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DORODESIGN likes: Malene Birger’s Mallorca Retreat


When it comes to her clothing line, Malene Birger is known for her elegant craftsmanship and simple silhouettes, while her flagship Copenhagen boutique has been applauded for its concept and design. So it comes as no surprise that this Danish designer’s home is nothing short of magnificent. The renovated two story farmhouse sits comfortably in the valley of S’Arracó, in south-west Mallorca. Malene renovated in 2011 and imparted her particularly sophisticated touch on the home. Similar to her fashion designs, her home features feminine, classic elements, united with sharp and modern features. The refined black and white motifs blend effortlessly with the homey touches, eclectic accessories and earthy materials. Though we’re not sure how anyone could give up the lavender lined walkway leading to the salt water pool and outdoor terraces, the cozy home is actually up for sale.

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DORODESIGN likes: Koo Koo Letterbox by Playso Australia


The era of romantic letter mail is all but over, yet all of us still need a letterbox, a mail box, a mail slot… a something where our daily hard- copy mail, and even an occasional long-distance post card from our globe-trotting friends, can be delivered.


But what if we don’t want just “something”? What if we want a stylish, cool, fun, “look-at-me!” mail box that matches our stylistic tastes? Try to find a mail box that is anything other than supremely ugly and you will come up with nothing.


The concept of Koo Koo was developed by Bill Playso who saw the glaring need for a stylish and cool letterbox. he invited industrial designer Justin Hutchinson to help bring the concept to life. the result of Koo Koo letterbox by Playso. Designed and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia


Koo Koo is a stylized bird-shaped letterbox that does not take itself too seriously, yet it has serious curb appeal. It is a conversation piece outdoors and in. Expect to see Koo Koo indoors as often as outdoors. Maybe for internal mail in the office? A suggestion box for your customers? And even the box in which Koo Koo is shipped and displayed is a designer creation in itself. Expect the shipping box to live a long life as well, as a storage box that does not have to hide.


Great design moves people, conveys feelings, evokes a reaction, triggers memories, delights, goes against convention, breaks new ground and surprises in a positive sense.


Packaging designed by Fernando Volken Togni.

Zinc powder-coated metal body, compact laminate magnetic side panels.


via The Cool Hunter

DORODESIGN LIKES: RCA students open Clerkenwell Week Design with Jaguar-inspired artwork


Two Royal College of Art students have designed a Jaguar-inspired sculpture to celebrate the opening of Clerkenwell Design Week in London.

Ewan Gallimore and Claire Miller developed their idea alongside Jaguar’s Advanced Design team in Whitley, Coventry, by using technologies applied in the creation of Jaguar production and concept cars.

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The two were the successful team from a selection of nine groups who submitted entries after Jaguar’s challenge to the RCA’s Vehicle Design and Textile Design departments. Their task was to create a joint exterior and interior form study that expresses their vision of the future Jaguar Design Language in either a sports or luxury context. Student teams were asked to consider the proportions, surfacing, line interactions and aesthetic beauty when expressing their vision.


Ewan and Claire said, “We began the project by looking at light, specifically the way the light falls within the space at Clerkenwell. We thought about how our form could accentuate this light and convey volume through its use of materials and our knowledge of how these materials react with one another.

“Our form relates to the Jaguar brand through its sculptural volumes, bespoke materials and visual lightness. These elements helped us to create a sculpture that aimed to display a seamless transition between interior and exterior space.”




Via Car Design News


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A tribute to Pio Manzu – ‘FIAT 127 concept’ by David Obendorfer
FIAT127 (1971) vs. FIAT 127 concept
images courtesy David Obendorfer

Designed according to the stylistic canons of the 1970s, the resurrection of Pio Manzù’s FIAT 127 is quite risky: the original model
was one of the first truly innovative cars of the 70s designed to be rational in style with clean volumes and pure, simple lines.
The danger of creating a car already seasoned at birth, as it were, with an imperceptible nostalgic effect is that it may not be
particularly attractive. With this being said, designer David Obendorfer tries to unite the past and future in one car of updated
proportions and boasting with the unique combination forms influened by the model launched in 1971 with high-tech
solutions such as a multifunctional touch screen in the center of the dashboard.


nostalgic concept of a b-segment-hatchback inspired by the legendary 127

Enlarged in size compared to the original model, the FIAT 127 concept is based on the fiat punto-alfa mito platform. 
The minimalist
interior follows the same rational concept featuring nostalgic elements that give a strong personality to the dashboard. The circular
vents in the center, the chrome handles and the design of the two-spoke steering wheel are clear references to the first 127 model.


nostalgic concept of a b-segment-hatchback inspired by the legendary 127


minimalist-nostalgic interior with voice command system and multifunctional touch screen


exterior renderings


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high performance abarth version


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design sketches for the fiat 127 concept

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DORODESIGN LIKES: Citroën DS BiRotor Concept

The Citroen DS BiRotor is a lightweight 4-seater coupé designed to optimize urban mobility and fuel consumption. The author is José Eduardo Sánchez from México.



