More than a Toolbox

More than a Toolbox

If it were only a sleek toolbox, I wouldn’t have even set a glance on the Toolstair. The fact is this concept is a clever design and I really hope sees the light of day. A refreshing, sturdy, portable and modular combination of a toolbox and stepladder is what we are talking about. It stores the goodies and transforms to a handy step-up with adjustable heights. Something that every home and office needs!

0 Designers: Taehyung Kim, Chanhee Han, Junyoung Jang & Wonmo Yang

The Art of Solar Printing

The Art of Solar Printing

It’s here in concept and I simply love it! The Tanning Printer is a solar powered printer that doesn’t use cartridges. Instead it uses the process of sun-tanning the paper! You got that right sir…sun tan! It seems outlandish right now, but trust me the idea is worth exploring… the design is here, it looks neat and sleek; now let the engineers figure it out!

0 Designers: Hosung Jung, Junsang Kim, Seungin Lee & Yonggu Do

The Hook Sponge

The Hook Sponge

The name says it all! The Hook Sponge by designer Robert Audroué is a perfect example of how sometimes the simplest modification (even of an already simple product) can make a world of difference. Keep it handy on the kitchen faucet, a shower-head or any other place that needs regular cleaning.

0 Designer: Robert Audroué

Spectacular Swedish Ski Structure

Spectacular Swedish Ski Structure

With construction scheduled at the turn of 2013/2014, Skipark 360°, by the Swedish branch of C. F. Møller Architects, Berg Arkitektkontorthe, will be the world’s most complete indoor ski park with a 700 meter downhill slope, making it the only indoor ski slope in the world to meet the requirements for hosting the World Cup. Located in a forest just outside Stockholm, the 135 meter structure is sure to become a landmark as one of Sweden’s largest buildings.

0 Designer: Berg Arkitektkontor

Rustic Minimalism?

Rustic Minimalism?

The Simple Rustic line of furniture proves that minimal design doesn’t have to be cold or sterile. Classic shapes, rounded edges, and unfinished pine give the bare-bones pieces a touch of country with a warm and inviting look that will compliment a variety of interiors from the wood cabin to the modern loft. Get ‘em here!

0 Designer: Guillem Ferran

Plug Aid

Plug Aid

These cute smiley plugs have a very good reason to be cheerful. Their friendly disposition helps you to unplug plugs from the socket with ease. A gentle push on the back knob and simple mechanics help dislodge the prongs from the deathly grip. Ask me, I’ve broken many socket plates in attempts to pull out plugs, either I use too much force or they are of bad quality! These Push Plugs will help my cause.

0 Designers: Jeong-woo Han & Seul-gi Oh

Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy

What we have here is a brilliant idea that can go on to save many lives during a smoke crisis in subway trains. However it does come with its set of flaws. The Sub-Resk is an overhead handle-strap design for the standing commuters. It comes integrated with an purified air mask that can be easily deployed should the need arise. The only flaw is the logistics of usage, only those who are grabbing on to the handle will be able to use one. Experience shows that during panic situations people react differently, while some may be chivalrous and maybe share their mask with another person, others may not.

0 Designers: Sang-eon Lee & Yeong-ho Yoon

The Wood Hanger Just Got Better

The Wood Hanger Just Got Better

I love the look of wooden clothes hangers, but because of their rigidity they tend to be difficult to squeeze through the neck of shirts. With just a simple squeeze, this clever design, appropriately named the  Bender Hanger, slides easily into the smallest of garments, making for a quick an easy way to hang clothes while retaining the sophistication of the classic wood hanger.

0 Designer: Igor Vig

Innovative Observation Tower

Innovative Observation Tower

The result of a study into the application of Ultra High Performance Concrete, this 25 meter high observation tower by UNStudio really puts the material to the test. The innovative concrete differs from the norm in that it is extremely dense, has steel fibers, and maintains a fine grain structure. Its use in the tower makes it possible to achieve the fluid, eye-catching shape with minimal obstruction of the views.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Simple Mobile Furniture

Simple Mobile Furniture

The Mobile Room series of furniture by designer Yu Juiting provides a quick way to assemble/disassemble, transport, and store its multifunctional pieces. The flat-pack-ready wood components easily slide into place and are simple enough to assemble that the user won’t even need to glance at the instructions. With four versatile pieces, this design is great for the apartment jumper or those with a small studio.

0 Designer: Yu Juiting

Beck's Green Box with Stephen Burks

Beck’s Green Box with Stephen Burks

Thirty internationally acclaimed artists are working round the clock to grace Beck’s Green Box with their works. We are talking about folks from London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Rome and Milan! An incredible 2m³ acrylic sculpture designed by the much-admired Jason Bruges, each box will house an exclusive work from each artist, one of which belongs to Stephen Burks. The thirty Green Boxes will form the world’s first Augmented Reality Gallery and in turn inspire creatives the world over to submit their own ideas for the project. YD caught up with Stephen for a quick chat and this is what he has to say…

BBQ Special

BBQ Special

Barbecues are as much fun as they are headaches. When the party’s over, the cleaning process and stowing away is always such a big problem. Inspired by the retro video game cartridge, we have here the Cartridge Grill, a seamless combination of heater and grill-plate. It promises to be as much fun with an easier cleaning process. The good news is that you won’t have to wait till summer for some BBQ action, this baby works all year round!

0 Designer: Sangwon Jung

What A Wide Mouth!

What A Wide Mouth!

Ease is a washing machine specially designed for the silver generation and for those living with aches and pains. The ergonomics in design and clever 45-degree angle of the drum mouth make it easy to reach in for the clothes. If only it could look a bit slimmer and occupy less space, it would be perfect!

0 Designer: Peng Shanzhong