Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Designers

Yamaha's Root motorcycle concept

In its recent Ah A May exercise, Yamaha both spelled its own name backwards, and got two groups of its designers to trade places – musical instrument designers from Yamaha Corp were tasked with creating motorcycles, while motorcycle designers from Yamaha Motor Company had to create instruments. We've already seen the interesting musical devices that resulted, but now here's the pair of two-wheelers.  Read More

NBBJ has used a custom algorithm to help design towers that the firm says will reduces sha...

With over 230 new towers planned for London, the UK's capital could soon be left in the shade – literally. Though shade has always been a concern for architects and planners, London's dramatic increase in tall buildings will mean more darkness than before for those at street level. NBBJ has developed a custom algorithm that could mitigate this, and the firm used it to design a pair of concept towers that promise to reduce shadows on the ground by 60 percent, compared to similar-sized buildings.  Read More

Samsung's Dream Doghouse, with occupant

The cutting edge of pet architecture shouldn't just be for cats, so it's only right that man's best friend enjoys some plush digs too. With this in mind, Samsung has unveiled a concept kennel that features luxury amenities like a treadmill, hydrotherapy pool, and an automated feeder. It's a dog's life, eh?  Read More

Bienville Legacy: Leather, wood and brass at all the points where rider and bike meet

On face value, the Bienville Legacy is a weird, vastly overpowered and visually shocking motorbike with a completely unique suspension system. But to the team that created it and the eccentric entrepreneur that bankrolled it, it's not just a motorcycle. It's a two-wheeled expression of blue-sky design, the realization of an idea unhindered by commercial realities – and the start of a movement that aims to celebrate and re-invigorate the idea of master craftsmanship in America.  Read More

The Ducati 1199 Panigale looks like a bucket of slop with its clothes off

The Ducati 1199 Panigale is one of the hottest superbikes on the planet. It's also the first to come out with a gutsy, "frameless" design that, frankly, looks very odd when you pull its fairings off. But an engine like that deserves the love and attention of custom bike builders. So we ask the question: is it possible to make the Panigale look good as a naked streetfighter? Here's eight different attempts from designers around the world.  Read More

Nendo's cubic rubber bands

Japanese design studio Nendo has launched a range of stationery with innovative twists on traditional ideas for its "by | n" brand. The range was conceived by Nendo founder Oki Sato, and includes a pen that becomes a tablet stylus, a ruler with graded markings for visibility on dark or light surfaces, and a rethought "cubic" rubber band that's easier to pick up and maintains a better grip on rolled documents.  Read More

The Foobler is designed to keep dogs fed and occupied throughout the day

Dog lovers are always concerned about keeping their furry friends happy, which typically means keeping them well-fed and occupied. That requires some dedication, but now a team of designers has come up with an automated device called Foobler that ticks both these boxes.  Read More

The future of transport?

The average concept car experiments with styling, technology and packaging to explore potential new ideas. Some concept cars take it a few steps further, not just rethinking the car but redefining what a car is and exploring ideas that could completely revolutionize the way we get from point A to point B. From vehicles that drive themselves, to cars that fly and fold, some of 2013's most interesting concept cars provided a lens into a very different future.  Read More

The Willie concept shows important route info to travelers

Anyone that's been to Las Vegas and caught a glimpse of the "Hot Babes" billboard circling around the city knows that vehicle advertising can be effective ... at least at grabbing your attention. A new bus concept by designer Tad Orlowski puts a more modern spin on the idea, integrating large LCDs on the broad sides of the bus. The screens can display a variety of information, including paid advertising, bus information and TV coverage.  Read More

Jony Ive and Marc Newson created the one-of-a-kind Leica digital camera which will be sold...

This special edition Leica M digital camera has been designed by Apple's design guru, Jony Ive, and industrial designer, Marc Newson, for the (RED) charity. The one-of-a-kind camera features a laser machined aluminum body, an anodized aluminum outer shell, and looks like the love-child of a Lecia M, a MacBook and the Instagram logo. It will be sold at auction to raise money for the charity.  Read More

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