Green Balls of Fire

Green Balls of Fire

Fully Precious Beans are ambient solar-powered light balls, intended to be a playful fun accessory to your interiors. For most part of 2011, I focused on serious designs, ones with a purpose in life. However I think 2012 is the year to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures in life…a time to have fun with green glow balls that enjoy sunlight as much as I do!

0 Designer: Yang Wonmo

Going Back to Sundials

Going Back to Sundials

The Umbra is an ultra cool clock concept that works on the principles of the sundial. Two strips of concealed LEDs create the illusion of the hour and minute hands. Although a bit bulky, I love the fact that you can tape the clock vertical or horizontal, thanks to the gecko tape in the rear.

0 Designer: Roshan Hakkim

Cold Coffee Hot

Cold Coffee Hot

This is the perfect season to be discussing hot coffee and methods of keeping them just that – HOT!

Re-Warming is a reheating stick that restores tepid drinks to their piping-hot glory. It is sleek and creatively wand-ish with a very Harry Potter vibe to it. Not a new concept but definitely a sleek iteration for the next step in refinements.

0 Designer: Hyewon Lee

The Any Way Socket

The Any Way Socket

It’s clever of us to hide socket boards behind furniture and out-of-sight places, however plugging up lamps or devices is another story altogether! Aligning the plug prongs can be a challenge and Donut resolves this issue. The socket allows you to hook up the plug in a ring-shaped ‘hole’ so that it can be inserted at any angle. As the red dot winning designers say, “there is no need to align the pins with two specific small holes.” Superb!

0 Designers: Suhyun Yoo, Eunah Kim & Jinwoo Chae

I Got The Power

I Got The Power

All ye weary travelers with a strolley in tow; I understand your pain for finding available sockets, just to juice up ye gadgets. Ah, I suck at poetry but you get my drift right? So here we have a trolley suitcase that harnesses kinetic energy via its wheels and then with an easy dock, juices up your gadgets. Even if it’s just for few precious minutes, I think it’s a neat-o idea!

0 Designer: Jung Inyoung

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