Wanna Break Free!

Wanna Break Free!

The Free Socket is a clever design that marries the multi-tap, extension cord and USB socket into one convenient package. Basically it is a wall mounted electricity outlet that unhooks and can be used as a power extension. Keeping up with the current trends, USB charging is integrated into the plate and this is very clever. I love the practical aspect of the design and the fact that this design is do-able.

0 Designers: Various

Lunar Timekeeper

Lunar Timekeeper

Inspired by the heavenly body nearest us, the Time & Space watch is a reminder that our very concept of time and space have long been defined by the moon. Real photographs of a full moon taken in Western France were used for the dial plate which is accented by traditionally shaped floating hands that appear as shadows against the surface. It’s a beautiful, modern reinterpretation of the watch that gives a nod to the very reason we even have them!

0 Designer: i³ Lab

Solar Jelly!

Solar Jelly!

The Jellyfish Light is a one-of-a-kind lighting design makes clever use of materials and utilizes suction and solar technologies to provide lighting just about anywhere. Inspired by the shape of the gooey creature, the silicon structure can be pressed on any smooth surface to create an internal vacuum that suctions in place. Solar panels collect energy from the sun so there are no batteries to worry about. Place it on the window to charge during the day and turn it on to see at night!

0 Designer: Ryan Jongwoo Choi

A Teddy Bear With A Smartphone Heart

A Teddy Bear With A Smartphone Heart

Remember Teddy Ruxpin? He brought all the boys to the yard to listen to him read a story from one of his convoluted adventures aboard an airship. The Cocolo Bear is Teddy Ruxpin 2012, although I’m pretty sure they’re unrelated because Cocolo comes from Japan. Cocolo talks to you, answers questions, and plays games thanks to his smartphone heart and app but otherwise is a glorified speaker phone. Parents can even leave messages for their kids. I need a reader from Japan to send me one PLEASE!

0 Designer: Cube Works, $62

Saving The Eyesight

Saving The Eyesight

Children are stubborn and they don’t understand that viewing the computer (or TV) screen from too near a distance can affect their eyesight. As a victim of wearing glasses right from the eight grade, I have learnt this the hard way too. So designers Zhichao Xue & Chen Yizi have a very clever solution at hand. Place the I-CARE sensor on top of any screen and it keeps a check on the distance from which a person is viewing the screen.

0 Designers: Zhichao Xue & Chen Yizi

Translucent Seclusion, Live in a Bubble

Translucent Seclusion, Live in a Bubble

This is the second project from Swiss design group Micasa Lab that I’m in love with. The Cocoon 1 is a sit in, chill in, relax in, live in bubble with reconfigurable cushions to really personalize the space. I think it’s a genius idea. A retreat that simultaneously informs the world of your need for solitude while giving you full access to the world around you. Plus, this revives memories of that terrible excellent movie Bubble Boy about a man born without an immune system so he has to live inside a bubble. Good stuff.

0 Designer: Micasa Lab

Expanding Mobility

Expanding Mobility

The Volkswagen Expand is a super-versatile concept vehicle that offers not 1 but 2 functional expansions that make it the perfect urban commuter. The first is an extendable cabin that accommodates 1 or 2 additional passengers or extra cargo. The second is the car’s removable front wheels which double as personal transportation using a sophisticated gyroscopic sensor system similar to a Segway. It’s a limitless, all-in-one solution for getting around the urban jungle!

0 Designer: Luiz Antonelli

Home Sweet Cube 2.0

Home Sweet Cube 2.0

We recently featured Justin Chong’s charming, super-minimal Cube home… well he’s back with an alternative version that reworks the usable space to accommodate more storage, sleeping room, a full bathroom and even a laundry area fit with a compact clothes washer/dryer combo! The other design was a lil dark so the most significant addition is built-in, ultra-thin LED lighting accents in inconspicuous places like under the stairs or kitchen shelving.

0 Designer: Justin Chong

Bambootiful

Bambootiful

Designed from highly sustainable bamboo, the Lock table’s shape is formed by taking advantage of the material’s natural bending curve. The layers of bamboo become intertwined at the center, locking in place to form a secure and aesthetically intriguing base. Nature and geometry come together to create a dynamic shape that is beautiful, functional and environmentally conscious!

0 Designer: J.P. Meulendijks

3D Food Printing?!

3D Food Printing?!

The 3d printing industry has been transformed from a handful of manufacturers producing costly machines, to hundreds of individuals creating their own machines and sharing the instructions on how to make them. The incredible accessibility to this technology has the potential to affect many aspects of our daily lives, including how we think about food. What if instead of street hot dog stands we had 3D food printer carts?! This twist on the classic food cart sheds light on the future of this awesome tech.

0 Designer: Green Geometries Laboratory

Mujjo Sleeves Up For The iPad mini

Mujjo Sleeves Up For The iPad mini

Those Dutchies are fast. Just the other week I told them they needed to make iPad mini sleeves. I’m not saying they listened to me but as I sit here writing this post on an iPad mini, I can’t help but grin because Mujjo just announced the Originals sleeve collection for the iPad mini. Hear that? That’s the sound of 10,000 Steve Jobs booming in exclamation. They come in either brown or white made from the same supple leather and felt Mujjo is known for. Holiday gifting idea? Buy me one too while you’re at it – your devoted editor at YD.

0 Designer: Mujjo

Nooka Zub Zirc 20 Giveaway!

Nooka Zub Zirc 20 Giveaway!

I wanna make you fabulous. I want you to feel good. I want you to smile and so I’m giving one of you lucky readers a chance to win a limited edition Nooka Zub Zirc 20 Clear Grey watch. The photo doesn’t do it any justice. The color is smoked out and makes this watch outstanding. For a chance to win, come up with the best meaning for the acronym N-O-O-K-A. You can be serious, clever, or funny. “No One Owns Koalas Anymore”. Leave it in comments. I’ll pick a winner this Friday. UPDATE: Winner announced soon.

0 Sponsor: Nooka

Silicone Bathroom Goodies

Silicone Bathroom Goodies

Oh snap, Kontextu’r and designer Josh Owen came up with bathroom accessories that are fun while err’ing on the side of sophistication. Fantastic job because I want all of it. The Hanging Line consists of a wall-mountable towel/magazine holder, a toilet paper roll holder and specially designed hooks – all made from flexible and durable silicone.  The toilet paper holder uses a magnetic catch to quickly change rolls. I’m less excited about the mirrors but as a stand-a-lone piece, they could transform a bathroom from drab to hella fab.

0 Designers: Josh OwnKontextu'r