Inkblot Inspired E-Ink Watch

Inkblot Inspired E-Ink Watch

The Rorschach inkblot test is famous for gauging one’s perception and imagination so designer Samuel Jerichow decided to use it tell time. The Rorschach watch has an e-ink display that generates inkblots to tell time. It’s a little difficult to read but once your eye is trained to recognize the patterns, it should become second nature. Hit the jump for the animations!

0 Designer: Samuel Jerichow

Move Over Swivel Wheels

Move Over Swivel Wheels

While the swivel wheel is the most common for multi-directional movement, its biggest disadvantage is leaving the track when changing direction from forward to backward. After experimenting with different omni-balls for a robot design, Dr. Helmut Fritz discovered that combining the omni-ball with the cantilever of a swivel roller yielded an entirely new wheel. One that keeps a straight line even when direction is changed from forward to backward… introducing the Excenterball.

0 Designer: Dr. Fritz Helmut

A Well Balanced Knife

A Well Balanced Knife

The sleek Sharko chef’s knife by EMAMIDESIGN is not only elegantly crafted but incredibly ergonomic. The broad forged steel blade curves perfectly toward the tip while the back is thick for weight and strength. A super comfortable Corian handle means you can rock through fine chopping, mincing, and straight cutting.  Sure to be a kitchen workhorse.

0 Designer: EMAMIDESIGN

No More Fender Benders

No More Fender Benders

When it comes to passenger safety the airbag is one of the most significant devices to be introduced to the automobile in the last 50 years, & is responsible for saving thousands of lives every year. The frontal airbag design has broadened to include side, curtain & even knee airbags, but why not exterior airbags? Easpace is an exterior airbag system that uses radar to detect potential collisions, preventing minor structural damage. Simply replace the airbag & voila, you’re on the road again!

0 Designers: Da Wei Xing & Mei Yuan

Renewed Life for Lenses

Renewed Life for Lenses

As an avid photographer, it is quite possible that you have some of your old-in-working-condition camera lenses from the analog era. If this is so, then the Edna can give a new lease of life to the lenses from the good old celluloid days.

0 Designers: Vuk Jakovljevic, Marko Doblanovic, Szilveszter Buzasi & Bernhard Ranner

Bathtub Just for You!

Bathtub Just for You!

The Bathe is a very well thought-out and planned bathtub design. It has accessories and attachments that can be customized as per each family member’s requirements to suit their needs, without any additional fuss. The amazing number of storage and accessibility options makes it the ultimate space-saving fitting! Simply superb!

0 Designer: Justin Wagemakers & Blue Sky Design Group

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!