The most interesting category I find in the Core77 Design Awards is ‘Never Saw The Light Of Day’; it honors outstanding projects completed, but killed, in 2010. It was chaired by Aric Chen, Design writer and Creative Director of Beijing Design Week which will take place in late September 2011.
There was one professional winner, two professional runner-ups and one professional mention. My favourite is the winner and the first runner up:
What is it? It’s a laundry pod, it’s portable and you can do small things like underwear and socks. I bet it would be great for people who have babies, you know, how when babies throw up a lot and dirty their clothes, well, here’s the solution.
This LaundryPOD was designed for the American Dryer Corporation by RKS Design Team but never went into production. I think if it’s affordable, actually works and is mass produced, it would be great.
Love lamps! OK, a little cheesy but I can totally see the world going nuts over them. They’re two lamps connected to each other over the internet. So if one person lights it wherever he is, the other lamp emits a soft glow wherever it is, no matter how far away. So romantic!
These lamps were designed by Studio Sofisti and of course never saw the light of day.
I’m hoping the designs that won go into production, they’re pretty neat ideas.
For more on the awards go to: http://www.core77designawards.com/