12 Inspirational and Exclusive Interviews on Yanko Design – Hideshi Hamaguchi

12 Inspirational and Exclusive Interviews on Yanko Design – Hideshi Hamaguchi

So far we have had four awesome designers share their wealth of experiences in this Inspirational and Exclusive Interviews series. Robert Brunner spoke about the core DNA of a designer/entrepreneur; Scott Wilson showed us how to rise from the ashes like a phoenix; Karim Rashid taught us his roadmap to success and Yves Béhar spoke about forging partnerships. My recent visit to the red dot award ceremony for product design at Essen, brought me face to face with the charismatic Hideshi Hamaguchi, the inventor of the USB Stick. Yes, the very same stick you use to store data, transfer files etc.

How Does Your Broom Stand?

How Does Your Broom Stand?

Does it lean against the wall or do you make it lie flat on the floor? Mine stands tall and handsome, and like any cheesy Hollywood flick, I use to mock croon a Madonna song! Jokes, aside, the Standing Broom is a clever redesign for the broom. It features a flat-head that locks to a ninety-degree angle and allows you to keep the broom standing independently, especially when you need to stow it. No more bending over to fetch the broom!

0 Designer: Poh Liang-Hock

Clever Minimalist Clock

Clever Minimalist Clock

This minimalist take on the clock is composed of just 3 moving circles that indicate the time in a totally new but intuitive way. The large and medium circles that make up the main clock face rotate to indicate the hour while the smaller circle within the medium “hour” circle indicates the minutes. It also glows in the dark so it’s easy to tell time at night. Gotta love it!

0 Designer: Tamer Koseli

No Green Thumb Needed

No Green Thumb Needed

These days, very few people have the outdoor space to garden and grow their own herbs for cooking. The sleek BB Little Garden was designed with urban dwellers in mind and makes it possible to have fresh herbs all year round. Aesthetically and functionally, it’s more like a modern appliance and will blend perfectly in any kitchen.

0 Designer: François-Xavier Martouzet

Digital Masseuse

Digital Masseuse

eSSage is a massage suit that makes it possible to receive a massage from a  trained specialist or even a loved one no matter the distance. The suit connects through WiFi and uses an Apple/Android app that lets the person on the other end use a stylus to control the suit’s electro-active polymer nodes that change shape when hit with an electrical charge. Create a custom massage of your own or let the “masseur” work out those knots!

0 Designer: André Cofield

Cup Burns

Cup Burns

Burning Cup offers a solution to reheating or microwaving your tepid coffee (or beverage) and losing its flavor. The cup prevents the drink from cooling down due to heat release to the outside. It uses sodium acetate to get the heat going. This what the designer says, “The sodium acetate contained in the inside of the cup design can regulate the heat of beverage. The liquid solution breaks the balance of liquid state with a tiny impact and hardens it solid, and it then generates heat momentarily.”

0 Designer: Ryan Jongwoo Choi

H2 Scoot!

H2 Scoot!

Until the electric car is perfected, here’s a design that might be a bit more practical for city-goers. Powered by modern hydrogen fuel cell technology, the H2Scoot provides a clean and easy way of getting around urban spaces. Only slightly bigger than a Razor scooter, the compact design features rear steering for increased maneuverability, a lightweight monocoque carbon fiber body and customizable telescopic steering.

0 Designer: Konstantin Ziman

The Wave Makes It Better

The Wave Makes It Better

Wave Paint Bucket is a paint-can redesign that is done pretty impressively. What you have is a lid that is fashioned with a wave and the paint tin that features a groove around the rim. It’s been done before, but this is a refined version. Essentially, the groove kinda doubles up as a funnel to pour out the paint, the lid doubles up as a palette and the functional style of opening the can makes the whole user experience a lot better! Super!

0 Designers: Yin-Kai Lee, Fu-Yu Cai and Shuo-Ren Shy

Must...Have...This... Bag!!

Must…Have…This… Bag!!

Totally had one of those “are you kidding me?” moments when I saw this! The redesigned Solid Gray backpack is a more rigid version of it’s slack counterparts. The futuristic, stealth-style folding bag is made out of PP-C and is extremely light and strong but is also flexible enough to conform to the wearers back. With clever compartments, secure spots for a laptop or tablet, and durability that will last a lifetime, it’s the only backpack you’ll ever need. Not to mention… it’s f&@%ing sexy!

0 Designer: Lijmbach, Leeuw & Vormgeving

Skin and Bones

Skin and Bones

Inspired by the natural reduction of the skeletal system, the Pelleossa chair’s name literally translates to “skin and bones.” The handcrafted wood and stretched fabric chair combines the best of traditional workmanship and modern production efficiency. Each chair is made with a conventional “turn and copy” technique, where the repetition of only two diameters (30mm max and 15mm min) optimizes both the usable material

0 Designer: Francesco Faccin

Magnet Magic

Magnet Magic

If you haven’t taken a spill while carrying a tray of food, it’s probably safe to say that you’ve at least had some close calls! Designed with this in mind, the Magic Tray uses magnetic force to keep everything in place. When carried, magnets in the tray attract magnets embedded in the dishes to keep them stable. Setting the tray down breaks the magnetic attraction so the dishes can be picked up easily. Hit the jump to see how it works!

0 Designer: Ryan Jongwoo Choi

Ketchup On The Top

Ketchup On The Top

The Dipping Cover is a very clever design; who would have thought that by creating a simple indent in a lid, one can achieve such spectacular functionality! The idea behind the project is to reduce the use of the plastic cups for ketchup, which we find in most McDonalds and other fast food chains. An indent on the drink or coffee mug lid is good enough to serve as a dipping dish for the ketchup. As you can see, it’s not messy and very easy to carry even on the go. Brilliant design, if you ask me!

0 Designer: Bae Su-kyoo and Noh Haeun

Better Bandaging

Better Bandaging

The AmoeBAND is a bionic concept for band aid. The design features strategic cut-outs so that you can shape it to fit fingers in such a way that it is easy to bend them and not disrupt the bandage. It even features an intelligent dressing material allows you to regularly check wounds from the outside, without upsetting the healing process. Since the bandage material used exudes a leather-like feel, availability in different skin-tones helps it blend in, without overly highlighting the injury.

0 Designers: Various