D3 Contest Top 28 at imm Cologne

D3 Contest Top 28 at imm Cologne

The international young talents competition D3 Contest has developed into an established feature for both trade visitors and exhibitors at imm cologne. D3 Contest offers young designers a forum in which to present to an international public their ideas for furniture, lighting and furnishings of the future. This year, 862 products from 45 countries were sub- mitted to the competition. Check out the top 28 pieces in the gallery.

0 Photography: Roberta Mutti

Winding Power

Winding Power

I am very grateful for the presence of the eneloop glitter edition in my life. If it were not for this rechargeable set, then I’d be at the store every other day, buying stock for my iMac peripherals! In an alternate situation, I wouldn’t mind giving these Spark Winners, Charge Battery a chance. They’re like the old fashioned winding toys; a few good twists to charge and I’m ready to go. So simple!

0 Designers: Yeon Kyeong Hwang & Mieong Ho Kang

Three Wheelie Urban Pleasure

Three Wheelie Urban Pleasure

The commute of the future is more like a three-wheel thrill ride aptly called ‘Three Wheel Electric Scooter’. The joyride is full of spunk in the looks department with a detachable rechargeable battery pack to the left of the bike, displaying energy levels conspicuously. The magnetic, rubber encased locking cable adds security to the parking system. Moreover the two small front wheels guarantee equilibrium and a glorious ride.

0 Designer: Hyun-Seok Kim

Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

Slide ‘n’ Touch is a programmable multi-touch remote control that syncs with your TV. The smooth-as-silk touchpad is easy to use and the sleek body is crafted from stainless steel and aluminum. Besides its user-friendly size, I totally dig the slim, chic minimal design. I’d pick the gold bezel one for me, what about you?

0 Designer: Mike Flache

The FLUD is Here

The FLUD is Here

We finally made it to my personal favorite iPad reader app The FLUD! Make sure you grab the latest update and add our feed because it is lookin’ mad sexy. It’s awesome to be included amongst our friends at Notcot and Fubiz. If you prefer to FLUD on the go, the iPhone version should hit the streets in a few weeks.

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Breathe Easy Tonight

Breathe Easy Tonight

Easy to use CPAP – Therapy System or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is an aid that eases breathing for folks with sleep apnea. The device doubles up as a humidifier as well and integrates easily into the home environment. Although I like what it’s trying to do, it looks a little too medical for home use and I suspect it’ll put a damper on home relations too if you know what I mean.

0 Designer: Andreas Ruesch

Flameless Outdoor Cooker for Campers

Flameless Outdoor Cooker for Campers

The Outdoor Chef is a shortlisted entry in the 2011 Australian Design Award-James Dyson Award. It’s an all-in-one camp cooker designed for portability, storage, food prep and of course cooking. The flameless induction cooktop is perfect for fire restricted camp sites and considering this is from a country recently ravaged by fire – it emphasizes safety without compromising the joy of being outdoors.

0 Designer: Jessica Damsma

Side Hung

Side Hung

Unlike most lamps, Floo is suspended from one side. It remains level because the center of gravity has shifted to the shade’s unique conical shape. Aesthetically, without the central cabling in the way, you get an even circular disk of light uninterrupted by wires. I love when design is as simple as moving a seam or line to create an entirely new yet enigmatic silhouette.

0 Designers: Liran Levi & Gilad Karlshtadt

A Vest of Power

A Vest of Power

The construction industry suffers from one of the highest work-related accidents across the board with nearly 60% of those injured having to leave indefinitely. The H3 is a vest with integrated accumulators on the back and supporting arm. The design improves physical efficiency using artificial muscle technology. It’s meant to assist the human operator, not replace him/her.

0 Designer: Martin Gschwandtl

The Sunshine on my Wall is Informative!

The Sunshine on my Wall is Informative!

The usual task of a wall clock is to indicate time and at the least, look pretty. What if we were to add laser beams, touchpad UI, WiFi, bluetooth and computer syncing? Now wouldn’t that be a rocking concept! The proposed Sundial is all of the aforementioned;  a cool device on the wall that will beam you the weather, your appointments for the day, stock markets and whatever else  you please!

0 Designers: Yonggu Do, Dohyung Kim & Sewon Oh

Writing with a Phone

Writing with a Phone

The Traccia is a phone concept modeled on how we use a writing instrument, specifically a pen. The intuitive way we write on a sheet is translated to commands for the phone thanks to the embedded optical sensor  located at the end of the stick. Basically whatever you write gets translated to a command or function via the installed software. This means your invisible writing can be converted to SMS or an email, just like that!

0 Designer: Andrea Ponti

Chris Burns Has Left the Building

Chris Burns Has Left the Building

This is my third attempt at writing a farewell for my friend and colleague Chris Burns, and I just can’t get my words right. How is it possible to sum up a relationship with a person I’ve never met, spoken to for an hour on Skype but chatted with on AIM for innumerable hours? Come Monday 14th February 2011, Chris will no longer be writing for Yanko Design. I guess it’s harder for me to let go of him because he had become an integral part of my life. He’s been around to help me through my mistakes and cheered me on when I scored a winning writeup.

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Invisible Chair

Invisible Chair

Ben Alun-Jones’ latest work is an attempt at the impossible: invisibility. ‘There is something of an ideology in chair design,’ he explains, ‘that really what you want to sit on is nothing – like you’re supported by air. That’s how I began creating a chair that, in a way, wasn’t there. A structure made out of light.’ The ‘Affinity Chair’ is unlikely to win any prizes for comfort, but it pulls off an impressive vanishing act.

0 Designer: Ben Alun-Jones