Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners

Golden Pin Design Award has announced its best design winners for 2014, below are some great designs we would like to share with you in random order.

1. Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System
Taiwan Textile Research Institute In-house Design
Nova Design Co. Ltd
Taiwan

This CRM System combines elastic fabric electrodes and comfortable knit fabric to provide sternum support and monitor heart rate variability (HRV). The minimalist design of this functional monitor allows it to be comfortably and discreetly concealed under the clothes of the wearer. The system uses Bluetooth to transmit signals to an app, which allows users to independently manage their health. This CRM System has passed the required bio-compatibility (ISO10993-5, -10) and electrical safety (EN606061-1) tests, and has been granted CE safety certification.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The cost to make medical equipment is high because a large amount of money needs to be invested in buying patents, but once the necessary patents have been acquired, the retail prices and profits of this type of equipment are high, too. This industry is developing rapidly in Taiwan.”–

2. Espresso Urban Bike
Gearlab Co. Ltd
Taiwan

Espresso Urban Bike is designed specifically for urban living in Asian cities. The frame geometry of Gearlab’s Espresso caters to East Asian proportions, ensuring a comfortable and confident ride for Asian owners. The choice of smaller wheels with 20-inch rims means the bike accelerates faster, an essential function in the stop-and-go traffic systems typical in Asian cities. These small wheels also make the bike easier to carry in and out of tight living spaces. The bike is comfortable and has a place for bags and personal belongings, a simple locking solution, and stunning aesthetics.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Espresso Urban Bike

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“This bicycle is designed specifically for city dwellers and it’s the details that make the design, from the basket in the front to the small-sized wheels for convenient navigation on congested city roads. Given the high rate of bicycle theft in cities, Espresso comes with a specially designed lock as standard. This is a high-quality product with thoughtful design.”

3. FO-1103-P
Wow Energy Saving Lighting Ltd
Taiwan

Modern office lighting consumes far more energy than is actually necessary. A well designed office lighting system can provide an efficient light source for a working environment. All lights in the FO-1103 Office Series are made from aluminum, are adjustable, and are minimalist in design. The angle of the light and the color temperature can be adjusted by remote control. The FO-1103-P is a dexterous pendant light: the body of the lamp can rotate upwards to 180 degrees and downwards to 15 degrees. The lighting mode is flexible and can be adjusted to suit the usage needs of any given space. Available modes include down lighting, centralized lighting, two-directional lighting, and indirect lighting.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - FO-1103-P Energy Saving Light

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The light style, luminosity, and angle of this light can be adjusted using a remote control. The FO-1103-P is a true product of the future; to install this fixture, a designer needs to work with a lighting specialist who will link it up to all the other electronic devices common in today’s home. It is a concept that fits perfectly with the IOT (Internet of Things) methodology.”

4. Here I Am Sticky Note
Miccudo
Taiwan

Here I Am turns a 2D post-it note into a 3D note through folding. The space saved in the folding process creates more writing areas and enhances the efficiency of the product. The triangle shapes are sticky on all sides, and no matter where they are used, they are easy to find. Here I Am was developed to improve working and noting efficiency.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Here I Am Sticky Note

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“This label sticker set, with its multitude of three-dimensional designs, is an updated version of the label stickers currently available on the market. It is encouraging to see that with just a little creativity and a different perspective a designer can create a new product from an old concept and successfully sell it in the marketplace.”

5. Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda
Evergreen International Corp.
Keith Newstead
Taiwan

The wooden model, Panda, is engaging from the moment the package is opened until the final pieces are fitted together. The toy combines humor, ingenuity, and art to bring pleasure to the senses while at the same time rewarding the maker with a feeling of accomplishment. Through innovative design practices and making use of mechanical principles, the finished Panda springs into life when a crank is turned. The automata is made from precision-cut, environmentally friendly materials and can be assembled without having to use glue or sharp tools. The latest technology is used to manufacture the curved parts from reconstituted wood. The model can be assembled by people of all ages: the process of building Panda by hand encourages patience and focus.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“These sorts of projects are just fantastic. I’m a big fan of anything that encourages children to use their creativity and their dexterity to build something, and then experience what happens after they’ve built it. The fact that it’s made from environmentally friendly materials such as wood and not plastic is nice as well. In a world where toys are traditionally made of plastic, it’s important that children get to touch and feel products like this.”

