Steel and Flower Inspired Lighting

Steel and Flower Inspired Lighting

Orchids have long been a symbol of love and beauty and have been grown by enthusiasts in admiration of their elegance. One of these enthusiasts is designer YoungJae Kim who created this design, the Orchid Lamp, in honor of the flower. Following the signature tall form of the orchid, the lamp extends upward but still maintains an aesthetic lightness as it looms over the workspace. In stainless steel and genuine leather, it’s an elegant desktop accent perfect for the professional office.

0 Designer: YoungJae Kim

Expanding The Light Theorem

Expanding The Light Theorem

How would you like a tube light that expands into the length of your holder? Something like one standard tube that fits all sizes. So if you have a small width holder, let the tube stay tightly spiraled. Need to fit it to the longer size? Expand the spiral! The idea is pretty straightforward; the only cause for concern is the kind of materials that will be used in the construction of the tube light. Any thoughts?

0 Designer: Zhen Zhou

Kitchen Tweezers

Kitchen Tweezers

The Kitchen Tweezers (obvious inspiration) are a modern reinterpretation of kitchen tongs that solve the main problem with the former design’s lack of spring, making them much more efficient and easy to use (not to mention way better looking!). The minimal, seamless design can be cut from a variety of materials that have tensile strength. I’m digging the raw solid wood and carbon styles!

0 Designer: CARRASCOBARCELÓ design studio

A Couch Potato's Best Friend

A Couch Potato’s Best Friend

The NF Tab aims to be an all-in-one solution for controlling, well…. EVERYTHING at home! The limitlessly programable platform aims to make syncing your home theater, peripherals, computer system, and even aesthetic details like lighting and window shutters easily adjustable all at the touch of a button or swipe of the screen.   Similar systems exist but the NF stands out in ergonomics and straight forward, intuitive, touch screen functionality that’s got most everything covered!

0 Designer: Michaël Imbert

Ready To Party In Singapore With red dot award: design concept!

Ready To Party In Singapore With red dot award: design concept!

You can define concept design as creative energies that think more efficiently. One of the benchmarks of this genre is the red dot award: design concept. By the time you read this, team YD will be Singapore bound to capture the events live, as they unfold. October 19th is when the winners will be unveiled for the 2012 edition. This year was special as YD’s publisher Takashi Yamada was one of the jury members. In Takashi’s own words, the whole experience was empowering!

0 Live from Singapore: 7:00 pm [4:00 am PST]

Traffic Friendly Light

Traffic Friendly Light

Ah, after ages we get to see a traffic light redesign and all thanks to the iF Design Talents! What we have here is the Smart Traffic Light. It uses LEDs and even hosts a camera for capturing street-view videos. They come handy in recoding traffic violations by motorists. The design is intuitive and the lights can be configured to show alternative signals.

0 Designer: Chang-Chi Shih

Futuristic Folded Furniture

Futuristic Folded Furniture

Foldone is an ultramodern design that skews the viewer’s perception of movement with folded surfaces and irregular geometries reminiscent of a stealth fighter. The angular folds are not only structurally significant in making the piece sturdy, but also create a visual continuity that encourages the eye to trace the length of the seamless form.

0 Designer: NOVAE Architecture

Ambidextrous Chair

Ambidextrous Chair

If the name alone wasn’t a tip-off, just one look at the Kandinsky Chair would suggest that its striking form was inspired by the father of pure abstract painting, Wassily Kandinsky. The playful design plays with the user’s perception using altered points, line forms and most obviously a striking, mirrored reversal of the legs. Looks like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book! Do want!

0 Designer: Tresenvespa

12 Inspirational and Exclusive Interviews on Yanko Design – Dr. Prof. Peter Zec (Part I)

12 Inspirational and Exclusive Interviews on Yanko Design – Dr. Prof. Peter Zec (Part I)

I had the good fortune to spend a good hour with Dr. Prof. Peter Zec at the red dot design museum in Essen. Over a good cup of coffee and exceptional pastries, we spoke about how designers today are dealing with the increasing global awareness of Product Design. For those who don’t know Peter Zec is a former Icsid president and today holds the rank of Icsid senator. He is also the president of the red dot GmbH & Co. KG.

Back-To-Back Camera

Back-To-Back Camera

If you think one point-and-shoot is a shutterbug enough, imagine handling two of them at the same time! This is not the first time I am seeing designers dabble with the thought of having two cameras married into one, so that the user can capture two different views at one go. I guess this takes panorama pictures a step ahead. Maybe marry it with some 3-D augmentation and we have a deal! Canon, are you listening?

0 Designer: Choi Giuk

Lighting Gone Green

Lighting Gone Green

The latest in a trend of plant lamps (or as I like to call them “plamps”), the Green Lamp features a lattice shade and neck that stems directly out of a soil pot. Plant your favorite vine and watch it creep up to create an organic leaf shade you can trim yourself. A little shabby chic but I kinda love it. Bet you never thought your lamp would need sun!

0 Designer: Siesta

Hot Drop Speakers

Hot Drop Speakers

Inspired by the moment when a droplet hits water to create a ripple effect, designer Vincent Säll saw a connection between this visible phenomenon & sound waves – the result being the Drop the Beat speakers. Deep huh?! The ceiling-mounted design provides unrestrained, multidirectional sound that resonates through a natural cone shape within a cylindrical body. Designed with a touch of Scandinavian minimalism, they’re not instantly recognizable as speakers, giving them a bit of mystery until crystal clear audio is heard.

0 Designer: Vincent Säll

Dehumidifier Planter Pyramid

Dehumidifier Planter Pyramid

All it takes is a quick image search to find out just how UGLY dehumidifiers are. For whatever reason, they’re just one of those objects that haven’t gotten around to being aesthetically in check. This concept aims to make the device less offensive by redesigning the shape into a unique pyramid shape that not only collects water, but distributes it to the soil in an integrated planter. It’s a nice looking, modern and multifunctional alternative to those outdated designs.

0 Designer: Adam Malone