Time and Memories

Time and Memories

Wonjune Song sent us his version of how time flows like a river and memories are all that are left behind. Nice esoteric thoughts, but I dig the Memory Time Watch more for its casual looks, and the subtle way the inner mechanics are revealed. Let’s just go with the memory flow!

0 Designer: Wonjune Song

Kitchen Special – Only The Best Tools Will Do!

Kitchen Special – Only The Best Tools Will Do!

The festive season is a time when your entire family comes together for the holidays. With a house full of hungry tummies to feed, the kitchen ends up being the hotspot for all to hang out. Here are some ideas to spice up your kitchen and make it feel warm, inviting and elegant. I bet you’re cooking up a handsome feast for all!

0 Kitchen Products Available at The YD Store

Giant Robotic Dust Ball

Giant Robotic Dust Ball

A giant dust ball that cleans dust balls? The idea is too weird and too good. I’m sold. The motor inside doubles as the dust bin and drives the unit by rotating on 2 axes to generate enough force to move. When full, it automatically returns to its starting point and glows. Again, LOVE IT but there’s a reason why most floor cleaning robots are short and squat.

0 Designer: Dave Hakkens

Love Letter to Alex the Water Bottle

Love Letter to Alex the Water Bottle

Oh Alex, how you’ve become my favorite water bottle these past few months. I didn’t think much of you at first but then I found out former Oakley team manager Chris Hotell and pro snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler founded the company who made you and I become intrigued. You’re so special. You do a lot but there’s two things you do better than anyone else baby.

0 Designer: Nice Reusables (Buy it here)

While You’re Waiting at a Stop Light

While You’re Waiting at a Stop Light

Here’s an idea that’s almost there. The Droplet Traffic Light works like your standard fare but the opposite, inactive side displays the latest news blurbs and weather conditions. Okay WAIT A MINUTE. I need my thinking caps on because this must be designed for traffic systems that move in circular paradigms. Wouldn’t work in the States where traffic takes turns with cross-traffic. Novel idea though and love that it’s solar powered.

0 Designer: Psychic Factory

It Holds Keys and Hangs Coats

It Holds Keys and Hangs Coats

I’m usually pretty good about keeping my keys and travel chotchkies in one place. I’m ambivalent about tossing them in a bowl or hanging them by the door. Ugh, that’s the worse because it’s just a constant reminder of Los Angeles traffic every time I walk by. I digress. If I had something like the Blomp Coathanger – my issues would be alleviated. Love the receptacle to keep all your crap and hide them from view with a coat. Done and done. They look technical but it’s all handmade from poly-resin. Brills!

0 Designer: David Cathro

Think Japanese Minimalism

Think Japanese Minimalism

I’m enamored with two products by Japanese studio h220430. The Tokonoma is a display shelf of sorts that puts Japanese minimalism front and center. It’s different from the minimalism we’re used to seeing from the west which is often described as stark and cold. There’s something intrinsically warm about the Japanese variant. It’s subtle and enriches anything placed on top.

0 Designer: h220430 Studio

A Little Mid-Century Mixed with Asian

A Little Mid-Century Mixed with Asian

This Basic Dining Chair is inspired by the Korean letter shape “Zi-Ut.” There’s a playful balance between traditional Asian forms and Dutch mid-century cues. There’s something Eames-ish about it too and it’s one of those chairs that looks good from every angle. Just check out that profile. Gorge!

0 Designer: Heera Jeong

Stainless Steel and Bronze

Stainless Steel and Bronze

Designer Dan McCabe describes his “Two Faced” coffee table as strikingly modern and I totally agree. The juxtaposition between the austere stainless steel and ornate silicon bronze frame is very unique. There’s something creepy about it. Can’t quite put my finger on it but it beckons to be touched. Color me impressed. 16″ H X 52″ W X 20″ D

0 Designer: Dan McCabe

Power Lending

Power Lending

You’ve got something important to do but your batteries are almost out of power. We’ve all been there and each of us has discovered ways to milk every ounce of power out of our devices. I’ve found power cycling my iPhone gives it a few more minutes, but what if someone could give your device a jumpstart? The Jump-Start CARD lets one device siphon off power from another. Yea, can’t decide if this is really useful.

0 Designers: Various

Bag that Iron

Bag that Iron

Irons are either streamline and sleek or compact and portable. A handful are retro but the Ironbag goes one further and borrows from a woman’s handbag. It’s not the latest Balenciaga but the curious bag-like shape ingeniously tucks everything into one fashionable unit. It’s up to you to decide whether or not it’s sexist. Irons, women’s handbags? Hmm…

0 Designer: Damjan Jovancic

Christmas Gifts For Your Folks!

Christmas Gifts For Your Folks!

I came across this beautiful quote about how Christmas is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. Tis’ the season of giving they say. What do you plan to gift your loved ones with this year? Here’s a list I’ve complied of some thoughtful items, maybe something from it will strike a cord and bring you and yours Christmas cheer .

0 Christmas Fever at the YD Store

Beauty Lies In A Hard Drive

Beauty Lies In A Hard Drive

Apple kinda kick-started the revolution behind gorgeous looking computers and peripherals and it’s fitting to find new-age designers striving to keep pace. The Octave is an artistically beautiful hard drive that incorporates a simple shape and airy architecture – digital information encapsulated in elegance.

0 Designer: Sequoia-studio