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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

29-10-2010 High Fashion Kitchen Utensils

Italian designer Alberto Alessi believes that ‘a true work of design must be able to move people…to go against the grain’. Following in the footsteps of his mantra, the Alessi brand is iconic for everyday items that inspire, surprise, trigger memories and convey feelings. Alessi is known for taking ordinary tools and 301 Moved Permanently objects, specialising in kitchen utensils, and designing them in a way that elevates the objects to a level of high fashion. The popular spiderlike lemon squeezer is a must-have item for its clever ingenuity. Alessi flagship stores are expanding around the world, so keep an eye out for this iconic brand.

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Content Source: www.alessi.com

 

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28-10-2010 Hidden Spaces

Modern day living is a challenge, particularly when our living spaces are getting smaller. Minimalist and space saving furniture designs are often expensive alternatives. University students in Sweden have come up with the concept of Matroshka (inspired by the Russian dolls which are placed inside each other) creating a collection of furniture which, when compacted, is only 4 m2, yet has room for a bookshelf, double bed, sofa, dinner table, foot stools and

301 Moved Permanently

seating for 12, workspace, wardrobe, cleaning products box and
nginx
folder storage. Phew! Expand and enjoy this easy, practical and inexpensive solution.

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Content Source: www.matroshka.se


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26-10-2010 Human Powered Transport

The Shweeb is like a monorail but there’s just one important difference. It’s completely human powered! The Shweeb is a pedal-powered pod-car, set to be one of the most efficient vehicles on earth. It’s fast, it’s carbon-free and with the right technology, this could be the way to improve transport in large, overpopulated cities and decrease the reliance on motor vehicles. Already existing at an amusement park in New Zealand, the Shweeb has been developed by Geoffrey Barnett. The concept has just been awarded $1 million by Google for fund research and development in an urban setting. 

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Content Source: www.shweeb.com, www.shweeb.co.nz

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25-10-2010 Let it Be

Dearest ‘Be’ chair, where have you been all my life? Here’s a chair that responds to the way you sit and move, no matter what you’re doing. It’s a multi-posture, multi-mode task chair – and it’s a world first! Created by Formway, the Be chair is so intuitive; it’s almost as human as you. It offers you support and freedom by naturally responding to your movements. The design comes as a response to accommodate the changing workplace environment. The chair is also linked to supporting both mind and body, helping us to communicate better, promoting wellbeing and ergonomics. So be supported, be comfortable, just…be.

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Content Source: www.formway.comwww.designawards.com.au

 If you like this trend, you might also like Hidden Spaces or Books and Beds.

 

19-10-2010 Turning up the Heat

Mobile phones are now ‘smart’ (what were they before?) and becoming increasingly complex in nature. London designer Patrick Hyland has come up with a mobile phone concept called the Nokia E-Cu (E for environment, Cu for copper) that can be charged by the heat in your pocket. It works by using an integrated thermo generator that converts heat from any source into electrical energy. The benefits include eliminating the waste generated by discarded mobile chargers and reducing the amount of electricity needed to charge them. The design is cleverly made up of engraved heat sinks, which resemble dried earth, a nifty way of saying we need to go back to our roots.

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Content Source: http://patrickhylandproductdesign.blogspot.com

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15-10-2010 I like: Pink Mania

The rivers are running pink with the excitement of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The ‘Think Pink’ campaign launched a variety of products adorned in pink from brands like OPI, Dove, Pandora and more. Celebrities like Sarah Murdoch, have donated their faces to raising awareness for the cause like through the Pink Ribbon Breakfasts. The most recent campaign went viral on Facebook as women wrote, ‘I like it on the….’, followed by a place where they like to put their handbags. This got men scratching their heads and people talking around the world. This is an amazing feat for the cause. When breast cancer is detected early on, the survival rate is increased.

              

 

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Content Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

15-10-2010 It is Raining Tennis Balls!

Brooklyn based designer Hugh Hayden is no stranger to designs featuring tennis balls. Having fashioned tennis ball racquets for Lacoste’s boutique window display at the 2010 US Open, he then went on to create limited edition furniture like the HEX Tennis Chair and the HEX Tennis Dog Bed – a chair and dog bed made entirely of tennis balls. Both are constructed in a sustainable manner using recycled tennis balls. Surprisingly, the tennis balls create a very ergonomic experience. He has since gone on to create handbags, a raining cloud tennis ball cupcake in the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Brooklyn and much more!