Selected as a finalist at the Michelin Challenge Design 2013 competition, the Citroen DS BiRotor combines a compact coupé body and a refined interior with lightweight materials and an efficient powertrain solution that optimizes fuel consumption.


The hybrid drivetrain features a 600cc Wankel engine powering the rear axle, coupled with two in-wheel electric motors mounted at the front and a CVT transmission.


The vehicle is based on a carbon / aluminum modular chassis, which is left exposed in the four-seater interior, characterized by the futuristic AMOLED screen and a transparent, polycarbonate panoramic roof.


The tires can adapt to different weather conditions and driver demands by expanding and contracting widthwise, creating gaps between the rubber to allow water flow and increase grip or shrinking themselves altogether generating a slightly larger, thinner and harder tire to aid fuel consumption.



About the Designer

José Eduardo Sánchez is an Industrial Design student at the University of Guadalajara, México.

Image Courtesy: José Eduardo Sánchez for Car Body Design via car body design

DORODESIGN LIKES: Shoes concepts by Andrea Chaves


To footwear designer Andreia Chaves, each shoe is an individual work of art.  Raised in the busy metropolis of Sao Paulo, Brazil – Chaves understands that beauty can be found in chaos, a concept that reveals itself in her footwear designs.  She explains this in her own words, “The fact that I grew up in a chaotic city like Sao Paulo, full of contrasts, being in contact with such diversity and constant exposure to different visual inputs, has inspired me in how I think and conceptualize my shoes. Looking at my work, I can clearly see influence coming from my South American sense of versatility.  Also in the mix – what I have been experiencing in Europe.
During her time in Florence she’s been intensely studying form, texture & visual effect, and experimenting with different materials on footwear design.


“The invisible shoe” (mirrored surface) // photo by Fernando Biagioni

These concepts come to life in each shoe created.  For example, “The Invisible Shoe” has a mirrored surface, creating a deceptively obscured optical effect with every step taken.  The chameleon-like façade blends in perfectly with any environment.


“Prism shoe”
A study of structure
photo by Ian Murphy



“Form & Texture” (Leather & Sycamore wood)
photo by Ian Murphy

The “Form & Texture Shoe” exhibits a disciplined study of form and material while keeping just enough chaos to stay interesting.  The contradiction here is the seemingly indestructible framework fused with the disorderly arranged leather and sycamore wood cubes.  The contours create a theatrical statement nothing short of impressive.


“Form & Texture” (Leather & Sycamore wood)
photo by Ian Murphy

Chaves finds it thrilling how each particular material has the power to completely change someone’s vision about a design.  An example for this, she sites, is the idea of a sandal made with simple Velcro strips (see “THE VELCRO SHOE” below) holding the foot, where you can easily change its shape, redesigning it and creating sculptures in air.


“Velcro shoe” – Form & Material
photo by Ian Murphy

With influences such as Maison Martin Margiela, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake., it’s clear thatChaves appreciates designers who provoke – and shatter – common perceptions that people hold.  Chaves is currently focusing on her final collection – an exploration about the moving body – which is to be presented in February 2010.


“Twirled” (Metal and PVC)
Part of a study of optical effect


“Prism shoe”
A study of structure
photo by Ian Murphy

The Prism Shoe” is a fascinating structural design that by itself looks like an intricate work of origami – casting beautiful kaleidoscopic shadows against the ground.  Here we can clearly see Chaves’ chaotic – yet orderly – paradox coming to life through her shoe designs, resulting in dramatic silhouette.


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instaglasses-1After Instagram Camera concept that we actually did not like for it’s form lose function here goes a smart concept of Instagram Glasses from Markus Gerke.

Instaglasses is a smart way to live “la vie en rose” or just “en Instagram”. You activate the glasses by pushing “Insta” and option to choose between different filters. Then take a picture with your glasses and upload the image straight to Instagram. Voila!




Also worth to mention a concept made by Mauricio Thomsen for Ray-Ban Instagram (Ray-Ban has so many concepts floating around and still doing glasswork as it is still the 90ss of 20 century, shame on them).

Design Made In Germany

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via Design Collector

DORODESIGN LIKES: nCycle, the First Electric Bicycle Concept of 2013


Here we go again: the nCycle is the first of what will hopefully be many new bicycle designs that will validate our measured optimism about electric bicycles in 2013. Designers Skyrill and Marin Myftiu are kicking off the new year with a new approach to bicycle design:

The vast majority of current e-bikes are still 100+ year old designs converted somehow to electric, and you can tell it just by looking at them; to most people they still are almost the same, odd mix of tubes and wires and the extra electric hardware adds up in quite a clumsy way… Our lifestyles and needs have dramatically changed since the late 19th century and these structures today are unnecessarily complicated and [do not offer] the extra functionality required in our digital age.



