Products designed to help procrastinators work better from home!

What actually happens when we procrastinate? I believe each and every one of us has big dreams along with to-do lists, phone reminders to even life goals. We all want to be more productive, be the best version of ourself and be the next Elon Musk, but procrastination ties us down. Jokes aside, procrastination has been linked to self-doubt, anxiety and even depression! Behavioral psychology research has revealed a phenomenon called “time inconsistency,” which refers to the tendency of the human brain to value immediate rewards more highly than future rewards (that explains us blazing through those infinite viral lists and quizzes!) With work from home looking like the immediate future, it is of utmost importance that we get our wandering mind under control and be our productive best. This list brings you products designed to enhance your work experience, giving you the perfect work-life balance in these trying times.

This portable armrest makes working on computers much more comfortable! The Mouzen by Gašper Kumprej cantilevers right off your table, giving your forearm a place to rest comfortably, instead of hovering in space. The platform retrofits easily onto the edge of any table and takes not more than 10 seconds to fasten. The platform comes with a freely moving armrest that sits on top of it. Using a patented ErgoFlow mechanism, the armrest moves and rotates in any direction with near-zero friction, giving you the ability to freely move your hand around as you switch from mouse to keyboard and back, typing, clicking, scrolling, etc. Built to take up to 50 lbs (21 kg) of weight, the mechanism has multiple shock absorbers and silencers built in to ensure the Mouzen works smoothly and silently.

Yes, we tend to procrastinate and fidget, but what if we have a more creative outlet to our energy rather than just mindlessly scrolling on our phone? Meet the Logifaces Puzzle, a little like the tangram meets the jigsaw meets the third dimension, the Logifaces puzzle by Logideez is a nice visual and mind exercise. The puzzle comprises a series of triangles of the same size, but different heights (at each vertex), and the only rule is, “Create a form by placing the prisms next to each other to build a continuous surface”.

The TimeFlip2 Interactive Time Tracking Device is a great way to get started with being more mindful. This time tracker features twelve sides, so you can have a wide variety of tasks assigned to it. And it comes with stickers so you can customize it to your specific needs. You’ll have an embedded green LED light for visual cues of your times status, and it has a Pomodoro timer to split work into sprints for maximum efficiency. Are you feeling like Monica Geller already?!

The Altwork desk claims to be the ultimate in productivity and ergonomics….and I agree. This desk encourages productivity by molding itself to any position that you feel your best in. There is a demographic that may have health problems which makes it hard for them to sit at a conventional desk and chair in an office. This causes them to lose out on many job opportunities that they might excel at simply because there wasn’t a solution for “How will they sit in the office?” but, thankfully, technology today has given us the ability to work from anywhere and this desk’s shape-shifting form makes it a part of the inclusive design world which caters to the needs of differently-abled. However you like to work, this chair will meet your expectations!

Just a simple tinted transparent acrylic cube, the Fume by Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis acts as a rather beautiful pen-stand for your alcohol markers (something designers swear by). Its design doesn’t just have them laid out in an interesting format, it even allows you to segregate them by hue into three zones! Although designed mainly for markers, this compact organizer is a great space-saving device to store all your pens, pencils, markers and more. Not to forget, the sense of satisfaction when you see all your stationery color-coordinated and lined up.

The beautiful Focus Journal by L’Atelier helps you concentrate on the tasks that matter. Inside the book, you will find uncluttered pages that offer useful prompts. The pages help you to prioritize urgent to-dos and find time for longer projects. Furthermore, you can time and track bigger tasks to see proof of your hard work. There are no rules you have to follow, but the journal provides a framework for structuring your thoughts. As an added bonus, with your task mapping happening on paper, you have no excuse to check your phone!

MOFT Z

The MOFT Z by MOFT Studio comes with the ability to prop your laptop at three angles, but that’s not all. The MOFT Z even transforms your sitting setup into a standing one, elevating your laptop up by as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters). The MOFT Z does this using an innovative Z-shaped folding system along with its signature PU and fiberglass material which allows the laptop stand to have a high strength to weight ratio while being thin enough to slide right into a Manila envelope. So in case sitting at one spot and working makes you angsty, MOFT Z can transform your desk into a standing desk. No more excuses for taking those 5 minute breaks that stretch into a 50 min snooze sessions!

Determined to never have random loose wires corrupt the visual balance of his spaces, Andrew Ferrier designed the Cable Cradle, a simple, innovative twist on the plug-point. Ferrier’s redesigned plug-point comes with an extended lip that gives you a channel to wrap your spare wires around. Almost like a thread and a spool, the wire can be looped as many times as needed to make your space look neat, and to prevent you from accidentally tripping over that pesky little wire that’s aimlessly strewn across the floor.