 

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Content Source: www.hughhayden.com

 

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15-10-2010 Flo Rider

We do love single devices with multiple functions. Enter the Flo Water Deflector and Faucet Cover from Boon Inc, which diverts the flow of water from the faucet for a gentle water flow. Handily enough it also comes with a protective covering to help guard against injury. Its third function is to dispense bubble bath! It’s easy to attach, inexpensive and fun to use. Simply watch the water extend to create a gentle waterfall effect, making rinsing hair easy. Go with the Flo! 

 

 

 

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Content Source: http://booninc.com

 


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14-10-2010 Getting Jiggy with the App-enings

There’s nothing quite like being able to impress friends with all the latest happenings around town. So strike me down when I can’t remember that place, on that corner, somewhere in that suburb that just might have that stuff called food. So what to do? You can’t lug the yellow pages around (well you can, but it’s not a pleasant or trendy experience). Cue worldwide popular online city guides like the European Spotted by Locals and the Australian ‘Thousands’. The Thousands now provide nifty little iPhone applications that point out where the best nearby restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries, shops and events are at with the ‘Near Me’ function. The good news for non-iPhone users is that Blackberries and Smartphones will soon be sporting these bad boys. 

 

Image Source: www.monkii.com.au

Content Source: http://thethousands.com.au/www.spottedbylocals.com

 

If you like this trend, you might also check out these trends: "One Glove to Rule them All", "Light as a Feather" or "Turning up the Heat".

13-10-2010 Edible Drinking Cups

Take the simple act of drinking to a whole new level with Jelloware cups from The Way we see the World, innovative product design consultancy in New York. The Jelloware cups look like real cups but are made of agar agar, with different flavours to complement your drink like lemon-basil, ginger-mint or rosemary-beet. Nibble on your cup as you go and when you’re done, any left over parts are composted, so it won’t leave any harmful imprints on the environment. Absolut are developing a concept of Jelloware cups that complement different vodka cocktails like a pepper celery cup for a bloody Mary or a garlic olive cup for a dirty martini. What a delicious and fun way to keep the environment out of harm’s way!

 

Image Source: www.thewayweseetheworld.com

Content Source: www.theurbangrocer.comwww.geekosystem.com

 

This trend was submitted by Sheree from Sydney, thank you for that!

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12-10-2010 We Love Pico!

Meet Pico. He has a camera for one eye and a projector for another. He smiles alright, but his smile serves the dual purpose of being a microphone as well. But wait! There’s more! Pico also comes with fold-out feet so he can stand on his own. Plug a tripod in him (in an questionably placed port) so he can feel special and sturdy wherever he goes. We feel like we love Pico. It’s a shame he has to be sold by the dozens. Designed by Rene Woo-Ram Lee, Pico is sure to be both a design and functionality success!

 

 

Image Source: www.engadget.com

Content Source: www.lostateminor.comhttp://renelee.net/category/rene/

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08-10-2010 Easy Sofa Pillow Hybrid

Easy living? Sure, bring some of it over. Oh, ‘easy living’ isn’t portable you say? Are you sure about that? Maybe you need to check out the Blandito. It’s all about functionality for the lazy. Why shouldn’t a sofa morph into a pillow that morphs into various shapes to serve different purposes? Exactly! It has every right to. Designed by Oradaria design, the Blandito is a sofa with no arms or legs. In fact, it looks more like a big fat bendy pillow. Fold it, twist it, get lost in and wrap yourself in it. Multi purposed and multi talented, you’ll spend hours coming up with unique shapes and uses!

Image Source: www.bahance.net

Content Source: www.oradariadesign.com

 

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If you like this trend, you might also like to read about Spring Without The Springs, 'The Urban Uber Baby' or 'Flo Rider'.

05-10-2010 Saucy Online Dating

Online dating has taken the world by storm and Ashley Madison’s new spin on the service is no different than usual - except for all the controversy surrounding it! One of the fastest growing online dating services in the country with 5 million members, the site’s motto sums it all up: ‘Life is short, have an affair’. Their success in standing out in a highly competitive market and creating a trend of hooking people up for discreet affairs is testament to the power of free publicity generated by media attention and a bucket load of controversy.

Image Source: www.ashleymadison.com

Content Source: www.ashleymadison.comwww.cbsatlanta.com