Reduced to Time (but with some surprises)

Reduced to Time (but with some surprises)

The minimal Reductionism watch makes time-telling easy by displaying large numbers on a simple LED grid, but it’s also multifunctional as an indicator of incoming calls or text messages. Connecting wirelessly via Bluetooth, the watch notifies the user of calls with a quick vibrating pulse and transforming blue glow while text messages are indicated with red glow. Check out the vid to see it in action!

0 Designer: Omar Egeh

Jellylamp

Jellylamp

As you might have guessed from the name, the Jellylamp was inspired by the fluorescent jellyfish and subtly mimics its shape and captivating glow. To adjust to the users mood, the design features pulse width modulated RGB LED strips, that can express various intensities of red, green and blue to achieve any color!

0 Designer: Graziano Friscione

Lux iPad Stand

Lux iPad Stand

One of the most elegant Apple extras we’ve seen, the AC iPad Stand is the perfect home or office accessory to compliment your beloved tablet. The refined aesthetic contrasts natural wood and that instantly recognizable aluminum into a prop for your iPad. Better yet, the smart design amplifies volume without any additional electronics.

0 Designer: Àlex Casabò Tormo

Totally Snuggable Seating

Totally Snuggable Seating

There’s nothing quite like snuggling up in a hand-knitted blanket so why not knit an entire seat?! Using knitting techniques from her home of Oaxaca, Mexico, designer Amaya Guiterrez works with a team in Los Angeles to create the handmade Bdoja chair. The design is sustainable and though each is unique with its own flaws and special characteristics, they are flawlessly comfortable!

0 Designer: Amaya Guiterrez

Dot Dash Dot Dash Blink!

Dot Dash Dot Dash Blink!

Simple and realistic this Flash Communicator is one handy gadget you might want to take on your next camping trip. More like a real-time Morse code device, it translates voice to flashes of light that can be detected, read, and translated to voice by the receiving party. The idea behind this project was to make communication between survivors of natural disasters, easy. With the help of a Flash Communicator, locating and rescuing them would be more efficient.

0 Designer: Kim Minsoon

Modern Seating with Age-Old Craftsmanship

Modern Seating with Age-Old Craftsmanship

Thomas Feichtner’s Tram Chair concept for the historical TON brand is strongly inspired by the company’s time-honored production processes: first by the company’s own plant for the production of seat shells from molded wood, and second by its longstanding factory for the production of classic bentwood. Merging the bentwood and molded wood methods created a few constructional innovations in the process. Jump to the video to see how!

0 Designer: Thomas Feichtner

TV Garden

TV Garden

The Teracrea TV isn’t your average flatscreen- in fact, there’s no screen at all! It’s a modern vase (also not your average vase) that can be hung on a wall to host plants, flowers or other greenery to bring a natural dimension into the home. LED accent lighting at the top of the minimal frame highlights the mounted garden and provides ambience to any room. 

0 Designer: Fabio Bortolani

Supersonic Space Tourism

Supersonic Space Tourism

The SXT-A Iron Speed aircraft concept combines three types of next-gen propulsion engines that work in different stages to connect destinations. It’s like any commercial flight but offers space-tourists the opportunity to experience a supersonic cruise speed at Mach 2, a maximum hypersonic speed at Mach 6, as well as a few minutes on the border of space at an altitude over 100km. With break-neck speed and the excitement of a moment in space, it’s like taking your favorite roller coaster from New York to Paris.

0 Designer: Oscar Viñals

Opposite, but the same.

Opposite, but the same.

According to a Chinese philosophy known as Taijitu, life is based on a fundamental value of the harmonies that exist between opposites (think yin & yang!). Inspired by this duality, this pair of candelabras express the dynamic interplay of polar opposites with contrasting materials and colors. Both share the same form, but one is of cold, industrial metal and the other of warm, natural wood. Together, they’re a beautiful accent to the modern interior.

0 Designer: Barnabé Ribay

For the Modern Nomad

For the Modern Nomad

If you’ve ever moved into a new place without furniture or anywhere to hang your clothes, you’ll appreciate the Arara Nômade. It’s an all-in-one solution for organizing clothes packed into one compact box. No screws, no glues, no technical know-how… just one intuitive structure that’s easily mounted or unmounted. Perfect for the modern nomad or anyone who needs a quick closet solution!

0 Designer: André Pedrini & Ricardo Freisleben

Top 32 Favorites From 2013 iF Design Award

Top 32 Favorites From 2013 iF Design Award

I had the privilege of being one of the 1900 guests who celebrated the prize winners of the iF design awards, in a lavish ceremony held at the BMW World in Munich. Using the Munich Creative Business Week as the backdrop was probably one of the cleverest things, because as design enthusiasts, we had access to some of the most inspiring workshops and exhibitions. Team YD met up with creative minds from across the globe and came home enriched by the experience. Here is our pick of Top 32 Favorite product design winners from the 2013 iF design awards.

Equating A Cleanup

Equating A Cleanup

The Equate is a vacuum cleaner for table crumbs and has been designed with the purpose of celebrating its form rather than hiding it. Most often we tend to find a cozy nook for such appliances, but designer Rich Park feels that we need to set this artistic work on a proud pedestal. It’s one of the rare examples where form, function and art are fine-tuned. Essentially, a very conceptual aerodynamic vacuum sits on a chrome cone-shaped charger.

0 Designer: Rich Park

Stories Made of Glass

Stories Made of Glass

Italian glassware studio Memento blurs the boundaries between handcrafted-workmanship and large scale production with their latest project called “ME IN A GLASS.” By manipulating colored vitreous paste, experienced craftsmen master each phase of the complex glass-making process, playing with colors and bringing about an extremely personal palette of 25 matchless glass sets with inspiration from sushi to dubstep.

0 Designer: Memento