Mizuhiki, Japanese Knotting Art

Mizuhiki, Japanese Knotting Art

The art of Mizuhiki goes back to 7th century Japan the paper knotting was used to tie samurai hair. The paper craft brand OEY has taken that art and applied it to modern table ware and launched their new collection at Milan Design Week. The intricately corded paper rings, chopsticks, and napkin holders come in an assortment of beautiful rich colors, each handmade from paper and silk. Even the most drab table settings would benefit from it.

0 Designers: Ken Yokomizo & Mariko Murai for Design Yard

Happily Nailed To The Wall

Happily Nailed To The Wall

Do you have unsightly nails sticking out of your walls? You generally don’t but for argument’s sake, if you did….would you let it be there like an eyesore or cover it up with a happy face Nail Cap? Pulling it out can be an option; but imagine capped nails delightfully doubling up as pegs to hang your keys and stuff. How Kitsch!

0 Designer: Jung-Woo Lee for Ek Design

Turn Me Upside Down

Turn Me Upside Down

Hey now, no matter which way you orient this vase designed by Endrit Hajno, it’ll hold a flower. See, when a man comes over and brings you a dozen roses, this is the perfect vase. But what if he comes over with just one rose. First of all, dump him – that cheap ass. But being the kind person you are, you wait til’ after dinner to do so. For now, you just flip the vase over and display his single rose. Aww, bet that’ll make him feel special.

0 Designer: Endrit Hajno

It’s Zip Up Time

It’s Zip Up Time

The Zipper Bracelet Watch is just that, of course there is no watch face; otherwise why would it be here on YD! This concept is a wide leather bracelet where the zips actually display the current time when you hit the central buttons on the wrist. Each zip displays a digit, which you are supposed to combine together to read the time. Sounds confusing right now, but hit the jump to see what I mean. Definitely easier than a Tokyo Flash!

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets

Living In A Material World…

Living In A Material World…

….and I’m a material girl! So goes the song, but a true reflection of our lives. An era when diamonds are best friends and human relationships are no longer a treasure! Constantly living from one Visa bill to another, no wonder most of us are in the red. One of the ways to curb our spending is to cut back on our credit card usage, but that’s next to impossible for some. The next best alternative is to have a credit card that visually mocks us of our low bank balance…. something like the Tricard, perhaps?

0 Designer: Park Mi-na

I Ain't Afraid Of No Wind

I Ain’t Afraid Of No Wind

Southern California beaches are known for their easy going lifestyle and warm weather but you wouldn’t know it from this weekend. Nature must have been pissed about the oil spill in the gulf because she kicked up one hell of a wind storm in Santa Monica. I think I still have sand in my eye but I digress. HJC Design developed a tent-like beach abode called the Surf Shelter designed to withstand the formidable winds of the British coast.

0 Designer: HJC Design

Move Over Iron Man

Move Over Iron Man

I just watched Iron Man 2 this weekend so it seems fitting to write about the idea of body enhancements. The Activation Suit is designed with women in mind, prepping them for the ultimate work out while minimizing fatigue and injury. The suit electronically stimulates muscle groups to relax, “stretch”, and intensify work outs. The entire surface is touch activated enabling targeted training. And of course no bionic woman would be complete without the ability to record and analyze their regimen.

0 Designer: Chris Vella

Good Hair

Good Hair

Here’s an incredibly simple hair dryer called the Shaker. The entire shell is made from ABS plastic that can be removed and recycled. The simple construction also makes it much easier to clean. The rear even hides the power cable. Designs like this may seem arbitrary but I could easily see this in developing countries. However, I need the latest and greatest. You know, 3 heat settings, cool blast, ceramic ionizer, the works.

0 Designer: Alberto Andreetto

All Eggs In One Toaster

All Eggs In One Toaster

What makes Bang Bang (I love the name) different from other egg steamers is that it works more like a pop-up toaster. You place your eggs in the designated holes (inspired by the Sponges & Corals in the movie Finding Nemo) and put sufficient water in the holding tray; lower the egg lever and wait for the steaming action. After they’re done, the eggs pop up, just like your crispy brown smiling toast would! Now that would be a classy combo!

0 Designer: Lo Chi Di

Extended Life Of A Toilet Paper Core

Extended Life Of A Toilet Paper Core

Do you really care about your toilet paper? Is its lifecycle really worth a mention? Do we want to discuss toilet-habits on YD? So many questions…and there is only one answer for this… “Day Re”! The deal is that once you’re done with the tissue part of the toilet paper roll, you toss the brown core into the trash, right? However if you buy a Day Re toilet roll…you just extended its life and purpose on earth! The core comes with a sticker tab that unfolds to a memo pad. Good enough to take daily or weekly notes!

0 Designer: Kim Ji-eun

Fishy Muscle Makers

Fishy Muscle Makers

I’ve got to tell you the name of this project first and foremost. Designed by Sun ho, Sin, this project is called “Barbellfish.” It is so very close to the word “Babelfish” that it cannot be denied. Before we discuss the similarities between the fish and this project, we’ve got to discuss this project’s aim: to make it simpler to lift weights! Rather than attaching them to a bar from the sides, these allow for a top-loading weight.

0 Designer: Sun ho Sin

What Is Odd in This image?

What Is Odd in This image?

Can you pick out what is odd with this image? Look at it carefully, once again….okie time’s up, hit the jump to know more!

As usual, no prizes for guessing; just a pat on your back! And you may leave your original conclusions in the comments, I look forward to them.

0 Designer: Patricia Naves for Design Studio OITI

Ornamental Pluggings

Ornamental Pluggings

Here is a completely refreshing take on the drab power strip! Ornamental almost akin to a Ming classic, the 360° rotating plug sockets are fascinating! Each socket on the Takoyaki has a router function and once you hook in a plug, the rim around comes to life as a nice blue glow. Ideal if you want to use it as a nightlight, because these kinds of power strips, you don’t want to hide anywhere. In fact, you can actually be a show-off and find them a prominent place!

0 Designer: Wang Ning