Braille by Hand

Braille by Hand

I’m sure you recollect seeing Braille staplers and dispensers here on YD. What we have today is the Braille Tape; I think it’s the simplest and most functional of them all. It’s just a sticky tape with parallel dots that you can hand punch to write a Braille message. Label bottles or mark out the danger zone, do it in a jiffy.

0 Designers: Kukil Han, Yongju Kwak, Young-Seok Kim & Dongbin Shin

The Graceful Spout!

The Graceful Spout!

Roofers are specially designed lids for jugs, thermos and teapot with the purpose of making liquid pouring an easy experience. When we pour from a regular spout the liquid tends to drip and settle around the spout opening, resulting in limescale formation. The graceful redesign solves the issue plus keeps the bottle completely covered.

0 Designer: Shota Aoyagi

Faux Pen

Faux Pen

Designed to look like a thick pen, the Lepen Solder System is probably the sleekest of solder irons I have ever seen. The design is not all about looks though it addresses key issues like ergonomics, smoke absorption, safety and charging. The solder pen docks into the holder for charging, which also doubles up as a smoke absorber. Moonhwan points out that the Soldering Pen helps users to feed, melt, and desolder solder in an easy and comfortable way. I think I agree!

0 Designer: Moonhwan Lee

Mono Chair

Mono Chair

Love this simple, geometric Mono Chair from niafdesign. This is world’s apart from the dining chairs I grew up with. You know the type; big cushions, tall backs – your parent’s parents kind of chair. The Mono Chair is much more my style. Eating is probably when I’m most happiest and the sheer exuberance in this design expresses that happiness well.

0 Designer: Efecan Gürbüz & Onur Besen

YD is Your Ticket to the red dot gala!

YD is Your Ticket to the red dot gala!

It’s that time of year again! That’s right, the 2011 red dot design awards gala is just around the corner! Awww, can’t make it? We’ll miss you… but don’t worry! As a red dot media partner, Yanko Design will be covering the event, the who’s who, and all the happenings LIVE just for YOU!

Stay tuned in to the YD homepage, Facebook, and Twitter on July 4th as we provide recaps of everything from the live entertainment to the tear-jerking acceptance speeches directly from the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany.

0 reddot Gala 2011, 4 July 2011 8:30 pm CET

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Tenderizing meat is quite an important step in cooking, however it requires quite a bit of muscle to do it right. The Tender delivers double the punch with every bash, making your job easier. The serrated roller has glass balls inside the column to energize the blow. Tackle your meat in smart way!

0 Designer: Gavin Reay of And-Design for Uutensil

Rhythm in a Cup

Rhythm in a Cup

There was an era in Indian television (somewhere in the 80’s) that for fillers between two programs they used to play the Jal Tarang. Fascinating ceramic bowls filled with water that produces the most profound music! A look at the Drinking The Music concept and I’m reminded of that era. Although oriental teacups inspire this concept, I can see the connection between water and music. Can you?

0 Designer: Kukil Han

Contrasting Buffet

Contrasting Buffet

A combination of new and reclaimed materials, the Coban Buffet is a unique take on the classic buffet with simplistic, natural shapes and an industrial, Americana feel. The custom piece is composed of laminated oak hardwood with bent corners, sliding glass doors, and custom fabricated metal drawer knobs. In contrast, the base is constructed completely of farm-found weathered timber and rusted plow heads, giving this piece just the right amount of masculinity. Love the craftsmanship.

0 Designer: Scott Friedman

The Solar Sinter

The Solar Sinter

With global concern over energy production and raw material shortages increasing, this project explores desert manufacturing as an alternative way to produce items. Set in the Saharan desert, sunlight and sand are used as raw energy and material to produce glass objects using a 3D printing process that combines natural energy and material with high-tech production technology.

0 Designer: Markus Kayser

Cute and Functional Combo Tool

Cute and Functional Combo Tool

If you have ever hit your thumb trying to hammer a nail, you know the unforgettable, mind-numbing pain that follows. This simple Coral Tools combination houses steel flat-head & Phillips screwdrivers within its hard plastic body & also serves as a tripodal stand that holds nails firmly in the center hole to help get them started, ensuring a straight hit while keeping fingers safe. The 3rd arm also holds a corkscrew so you can enjoy some well-deserved wine after all your hard work.

0 Designer: Jinyoung Choi, Junpyo Kim, Hyungwoo Uhm, Joonhyoung Seo & Kijo Son

Artificial Constellations

Artificial Constellations

The Urban Stargazing project focuses on bringing back the stars in the city sky by recreating existing constellations and adding new ones, narrating old and contemporary myths about London. Twelve groups of stars have been installed at different locations in the city, and can only be observed by the naked eye at night time. Hit the jump for a map showing each constellation with their corresponding coordinates. To go on a stargazing walk, enter the latitude/longitude of any constellation on a web mapping application.

0 Designer: Oscar Lhermitte

Hair is a Sustainable Material

Hair is a Sustainable Material

Wait WHAT? Cue GaGa’s monsters in 3, 2, 1… because these are for real. It’s a collection of fashionable eyewear exploring the potential of human hair. The UK beauty industry imports 15 million pounds worth of human hair a year. Human hair has been reimagined as a viable and renewable material. Hair Glasses comprises of human hair with bioresin as a binding agent, the frames are 100% biodegradable and no harmful substances are released during production.

0 Designer: Studio Swine

Sinister Side of Kitty

Sinister Side of Kitty

Nothing better than candles as mood lights and if they are scented, that’s even better! So what are you supposed to do if you feel wicked and in the mood to for Jekyll and Hyde? Simply light up the Devil’s Pet! Cute kitten transforms into a sinister devil with blazing eyes. Be careful of the ball of yarn at the end, like they say naughty is the new cute!

0 Designer: Thorunn Arnadottir