughout the design.

If you love innovative architectural designs, check out more concrete and brick-based architectural designs to inspire you!

Desk designs that uplift your work and office space!

Half of 2020 is over, and do you remember those days at the start of this year when we would roam around the planet fearlessly, where the days were filled with IG-worthy moments curated to share on our Instagram page? Now, while we stay protected indoors, the focus is to not rely on pretty looking cafe’s but create your own savvy pace that will house you for the rest of this pandemic and lets start by choosing the best desk to setup your station. Given that we work during most of the day, these desk designs will entertain everyone from cat-lovers to people who believe in power naps – there is a desk here for every situation!

Meet the ‘Chaise Renversée’ – a desk that can also transform into a long chair by the famous French architect Pierre-Louis Gerlier. The literal translation of Chaise Renversée is ‘chair overturned’, I love how simply the French put everything. Since we are all cooped up in our homes, we are constantly finding ways to optimize space. Especially if you live in a city, you are likely to have everyday objects that are modular so that you have a functional space. Our current situation and the need to be flexible within a small space is exactly what inspired Gerlier to design the Chaise Renversée. It is the perfect blend of work from home and Netflix from home into one piece of modern furniture, it provides a stable table area to work and can then transform into the ‘Chaise Lounge’ when you want to relax.

This desk by Yeg Design Studio is called Clock and I want you to keep that in mind for the rest of this story. Clock was designed to be compact and fit in the growing trend of smaller living spaces. The designer wanted to create something that seamlessly blended into our workdays (especially when working from home!) without disrupting our office hours or eating habits. The hybrid station converts food waste into energy to power itself wirelessly but also includes the systems to be plugged into a wall if needed. It is an innovative product that combines technology and functionality to sustainably manage waste and encourage more people to shift to natural/renewable energy sources.

In all the desk designs I’ve seen over the years, this is a first for me! It’s called ‘Ascend’ and it’s been created by Dan Devine for all the cat ladies and fellas out there. Like any cat person will tell you, the moment you give attention to anything but your furry friend, they’ll find a way to lounge on your keyboard or knock over your utensils until it’s back on them! Designed with this in mind, the wood desk has been crafted with multiple ramps and landings for cats to perch up and play. If you can’t fight ’em, invite ’em!

The Pill Writing Desk by Emco really challenges a lot of fundamental notions of desk-design, if it were. With an unusual shape that’s eye-catching when closed and functional when open, the Pill manages to behave like furniture but look a little like minimalist art. The circular desk comes firmly wall-mounted, which makes it comparable to a wall-hung painting rather than a 4-legged floor-resting desk. The desk’s pill-inspired design is divided into three units. The upper semicircle serves as a writing space with enough storage for your belongings (including your laptop), while the lower quadrants act as a pair of cabinets for other items you may need to store.

Designed by Geoffrey Pascal, this furniture collection makes life easier for those who want to work on their bed without the risk of napping! The 3 pieces in the Grafeiphobia’s Unexpected Office range are based on the frame of a basic, slatted wooden bed. It gives a true ergonomic benefit by supporting the user to comfortably be in NASA’s Neutral Body Position which was developed to promote better health in astronauts when they live in zero-gravity environment. The user can work in different positions that are as natural as being in bed while supporting the body’s posture as if they are working on a desk. The weight is distributed across multiple points in the body which is healthier than the seated desk position which concentrates force downwards on the lower back.

The Porsche 911 Writing Desk by 3 GJB 17 gives you one more reason and opportunity to correct those commoners who pronounce it “Porsh” by telling them it is, in fact, “Por-shuh”… Made from original Porsche 911 body parts, coated in Arctic Silver automotive paint, and finished with Custom Made American Walnut attachments that complement the car’s contours beautifully, the 911 Writing Desk takes the iconic car’s rear end, converting its boot hood into a writing surface that doubles up as a cabinet for storing your stationery (using a spring-loaded hinge that lifts the boot lid up). There’s no reason you’d NEED the Porsche 911 Writing Desk over any other writing desk (an IKEA or Pottery Barn one, perhaps), but its design may sure leave you lusting after it anyway

FJU desk

Designed by the German design studio Kaschkasch, the FJU desk is one such instance of a compact piece of furniture making the most of its structure. It is an extremely linear and simple wall desk, an example of a foldable workspace. It can be closed or folded up, to make use of the two tiers of storage (maybe as a magazine rack!) or as a sleek writing surface. The writing surface is spacious enough to contain your computer, laptop, iPad, books and etc. It’s ‘foldable’ quality is all thanks to an innovative hidden mechanism, owing to the genius of the designers. Crafted from oak, the FJU desk is coated with an organic finishing of muted charcoal.

