This children’s book has printed circuits!

I’m beginning to seriously think paper is one of the most versatile materials there are. You’ve got origami, cardboard furniture, plus remember that video of a man using a paper disc mounted on an angle grinder to cut through wood??

Anyway, designers Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Pluvinage are using paper to build simple machines and gadgets. Titled Papier Machine (a play on the word Papier Mache), the designers compiled a 13-page book where pages can be torn off and folded into various different electronic mini-machines and sensors (that can sense mass, humidity, wind, and even color… all made out of paper!), powered by simple off-the-shelf batteries. The paper electro-toys rely on special types of conductive ink that are screen-printed onto the pages, bringing much more to the table than just colorful visuals. I wonder what we’ll be able to do with paper next?!

P.S. Do check out the Papier Machine website to have a look at all 13 toys for yourself. They’re incredibly intriguing!

Designers: Marion Pinaffo & Raphaël Pluvinage.

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This children’s book has printed circuits!

I’m beginning to seriously think paper is one of the most versatile materials there are. You’ve got origami, cardboard furniture, plus remember that video of a man using a paper disc mounted on an angle grinder to cut through wood??

Anyway, designers Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Pluvinage are using paper to build simple machines and gadgets. Titled Papier Machine (a play on the word Papier Mache), the designers compiled a 13-page book where pages can be torn off and folded into various different electronic mini-machines and sensors (that can sense mass, humidity, wind, and even color… all made out of paper!), powered by simple off-the-shelf batteries. The paper electro-toys rely on special types of conductive ink that are screen-printed onto the pages, bringing much more to the table than just colorful visuals. I wonder what we’ll be able to do with paper next?!

P.S. Do check out the Papier Machine website to have a look at all 13 toys for yourself. They’re incredibly intriguing!

Designers: Marion Pinaffo & Raphaël Pluvinage.

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The humidifier with two identities

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Most humidifiers are only used in one half of the year, when it’s dry. They sit and gather dust during the remaining six months. Huira Koo had a brainwave and asked herself, what if the humidifier, when not in use, could integrate into the home decor and become a lifestyle product, therefore having two seasonal avatars. The Mool was created keeping that very insight in mind, serving as a humidifier when needed, and separating into a vase and decorative bowl at other times.

The Mool comprises a glass base, into which you fill the water, and a terracotta ‘umbrella’ that submerges into the water. An intermediary ring made out of cork tightly holds both base and umbrella in place. Mool humidifies the air naturally, through terracotta’s innate properties of absorbing water and releasing vapor. It’s said to have an incredibly long shelf life, resist infection/corrosion, and actually purify the water too, acting as a filter. The Mool doesn’t use a single bit of electricity, and can easily run for years before the terracotta needs replacing. Plus, it makes such a nice vase/bowl when not in use!

Designer: Huira Koo

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Putting the Light in Delight!

Elegant, hypnotic, and so beautiful, it justifies all the design awards its won, the D’Light puts an art installation in every home! Named D’Light after its delightful experience (as well as a combination of Donation and Light), the lamp is a pleasure to own and interact with.

The D’Light is a kinetic lighting device that adapts its style based on the kind of mood you’re trying to set. With the ability to orient itself in various different shapes, each with a completely unique character, the D’Light works beautifully as a table lamp, a floor lamp, a hanging pendant lamp, or even an ambient kinetic-artpiece deserving to be in the center of your home! The lamp comes with a table-top base, but can be attached to any outlet (it’s a breeze to assemble), as long as it has the freedom to freely shape-shift. Fitted with a smart-bulb on the inside that can change colors (adding more variety and beauty to the lamp’s abilities), the lamp has a honeycomb-esque paper pattern on the outside that can freely rotate, and comes mounted on a specially designed frame that turns via a motor, controlled by the D’Light app. The highly intriguing honeycomb pattern not only allows the lamp to rotate the way it does, but it also does a rather wonderful job of scattering the light. The honeycomb lampshade is tear-resistant and washable.

The jellyfish-esque D’Light makes a beautiful addition to any home and is sure to outshine (literally!) any lighting you may have in the room. It’s a winner of the Good Design Award, the iF Design Award, and the IDEA Design Award. Plus, all profits from the D’Light go to providing educational scholarships (Donation + Light), reinforcing the metaphor of light being a symbol of knowledge and wisdom!

Designer: ID+IM Design Laboratory

BUY NOW: $49.00 $79.00

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Most Buzzed Designs of July 2017

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Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in July 2017.

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Come October 2017 and we’ll have Google launch its second iteration of its flagship smartphone, the Pixel. Admitted it may not look anything like what we’re seeing right now, but Jonas Daehnert has an affinity for creating the most desirable phone concepts.

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This might look like a retro motorcycle just waiting for its engine to be dropped it, but looks closer and you’ll spy pedals! It’s Avionic’s V1 and it’s perhaps the most handsome e-bike ever.

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Water Curtain is aptly named for its elongated spout which provides a waterfall-like flow. This maximizes coverage for washing foods or cleaning dishes. Furthermore, internal sensors detect the size of the object and adjust accordingly to prevent water waste.

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The Ring Ruler allows you to draw perfect circles without using those compasses that tear holes in paper (my architecture friends will know the pain) and require constant readjusting and calibrating because the hinge is loose, or the pencil isn’t secured tight enough.

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This Android smartphone doesn’t want to be called a smartphone, but rather a Holographic Media Machine. It comes with a screen that is capable of delivering glass-less 3D visuals.

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The Gauswheel is nothing like anything we’ve seen before. It borrows bits from most personal mobility vehicles. You stand on it as you would on a skateboard, propelling it with a foot. However, it has only two wheels like a scooter, and has a singular handlebar with a brake, like a bicycle.

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Never thought I’d utter the words “loo” and “love” in one sentence but this one has changed that! You’ll love this design too – not only for its futuristic aesthetic but also its clever self-cleaning system.

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Love your smartwatch but hate that it needs juicing?! You need an innovative charging strap like this one designed for the Samsung Gear S3.

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Forget your fugly fish bowl! Tau is a twist on the standalone aquarium that ditches all the awkward tubing, hard lighting and unsightly box filters for a cleaner, minimalistic look that you and your fishy friends will love!

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iM2 will make sure there still are some skid marks in the upcoming era of autonomous cars!

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Exploring and expanding the possibilities of what we can do with additional powers… in this case, an extra thumb.

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Built with two powerful permanent Neodymium magnets in the left and right temples, these shades can be snapped to your clothing securely enough to even sit on a roller-coaster without having them flying off at the slightest instance.

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The Mindfulness Phone is the latest in a trend of devices that aim to get people’s faces out of their phones!

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With a bezel and dial made from actual concrete, the Masonic watch is probably the most beautiful and unforgettable watch I’ve seen in a while, as it pays tribute to the Freemasons, one of early society’s first architects.