Working from home can get taxing and caffeine is our relief! Tap and Drop by designers Jeonghyun Ahn, Donghong Seo & Jo Gwanghee aims to revolutionize how we get our fix, making efficiency and simplicity the key features. The satisfyingly smooth curves used for the top of the device guide the coffee beans into the machine, eliminating the possibility of the beans from getting stuck, and making the filling process far smoother. Although, you may not have long to admire the elegant design as the coffee-making process can begin before you are even downstairs; an equally as beautiful mobile application allows for the selection of the desired drink from anywhere, and an array of parameters are available so you can ‘make’ the perfect drink! No more waiting for that perfect cuppa and wasting time!

If noise and phone distractions are your kryptonite, the Helmfon by Hochu Rayu will be your savior! A portmanteau of the words Helmet and Phone, the Helmfon isn’t just a noise-canceling device, it’s also an elaborate pair of headphones. Equipped with a system board, microphone, speakers, accumulator, magnifier and space on the inside for a smartphone, the Helmfon enables wearers to watch videos, organize Skype conferences and even make calls from within the helmet. Sure, it looks like you’re wearing a giant helmet, but if it helps you focus and finish up work effectively, then I am all for it!

Ukrainian product designer Julia Kononenko created the ‘Eco Pot’, an intriguing little product that organizes your desk and adds a pop of green to it! The multipurpose desk accessory is basically a flower pot with an integrated pen holder. So give your eyes a much-needed break by talking to your green friends and get back to work asap!

The School of Life presents the Phone Detox. A palm-friendly, phone-sized book that contains insights, ideas, and meditations that help you get over your heavy dependency on your phone, social media, and validation addictions. The book covers relevant topics like Addiction, Monasticism, Poetry, Nature, Dating, Utopia, and even Death. Its aim is to allow us to take a step back, breathe, and contemplate a little, rather than simply consuming content the internet keeps throwing at you.

The Bedchill by Constant Ducos will revolutionize how you both work and relax in bed as the fully-fledged design has all of the bases covered! The roll-over table rapidly transforms the bed into a plush office with vast desk space. If it’s even more usability you are after, then the Bedchill Plus is the one for you; it is kitted out with power outlets, USB ports, adjustable mood lighting, and even Bluetooth speakers to ensure that the innovative workspace can cater to your needs! Being in bed is no longer a reason to not be working!

Keyboard Designs that improve ergonomics in your workplace!

Given how much we use and abuse our keyboards every day, we never really reinvented the wheel on that design. Or did we?! Keyboard designs are a fundamental building block of our workday setup and whatever your style, we have a keyboard here that will solve your woes you did not know you had. A wave-shaped keyboard that lets you rest your palms in a more natural format to a keyboard made for designers to help them switch between software with ease – we have a keyboard here that will solve your woes! Happy working from home.

Say hello to the Kolude KD-K1 by Jeremy Lin, a sleek external keyboard with a pretty interesting twist. With circular keys that sit within a machined aluminum base giving it a neo-retro vibe, the Kolude KD-K1 keyboard is a visual treat with tactile scissor-switch keys that make it a great keyboard to type on too. Designed to be the sleeker brother of Lofree’s keyboards, the Kolude KD-K1’s twist lies right above those keys. Built right into the back-face of the KD-K1 is a USB hub, complete with USB-A and USB-C ports, an HDMI port, and two card-reader slots.

Vinicius Araújo has designed a gorgeous keyboard to aid in the transition between each Adobe program, saving the user hours of switching between Photoshop to Indesign to Illustrator to Lightroom. Accented with stylish LED colors and eye-catching material changes, the Adobe Keyboard is the designers’ must-have.

The Off keyboard by Marko Oljaca comes with soft, rounded keys that are elevated on independent “stems” rather than recessed into a solid surface. Not only easy to clean, but it also prevents the buildup of dirt and residue. Better yet, its seamless design makes it spill-proof and water-resistant. Its organic form is also ergonomically adapted to maximize wrist comfort.

The Aura by Vince Wang functions without a screen and that’s all down to the rather clever Eye-tracking Infrared Illuminators that locate eye-details and reflection patterns to project the image directly onto the user’s retinas! The futuristic technology doesn’t end there; in addition to the lack of screen, there is also a concave keyboard with Glow Thru keys that’s been paired with an adaptive input service for maximum productivity!

Slide Keyboard

A combination of a keyboard and tablet, Slide, as its name implies comes with a ‘sliding’ element. The tablet can be easily pulled out or pushed in, enabling it to hide sneakily below the keyboard. When you’re only using the keyboard, the tablet snugly remains a part of it. Designer Cheolsu Park added a lock button to the product, pressing it prevents the keyboard from sliding up and down, keeping it firmly in position. The edges of the product have been centered using a weighty material, ensuring that the product does not tilt in its extended form, especially when you’re typing on the keyboard.

