Cooking Made Efficient

Cooking Made Efficient

The Catalyst is a all-in-one cooking solution designed for the Indian market consisting of a hood, microwave oven, fryer, and cook top. The induction cooking plated slide apart to reveal a fryer for all those delicious Indian foods. All the vapors are captured by the hood above which also happens to be the oven. Quite the efficient design no? I LOVE me some Indian food too but find the fragrant spices to be so strong, my eyes water. That hood better be damn near a vacuum of air.

0 Designer: Vasundhara Parakh

Where Is My Seat? Oh, Now I See It

Where Is My Seat? Oh, Now I See It

These days we can choose our own seats over the internet for airplanes and train travel, thus we know exactly where our seat is going to be. At least for that moment we do know. However in a practical scenario, many people don’t check-in online or our memories fail us on the date of travel. Where Is My Seat? is a concept where a pictograph of your seat location is printed onto the boarding pass. All I can say that it’s more helpful than just printing seat 34A, Economy Class.

0 Designer: Yong-jin Kim

But Is It Faster Than A Rabbit

But Is It Faster Than A Rabbit

It’s a USB flash drive inspired by a turtle. Just slide the toggle to make the turtle head, I mean connector pop open. Pretty straight forward eh? It doesn’t do anything special. It’s just freaking CUTE. Look at the eyes! Hey, I’d buy it. One question tho; is it faster than a rabbit?

0 Designer: Emir Rifat ISIK

Capture Cleavage Pictures The Legit Way

Capture Cleavage Pictures The Legit Way

Aerial Capture is a digital camera that can capture precious moments of your life from a height of 20 meters above you. Hovering over your personal stratosphere, this quirky cam is attached to a helium inflatable balloon, which strings onto a hand-held reel and trigger. Some naughty boys would love to capture cleavage and I don’t really blame them for wanting an aerial view of the mountains! The only catch is that the camera doesn’t have flash, so sneaky pictures of folks in the dark are a strict no!

0 Designer: Matthew Clark

Swack On A Backpack Will Ya!

Swack On A Backpack Will Ya!

Necessity is the mother of invention they say, and designer Terence Simmons has firsthand experience with it. Forced to be on crutches for a while, he escaped serious injuries due to a fall he took, when his backpack’s strap got entangled in his crutches. The incident left its mark, and with creative juices on a high….he came up with the Swack! Sweater + Backpack! Revolutionary? No…but functional, cool and handy…YES!

0 Designer: Terence Simmons

Woodpecker Alarm

Woodpecker Alarm

A clock based on sleep with no mention to a specific time? I’m intrigued. The clock contains two alarms that signal each day at morning and evening. It indicates when to begin your sleep routine and receive a full 8 hours. The product reflects how sleep is a natural process and as such is made from natural materials. Over time the log will shed its bark as the user develops and controls their sleep rhythm. The alarm imitates a drumming woodpecker. You can even alter the type of drumming by switching out the “beak knocker”.

0 Designer: Natalie Duckett

A Page of Light

A Page of Light

There’s always those moments when you need light and can’t quite flip the switch or out in public in some dimly lit restaurant that makes it impossible to read the menu. Why do they do that??? I digress to a more serene note. I find this happens when I’m reading. I don’t want to light up the whole room so something like the Lightleaf is perfect. Almost as thin as paper, the entire surface illuminates to a satisfying glow. Now sure how it works but the designer says it’s wirelessly rechargeable. I assume induction.

0 Designer: Valentina Trimani

Fork The Cables

Fork The Cables

Honestly, how many of you read about me at Unplggd, when they featured my desk? In retrospect, I am so ashamed of all the wires that snake around my beautiful desk. As a resolve I’m going to invest in some great cable managers, and since I’m design-centric too, I’d like them to be as quirky as the Fork And Cream Sauce! Kinda like forking your spaghetti…with cream sauce…ooo and buttered mushrooms on the side, and I’m getting off topic now, oh and I’m hungry too!

0 Designer: Lufdesign

Stroller Suitcase, That Is Amazing!

Stroller Suitcase, That Is Amazing!

On my flight from Tokyo to India, I did see some couples struggle with their baby strollers once they boarded the aircraft. I guess the time has come that we get an all-in-one thing that folds up into a suitcase and can be stowed in the overhead luggage compartment. Maybe something like the Polyvogue! This foldable stroller should have been a contender for the Samasonite Baby Luggage Contest, but nevertheless it’s a neat idea that can go into production and that’s what matters.

0 Designers: Andrea Hanzl, Claudia Baer, Lisa Grabner & Andrea Seitner

A little Nature Here And There

A little Nature Here And There

OMG this is so freakin’ ADORABLE. These Leaf Ties replace boring plastic ones you may have bundling up cables and wires around the home. Bring a little nature to it by using these ties instead. Of course, I would use it as a decorative element. Hell, I may even just wrap it around my fingers and go out like that. If you want to get really creative, think about how those exposed cables sort of like like vines, except they’re missing one crucial component – leaves! Just let that marinate in your head for a minute.

0 Designer: Lufdesign

Makes Me Want A Salad

Makes Me Want A Salad

It’s so simple yet effective. I love the Hands On Salad Bowl, winner of a 2010 Red Dot Award. A pair of serving sporks are integrated into the bowl blending smoothly into the design. There’s a unique sculptural element to it and hey, it’s seriously fun to look at. The entire thing is made of melamine so easy care is the name of the game. Joseph Joseph is becoming quite the little hot spot for interesting home product design lately.

0 Designer: Pengelly Design for Joseph Joseph

Got Dry Air? Crane DROP Humidifier Review

Got Dry Air? Crane DROP Humidifier Review

We’ve reviewed humidifiers before but if you’re looking for something smaller, you might like the DROP humidifier by Crane. You can pretty much find their humidifiers at many retail locations for under $50 so we always assumed it was another throw away item. Boy were we wrong! Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Crane (Buy it here)

Asking People What They Want

Asking People What They Want

To answer what is good design is quite tough and has been debated upon quite a bit on the YD Facebook page. While some feel a good design creates desire to possess (regardless of need), others feel that a good design caters to what people want. The Crowdsourcing Headphone Project reflects to the latter, but the twist is that the designers did not conceptualize the headphones. They merely refined the feedback of some 1500 people, who responded to their request for crowd sourcing!

0 Designers: Stefan Kachaunov, Rudolf Stefanich & Martin Zopf