Ivy That We Like

Ivy That We Like

The Light Ivy is a clever lamp that features wire made from strong yet lightweight craft wire. The purpose is to expose the meandering electric wire of this lamp in a creative way. Usually we end up concealing the mess, but this nifty design ensures you have some fun with it. The lamp head rotates 180 degrees, making it the perfect accomplice for direct, indirect, diffused or table lighting. Awesome!

0 Designers: Choi Hyeryong & Choi Ho Seok

My BFF Phone

My BFF Phone

Here’s the ugly truth about hip new phones coming out every few months, they cause lust and shallow values. That’s right; every time the new iPhone is out, I want the new shimmy. I go ahead and replace my old trusty without a thought or passion! Hey wait a minute, isn’t this our life story too? Anyways, the point is, the least we can do is forge a deep emotional relationship with our gadgets, deep enough to hang on to them for quite some time and just for the sake of posterity keep upping their modular innards to keep them up to date! Something like this Modai Phone.

0 Designer: Julius Tarng

Well-Thought Yacht

Well-Thought Yacht

Students at L’école de design Nantes Atlantiques did a great job designing this sleek 47 foot yacht for sailing boat leader Benneteau’s European competition. The boat features a glass top that allows light to enter the main cabin as well as the underlying rooms. A combination of clever storage solutions and overall super-efficient utilization of common space make the interior the real highlight of this design.

0 Designers: Various

Super Flex Sofa

Super Flex Sofa

At first glance, the extreme curves and modern, seamless textured material make the Vesna Sofa almost unrecognizable as a place to lounge. This eye-catching sculptural piece is fluid in both form and movement as it flexes and bends to the user to make them feel so snug and comfy the designers at Nuvist even describe it as the “ultimate relaxation getaway.”

0 Designer: Nuvist Architecture & Design

Pop Goes the Weasel!

Pop Goes the Weasel!

In this case it’s a plug; The PumPing Tap is a spring-loaded socket that ejects a plug when the appliance is switched off. What this means is that residual power is being conserved and wastage of electricity, curbed. So when you finish using an appliance or device and turn its power off, but haven’t unplugged the device, a ring of light appears on the socket. Ten minutes later, the socket automatically ejects the plug; just like toast popping up from a toaster!

0 Designers: Seong Soyeon, Kim Seonmi, Lee Jeongjae, Park Jihye & Lee Yeontaek

Best of Yanko Design 2011

Best of Yanko Design 2011

Steve Jobs hired designer Hartmut Esslinger as the modern-day Snow White for his projects code-named after the seven dwarfs. The vision was to infuse Apple products with “born-in-America gene” and DNA inspired by “Hollywood and music, a bit of rebellion and natural sex appeal.” Hartmut’s mantra was simple, “Form follows emotion,” a twist on the maxim that form follows function. Yanko Design respects both these aphorisms but believes that we should not limit creativity within the realms of form, function and emotions; thus we follow Form Beyond Function.

0 Designers: Various

Space Table

Space Table

The Volna table, by Turkish design studio Nuvist, is a sculptural and artistic piece that looks like something straight out of The Jetsons. Soft curves and fluid movement are captured in unbroken, continuous form that will accent the most modern of offices.

0 Designer: Nuvist Architecture & Design

The Pressure Test

The Pressure Test

I iron my shirts myself so I really know why Choi Hyemin has designed the Easy Iron. Collar, cuffs and hard to remove creases require extra pressure and a clever iron maneuver and I struggle with them everyday. Easy Iron kinda splits into two different bases for such tricky creases. I guess once we see the working prototype things will clearer. For now, all I can do is struggle and hope this iron comes out soon!

0 Designer: Choi Hyemin

Please Sammy Widescope

Please Sammy Widescope

Love this simple camera called Slite, a device that allows you to slide out the screen and edit images on the go. The new-age cameras have all made us semi-pro at taking pictures. Heck, even the smartphones now allow you to tinker around with minimum tools to improve the pic. So the next logical step is a point and shoot with enhanced features and inbuilt advance tools for image editing. Way to go sammy!

0 Designer: Binna Kim

Get Drunk & Make Stuff!

Get Drunk & Make Stuff!

Re-Wine is a clever design that transforms from a reusable, biodegradable carrying case for your wine into a lamp shade that uses the empty bottle as the base. If you’re not looking for a new lamp, the case also has interlocking joints that allow it to be connected to other units to form a custom seat, table or shelf. The more wine you drink, the more modules you have for building lamps or other furniture! Now there’s an idea that’s sure to motivate people!

0 Designer: Miniwiz

Carrying Case for the MacAddict

Carrying Case for the MacAddict

Designed with MacBook users in mind, this computer tote by features a durable exterior made of a similar anodized aluminum as the MacBook as well as a super-soft internal skin. It will protect your precious Apple at all times, but it also works great as a place to rest your computer when you’re using it on-the-go. Rest it comfortably on your knees when you’re sitting and you’ll find that your laptop is at a comfortable height, stable and isn’t transmitting heat to your legs! Get it here!

0 Designer: DDP Studio

Little Improvements Go a Long Way

Little Improvements Go a Long Way

The Pick UP marker is a prime example of how sometimes the smallest change can improve a product’s functionality and overall user-friendliness. Instead of lying flat against the whiteboard, the magnetic marker cap is slanted to position the body of the pen at an angle that’s easier to grab. The triangular shape also enhances ergonomics and prevents it from rolling should the marker fall.

0 Designers: Various

Cooking by the Milliliter

Cooking by the Milliliter

The Scale Gas Range integrates a weighing scale within the framework of the cooking range. The idea behind the concept to save your meals from getting burnt! Each recipe has a particular weight when it starts to cook, eventually as the moisture evaporates and the gravy thickens, the weight drops. At this time, if we get distracted with other chores, our dish is sure to burn. To avoid this, after a certain drop in weight, the burner automatically turns off, thus saving the chances of a burnt meal. I think it is a clever idea, especially if you are a new cook!

0 Designer: Naeun Kang