No. 44. Firm: Max Mulhern. Idea: Phosphorescent cubes called Aqua Dice and in epoxy-coated plywood and pine are, in the artist’s conception, to serve as a feasibility study for unmanned, wind-powered transatlantic shipping—plus, they’re 100 percent recyclable. Photo courtesy of Max Mulhern.
No. 74. Firm: Alvaro Catalán de Ocón. Idea: For “Fuerade Serie” at Centro Centro Cibeles de Cultura y Ciudadanía in Madrid, plastic bottles were wrapped with cotton or palm-straw weavings by artisans from indigenous Colombian tribes to become pendant fixtures. Photo by Eduardo López.
No. 75. Firm: Jan Ankiersztajn; Ben de la Roche, Christopher Holm-Hansen. Idea: At the tenth-annual Eletrolux Design Lab, Poland native Jan Ankiersztajn won first prize and a six-month internship at the Electrolux global design center, thanks to his Aeroball, a floating bubble that cleans the air while hovering in space. Photo courtesy of Elctrolux, Christopher Holm-Hansen, Ben de la Roche, Jan Ankierszstjn.
No. 76. Firm: Sicis. Idea: "Debuting at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, the glass HBA Collezione by HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, conjured by a think tank of the firm’s designers, is an unexpected evolution of the manufacturer’s signature mosaics." Photo courtesy of HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates.
No. 78. Firm: Barber Osgerby. Idea: "Joining Queen Elizabeth II, a circa 1967 train from the London Underground’s Victoria Line is immortalized by the Royal Mint on a £2 commemorative silver-and-gold coin celebrating the system’s 150th anniversary." Photo by Sandro Sodano.
No. 79. Firm: David Nosanchuk. Idea: "The near-magic technology of 3-D printing turned a paper prototype of the Hex Link light fixture into an actual client-worthy sample, practically overnight." Photo by John Halpern.
No. 80. Firm: Massoud Hassani. Idea: "The wind-powered Mine Kafon is a landmine detonator made of bamboo and biodegradable plastics that can set off up to four mines, shedding legs as it rolls." Photo by Rene Van Der Hulst.
No. 81. Firm: Pieter Brenner. Idea: The Sugarchair is made from more than 60 pounds of shaped sucrose, an emerging raw material, and can be licked by the user into a personalized perch. Photo by Bettina Malik.
No. 82. Firm: Viviane Vollack. Idea: "A Fachhochschule Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences assignment requiring students to design a household item using a letter from the alphabet led to the painted wood Q clock on which the numbers, rather than the hands, move." Photo courtesy of Vivianne Vollack.
No. 83. Firm: Jeremy Hutchison. Idea: A pair of conjoined tennis rackets, a pump with two heels, pegs too large for their holes: This collection of household items at a London pop-up completely removed practicality from the equation. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Hutchison.
No. 84. Firm: Ayse Birsel; Ishinomaki Laboratory. Idea: "Born out of a furniture workshop in Japan, this 17-inch-high pine table has a retractable handle, making it—and teatime—portable." Photo courtesy of Ayse Birsel.
No. 85. Firm: Architecture and Vision. Idea: Invented to alleviate dependence on wells in parched regions of northern Ethiopia, the WarkaWater tower has nylon mesh suspended inside its 29½-foot-high bamboo frame that extracts potable water from fog. Photo by Gabriel Erigon.
No. 86. Firm: Mercedes-Benz. Idea: "The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive ups the hybrid experience from glorified golf cart to Formula 1, going from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds." Photo courtesy of Daimler.
No. 88. Firm: FXFowle Architects. Idea: "With help from applied research firm SCRA, carbon fibers harvested from old aircraft were molded into this appropriately aerodynamic bar." Photo by Moris Moreno.
No. 89. Firm: Pilot Wave. Idea: "Commissioned for the event space at LibLab Taipei, a bookstore in Taiwan, folding chairs and their corresponding two-part hooks are formed from CNC-cut Baltic birch plywood, creating an artistic installation that’s also practical." Photo by Emily Wang/Lib Lab.
No. 90. Firm: Carmichael Lynch. Idea: "The ad agency’s Carmichael Collective is an on-going initiative supporting staff creativity for creativity’s sake, like art director Phil Jones’s Street Beanies made from old tennis balls covered in yarn." Photo by Phil Jones.