6. Smart Projector
Quanta Computer Inc.
Quanta Innovation Center
Taiwan

In a society in which “sharing on the go” has become the norm, the intelligent micro-projector is a must-have for those in the business community. The WG1P Smart Projector features wireless data transmission and can be quickly linked to mobile devices, smartphones, and tablet PCs. This pocket-sized, super lightweight, “Intelligent” micro-projector also features a high-definition projection screen complemented by a high quality built-in 2.1-channel speaker that makes for effective presentations, compelling media playing, and simple document sharing. The sleek black exterior design features delicate speaker holes and a touchpad that allows you to quickly and easily access presentation or video files.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Smart Projector

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“We all have smartphones. We’re all recording large amounts of video and photos on our phones. To have a device that then allows us to view those images and those videos in a format that is outside of our screen is really in demand. They’ve managed to squeeze a lot of technology into a very small footprint. It’s a very intuitive little product as well. I could pick it up, switch it on, and within seconds I was operating it. There was no instruction book and the interface was in Chinese, but it was intuitive enough that I could still use it and to me that’s a sign of good design.”

7. SYL958 Loader
Sany Heavy Machinery Limited
China

The SYL958 Loader features an edgeless door cab design; a built-in, integral Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and Falling Object Protective Structures (FOPS) design; a visualization central electrical box; and a Parker fingertip operating system. The cab is sealed against the intrusion of dust to protect the health of the operator, and noise is reduced to a level 6 dB lower than other machines in China. A two-stage damper system with four-point suspended installation guarantees a comfortable operating experience. Daily service and maintenance points can be easily reached from the ground. The service life of key components is improved with the inclusion of an advanced technology DANA rotor type gearbox, a drive axle for heavy mining machines, and a reinforced heavy-duty vehicle body structure. An efficient fixed-variable confluence high-pressure system results in energy reductions of over 10 percent. The internally-pressurized oil tank stays cleaner for longer, resulting in a longer service life and less frequent oil changes. Recyclable materials and lead-less paint are incorporated across the machine.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - SYL958 Loader

Cai Jun – Jury Member
“Large equipment manufacturing–producing industrial products like high-speed trains and heavy-duty loading equipment–is one of the most important industries in China. China has made steady advancements in this area in recent years. Sany Heavy Machinery Limited is one of the leading manufacturers in this field. They focus on user-friendly design. The overall look and design of the product projects the unified spirit of the brand, and is an outstanding.”

8. Zenbook UX301
Asustek Computer INC.
Asus Design Center
Taiwan

The ZENBOOK™ UX301LA is a premium product in the ASUS Ultrabook™ range and combines great performance with elegant design. A unique, high performance CPU is encased in an ultra-thin, ultra-light laptop that features a Corning® Gorilla Glass Iid. The use of aluminum silicate Corning ® Gorilla Glass reduces body thickness by 14 percent, making this Zenbook lighter and thinner than its predecessors. A reduction in the use of metallic material enhances RF efficiency, and the use of fluoropolymer nanometer coating not only ensures excellent stain-resistance and anti-fingerprint capabilities, but also that surface dirt is easy to remove. ZENBOOK™ UX301LA represents the perfect combination of “mechanism, performance, and material.”

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Zenbook UX301 Notebook

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“At a time when laptop technology in Taiwan has matured, ASUS continues to innovate. This laptop features an ultra thin glass screen and the logo produces a spiral light. This high-level design was awarded a Japanese Good Design Award this year.”

