Designing Erasers

Designing Erasers

Let’s be metaphoric this Monday Morning and discuss how you would re-design everyday objects. As designers I’m sure you must be using pencils and erasers, so let’s just zero-in on erasers for the moment. How would you restyle this synthetic, perfumed piece of plastic so that it not only looks good but works effectively too. One of the things with erasers is that they erase better when they have a sharp edge. So does this mean the Pebble Eraser fits the bill? I think it does…

0 Designers: Ching-Chan Wang & Ya-Ting Yang [ Buy it Here ]

Underground Cat Bathroom

Underground Cat Bathroom

Welcome to the modern world, cat, no more pooping above the ground for you. Nay! From now on you have your own room to poo. In through the ceiling you shall go! This fantabulous contraption is known as the “Modcat,” and to the future this cat shall go. The top has an opening through which the cat shall go, and inside this bucket of pleasure the cat shall have just enough room to do the business and exit. From there, it’s just a simple flip and grip and you’re on your way to cleaning!

0 Designer: Rich Williams for Modcat for ModProducts

USB Post-it Are Damn Handy

USB Post-it Are Damn Handy

Where is the scribble paper when you need it? Never ever around; and the same thing goes for pen and other stationery items! Not all of us are as organized as the Virgos who have prim-n-proper workspaces. Hence, a USB stick with a notepad to it is an AWESOME idea! Details like a plastic cover to keep the notes contained really impress me. I wonder if this will mean the demise of notepapers, or is this Digilog Memory the second generation already?

0 Designer: Soon-won Kim

Coffee Loving Umbrella

Coffee Loving Umbrella

Try carrying your tall café latté in the rains! One hand full of your stuff, the other has an umbrella….get the drift? The solution is to get a functional Umbrella, like the one designed by Jung-Woo Lee. A convenient coffee-cup rim integrated into the handle solves the issue. I say cheers to more coffee and bring on the rains!

0 Designer: Jung-Woo Lee for Ek Design

I Carry My Own Streetlights

I Carry My Own Streetlights

In this day and age of multi-functional lifestyles how can we expect fashion to be far behind? Wouldn’t it be tacky for a pair of socks to simply be a garment? We need to rev it up a little, maybe add kinetic theory to it and a pair of bulbs and make it headlights for our feet. Go jogging in the dark or sizzle the Milan Ramps, but the moral of the story is to “Keep on running…baby….oooo…yeah!

0 Designer: Boyoung Joo Park

Simple Art Of Crushing Herbs

Simple Art Of Crushing Herbs

One of the secrets in cooking that I picked up from my grandmother was to freshly grind all the herbs and masalas in a mortar and pestle. She did not believe in electric blenders or processors and relied totally on her muscle-power. Although time-consuming, grandma said that hand crushing the spices made them release their true flavors! So going back to the basics with Orb, this 3-piece set has the versatility of crushing and grinding larger quantities or even several ingredients at once. Naturally the big bowl is for larger quantities, but you can upturn the lid and use it for a smaller portion.

0 Designer: Morph for Joseph Joseph [Buy It Here]

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