A Phone for Happy Hands

A Phone for Happy Hands

Sure, everyone loves the look of a skinny cellphone, but if you’ve ever owned one then you know they’re not the most comfortable to hold and can even cause your hand to ache. The Smartphone TWO applies advanced ergonomics to its ultra-slim, minimal form. As comfortable as it is cool, the curved design nestles perfectly in the user’s hand but is still thin enough to fit in a pocket.

0 Designer: Roberto Corazza

Most Buzzed Designs of May 2012

Most Buzzed Designs of May 2012

Someone rightly said that the life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness! May has been an interesting month with hundreds of ‘good designs’ fighting the ugliness of the world. While all of them are winners, select few really outshone the rest. Here is a recap of the most appreciated concepts and designs that created a buzz on YD. Take a look…..

0 Designers: Various

Lumo Reminds Us of Campfires

Lumo Reminds Us of Campfires

The delightful Lumo is based on the analogy of a traditional campfire. Tinly interactive pebbles flicker with light, mimicking the burning embers of logs. They gently fade out if you don’t play with them. Simon explains, “In the same way a fire requires fuel to sustain its illumination, the pebbles require collective nurturing from the group of users.”

0 Designer: Simon Heapy

Interactive and Modular Roofs

Interactive and Modular Roofs

Here is an interesting concept of modularizing the roofs of buildings. The idea stems from the fact that roof gardens have a uni-directional focus with little or no variations. Design Prototype Interactive Roof are pixilated units that perform a unique function and interact according to the living space below it.

0 Designer: Nicolas Backal

Winter Inspired Lamp

Winter Inspired Lamp

The Snow Form Lamp by designer Young Kwang Cho was inspired by the unique way that snow collects as long ridges formed by the wind. Like the snowdrifts, the lamp has a soft, fluid aesthetic with gentle curves and sweeping lines. Simply push the top of the lamp down to activate the light.

0 Designer: Young Kwang Cho

Roll Up Your Bike

Roll Up Your Bike

Unlike existing folding bicycle designs that fold into a triangular shape, the Donut bike folds into a super-compact circle that leaves no component exposed. From the handlebars to the pedals, everything is safely tucked away and making it incredibly easy to tote around and store.

0 Designer: Arvind M

The Great River Turbine

The Great River Turbine

Michael Jantzen’s Great River Turbine is yet another hydroelectric power station that focuses on public outreach, allowing visitors to visit and witness first-hand the creation of clean energy. Situated on a moored barge, the turbine would automatically rise and fall with the water level and could be placed in most any river setting for pollution-free electricity.

0 Designer: Michael Jantzen

Bouquet of Lights

Bouquet of Lights

A very close call on the illuminated incense sticks, the Callar wins grace for being the ideal representation of illuminated flower stems. A bunch of these would work wonders on any angry spouse or girlfriend, plus they’d make good mood lighting. The clever thing is that they are without wires and portable; they recharge via a base station. Warm and exuding love, I’d take home a bunch of these for next Valentines’!

0 Designer: Jaehwa Lee

OMG! I Love the Blue Facebook Phone!

OMG! I Love the Blue Facebook Phone!

Thank god I didn’t invest in the Facebook IPO. I’d much rather bet my money on a Bluephone….the Facebook! It looks interesting and boasts drool-worthy features. The sleek blue case is fashioned out of metal and it sports a 4.2-inch screen. The front hosts 5 – megapixel camera and an 8 – megapixel camera adorns the back. It juices up via induction charging using a dedicated dock. Of course all this is in the designer’s imagination, but who am I to complain! I can only imagine the customized hotkeys and impending chaos it will create in my online life. Yes, I await the FB Phone with eager enthusiasm!

0 Designer: Michal Bonikowski

Living Architecture

Living Architecture

The Turbine Bridge concept is a hydroelectric power station that also serves as a multifunctional space on Amsterdam’s Amstel River. On the main internal level there is space dedicated to pedestrian walkers and cyclists, cafes and stores while the upper level hosts terraces, playgrounds and spaces to relax. More than just a link between two sides of the river, the bridge aims to become a landmark where both locals and tourists can come together.

0 Designer: DWAWU Architects

Linear Street Lamp

Linear Street Lamp

Designed for Bep’s Car & Motorcycle Accessories, the B-Light is a modern twist on the street lamp that is instantly recognizable in “traffic red.” Formed from a single, laser-cut metal sheet, the design consists of a straight line that folds in on itself, like the sinuous lines of light obtained by photographing moving cars at night. With a bright LED light that’s parallel to the ground it also does its best to minimize light pollution.

0 Designer: Labìt Architetti & Studio Fuxia

More than Meets the Eye

More than Meets the Eye

At first glance this design by Daniel Pearlman might look like another pretty coffee table, but take a closer look and you’ll see that it’s not just any old table. It’s a coffee table, chair, and side table cleverly disguised into one singular piece. A perfect design for small spaces, each piece looks and functions great on its own.

0 Designer: Daniel Pearlman

Urban Beehive

Urban Beehive

The reddot award winning Urban Beehive from Philips Design shows us that ant farms are obsolete and we should be gunning our attention on bees. The Urb is in line with the concept and makes beekeeping a ‘less daunting and more attractive process for novices.’ The biggest advantage is that you don’t need to adorn the protective garb when you handle the bin. You can observe the colony and use the technology implements to extract the honey easily.

0 Designer: Chris Weir