Hidekey

The Hidekey keyboard by Yeong Seok Go has a secret! Its number pad is in hiding. Tucked away on the backside of the keyboard, a quick sliding movement reveals the number pad. The pad can be easily pulled out whenever needed. Once it has been used, you can effortlessly slide it back in. This ensures you always have a number pad at your disposal, improving the efficiency of your work, without taking up too much space.

The first thing you notice when you see the ERGO K860 is its camel-hump, or as Logitech calls it, the WAVE. Logitech’s design team states that when completely relaxed (like your muscles would be if you were floating underwater), your hands don’t lay completely flat. They relax at a slight outward angle. The ERGO K860’s wave detail gets your hands to rest in that exact same angle to deliver a more natural typing experience. The split-keyboard layout guides your hands into a spread-out shape too, so you’ve got each key covered by your fingers. The keys, rated for a 10 million keystroke lifespan, come with a slightly scooped concave shape, allowing you to orient your fingers better and type more confidently.

The Lofree Four Seasons is quite similar to the Mac built-in keyboard, so it won’t be a drastic change for Apple users. However, the keyboard is compatible with iOS, Windows, and Android. The keys are supported by Gateron blue switches, which reduce pressure on your fingers as you type, preventing the risk of developing Repetitive Strain Injury. It can be used wirelessly and with a wire, so it’s quite easy to carry around. Equipped with an LED backlight, you can adjust the lighting of the keyboard which comes in three levels, so you can easily use the keyboard no matter where you are. The Lofree Four Seasons allows you to connect and work with three different devices, your smartphone, laptop, and tablet.

Modern technologies and retro styling collide and create a nostalgic piece of kit with Azio Designs’s Retro Keyboard. The timeless design may be what grabs your attention, but it’s the beautiful integration of modern technology that will keep it; ‘Blue’ mechanical keys offer tactile feedback that is both hugely satisfying and reminiscent of typewriters back in the day! LED backlights gently illuminate the keys, adding to the beautiful blend of modern and retro design.

Royole’s RoType is a neat, rollable keyboard. Unlike those hideous flexible silicone/TPU keyboards that you now find on novelty gadget shops, the RoType is slick, professional, and classy. With a miraculously transparent keyboard that embraces and becomes the surface you place it on, the RoType feels sort of like typing on air.

If you’ve ever tried to text in the cold, you know that your fingers tend to lock because of the low temperatures… so imagine trying to type on a keyboard in the cold. Whether you’re working or gaming, the Breez desktop hand-warmer keeps your fingers toasty as you clack away at the keys of your USB or wireless keyboard. The horizontal radiator design uniformly warms your hands as you type, covering the entire keyboard so there’s never a cold-zone near the Numpad.

Lamps designed to improve your desk setup’s productivity!

Lamps or light has been an essential part of our existence since the cavemen first discovered fire. Being one of those products that we can’t just live without, lamps must be one of the most experimented upon product designs. Collecting some of the best of these conceptual lamps under Render Weekly’s desk lamp challenge, every lamp design featured here marries form and functionality with some exceptional rendering skills to produce dramatic results. We all know we need a desk lamp, especially when most of the globe is stuck quarantined at home and these desk lamps will help you focus, declutter and stay more organized, giving a jump to your productivity!

The Blooming Lamp uses a clever manual fan-like spreading technique to give you complete control on the amount of light you get. Designed by Yohan Lansard, Blooming Lamp’s fun, interactive design is as much playful as it is functional.

Leo De Brito’s table lamp is a simple yet iconic design, with a focus on getting every detail right. Available in a variety of colors that complement each other, this lamp is sure to be a statement piece wherever you place it.

The Clamp Lamp! The name has a great ring to it and so does the functionality. The Clamp Lamp’s super ability is the way it can clip itself to the side of your desk, giving you a catch-all tray at the bottom and not occupy and precious desk space. Designed by Raghavendra Rao, this eye-popping orange-colored lamp is sure to stand out!

Yes, we need purely functional designs like a lamp on our desk, but designers are here to jazz up your life, or your desk in this case. Designed by Nikhil Kapoor, the Fidget Lamp as its name implies invites you to come and play with it. With a small marble in place of the traditional switch or knob, you can change the intensity of light by just moving the marble up and down along the groove placed in the lamp’s surface!

Peep Lantern by Roshan Hakkim loves the details and we love those details. Showcased with the ability to throw out 6 different shades, the design has a sleek form factor and looks at home in any tech-based space. Sleek, edgy and modern, this lamp is a perfect addition to any bachelor pad!

Joaquin Bozicovich’s Braun inspired lamp is a visual explanation of why Braun’s style rocked the world. The lamp comes equipped with a 360-degree rotating head and the minimal contrast of a simple orange button with the beige body has us entranced.

