TOP 10 reader submissions of 2013 - design + technology
TOP 10 reader submissions of 2013 - design + technology TOP 10 reader submissions of 2013 - design + technology
dec 30, 2013

TOP 10 reader submissions of 2013 - design + technology

TOP 10 reader submissions of 2013 – design + technology




this year we received several thousand submissions from our readers, with designers, artists and architects from across the globe sending through a diverse range of works that we have shared with our audience over the last 12 months.


we believe that maintaining an open dialogue with is extremely important, and we are happy to showcase the high level of original projects of our readership. from washing machines turned into chairs, to a water jet capsule that looks like a space ship, we bring you the TOP 10 design and technology reader submissions of 2013.




betaray spherical glass solar energy generator by rawlemon


image © rawlemon




last year, german architect andré broessel of rawlemon presented designboom with his spherical glass solar energy generator concept in its early prototyping stages. developed as a stand-alone power charger station for electro-mobility, the project uses the advantageous strategy of implementing a ball lens and specific geometrical structure to improve energy efficiency by 35% when compared to existing photo-voltaic panels.






I used to be a washing machine now I’m a chair!


images courtesy of antonina




complete with step by step instructions, jerusalum-based industrial designer antonina’s ‘I used to be a washing machine’ is made from the common household appliance. after disassembling the necessary pieces, the manual will guide you to build a series of chairs.






futuristic water jet capsule invented by pierpaolo lazzarini


image courtesy of jet capsule




referencing images of a space ship, the futuristic looking jet capsule by italian designer pierpaolo lazzarini was developed in collaboration with luca solla from S3, ship supply side. produced in naples, italy the egg-shaped boat features a powerboat hull constructed entirely from fiberglass and also stainless steel handrails.






system of modular open e components by weilun tseng


image courtesy of weilun tseng




making it possible for individual users to build their own electronic appliances, eindhoven-based designer weilun tseng has produced an open system of modular pieces. influenced by current issues around electronic sustainability and the environment, the flexible items seek to help lower unnecessary consumption.






sweeties comfort furniture series by boggy chan


image courtesy of boggy chan




playfully enlarging sweets typically made from flour and dough into a real-life furniture, designer boggy chan has created this series ‘sweeties’. the cupcake stool and biscuit table were based on the concept of playing with food, discovering its texture, smell and touch of the ingredients and turning it into a design object.






dragoon 130 yacht by sergio supino


image courtesy of dragoon 130 yacht




originally used to transport cement from sulawesi, the italian architect sergio supino has transformed this typical indonesian phinisi boat into the ultimate luxury party yacht. dragoon 130 is a new eco-friendly vessel made entirely out of teak wood.







side by side handle extension for wheelchairs by tammy kalinsky


image courtesy of tammy kalinsky




tel aviv-based designer tammy kalinsky has developed a wheel chair attachment that places the caregiver alongside the child, so they can walk side by side rather than behind.






lightly solar powered clothespins by idan noyberg and gal bulka


image courtesy of idan noyberg and gal bulka




designers idan noyberg and gal bulka have designed the ‘lightly’ clothespin, a sustainable twist on an everyday item that lights up the cityscape in a sea of vibrant colors. by simply securing the cloth pegs to hanging garments on the street, an internal system autonomously shines at night.






sea chair made from plastic debris found on the beach by studio swine




the ‘sea chair’ by london / são paulo – based studio swine is a seating design made entirely from plastic recovered from our oceans. the creators built devices to collect and process marine debris into a series of stools.





‘rubber barber’ by lu-wei chen for megawing


image © lu-wei chen




the ‘rubber barber’ by lu-wei chen for megawing, is a simple eraser that will make you smile. each one has a face at its center, surrounded by a square of colour, which as the user erases, gradually creates various funky hairstyles, depending on how you work it.





to be part of this cultural network, we invite you to join the conversation and submit your work.


see other reader submission articles from the categories of art, architecture and design here.


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