The Clever Bathtub

The Clever Bathtub

Reinventing a bathtub is not an easy job and maybe this is why we see little innovations in this field. For a moment picture a bathtub with one side as an inflatable vinyl portion that collapse to provide you easy access. A powerful integrated pump not only inflates the tub but also doubles up as water propeller for the built in Jacuzzi fixtures. Use it as a tub or a walk-in shower; use it as the Inflatable Bathtub! Simply love this concept!

0 Designer: Su Pin Chia

Top Two Taxies in Prague

Top Two Taxies in Prague

The historic city of Prague has many sights to take in, for example the Prague Castle, the picturesque Charles Bridge or the Astronomical Clock. During the Iron Curtain era, it was one of the most visited cities of Europe. Although reliant on a tram and metro system, one of the best modes for transport is the taxi. Based on this observation was a recent event called the Prague Taxi Design and two really outstanding entries are listed after the jump….

0 Designers: Various

The Best IDEA Wins! 2012 Registrations are now Open!

The Best IDEA Wins! 2012 Registrations are now Open!

UPDATE: Late Entries Deadline is Feb. 24, 2012, 11:59 PM PST

It has been an eventful year for Yanko Design, partnering with IDSA for their IDEA Awards. We showcased some really innovative ideas and hope that our readers are inspired to participate in the 2012 competition. Davin Stowell says that “Great design begins and ends with a deep understanding of people’s innermost needs and desires with a responsibility to society.”

0 Late Entries Deadline: Feb. 24, 2012, 11:59 PM PST

Laser Levels Are Always Precise

Laser Levels Are Always Precise

Level+ is a level meter concept that uses cross laser lines to ensure precise straight beams that aid in civil work. As the designer explains, “after Level+ is attached to a horizontal plate (via the suction cup), the plummet places itself horizontal, automatically. The power revs up and the cross line laser can be adjusted to project horizontal and vertical lines.” So the next time you embark on hanging a picture on the wall, trust the Level+ to help you hang it straight!

0 Designer: Royce Zhang

A'Design Awards – Your Claim To Fame!

A’Design Awards – Your Claim To Fame!

UPDATE: 7 Days Left!

Steve Jobs said “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, everything else is secondary.” Finding the correct channels to promote our creativity or even get them recognized are very limited. Design Competitions are a good medium, but is recognition from peers and prize money the only push you need? The A’Design Award and Competition fills the void by highlighting, advertising and advocating good design, designers and design oriented companies.

0 Submissions Close: 29th February 2012

Wind Chime for Better Illuminations

Wind Chime for Better Illuminations

I have a soft spot for wind chimes and love the subtle music they play. On a spiritual level they are supposed to keep negativity away and increase the good vibrations. A bunch of designers have upped their karmic good by designing a lamp based on the principles of the chimes. The only difference is that the wind movement causes the lamp to harness energy to power the lamp rather than sound the soothing “clinks”.

0 Designers: Various

Magic MacBook Pro with iRemote

Magic MacBook Pro with iRemote

We are swamped with many iPad 3 rumors and with the numerous ‘leaks’ in the media, I’m sure March is worth waiting for! On a side note, we have here the Magic MacBook Pro vying for attention. The concept features a sliding trackpad that holds an iRemote within. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled device acts as function buff, allowing you to manage your music, media and “computer stuff” in a streamlined way.

0 Designer: Enrico Penello

Pill Box for Alzheimer Patients

Pill Box for Alzheimer Patients

Memo is a portable Pill box for alzheimer patients to remind them when and how many pills to take, thanks to an ingenious use of LEDs. A light with a specific color indicates the color of the box the patient has to take from. Traditionally, medications are divided up using standard trays separated by days but even some advanced patients have a hard time remember what day it is. Made of soft touch rubber, aluminum, a small circuit board, battery and LED lights. It would only cost $20. Good idea?

0 Designer: Jules Toulemonde

It Only Looks Precarious

It Only Looks Precarious

Co-existence is a project by Ryan Jongwoo Choi exploring the “oneness” between man and nature. The beautifully cut ash frames appear to be balancing on an unsteady center point but it’s really solid granite. There’s something very modern about the execution even though it’s supposed to be a nostalgic study. I like it.

0 Designer: Ryan Jongwoo Choi

Lock With No Key

Lock With No Key

You may find this funny, but I carry a separate coin purse in my handbag, exclusively for the keys to the locks of my travel bags. One lost key, a busted zipper and an expensive broken lock later, I decided not to take the risk of misplacing the keys ever again! Lockeeper hopes to remedy such situations and I really hope that the concept of a self locking zipper (with a Braille option) is the answer to my prayers.

0 Designer: Youngdo Choi

New Age Noah’s Ark

New Age Noah’s Ark

Do you ever think about how Noah’s Ark will look like in this modern age? Don’t think too much, because I have it right here for you: The Neo Noah; a modern structure with all amenities and facilities to sustain a whole township, should a natural calamity arise. Taken into consideration are open spaces, eco living and hydropower supply. The architecture is flamboyant and keeping in line with the new-age syndrome, however the efficiency can only be judged once the concept leaves the paper, manifests and is used under the predictable dire circumstances.

0 Designer: Cha Eunjin

Driving in 2030

Driving in 2030

E-Vul is an electric-powered inter-city concept car, designed for the year 2030. Changing environmental issues, living status and the impact of new energy technologies have been taken into consideration while developing this concept. Deriving inspiration from the networking and transportation techniques used by ants, E-Vul Car is proposed to work as a public booking and payment transportation system.

0 Designers: Chao Chin-Wei & Huang Wan-Ting

Seesaw Tub!

Seesaw Tub!

One of the reasons why my mother can never use the tub for a bath is that her acute arthritis and four lower limb joint replacements restrict her movement. With the Flume Tub I’m sure she will be able to just walk into the bath and use it confidently. The tub works on the principles of a seesaw and is built keeping the safety of people with restricted movements in mind. Awesome!

0 Designers: Kim Jung Su, Yoon Ji Soo & Kim Dong Hwan