Lee Sung Wook’s retro-inspired lamp is sure to win every retro lover’s heart! Using metal against old-fashioned glass light diffuser, the lamp will surely cast an intricate pattern on your surrounding space. Mood lighting for the old soul.

Analog designs have a beauty that digital design is trying to embody. Feel the full beauty of it in this lamp design by Tyson Mai that comes with a puck-like lamp head that can be rotated to switch it on/off as well as adjust how many lumens of light would you like to receive!

The minimal Halo Lamp is a perfect design for any modern house. Focusing on the beauty of a circular LED, the light’s halo-like form holds the light and allows it do all the talking. No extra frills to distract you from the sheer beauty of glass and light in this design by Quentin de Coster.

Inspired by the desk lamp from the IKEA and Teenage Engineering collab project the FREKVENS, Adam Miklosi’s lamp is rendered to be a beautiful pop of color that is sure to light up any desk!

Architectural Designs that make you want to stay indoors!

Its been 13 weeks since 202o has started and it has brought the world to a staggering halt. With the current pandemic keeping us all locked in with only the internet at our disposal, there is no harm in fantasizing what our ideal homestay would look like. And boy, do we have some interesting options! From an enclosed courtyard, a sunken sofa to even a reading net in the library, each design here has an element that makes you want to spend more time indoors. Before I give it all way in my excitement to share, here is a curated collection of interior designs that make staying at home convenient and comfortable in these quarantined times. Who knows, this list may even inspire you to add some of these touches to your home. Stay indoors and stay safe!

Pam and Paul’s House is designed by local studio Craig Steely Architecture, located in a sloped site in northern California, with vast stretches of glass that overlook the treetops. The house is simple to look at from the outside, but inside, its the usage of elevation that differentiates it. A sunken sofa/ bed commands the attention in the living room, with block-like cushions to shape that space as needed. That sofa sure makes us want to dive into it, right from working from home to taking a small nap, it has us covered.

The Ortega Mora House designed by Estudio Transversal boasts of a courtyard enclosed within its angular space, creating the perfect retreat to relax in and cut off from the influx of rumors and news spreading across our digital channels. Perfect for meditation, or just spending some quality time with self, being quarantined in this home will be great for some self-love.

Christopher Duffy for British design brand Duffy London has created a swing table! Bringing the child-like joy of using a swing to a shared living space, this table is perfect for everything from working from home to holding important family meetings. With this table in place, the room is sure to be everyone’s favorite spot of the house!

Encouraging learning through dynamic spaces, Spanish creative studio Playoffice has designed the ‘reading net’, a meshed fabric suspended from the architecture of a family library. The hanging web is attached to the railings of a lofted path and creates a fun space for the children as well as adults to lose themselves in the imaginary world of the books they love.

A small alcove that doubles up as a sanctuary for anyone who wants to disconnect from the outside world, we are completely in love with this design by the homeowners of the Funkis Family Home.

Spanish architect Pia Mendaro defies convention and reconfigures the modern home in the design of Topo’s Shed – a home-cum-studio for her artist friend Clara Cebrian in Madrid. The brief was simple – she does not like overly designed things and thus, wanted something that could adapt to the needs that appear over a period of time. Something like a Potter-inspired ‘Ron Weasley house’, letting you add elements to the house as needed by the owner!

Dumitru Martiniuc of D3 Design Studio designed the Sixteen house, a place where dark interiors meet minimalism, making this the perfect modern bachelor pad. But what truly caught our attention is the skylight right above the bed, giving a glimpse to the starry sky as you lie in bed!

Now here is one of the things I would have in my home when I become a millionaire – a movie theater with double beds for lying down and watching your favorite movies! Called the ‘VIP Bedroom’, Cinema Pathé in Switzerland aims to give moviegoers an unforgettable experience possible from start to finish.

Miner Road designed by Faulkner Architects and located in Orlinda, California uses big windows to help the home stayer feel in touch with their surroundings. With plenty of natural light and great views of the woods, this quarantine would feel more like a retreat than social distancing!

The Sound in Mind is an interactive installation inside the Le Corbusier-designed Saint-Pierre church in Firminy, France. Visitors were invited to piece together tubes, to make listening devices in varying shapes and sizes creating different sound effects. “This project was about the participation of people, building their own sculptures and finding music as the end result.” said Suzuki.

Space saving products designed for the tiny millennial homes!

Our homes may be small or big, but there are things that have to be a part of every home. They are simply irreplaceable. Take for example a ladder, a couch, or even a dishwasher – each of these traditional products are essential but take up space that we just can’t afford to spare with the new-age tiny homes. Well, these products are here to ride to your rescue. Each design here takes a non-traditional and space-saving approach to transform products for the modern millennial era!

Created by designer Ekaterina Shchetina, Fluidity serves a double function. A comely white dish rack by day, the multipurpose dish rack has an alter ego; it serves as a planter, or to be precise there are two built-in planters on its sides. Fluidity is designed in such a way that the run-off water from the freshly washed dishes trickles down to the roots of the plants, irrigating and nourishing them.

