Nature… Frozen in Time!

The Japanese have this ritual called Shinrin-yoku, or Forest Bathing. With people being so attached to technology and urban life, there’s a very apparent lack of natural connect, and that tends to have its own set of adverse effects. The Japanese immerse themselves for certain periods of time in greenery, allowing their body to naturally detox, as they let the forest and its aura cleanse them both mentally and physically.

It’s no secret that no matter who you are or where you come from, looking at nature, for example a large pasture or forest, instantly calms you down. Even if you’re not in the pasture or forest, nature has its way of lowering stress, blood pressure, and even blood sugar (plus much more). It is with that sense of direction and purpose that the Botanist Watch was created, featuring actual pieces of plant and moss suspended in resin, giving your watch a one-of-a-kind appearance as elements of flora create a beautiful halo around a minimalist, unisex timepiece.

As a result of its construction, not only is the concept of preserving nature in a watch unique… but each and every single timepiece is unique too. Made by hand, each watch features real plants or moss, trapped in resin. Watch bodies are hand-crafted, with actual pieces of nature, making no two watches the exact same. Celebrating nature and individuality at the same time, the watch bodies come in 6 styles for you to choose from, featuring 5 varieties of flowers and a sixth reindeer moss variant. Inside this annular eclipse of nature and time lies the dial that comes with a minimal, radial brushed metal design comprising hour and minute hands, and a seconds sub-dial on the bottom. On the inside sits the Japanese Citizen Miyota 1L45 Quartz movement. The watches come with leather straps (vegan faux-leather is available too) featuring simple and natural hues that complement the natural bend of the watch, although we’d recommend going for white-strap-white-dial or a black-strap-black-dial combo to help highlight the ring of flora that makes the watch look so very remarkable.

Made by Analog, a company known to dabble with unusual materials in their watches (wood, ceramic, and marble to name a few), the Botanist ups the ante by capturing and showcasing nature as not just a material, but as a thing of aesthetics and therapeutic beauty into a natural yet unnaturally beautiful timepiece. Plus, throw a Sir David Attenborough-esque voice into the video and things couldn’t be more perfect!

Designers: Lorenzo Buffa & Analog Watch Co.

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Breathe Better with Flow

Environmental tech company Plume Labs are on a mission to educate and alert the public about the air they breathe – the pollution levels contained in the air and the effects they have on our day-to-day lives are much worse than we know. They’ve done this through the use of their new device called Flow – the smart air quality tracker to help you find fresh air and take action to avoid pollution. Claiming that 40% of Americans are exposed to excessive smog levels where pollution causes nearly half a million early deaths a year, it seems as though Flow is a lot more of a need than a necessity.

Flow and those at Plume Labs are working with advanced data scientists to forecast real- time air pollution levels around the world to alert their users to avoid these smog heavy locations. Using the device and integrated app, Flow can help you upload your data to combine with other users, mapping out the pollution levels in surrounding areas. 73% of the app’s active users report it already helped them change their routine to avoid smog spikes in their city.

Designed in collaboration with Frog, Flow’s elegant body, versatile design and durable materials make it the perfect environmental companion to find fresh air wherever you go. Flow doesn’t have an over complicated design. Accented by the leather strap on the top, the device has a very warm feel to it. Flow is packed full of cutting-edge R&D in sensors, data and atmospheric sciences to guide those serious about their own health, into areas or routes with greater air quality. The only criticism I would have for this product is the accompanying charging base – its very simple design (often a positive compliment) compared to the Flow device itself makes this appear as an afterthought in this case.

Designer: Frog Design for Plume Labs

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Take This Design Three Times Daily

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With the gigantic increase in customers going online to order their medication and proscription drugs, it forced companies such as CVS against the ropes in order to hit back. The only method that CVS had of keeping a hold of customer loyalty was the prescription service itself – around a third of repeat prescriptions never get refilled, of the ones that do, about one third are forgotten after the first couple refills. Luckily for CVS, they were approached by Deborah Adler. Adler, after seeing her grandmother accidentally take her grandfather’s medication, took it upon herself to design a system that could be color coded for patients – both the prescription schedules and the pill bottles themselves. Immediately picked up by Target and the MoMA, Adler’s design was later awarded a Design of the Decade by the Industrial Designers Society of America.

How did CVS get involved? Adler took her work to CVS, saying “I felt they had the commitment and the will to see about such a large change.” It’s only five years on that the first piece of that system is being rolled out – a single sheet that patients get, showing exactly how all their medicines should be taken. By next year, the redesigned pill labels will hit the market. Adler’s prescription charts and pill bottles are only the beginning of an entirely new service redesign.

Designer: Deborah Adler

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The Limo of Drones

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What if a niche builder of old school gentleman’s conveyances turned modern luxury goods manufacturer made a passenger drone?! This far out question is the inspiration for the Bentley Skylounge – a class-defining mobility concept for the Brit brand. With Skylounge, Bentley customers can enjoy the privilege of traveling wherever they want, whenever they want. Through vertical takeoff and landing, the craft takes passengers door to door without any additional infrastructure.

The interior is as lux as you’d expect with a large lounge area and seats that transform into a bed position for full relaxation. The pilot seat in the front is lowered in order to guarantee a full panoramic view for the passengers while glass elements in the floor provide additional transparency to the giant panoramic greenhouse.

The exterior silhouette results from familiar fragments typical of Bentley lines and curves. The centered roof line extends front to back as s stylish element as well as a functional stabilizer. It also continues into the inside of the cabin as an ambient light, connecting exterior and interior.

Designer: David Wunderlich

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The Now and Later Rice Cooker

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It’s amazing how many rice cookers concepts come our way. It just goes to show that even seemingly simple products can be innately frustrating for those who use them. The major gripes for regular rice cookers are the delicate measuring process and time it takes to prepare.

This designed, called KOOC, conveniently stores your dry rice in a large vessel located at the rear. When you need to make rice, simply press a button and it will automatically dispense the correct rice/water amount and begin to cook. Better yet, it will keep rice warm for a period of time, but then begin to refrigerate if left unattended so it’s preserved until you need it!

Designer: Wankeun Oh

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