Kiwa Korean House Inspired Bench

Kiwa Korean House Inspired Bench

This beautiful bench inspired by a Korean style Han-ok house is gorgeous from end to end. The Kiwa’s sinuous curves are evocative and inviting for my bum (cue British people laughing) to sit on. The general shape of the structure comes from the specific arrangement of tiles found in its muse. Hey if it’s strong enough to house people, it’s certainly strong enough to sit on.

0 Designer: Cho Hyung Suk

Cut and Store In One

Cut and Store In One

Joseph Joseph is renowned for coming up with the most stylish and useful kitchen tools, and the latest one in their collection is the Slice & Store Kitchen Cutting board and Knife. So is this a regular cutting board that comes in a choice of electric hues? No, the color choices are there but ain’t regular, it’s got this special niche on the side where you can tuck in the matching (high quality Japanese stainless steel) knife. Smart right?

0 Designer: Joseph Joseph

Blind Stick With Eyes

Blind Stick With Eyes

It is the familiar red and white stick, but with enhanced features that make it quite a practical solution for blind commuters. The Eye Stick is fitted with a sensor lens towards the bottom part, from where it picks up location bearings, like is the person nearing a staircase, or is he near the traffic lights. It then sends feedback to the blind commuter via vibrations, communicating the scenario, so that the person can be aware of his surroundings and take his next step with confidence.

0 Designer: Wonjune Song

Single Hand Cook

Single Hand Cook

It’s easy for us folks to work in the kitchen, simply coz we have two hands. Fracture, permanent disability, paralysis to one side…such situations don’t discriminate and make doing regular stuff like cutting apples, peeling oranges, slicing veggies, buttering a toast; a challenge. The One-Hand Kitchen Equipment is designed for people who use can use only one hand, and the beauty of the products (7 in all) is that both lefties and righties can use it with ease.

0 Designer: Gabriele Meldaikyte

Scanning For Bio-Threats

Scanning For Bio-Threats

Some countries are doing a miserable job containing the spread of H1N1 virus, thanks to lack of infrastructure. Altho Swine Flu is via human transmission, can you the fathom the amount of devastation bio-contamination can cause via the imports and exports of agricultural, meats and like traded goods from such countries? Container Scan is probe that tries to detect bio-organism threats present in a shipping container. It identifies a contaminated shipment without having to open the container doors, thereby reducing potential risks.

0 Designers: A Big Happy Bunch!

Now A Mathematical Kettle

Now A Mathematical Kettle

Looking at this Parabola Kettle, I’m quite reminded of the Turtle and Geometric adventures of kettle-design. It brings up questions like do we really need a drastic change in shapes of kettles? Or should we focus only on functionality? Yea, the kettle sits in its quite corner in the kitchen; it makes no demand except for aesthetic appeal and timely maintenance. So does it warrant a parabolic re-design? You tell me…

0 Designer: Omer Deutsch

Win The $495 Nooka Zon Cuz You’re Worth it!

Win The $495 Nooka Zon Cuz You’re Worth it!

Winner: Alex C. in Saint Louis, MO!

Must there always be a reason to do a giveaway? Hell yes otherwise no one wants to sponsor one!

Luckily for YD and its loyal community, there is a company as honest in its views as ours. I’m talking about the elegant Nooka, who have graciously agreed to do a giveaway for us…simply because they too feel that YD readers DESERVE something special! It’s our (YD& Nooka’s) way of reciprocating loyalty.

Crucify My Love

Crucify My Love

For quite a while I used to believe that infidelity is a state of mind. This was till I realized that porn and men are like inseparable and therefore every man would be a fantasizing infidel! Better than putting a leash on your partner and curbing natural instincts, is the set of TooRings that “Fix Your Love”. The set consists of 4 rings that represent practical advice of tightening your relationship, not screwing it up, smoothing the rough patches and building bridges.

0 Designer: Li Jianye

Picasso Can Draw To Switch-off Lights

Picasso Can Draw To Switch-off Lights

So what if your drawing sucks, the JustDrawIt unit won’t mind; it will in fact help to manage the power supply to the various household equipments hooked on to it. How? A main device and several remote-controlled receivers visualize the service life of your synced electrical appliances. A haptic interface allows you to hand-draw on the timeline-based main unit, defining the period of usage. When the time’s up, the equipment will be automatically turned off. Oh shoot! Just One Thing…you can’t misplace the pen now!

0 Designer: Pega Design

Sony PSi aka Playstation Interactive

Sony PSi aka Playstation Interactive

Sony unveiled their motion control intentions at this year’s E3 game expo so designer Anh Nguyen must be riding the same wavelength because his PSi concept also features wand-like motion controllers. The console leaves a little something to be desired but the wands are very interesting. You can stack the wands for various games like tug-o-war or add weights if you insist on the video game fitness craze going on right now. If Anh wants to really impress, he better come up with renders showing the wands as light sabers and disrupters. PEW PEW!

0 Designer: Anh Nguyen

Bottling Water With A Surprise

Bottling Water With A Surprise

Did you know 77% of the world’s plastic bottles end up in landfills? That amounts to tens of metric tons of waste every  year. If recycling isn’t the only answer, maybe we need to think of  new ways to extend the lives of these bottles. Seeds in the Bottle is a project by designer Yun Hwan Sung with a little surprise in each package. Tiny herb seeds are stored inside a pocket you release into the bottle when you’re done with it. Invert the bottle, fill with potting mix, water and instead of filling up landfills, you have an herb garden.

0 Designer: Yun Hwan Sung

Best of August 2009

Best of August 2009

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in August 2009.

0 Designers: Various

MP3 Player Karaoke Style, Thank You Korea

MP3 Player Karaoke Style, Thank You Korea

Queue up a line because if the ORIO were real, I can see loads of blokes and blokettes wanting it. The seemingly benign MP3 player doubles as a karaoke recorder. Squint your eyes real hard and think; how often do you sing along when listening to music? Why not record that and put it all over the interweb for people to see! The ORIO even draws from a database to show you realtime lyrics and you “green” enthusiasts will be happy to know, ORIO is completely made of biodegradable plastic.

0 Designers: Jinsun Park & Seonkeun Park