The Y hanger by Monoco is a beautiful example of how materials can be manipulated to create a folding object. Using the tension in the thread to hold the shape of the hanger, the subtleness of this product is inherently Japanese.

The Tadafusa Factory Showroom, created by Yusuke Seki, uses a minimal shelving patter that has us falling in love. Primarily created to display the hand-forged precision knives made by this renowned manufacturer, I can truly imagine this setting in a home, creating shelf space when needed or doubling up as a textural backdrop to accent any room.

Simple and functional, the Daily Roller created by George and Willy is a wall-mounted solution for all those who love to take notes/ scribble as well as brainstorm on paper! Roll it up when not in use, tear and save the ideas you need. Who needs a table anymore?

Practically a hallmark of simplicity and effectiveness, the Sho by Pan Biwei is made of literally two parts – a frame and a mattress. However, it can exist in three states. As a bed (with the mattress used as-is), as a comfortable chair, and as a reclining lounge chair.

The folding corner ladder by Company And Company allows us to have an essential product to be a part of our home in a restricted space. With its folding design, the ladder goes down to a quarter of its space, letting you store the ladder conveniently when not in use.

The best implementation of product design is when the product simplifies an everyday woe. The Wood Yarn Bowl by Twig and Horn saves your wool from running off the edge of the sofa and unraveling all over the place while making an interesting storage solution!

Winner of the iF Student Design Award 2016, Kevin Choi’s Wall-Mountable Oven can be easily mounted upon any kitchen in the wall. Its dome-like structure creates an ergonomic form that is easy to access and operate. To be honest it almost reminds me of a Stormtrooper for some reason!

Minimalist Waste Bin by Grace Youngeun Lee utilizes form rather than a mechanism to control the closing and opening of your bin. Simply place your foot on the extension and have it open up for you, no need to move the lid or to hold it while disposing of the garbage.

Loose cords lying about the house is one of my major sources of annoyance. While we wait for the world to go cord-free, the Dryerhair by Sam Hecht + Kim Colin (of Industrial Facility) offers a pretty neat solution for cable management. Use the hairdryer as needed, and once done, the cord along with the plug fits into the back of your hairdryer’s form. As we said, pretty neat!

Toasher by Lin Shuo De utilizes a method of interaction that has been lifted from another kitchen appliance, the toaster. The dirty items are lowered into the stainless steel tank, where an ultrasonic transducer agitates the dirt and separates it from the dishes. Add-ons elevate Toasher’s functionality even further; with the modular peg-board that can be attached to the rear of the unit, to expanding the amount of storage that it can hold and allowing it to be used as an item of furniture as well as just a kitchen appliance!

Embrace Social Distancing with these comforting product designs

Will this pandemic change society forever? I have my thoughts. I think we’ll be a lot more careful moving on into the future, being mindful of our own health as well as the health of others. I also think we’ll see more and more companies relook productivity as something that can be done from anywhere, rather than just an office, and I won’t be surprised if a couple of designers use this time to relook how to change human behavior to allow us to be social, but safe. Before this ramble turns into a rant of sorts, we dug through the design archives to find some products that seem to embrace good design, privacy-promoting practices, and social distancing. Some of them border on introvertism, but think of it as ways to help you stay connected with yourself, rather than with others! Let’s take a look at them!

Sit in the Capsule Chair by Kateryna Sokolova for PALAU and as your behind sinks into the cushion, you notice your peripheral vision getting narrowed. Its cocoon-esque design covers your sides and your top, blocking not just vision but also absorbing audio, leaving you in a tranquil bubble as you sleep, read, or work.

The GreenFrame by Johan Kauppi of Kauppi & Kauppi is a floor screen divider, plant pot holder and a lighting fixture, all in one. Comprising of a minimalist ash wood frame, the rectangular structure can hold up to three potted plants. LED lights line the ceiling of the frame. The illuminated frame functions not only as a light fixture but helps in nurturing and growing the plants indoors, especially during winters in areas with minimal daylight hours. The frame also serves as a splendid divider, creating privates spaces in bustling offices.

Foster + Partners has launched a chair with a tall enveloping form, to offer privacy to people working, helping them escape the bustle around them. Named the Cove Chair, the design is intended to function as a mini-office. Its generously curved form incorporates a wide, comfortable seat, an integrated USB charging point, an optional mains power supply, and a table, which can be used as an informal desk.

Designed to enhance the flexibility of the modern shared workspace, the Corner Office helps define personal space and create a sanctuary for concentration. Each unit can be placed on existing table layouts in a variety of positions to accommodate both large and small teams. They can be paired up or placed singularly in seconds, and will instantly provide visual privacy, sound reduction with soft felt, dimmable task lighting, and desktop power.

