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Rendering of the Urbee 2 overlooking a city at sunset (Photo: Kor EcoLogic)

Urbee 2, the first road-ready, fuel-efficient car built using 3D printing, is the subject of a collaboration between design firm KOR EcoLogic, direct digital manufacturers RedEye On Demand, and 3D-printing manufacturer Stratsys. Their aim is to put the 7 hp (5 kW) three-wheeled, rear-steering eco-hybrid on the roads by 2015, and then demonstrate its capabilities by crossing the US using only ten gallons (38 L) of fuel.  Read More

The winner of the 2013 James Dyson Award will be selected from the following 20 finalists

James Dyson will announce the winner of the international student design award that carries his name in a little over a week, so it's an opportune time to take a closer look at the finalists. This year, Dyson has 20 finalists from which to make his selection, and like previous years, it looks like being no easy task. Here are the entries still in the running for the first place prize that has been upped to £30,000 (US$48,500) for 2013.  Read More

The Bloc'd Sofa by Scott Jones comprises a steel and wood frame into which firm foam block...

A recurring theme we encounter at Gizmag is furniture designed to make the most of a small space. This is a timely trend, as living spaces in urban areas are increasingly being squeezed. Multifunctional and modular furniture both help ease the problem, but with the Bloc'd Sofa, Scott Jones has also toyed with the notion of encouraging a connection with furniture that will lead to it being a part of your life for a long time.  Read More

The GoCan Drainer offers a simple way of draining the juices from canned food

Some of the simplest household tasks are also the most annoying, and draining the juices from canned goods is definitely on the list. You can either use the newly removed lid, which risks you cutting your hand to pieces, your fingers, which leaves you with sticky digits, or a full size colander, which just adds another bulky item to the washing-up. The GoCan Drainer offers a neater solution.  Read More

Joe Levy's SpoolStool

Here's rather a fetching piece of furniture design. SpoolStool, by New Zealand industrial design student Joe Levy, is something of a mashup of a stool and an extension cable.  Read More

The Match Cooking Prep System  aims to provide practical tools that assist in enabling som...

Syracuse University graduate Amanda Savitzky’s thesis project, known as “The Match Cooking Prep System for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder” (ASD), has not only been a successful personal journey for her family, but has also seen her awarded the top prize in the 2013 Metropolis Next Generation Competition. Her Match Cooking Prep System is designed to provide practical tools that assist in enabling someone with ASD to learn how to cook.  Read More

The London Design Museum has announced that the website GOV.UK has won the Design Museum D...

The London Design Museum has announced that the redesigned UK government website GOV.UK has won the Design of the Year Award 2013. The site was chosen as the overall winner of the annual awards from the seven category winners that were announced last week. The new UK government website has been rationalized from a number of websites into a one-stop shop with a new typeface and a refined, highly accessible user experience.  Read More

The 2013 James Dyson Award is now accepting entries

It’s that time of year again when university students need to start thinking about finalizing the designs of their world-changing concepts so they’re ready for submission to the annual James Dyson Award.  Read More

On the non-existent dash, a smartphone provides speed, mileage, turning signals and other ...

In automobile design there are concept cars and there are high concept projects. And now, apparently, there are concepts that exist on a seemingly LED-infused plain. Renault, with the help of famed British designer Ross Lovegrove, took the latter route, and developed one of the most enlightened concepts to come along in years: the Tron-styled Twin’Z Concept.  Read More

Sensei as seen at the moment the two chairs are slotted together to form a coffee table

With living urban spaces shrinking as the world's population increases, it seems the concept of dual-purpose furniture and fittings is heading towards the mainstream. Joining the likes of the sofa bed workstation and the shape-shifting apartment in this space is Sensei – a pair of chairs which transform seamlessly into a coffee table.  Read More

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