Dapper Davenport

Dapper Davenport

I’m loving this solid wood desk by designer Shpelyk Roman. With a swinging top level and two planes to work on, it achieves the functionality of a multi-level desk while still maintaining aesthetic minimalism. The tapered, wide-stance legs are an interesting compliment to the square top and can be removed for easy transportation simply by twisting. Great as a desk or table for the small work studio or apartment.

0 Designer: Shpelyk Roman

Expanding Home

Expanding Home

Odorico Pordenone is a delightful caravan that expands its seams to accommodate you and your folks quite comfortably. For a person who is never intimidated by the size of the car that I am driving, a bulky trailer somehow manages to unnerve me. Looking into this idea’s perfect fusion of design, technological and architectural approach, I think this one has nailed it good.

0 Designer: Jakub Novák

Sticky Voice on the Wall

Sticky Voice on the Wall

Record me is an ingenious way to pass on messages and stay in touch with busy family members. Most of us have adopted the sticky-note-on-the-fridge routine; Record me changes this to a voice message that can be easily recorded and played back. The video explains the procedure and I think it is a clever way to stay in touch, I mean I’d much rather listen to my son speak than decipher his scrawny note!

0 Designer: Luc van Hoeckel

Quintessential Quadricycle

Quintessential Quadricycle

The StroM Bouqetin is unlike any other quadricycle design in that it’s optimized for serious trail riding and touring. The rear-wheel drive, single-rider cycle features full independent suspension, dual shock rifles, a variable ball-gear drive, four disc brakes and a lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber body. Add some physical strength and you’re ready to attack the off-road.

0 Designer: Martin Strohmeier

Airborn EcoCraft

Airborn EcoCraft

Inspired by airships and paragliding sports, the Sky Voyage concept aims to expand traffic networks to the sky by utilizing airspace to relieve urban traffic congestion on the ground. The hybrid glider/airship can take off vertically by inflating the gasbag in an upright position. Once airborn, the craft can be maneuvered through the wind with assistance from a hydrogen fuel-cell powered turbine engine.

0 Designer: Jet Shao

Modernitea

Modernitea

The Wavy Tea Set isn’t just nice to look at- the layers and unique organic form are purposed as such that each fits naturally and comfortably in the user’s hand. The alternative “handle” design was inspired by the process of glass blowing and captures the pulling action of hot glass being formed. 

0 Designer: Patricia Wong

The Quantum Theory

The Quantum Theory

Quantum Tap gives you a good reality check on how much water you ‘think’ you use and the actual. Working on the lines of how syringe works, the tap activates by pulling up a pump action-handle. Scaled markings on the stem of the handle indicate the amount of water that will be released by pulling the handle to a specific correlating height. You can choose how much water you want to use and pull up the handle accordingly. The faucet looks neat and the idea pretty simple; my only concern is soapy hands and a messy tap.

0 Designers: Dennis Kulage & Michael Scherger

Chop 'n Pour

Chop ‘n Pour

Experience is a good teacher they say and designer Junjie Piao learnt a good lesson with it. A stint in chopping celery sticks left him frustrated, especially when it was time to scoop and transfer them to a bowl. He decided to “design something to make this process easier without disturbing slicing.” Thus was born Pour-Smart, an L-shaped plastic piece and a bar of strong magnet. The contraption allows you to chop and easily transfer food from the cutting board to a bowl. Simple and very useful is my verdict!

0 Designer: Junjie Piao

Wrap-around BB

Wrap-around BB

Very rarely do designers venture into the BlackBerry turf. I think the perception of it being a serious business phone deters concept enthusiasts. For the moment we have this refreshing concept, which capitalizes on the new screen technology that is flexible, lightweight and transparent. Iterated as candy bar and a slider, the phones feature a “smart” wrap around screen and knows the difference between an intentional command and a hand holding the phone!

0 Designer: John Anastasiadis

Tiffin Proportions

Tiffin Proportions

Dabba means lunchbox in Hindi and is inspired by the Dabbawallas of Mumbai. This ingenious design aims at making you choose healthy food options and pack a balanced meal for work. Each box displays a food icon and is sized to keep portions in check. I love the combination of bamboo and silicon used, and if things go well soon the Dabba will be available at a store near you.

0 Designer: Rob Englert of Ram Industrial Design

Fingerframes

Fingerframes

Framer Concept Camera is an easy to use digital camera that makes picture-take a less stressful job. Forefingers and thumbs have often been used as an intuitive benchmark for focusing and clicking photos; Chun uses this same principle in making his device more user-centric. We are a photography-inclined generation and innovations that focus on not overwhelming us by simplifying tech advancements are always welcome.

0 Designer: Jeiyong Chun

Life-Proof Calling

Life-Proof Calling

For all you know SpareOne may go onto become an iconic phone with its simple approach of being the ideal spare phone that works on a single AA battery. A shelf life of 15 years, simple demeanor and intuitive UI, makes it a coveted gadget to carry on hikes, travels and emergency situations.

0 Designers: Rodney Loh & Thomas Tellier for NextOfKin Creatives

12 Inspirational and Exclusive Interviews on Yanko Design – Scott Wilson

12 Inspirational and Exclusive Interviews on Yanko Design – Scott Wilson

There is more to Scott Wilson than being the Kickstarter man. His boyish charm belies his wisdom and learning experiences. Listening to him tell me his story, makes me wonder…just how did he do it! Maybe it’s the Nike influence! A former Global Creative Director at Nike, Wilson has lead design organizations such as IDEO, Thomson Consumer Electronics, Fortune Brands, and Motorola and created some of the most recognized consumer design icons.

Without further ado, let’s ‘kickstart’ February with Scott Wilson…