Olly Desk by Pavel Vetrov features multiple perfect little niches in your table desk that holds your stationery in place for you. Along with this, there is a small cut out that holds all the wires and cables from a laptop, computer, or other equipment in the center of the table. Who needs to buy more organizers when your desk is so mindful of your needs? We are in love already. Aside from a pull-out drawer at its center, it also has openings dedicated to propping up your tablet, phone, or other slim techs for easy viewing that takes up less desktop real estate than laying them down flat.

The Shelter desk by João Teixeira is a project that is coming to life because the designer was on a quest for the perfect desk. If you are someone who loves to have a clean, organized, clutter-free desk then this is the one for you! It was designed keeping in mind all the devices, wires, and accessories that live on our work stations, however, Shelter still remains minimal while maximizing the value of a desk. There are three slim drawers on the front side that are big enough to store your gadgets, like tablets or laptops. The back drawer was designed for you to hide all your cables and chargers. But the beauty of this desk lies in the curved drawers that give this desk its fluidity while retaining the functionality of the design.

The Lennart desk by Désormeaux/Carrette studio for Made is so much more than just a desk, it’s your own personal workstation! Its striking yet elegant silhouette, curves around the user giving them a sense of personal space as well as allowing them to focus on the task at hand. The beautiful wooden top conceals a useful storage area that is an ideal home for loose stationary and cables, leading to a desktop that is always clear of clutter. But don’t worry, as distracting as the alluring design is, your to-do lists that are held on the magnetic pin board are sure to keep you on track!

While you pick your favorite desk design, do check out our collection of desk setups and work-from-home friendly designs to help you balance work and Netflix life seamlessly!

Bathroom Designs that you can escape to: Part 4

The best places to relax, in my opinion are a great massage or the next best thing – a hot bath! Just sink in and let the stress melt away and trust me (or you can ask Chandler Bing) baths are therapeutic for women and men alike when rightly done. But you can’t have a bath in a bathroom that is a mess. If there is one thing you can do this weekend, spend some time setting up your bathroom so it can be the place you can escape to when the pandemic and social distancing gets too much to bear!

Titled Ethnic Minimalism, this interior design by Studio Light Design makes the most of the minimal bedroom with the surrounding views to enthrall you. Using stone and natural textures, this space uses black to create a stark yet minimal contrast to the entire room.

With a strong dose of minimalism, this bathroom design of the house named Black Mirror II (no relation to the series though) is designed by Nadia Smitiukh and Illya Rastvorov. The matte black theme across this bathroom is at once stark as well as futuristic.

Japanese homes are notorious for their narrow spaces and designers make the most of every little alcove. Shinichi Ogawa & Associates have managed to add depth and make more space to the O Residence in Tokyo. Maximizing the use of white to elongate the space, the designers have kept the interiors simple and clean and instill a sense of calmness through the house.

Cartelle Design’s use of a textured sink is the stunning focal point of this bathroom design. The design also uses black to contrast the earthy natural colours and textures throughout the space.

Love Affairs collection by Wow Design showcases a transition in the tiling between two different natural materials – going from tiles to wooden slats with a natural ease. Metallic furnishings add a touch of elegance to the entire setting.

Bogdanova Bureau has a mix of materials in a subtle harmony across this bathroom – from ceramic, wood to even glass. The focal point for me however is the use of the frosted glass window to create a natural light source that gives the space a glow.

Egzon Rexhepi of Móto Design decided to minimize the use of artificial elements and create a natural space for you to retreat to. We love the contrast of the fresh plants and the natural rock formations, creating your private lagoon for you to escape to and relax!

This ultra minimal and modern white bathroom by Geometrix Design is almost futuristic in its appeal. The black lines act like a border in a sketch-like design though I would love to add a pop of greenery in that bathroom.

Home Design Studio HD-M2 have created an almost sepia-tone with their palette of browns, beige, dusty gold and warm sunny lighting. The unconventional use of wood in the bathroom design adds to the old-school vibe while the sharp corners add a modern edge to the design.

Tolko Interior’s Osko village brings your Instagram inspirations to life with the mix of pale pinks, wild patterns and modern furnishings. The sloping roof adds an angle, creating perspective lines that draw our attention to the minimal bathtub at the edge of the room!

Can’t get enough of these stunning bathroom designs? Check out more inspirational interiors here to get your mood board ready!

Interactive Speaker Designs for tech lovers who believe music is life!

