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High Performance Speedboat XSR48 From XSMG

The world of motor cars and performance boats have merged with the XSMG.
‘Globally the ultra-rich are spending vast amounts of money on super-luxury ‘Supercar’s', but there was no marine equivalent in the market; so we challenged ourselves to create a Superboat, a state of the art performance powerboat with the DNA of a Supercar’
- Ian Sanderson

XSR48, £1.2 million, by XSMG

Minu Tuner Concept by Antrepo Design Industry

A concept that we are looking to get our hands on, when it first comes off the production line. The Minu Tuner is a minute edition of Time tuner. Same style, same base of design but more colourful touch and more digitalized. The Minu Tuner is based on the linear flow of time and it have a led based screen, line indicator for minutes, big numbers for hours. It’s colour options; red, yellow, blue, orange or green.

Minu Tuner, by Antrepo Design Industry

Alexandros Stasinopoulos Briefcase Wins IF Concept Award

Alexandros Stasinopoulos has won an IF Concept Award for his design of BRIEFCeramicASE.
“The challenge in this project, was to mix the concept of traditional ceramics, a primitive material with long history in many cultures, with the unique properties high tech ceramics posses like their extreme hardness, scratch- and abrasion-resistance, skin friendliness and their unique sensuous tactility. A briefcase is the medium to explore the potentials of this combination”.

BRIEFCeramicASE, IF Concept Award, design 2008, by Alexandros Stasinopoulos

35H Lounge Chair by Frédéric Sofia for ligne roset

What we all need is a reclining lounge chair with some serious engineering. Designer Frédéric Sofia has introduced the 35H Lounger. Controls are centralized on the armrest for precise positioning.

35H Relaxation Armchair, by Frédéric Sofia, for ligne roset

Papercraft 1:1 Assault Rifle AK-47 by Martin Postler

The AK-47, also called the Kalashnikov after its inventor, is one of the most successful industrial products of all time. Since its introduction in 1947, an estimated 80 million AK-47s have been built. Its success is based not only on its resourceful construction, but also its affordable production, dependability, functionality and high demand. The AK-47 is one of the icons of the twentieth century, but it is also a deadly weapon.

For a new art project, the designer Martin Postler has investigated the history, the aesthetics and the lethal seductiveness of the Kalashnikov. He has freed the AK-47 from its terrible capacity to injure and kill by deconstructing it into a paper model construction set. When putting the detailed model together, the builder is automatically confronted with the Kalashnikov and its significance – both historical and personal. At the end of the construction process each person can decide if they would like to hang their own AK-47 on the wall, paint it, customize it with stickers or simply burn it. Then ultimately this AK-47 thankfully remains a piece of paper.

AK47, Paper Gun Model Kit, by Martin Postler
Available here: Van Stockum

Botta UNO 24, A Full Day in Analogue Form

The UNO 24 one-hand watch presents the entire day at a glance. During the course of each 24-hour period, the single hand of the UNO 24 completes just one full rotation.
The watch’s special scale means that each time of day is indicated by an individual position of the precise hand.
A delicate line marks the point of transition from one day to the next. The positioning of the watch hand on the dial corresponds to the position of the sun in the sky. The real strength of the UNO 24, however, lies in its simple yet impressive ability to present “an entire day at a glance” in a precise, analogue graphic form.

UNO 24, by Botta

Royal Delft Blue Computer by Plushdepartment

The first design computer with a ceramic casing handpainted in Delft, Holland at Royal Delft, The Porcelijne Fles.
The Delft Blue series will be available as a limited edition and with numbered certificate from Royal Delft, Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles anno 1653.

PURE*DELFTBLUE, by Plushdepartment

Belvedere, a New Crash Helmet from Atelier Ruby

After the success of luxury crash helmets, Atelier Ruby has come out with a new model called Belvedere. It offers one integral visor, with a excellent hinge detail, delivered in three different colours.

Luxury Crash Helmets, by Jérôme Coste, for Les Atelier Ruby Available at Colette
via: Materialiste

Dancing on the Water Alarm Clock by YOnoBI

The time indicated is actually the reverse reflection of the digital clock placed on the bottom. Made from the finest Kiso Urushi lacquer finish in three colours: vermillion, ebony and “tame’

Dancing on the Water Alarm Clock, by Yukio Hashimoto, for YOnoBI

LED Glass Brick Picks up Red Dot Design Award

The glass brick is back. The new shape includes LED’s and mirror reflections stretching into infinity and colors changing in computerized configurations and patterns. Named “best of the best” at the Red Dot Awards.

LED Glass Brick, by Lei Yueh Enterprise Co., Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan

Editor's Picks

Bell Side Table
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Karuselli Lounge Chair
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