Nimbus Smart dashboard + Clock by Ryan Pendleton

Keep an eye of what’s important to you with the help from Nimbus Smart dashboard and clock. It’s a unique 4-dial dashboard that you can place on your nightstand or your working desk, it tracks what’s important to you without having you to checkout your smartphone all the time. You can personalize each gauge using your mobile device to give you an array of information in real time where you can read them all at a glance. Nimbus helps you monitor weather, email, calendar, traffic, social networks, etc. The company even promises this smart device works with Fitbit or any other products of Quirky.

It’s like having physical form of your digital life, each dial acts as a subtle barometer that syncs in real time.

Designer : Ryan Pendleton [Buy It Here]

Nimbus Smart dashboard + Clock by Ryan Pendleton

Nimbus Smart dashboard + Clock by Ryan Pendleton

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MoJoe Personal Mobile Coffee Maker On-The-Go

Don’t underestimate the power of coffee, coffee lovers would understand this. Designers always try to come up with new method to brew delicious coffee anytime, anywhere, because they know how coffee can improve our life. we have featured Hey Joe Coffee Mug that brews your coffee on-the-go, now there’s another option in the market that we want you to checkout MoJoe.

It’s a device that brews your coffee when you are on a road trip, train, bus, or in a car. Go and brew your coffee directly from the MoJoe, the portable, all-in-one design allows you to enjoy your coffee anywhere.

From : MoJoe Brewing Co. [Pre-Order]

MoJoe Personal Mobile Coffee Maker

MoJoe Personal Mobile Coffee Maker

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Audi R02 Concept Sports Car for Milanese Businessmen

The Audi R02 concept sports car is the result of 15 months in the Masters course of Transportation and Automobile design at the Politecnico Di Milano in Milan, Italy. R02 is a sports car designed for the Milanese businessmen around the ages of 35-50. You can try to think of the consumer as a young, successful entrepreneur that likes showing off but yet likes to protect his privacy.

Inspiration mainly came from Daft Punk and aviation, a sports car that has been designed especially to give a sense of mystery and showing off like the well known stylish Milanese businessmen. The R02 is a two-seater car in tandem position thus giving the main focus on the driver, just like a pilot in a jet.

Designers : Liron Bobrov, Massimo Battisti, and Amilcar Celis

Audi R02 Concept Sports Car

Audi R02 Concept Sports Car

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Motorola HC1 Headset Computer Offers Hands-Free Mobile Computing

Designed by Rob Mansfield, Motorola HC1 headset computer offers a wearable computer that allows you to get access to hands free mobile computing. This device combines micro display, noise canceling microphones, and ARM based mobile computing, you can imagine to get access to any critical business documents simply by turning your head or command the computer to do so. No more workstation, this device utilizes a custom voice controlled UI developed by Kopin along with its 6-axis head tracking to allow you navigate documents easily.

Give this device to technicians, they would need it the most while in the field, climbing towers, giving machinery service etc. They can get access vital data and diagrams from a virtual 15-inch display. The optional camera module allows HC1 to stream wearer’s point view to other members for live feedback in real time. HC1 caters for left and right eye in a single product, it’s one of the main focuses during the design process. After several prototypes, the result is a horizontally symmetrical main housing that can be detached from the soft-goods frame. It can be flipped horizontally in order to swap the display from one eye to the other.

Designer : Rob Mansfield
Product Development : Thinkable Studio

Motorola HC1 Headset Computer by Rob Mansfield

Motorola HC1 Headset Computer by Rob Mansfield

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Dual-Mode Headphone Concept from LG Electronics

Dual-Mode headphone offers multi-function device for mobile users. It’s a Bluetooth concept headset that emits sound in 2 different ways: ear buds or embedded speaker. We know that many of us enjoying listen to the music wherever we are, whether we are cycling, driving, jogging, hiking, etc. However, when you are wearing headphone to listen to your music, it shuts out external sound, thus, it’s difficult to know what’s going on around you. It might cause serious accidents.