Call me a fool, but I have never been very invested in a speaker. My focus would be on the lyrics of the song and as long as I got to hum along with the lyrics I was a happy soul. This cocoon of mine shattered after I took an interest in product design and joined Yanko! The sheer variety and functionality of the speaker designs we showcase have made me a fan of these designs, with a special focus on interactive speakers. The process of manually changing a speaker’s controls now feels like an almost meditative process to me and now that I have a better collection of speakers with me, I still find myself in awe when a designer mixes this essentially physical product with a physical interaction that helps us feel the melody. This is the collection curated here today – speakers that attune themselves to your needs – be it associating color to music, using non-traditional interfaces or adding a new digital element to the design, each speaker will inspire you to look at this humble everyday object in a whole new light!

sound tool

The motive for Ben Lorimore’s Sound Tool was to have a speaker whose operation relies upon physical intuition, leading it to be emotionally stimulating! The main source of inspiration comes from the eccentric movement of a Conductor; as the volume of the orchestra increases, as too does the Conductors physical presence. This has been beautifully translated into Sound Tool by encouraging the user to increase the volume of the music by grabbing each end of the speaker and pulling them apart! To increase the volume of Sound Tool, grab it and make it bigger. To decrease the volume, compress it. Fully collapse it to pause, Sound Tool will not play at 0% volume. It’s welcoming to see a product that encourages tangible interactions!

Atelier” is a hybrid entertainment system that marries high-end audio and television into one elegant unit. According to designer Kwanjun Ryu, it’s first and foremost a speaker to appeal to younger generations less concerned with TV. Created to rest close to the floor, it’s capable of delivering multidirectional, high-def sound that will envelop the user in their favorite tunes or talk radio. With the press of a button, a 32″ screen automatically raises to reveal a full HD color screen. This means, when it’s not in TV mode there’s no blank, black box cramping your room’s style!

The Layered, at first glance, won’t give you even the slightest idea of what it is. So I’ll help you out. Designed by X-Factor, the Layered is a Bluetooth speaker, with the equalizer turned into an interactive tactile element on the top. Taking bands of frequencies and dedicating different controls to them, the Layered contains six transparent discs lit from the bottom. These discs correspond to different frequency bands (calibrated to help control the presence of a particular instrument) and can be rolled up and down the Layered’s surface to work as an equalizer, allowing you to amplify or attenuate the effect of instruments in your music.

Sound project

The Sound Project, by Pascal Grangier, offers a new way of interacting with music using color tones. Colour and emotion are directly linked to one another, from subtle, pastel blues which are associated with calmness and a state of relaxation, through to vibrant reds which symbolize excitement and energy. Protruding out of the top of the speaker is a polycarbonate layer, where the mood and information are elegantly displayed. The music is controlled via a separate device that resides on the top of the module; by physically moving the device, the music levels alter.

You’ve heard of 2.1 audio, 5.1 audio, even perhaps 7.1 audio… but have you ever heard of 12.1 surround sound? That’s what Lingsong Jin’s Actinia speaker is about. Inspired by the tree-shaped sea anemone, the Actinia Speaker has 12 tweeters on its radially symmetric top, and a woofer right at the base. With a gradient-tinted glass body, the Actinia is virtually see-through, bringing an element of transparency to the uniquely shaped organic speaker body, almost reminiscent of how curvy Harman Kardon’s Soundsticks were, back in the day.

The Waving Multifunctional Speaker by RuiWang Xiang is a perfect example of how form and function can help redefine a product’s design. 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 work desks, the Waving Multifunctional Speaker integrates clever and convenient solution, allowing you to rest your pens and pencils on it while you work. The Waving Multifunctional Speaker is also a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2020!

Mindaugas Petrikas’ Hevi speaker comes crafted from a mixture of rough concrete and wood, Hevi is a 360-degree modular speaker, with a warm and rustic aesthetic. With a glossy plastic plate stuck right in the middle of it, a surreal modern contrast is created to the otherwise homely materials, that are wood and concrete. What makes Hevi even more interesting is that it dissociates into two speakers! The top portion of Hevi consists of a mid-high frequency speaker, whereas the lower portion is a mid-low frequency speaker. The two can be detached, allowing you to carry either of the speakers wherever you wish. The compact upper speaker is, of course, the more portable option, something you could even carry for your outdoor adventures! When combined, both the speakers create a resounding high-quality sound.

Designed to be like an Amazon Echo Show but in the shape of an Amazon Echo, Royole’s new Mirage smart speaker tries to integrate flexible displays into smart speakers. The Mirage is a cylindrically shaped smart-speaker (with a floating halo) that responds to Amazon’s Alexa, but the most noticeable element about it is the screen that envelops nearly half the device, wrapping around from side to side. Royole’s always been an advocate of flexible electronics, with a folding tablet, phone, and even keyboard in its catalog of products. The Mirage adds itself to that list with the flexible display, which provides a new way of showcasing information that your smart speaker relays to you.

