Line Up The Tangles

Line Up The Tangles

The problem addressed in the Line Block Cable is so true to home, it’s the one most of us face when we hook up too many gadgets in one area. Not that we can help it, it’s ideal to have the TV, CD player and the music housed together. As a result, their cables leading up to the socket can get messy and unsightly. Line Block cables are constructed in such a way that they can tag 2 or more wires in a piggy-back fashion. Essentially this means that if the gadgets have this unique structured cable, they line up one-atop-the-other and split out only near the socket, to give a neat finish.

0 Designers: Various

The Future Of Escaping

The Future Of Escaping

Keeping your wits during an emergency evacuation of a building is easier said than done. If it’s a hotel or an unfamiliar mall, following the leads can be difficult and even confusing at times. The LED Escape Light is a portable LED electric torch meant to tackle this issue of unfamiliarity. It comes with a built-in projector that projects a map to guide you out accurately. I like the handy stand that it is housed in, with an easy grab-and-run vibe.

0 Designers: Various

Ocean Face And Endless

Ocean Face And Endless

There are two key elements to the Nagisa Phone designed by Mac Funamizu, first is the “dented” keypad, akin to a wavy seabed and the second is the display that literally “turns around the bend”. This time Mac seems to have mellowed in his designing sensibilities and not gone outlandishly futuristic. What’s more, he simply concentrates on beautifying the form; note the rounded back and the slight elevation when laid flat on a table. Apparently Nagisa means beach in Japanese, and this iteration is at its tranquil best.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Men & Women – We Pee Together

Men & Women – We Pee Together

There was this scene in the movie History of the World where Mel Brooks plays the Piss Boy and the royalty pay him the fee for his “bucket service” by dropping his tip into the bucket! Funny scene; but the truth is women can’t pee in the same bucket or urinal! Not unless everyone is peeing in the “We P Unisex Urinal”. The design is self-explanatory, so I’m leaving you boys for a loo-break! Too much of P talk here!

0 Designer: Michal Farago

Emotional Backpack For Cyclists, What Fun!

Emotional Backpack For Cyclists, What Fun!

Here is a totally cool backpack that goes by the name of SEIL Bag. It’s a backpack meant for cyclists and features an LED Display (flexible PCB) on its face. The bag is designed to work in two modes: Driving Mode and Emotion Mode. In the Driving Mode it shows left and right turn signals for the rider, which is controlled via a detachable controller. This makes it easy for the following traffic to know the riders intent. The cool-quotient is upped with the Emotion Mode; here you can display a variety of emoticons, just for the heck of it.

0 Designers: Lee Myung Su, Park Geun Wan & Park Okhee for Leemyungsu Designlab

Woody Phone

Woody Phone

The MINIMA is a classic example of how important form is in the design process. The adorable lattice style for keypads and the wood finish, relay a completely organic look. Specific attention to details like the camouflaged secondary display on the outer flip and bamboo look, make this an object of desire. It looks like a refined version of the Maple Phone, don’t you think?

0 Designer: Seung-Hyun Yoon

Union Jack Tap And More Creative Ideas

Union Jack Tap And More Creative Ideas

It’s quite unusual to think of faucets as creative elements, high-end designer goodies – yes, but not creative! Well the Joint Jack Tap Concept breaks that myth with its fun outlook and creativity. Basically it’s just three elements (tap, hot and cold mixers) mounted on spherical joints, allowing you to rotate them in many different ways. “It looks like a group of figures in ancient Russian folk sport “Gorodki” or anti-tank obstacle or British flag (Union Jack) in some positions!” Union Jack is quite amusing…don’t you think?

0 Designer: Andrey Bondarenko for 2-B-2 Architecture

Traffic Lights Gets Smarter

Traffic Lights Gets Smarter

The Control Safety Traffic Light Concept features an LED display that gradually changes the colors from Red to Green, with the Amber (or Yellow) fading in and out; between the changes. Solar panels and a security camera are integrated into the design for obvious reasons, and the whole thing works in conjunction with similarly designed pedestrian lights.

0 Designer: Roberto Vackflores for CRAB Diseño Industria

Fold Up Plastic City Bike

Fold Up Plastic City Bike

Bike maestro designer Omer Sagiv has another treat for us all. This one goes by the name “ReCycle Me” and is a fold-up plastic city bike. Created using only recycleable moulded plastic, its potential impact on the environment is minimal. It features a single gear system for all you new-age bikers and those with no money for maintenance and a dynamo for powering the lights. Then using the full advantage of injection moulding technology, the bike has front, rear, and inbuilt seat suspensions.

0 Designer: Omer Sagiv

Sound Balls!

Sound Balls!

Here is a sweet alternative to hearing your music on the go, The Ecoball! The portable ball splits into two to reveal speakers and a volume controller. The beauty is that you have the option of solar charging it via the panels integrated into the carry strap. And of course it syncs with your gadget effortlessly to play bombastic music! Definitely picnic material!

0 Designer: Pedro Gomes

Pour Me Some Light

Pour Me Some Light

Human actions play such a significant role in design; it’s either evident in the form or in the function. In the Pouring Light, the action is evident in the form and is delightfully executed as well! With the motive of giving off “an emotional flow of light”, the lights linger on with a mesmerizing effect thanks to the use of phosphorescence in the “water” part. Yeongwoo suggests the use of LED lights to conserve energy, and my suggestion to him: get this in the market ASAP!

0 Designer: Yeongwoo Kim

Owly Timekeeper

Owly Timekeeper

Clocks, since the sundial, have had that one glaring obstacle they’ve had to hop over: darkness. The sundail’s basically useless, and half the rest of the clocks in the world are pretty close to it. But then there’s the light-up clock. Since we humans set our minds on wanting to work 24 hours a day, we’ve been trying to light up the time. Let me show you the latest in attempts to do that: a clock by Saravanan Nagasundaram, an exercise in both illumination and simplicity.

0 Designer: Saravanan Nagasundaram

Yanko Design To Report Electrolux Design Lab Results @ 100% Design London, LIVE!

Yanko Design To Report Electrolux Design Lab Results @ 100% Design London, LIVE!

Yanko Design is out on the field and will be reporting the Electrolux Design Lab 2010 results from Earl’s Court, London! Expect a lot of live updates, interviews, videos and pictures on our Twitter, Vimeo and Facebook Channels. Bookmark them and stay tuned from the 23rd – 26th. The Design Lab will also be streaming a live feed of the events here, so stay tuned for more!

0 YD @ 100% Design London for Electrolux Design Lab 2010