Real Life Mario Kart!!

Real Life Mario Kart!!

We’ve all dreamt about shooting blue shells at the car in front of us and dropping banana peels to screw up traffic during rush hour! I know I have. For now we’ll have to keep dreaming, but at least we can take some of our road-rage out on this bad@$$ hybrid one-seater recreational vehicle that’s reminiscent of one very familiar race-kart. 

0 Designer: Facundo Elias

Becoming X

Becoming X

A deserving winner of the 2011 red dot design concept award, the X Plus table was conceived as a functional sculpture for contemporary living spaces. To achieve the shape, three triangular areas are cut from a single sheet of stainless steel, the sheet is bent into form and the two end points are welded together. The result is a modular object composed of two X shapes that works independently or arranged in a series. In a variety of hues and finishes, the table is adaptable to almost any motif. 

0 Designer: Xiaoxi Shi

The Joy of Winning!

The Joy of Winning!

Jonathan Ive says that a designer needs to “solve a problem in a way that acknowledges its context.” Given that the iPad is as perfect as a tablet can get, it does have some limitations when it comes to creative usage. To address this, the team at Adonit came up with not one but two award winning (2012 iF Product Design) solutions: The Writer Bluetooth Keyboard & Folio and Jot Capacitive Touch Stylus. With a goal to design products that will empower users to create a more vibrant world, we think their story is inspirational!

0 Available: Adonit

Keep it Under 30!

Keep it Under 30!

Running out of creative ideas for gifts under $30? Well the magic figure has many options at the Yanko Design Store. Allow me to walk you through an innovative diary, a thoughtful pot for plants, creative sketchpad and bazzinga iPhone accessory!

0 Available At: The Yanko Design Store

Smartphone is Super Flexi!

Smartphone is Super Flexi!

When it comes to concept design and exploring the possibilities of user experiences, we have seen some radical thinking come across like a lightning bolt. Fine examples are the Bento Box Laptop and the Napkin PC. This time around we are looking at a smartphone that serenades as a lampshade (charging cradle) when not in use. The design explores the usage of flexible LED screen to the hilt. Moreover the screen is a tad bit exaggerated to mimic a curvy tablet. So are we heading to an era of overstated phones that are understated tablets? Looks like we are!

0 Designer: Nari Lee

Man Meets Machine

Man Meets Machine

Tusk may be a little ahead of its time, but still utilitarian at its core. With a little help from some rotary dynamos, rectifiers and linear regulators, the Tusk adapter harvests the energy expelled by the user’s regular walking cycle and redirects the energy to any portable device, making the user, in essence, the battery and charger at once.

0 Designer: Jerry Mejia

Cute Wee Kitchen

Cute Wee Kitchen

Minikitchen merges several everyday domestic appliances into one compact unit that’s perfect for the small studio or bachelor pad. A vegetable washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, small pantry, oven, and two other cooking systems eliminate the need for much else in the kitchen, all while saving energy, water, and best of all- space!

0 Designers: Various

Pure Recycling

Pure Recycling

Designer Maro has thought of everything with this design. The Vita Recycle Bin uses color, shape, & texture to encourage users to divide their waste properly. The removable internal container system eliminates the use of plastic bags as well as the need to mobilize the entire container. Proportions are modeled not only for visual & material minimalism, but also to suit users who would otherwise have trouble reaching the opening. Flat-pack ready & easy to assemble/disassemble, the Vita has got all the bases covered.

0 Designer: Maro

Talk About Tea Fishing and Cans!

Talk About Tea Fishing and Cans!

I confess that I have a thing for quirky everyday items. On first glance they may seem unnecessary and frivolous but if you dig deeper, you cultivate the fine art of design appreciation. I have picked four of my favorite from the Yanko Design Store, and I am sure you will agree that all four are surefire hit as conversation starters!

0 Available At: The Yanko Design Store

Know When to Push and Pull

Know When to Push and Pull

Just the other day I walked into a glass door of a store, simply because the design of the frame was ‘invisible’ to my cluttered mind. What I mean to say is that doors in public places can be a source of embarrassment to many. You can end up pulling a knob or pushing the wrong way, much to amusement of your companions. An easy and intuitive solution is this Arrow Door Handle. You’d have to be a fool not to figure out which is the right way to open!

0 Designers: Eun Ah Kim, Jinhyuk Rho & Maria Rho

Not For Arachnophobes

Not For Arachnophobes

Even if you’re afraid of spiders, there’s no denying the beauty of this unique pendant lamp. Webster is made completely out of hot-glue strands using a dab-and-stretch technique (and a whole lotta patience!). The countless strands form an intricate orb that diffuses the light, reducing glare and softening the ambient glow. Do want!

0 Designer: Jerry Mejia

Domestic 3D Printing

Domestic 3D Printing

This DIY 3D printer design combines many features seen on other popular printers but features an exterior casing of molded plastic and wood veneer that is aesthetically more suitable for use at home. An optional iPhone connection also offers a quick read of statistics, progress, temperature and other data. It’s a glimpse into what the take-home 3D printer of the future might look like if/when they are ever available. Fingers crossed!

0 Designer: André Dettler

Environmental Twist

Environmental Twist

Witnessing first-hand the incredible amount of plastic waste he and his coworkers were using every day for their packed lunches, designer Nick Burrows was inspired to take matters into his own hands and develop an alternative solution that doesn’t just reduce plastic waste but eliminates it altogether. Twist allows you to seal/unseal your meal, microwave, and eat your meal, all with one piece of reusable silicone. Major props because, after all- prevention is the most environmentally preferable means of reducing any kind of waste.

0 Designer: Nick Burrows