Electric Motorbikes as Tires

Electric Motorbikes as Tires

Behold an electric motor vehicle who indeed does fit the mold of “more than meets the eye.” This is no robot though, it’s a compact urban city car, but what’s more is that its rear wheels transform into bikes. Each of these bikes have only a single tire, functioning on the same system as the Segway! The car with the bikes still integrated has a light weight structure, 2 parallel side panels and a bunch of cross panels making the car like a feather yet totally tough.

0 Designer: Bobin Kil

YD Store Gift Certificates Gives The Power Of Choice

YD Store Gift Certificates Gives The Power Of Choice

Christmas Shopping is never really done until the n’th minute and this is where the YD Store Gift Certificate comes to your aid. It ships in 5 minutes flat, and is received within the same amount of timeframe. It gives the receiver the power to choose from a range of designer goods that are unique and special. Tis’ the season of joy!

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The Cycle Generation

The Cycle Generation

The Encycle concept isn’t the first bicycle dynamo we’ve seen but it’s the only one we know of that connects to a smartphone. Every rotation gets accounted for and an inbuilt tilt sensor detects the road’s slope and sets the resistance level of the generator accordingly, maximizing efficiency. Needless to say the juice is used for topping up your smartphone & devices. A supporting Encycle app will help chart your course and function as a speedometer etc. What fun!

0 Designer: HyunHee Yoon

Phone Loves to Tan

Phone Loves to Tan

The first thing you notice about the Double phone are the solar cells across its facade. The second thing you notice is the 360º hinge.  Pretty cool looking concept with the added benefit of never running out of power as long as the sun is up. Spec wise, the 3.2 inch LCD screen, touch interface and transparent panel for notifications is more than enough to keep up with the big boys in the market.

0 Designer: ZTE Corporation

My What Lovely Curves You Have

My What Lovely Curves You Have

I f*#&k*ng love this chair! The combination of ash and beech is artfully molded and sanded together to form an incredibly modern and organic piece. Are you kidding me? Look at it. Stare at it. If you don’t think this is gorgeous, something is seriously wrong with you. It’s so distinct. The whole look could be extrapolated into tables, shelves, maybe even a credenza. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Ji-youn Kim

IIDA Entry Makes Fresh Water

IIDA Entry Makes Fresh Water

C-Water is one of those concepts that’s too good of an idea not to share. An entry in the Incheon International Design Awards, C-Water boasts water purification possibilities using a simple distillation technique. The power source? The sun. The slim, yet stackable object can float on any calm water surface. Fresh water gets collected in a separate reservoir and the whole thing is compact enough to go portable. Looks like Designboom is spreading the word too.

0 Designer: Chao Gao

Case Without Closing

Case Without Closing

Let’s take a look at a design of an object that’s not often thought of as almost an afterthought. This is no afterthought of designer Florian Widmann though, it’s a masterpiece made patented product and presented here today on Yanko Design as just that. Brandless and pure, a case for whatever you’d like to put in it. It’s a case that’ll open all the way around, just like a jacob’s ladder toy opening and closing in a way that seems magical.

0 Designer: Florian Widmann of DesignCoop

Shelves Inside Shelves Inside Shelves

Shelves Inside Shelves Inside Shelves

Take a peek at this neato shelving arrangement. It’s made entirely out of wood, it looks totally nice, and it’s called “Dado.” Marc Haldermann of Dear Bird Design Products has taken the idea of modularity in shelving units and chopped it down to its essential elements, making a selection of box shelves and C-shelves fit precisely in a set of bigger boxes. How super neat! Then, to differentiate from the IKEA shelves (the ones I personally have in my living room), he added a bit of a stand below the whole construct.

0 Designer: Marc Haldermann of Dear Bird Design Products

Create Energy Stepping

Create Energy Stepping

This fancy little object goes by the name “Slide” and with it, you can generate energy walking up and down steps. By simply placing your hand upon the green and pushing it along the railing aside the stairs you’re walking on, you’ll generate energy! With that energy, the several arrohead-shaped LEDs in the object are lit so that you might see where you’re going in a power outage or other emergency situation!

0 Designers: ShuoYang, Bolong Huang and Qiao Yang

Sink in Space

Sink in Space

Let me take you on a fancy journey into the deep thought involved in a sculptural sink design. This is a world where a spaceship floats over a sea of porcelain, bringing you only what the title of the project implies: “The Dream of Water.” Of course this sink is fully functional, and using it will be like a dream to you. Come with me into the poetry that is water delivery, brought to you by no less that designer Jerome Olivet.

0 Designer: Jerome Olivet

Billiard Revolution

Billiard Revolution

Welcome to a total top-to-bottom re-design of the classic billiard table, designed by a crew of 5 young designers on their way to the top and manufactured by Toulet, one of the sweetest billiard table manufacturers in France or the USA. The innovative shape of this table is instantly recognizable. Where the classic table design was made based on the single surface and four legs concept, this one’s basically a giant ribbon. Then it gets really fun…

0 Designers: Various

Nature Doth Office

Nature Doth Office

I once saw an episode of Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy show of note, where a woman had an interview with an architecture firm that had created a building in the woods – but there was no building. Instead the woods WERE the building, an absurd look at integrating design into natural surroundings. Here’s a set of objects by Robert Bronwasser for Cascano that’s pulled back the lever a bit to deliver nature-inspired objects (for the most part) that’re just the right mix.

0 Designer: Robert Bronwasser for Cascando

Never Too Late to Learn How to Read

Never Too Late to Learn How to Read

Adult illiteracy comes with social stigmas that prevent many people from trying to learn how to read. The abcDARIAN is designed to discreetly help them achieve their goals. The two-sided, touch enabled device is transparent. You skim over written matter and it phonetically reads it out into an earpiece. It comes with a stylus but the most unique feature is the ability to slowdown speech feedback, just in case it’s reading too fast.

0 Designer: Sandra Brügmann