Wok Wok Wok

Wok Wok Wok

Mmm, foods taste so good stir fried in a wok. Problem is this culinary technique generates a lot of smoke most of which gets sucked up in overhead hoods but what about people who don’t have full kitchens? The Eliminate Smoke Wok saves the day. The handle hides a carbon filter and fan. Switch on the fan and smoke gets absorbed into the activated carbon.

0 Designers: Yitu Wang & Joy Zhang

Hammer Time Is So SEXY!

Hammer Time Is So SEXY!

Honest Confession: I got this silly grin on my face as I write this post. Can’t decide if I should to stick to the story of telling you about “Knock Knock”, the personal back massager or continue to fantasize about the hot guy holding a hammer-shaped massager in his hand. I think it’s the combo of brawn and quirky design that’s got me all flustered, either ways…both are good enough to get rid of that scratchy sensation that I have on my back! Oh grow up! I’m allowed to flirt and have a wicked imagination!

0 Designer: Lim Ruiwen

Swanky Bluetooth With A Dash Of Convenience

Swanky Bluetooth With A Dash Of Convenience

If I had to point out the one really good feature in the Aliph Solo Bluetooth Headset, it would be the fact that it doesn’t require separate recharging. Apparently the earpiece is consolidated into the cellphone and charges auto when you hook up your mobile phone for juice. Now plenty of us folks have charging-chores: laptops, phones, MP3 players…get the drift? So one less item to tank up, is a blessing!

0 Designer: Aaron Ricica

Don’t Judge By The Cover

Don’t Judge By The Cover

I read my book everywhere; on the bed, in a chair, on the pot (you do too!), on the park bench… Point is, once engrossed, you really don’t bother about your posture and when that nagging pain in the neck comes visiting, you really wonder why! The Bookmate is a functional cover that protects the book, but can also be converted into a stand by folding out a few indents; encouraging a better posture for you. Although awkward and bulky it’s got 2 things in its favor: illuminating strips that work as light source at night and edges that double-up as bookmarks.

0 Designer: Kwon Jieun

Rolling Bundle To Park Your Tushy

Rolling Bundle To Park Your Tushy

Although intended for small apartments that demand functional furniture, I don’t see why we can’t include the Zip-Up Chair in mansions. I love the simple methodology used in wrapping up a bundle of oversized upholstered swabs; and encasing them in a zipper sleeve. Zip open, turn down a few swabs and park your posterior onto an impromptu stool. Kitsch and comfy!

0 Designer: Kim In-bo

Want A 3D Mobile Phone?

Want A 3D Mobile Phone?

With Samsung and company outing 3D televisions for home viewers and China loving 3D newspapers, it’s not too farfetched to picture the technology being used in laptops and mobile phones. Focusing on the use of 3D in cellphones, Petr Kubik has designed this all-in-one-piece that includes the glasses, intuitive stylus and expandable screens. The 3D apps support 3D movies and camera plus allow you to make surreal calls with family and friends that pop outta the screen!

0 Designer: Petr Kubik

A Rule For A Man's Man

A Rule For A Man’s Man

Well here’s something clever and that means I want it! The Leather Ruler works just like any other except there’s a large piece of supple leather to provide the weight and traction necessary when drawing those important straight lines. When you’re done, just roll it up and throw it in your pack. If it seems unnecessary then let us not forget MUJI makes a crap load of money selling items just like this. People would definitely buy it.

0 Designer: Jung-Woo Lee for Ek Design

Solar Energy, Band-Aids and The iPad

Solar Energy, Band-Aids and The iPad

Those kooky but fun Korean design gurus are at it again. You’d be surprised how hefty the iPad is and that smooth surface is just begging to slip out of sweaty hands so the Band are band-aids you stick all over the back of the iPad to create traction. A little too kooky for ya? How about the Solar Panel Bag – yes a backpack with solar cells arranged into Steve Jobs’ favorite fruit. Let the whole world know you’re an Apple fan.

0 Designer: Seo Eul Hwa

Obsession With Sputnik!

Obsession With Sputnik!

Sputnik on Yanko Design has a deeper meaning than just the space satellite. Hit the “Sputnik” button and you’ll find two lamps and a projector already featured here. This time around our quest for the name takes us to the doors of Kibardindesign Studio, who have designed the namesake watch. Giving a new look to the classic digital watch, this funky version allows you to accessorize in a myriad of hues. Fancy one of these? You’re in luck coz they are open for pre-orders!

0 Designer: Vadim Kibardin for Kibardindesign Studio

Draining Experiences Can Be Cute!

Draining Experiences Can Be Cute!

Cleaning the toilet drain is quite a stinky job in my opinion, and can never be labeled as cute! However, a look at the delightful Carack Drain Design, and I’m sold. The cuteness factor is personified in the accompanying video, where once the drain is choked with your body grime and hair, a blue head bobs up and down to indicate – it’s un-clogging time! Another factor in its favor is the sunken drain-trap; it keeps the ghastly hair-strands out of sight.

0 Designer: Oh Kyoung Hea

Danger Alert Enabler

Danger Alert Enabler

A view of the ambient noise is what this device hopes to give people with less than a perfect sense of hearing. The fashionable bit of the Danger Alert Enabler, is the wristband, but it also comes with a “micro device.” The way these two bits work together is: sound goes in one, comes out the other. But as the micro device, which sits on your belt, hears sound, it interprets it and translates it to a corresponding pictogram and in some cases, a vibration for warning.

0 Designer: Konstantin Datz

Book Journals My Shrinking Waistline

Book Journals My Shrinking Waistline

To lose weight you must decrease caloric intake and increase physical activity. Simple equation but damn hard to follow. Motivation is the all important and invisible variable and very few products on the market address it. Workbook 001, the Food & Fitness Diary flip book logs 26 weeks of nutrition and exercise. Following every two weeks you measure yourself and by the end of the year, even Kate Moss will envy you. Don’t believe me? Just flip thru the book and watch that shrinking waistline.

0 Designer: New Text Studio

KitchenAid Variable Grill

KitchenAid Variable Grill

The KitchenAid Variable Grill is Tempur-Pedic bliss to your burgers. The top surface of the grill is split into more than a hundred individual surfaces that completely envelope food. This provides a fuller grilling experience from all sides. The cool thing is each unit only turns on when it senses food thereby saving energy (sic). Interesting concept. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Roberto Bertran