Made out of fiberglass and polyethylene foam, the Helmfon helmet by Hochu Rayu cuts out all outside disturbance, giving you your quiet zen, even in a buzzing workplace (Wall Street, take note). The shape of the Helmfon helps reflect away noise from around you, and its lightweight design means it can be worn easily, or even be suspended or wall-mounted. A portmanteau of the words Helmet and Phone, the Helmfon isn’t just a noise-canceling device, it’s also an elaborate pair of headphones. Equipped with a system board, microphone, speakers, accumulator, magnifier and space on the inside for a smartphone, the Helmfon enables wearers to watch videos, organize Skype conferences and even make calls from within the helmet.

Equipped with long side panels, a high back, and soft noise-insulating fabric, the Offline Chair is the perfect spot to find some privacy! Its cocoon-like structure and the optional roof that you can attach or detach according to your convenience make it even more of a safe haven! However, what really allows you to cut off from the world is the chair’s special “Offline Pocket”.  Simply slip your phone into the pocket, and it instantly blocks off Wifi and mobile signals. As long as your phone is enclosed in the pocket, you won’t be hearing it ring or beep anytime soon. Designed by Agata Novak, this chair physically ensures you stay online.

Note Design’s Focus divider is created for the brand Zilenzio and the panels come in several sizes. The larger size is suitable for the floor, surrounding an entire workstation, with smaller versions for tabletop usage. And the best part – it can be rolled up and stored in a backpack for today’s digital office workers who need more privacy.

When closed, the Alcove looks like any regular slim bag that’s carrying either your work files or your laptop. However, fold open the flaps and the Alcove turns into a portable workstation that gives you total privacy as you quickly get your work done on a plane, or in that Starbucks, or even in your office, to prevent your colleagues from prying into your workspace to see what you’re up to. Designed by Yared Akalou & Sergio Aleman Jr., Alcove is privacy made portable, giving you the power to turn your lap or any flat surface into an immediate no-disturbance work-zone.

The Relaxation Hoodie by Vollebak gives you the ability to switch off and recover, something we need more than ever – it’s when our bodies rebuild and our minds recharge. But we spend most of our lives plugged into tech and using downtime to push our limits. So the Relaxation Hoodie is like an isolation tank you take with you anywhere. It requires no tech and no effort. Just zip up and unplug from everything.

Featuring a solid wood frame, the Quiet Time (QT) Privacy Lounge Chair by Poppin consists of three ‘walls’ layered with foam and fiber for a fluffy, springy feel, promising to absorb all and every background noise, and creating a hidden oasis for you. The three ‘walls’ are actually two tufted surround pillows and one back pillow crafted to ensure that you’re comfort level is at its highest.

Humble 3D Printed Product Designs that can effortlessly change the world!

3D printing has evolved and how! Ever since its inception, 3D printing has excited us with the tremendous possibilities it offers us. Granted, we spent plenty of time 3D printing our models for fun, designers now have used this innovative tool to create technologies that can actually save the world. From bottle-caps that can quench the stranded tourist’s thirst to complete structures being 3D printed to offer a safe refuge when in need, there is a solution here that is effectively ground-breaking and has been manufactured by the humble 3D printing technology!

Designed to magically ‘turn air into water’, the Limbe by Fabien Roy is a new sort of dehumidifier that works without electricity, giving its user access to drinking water throughout the day. Its unique leaf-inspired design harks back to how water droplets condense on the surface of leaves, while its 3D printed intricate PET structure helps guide those water droplets down the ‘veins of the leaf’ into Limbe’s central axis which collects the water in your regular plastic drinking bottle.

An unlikely yet enthusiastic new member of the save-the-oceans movement is the Swedish carmaker Volvo. The Living Seawall is comprised of hexagonal tessellated tiles that sport a complex, interwoven structure that mimics the roots of a mangrove forest. The concrete tiles are first cast using a 3D printed mold and then mounted on man-made seawalls across Sydney, promoting the growth of microorganisms (they take to the tiles as they would to mangrove roots) that constantly feed on ocean water, purifying it of toxins, chemicals, and even minute particulate matter.

3D printed from sand, the ‘Spirula’ speakers by the Czech company Deeptime seem like they’re from another planet together! Silica sand was the material of choice. The porous and brittle 3D printed sand cones were treated with Deeptime’s special hardener, resulting in an airtight conch shell. Shaped after the spiral-shaped cochlea in the human ear and inspired by the deepwater squid Spirula, these speakers are anything but ordinary.

The Desert Pavilion was created to be a communal oasis of heritage and micro-ecology. When you look at the renders, the structure is a blend of local Bedouin architecture with space-age technology. The design team has envisioned an innovative use of 3D printed panels by deploying them onto a CNC bent steel pipe system. To simulate a holistic tent-like structure, the team used a hybrid of 3D printed polymer shells on 3D printed concrete topography with the ‘Mesh Relaxation’ parametric strategy.