The Saturn hybrid speaker-light by Angie Kim & Heejae Choi begs the question: why shouldn’t our devices also be works of art?! The obvious answer is that everyone has largely different aesthetic tastes, but there’s no denying that Saturn’s sculptural form is better looking than plenty of other standalone Bluetooth speaker designs. Aside from providing high-quality audio streaming and stylish accent lighting on its rings, it also features a spinning feature that captivates with motion. Depending on the music tempo, its centered orb will turn to the timing of your favorite tunes!

Portable speakers don’t usually have intriguing aesthetics, so Arvin Maleki’s Seda was created with the intention of blending both visuals and technology to make it stand out. Its physical form radiates a zen feeling while also having a multifunctional appeal. Seda isn’t just smart, it was made to be intelligent. Seda has a pen holder in the center which also acts as a small space organizer. It features an embedded light bar in its external body which works as a desk light and it also has a dim ambient light – to be honest, this speaker is more lit than the playlist I made for it. It almost looks like an accent interior piece for your home than a portable speaker.

With an aesthetic that melds Japanese and French aesthetics together, the iFi Aurora by Julien Haziza is a hi-fi speaker that literally looks like it’s levitating off the surface of the table or mantelpiece it’s kept on. The audio unit is clad in a casing made of bamboo, with slatted strips around its periphery, adding contrast while also creating what one would perceive to be the grill for the speaker’s 8 drivers. The speaker’s semi-vintage look comes with a reason. It opts for analog signal processing over digital, delivering a sound that’s grand, lossless, and well balanced. Its in-built PureEmotion amplifying technology delivers room-filling, rich audio that engages you with music in its purest, hi-definition format. The speaker comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0, but even has more than its fair share of wired cable inputs, ranging from optical and coaxial to USB and even Ethernet.

Now that you are set with a speaker design, check out these innovative keyboard and mouse designs to help you create that dream desk setup!

Brick Architectural Designs that pay homage to the past while inspiring the future!

Imagine a castle and it will be made of stone or bricks…that is how old bricks are! Red and rustic, bricks have come back in fashion with the brutal or raw architectural trend that has gripped modern architecture. And we have to agree, they provide a jarring contrast to the sleek glass towers, standing like gentle giants or wise kings of the old in the modern cityscape. Using bricks to give a modern-day look, all the designs featured here are futuristic yet preserve the heritage aesthetics that add value or character to your building!

Brick being a traditionally tough material, it is difficult to envision this material for creating a curved surface. But that is exactly what Studio Olafur Eliasson has done with their very first construction in Denmark. Named the Fjord House, the project is commissioned by KIRK Capital to showcase the building’s relationship to the harbor. ‘I am very thankful for the trust shown by the Kirk Johansen family in inviting me, with my studio, to conceive Fjordenhus,’ Eliasson says. ‘This allowed us to turn years of research — on perception, physical movement, light, nature, and the experience of space — into a building that is at once a total work of art and a fully functional architectural structure. In the design team, we experimented from early on with how to create an organic building that would respond to the ebb and flow of the tides, to the shimmering surface of the water, changing at different times of the day and of the year. The curving walls of the building transform our perception of it as we move through its spaces. I hope the residents of Vejle will embrace Fjordenhus and identify with it as a new landmark for the harbor and their city.’

MVRDV continues to awe, astonish, and wow us with this transparent brick store created for Hermès, situated in Amsterdam. Using glass bricks, the studio created the jewel-like sparkling exterior to merge the high-end luxury aesthetics necessary for Hermès with the historical brick facade that has been iconic to the Amsterdam landscape.

Tadao Ando, a Japanese architect had transformed a Chicago based building into an architecture exhibition center, using raw concrete and glass to create a wealth of contrast along with balancing the feel of old and new. This exhibition center, named Wrightwood 659 is a four-storey structure with a concrete staircase that wraps around one pillar while being highlighted with rectangular windows that provide ample natural lighting. Looking ta this, it looks like Tadao tried to highlight all the essential building blocks to great architecture – brick, concrete, glass – which is fitting for an architectural exhibit.

It’s always interesting when architects design and create their own homes. It is a chance for them to unleash their creativity as they see fit, build that dream design they always wanted to build and that is exactly what Dutch architects Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman did when creating this skinny black brick building that is their home. The house, while looking opulent in black bricks from outside houses hidden windows and a huge indoor hammock to add fun to the place!

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (mYSLm) stands tall with a two-toned brick facade that pays homage to the natural environment found in Marrakesh. The museum houses important selection from the fondation Pierre bergé – Yves Saint Laurent’s impressive collection, which includes 5,000 items of clothing, 15,000 haute couture accessories, along with tens of thousands of sketches and assorted objects. Designed by the French Studio KO, the building is made up of cubic forms, that come to form a pattern that resembles interwoven threads.