With this Dual-Mode headphone, you can choose how to listen your music. You can choose to use the speaker while riding your bike or use the ear buds when in a train or a bus. This concept device doesn’t have any button, to make the music starts, you can simply tap the front part and tap it again to turn it off. Swiping the side backward to turn the volume up and swiping the side forward to turn the volume down.

Designers : Yeom Ilsoo, Choi Eunji, and Lee Nari for LG Electronics

Dual-Mode Headphone Concept by LG Electronics

Dual-Mode Headphone Concept by LG Electronics

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Eya Presenting Everywhere : Presentation Concept Device by ENTWURFREICH

EYA is a concept projector to complete your mobile lifestyle. Nowadays, mobile working places, smartphones, or cloud computing are just some examples of our enhance mobility in modern day. ENTWURFREICH has an idea to combine personal mobility with great presentation capabilities, in this way, we all can avoid any cumbersome set up and wiring devices.

The result is Eya, a novel approach to develop a product that fit-for-purpose solution in our busy lifestyle. The main goal is to provide user with optimum ease of use, fast connectivity, high density media format processing while delivering a framework with the most compressed structure inside.

Designer : ENTWURFREICH

Eya Presenting Everywhere by ENTWURFREICH

Eya Presenting Everywhere by ENTWURFREICH

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Hank Bought A Bus Project Transformed A School Bus Into A Tiny Living Space

Hank bought a bus, that’s the title of this project but really, Hank did buy a bus and convert it into a mobile tiny living space. As an architecture student, Hank was tired of drawing buildings for imaginary clients with many details that he didn’t fully get it, so he started to work his own project, exploring details and working with his hands at full scale. The school bus was purchased on Craigslist for $3000 and it required $6000 in improvements, the result is a cozy living space that costs less than a down payment for a house. Although we think it’s an amazing work, the architecture student still feels that he didn’t explore thoroughly of the bus potential, his goal was to show people the possibility of converting an existing vehicle to something different.

This school bus project demonstrates the value of full scale iteration in architectural education, it shows how we can build a small structure with simple detailing that turns out to be more valuable than designing a complex building which is poorly understood. The images below describe the flexibility of each object inside the bus to accommodate your everyday needs while you’re traveling.

Designer : Hank Butitta

Hank Bought A Bus Project Transformed A School Bus Into A Tiny Living Space

Hank Bought A Bus Project Transformed A School Bus Into A Tiny Living Space

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Gen-X Buskers Amp : Mobile Musical Equipment for Street Performers by Nathan McDonald

The problem all musicians have is the transportation of their musical equipment, and it is because of this that you will often see a guitarist (for example) struggling down the street with his/her guitar and case, an amplifier, and a backpack full of other stuff they need (like cables, foot pedals, a microphone and stand, and a drink).

Based on extensive research done by Nathan McDonald, a product designer, he found that buskers (street performers) have two options in the way they perform: they can either play acoustically and strain their voices to be heard, or they can play electrically but have to bring their own power source. The most common power source for this is a car battery, which is just something else to carry, and car batteries are not light! This is where the Gen-X Buskers Amp comes in.

The Gen-X Buskers Amp is an innovation in mobile musical equipment. The Gen-X incorporates a back-pack style design, this is to aid in the transportation of musical equipment, since it is easy to carry and other smaller pieces of equipment can be stored inside the Gen-X’s storage compartment. For increased sound quality the Gen-X has a hard polypropylene shell, but because of this the back panel has to be shaped to fit the spine for comfort. The Gen-X uses 3 oval speakers that have been arranged to create the ‘new face of outdoor performing’.

Although named a ‘buskers amp’ this could in fact be used by any musician on the move. Gen-X Buskers Amp can be used outside, powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery, or indoors powered by an AC adaptor.

