Clever Center Console

Clever Center Console

Essence, by Renzo Menegon, is a multi-task device designed specifically for the BMW MINI Countryman Car and its unique center rail. The design was inspired by a flower, and features 2 articulated “leaves” that can be adjusted manually between positions. In these different positions Essence can act as an arm rest, bottle holder, or even as a compact table perfect for your wine glass (so long as you’re not driving of course). Attractive and useful, this is a great space-management solution.

0 Designer: Renzo Menegon

Totally Rad Repurposing

Totally Rad Repurposing

The skateboard is both the inspiration and the material that forms this awesome series of seating. Each deckstool or deckbench is made from real recycled broken skateboards, making each one unique with its own dings, scrapes, and artwork. Even old trucks are re-used as anchors between pieces. Each one tells a story! Get yours here!

0 Designer: deckstool

Friday Giveaway: Adonit Jot, Jot Pro and Adonit Writer 2 for iPad 2 Hamper!

Friday Giveaway: Adonit Jot, Jot Pro and Adonit Writer 2 for iPad 2 Hamper!

I think the Christmas cheer of giving has set in early! I found the amazing Adonit Jot and Jot Pro Stylus, which are perfect for all iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Mackbook Trackpads, Magic Trackpads and other such touchscreen device users! They capture calligraphy and artistic strokes with such precision, it’s mind blowing! Adonit shares my cheer and has arranged to giveaway an exclusive $200 YD Hamper of One Writer 2 for the iPad 2, Two Jot and Two Jot Pro to One Lucky Winner! Details inside…

0 Contest Closes: 20th November 2011, midnight PST

Master Chef with Liberty

Master Chef with Liberty

The Liberty Project is an innovative approach towards modular kitchen and space management. The setup integrates and aligns a refrigerator, cooking area, prep area, microwave, washing area, washing machine, water recycling system, air conditioning and exhaust. The best part about the concept is that the working platform height can be adjusted for wheelchair bound folks. Moreover the platform configuration can be changed to suit individual needs. I really like the concept and the video is pretty neat too!

0 Designers: Helder Filipov & Advanced Design Team, Whirlpool Latin America

Arty’s Watch is Captivating

Arty’s Watch is Captivating

For once familiarity doesn’t breed contempt! I’m talking about very familiar Art Lebedev Studio and their amazing concepts seen here on Yanko Design! This time around we have for you the Integralus Digital Watch. It features a double body closure and two display segments (one for hour and one for minutes) that snap together for a secure lock. The body is made of milled aluminium and the elastic bands come in three sizes. Overall I think this is one cool watch.

0 Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

Leave Me Alone!

Leave Me Alone!

Nothing says “get the f#&% away from my desk” quite like the Efi space divider! Okay, so I’m half-kidding, but it really does provide one very unique way of isolating oneself from others. Lowering the ring blocks nearby visual and phonic distractions, allowing the user to focus on the work at hand. I don’t know about you, but I can certainly think of times that I could shut everyone out at work (as silly as it might look!).

0 Designer: Mathieu Servais

Robo-Lamp

Robo-Lamp

The Droid lamp was inspired by the childhood fascination with robots, space, and sci-fi that may of us shared growing up. A little bit retro and a little bit futuristic, this robotic-shaped design is a fun and functional way of illuminating any space with both light and cleverly presented familiarity.

0 Designer: Jangir Maddadi Design Bureau

Tear Drop Chair

Tear Drop Chair

The Qi Dian chair (Chinese for air ring) features a fiberglass body and memory foam cushion seat making it super light weight, sturdy, and comfy. Its futuristic look and tear drop shape may limit it to more modern settings, but different color combinations expand its use to a number of themes.

0 Designer: Benoit Lienart

Autonomous Travel Pod

Autonomous Travel Pod

Inspired by biomimicry & artificial intelligence, Autonomo is a fully autonomous vehicle designed to alleviate traffic congestion & maximize the use of existing road networks in large cities in a complex, synchronized system. Autonomo’s on-board computer will make real-time decisions to control direction, detect surrounding objects, anticipate events, and maintain awareness of the environment. Imagine each pod as an individual organism within a much larger pack. Can’t wait for this!

0 Designer: Charles Rattray

Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

The Eclipse DECT Wireless Home Phone consists of a base unit and handset embedded together in a single and continuous ellipsoidal form factor. With no visible signs of a display or keypad, the Eclipse conforms to the minimalist school of thought in design. It features a crystal clear display and High Quality Duplex speakerphone, amongst other standard stuff. I like it!

0 Designer: Sebastien Sauvage

Not Just a Paper Bag

Not Just a Paper Bag

Designer Casey Ng may have been inspired to create the BoxBag specifically as a quick and easy way of transporting and serving the Kiwi native’s famous New Zealand fish and chips, but I see many more practical applications for this clever design. An intuitive perforated strip around the bottom, rigid half of the bag can be removed in seconds, separating the top half and leaving a good-size container for serving the contents. Perfect for lunches, picnics or carrying anything else where easy access is beneficial.

0 Designer: Casey Ng

Let the Dresser Do the Thinking

Let the Dresser Do the Thinking

Snappy Dresser uses a system based on common sense reasoning that matches clothes styles and functions with the concepts needed for the context. The system returns suggestions for complete outfits and the selected outfit is recorded as the user’s feedback to the system’s recommendation for a particular occasion. For instance- a set of a set of clothes that the user initially selected for swimming will be matched to the activity and they will be suggested the next time swimming is the occasion.

0 Designer: Nelly Trakidou

Long Distance Glass

Long Distance Glass

One of the reasons why I adore Li Jianye’s works is his simplistic approach to design. Be it the original Flexibin or the iShelf; both exude charm, wit and thoughtful detailing. This time around he has a functional toy for us, The Telescup, a set of drinking glasses that coordinate to become an impromptu telescope. Now isn’t this what we call clever!

0 Designer: Li Jianye