The Red Dot Awards winner's page is usually a fun look at some out-there ideas. But among this year's batch of winners, it's the oh-man-that-is-so-doable concepts that caught our eye. To rethink something simple that already exists can often be far harder, we think, than envisioning a blue-sky solution.
In the Personal Hygiene category, Chen Wanting's clever Tiya Convenient Floor Drain makes perfect sense for anyone who's ever had to remove long hair from a conventional shower drain.
In the Green category: A lot of us extend the lives of plastic bags by using them in wastepails, but the bags invariably come in different sizes, with some fitting better than others. Hu Lingling and Zhang Baoyi's Eco Trash Can neatly solves this, while also providing the option of using multiple bags in a single receptacle.
Over in Recreation, Kim Seonghyun and Yu Yunjo's Tennis Picker provides a quick way to pick up balls that's easier on the back. (I do wonder if this might de-fuzz the balls and unbalance them, but then again, my understanding is that tennis balls lead short lives; any of the tennis-experienced among you care to sound off?)