Simple Slits for Phones

Simple Slits for Phones

This design rings home a bell because right this minute, the inside flap of my iPhone case has a sticky-note to-do list stuck to it! If it was not enough to expect zillions of functions from our smartphones, apparently now their protective covers need to come handy too! This clever silicone rubber case has five slits that are good enough to tuck in bills, pen, stylus or credit cards. Elasty is an awesome thought and has even won the Korean Belkin Design Awards!

0 Designer: Yoori Koo

Dumbbells With Strings Attached

Dumbbells With Strings Attached

The ReCoil is a workout system where you can train with plain dumbbells or up the act with resistant bands. The bands are cleverly coiled up inside each pod so that you can use them in various stances and have a totally customized workout. The pods are detachable and can be screwed onto the specially designed dumbbell or curl bar. I almost forgot, the resistant bands are color-coded and offer different levels of resistance. Superb!

0 Designer: Emron Jackson Henry and Professor Bryan Howell

Mouse Feel for Pressing

Mouse Feel for Pressing

One look at the Iron concept by Adam Wendel and it gives me the Apple Magic Mouse vibe. The smooth FOLED interface and ergonomic grip gives you a very ‘using-the-mouse’ feel. I like the fact that components have been kept to a minimum, just a ball joint, which doubles up as a water reservoir. Interestingly a standard model is also proposed, one where the FOLED screen is replaced with an intuitive knob dial.

0 Designer: Adam Wendel

Spot Cleaner Claims 1st Place at 2011 Electrolux Design Lab!

Spot Cleaner Claims 1st Place at 2011 Electrolux Design Lab!

Once again, Electrolux pulled out all the stops at this year’s Design Lab finals!! Eight incredibly talented designers gathered with industry leaders and the who’s who of London – presented their designs to a panel of four tough-as-nails judges who’s critiques even made US blush!  A whopping 1300 submissions were received this year, but only 3 walked away with the coveted Electrolux Design Lab Star award.

0 Event: Electrolux Design Lab 2011

Curved Phones are More Pocket Friendly

Curved Phones are More Pocket Friendly

The AXIO Power, is a smart phone with a very unique warped design allowing it to slide in and out of a pocket with ease. The phone’s shape reduces the amount of pocket bulging because of its curved shape. Conversely, the shape also molds to the face better, cupping the cheek if you will.

0 Designer: Christos Ragias

Light Ceremony

Light Ceremony

Absolutely love this project. Light Ceremony riffs off the proverbial tea ceremony by letting you add and remove light to a bowl via scoop. The two objects communicate wirelessly to seamlessly transfer light based on motion and gesture. A little novel yes, but certainly more interesting that an on/off switch.

0 Designers: Jianxing Cai, Chao Chen, Ye Tao, Chengyuan Wei, Guanyun Wang & Xuanxing Yang

Bartending Rice

Bartending Rice

Rice cooking for singles gets a twist with the Cooktender! Converting the bartender in you who shakes fizzy cocktails, the design replicates those motions to clean and cook rice instead! Awesome idea, since it infuses an element of fun to the drab routine, I’m adding this to my wishlist right now!

0 Designer: Won Suk Lee

2011 Design Lab: Interview with Electrolux's Henrik Otto

2011 Design Lab: Interview with Electrolux’s Henrik Otto

We’re in London ya’ll! That’s right. Yanko Design is on location at the 2011 Electrolux Design Lab at the Room Home Intelligence, Business Design Center in London, England! We just got a sneak peak at the venue and sat down to talk with 2011 jury member and Electrolux VP of Global Design, Henrik Otto. Hit the jump for the full scoop!

0 Interview with Henrik Otto - VP of Global Design for Electrolux

Chair Brought to You by Smarty Balls

Chair Brought to You by Smarty Balls

Jenagh, in Farsi means sternum; the flat bone shaped like a capital ‘T’ located in the center of the chest protecting the heart and lungs. The Jenagh chair has a light-weight metal structure enabling various sitting positions via smarty balls! I’m so serious right now. SMARTY BALLS. It’s supposed to be more comfortable, flexible and accommodating.

0 Designer: Amir Masoud Faridizad

When Miss Table and Mr. Stove Meet

When Miss Table and Mr. Stove Meet

The amazing Warmpath will fit aptly in any Scandinavian home. The flowing white Corian surfaced table married to the fireplace…they both look so warm and cozy together! How long will this marriage last? Don’t know, but let’s enjoy it till it’s warm….

0 Designer: Michaël Harboun

Easy To End!

Easy To End!

I love packaging designs that are subtle and yet make a world of a difference. For example this wavy Cellotape may not seem so brilliant at the moment, but for a mother who covers endless notebooks in brown paper at one go, this is a definitely a boon. Invariably the end of the tape just fuses to the circle and is hard to find! ‘Tape with Easy-to-Find End’ is just that…..easy!

0 Designers: Deockeun An, Jaehyung Kim & Cheolwoong Seo

A Better Folding Cycle

A Better Folding Cycle

The Union is a folding cycle that you can carry easily in public transport systems like buses and trains. Folded up, it’s more like backpack that doesn’t weigh you down. This 8-inch folding bicycle slams down in a jiffy and its most defining feature is that it combines the stem with the headlight and the saddle with taillight, for better visibility and safety.

0 Designers: Weiche Wu & Minhan Lin

Because Cameras Should be Simpler

Because Cameras Should be Simpler

Everything about the AXIO camera logical and efficient – save for a few design flourishes. There are no tactile buttons, just a simple on/off switch. The touchscreen lets you navigate the menus but for the most part, the experience is quintessential point & shoot. Questionably, the lens is surrounded by a blue LED meant to indicate when it’s on but one can assume, the lens might pick up unwanted flare. And of course, charging is all done via mat along with the usually wireless accoutrements. Nice, but not remarkable.

0 Designer: Christos Ragias