With sweeping arches made of brick and an abundance of natural lighting, this residential complex by Muhamad Samiei is the perfect example of how modern architecture can adopt brick surfaces. In an attempt at changing the traditional tower design, this design uses the flow of the structure to create separate spaces within the enclosure, resulting in a harmonious balance of space-saving and utilizing space whereas the use of bricks pays homage to the past while looking futuristic in the same design.

India is known for its vibrant colors and it is those colors that the Surat-based studio Design Work Group has brought to life in this rippling brick facade. The Location of the building, being on a crossroads inspired the architects to have some fun with it, by using two different materials – concrete and brick to create a unique look on each road-facing side of the structure.

When a building is named ‘Cuckoo House’, you know you are in for a fun treat! This unusually shaped residence is by the architectural firm Tropical Space in Vietnam and sits above a coffee shop. The entrance to this home starts with an elevated terrace with more smaller terraces created to add ventilation and natural light inside the home. Given the local climate, the house is designed to make complete use of the indoors as well as the outdoors on warm balmy days.

CTA | creative architects have designed the Wall House in Vietnam, named for the use of unique breathing walls designed by the STudio for this house. After realizing that indoor air pollution was a major health hazard in Vietnam, the team decided to build a protective layer of hollow bricks around the house to facilitate the growth of greenery in the walls with ease. This technique creates an all-natural purification system that works on its own!

A drama theater built with some more drama, that is what Drozdov & Partners have created when they redesigned the ‘Teatr na Podoli’, a drama theater in Ukraine. What is the drama you ask? Its the use of recycled bricks made up of titanium and zinc that clad the higher levels of this theater, balancing the old school aesthetics with the beige brick-work in contrast to the modern metallic bricks that highlight the top.

Think concrete is the better choice of materials rather than brick? Check these concrete-based designs that show why concrete may be the futuristic material of choice!

Medical innovations that will revolutionize the future of your healthcare!

We are all aware of the three basic needs for human survival, while a fourth one is added to the list: medicines. Medical innovations are one of the few things that have the ability to change the world in a single innovation. WHO states that Cardio Vascular Diseases are the number one cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause. About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, the majority living in low-and middle-income countries, and 1.6 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year. The only way to handle these diseases is to improve our existing healthcare practices, focus more on monitoring which in turn will help us be more prepared for everything that comes our way. The designs showcased here today attempt to innovate and improve our existing practices – from the cast applied on a fracture to even motion sickness, these designs will improve our quality of life for the better!

Chicago-based startup Cast21, however, has designed a sleeve that fits over any hand. Cast21’s cast takes shape around your hand once it’s filled with a patented gel that hardens over time. Doctors select a sleeve-size based on whether the patient is a child or a fully-grown adult. The sleeve is slipped on, and filled with a patented mixture of resins that become a malleable gel after a while. The doctor can then adjust the gel to perfectly hug the limb, giving it the support it needs. Patients can even choose between gel-colors, opting for combinations and gradients, breaking the stigma that casts need to look horribly clinical. The resins harden through an exothermic reaction, providing soothing heat to the limb as the cast begins to take shape.

Citroën’s SEETROËN (clever name alert) is quite an ingenious device designed to help create a balance between nausea-inducing experiences, so your brain doesn’t get confused. The quirky-looking glasses (designed to be worn only while traveling) come with four rings on the front and side with a liquid suspended in them. When in a moving vehicle, the liquid moves around too, giving the brain a visual stimulus that helps it understand the way you’re moving. When the car moves from left to right, the liquid in the ring does too, informing your brain of the movement as you watch movies on a screen or read a book. The rings stay on the boundaries of your vision, allowing you to see normally, while the liquid rings on the periphery don’t obstruct your vision.

Literally the size of a quarter, Adam Miklosi’s Dab is an unobtrusive Holter ECG/EKG that rests comfortably on your chest, constantly reading your heart’s movements. Designed to be minimal, non-invasive, and simple, the Dab tries to bridge the gap between medical appliances and wearables. Its tiny yet classy design sits on your chest via a gel patch, while the electrodes capture your heart activity. The Dab’s dry-electrodes allow it to be used and reused, while constantly measure one’s heart activity (requiring periodic charging via their wireless charging hub), and keep logs of accurate readings, quietly sitting on your chest while you absolutely forget that they’re even there in the first place!

The Kardia is a tiny ECG (or EKG) reader that works in conjunction with your iPhone to give you heart-rate readings. Simple in its design, with just two textured sensor-pads for your fingers, the device takes readings and its partner-app guides you through the process, showing you your current heart rate. Place your fingers on the sensors & in just 30 seconds, you have a medical-grade EKG reading, to be monitored for irregularities, or shared with your doctor. Just like the thermometer became a household medical product, followed by the blood-sugar meter, the Kardia aims at becoming the next household medical device that helps people monitor their heart status and keep a check on their condition.

