Glowing Gardens

Glowing Gardens

I’m not a huge fan of terrariums or clustered pendant lamps on their own, but combine the two ideas and I’m on board! The 38 Series was developed from a technique where glass spheres are blown and then a multitude of cavities are introduced into them, intentionally intersecting and colliding within the sphere. Some of the cavities serve as planters with soil and others house lighting for a one-of-a-kind garden/light hybrid.

0 Designer: BOCCI

Twisted Hair Pleasure

Twisted Hair Pleasure

The Twist is a unique hairdryer that features two shapes. Generally we come across the ‘L-shape’ dryer or the straight dryer with several hair-styling attachments. The Twist marries the two forms allowing you to switch from the “L” orientation to the straight, depending upon what angle you need to use for drying your hair. Clever design if you ask me, so let’s twist and shout!

0 Designer: Yu Hiraoka

Changing The Chinese Skyline

Changing The Chinese Skyline

Over the past few years Zaha Hadid and her band of architects have been making news in China. With their Guangzhou Opera House bagging many accolades and awards this year, we thought about recapturing for you in one page, how she is managing to change China’s skyline. There could be many political inferences we can draw from the sudden spate of modernizations in China. But for the sake of our interest in design, we stick only to admiring the beauty and integrity of these 5 magnificent projects.

0 Designer: Zaha Hadid Architects

Perfectly Imperfect Furniture

Perfectly Imperfect Furniture

Gotta love the whimsical, storybook-looking Seasons furniture series. No two pieces are exactly the same in the handmade collection of stools, benches and tables. Although diverse in dimension and function, each is constructed in the same process in which mortise-and-tenon joints are used to connect hazel branches and an oak top. A mixture of sawdust and glue are used to fill and smooth the connections, resulting in an organic, smooth and seamless form.

0 Designer: Valentin Loellmann

Ice Cream Flowers

Ice Cream Flowers

This beautiful bouquet of ice cream canapé glasses is the latest from Martin Jakobsen, the designer of another YD fav – the rEvolution wine glass. The hand-blown Kkis set is a sexy twist on stemware that makes for an elegant and enticing presentation for after dinner desserts. The man knows glass and we’re looking forward to seeing more unique creations!

0 Designer: Martin Jakobsen

Mujjo Interview & Giveaway!

Mujjo Interview & Giveaway!

I’ve recently had the pleasure of chatting it up with Remy Nagelmaeker (awesome surname!), one of the founders and designers of mobile accessories label MUJJO. Affectionately referred to as the “Dutchies,” Remy and his partners have been crafting some of the most beautiful cases and sleeves for iPhones and iPads. Hit the jump for the interview and leave a comment to win an iPad sleeve or a MacBook Pro 15″ retina sleeve! CONGRATS TO MATTHIJS! Thanks everybody.

0 Designer: MUJJO - Facebook, Twitter

Sea-Inspired Seating

Sea-Inspired Seating

This unique, marine-inspired design adopts the basic form of one of the world’s naturally occurring sculptural elements, the seashell. The elegant shape has always attracted the eye of artists, scientists and designers and like the seashell, this design’s eye-catching, bilateral symmetry and natural strength are also sure to pass the test of time. Contrasting cylindrical cushions, expert craftsmanship and a subtle nautical feel make it a great compliment to classic and contemporary spaces alike.

0 Designer: Branca-Lisboa

Evolving In Bikes

Evolving In Bikes

The Crescent evolve is an electric bicycle designed for young guns who would like an alternative to mopeds. Based on the research and feedback gathered, the design evolved to what it is today. It main focus in design was to integrate the battery to the shape and to create a wholeness that is simple and intuitive. The electric bicycle is easy to use and operate, with an automatic transmission engine.
 It features a smart modular system that allows you to choose design with mudguards, rear rack, or without.

0 Designer: Fredrik Lundin

Electrolux Design Lab 2012 - Top 30 Declared!

Electrolux Design Lab 2012 – Top 30 Declared!

Electrolux Design Lab’s 10th Anniversary challenge to international design students is to design products that develop the sensory experience of home appliances. The countdown has begun, and after the shortlist of 80 nominations has been tightened to 30 shortlisted entries. The next step will be to announce the Top 10, who will be invited to Milan in October, to present their projects. The jury will as always, include Henrik Otto SVP of Global Design at Electrolux. As media partners Yanko Design will be at the event, keeping you updated via YD, Facebook & Twitter, till the ultimate winner is declared.

EV Eco Explorer

EV Eco Explorer

Designed for the wild Down Under, the Walamai Outback Explorer concept is both functional and stylish, proving that vehicles with a camping package don’t have to look lame! The design features plenty of camping extras including an integrated inflatable tent with plenty of room to stretch out, an on-board kite system that utilizes renewable wind energy to supplement the electric motor’s charge, and even a pheromone emitter that will ward off dangerous animals! 

0 Designer: Garryd Howells

Feeling Foxy

Feeling Foxy

It’s not often that we feature something that’s purely decor, but this piece by Bongo Design is particularly interesting. The Steel Fox is a modern, minimal (and fox-friendly!) take on the taxidermy animal bust. In solid steel, it will look great next to the cardboard deer or paper rhino that are so “in” right now!

0 Designer: Bongo Design

Iconic Rubbish Bin

Iconic Rubbish Bin

I love the idea behind the GO Recycle bin. Most countries follow a color-coded system for sorting the trash. However sometimes you can get confused, despite pictures and explanations on the bin. So what better way than explicitly fashioning the bin lid to let you know what goes where. As the designers put it, “intending to revolutionize the recycling industry and make it consumer-friendly, the idea of the GO bin is make recycling fun and convenience.”

0 Designer: GOODSSPASSION

Beasty Beauty In The Snow

Beasty Beauty In The Snow

Its peak summer in some countries so hopefully Michal Bonikowski’s Snowmobile concept will bring you some respite! In any case it’s awesome to see some diverse talents in Michal, who is famous for his Facebook Phones on YD. The mission with this snowmobile is pure personal pleasure; something that is a perfect marriage of excellent handling, all-terrain-vehicle and a closed cabin for the driver.

0 Designer: Michal Bonikowski