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

V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Headphone Giveaway

V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Headphone Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of our Holiday Gift GuideV-Moda wanted to give you loyal readers something special. Well, just one of you because we only have one of these phenomenally beautiful Crossfade LP2 headphones with custom YD ear plates. I personally use one myself and these are the ONLY headphones I’m able to wear all day comfortably. That ain’t no lie nor is this a paid spot. Just the truth y’all and I wanna hook you up. CONGRATS Mark DiLella!

0 Sponsor: V-Moda, Retail value $199

Too Many Coasters Are Not Enough

Too Many Coasters Are Not Enough

The lovely holiday season is upon us now, but like Steve Jobs says, god is in details. You have the perfect menu, impeccable crockery and elegant silverware. Did you plan for coasters? Oh well, fret not, we have some really cool ideas for coasters and bottle wraps, have a look.

0 Designers: Various [ Available @ YD Store ]

The simplest alarm as a knob

The simplest alarm as a knob

What we’re looking at right here is a device that essentially amounts to a countdown sound-blaster with a user-interface that’s just about as easy to use as humanly possible. That’s what it’s all about, and it’s the details that make it just fantastic enough to be the most awesome little twist-and-snooze gadget on the block.

0 Designer: Myeong Ho Kang

Two sides of one solar-powered light clip

Two sides of one solar-powered light clip

For the generations surrounding mine, there’s always going to be something magical about a digital product that requires only solar power to work. Because of this – and because the product we’re about to look at here is simply wonderful – it simply must be made. Or we hope it’ll be made: it’s the Clip•Holding the sunshine by a group working at the Shannxi University of Science and Technology, and it’s cute!

0 Designer: Shannxi University of Science & Technology

Diamond Inspired Blender

Diamond Inspired Blender

Everyone knows that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? The Cullinan Diamond Blender aims to appeal to the feminine side with a raw diamond shape that definitely stands out from the archetype. To improve vorticity and consistency, the functional shape of the internal canister was adapted to the tendency of fluids to naturally keep a continuous momentum when stirred. Just don’t give it to your girlfriend when she’s expecting actual diamonds… you might just get slapped!

0 Designer: Luis Carlos Vega & Laura Erika Porras

Modern Toys with Classic Crafstmanship

Modern Toys with Classic Crafstmanship

The thoughtfully designed Coop line of toys brings us back to a simpler time and place when handcrafted perfection (not mass production) was the method of choice. The rideable bike and 2 trikes are an ecological alternative that combine reclaimed wood with premium hardware – easily constructed right out of the box with a simple allen wrench. Better yet, after the toy has outlived its life, you can send it back to be reclaimed again to build new toys and receive a 10% reimbursement!

0 Designer: Federico Rios

Table With an Identity Crisis

Table With an Identity Crisis

One look at the Split Personality table’s contrasting aesthetic and it’s easy to understand the clever name! The coffee table was inspired by designer Axel Yberg’s own self reflection on his constant personal battle of opposing emotions when presented with a design challenge. With steel legs on one side & black walnut on the other, the materials meet in the middle to create an interwoven representation of the harmony created when everything finally comes together. Something many designers can relate to!

0 Designer: Axel Yberg

Eclectic Timepieces

Eclectic Timepieces

The latest from designer Gaggero G. Battista is this striking series of watches for the Harmattan brand. The 3-part collection consists of: Urò, an elegant design marked by angular geometries on its face… Kian, inspired by military style… and Skyner, a sporty version with metal mesh and bold numerics. With a number of color combinations and band selections there’s one for every aesthetic taste.

0 Designer: Gaggero G.Battista

Globetrotting From Home

Globetrotting From Home

My first introduction to the world of maps was this magnificent wooden globe, placed in my father’s office. The times when it became impossible to understand the trade-winds route or memorize the landmarks and seas, I’d turn to this globe for help and learn it all up in a jiffy. Times have changed now and affording one of those antique globes is just a far fetched dream. However a contemporary and kitsch take on the maps is here in the form of the Color Maps. They come in four sweet themes: Midnight, Chocolate, City Lights and Pop Color Maps.

0 Designer: Balance Wu [ Available @ YD Store for $15 ]

Vinyl album amplifier goes cone-shaped with NFC

Vinyl album amplifier goes cone-shaped with NFC

It’s time to get literal in the music universe with a vinyl speaker that’s not just made out of vinyl, it’s got the look and feel of a vinyl record album as well. This conceptual design would have a 12-inch platter up on the wall with NFC technology making the connection between the amplifier inside and the smartphone in your pocket. With a simple pull of the disk you’ll also have amplified sound with a cone-shaped bit of physics on your side.

0 Designers: Zhou Yuxiao, Ren Ying / He Ji, and Liao Chunhui

A milk box by any other name

A milk box by any other name

If you take a milk carton and flip the top upside-down, what do you have? You have a design made by none other than designer Sheau Shiuan Lin. When we first had a peek at this design, it seemed awfully similar to a design we saw just days previous (for some of us) at our children’s daycare center – a milk carton, but with a flat top rather than a peak. Instead, we’ve got something just a tiny bit different.

0 Designer: Sheau Shiuan Lin