VanBerlo Agency’s LifeSaver can be mounted on walls at accessible and prominent locations. If someone is suffering from a cardiovascular attack, you simply grab it and press the button for calling 911 below it. So while you perform CPR, the ambulance is on its way! The first instruction provided is to remove the clothes from the chest of the victim. After that, you open the box and remove LifeSaver from it. Place the AED on the chest of the victim, and follow the instructions. OLEDs and touch sensors guide you through the entire process. LifeSaver even helps you with placing the electrodes correctly and guides you regarding the location and rhythm for the chest compressions. Via visual displays and an audio option, LifeSaver gives you critical feedback.

Using a trio of gyroscopic motors mounted within a sleek and futuristic wearable that dramatically wraps around the user’s hands, Tryro counteracts the shakes to stabilize the user’s hands and therefore induce a sense of confidence! Its designer, James Sanchez, recognized the various levels of tremors that an individual can have. To cater to this, a dial that’s located on the user’s wrist allows for adjustment of the gyroscopic motor’s speed! What makes Tryro so unique is the medical aesthetic that it has managed to avoid. Considered details and an attractive form lead to a more desirable product and one which doesn’t carry the stigma of medical devices!

Imagine a smart insulin port attached to your skin, delivering the right dose, and at the right time. At the same moment, getting all information regarding your sugar levels, meds timings, and health data, managed and analyzed with the accompanying app. Kite, designed by Mitul Lad & Cambridge Consultants, replaces the need to pump yourself with over 30 injections a week, thanks to the soft cannula insertion. It turns any device into a ‘smart’ device and automatically dispenses the accurate insulin dose. Designed to be affordable, a device like this can be very helpful in the lifestyle management of diabetics.

Ryan Krause’s VERO isn’t just some regular thermometer… it was built for helping companies monitor the health of their individual employees. The VERO reads temperature using non-contact infrared sensors, but it doesn’t just do that. It helps keep a tab of people scanned too, allowing offices or businesses to internally test their own employees. The VERO scans the patient’s temperature while also logging in their name, details, and their identity… like a biometric scanner that captures an employee’s attendance as well as their health!

I love how designer Manuel Hess put it… “a walker doesn’t have to look like a disease itself.” Harsh but SO true! His proposal for a walker, called PROSUS, ditches the stigma and is instead designed with dignity in mind. It takes inspiration from both sportbikes and modern furniture, applying the same sleek design language to the walker. Unlike “medical” looking walkers, this one totally looks Professor X worthy!

Taking inspiration from Airbus’ existing family of cutting-edge aircraft, the Airbus A-180 Drone project by Reza Salianeh looks a lot like something that might already exist in their modern fleet! To deliver a payload of emergency supplies, it utilizes three double engines – one at the rear for forward thrust and two integrated into the wings for upward and downward maneuvering. Able to take off and land vertically or horizontally, it can safely enter danger zones. Upon arrival, it releases a cargo capsule capable of transporting everything from medicine and antivenin to supplemental blood and even organs.

The award-winning Jelly medicine by Jeongho Oh, Dongho Choi, and Ryangtak Oh is individually packaged to minimize air contact and to prevent almost oxidation of nutrients from the moment it comes into contact with oxygen. It also provides customized medicines by individually tailoring the packaging. You can order medicines for specific diseases and age groups instead of having all tablets coming separately and wasting resources. The aim of this water-free jelly medicine is to ensure that people in developing countries do not needlessly suffer from diseases caused by contaminated water. Not only does this medicine design make swallowing easier, but it also addresses the larger problem of access to clean water in poorer countries. This innovative jelly medicine is created to be water-free so people don’t have to pick between curing themselves or adding on to existing health risks. The jelly is the same size as a sip of water so the patient won’t need to drink anything when taking the medicine. “Poor hygiene and poor water quality are causes of many diseases, including cholera and typhoid fever. When taking medicine in such conditions, there is a risk of acquiring additional illness if the medication is taken with unsanitary water. Jelly medicine eliminates this hygienic problem because it can be easily swallowed without water,” says the designer.

Behold the Full Metal Jacket… No really, this jacket from Vollebak is actually made from a germ-repelling metallic textile. Quite unlike those space-foil jackets that astronauts wear, the Full Metal Jacket actually uses a fabric with woven strands of copper, so it’s entirely breathable, flexible, and doesn’t make a crinkly sound when you move around. With as much as 11 kilometers of copper in each jacket, the apparel relies on copper’s innate ability to kill off any bacteria or viruses that it comes in contact with. The Full Metal Jacket comes with four large waterproof pockets on the outside and three chest pockets for your belongings. Designed to be your everyday jacket, it can be worn in any sort of weather outdoors, and remains as comfortable and soft to touch as any sort of synthetic outerwear would… in fact, you really can’t even see the copper strands unless under a microscope. However, unlike most outerwear, synthetic or not, it possesses the ability to completely obliterate any sort of microorganism that comes in contact with it, a feature that makes it a standout product in our uncertain future.

