At first glance, this looks like any ordinary old wall clock. But take another look, and you’ll see that there’s nothing ordinary about the way that it works.
You see, the hour markers around the perimeter of designer J.P.Meulendijks‘
Designer Vadim Kibardin has found a way to make the ever-useful clock be more versatile aesthetics-wise with his black & white clock concept. It consists of just four OLED digits – no case or box or other parts that might clash with the style in your house.
The neo-modern design of this BrionVega desktop radio harkens back to a sixties’ Italian design aesthetic. Maybe that’s because it’s actually based on a radio the company actually made back in 1965 in Italy.
BrionVega’s RR227 is a modern-day update of Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper’s classic RR127 radio, which they created over 44 years ago.
I don’t care if this lamp conjures up memories of my colonoscopy. It’s still cool.
The undulating twists and turns of Kundalini’s Abyss table lamp may look a bit like your intestinal tract, but there’s something about the bendy organic form that I find mesmerizing.
The Abyss can be adjusted into a variety of shapes, thanks to its flexible segmented construction.
If you’re a Technabob regular, you know I’m a sucker for cool modern watches. I don’t know why – maybe it’s that I got stuck wearing a dorky Casio calculator watch as a kid that makes me want to rebel in my old age.
Created by Italian architect/designer Denis Guidone, these watches work their magic thanks to their minimal modern design.
Nope, this isn’t some crazy whitewall tire for your car. It’s actually a high-end wireless outdoor speaker which can be rolled around anywhere you want.
Designed by Ron Arad and Frances Pellisari for Austria’s Viteo, the Freewheeler produces high quality stereo sound indoors or out.
Looking for something a little different to set on your bedside table? This new alarm clock tears apart the hours, minutes and seconds and places them on individual time-telling blocks.
Seiji’s LED block alarm clock are interconnected using ribbon cables with enough slack in them to let you stack them pretty much any way you like.
You can even arrange the blocks into a vertical configuration, instead of the more typical horizontal orientation.
While they do seem a little derivative of Jonas Damon’s Open Edition LED clock, they’re just different enough to stand on their own.
Here’s a nifty clock that’s a bit more dynamic than what you’d typically see hanging on your wall. Depending on the angle you view it from, the face either shows simple hash marks or numerals around the dial.
Named for its similarity to clocks which appear in train stations around Europe, the Station Numbers Hologram clock was designed by Dutch designers Ruben van Boxtel & Reinier Buijs for Karlsson.
And while I’m not really sure that the display counts as a true hologram, there’s definitely some sort of lenticular printing illusion used to produce the effect.
I just love the industrial design of this compact portable sound dock for the iPod. The einö Portable Speaker System is small enough to fit in your purse or backpack, so it’s the perfect companion for traveling with your media player.
Measuring in at about 7.7″
Perfect for those of you who like a little geek with your chic (or is that the other way around?), this quirky QWERTY keyboard design wallet helps you keep all your personal items in order.
The wallet offers plentiful storage for credit cards, cash, spare change and even a checkbook, but no matter how hard you press on the keys, it still won’t control your computer (although it really should.)
Designed by California indie crafter QuietDoing, the QWERTY pocketbook [$44] is covered with a bold black and white keyboard fabric, coated in clear vinyl (for added durability), and lined with a lime-green and navy-blue vinyl interior.
Guys, don’t despair.
This has got to be one of the most amazing clock designs I’ve ever seen. At first glance, the display looks like a bunch of random matchsticks, but over time, they gradually transform into words that tell the time.
Conceived by Dutch industrial designer Christiaan Postma, the clock goes beyond the simple dial and number paradigms we’re all used to seeing, and really thinks outside of the box.
This cool fabric curtain may look like a tree from afar, but once you’re up close, you’ll see that it’s made of tens of thousands of tiny ASCII characters.
Created by Dutch designer Nienke Sybrandy, the huge (18′ x 11′) curtain panel was digitally printed with dot matrix characters to give the impression of intricate tree branches from a distance.
This amazing clock combines the 7-segment look of a modern LED or LCD clock, but messes with your head by making the digits come to life with a mechanical movement.
Designed and realized by RISD BFA student Alvin Aronson, the D/A Clock is a clever mash-up between the digital and analog universes.
This modern backpack is sure to draw attention as you walk down the street — especially if you’ve got the volume cranked up. You see those big black patches? They’re loudspeakers.
Created by industrial design student Joonas Saaranen, the Reppo II backpack features a built in pair of full-range speakers and an amplifier, so you can kick out the jams as you walk down the street.
These minimal analog watches have a little secret. Using some clever optical trickery, the current hour gradually appears and disappears from view.
You see, that hour hand isn’t really a hand at all. It’s actually a cutout in a solid round disc covering the face of the watch.
Whether you’re outfitting your media room with a Grauman’s Chinese Theater motif, or you just like scaly reptilians, these dragon speakers are sure to make a dramatic statement in your home.
Designed by UK studio Axelsson Design, these awesome dragon speakers look like something that belong in the villain’s lair in a John Woo film.