Furniture That’ll Hurt Your Feelings

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This collection of satirical seating is sure to give you the giggles! They’re aptly named ‘Uncomfortable Chairs’ and each has been modified to bring you back to a place of discomfort, pain, and heartache. More artistic expression than they are practical seating solution, they’re a playful reminder that no matter what you’ve been through, you’ve still managed to land on two feet.

Dumped: lets you relive the experience of being dumped. You’ll think you have support, but before you know it, you’ll be sitting on the ground, not knowing what’s happened or how you can fix it.

Stabbed: brings to mind all the times you may have been stabbed in the back. The chair looks inviting – but when you plop yourself down, don’t be surprised with the pain you might feel.

Tipped: helps you remember that you can’t keep it all together all the time. You may try your best to balance, but you’ll tip over the second you take your mind off the task at hand.

Designer: Jack Marple

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Home Is Where The Car Is

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The SYMBIOZ is like nothing we’ve seen before. The idea of combining transportation and living spaces seems like something absurd to fathom. Toying with this idea, the SYMBIOZ is an extension of the future – connected – home. Renault has mentioned the SYMBIOZ to be “an extra mobile, modular and multi-purpose room”. SYMBIOZ is a representation of what Renault envision for the automotive industry in 2030, with an all-electric, autonomous car.

The look and charisma of modern-day architecture – exposed steel infrastructure, oversized windows and sharp lines – lends its style to the SYMBIOZ. It’s this appearance that allows the SYMBIOZ to seamlessly integrate with the home of tomorrow, where “the car becomes a new mobile, multi-purpose living space for the whole family and can be used—open or closed—more fully, even when parked.”

The SYMBIOZ doesn’t skip a beat. The interior of the vehicle, designed by Aleksandra Gaca, is breathtaking. Gaca took Renault’s vision and translated that into the 3D woken fabric called ‘bloko’ as seen on the seats inside both the SYMBIOZ and the home itself. The inside of the SYMBIOZ is quite homely and inviting, as expected, with a layout of 4 armchairs and a small coffee table to compliment the space.

Designer: Aleksandra Gaca of Renault

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Messy Eaters get a Seat at the Table too

The words ‘pop-up’ and ‘booster’ have never been used in the same sentence before. Until now. The pop-up booster for Bombol is the first fold and store away booster seat for toddlers.

Babies are ALWAYS moving around; they can never sit still. One can only begin to imagine the strenuous safety standards a booster seat must have to meet when in use, and the pop-up met them all. Its ready for use whenever and wherever it’s needed. It is the most portable booster seat on the market and it’s suitable for almost all chair designs.

The pop-up is comprised of an origami structure which is incredibly strong and safe. How strong? The pop-up met both the international safety standard for boosters and even the standard for adult furniture, which meant pounding it with a 75kg weight over 20,000 times – and it still didn’t break!

The worst part about booster seats is the cleaning. However, with the pop-up, a quick wipe and the booster seat is good to go. The booster is covered with a non-toxic, stain and odor-proof finish. On top of this, the shoulder straps are designed to be removable, making the cleaning process a lot easier. Not only this, the straps have an element of elasticity in them to self-adjust to the child’s movement and size.

And the icing on the cake – the pop-up booster comes with a seat cover to prevent those never-idle shoes from dirtying or damaging the seat material. Pop-up booster appears to tick all the boxes, it’s a shame it doesn’t help kids to eat their greens!

Designer: Frederic Gooris for Bombol

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The Power of Rhythm

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Studying rhythm is beneficial to us in a variety of ways which we don’t even notice. It creates more neuron connections, improves our moods, and trains our brains unknowingly. The R/M AI System is a different type of wearable tech that aims to train your body and mind to stay in rhythm for a variety of applications.

The design consist of a headband and wristband equipped with highly sensitive movement sensors that work in tandem with your smartphone app. They work in tandem to send tactile, audio, and light feedback to the wearer in order to stay in rhythm. Let’s say you’ve been traveling and are experiencing jet lag. The system can help you get back into routine by keeping light on your eyes and coaching you to stay awake or keep moving until it’s the right time to doze off in order to reset your sleep cycle. If you’re a professional swimmer, you might wear just the wristband so it alerts you when you’re falling behind pace. The same can be used for a musician who struggles with natural rhythm sensing. The possibilities are endless!

Designer: Theming Zhou

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Dermatology Clinic in your Pocket!

I envision a day when instruments like these will be a part of every home. With the way we humans have systematically degraded the quality of our environment, it’s no secret that the sun’s UV rays are now making their way through our depleting Ozone layer. Those effects show on our skin now, with people getting all sorts of skin complications from staying out in the sun too long… and it’s not just the sun, your skin is the first line of defense against pretty much anything from cosmetics, to fashion, to even your diet. The skin is usually quick to react to products that aren’t suited for you, often showing symptoms of an allergy.

The Barrier Light isn’t a preventive measure (like say sunscreen lotion), but is in-fact a diagnostic tool. The pen-shaped device comes with 4 medical grade sensors capable of detecting your skin’s moisture and barrier strength. Devised as a result of not just environmental degradation but even the cosmetics boom, the Barrier Light understands what products and routines are the best for your skin. Barrier Light does this by measuring your skin’s moisture level, and its ability to hold onto moisture, along with the temperature and the environmental humidity. All one does is hold the pen against their skin (be it their face, arms, or anywhere else) for 10 seconds and that’s enough for the Barrier Light pen to perform its diagnosis.

Keeping things minimal (read: portable) and bathroom counter-top friendly, the Barrier Light directs all diagnostic information to its companion app on your phone. This allows the Barrier Light to have an incredibly small form-factor, enough for it to even be carried around in a purse/bag. The piece-de-resistance however is the MyBarrier app, which breaks down the information sent from the pen and presents it in a simplified way, telling you if your skin-care routine is doing you any good, or if the environment is conducive to good skin.

The Barrier Light puts a dermatology clinic in the power of your hand. While we all have home-based instruments to measure our temperature, weight, blood pressure, and even blood sugar, we don’t give our skin the same priority. With the Barrier Light, now you can know everything about your skin and effectively your health too. From whether your sunscreen is doing you any good, to whether your laundry detergent is skin safe, to even whether your diet is the best for your health and skin, the Barrier Light will make sure you know what to do to keep your skin young and glowing!

Designer: Jason Yoo

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