Created as a collaboration between Formula 1, Designer Parfums, and Ross Lovegrove Studio, the bottles are F1’s debut in the fragrance market, and help capture an olfactory experience that most die-hard F1 fans will relate to… the smells of burnt rubber, brake oil, and wet asphalt. The perfumes don’t literally smell of burning rubber, but evoke a similar representation. Playing with ingredients like black pepper, musks, bergamot, leather, among others, the fragrances, available in a series of 5 bottles, capture the adrenaline rush that is Formula 1.

Apart from the electronics, and the rider, every ounce of the BigRep Nera is 3D printed. From the handlebars to the body, to the seat, suspension, and even the tires, the Nera is an absolutely stunning feat of design and engineering melded together to show how far additive 3D printing has come. The e-bike’s body comes with an edgy, chiseled design that gives it character and strength, and even includes a flexible bumper underneath the seat to absorb shock. Even the airless tires are made from 3D printing, with a lattice structure that gives it both strength and flexibility, allowing it to mimic natural rubber tires.

Yves Béhar and his studio fuseproject worked with tech company ICON to create the world’s first 3D-printed neighborhood in Tabasco, Southern Mexico. A lively 3D-printed neighborhood of fifty 500-square-foot, single-story houses for the poorest communities who are always the last to benefit from innovation and technology. ICON issued its Vulcan II printer for the purpose at hand. In 24 hours a base cement home with walls is built, with roofs, doors, and windows added later on. Vulcan II’s functionality is foolproof against rainfall, power shortages and most dilemmas in rural areas. The slanted roof provides protection against intense rainfall. And the strong base and walls will support the structure against seismic activity.

Designed to show off their advanced titanium additive printing techniques (and also their engineering prowess), they designed the world’s first guitar that can’t be smashed. Literally. After creating a design that they deemed was the strongest guitar ever made (they ran their own crash-test simulations too), Sandvik 3D printed the guitar out of titanium dust using an additive manufacturing process called Direct Metal Laser Sintering.

SHOELAB, created by Martin Sallieres has been developing a 3D weaving technique, creating shoes from one material. By tweaking the properties of this material, the designer can play with density, flexibility, thickness. Very much like nature does. For example, the structure of a tree is very different between the twigs and trunk and is still made from one material. The created mesh is a full polyurethane shoe inspired by the weaving techniques of spiders, with a constant back and forth movement along the shoe cast.

Although 3D printing has just picked up, there are quite a few 3D printed bicycle designs out there. None, however, are made of steel. None of them also look as beautiful as the Arc Bike. Created by the students at TU Delft, based in The Netherlands, the Arc bike has an intricately detailed bike frame made to look like it was woven, rather than printed.

Iconic Logo’s come to life in these architectural designs!

Meet Karina Wiciak of Wamhouse, a Polish designer who has been designing structures based on iconic logos known all over the world! Instantly recognizable because of their inspiration, Karina’s designs utilize negative spacing in the logo to add character and help us imagine how it would be to live in one of these. Looking at them, we can’t wait to see what Karina comes up with more of such brand-worthy designs!

Named as the Trihouse, this conceptual house takes direct inspiration from the Adidas Logo. Now, while this would be an obvious choice for the brand loyalists, the house does hold appeal from a purely aesthetic and architectural point of view. This design is sure to create some interesting corner spaces for the user to work with!

The Ringshouse automatically brings to mind the four companies that combined together to form Audi as we know it today. From afar though they may look like tunnels, the designer, Karina, envisions a pool in the backyard with a view of rolling hills and straw-filled fields in the front of the driveway.

For the love of Chevrolet, meet the bowtie-shaped house named Crosshouse! Imagined as an island, this house stands two-stories tall to be accessed only by a boat, this boat is perfect for the loner who would love to cut off from the surroundings!

Mitsubishi’s three-diamond logo comes to life in this ‘A-shaped’ Pyrahouse! With the glass-fronted windows offering a peek into the interior of the house, the functioning space is visually divided into three individual bits that allow the user to rearrange and match each section to their need.

Rhombhouse encompasses Renault’s diamond-shaped logo! Though the narrow base of the render does make us question the stability of the structure, this house is sure to stand out among the sea of homes we see.

Furniture Designed with hidden details that put your IKEA furniture to shame!

We all love furniture design, especially the ones that highlight and focus on individual details. It is the love of those details that is encompassed in this collection! Curated especially for furniture lovers, each piece in this curated collection has a story to tell by its craftsmanship!

Aero bar cart by Plataform4 for Lider Interiors shows us a more elegant version of the classic straw woven ventilated cabinet door contrasted by a simple leather pull. This merging of two extremely traditional materials in a modern avatar is guaranteed to be a show-stealer, letting you store your bar essentials while bringing a light airy feel to any room.

