Heart Art

Heart Art

The Spaceship Heart installation, centered at Madrid’s Semana de la Arquietectura, consists of a whopping 400 modular cardboard building blocks, each with eight faces that represent a program in hypothetically mixed-use structure. Aside from looking like a rocket ready for blastoff, the structure also reminds of the symbolic heart shape, and serves simply as a place for viewers to gather and build a sense of community through conversation. Jump to check out the making of the modules!

0 Designer: Collective Paper Aesthetics

Lean On Me

Lean On Me

Someone has rightly said that design need not be complicated, if you peel the layers of fluff, you will be left with a clear perception of good design. The ‘Lean-able Umbrella’ follows this thought and is a very intuitive and simple design. The handle end has been redesigned with end points that feature a non-slip silicon pad. People tend to lean their umbrellas against the wall, and this design addresses that situation effectively.

0 Designers: Cheol Woong Seo and Jae Hee Park

Drying Rails

Drying Rails

The Rail Type Laundry Rack is a rework on the traditional drying rack. It features sliding hanging rails and a grooved frame, which allow the rack to be adjusted so that it gets easy to hang the laundry. Typically the rails on most laundry racks are fixed at equal distances, so it may get difficult to dry two jeans in adjacent rails. With the Rail Type Laundry Rack, you can adjust the distances between the two rails and hang clothes accordingly.

0 Designers: Soohun Jung & Areum Gu

Tentacled Lamp

Tentacled Lamp

The nightstand and lamp are bedside staples, so why not combine the two? The Medusa bedside lamp offers a perfect diffused glow for reading and a surface under and above the shade for resting small objects like a phone or a glass of water. The unique form was inspired by the jellyfish of the same name and features three supports like modern, elegant tentacles.

0 Designer: Mikhail Belyaev

Luxury Android

Luxury Android

In a world of cookie-cutter smartphones, the BeoSmart stands out from its counterparts as a truly unique design that hones in on the style and quality of the Bang and Olufsen audio and Leica camera brands. The exterior casing is reminiscent of the Leica M series cam fit with synthetic leather as well as a high powered B&O speaker at the center that serves as the focal point of the design. Finally, an exclusive-feeling Android phone!

0 Designer: Hugo André Costa Vieira Fernandes

Yanko Design Heads To Milan For The Electrolux Design Lab Finals

Yanko Design Heads To Milan For The Electrolux Design Lab Finals

Ciao a tutti! Yanko Design is the official media partner for the Electrolux Design Lab and we are heading to the beautiful city of Milan for the finals. We will be bringing you extensive coverage, which you can follow on Facebook and Twitter and right here. Ten finalists will be battling out, but guess what; you do have a say in it! There is a People’s Choice Award that allows you to vote for your favorite design.

0 Live in Milan: 4:00 pm CET; 7:00 am PST

Tasty Tastings

Tasty Tastings

A wholesome, flavorsome meal is what cooking is all about. You know you want to serve the perfect dish for family and friends, but sometimes the right flavoring can get the better of you. To make sure that you always dish out the perfect meal, Tastee helps you by doing the tasting for you. Shaped like a spoon, the device is laced with receptors based on the human taste bud. This means it is adept at telling you if you got the flavors right, or if you need to add a pinch of salt and a dash of vinegar!

0 Designer: Christopher Holm-Hansen


Essential Staples

Essential Staples

Gotto love the Button Stapler for being a simple way of stitching on buttons. More often than not, you end up mending buttons only after you have worn your shirt, only to realize that a button is missing or broken. So instead of getting hassled by mending the button with traditional stitching, just staple one in a jiffy! Very productive if you ask me, especially since I am so lazy to stitch!

0 Designer: Jo Yeon-Jin

Twisted House

Twisted House

Today is my birthday – so if anyone is looking for any last minute gifts… this house will do! Haus am Weinberg, located in rural Stuttgart, Germany, is a modern villa designed with a literal twist in mind. The inner circulation of the structure supports an elegant staircase to which the rest of the house revolves. Fluid curves and diagonal movements can be found at each turn; a stark contrast to the stepped terraces and ancient hillside vineyard outside.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Super Nesting Food Storage

Super Nesting Food Storage

Stackerware aims to replace ordinary food storage containers with an easy to use, mountable, stackable, compact system of multi-size units that won’t clutter your kitchen. The unique mount can be installed quickly and easily by use of 3M command adhesive strips that save your walls and cabinet doors but strong enough to hold the lightweight containers. No more flimsy tupperware, lost lids or lonely bowls! Check out the vid after the jump to see how it works.

0 Designer: Stephen Greenberg

Rockin' Dock

Rockin’ Dock

The Stander iPhone dock does more than just keep your device handy- when a call is received, the stand… well… stands! The clever design provides a visual indication for incoming calls and can be picked up and held comfortably to talk by gripping it’s curved back. A built in speaker also provides amplified sound for music playback or conferencing.

0 Designer: Che-Yu Lu

You'll iLove this iPhone Tray

You’ll iLove this iPhone Tray

The cleverly designed Smart Tray merges the functionality of an iPhone charging dock into a minimal mood lamp/speaker combination that’s great on the bedside or desktop. While one version uses USB cables, the other utilizes inductive charging, allowing the user to simply throw their phone down on the lamp/speaker and forget about it. Control the light and tunes directly from your Bluetooth-capable devices!

0 Designer: Sang Hoon Lee

Wrap Up: 2012 red dot award: design concept

Wrap Up: 2012 red dot award: design concept

It was a wise comment when someone pointed out that design competitions are a means to measure one’s creativity. They give us that edge that makes us stand apart from the rest of the herd. So does this mean we need to participate in any and every competition? No! Contrary, we need to be selective and choose ones that are capable of give us that cutting edge; something top-of-the-line like red dot.