Pop Goes the Weasel!

Pop Goes the Weasel!

In this case it’s a plug; The PumPing Tap is a spring-loaded socket that ejects a plug when the appliance is switched off. What this means is that residual power is being conserved and wastage of electricity, curbed. So when you finish using an appliance or device and turn its power off, but haven’t unplugged the device, a ring of light appears on the socket. Ten minutes later, the socket automatically ejects the plug; just like toast popping up from a toaster!

0 Designers: Seong Soyeon, Kim Seonmi, Lee Jeongjae, Park Jihye & Lee Yeontaek

Best of Yanko Design 2011

Best of Yanko Design 2011

Steve Jobs hired designer Hartmut Esslinger as the modern-day Snow White for his projects code-named after the seven dwarfs. The vision was to infuse Apple products with “born-in-America gene” and DNA inspired by “Hollywood and music, a bit of rebellion and natural sex appeal.” Hartmut’s mantra was simple, “Form follows emotion,” a twist on the maxim that form follows function. Yanko Design respects both these aphorisms but believes that we should not limit creativity within the realms of form, function and emotions; thus we follow Form Beyond Function.

0 Designers: Various

Space Table

Space Table

The Volna table, by Turkish design studio Nuvist, is a sculptural and artistic piece that looks like something straight out of The Jetsons. Soft curves and fluid movement are captured in unbroken, continuous form that will accent the most modern of offices.

0 Designer: Nuvist Architecture & Design

The Pressure Test

The Pressure Test

I iron my shirts myself so I really know why Choi Hyemin has designed the Easy Iron. Collar, cuffs and hard to remove creases require extra pressure and a clever iron maneuver and I struggle with them everyday. Easy Iron kinda splits into two different bases for such tricky creases. I guess once we see the working prototype things will clearer. For now, all I can do is struggle and hope this iron comes out soon!

0 Designer: Choi Hyemin

Please Sammy Widescope

Please Sammy Widescope

Love this simple camera called Slite, a device that allows you to slide out the screen and edit images on the go. The new-age cameras have all made us semi-pro at taking pictures. Heck, even the smartphones now allow you to tinker around with minimum tools to improve the pic. So the next logical step is a point and shoot with enhanced features and inbuilt advance tools for image editing. Way to go sammy!

0 Designer: Binna Kim

Get Drunk & Make Stuff!

Get Drunk & Make Stuff!

Re-Wine is a clever design that transforms from a reusable, biodegradable carrying case for your wine into a lamp shade that uses the empty bottle as the base. If you’re not looking for a new lamp, the case also has interlocking joints that allow it to be connected to other units to form a custom seat, table or shelf. The more wine you drink, the more modules you have for building lamps or other furniture! Now there’s an idea that’s sure to motivate people!

0 Designer: Miniwiz

Carrying Case for the MacAddict

Carrying Case for the MacAddict

Designed with MacBook users in mind, this computer tote by features a durable exterior made of a similar anodized aluminum as the MacBook as well as a super-soft internal skin. It will protect your precious Apple at all times, but it also works great as a place to rest your computer when you’re using it on-the-go. Rest it comfortably on your knees when you’re sitting and you’ll find that your laptop is at a comfortable height, stable and isn’t transmitting heat to your legs! Get it here!

0 Designer: DDP Studio

Little Improvements Go a Long Way

Little Improvements Go a Long Way

The Pick UP marker is a prime example of how sometimes the smallest change can improve a product’s functionality and overall user-friendliness. Instead of lying flat against the whiteboard, the magnetic marker cap is slanted to position the body of the pen at an angle that’s easier to grab. The triangular shape also enhances ergonomics and prevents it from rolling should the marker fall.

0 Designers: Various

Cooking by the Milliliter

Cooking by the Milliliter

The Scale Gas Range integrates a weighing scale within the framework of the cooking range. The idea behind the concept to save your meals from getting burnt! Each recipe has a particular weight when it starts to cook, eventually as the moisture evaporates and the gravy thickens, the weight drops. At this time, if we get distracted with other chores, our dish is sure to burn. To avoid this, after a certain drop in weight, the burner automatically turns off, thus saving the chances of a burnt meal. I think it is a clever idea, especially if you are a new cook!

0 Designer: Naeun Kang

Better Nursing

Better Nursing

I haven’t seen many nursing bottles redesigned to such finesse as this Angel Mommy Pack. The bottle is ideal for reheating breast milk using a double boiler system and keeping away unnecessary air. Simple and intuitive to use, I’m sure mothers will appreciate this patented design (hint – it should be out soon).

0 Designer: Cho Sunghyun

Modern Stackable Stool

Modern Stackable Stool

I’m loving the Totem stool series by Sydney based design studio Anaesthetic! Each stool features a pyramid shaped indention that allows them to be stacked one on top of the other, creating a practical storage solution that also serves as a unique sculptural element. Lightweight, durable, and waterproof they are great for indoor or outdoor use and can be filled with sand or water for a more permanent seating solution or a stable surface for a table-top, footrest, or any other purpose imaginable.

0 Designer: Anaesthetic

Hubless Wonder

Hubless Wonder

Miroslav Hundak’s FB R2000S concept is loosely based on the BMW R1200S, a Boxer model renowned for sporting performance and dynamic riding characteristics. The athletic look of the FB R2000S is contrasted with a particular touch of lightness in the form of not 2, but 3 hubless wheels with independent suspension and minimal fairings that in combination simply exude power and dynamism. Engineers will have their rightful criticisms, but there’s no denying that it looks fun to ride! Hit the jump for a sweet vid!

0 Designer: Miroslav Hundak

Moto Chair

Moto Chair

Just when you had gotten used to straddling the motorcycle seat- now you’ve gotta switch to sitting in a big comfy chair!? What a pain in the ass! OK – so that’s not an actual problem… but if it was this would be the solution! More aesthetically charming than practical, the Biker Chair reinterprets the seating position on a bike to a woven leather chair that’s sure to be a conversation starter.

0 Designer: Jang Woo-seok