Igor Lobanov's Wormhole chair won a Red Dot Award in the Home Furniture category; taking a look at the other categories, we find Lobanov's in good company, with a host of clever designs ranging from sophisticated to simple. The ones that most caught our attention are the concepts that address and improve the little everyday acts we all deal with.
In the Workplace category, Toshi Fukaya's biomimetic pushpins are designed to resemble smooth, pin-free capsules, so you can reach into a box full of them without pricking yourself. A silicone bubble encases the pin, and compresses under pressure you stick the pin into the wall. So where does the biomimetic part come in? Fukaya got the idea from studying his cat's retractable claws.
We all know that awful feeling of pulling our front doors shut and realizing in that split instant that our keys are still inside. In the Productivity category, Kim Ji Soo, Kim Jeongmin and Chung Boogun's Bracelet Key is designed to solve that problem by providing an easy way to keep that one crucial key on you at all times.