March 18th, 2014

Designer Fabienne Felder wants to replace solar panels with potted plants. Her process uses electrons captured during photosynthesis to power everyday objects. 

February 15th, 2014

Hippo is a toy created for seniors who have recently gone through physical trauma. Hippo’s playful nature provides a new way to observe an elderly person’s altered needs and abilities. The toy encourages creative interactions and social engagement, both of which can be beneficial when attempting to recover from a stroke or injury.

January 7th, 2014

There are coffee machines that make great coffee and there are coffee machines that look great. Ratio is the first machine that truly embodies both excellent form and function. Designed in Portland, Oregon, every Ratio machine is meticulously assembled by hand and is designed to last.

December 23rd, 2013

Quick! How acidic is the dirt in your yard? Soil IQ knows. It’s a little solar powered sensor on a stick that assesses your plot, recommends what plants will grow best, and monitors them for you. If they need water or if the soil pH gets too low, you get a text.

December 18th, 2013

Usit is a stepladder that integrates seamlessly with contemporary interiors. Stepladders often look too utilitarian and are quickly returned to storage after being used. The Usit does not have to be packed away- the beautiful design is worthy of being put on display and can also function as a seat. 

November 27th, 2013

Toymail allows you to send a messages to little ones right through their toys. Record a message with the Toymail app and a kid can reply right from their toy. 

November 4th, 2013

This humidifier sits right on your desk and can be screwed on any spare plastic bottle you have lying around.

October 21st, 2013

Gigs 2 Go is a paper-based flash drive. When you need to share files on the go, simply tear off a tab from the pack. Because each USB is inexpensive and made from renewable materials, you can feel comfortable leaving them behind.

The molded enclosure is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Not only is it renewable, biodegradable, lightweight, and cheap, but it’s also durable enough to ensure that each tab should last for many uses.

October 6th, 2013

The Float Table is a matrix of “magnetized” wooden cubes that levitate with respect to one another. The repelling cubes are held in equilibrium by a system of tensile steel cables.

It’s classical physics applied to modern design. Each handcrafted table is precisely tuned to seem rigid and stable, yet a touch reveals the secret to Float’s dynamic character.

September 29th, 2013

The Piamo is an ingenious, compact espresso maker designed for your microwave. It combines coffee cup and maker into one unit and can turn out a drink in 30 seconds.

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