King of the Cephalopods

King of the Cephalopods

Besides being editor of YD, I’m also a unicorn herder and recent crowned King of the Cephalopods, but a king ain’t a king without a throne. In 2010 a minion of mine by the name of Maximo Riera cast a series of chairs inspired by different species called The Animal Chairs – one of which is a black octopus. It’s over-the-top and beautifully executed. In fact, it was the most time consuming and production intensive from the series. Now that I have a proper throne, BOW TO YOUR OVERLORD.

0 Designer: Maximo Riera

Every Drop Goes Into the Flowerpot

Every Drop Goes Into the Flowerpot

Sometimes it takes a simple re-design to add functionality and solve a problem. For example the Cavity Flowerpot – it’s designed with four receptacles to hold wet umbrellas. Excess water drains off and collects into a dish whereby plants absorb into their root system. Good idea.

0 Designer: Merve Sarışın

The Power Train

The Power Train

The Chain Power Strip caters so well to our plug-ing needs that I’m completely sold on the idea! The strip is like a chain link so it can fit different sizes of plugs plus one of the modular fittings accommodates USB hook up. Now isn’t that clever!

0 Designer: Deng Kai

A Cellphone for Women and Men with Manbags

A Cellphone for Women and Men with Manbags

I agree with designer Paz Brouk that women who tend to keep their cellphones in their purse find it a nightmare to retrieve before a call goes to voicemail. To overcome this little problem, she’s designed the Gabler, a folding phone that can be hung over the edge of a purse. The phone folds in a diagonal line in the middle thanks to the flexible screen and flexible outer shell and includes all standard features found in modern-day phones. My only problem with having it all exposed is the invitation for would be kleptos.

0 Designer: Paz Brouk

Don't Touch the Furniture

Don’t Touch the Furniture

The early years of my life were filled with memories of plastic covered remote controls and couches. Yes, my parents were THOSE people. I was incredibly embarrassed by it but the reality is it wasn’t a cultural anomaly. People do it all over the world. Droog Design is a stool encased inside acrylic – an exaggerated homage to all those kids who grew up with plastic covered furniture.

0 Designer: Ohad Basson

Tit for Tat and Tweet

Tit for Tat and Tweet

When you need answers to specific questions, Google may be of some use but a dynamic collaborative environment demands instant answers from people with shared interests and valuable skill sets. Twitnictable is an wood table that reads any tweet with the hashtag #IDtable via LEDs embedded on the surface. The table becomes an interactive pool of knowledge where tweeted questions engage students in an interactive discussion.

0 Designers: Jeroen Coelen, Laurens Prins & Parizad Saremi

Cookie Spoon Delight!

Cookie Spoon Delight!

Instead of wasteful plastic and wooden stirrers, why not use an ecookie? Dense enough to keep a satisfying crunch when stirring yet scrumptiously delicious as that extra little treat.

0 Designer: Victor Lopes Mascarenhas & Rodrigo Maia

Phone with an Extra Squishy Surprise

Phone with an Extra Squishy Surprise

My generation (I’m 30′ish if you must know) will not understand the need to have a cool looking phone that allows you to browse the internet intuitively, but the millennial generation do and I suspect they would love the Trypoxy Phone. Looks like a smooth pebble but for the ultimate web browsing experience, the rear has a soft-gel-like grab extension that can pulled out. It fits snuggly in one hand and has built-in controls to pinch and squeeze your way through the internet with simulated buttons for scrolling and moving back/forth thru pages.

0 Designers: Miyazawa Tetsu & Ichimura Shigenori

Making Yearly Calendars Obsolete

Making Yearly Calendars Obsolete

I am totally impressed with the Puzzle Calendar! What an ingenious idea with an easy to follow system. You simply keep shifting the tiles each month to keep pace with the changing days! You can even jot down notes on the side using a whiteboard marker. I’m so going to replace my desk calendar once this hits the market.

0 Designer: Yan Yunyong

Don't Shred Your Paper - Disappear Your Ink!

Don’t Shred Your Paper – Disappear Your Ink!

Take a peek at this, paper shredder that doesn’t shred – this is the electromagnetic erasing system. The idea for this project came to the designer from observing the destructive effect of electromagnetic radiation on color pigments. Scary! This project aims directly at utilizing electromagnetic radiation in a fully controlled reaction inside a machine to break all bonds of color pigments that absorb only a particular range of the electromagnetic spectrum. What’s that mean? Maybe… reusable paper?

0 Designer: Mohsen Saleh

Minimalist 3D Camera is All Smiles

Minimalist 3D Camera is All Smiles

If I came away with one one conclusion from this year’s CES, it’s 3D. For years companies have been talking about it but it seems 2011 is when it all comes to fruition and leading the initial wave are 3D cameras. The STEREOO concept gave us deja vu but this form factor and effervescent aesthetic is exactly what’ll get the general public excited about 3D. I love the minimalism and the humor of seeing a camera smiling back at you. The large display is capable of displaying 3D images and doubles as a touch interface. I want one now.

0 Designer: Michal Bonikowski from MINDSAILORS

iPad Case Flips and Folds for Your Benefit

iPad Case Flips and Folds for Your Benefit

The EOps P Series is a multi-functional protective carrying case for the iPad. The polycarbonate hard case provides protection while the fabric shell folds back to provide a platform for the iPad to rest on. The contrasting red strap keeps things together when closed and doubles as a document holder. Simple and elegant.

0 Designer: Michael Young

3D Glasses That Don't Look It

3D Glasses That Don’t Look It

It’s clear from this year’s CES how important 3D will be and that means 3D glasses. For the most part, they’re still quite “techie” looking and definitely not for the discerning fashionista. The Del Rey & Co. 3D classes draw upon the classic lexington shape, properly disguised as high-fashion specs.

0 Designer: Del Rey & Co.