Glowin' Garlic

Glowin’ Garlic

The Garlic Lamp (as you might have guessed by the moniker) is a simple and literal interpretation of its namesake. The shape of the pungent bulb actually makes for a great pendant shade that produces downward directional lighting as well as an ambient glow through the translucent material. Ok, ok… so it’s not for everybody, but I can totally see it in an Italian restaurant or maybe a country kitchen!

0 Designer: Anton Naselevets

Does Camera Size Matter?

Does Camera Size Matter?

At a recent event I was up in arms, struggling with my DSLR in an awkward stance, trying to capture the best shots for the day. In walked my friend with an adept digital camera and took some amazing photographs (if not better), and he didn’t even have to struggle with his equipment. So the question is, does high-tech photography equipment have to be bulky and difficult to manage? The IO Camera Concept says no!

0 Designer: Andre Pokhodzey

Balls to the Wall

Balls to the Wall

The Ball Claw is a quick and easy way to organize your sport balls in the garage, basement, or any other imaginable place the device can be mounted. Preserve the life of your equipment while hanging them in an organized fashion. It’s also a great interior addition to any bachelor pad – display your prized signed collections in a clean, minimal way!

0 Designer: John R. S. Kurcheski

Choose Your Lean

Choose Your Lean

The INDU chair is composed of two entirely separate structures that allow the seating angle to be adjusted simply by shifting the position of the seat on one of three notches on the backrest. No mechanical systems to worry about or replace over time- just simple, intuitive construction that’s easy to work with. Further increasing the object’s lifespan, the fabric seat and back are easily removable and safe to machine-wash, making it super-easy to clean too.

0 Designer: Stefan Hrusovsky

Dual Purpose Plate Holder

Dual Purpose Plate Holder

This plate holder design by Snezana Jeremic adds dual functionality to the common drying rack by simply rethinking the shape. Eliminate clutter in the kitchen by using it as a plate holder when dishes are ready to dry or as a strainer when washing fruits and veggies. The straightforward design is dishwasher safe, durable, lightweight and easy to use!

0 Designer: Snezana Jeremic

With Click & Grow Everyone Can Become A Gardener

With Click & Grow Everyone Can Become A Gardener

When Click & Grow became a part of the YD Roadshow in Chennai, I was both ecstatic and weary. Ecstatic that YD will be showcasing such an innovative product and weary that I was to nurture and grow the plant for the event. A beautiful Basil and Cockscomb smartpot arrived at my doorstep and I got started almost immediately. I’ll skip the details on how-to-grow, as it is explained adeptly in the video after the jump and get to more about the experience of growing my first plant ever!

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This Smartphone Packs a Hidden Earbud

This Smartphone Packs a Hidden Earbud

It’s time to get serious about mobile phone radiation – and what better way to do it than with a lovely design concept to completely do away with it? This is the “ER”, a smartphone that works with a Bluetooth-connected detachable microphone/earbud combo. When it’s docked, the earbud charges up. When it’s out, it’s instantly connected wirelessly to your phone.

0 Designers: National Chiao Tung University

Clothing Iron with Retractable Heat

Clothing Iron with Retractable Heat

When you think of a clothing iron – the kind you use to get clothing both dry and flat – you think of heat, and you think of how much it hurts to get burned. With the Up&Down Safety Iron, there’s no more to worry about – when you’re not holding on tight, the iron retracts – how simple!

0 Designer: In Ho Lee

This Ain't No Holiday Inn

This Ain’t No Holiday Inn

Instead of letting hotels dictate where you vacation, why not make the hotel go where you want?! The latest in a trend of micoarchitecture, DROP is a moveable suite suitable for being placed wherever the heart desires (and land permits). The design is slightly elevated to avoid contact with the soil so as not to interfere with the environment when it’s removed. Spherical transparencies on either end can be positioned to face the most desirable views while bringing guests into direct contact with nature.

0 Designer: IN-TENTA

Smart Measure

Smart Measure

Why this doesn’t exist already, I’m not sure. But it should. Now. 3 problems with common measure spoons: they don’t stay together, you need a second utensil to level the ingredient for an accurate measurement, and they spill easily. Sucks right? This super-smart solution solves all three problems in one of the most simple designs I’ve seen. Wham, bam, problem solved. Check out the vid to see how it works!

0 Designer: Juan Jimenez

The Virtual Reality Phone is Here

The Virtual Reality Phone is Here

The award winning LG Touch mobile phone concept combines state-of-the-art touch technology with a minimalist aesthetic that challenges the limitations of existing mobile phones. The primary feature is a high-tech polymer membrane touch surface that constantly changes to give the user tactile feedback to what’s displayed on the screen. It allows those with sight impairments to read Braille, or users who are shopping online to literally feel the texture of the material they are looking at. It’s virtual reality put to real world use.

0 Designer: Andrea Ponti

Brain Training Furniture

Brain Training Furniture

The Lean on Me series of furniture by TSCHUS studio (a team of really cute designers I might add!) aims to challenge the user to rethink the way each object is used by forcing them to evaluate each interaction they have with the piece. For example, while most chairs dictate a predetermined direction and seating position, the “12min Stool” pictured here requires the user to make a conscious decision about what direction and what position they will sit. Hit the jump to see a vid on other thought-provoking designs!

0 Designer: TSCHUS Studio

Meet the Brusheads

Meet the Brusheads

The Brusheads is a genius toothbrush collection that will have little ones begging to brush instead of resisting like they often do. Each fun, portable Brushead is presented as a 3D sculptured character that kids will love. The USB powered brushes feature intelligent sensors that detect brushing patterns & play fun audio messages as they’re used to encourage good practice. A synced mobile app lets kids compete their characters with peers & helps parents monitor brushing habits. I call dibs on the panda!

0 Designer: PA Consulting