The result is a novel proposal for a bicycle frame that is constructed from a pair of side panels, which conceal a battery, storage compartment and an optional folding mechanism, as well as integrated safety and security features. Thus, the nCycle is intended to represent an electric conveyance that is “cheaper, sturdier, more flexible, easier to build and maintain.”

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It so happens that we’ve seen many of its features across several Flotspotted bicycles: the sheet metal body echoes that of Jose Rivera’s “Ice Cream” bike, while the (also optional) electric assist, with a battery pack integrated into the seat tube, as in Stefan Reichert’s “E-Motion” bike for Kettler (among other electric bicycles in varying states of production-readiness). And as in Lee Jung Hoon’s ‘reversible’ handlebar concept, the bars rotate on the axis of the flat section (i.e. the clamp area) to allow for multiple hand positions.


Additional features include an integrated lock—a telescoping bolt that closes the loop of the handlebars—and lights, as well as a built-in soundsystem. The speakers are integrated into the back of the headlights, streaming Bluetooth audio from one’s phone, which can be docked in the horizontal section of the frame.


The description also mentions a holographic display on the handlebars, also linked to a smartphone; the app can be controlled via touch sensors embedded in the rubber grips. (As if to underscore the fact that this feature is a bit farfetched if not altogether superfluous, none of the images illustrate the HUD.) The electronic components draw power from a small onboard battery in the horizontal section of the frame, between the expandable compartment and cockpit.


As for the optional hub-mounted motor, a separate battery plugs in to the vertical section of the frame, between the seatpost and bottom bracket.


Where previously-seen concepts were designed expressly for convenience, incorporating electric assist and a folding frame frame, these features are upgrades from the base model of the nCycle, available at extra cost.

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Moreover, I can’t help but wonder if the boomerang-shaped frame rides like a regular bicycle, and I’m skeptical as to whether the nCycle, as shown in the renderings, would be significantly less expensive than extant bicycles, electric or otherwise. The wheels in the renderings appear to be made of carbon fiber, and I certainly hope that they’re standard 700c clinchers to potentially bring the price down and facilitate maintenance.

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In fact, a couple of other oversights are red flags as to whether the Almossawi brothers and Myftiu actually ride bicycles on a regular basis. While I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt regarding the invisible brake calipers, which could be concealed within the frame, I’m surprised that there’s no mention of gearing, especially since internally-geared rear hubs seem to be all but standard for city bikes these days. And call me old fashioned, but I would take full fenders and a chainguard over a holographic HUD any day (…at least it doesn’t have a belt drive, or—god forbid—hubless wheels…)


Also, is it just me, or do the brake levers look tiny? Not only are the levers barely long enough for two fingers, the cable housing looks like it comes in at the gauge of most standard cables…


In fairness to the designers, these issues can still be fixed: after all, the nCycle remains a rendering for the time being. Does the unconventional construction merit further consideration for what might otherwise be deemed an exercise in styling?

DORODESIGN LIKES: BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept takes the fight to Audi’s A5

This market was upended in 2007 when Audi introduced the A5. Proportionally, it moved on from the idiom of simply being a 2-door version of its 4-door sedan sister, looking like an altogether new car. It wasn’t just different surfaces and details, but the proportions were different too – the roofline lower, track wider and stance altogether more sporting. In comparison, BMW’s e90 3-Series coupe felt tame – too close to the sedan.


So the 4-Series is BMW’s response and it works well. Not only do we get a number change to set it apart from the 3 (and the first use of 4-Series in BMW history), but it’s also 5mm longer, 15mm wider and a whopping 67mm lower. In the metal the impact is to make the 4-Series look very low and lean. Combined with other changes – the wheel to body relationship is really something else – it moves the 4-Series into a space of looking very much like a more-compact 6-Series. In our view, that’s far from a bad thing.


Some of the details (the lower and side intake, in particular) look a little incongruous, but likely won’t make the production model, which actually might be no bad thing.


Inside, an extensive colour and trim exercise in the show car lifts the 4-Series’ interior to a higher plane than the rather pedestrian 3-Series sedan. It is branded BMW Exclusive and with the architecture production ready, we’d expect at least some of this trim to make it into the production car. The colour combination is expressive while remaining tasteful – combining a tobacco/tan leather with dark, matte wood with some exposed grain.


Arguably, the most interesting element is the stitching on the seats and doors. It’d be doing it a disservice to call it ‘baseball’ stitch, because it’s more than that – it’s more like a wicker or rattan weave, but it’s as striking as that detailing was when first seen on the Gen 1 Audi TT.

All in all, a bit of a surprise, but a good one – and on first acquaintance this looks like a very smart direction for BMW to have moved in, for the car formerly known as the 3-Series coupe.