The Ecotoy

The Ecotoy

The AEMU Ecotoy reimagines the portable gaming system as an eco-friendly, educational, and psychologically developmental tool that encourages the child to rely on renewable energy to power the unit. The AEMU can accumulate electricity through it’s included solar panels, a wind turbine driven generator, or even by simply rolling it down the sidewalk. The gaming interface utilizes evolving personalized profiles suited to the individual child to promote not only fun electronic gaming, but an environmentally educational experience.

0 Designer: Albert Llort

Origami Shade

Origami Shade

The Miura Ori screen is a lightweight, sturdy, and systematically textured window covering that utilizes the genius rigid origami Miura folding process to achieve it’s functional & elegant form. A Miura fold can be packed into an area no larger than one of the segments that make up the overall shape & it’s thickness is only restricted by the thickness of the folded material thereby reducing it’s overall weight & complexity. The user can “scrunch,” if you will, a desired section for an attractive pulled-back style or collapse the shade to make it all but disappear.

0 Designer: Lim Ruiwen

DNA Stamper, Identities and Genism

DNA Stamper, Identities and Genism

The D.N.A Stamper offers the public the chance to contemplate the impact of granting someone access to their biological data. The aim of this project is to challenge them to think about how much they value their identity. Who should have access to this information? It simulates extracting a sample of the user’s D.N.A. and uses this to stamp a consent form, to verify the user’s identity and offer tissue for hypothetical testing. The owner of the sample will have to fill in the consent form expressing how much of the information in the D.N.A. the holder will be privy to.

0 Designer: Jamie Thoms

Time in an Eclipse

Time in an Eclipse

Wall clocks, these days, are not just meant to be used to keep track of time. CAUCA produced this unique and interesting wall clock called the Eclipsion. It’s intricately designed to measure time in a path that meets at a certain point to give the illusion of a solar eclipse. The movements of the clock leaves a lasting impression.

0 Designer: Jay Jiwoong Baek for CAUCA

Super Clean Surfaces

Super Clean Surfaces

The effervescent Andrew Kim is back again with yet another brilliant concept. This time it’s Warp, a cleaning system for your digital medias coupled with a system that hides wires and docks your iPhone. I simply love the clever attention to detail like the hidden USB ports in the underbelly of the dock. And not to miss the indents in the cleaner to reach the cracks and crevices of your keyboard and phone ports. Keep it up boy!

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

Strap-on Some Groove

Strap-on Some Groove

The GROOVESTRAP is a T-shaped handy thang that hooks onto an external 2.5-inch external Hard Drive and converts it to a useful interim MP3 player. Kinda getting you back into the groove with your music on the go. It features a knob on both the sides of the T, to be used as controls for volume and track shifting. Totally digging its minimal style coupled with utilitarian approach.

0 Designer: Jaineel Shah

You Can Lead a Bull to Water... Period.

You Can Lead a Bull to Water… Period.

I’ll be the first (maybe in the world) to admit that I don’t love car maker Lamborghini. Don’t get me wrong, I understand it’s appeal… duh, it’s the ultimate super-car. But I just want to see something new- something unrecognizable! Well, designer Mauro Lecchi felt the same way, and now we’re getting exactly what we wanted. Introducing the Lamborghini power-yacht. This 50 foot, carbon fiber beast sports all the speed and luxury you’d expect from a super-car maker. Did I mention the prototype is under construction?! MmmHmm… check it!

0 Designer: Mauro Lecchi

Easy Step for Pregnancy Protection

Easy Step for Pregnancy Protection

Surprisingly, urine can be a very good indicator of your health, which is why women who are expecting usually have a urine analysis conducted routinely at checkups. The Pregnancy Control is a take-home urinalysis instrument that anyone can use. With a simple placement of the urine sample into the device, the user can monitor their body for dehydration, malnutrition, infection, and other unwanted conditions in a flash. The elegant exterior and simple controls make for a modest and friendly design sensitive to the needs of moms-to-be.

0 Designer: Luis Pedro Castanheira Almeida

ALEX Reusable Bottle Winners!

ALEX Reusable Bottle Winners!

Thanks to everyone (300+) who pledged never to buy plastic bottled water again. Even if you didn’t win, I urge you to keep to your pledge. Thanks to our sponsor Nice Reusables. Here are the 5 winners. Please send me your mailing address along with which ALEX Bottle color you prefer to long.tran (at) yankodesign (dot) com.

Aaron M Gould, Marco Klobas, Jake Hayden, Naomi Shapiro, Brian Lange

0 Sponsor: Nice Reusables

Traditional Process Meets Modern Design

Traditional Process Meets Modern Design

The Cesky Klin glass plate is a great example that simple traditional production methods can yield unique and functional contemporary designs. Applying his family’s classical Czech glass molding techniques, designer Martin Zampach melts glass to a specially prepared mold to achieve a smooth glossy top and rough textured bottom. The resulting vessel is ideal for serving fruit, storing knickknacks, or as a unique decorative piece.

0 Designer: Martin Zampach

UPDATE: Deckster iPod nano Time Piece

UPDATE: Deckster iPod nano Time Piece

The Deckster iPod nano Time Piece is available for Pre-order on CKIE, only for the next 48-hours! The time to ensure your piece at a very special CKIE price is NOW!

There are a handful of iPod nano accessories that turn the venerable nano into a proper watch but all of them come with caveats. I appreciate when designers not only address the aesthetic values of design, but also the manufacturing ethos they purport.

0 Designers: Chrys and Dom Coballe on CKIE

Metronomie Concept

Metronomie Concept

Unfortunately I don’t get to take the subway to work every day. Even though it sounds like fun I’m sure seeing the same irregular patterned seats and bad advertisements everyday would eventually become another humdrum activity.  Yves Lombardet’s idea is to take the monotony and repetition out of riding the metro. Metronomie features a simple interior that uses variable themes and a modular standard coupling system that allows flexible seating and visual stimuli arrangements for a customized feel from car to car.

0 Designer: Yves Lombardet

Fascinatingly Simple

Fascinatingly Simple

I have been admiring this design all day, and driving everyone around me crazy talking about it and making them check it out. What can I say? I’m fascinated by the Rising Chair! It looks more like a sculpture than a chair, and what makes this combination rare is that it’s flat-pack ready.  Designer Robert van Embricqs achieved the organic form by pulling up slats cut into a flat wood surface to see how the material should naturally mold to make the seat, back, and base. Intricate yet functional, the result is evidence of the special connection between material and designer.

0 Designer: Robert van Embricqs