A prestigious name in the creative industry, the little red dot represents admirable innovation that makes a difference. WE selected some noteworthy Asian creations in 2013.
Up & Down Box – tradition breaking
We are no strangers to traditional soft drinks / milk bottle crates and it always makes perfect sense that it can only hold 30 bottles. In this era of efficiency, the group of young Korean designers – Jung Hoe Yeong, Hee HyoMin, Lim JooYoung, Ryu JaeKeon and So ByungHyun – twisted the conventional design simply by maximising the usable space, so it can hold one and a half times more bottles than a regular crate. Delivery efficiency is another great reason why this Up & Down Box, with more space accommodating upside-down bottles between upright bottles, won Red Dot Design Award – Best of the Best 2013.
Thanks to Mr. Patrick Blanc, vertical gardens are extremely popular as a smart, easy and beautiful urban greening solution. But the three-layered Green Tape designed by a group of Zhejiang University students from China makes fixation and installation a lot of easier. Simply unroll the seed-embedded tape, stick it to a wall, peel off the cover, and the tape will sprout and amaze you. The miracle lies within the cover layer, where the seed-nutrient layer gives you a bit of mother nature. Being so compact, Green Tape is convenient to transport, and it can be used in any length or pattern. It could be applied just about anywhere – on your office desk, on a paved area, or on the wall of a public building. If it hits the market WE might as well ‘furnish’ our office space with this great design.
Another group of young Korean designers rethink conventional watches that can only be read from one direction; the brainstorming resulted in this design with a rolling clock face that follows the force of gravity, presenting the time in an upright manner no matter the angle of the wearer’s wrist.
Another best of the best in 2013, the Waterwheel designed by Southwest Jiaotong University combines the traditional Chinese water wheel with the modern spinning washing machine. For people who live near water but do not have an electricity supply, it helps with the laundry in an economic and zero-carbon manner. The periphery of the washing machine is inset with vanes, which are hit by the flowing river water and drive the machine. The body of machine is divided into three separate ‘cabins’, which allow three families or individuals do their laundry at the same time. Within each cabin, triangular ridges of timber assist with agitating the garments.