Penny Saved Is Penny Earned: Unplug Reminder

Penny Saved Is Penny Earned: Unplug Reminder

So how many of you actually remember to switch off your gadgets from the mains and/or unplug them (saves power costs in the long run!). Not many I guess, the Ace Plug is like an eco-voice that makes sure you do a job out of it; otherwise it will annoy the hell out of you with its pesky noises, till you yank out the plug. There is another highlight to the thang, in the darkness, in case you have the inclination to plug-in gadgets; it has this sweet spotlight that you can flick on. Saves you the trip of switching on big lights!

0 Designers: 3 Creative Folks!

Getting Personal With The Designers – Part I

Getting Personal With The Designers – Part I

It’s the perfect setting to bring out the Sorapot, brew some tea, get comfy and interview designers. Easier said than done, establishing yourself in the cut-throat design industry takes a lot of grit and determination. Not everyone can accomplish a fan-base as fast as Joey Roth did; his Ceramic Speakers are a pre-booking hit! Alissia Melka-Teichroew of byAMT achievements are marked with her fluidity in design, especially her Tree Hooked Hanger & Meng-Hsiu Ho’s design acumen is evident in his realistic iterations.

Steampunk PC, Oh So Retro!

Steampunk PC, Oh So Retro!

Did you notice the sudden retro wave that’s hit most ID designers? It’s like they’ve gone nostalgic and strung an emotional cord with gadgets from the past. The Philco PC here is a prime example of such inspirations, totally reminiscent of the 1954 design classic Philco Predicta! Indulge in it for the aesthetic value, as for the specs…yea it does host Windows 7. But then again we’re here for the love of design, specs can take a hike for the moment!

0 Designer: SchultzeWORKS designstudio

Scrubbing Veggies to Scrubbing Shoes

Scrubbing Veggies to Scrubbing Shoes

I love this soon to be realized project called Plug-In. The designer, Fredrik Olsson worked within the current process of manufacturing vegetable brushes and extended production to produce these beautiful shoe brushes. The process actually uses skilled labor whom are visually impaired imparting a specialness to these already beautiful brushes. As I said before they’ll soon be available in Iris Hantverk stores this month so go get them and send me one!

0 Designer: Fredrik Olsson

Cooking Right at The Table

Cooking Right at The Table

Designers keep sending me induction cooking table concepts so I figure I better feature one of them. This one uses the tech to bring family into the cooking experience – to create a new kind of domestic ritual. They say a family that cooks and eats together stays together. I love the idea of cooking together but there’s something to be said about cooking in a proper kitchen. Many families bond in there too.

0 Designer: LDI Aramis Herrera

Another Impostor!

Another Impostor!

A few posts ago we discussed how ID guys like to serenade one thing for the other, maybe it’s their kick for getting things intriguing. Why else would you want hand grenades fashioned as Salt & Pepper Shakers, but for their Taste Explosion?

0 Designer: Thabto [ Buy it Here ]

The Impostor Coaster

The Impostor Coaster

Antrepo is a whiz as far as churning out impersonation designs. Their Salt&Pepper Cell was simply delightful, and now joining the league is this “Traffitray”. The last leg to the “I’m not” product series”, this set of coasters scream I’m Not A Traffic Sign Tray! Crafted from shiny painted wood or colorful plastic, the color options include red, turquoise, green & Black&White. If you were to come up with similar impostors what would you make? Gimme wacky ones like an IV bag that’s a ketchup bottle kinds…

0 Designer: Antrepo Design Industry

Folding Fan Is A Keyboard

Folding Fan Is A Keyboard

The designers for this Keystick – fan folding-style-keyboard, say that it’s a part of their None Bacteria Project – aimed at cutting down spread infections. Ah…I don’t buy the story of it being designed for personalized used so that you don’t contaminate your fingers. I’d much rather have it as this cool futuristic fan that I flip out of my purse and use it with my iPhone to update my latest posts. I’ll have mine in Pink Mr. Kim!

0 Designers: Yoonsang Kim & Eunsung Park

Ten Distinguished Gifts for Someone Who Has Everything

Ten Distinguished Gifts for Someone Who Has Everything

Christmas is fast approaching and it’s the season to smile and sweat! Smile: because you’re going to get loads of gifts and Sweat: because you’ll have to reciprocate the gesture! To answer the toughest question, ‘What do you get for someone who has everything’, we’ve drawn up a list of Ten Gifts that are really Distinguished. An array ideas to get something for someone who is a design connoisseur.

0 Designers: Various

Beetle B Kind And Cute

Beetle B Kind And Cute

Mr. B is the newest way for doing dishes. It uses supersonic technology, helps conserve water and eliminates contamination of water via detergents. Its design has been inspired by a prehistoric creature (wanna guess which?), and has a nanotechnology coating for self-cleaning and keeping Bacteria at bay. The soft rubber brush is safe on all surfaces and the ergonomically shape gives a good grip. It comes with a wireless charging cradle, and the LED “eyes” reflect the battery life and status.

0 Designer: Jinsoo Park for Cube2 Design

Gun on Wheels

Gun on Wheels

Let me just stop you right there. This thing is called the “Robotic Weapon”, but don’t be fooled! All this is really is a teleoperated MIl-Sim non-lethal paintball gun mounted on a 4-wheel-drive E-Maxx RC vehicle. Does that sound like anything you know? I remember a television show about these sorts of things I think. This lovely war machine’s alternate names are: “Kill Bot,” “Mega Hurtz,” “The Wireless Weapon,” and “SWAT BOT.”

0 Designer: Rogers Design Group

Love it or Hate it? You tell us!

Love it or Hate it? You tell us!

While some of you design-savvy critics are vocal about your opinions on design, others use their subtle charms to let us know how the DESIGN SUCKS! A lot of products that are currently being sold on the YD Store were once mere concepts and we’d like to know if they were really worth the efforts? Did these products deserve to make it into the physical world or would it have been better left on the drawing board? We want to hear what you think!

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Mouse-Key-Key-Mouse

Mouse-Key-Key-Mouse

Hail the mother of sustainability! Let me give thee a new offering! I hope you accept this humble submission of a wind-up mouse. Much like those cute toys that McDonalds doles out, at the expense of a Happy Meal! Only this one aptly christened Sustail, and it works in sync with a computer and keyboard. Wind the mouse with the key kept in its underbelly. Keep winding till you hear a distinct feedback of full charge…and then sussstaaillll…..

0 Designer: Ahmet Bektes