The Front-and-Center Fridge

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You wouldn’t dare to put a fridge smack dab in the middle of your living room, right?! Wrong! You just might if you had the OOINO Mini Refrigerator. The first of its kind, this micro fridge doubles as a tasteful furniture piece with its modern shape and material combination featuring natural wood. Disguised as a coffee or side table, the compact design provides quick access to cold beverages and snacks without having to run to the kitchen. Better yet, you can actually take it to-go just about anywhere! It sits on a simple cradle charging station and can be lifted up in a cinch with its integrated handle. Take it to the beach, on a picnic, or other place for fresh food you want to keep crisp and cold!

Designer: Jaeyoung Kim

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A Minimalist, Perfectionist wallet-sleeve

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Binding together the two most important things you place in your pockets, the Mujjo Wallet Sleeve holds your phone as well as your cards/cash in a svelte, luxurious little leather case. Entirely hand-made from a single piece of leather, stitched together and stamped with the Mujjo insignia, these full-grain leather sleeves come made to your phone’s size specifications.

The leather wallet sleeves are available in vegetable-tan and black variants and feature a durable and beautiful outside while boasting of an inside so velvety soft, your phone stays scratch-free (it also occasionally cleans your screen too!). There’s enough space in the sleeve’s front pocket for three cards or 1-2 cards and some bank-notes. Plus, its slim form factor allows it to fit easily into any of your pockets. We’ll also let you in on a little secret… put your iPhone into the wallet-sleeve upside down, so you can easily charge your battery or listen to music while storing your phone in its beautifully crafted case!

Designer: Mujjo

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Tesla’s Transportation Transformation!

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May the heavens bless all car concept designers. When we crave new cars the most, they immediately jump in to tickle our fancy with some drop-dead gorgeous designs, no matter how conceptual they may be. Believe it or not, it’s been 5 years since Tesla discontinued production of their first ever model (and the first ever highway-legal electric car), the Roadster, designed by Lotus Elise. Now while we wait patiently for the next automobile in the Roadster series (Elon hopes for a 2019 launch), let’s look at, or rather drool over this Roadster Y concept by Vinícius Buch, a student at UDESC, Brazil.

The car features an incredibly slick aesthetic that takes a lot of design cues from BMW’s ConnectedDrive concept, in the sense that it too is open-top, features clever use of planar surfaces, a silver and black paint job, and most importantly, featuring asymmetry into its design.

The car doesn’t shy away from being frivolously futuristic, as would be expected from a brand like Tesla (remember the Biohazard mode?). It features a Tesla logo on the front of the car that on pressing gets the car started. Doors don’t open the conventional way with handles, but come with a touchscreen panel that when you slide your finger across, cause the door to automatically open. The car also cleverly presents the visual illusion of having a grill on the front, by an interplay between metallic and black surfaces/paint-jobs. Move to the back, and you have yourself a power outlet for charging the car’s lithium ion battery. Hey Elon… Impressed?

Designer: Vinícius Buch

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A Marvelous Marble-ous Lamp!

Marble is luxurious, elegant, and expensive. However, it also leaves a massive amount of waste when operated upon that is cheap, and can be used rather cleverly. Marble dust. Marble dust is rich in calcium, and is usually disposed of by most, with a few exceptions.

The Marble Lamp by Selce Studio uses marble dust’s semi-opaque quality to serve as a pretty innovative light diffuser. A transparent box with a bulb placed strategically on one surface is filled with marble dust. Depending on how you position the box, and how the marble dust lies within it, the dust blocks or lets through light. You can play with the degree of coverage to make the light dimmer or brighter. You can even use the dust to position the light and have it facing any which way you want it.

Playful, check. Aesthetic, check. Inventive, check!

Designers: Riccardo Centazzo & Jaxon Pope (Selce Studio)

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From Surf to Turf!

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The latest from F1 enthusiast Olcay Tuncay Karabulut, the Maserati 2020 Bionic Concept takes aquatic inspiration from marine life and applies it to the design language of this far-out Formula 1 car. Designed with biomimicry from animals like fish and dolphins, the vehicle takes cues from their natural hydrodynamics and uses them to enhance aerodynamics. Thoughtfully placed fins, a porpoise-like nose and a fusiform body make it well-adapted for the road.

Designer: Olcay Tuncay Karabulut

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