With reality and life catching up to our unchecked actions, it is time for us to clean up our act and while we repair the damage we inflected to the earth, we need these medical innovations to keep us healthy and safe.

Bedroom designs to inspire you with the best interior design ideas: Part 2

Bedrooms! Whatever your apartment size, there is one thing you will get first – a bed. And wherever you place it, that becomes your refuge. They say, if you make your bed in the morning, you are ready for everything that comes your way during that day because even if its a bad day, you come back to a clean bed, sleep and get a fresh start the next day. I say this thought applies to your entire bedroom as it is the haven that is your own, where the people invited are those closest to you and a place where you can let your creativity flourish because it is all yours! The bedroom designs here are here to inspire you, motivate you and help you visualize your bedroom that you will love!

Using wooden paneling to create a geometric contrast, this interior design by Max Shpak, Roman Kravchenko, Vladyslav Hreben, Alexander Lukyanenko, and Lena Sever’s Berlin House is a bright airy space without being overly feminine.

Amber Lewis of the Amber Interior Fame showcased this bunk bed with a beautiful shelving to store all the knick-knacks without any sibling fights!

A very unlikely place for a traditional bedroom, this attic bedroom by Griffith Designs inspires us to revisit that space in a whole new light, literally. Imagine having a skylight to look at instead of your phone on those long sleepless nights.

Having an entire dedicated room for yourself is a boon, but the reality is we often need to multitask in the same space. To make that happen, the Workroom designed by Zewrokroom Studio is giving us some major inspiration!

Blackband Design’s bedroom gives a refreshingly modern take to the traditional bunk bed design. Using black as an accent color repeated across the room, its a very minimal yet modern take for the millennial kid!

Andrey Sanko’s visualization of a bedroom is quite ordinary till we see the showstopper: the nest-like lamp hanging above the bed in rich tones of gold! The beauty of that design lies in its dynamic nature, with the unusual form making it feel like a twig might separate and fall down anytime!

Andrea West rekindles our love for accent walls with this dark accent wall that actually helps to highlight the bed with its blond headboard!

Speaking of accent walls, look at this textured beauty by Mary Hannah Interiors. Setting up a tone and a geometric theme for the entire room, we love the warmth this neutral color brings to the table, or shall we say to the bed?

Noha Ahmed plays with mirrors, patterns, and fabric to create a stunning backdrop for your bed. Perfect for a man cave, this bedroom blends the old and the new trends with ease.

What do we need for a good night’s sleep? A relaxing bath I say. Lemon leaf home design’s bedroom replicates the color scheme used in the bedroom in the bath as well, making both a seamless transition.

Would you love to see some more inspirational designs? Check out the first part of this series to get you going.

Architectural Design Renders that inspire you to create your own minimal happy space

Barcelona based Six N. Five is a renowned studio doing some magical work with 3D renders alone – from doing process and landscape exploration for Microsoft to creating movies for Samsung. Taking a step back from the extremely realistic renders, each of these settings creates an environment, a mood that almost flows from the image to you and filling you with the sense of tranquility implied in the render. Working usually with a muted color pallet and using textures to create a realistic image, this collection will transport you to that location and let it become your zen space!

Now while we dream of post-quarantine scenarios, this one quite fits the bill! Inspired by Japanese gardens, this render is a part of a series of designs that replicate the symmetry and balance found in these gardens. Adding a modern touch to this is the boat, which is actually a practice at Chidorigafuchi, a park next to the Imperial Gardens in Tokyo. During the sakura (cherry blossom) season, the petals from the trees float over the lake with boats swimming amidst the sea of pink, making it one of the most beautiful experiences in Tokyo.

As a part of their soothing series of 3D Renders, the team at Six N. Five decided to add a focal point to their design – the humble chair. Using a chair in this simple palette of pink, purples, and just a hint of blue with the sea adds a scale/proportionality to the design and we love the tranquility projected in this render. Just looking at this image makes us want to be there and soak in the calm.

Drinking tea is an integral part of Japanese culture. This Japanese room, lined with a tatami floor mat, sliding screens for walls, and overlooking a Japanese zen garden is fit for royalty! While witnessing this scene in real life, it was the aroma of the tatami mats that amplified the experience for me. Sitting in that room, sipping matcha, and witnessing the symmetry of nature, what more can we ask for?

Being the masters of 3D rendering, the team at Six N. Five was asked by T Singapore – the Style Magazine of The New York Times to visualize their version of their dream living room. And this is the answer they gave. Choosing an unusual green as the single color to rule the entire room, the only pops of color are the yellow orb-like lamps that provide secondary light after the abundance of natural light.

