Case Without Closing

Case Without Closing

Let’s take a look at a design of an object that’s not often thought of as almost an afterthought. This is no afterthought of designer Florian Widmann though, it’s a masterpiece made patented product and presented here today on Yanko Design as just that. Brandless and pure, a case for whatever you’d like to put in it. It’s a case that’ll open all the way around, just like a jacob’s ladder toy opening and closing in a way that seems magical.

0 Designer: Florian Widmann of DesignCoop

Create Energy Stepping

Create Energy Stepping

This fancy little object goes by the name “Slide” and with it, you can generate energy walking up and down steps. By simply placing your hand upon the green and pushing it along the railing aside the stairs you’re walking on, you’ll generate energy! With that energy, the several arrohead-shaped LEDs in the object are lit so that you might see where you’re going in a power outage or other emergency situation!

0 Designers: ShuoYang, Bolong Huang and Qiao Yang

Nature Doth Office

Nature Doth Office

I once saw an episode of Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy show of note, where a woman had an interview with an architecture firm that had created a building in the woods – but there was no building. Instead the woods WERE the building, an absurd look at integrating design into natural surroundings. Here’s a set of objects by Robert Bronwasser for Cascano that’s pulled back the lever a bit to deliver nature-inspired objects (for the most part) that’re just the right mix.

0 Designer: Robert Bronwasser for Cascando

Never Too Late to Learn How to Read

Never Too Late to Learn How to Read

Adult illiteracy comes with social stigmas that prevent many people from trying to learn how to read. The abcDARIAN is designed to discreetly help them achieve their goals. The two-sided, touch enabled device is transparent. You skim over written matter and it phonetically reads it out into an earpiece. It comes with a stylus but the most unique feature is the ability to slowdown speech feedback, just in case it’s reading too fast.

0 Designer: Sandra Brügmann

From Devastating Bomb to Floating Coat Rack

From Devastating Bomb to Floating Coat Rack

Well here’s a unique way to memorialize Hiroshima. Hirosima (sic) combines the magical wonder that is the “Red Balloon” to prop up a weapon the forever changed history.  Put your esoteric thinking caps on. The balloon keeps the bomb from landing, therefor preventing devastation. The bomb is turned into a mundane utilitarian object by becoming a coat rack, essentially castrating it of its original intent.

0 Designers: Mehmet Erdi Özgürlük & Anıl Ercan

Hot Gas Plate is What I Need!

Hot Gas Plate is What I Need!

I can’t help but notice how sterile this conceptual cooking range looks in white; a color that easily soils in the manic frenzy of cooking! However I totally love the induction cooking plate and gas burner combo, with matching exhaust hood no less. It’s called the EEH-Ventilator & Gas Stove. Could be quite beneficial in countries where the delivery of gas cylinders can take weeks! Yeah, not all of us are piped up!

0 Designer: Chao Gao

What a Sterile Door!

What a Sterile Door!

Until we can cure common communicable diseases, our best defense is prevention. Door knobs and handles are huge breeding grounds for those microscopic bastards so why not create self-steralizaing door handles? BAM, we’ve got one here for you called wait for it… the Door Handle with Self-Steralization System. Uses UV light to do the dirty work. Simple design and effective. Explains why it won a Red Dot concept award.

0 Designer: Choi Bomi

Hanging on a FOLD

Hanging on a FOLD

Winter is setting in and one of the biggest concerns is getting towels dry enough for repeated use . FOLD Radiator is a handy solution where you use its bent corners to hang your wet, used towels; keeps them dry and warm. Thankfully it looks nothing like a radiator – easily passable as wall art. Totally want one.

0 Designer: Mikolaj Adamus

Boat Sofa

Boat Sofa

The title says it all. You clever, clever designer. It’s obvious where the inspiration came from but the question is, does it float?  The answer, YES IT DOES. In case you’re caught in sudden flood, removing the cushions reveal a totally buoyant boat with real oars. Designer Bongyoel Yang says he designed it for the “Global Warming Generation.” Damn, it’s a cool concept with dire implications. I’m torn.

0 Designer: Bongyoel Yang

Plants of Light

Plants of Light

Schattengewächs begins like any other grow-it-yourself plant kit but the payoff isn’t a real plant, rather it’s a light – shaped like flowers, trees and even insects. Adore the play between real and artificial. There’s no power switch. It automatically “grows” thanks to a photosensor and the whole thing runs on four coin cell batteries. The pot is made of clay and all the inner bits are molded from biological plastic. By the way, Maximilian Winkel is an awesome name. I will say it all day today.

0 Designer: Maximilian Winkel

One Part Stool, One Part Drink Holder

One Part Stool, One Part Drink Holder

It’s an end table with an adjustable arm for your drinks. Mr. Waiter looks permanently bemused but this is the next best thing if you can’t go all out for catering. You can even sit on him. With a couple of these at your next shindig, you can claim “personal butler attention” on the RSVP only invites.

0 Designer: Jose Jorge Hinojosa Primo

Take Picture, Share Picture

Take Picture, Share Picture

Say Cheese! You’re posing for three pictures at one go. It’s no trick photography but a UCIM Camera hosting three USB ports for three memory sticks. The idea behind this concept is to instantly share the same set of photos with 2 other people using their personal USB sticks. I reckon if this were refined to enable custom photo selects and include video recording, then we’d have a winner. What do you think?

0 Designer: Jung Eun Park

Dustbin of Many Sizes

Dustbin of Many Sizes

The Panel Bin has a metal spiral rib that stretches and adjusts to varying heights for your convenience. Simply line it with a disposable bag and you have a dustbin ready for use. The collapsible nature may be its unique selling point, but for me it’s the flat-pack convenience of storing and transporting that scores brownie points.

0 Designer: Zhejiang University, Inno Lab