With an appearance that almost mimics the fragmented beauty of terrazzo, the PVC Bench by UAE-based designer Ammar Kalo relies on a new type of composite material developed by recycling old PVC drainpipes. The transparent resin reveals the multiple PVC shards in a way that seems to contrast the bench’s overall smooth, soft, organic design.

Olly Desk by Pavel Vetrov features a perfect little niche 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.

Culturally, the Japanese have been known for their attention to detail while maintaining a minimal aesthetic and this same technique can be seen in Hamanshi Design’s Paraboloid Chair. Composed of a bentwood frame and a characteristic rope back, the hyperbolic form tightens up the diagonal rope back and can be optimized as per the user’s back to disperse pressure.

Meet the Big Foot Table, obviously inspired by the well-known mythical giant, this table features equally natural wooden legs! The beauty of the original wood has been maintained throughout this table, right from the cracks to the texture that is retained and even highlighted by the space surrounding the wooden legs by designer Philipp Mainzer.

This beautiful dining table joint by Philbé Design is so smooth, it seems almost too beautiful to be true. Merging those three pieces of wood almost seamlessly, this table is the perfect example of how a single tweak can elevate everyday designs!

The Polly cabinet is a versatile storage and shelving solution. Made in solid timber, the Polly cabinet celebrates simplicity combined with subtle flowing lines and as always with TIDE Design, it is the beautiful positioning of the slanted wooden legs that caught our attention!

Making its mark in the collection of small dedicated studios, we have the Oria Armchair by Rafael Moneo, designed for Hermès. The craftsmanship shines through in the natural oak frame, taurillon H leather back and traditional cane seat. We can just imagine this chair aging over time with the beautiful leather adjusting to your needs.

Modi sofa by Lars Ernst Hole of Krafted builds a bridge between rectangular and curved shapes and is inspired by both Nordic and Asian traditions. The details of this minimal joinery emphasize the minimal nature of this product.

Olof Davidsson of OD Form created this textured stool and we can’t stop wow-ing over the texture of that birchwood design.

Unusual architectural designs that are every arch lovers delight!

Architecture is present in our everyday life in a very subtle way, shaping our reality – right from the stairs in our complex to the view we see from our windows. But once in a while, the architect decides to make a bold statement with their designs and this is a collection of such designs! Every design here challenges the traditional design aesthetics and methodology, creating a structure that is sure to wow you!

The Desert Pavilion by MEAN* was created to be a communal oasis of heritage and micro-ecology. When you look at the renders, the structure is a blend of local Bedouin architecture with space-age technology. The design team has envisioned an innovative use of 3D printed panels by deploying them onto a CNC bent steel pipe system. The structure is inspired by the merging of sound waves. To simulate a holistic tent-like structure, the team used a hybrid of 3D printed polymer shells on 3D printed concrete topography with the ‘Mesh Relaxation’ parametric strategy. Another fun fact – it can also be used as a case study for future Martian habitats!

Meet the Dune House by Studio Vural, a seaside holiday dwelling that is carved into sand dunes and operates without relying on public utilities. Using a vast solar field and miniature wind turbines, this house produces more energy than it consumes!

Alex Nerovnya’s Tesla-based render has us as intrigued as the Tesla Cybertruck originally did. We’re looking at a minimalist structure that features angular design, while large glass areas dominate the house, of course with a special place to park your matching truck!

Nestled between the Caspian Sea and the Sisangan Forest is a private residence designed by MADO Architects in the Sisangan province of Iran. The clients had one request, an intense focus on privacy. The architects placed concrete slabs in a tent-like manner allowing them to intersect one another creating a completely private residence without sacrificing the view!

The Flexhouse by Evolution Design is characterized by its ribbon-like and stark white façade. This unique dwelling is situated on the banks of Lake Zurich.

Meet the Qishe Courtyard renovated by ARCHSTUDIO, located in Beijing. This renovated building merges the traditional and modern technologies by using curved glass walls and a curved roof while retaining the original seven structures.

FM House designed by Alarcia Ferrer Arquitectos comes in muted concrete and with a roof that flows into the mountain. At first glance, you may have difficulty locating the house as it almost merges into its surroundings, trying to cause as little damage to the environment as possible.

The Sunken Courtyard building concept by Team Group and is based on a traditional Iranian method called Bagh Chal or literally, Sunken courtyard and was designed to protect the inhabitants from hot weather by staying below the ground level.

The Black House by German architect studio Buero Wagner is a stack of differently sized rooms (kind of like the Weasley House) clad in blackened wood extending a transparent cozy room encased in glass walls.

This luxury villa designed by Arthectonica in Canary Islands, Spain takes a new geometric yet minimal look to traditional architecture.