Tuesday, January 7, 2014

PlanTree by Nur Yıldırım

PlanTree Hydroponic plant cultivator has been designed for growing organic food in any kitchen of 2025 households. It allows you to grow organic food from seed to plants. Seeds or seedlings are placed into pot-like cups which are filled with soil substitute materials such as Rockwool or coco fiber. Water and nutrients are added to system where they are circulated through plants, a simple interface lets user to set up values such as pH, moisture and light.

Plants are grown and cultivated in a controlled microenvironment with water, nutrients and humidity.
The design of this concept allows cultivation of organic food at home with less water and more efficiently, saving time and energy. Designed by Nur Yıldırım, PlanTree was honored in International Design Awards 2011 with Silver Award in Kitchen Appliances Student Category.

ONE Calendar Circles by Jeong Yong

Korean designer Jeong Yong created this perpetual table calendar that’s made of three differently-sized rings. Three magnetic rings can be joined in different configurations to display the date on this table calendar. Each ring represents a different measure of time and the three values lined up at the point of intersection indicate the date and day of the week.

The largest ring has 31 units to mark the days of the calendar month, while the middle ring has 12 units for every month of the year and the smallest ring is labelled with the names of the days of the week.
Jeong Yong explains that while the two larger rings are based on the solar and lunar cycles, the third wheel is based on a division of time created by man. "The smallest ring with seven units represents the people who created the seven days of the week," he says.

Magnets are located behind each number or name, allowing the rings to join in any combination. 

Ink Calendar by Oscar Diaz

As cool as their designs can be, wall calendars are rarely up to the challenge of fitting in with well-designed interior spaces – usually they are more eyesore than wall art. The dates in this design, however, are automatically populated as ink crawls organically along the surface of what amounts to a perpetual wall calendar – you can literally watch time go by.

This ingenious-but-simple low-tech solution by Oscar Diaz uses the natural capillary action of liquid to move ink along the imprinted surface, slowly filling in the blank white calendar day-by-day for an entire month. New months can be done in different seasonal colors with a blank embossed slate to start with each time, though temperatures call for different ink mixtures depending upon specific climactic conditions (such as temperature and humidity).

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