Designer : Nathan McDonald

Gen-X Buskers Amp by Nathan McDonald

Gen-X Buskers Amp by Nathan McDonald

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Be Inspired by These 30 Semi Finalists of Electrolux Design Lab 2012

Electrolux Design Lab 2012 has announced its top 30 finalists from over 20 countries. Be inspired by these talented industrial designers’ works where each concept represents the philosophy of Electrolux that creating home appliances that stimulate, engage and enlighten all of our senses.

On October 25, 2012, 10 finalists will be invited to join the final event held in Milan Italy where they have to present their concept in front of the jury of design experts.

Here are 10 finalists of Electrolux Design Lab 2012 in random order, you can click here to view the rest of the designs.

1. Cruet Salt and Pepper by Harry Hale
This concept is a unique salt and pepper shaker that increases social interaction between you and your guests at dinner table. Choose your favorite music from your smart phone and Cruet will play to boost your meal experience with your friends or families, roll around these shakers to keep your dinner time fun and enjoyable.

Electrolux Design Lab 2012 - Cruet Salt and Pepper by Harry Hale

Electrolux Design Lab 2012 - Cruet Salt and Pepper by Harry Hale

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Smart Garden : Hybrid Physical and Virtual Gardens by The Meme

Framed by local, organic, and sustainable food trends, popular interest in urban, backyard, and community agriculture has been surging in recent years. At the same time, “virtual gardening” applications, games and tools, from Farmville to iBotanika, have transformed gardening from a low-tech, introspective pursuit, to an information-rich, social experience that hybridizes physical and virtual environments and activities. This Smart Garden project explores how “Smart” technologies such as chemical and thermal sensors (pH, moisture, solar exposure), automated mechanical processes (watering, lighting, fertilizing, etc), and information monitoring and control systems, developed for large-scale agro-businesses, could be deployed within an ecosystem of new products, applications, and services geared for the consumer market.

Smart Garden creative process was framed by three main goals:

  1. Providing gardeners with precise, actionable data about the their plants’ health and growth
  2. Expanding the healthy, delightful, and rewarding presence of the garden in the life of the gardener
  3. Facilitating dialogue, information sharing, and social interaction within gardening communities.

Integrated by a software application for web and mobile, The Meme Design envision three hardware components that address the needs of multiple scales of use, from the single potted plant to the community garden.

Designer : The Meme

Smart Garden - Hybrid Physical and Virtual Gardens by The Meme

Sensor Stake – A low-cost wireless sensor unit staked in individual potted plants or in a domestic garden, transmitting data about a plants’ health and growth to a web/mobile platform.

Smart Garden - Hybrid Physical and Virtual Gardens by The Meme

Simulator Behavior – A plant “simulator” constructed with shape-memory polymers, that changes shape according to the state of a real plant in the garden or remote location. Caring for the real plant returns the simulator to its “happy” state.

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eleMMent Series Premium Recreational Vehicle From Marchi Mobile

Marchi Mobile is presenting an exclusive limited lots of world class recreational vehicle series called eleMMent, featuring a unique combination of yachting, aviation and motor sports aspects. The futuristic and extraordinary design of the RV has been achieved through contemporary elements uniting in a harmonious way. The cutting edge design along with great combination of exterior color has given the vehicles a notable aerodynamic appearance. Besides, the windshield as well as the driver’s cab is something you have never even imagined. The interior is equipped with baroque stylistic elements of Austrian-Italian interior architecture that gives the rider a unique experience of luxury, comfort and elegance. Powered by a 510hp, automatic transmission engine, the 12 meter long vehicle can produce reasonable speed for long distance transportation.

Designer : Jens Scheiwe and Mario Marchi

elemment series premium recreational vehicle

elemment series premium recreational vehicle

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WristPC : An Innovative Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer

WristPC is a pioneering concept that combines all computer functions, capable of handling all the vital requirements of the user throughout the day. This wearable ultra-mobile personal computer plus communication device concept offers a novel experience with is great portability and innovative architecture. It can be worn like a wristwatch, allowing the user to remain connected to the web anytime, anywhere. The WristPC concept boasts a completely functional 3.5 inch touch-screen display plus a keypad onto the side of the wristband. One can position the display panels at different angels to make the screen face the user when the device is used for SMSing or GPS. The wireless earpiece can be easily detached from the wristband and can be used for making conference calls, watching videos on the move and listening to music. Well, the wristband’s rubber-feel material offers a comfortable grip for gamers.

