R2B2

Pedal-powered all-in-one appliance can really get you cooking

StudioMontag, an open association of product designers and students who met at Germany’s Bauhaus-University Weimar, share an interest in transforming daily life into something incredible. A brilliant illustration of their creative thinking, the R2B2 looks like something Pee-Wee Herman would invent, but unlike the cinematic version it actually conserves energy while rapidly chopping, whipping, crumbling, spinning and more. Designed by Christoph Thetard, the mechanical appliance …

Smart Grid Athletic Lights

Hybrid-powered lighting potentially saves cities cash and energy

A finalist in the Philip’s Livable Cities Awards, Andrew Burdick’s “Smart Athletic Grid Light” prototype has enormous potential to prove how urban development and sustainable design can work together. In association with Ennead, the idea was seeded during conversations with schools and extracurricular groups that were in need of more athletic space in New York City. Burdick realized that the issue wasn’t actually space but …

Design Indaba: Pecha Kucha

Seven design graduates demonstrate the future in an insightful group talk at Cape Town's creative conference

From the seven recent design graduates highlighted for their distinct talents at Cape Town’s Design Indaba conference on creativity, three particularly stand out for their innovative viewpoint and compelling demonstrations. While the others—Camille Blin, Dirk Van Der Kooij, Lindsay Kinkade and Christine Goudie—all presented well-founded concepts in their respective fields, the inimitable talent of Nelly Ben Hayoun, Laduma Ngxokolo and Joe Saavedra made for an …