Children Need A Bear Hug!

Children Need A Bear Hug!

Apparently pressure applied to the torso of autistic children helps keep regulate the sensory system to relieve anxiety, reduce unwanted behaviors, and help increase focus to complete daily tasks. The BearHug is a simple vest that inflates around the torso to give this support. The pressure of the jacket is controlled via this cute teddy bear’s paw plus the supervisor can monitor the pressure gauge settings. The good news is that this vest is available for beta testing and should prove to be a great help!

0 Designer: Lisa Fraser

Ear Candy!

Ear Candy!

These Skullcandy inspired earphones are drop-dead gorgeous! I love the intricate way the structure of it mimics the human bone joints. Well those joints are there for a reason; they provide flexibility in adjusting the earphone for a perfect fit. Do want!

0 Designer: Catherine Wong

New Taipei City Museum of Art

New Taipei City Museum of Art

The New Taipei City Museum of Art should propose a new paradigm for celebrating art in Taipei, one that brings lifestyle, art, recreation and education together to celebrate a vibrant cultural identity for the community. The existing park located at the meeting of the Yingge and Dahan rivers within which the Museum sits, is one that immediately reveals a dynamic juxtaposition between the constructed nature (the park environment) and the density and “urban” scale of the surrounding hillside context.

0 Designer: Zerafa Architecture

Sonic Wave Technology

Sonic Wave Technology

Ever the minimalist, the CINOS Sonic speaker concept by Cologne design agency Frackenpohl Poulheim combines harmonious design with a redefined sound experience thanks to sonic wave technology. It’s an omnidirectional speaker with an ideal linear frequency response for balanced discreetness. On other words, it’s thin, it’s compact and really fills a room with sound.

0 Designer: Oliver Thiele

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