Merging the influence of bonsai and minimalism, this Japanese living room design lets life flow in from outside. Using a circular opening in the roof to allow the tree to come into the home creates an interesting visual focal point in the room. With a tatami mat floor and simple cushions that allow you to sit cross-legged, the opening in the roof is surrounded by heavy curtains to close off the outside influence when not needed.

When envisioning their ideal quarantine space, the team at Six N. Five designed this modern living room, set with their own furniture – the Holo-Scandinavian armchair and the Opposite chair and sofa, all in a space together with modern amenities like a swimming pool. A pop of greenery and a loft-life space gives a separate zone for those who want to quarantine in peace.

Minimal and escapism at its finest, this floating bedroom space is like an island of serenity. With 2020 making us all want to run away, this cocoon is the answer to social distancing and escaping needs. Now if only someone can tell us if there is any wi-fi connectivity there…

Designed to be the space you can unwind in at the end of the day, this bedroom concept features the studio’s Saturn lamp and Park Uno bed. What a refreshing way to help you visualize the products and get inspired at the same time!

Home is where the heart is, or in this case, the colors are! Six N. Five team’s home showcases a riot of colors, minimal seating, strategically placed rugs, and even a green false ceiling!

Going back to their love of Japanese Designs, this minimal bedroom boasts of a perfectly circular window overlooking a lush green gardens scene. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to such a view!

While the pandemic reigns around us, it is very important to have a happy space that is all yours to go and relax in when things around get too troublesome. So get inspired and create your happy place!

All black desk setups that will inspire you to adapt this modern minimal trend

With 2020 becoming the year we all work from home, your setup has never mattered more. When working from home especially, it is important to carve that space out for ourselves where we can sit down, clear our mind, and focus on what needs to be done with speed and efficiency. Use these designs to get inspired, get to know yourself better, and create your own setup that rivals any of the ones featured here!

Benjamin Ong, who goes on Instagram by the name @thericebucket and is a self-proclaimed tech geek shows us his desk setup that has a dark theme with a hint of warmth running through it. Since he works on tech reviews as well as photography presets, his desk reflects the ease of access needed to quickly reach out to his camera or anything else needed to capture the moment before the light changes!

Landon Bytheway (@landonbtw), a fulltime filmmaker, content creator, and mentor is also a full-time dad and a star wars fan – all of which his desk setup reflects for him. Using a 2 monitor setup, one stacked above the other saves precious desk space while his lightsabers add a warm glow to the room. From the looks of it, his Padawan is more than excited to start his training!

I love concrete as the material of choice for a room and this setup by Garrett King (@shortstache) is the perfect inspiration for anyone who shares my love of concrete. Almost brutally raw, the setup showcases sharp corners in contrast with warm brown leather and wood accents. From the planter, the pen holder to the room itself, everything follows the concrete theme and creates a modern-looking minimal work setup!

André️ Ratola (@andreratola) literally highlights the yin-yang balance of the universe with this black and white setup. Using black as the primary color across his desk, that space is saved from being too dark with the white accessories that line the wall to his side.

One look at Spencer Ryan’s (@thespenceryan) desk tells you everything he loves at a glance – his love for gaming, coffee, and the count meter that shows his dedication to his social media pages. One thing though, this setup shows that a dark setup does not mean a dull setup. Looking at the pop of neon colors across his gadgets and we know this works for us!

Tim Chow (@tdchow) adds fun to his setup with the individual triangle-shaped lights- reshape them and light them up to add a new level to your desk setup. Special points for that beautiful mechanical keyboard that adds a contrasting focal point to the look.

Richii (@privatedesk) adds a pop of greenery to his setup with an amazing green wall! A documentary filmmaker by profession, his desk shelves are a mixed bag of things he loves – right from vintage scooter figurine, his collection of lenses, and his adoration of Steve Jobs, an inspiration for all designers.

This setup by Ronald Monte (@ronshredz) is every gamer’s dream! Dark, intense, and with a shocking use of white, this setup sets you up for some exciting gaming sessions. Game mode on.

If I could name this setup, I would name it Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! Designed by Jonas Grossecappenberg (@jonasgrossecappenberg) this setup shows the importance and the impact of lighting on your setup – going from a fresh modern daytime look to a badass dark look in a jiffy!

If you think making your desk setup rock is an expensive job, think again. Ty (@tytydev) has a minimal setup, using a one-arm stand to lift his monitor while preserving the most important thing for any minimal setup – desk real estate. Add in some mood lighting and some badass wallpaper designs, you have a desk setup that will energize you for the day ahead!

Want more desk setup inspiration before you set up yours? Check out these badass desk setups curated by us, for you! If black is your color of choice, check these all-black interior designs to give your home a modern minimal makeover.