Designers : Saharudin Busri, Mohd Nizam Najmuddin, Mohd Rohaizam Mohd Tahar, and Nuzairi Yasin

WristPC Ultra Mobile Personal Computer

WristPC Ultra Mobile Personal Computer

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Electrolux Design Lab 2011 : Top 8 Finalists Offer You Intelligent Mobility Solutions

After releasing top 25 finalists, now Electrolux Design Lab 2011 Award has chosen eight young industrial designers to present their concept to a jury of expert designers at Business Design Center in London, 7th September 2011. Each of industrial designer students was challenged to design intelligent mobility within home appliances. Henrik Otto as SVP of Global Design at Electrolux said that those 8 finalists had shown innovative and creative thinking to make it this far in the 2011 Electrolux Design Lab Challenge.

The award prize for the first winner is 5,000 Euros, the second prize is 3,000 Euros, and 2,000 Euros for the third winner. But the best prize is not the money, it’s the six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design center. The experience is going to be priceless.

Here are the 8 finalists in random order:

1. Portable Spot Cleaner by Adrian Mankovecky (Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava – Slovakia)
Who doesn’t like clean clothes especially when there’s no effort involved to get them. This device is one of essential tools you have to carry when you travel a lot. The negative ions and steam will refresh your clothes and remove stains. Powered by a sugar crystal battery, you can choose suitable cleaning program from its interface.

Portable Spot Cleaner - Top 8 Industrial Design Finalists of Electrolux Design Lab 2011

Portable Spot Cleaner - Top 8 Industrial Design Finalists of Electrolux Design Lab 2011
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INDEX:Design Has Unveiled 61 Finalists for INDEX:Award 2011

The world’s largest design award, INDEX:Award has unveiled its 61 finalists. The Danish non-profit organization processed almost 1,000 design submissions from 78 countries around the world where this year theme is about creating product with the ability to improve the lives of people all over the world. Currently the International INDEX: Jury are trying to find the best 5 submissions as the five winners of INDEX:Award 2011. So, are you among these 61 finalists? Check it here :
http://designtoimprovelife.dk/index.php?option=com_content_custom&view=category&id=32%3Afinalists-2011&Itemid=302&layout=default

INDEX:Award 2011 Finalists

Here are the top 10 of our favorite designs:

1. Embrace Infant Warmer by Linus Liang (United States of America), Naganand Murty (India), Rahul Panicker (India) and Jane Chen (United States of America)

Each year, there are around 20 million babies born prematurely, and 4 million of them die. Babies’ lives can be used by providing them with thermal regulation from incubators. However, traditional incubators are expensive and required electricity which usually not available in urban/rural areas. Embrace infant warmer is a smart and cost-effective technology that provides heat to an infant at a constant temperature to fulfill a condition for survival. It’s been carefully engineered to maintain baby’s temperature at consistent 37 degrees for around 4-6 hours even without electricity.

Index:Award 2011 - Embrace Infant Warmer

Index:Award 2011 - Embrace Infant Warmer

2. PURE by Timothy Whitehead (United Kingdom)
PURE is the answer of how to get clean drinking water in the most hostile of conditions. After traveling to Zambia, Timothy realized that how difficult to get the clean water there, mostly children die each year due to contaminated drinking water. Timothy has designed a device that can provide clean drinking water in just under 2 minutes by taking advantage of ultra violet light to sterilize the water without any weird taste. We have featured this design here : PURE by Timothy Whitehead.

Index:Award 2011 - PURE Purifier Water Bottle

Index:Award 2011 - PURE Purifier Water Bottle

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