Yanko Design To Report Electrolux Design Lab Results @ 100% Design London, LIVE!

Yanko Design To Report Electrolux Design Lab Results @ 100% Design London, LIVE!

Yanko Design is out on the field and will be reporting the Electrolux Design Lab 2010 results from Earl’s Court, London! Expect a lot of live updates, interviews, videos and pictures on our Twitter, Vimeo and Facebook Channels. Bookmark them and stay tuned from the 23rd – 26th. The Design Lab will also be streaming a live feed of the events here, so stay tuned for more!

0 YD @ 100% Design London for Electrolux Design Lab 2010

3-D Braille Map That Talks

3-D Braille Map That Talks

The Brainovi is a Braille navigation map that uses a combination of verbal instructions and touch display, to help a blind person travel alone. All he needs to do is ‘speak’ his destination into the device and wait for a 3-D map to pop-up, giving him a ‘feel’ of his route. Corresponding verbal directions are relayed to the user via a Bluetooth earpiece, thus guiding him to his destination. The overall effect is to give the user a sense of freedom while traveling alone, without depending upon a companion.

0 Designers: Seung-Hyun Yoon, Seol-Hee Son & Ji-Youn Kim

Musical Plants

Musical Plants

The Muse musical vase serenades you with sweet harmonies every time you wind it up. Like a music box but instead of a ballerina, it’s your favorite plant. Kind of reminds me of those plastic sunflowers with sunglasses that would dance when the sun hit them. Almost similar but this is much prettier to look at. Look how happy the models are. They are absolutely thrilled with their singing plants.

0 Designers: Lie Zhong-Fa, Koo Yoori & Jeon Se-Yong

Should We Watch Out Or Not?

Should We Watch Out Or Not?

And that is my question to you this Monday Morning. Do you want to be forewarned about a broken-down car with a holographic “Watch Out – Warning Triangle” beaming at you from a distance, when driving? Or do you think it will be a distraction and a hazard? The idea is simple….holographic red triangle projected from a distance, warning you of a stalled car ahead in the lane. Some may argue it being an eerie Potter-esque sign on the freeway; others may call it helpful. Take your pick!

0 Designers: Chun-Chieh Chang & Wan-Hua Tsai

The Holding of All Apple

The Holding of All Apple

On the now-defunct television comedy series “Kids in the Hall,” actor Dave Foley, playing a bad doctor, said, “There are specialists who have their whole career based on my referrals!” He was making fun of the idea. For Apple, it’s dead serious. Hundreds and thousands of people have made their career of making Apple-compatible products. Some of them aren’t the best, but then there’s those that stand out and do more than justice to the products they accessorize – this is one of em.

0 Designer: Combine Collective

Superfast Rescue Tube

Superfast Rescue Tube

The Rescue Tube is meant for the fishermen folk who brave the high seas every single day. As a part of their routine they are supposed to wear life vests but many ignore this as it causes restricted movements. Rescue Tube on the other hand is a simple latch-clasp that can be hooked to the clothes as a normal buckle. It doesn’t pose as an obstruction. During an emergency situation you simply tug at the lower clasp to inflate the tube instantaneously, maneuver it around your neck and it’s ready to be used!

0 Designer: Baek Mi Young

Quick Dry For Clothes With Aroma And Breeze!

Quick Dry For Clothes With Aroma And Breeze!

Breeze Racks is a collapsible system of a blower, aroma dispenser, hollow bars and hollow-with-many-holes hangers; intended to dry your laundry faster, on wet rainy days. It works like this; you set up the frame and fit each hollow hanger into the hole cutout on the horizontal bar. The end of the frames fit into the blower which blows out warm air and fragrances. Once the setup is complete you simply hang your freshly washed clothes on the hanger and let the system do its work.

0 Designer: Qin Shuai

One Controlled Mark

One Controlled Mark

Recalling a time in his childhood when he’d connect two or more pens together, drawing with them, observing the wacky results, Jackob Mazor now presents a pen custom made for another similar experiment. This is the “Me Too” pen, made during an observation course at Mazor’s college. It presents in a very real way the notion that for every controlled mark you make in this world, there’s at least one other mark you make that cannot be controlled. Observe yourself from any other perspective and your whole world is changed. Scary to the max!

0 Designer: Jackob Mazor

Two Parts And Then One

Two Parts And Then One

Salad Spoon by Joseph Joseph is a tool for tossing your fresh greens, but what makes this simple spoon clever is that its a two-part server set. Two spoons interlock as one for easy storage but open up for you to do the flamboyant act of tossing! Three really hip colors green, grey and pink; those less adventurous can have it in clear!

0 Designer: Joseph Joseph

The Obedient Nodding Faucet

The Obedient Nodding Faucet

Nodding to your command and obediently spraying out water, this is the Nodding Faucet for you. The idea is to push down the tap to start the flow and push it up, to stop. No-fuss, minimal, sleek and bare…all resonate in this design. I know some of you may argue that sensor taps will be better, since no touching is involved…for once, just lighten up and take pleasure in something different and cute!

0 Designers: Various

Chilling Outside The Window

Chilling Outside The Window

It’s interesting to so how cultural practices can trigger off inspiration to design a product that can be an extension of the same. For instance in India we usually keep pickles on our window sill, to marinate and cook them in the natural heat. Whereas in China, because of their cold conditions, food is kept outside the window to preserve it, plus it frees up the kitchen space. This Chinese practice inspired Frenchman Nicolas Hubert to design the External Refrigerator. A fridge that hangs on the external wall of your home.

0 Designer: Nicolas Hubert

Paper To Pencil, Just Like That!

Paper To Pencil, Just Like That!

P&P Office Waste Paper Processor is one of those things that you wish you knew how it works, but dang! no reasonable explanation provided at all! Maybe it’s a deliberate attempt on the designer teams’ part, because their idea is a surefire hit! What this lovely machine does is that it converts all those useless memos on your table to something useful: A Pencil! Paper goes in from one end and come out shaped like a sexy writing tool! Sexy enough an idea to bag a Liteon Award as well!

0 Designers: Chengzhu Ruan, Yuanyuan Liu, Xinwei Yuan & Chao Chen

Heavy Shopping Bags Need Some Air For Easy Carry

Heavy Shopping Bags Need Some Air For Easy Carry

We learnt in grade school that lesser the surface area, the more pressure it exerts and vice versa. Applying this theory to making it easy to carry heavy shopping bags, means to somehow increase the surface area of the bag-handles. I’ve seen people fold in a napkin to their grip, so that the bags doesn’t exert that much pressure; however Hyo-eun & Eun-seok have devised the Tube Grip instead. It’s an inflatable polyvinyl chloride strip that provides supporting grip; easing the pressure on your hand.

0 Designers: Hyo-eun Kim & Eun-seok Kim