Color Rubik Cube For The Blind

Color Rubik Cube For The Blind

The last Rubik Cube that we saw on Yanko Design had textures as tease for the visually challenged; this current iteration uses only Braille. Colors embossed include green, blue, red, yellow, white & pink. One of the more sensible concepts in a long time that hopefully will delight the sighted folks too! Maybe we’ll learn Braille in this process!

0 Designer: Konstantin Datz

Dare They Sell You Stale Veggies Now!

Dare They Sell You Stale Veggies Now!

In supermarkets where loads of veggies is stacked and dumped, freshness may not be a priority. Keeping a track of all that’s been brought in can be time consuming and not all buyers may have a knack for freshness count. The Fresh Code offers a simple solution to this problem; it’s an intelligent barcode with a graph that indicates the freshness level. As time passes by, the graph on the barcode keeps receding, till it finally reaches “0”; indicating that the veggie needs to be dumped and not sold.

0 Designers: Plenty

Dumpling Inspired Backpack

Dumpling Inspired Backpack

Here’s a slightly different take on the backpack. The Dumpling, inspired by the delicious pouch foods, is a backpack that treats your belongings as color coded and compartmentalized items. The backpack is actually made up of a series of roll-up bags. Take only what you need and roll them up into the main support guard which is quite simple in design – a couple straps and a big hook. It looks crafty but something about it is very attractive.

0 Designer: Shin Ji-Young

KIT, BFF, LUV U

KIT, BFF, LUV U

If you were to study human interaction, you’d find there is a tight knit group of people who you are closest with. This is also known as the human web and connections outside the web can extend infinitely. That’s called 6 degrees of separation. If you were to visualize all of that into a tangible object, you’d probably end up with something similar to the Drops concept.

0 Designers: David Sjunnesson & Pedro Nakazato Andrade

How Tall Today, Young One?

How Tall Today, Young One?

One of the cutest and most universal signs of growing up, marked by the parents of the child, is the pencil mark above the head on the wall. Pencil mark on the wall to show how tall. Young ones growing up, head height by head height. The only thing is, the place where this is generally marked is on a wall in a house that might not even be in the possession of the person once they’re grown up. So how does one keep this treasure? Let me lead you to it. Mark it here.

0 Designer: Studio 1a.m. [ Buy it Here ]

Squishy Light Spheres

Squishy Light Spheres

Infectious is a light concept made up of modular silicone spheres charged in a set-up one could call a luminous tree. The spheres react to each other so pile them up to bring on the illumination. It’s soft, squishy, and the kind of lighting that makes everyone look good. No word on when it’ll hit the market but looks like the French will be the first to enjoy.

0 Designer: Julien Bergignat

Relish The Sound Of Silence

Relish The Sound Of Silence

The hectic fast-pace life that we lead makes us accustomed to many sounds and vibrations that literally become a part of our existence. Sounds of chirping birds and scampering squirrels may be alien but a flying jet or sirens make us comfortable. Something is wrong in this equation and if getting back to the roots (better still-meditation), is what we desire, then blocking out all external noises and channeling our inner peace is what we should be looking at. Ecocoon is just for that!

0 Designer: designaffairs STUDIO

Replacing Candle-lit Dinners With Firefly

Replacing Candle-lit Dinners With Firefly

The Firefly Table is honestly a very neat concept that I can foresee being snapped into production. Intended for outdoor cafés and restaurants, the idea is to use a solar lamp instead of romantic candlelights for illumination. The centrally placed lamp pops up to emit a soft glow while projecting any form of branding (via stencils) to the floor-space below. Imagine being “popped the question” in this unique fashion, or even attracting sponsors with this extra added value. Tobasco, Heinz, you listening?

0 Designer: Vuk Dragovic

Stub The Butt On An AshPlate

Stub The Butt On An AshPlate

Question to all smokers out there…how do you normally put out your cigarette? Most people I know just stub it under their foot, and obviously mess up the floor. Keeping this natural motion in mind is the AshPlate, a manhole-esque cover for public smoking zones. The hollow beneath the cover collects all the stubs, while giving the smoker the satisfaction of stamping his light. The floor plate form was finalized after a study of smokers’ postures (sitting, standing and squatting) was taken into consideration. The pole with the hole looks practical too.

0 Designer: Kang Kyeyoung

Balanced Diet For Two

Balanced Diet For Two

So you lovebirds think you can lead a balanced life, eat balanced meals and stay on the same wavelength on every issue? I got a test for you two; try eating from this SeeSaw Dining Plate! It’s got only one rule….the plate must stay balanced at all times; similar pace with similar actions will help you through! If you’re out of sync, you’ll break the equilibrium and obviously fail my test. Hands Up all those who would like to give it a try!

0 Designer: Daniel Ballou

Keep Moving With A Little Help

Keep Moving With A Little Help

Time is a good healer but without grit, determination and efforts, the range of motion to the affected limbs of a Stroke patient can take longer to recover than expected. Move On is a temporary training device that helps patients recover faster and get over their motion awkwardness. Apparently the muscle signals of those affected by a stroke are too low for complete contraction, but when Move On is strapped to the patient, it senses adynamic muscle signals and translates them into a desired movement.

0 Desoigner: Matthias Menzel

I Got Kitchen Envy, Thanks Henrybuilt

I Got Kitchen Envy, Thanks Henrybuilt

Jealous of that kitchen? I sure am. The Integrated Bar Block by Henrybuilt is an additional piece to the free standing island but looks meant to be. Each Bar Block is handmade from solid wood to extend any kitchen system with a bevy of drawers, storage, and cutting boards. Seriously, I’m looking into my kitchen with disdain. We often see elaborate kitchens in magazines when the reality is most of us have tiny ones. This is a perfect example of crafted functionality for real kitchens.

0 Designer: Henrybuilt

No Numbers Or Hands, But It Tells Time

No Numbers Or Hands, But It Tells Time

Watch concepts without traditional numerics and even analog hands? Minimalism to its extreme – or at least that’s what designer Robert Dabi is pitching. His ZERO watch has two discs  (one each for hours and minutes) that spin to tell time. My problem with many numeric-less concepts is difficulty in reading them. The ZERO looks like it may avoid that because I have no problems reading it. No word if it’ll hit the market but the flexible metal/rubber band will come in an array of colors if it does. Hit the jump for a video.

0 Designer: Robert Dabi