No More Kitchen Cooking!

No More Kitchen Cooking!

I envy Nigella Lawson when she shows off her cooking skills outdoors and calls it soul cooking! Getting the ingredients and dishes out to my backyard isn’t so much of a problem as is getting the burner. An easy remedy is the Free Cooker. It’s a pair of detachable burners on a cooking counter-top that can be taken around to any place for creative cooking! It doubles up as a food warmer and can keep food warm for up to two hours. Something I’d totally invest in!

0 Designer: Ahhaproject

Office Supplies with a Twist

Office Supplies with a Twist

I love a design that not only puts a twist on the unsurprising aesthetic of its predecessors but also adds fun functionality to rid items of their mundane stereotypes. The REconstruction kit of desktop accessories does just that! The concrete (you heard me) stapler, calculator, tape dispenser and pen holder are not just formed from an unconventional material, but present an additional fun function to transform overlooked tasks like stapling and taping from tedious to entertaining.

0 Designer: Sung-Ching Chang

Record Breaking Polar Vehicle

Record Breaking Polar Vehicle

In December 2011, the Polar Expedition Vehicle by Ian Nisbett Design will attempt to smash the Guinness World Record for the fastest Antarctic land crossing- exactly 100 years since the previous record holder’s accomplishment. The PEV also represents a new era in faster, more flexible polar exploration. The bio-fueled vehicle uses half the fuel of similar vehicles and also uses solar panels to further reduce its carbon footprint. Hit the jump to watch this bad boy in action!

0 Designer: Ian Nisbett

Lay Down Your Spice

Lay Down Your Spice

CHA-CHA is a simple, yet functional reinterpretation of the spice shaker that unlike traditional upright shakers, would rather lay down and take it easy until it’s ready to work. Now that’s a work ethic I can understand.

0 Designer: EMAMIDESIGN

Paper Sticks

Paper Sticks

Re-paper Chopstick is a relevant design to those who use disposable chopsticks on a daily basis. This D-I-Y pack of paper sticks is easy to assemble and use. If manufactured with paper quality (designer suggests renewable paper) that is good enough to sustain dunking into gravy and soups, I think we may have a winner in our hands! Just be careful not to chomp off the stick!

0 Designer: Ran Hee Chung

The Story of Time and Light

The Story of Time and Light

Now here is an interesting concept that merges two of the most fascinating aspects of light. On one hand you have it as an illuminant, a perfectly capable table lamp. And on the other, you have it as a discreet analog clock with an ambient glow. Triple functionality is what I’d like to think of it!

0 Designers: Sang Hwa Lee & Jin Ho Kim

People’s Choice: Pick Your Winner for 2011 Electrolux Design Lab

People’s Choice: Pick Your Winner for 2011 Electrolux Design Lab

Electrolux Design Lab Competition has this key element to it, which I respect a lot. It has the People’s Choice, where the general public gets a chance to vote for their favorite project from the shortlisted Top 8 Entries. The winner is given the coveted People’s Choice Award. Become a part of it; either enter the poll on their Facebook page or here. Be sure to catch our live coverage of the event on the 7th of September, 10:00 am London Time. Team Yanko Design will be there so stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Homepage for updates and exclusives!

A Dog's Best Friend

A Dog’s Best Friend

My dog, Buckley, is a just a pup weenie-dog but I have already started to notice signs that his elongated back might need some attention down the road, which is why I love this design by Nir Shalom. The Amigo is a super-ergonomic, lightweight, and durable walking aid. It can be adjusted to match the dog’s shape and size and allows the pet to move between walking, sitting, and laying down – all without assistance from their owner. Dogs’ bodies deteriorate just like humans, and that’s where the Amigo comes in handy.

0 Designer: Nir Shalom

Unique Custom Furniture

Unique Custom Furniture

This collection of furniture by Jory Brigham combines high quality material and eye-catching style to form unique pieces that won’t soon be forgotten. My favorite: the Comfortable Silence bench, inspired by the simple beauty of nonverbal communication, features solid teak mixed with beautiful white or charcoal concrete in which your favorite plant or other item can be placed. I could sit on it and not talk for hours.

0 Designer: Jory Brigham

Rescue Water-Jet Pack

Rescue Water-Jet Pack

Inspired by the JetLev Flyer (pictured with operator), a flying machine that uses high-pressure water columns to generate thrust, the Rescue Pack is a comparatively lighter but equally maneuverable flyer designed for water rescues inaccessible by lifeboat. Using high-pressure water generated by the pump, the user navigates the flyer via foot controls, freeing the arms for rescue maneuvers.

0 Designer: Jurmol Yao

Accurate Warning!

Accurate Warning!

I have seen plenty of warning sign concepts and some innovative enough to include LED. But this one takes the cake for being simple and effective! Just look at it, the sign indicates exactly which way you need to divert by pointing out an LED Arrow to the right direction. Left or right…you get to set it, depending upon your broken-down vehicle’s position. Awesome!

0 Designer: Ye Luo

Digital Cooking Alert

Digital Cooking Alert

The Hourglass Device is a new-age method of keeping the family together, especially during dinner times. It comprises of a sensor device modeled on the sand-hourglass timer and an affiliated app for the family gadgets. So basically when someone gets cooking in the kitchen, the aromas automatically trigger the sensors in the Hourglass and notifies the rest of the family what’s cooking. A good way to get my son to the dinner table on time!

0 Designer: Gwendolyn Frederick

A Downside Up Lamp

A Downside Up Lamp

The Rose Lamp by Benjamin Parton takes the common ceiling rose, a familiar decorative element of Victorian homes, and turns it upside down… literally. The often overlooked piece becomes the base of this elegant design that might just make you wonder which way is up and which way is down!

0 Designer: Benjamin Parton