We Officially Launch CKIE.COM

We Officially Launch CKIE.COM

One of the great joys of writing for YD is the opportunity to see how designers envisage the future. Your ideas, concepts and even comments piece together a tapestry rich in optimism but one of the most commonly asked questions are “where can I buy it?” Because of your enthusiasm for design, I want to officially announce the launch of CKIE.COM, a new way to empower you to pioneer innovation.

0 Explore your CKIE

Creating Desk Unity

Creating Desk Unity

Nothing like a really neat desk, exuding positive vibes thanks to its clutter-free look. One of the best ways to organize this look is with the Buro, a sleek block of objects commonly found on the desk, stacked together in a coherent fashion. The block includes items like staplers, hole-punches and calculators, all streamlined and classy! Do want one NOW!

0 Designers: Adrian Wright & Jeremy Wright for Lexon

Bench Tweets

Bench Tweets

Kudos to the British Royalty for recognizing the potential of social media! Gizmodo’s Kat Hannaford reports that invitees have been encouraged to report the event live via Twitter and mobile uploads! This brings me to the project at hand called TweetingSeat, an exploration into the potential for connecting physical and digital communities.

0 Designer: Christopher McNicholl

Stay Connected by Broadcasting Color

Stay Connected by Broadcasting Color

The LightSync is a device designed to reinforce connections between remote team members working on the same project. Instead of bombarding each other with emails and phone calls, simply roll the LightSync to broadcast a color – symbiotic of how you feel. The ambiguous nature of LightSync creates a general connection to the team rather than the individual.

0 Designer: Philip Gordon

Stretch Bench

Stretch Bench

The Stretch Bench by designer Tak Euy Sung is an exercise in molded birch plywood to the extreme. I regularly associate this style with the great Danish classics and of course Charles and Ray Eames but this design feels distinct. There are 17 layers of plywood carefully bent to create a continuous flow across the surface, only meeting at the corners to create a solid structure. So beautiful.

0 Designer: Tak Euy Sung

Nooka x YD EGGHUNT!

Nooka x YD EGGHUNT!

Win up to $500 worth of products from Nooka!

Each day this week we’ll clue you in to where the Nooka Egg is on Nooka.com. Make a note of what product page you found it on. Submit all five answers on April 29th to long.tran (at) yankodesign (dot) com for one entry into the contest. A winner from a pool of all those who correctly located the Nooka Eggs will be announced May 2nd.

0 Sponsor: Nooka

I Heart These Lamps

I Heart These Lamps

Gotta love these Alessandro Marelli lamps. The laboratory flask-like base of the Gost lamp is the spotlight of this design. It’s like a chemistry experiment that yielded the perfect desktop glow. –  Linked tubular sections of water pipe make up the base & column of the Tubolar Bell lamp for easy modification from tall floor lamp to directional table lamp. Industrial & minimal, these light objects leave little to be desired.

0 Designer: Alessandro Marelli

Clip Chair, Clamp Table

Clip Chair, Clamp Table

Presented by De Vorm at this years Salone de Mobile in Milan, these designs incorporate the best in environmental friendliness & functional simplicity. The Clip Chair is a solid & refined design that incorporates it’s attachment components as a distinct feature that contrast directly with it’s wooden elements. The flat-pack Clamp Table features legs threaded into a simple metal clamp that can be mixed-&-matched with a favorite table top transforming any flat surface into a functional workspace.

0 Designer: De Vorm

Living with Spiders

Living with Spiders

Unfortunately, having eight legs, fangs & a face that isn’t very attractive doesn’t usually win spiders any favors. Call me crazy but I love ‘em & to this day have never killed one. In fact, they’re the only thing I am superstitious about. The Co-Habitation planter incorporates a hollow space fit with an LED light that attracts insects to help these little guys to do their job killing. It’s a natural bug zapper, if you will. For gardeners who know that spiders deserve a place, if not in your heart, in your planter.

0 Designer: Nicolas Roesch

Photography the SLOW Way

Photography the SLOW Way

It’s easier than ever to produce professional looking photographs. Some mobile phones can produce stunning results but ask any professional photographer and they’d say people are diving into the prosumer market without understanding key fundamentals like framing and composition. The SLOW concept turns your mobile phone into a camera that gives you control over three built-in lenses; fixed, macro and fisheye. Frame your composition and push the shutter.

0 Designer: David McCourt

The Power of Three

The Power of Three

R Battery has three slots to hold AA and AAA batteries that are past their prime and into the graveyard. Near-dead batteries do have some charge in them and the good ole’ R here uses their juice to spike up as one big cell. I’m not sure of the dimensions of this new big battery, but I see where this project is going and with a few revisions, I’m sure it will be a winner.

0 Designer: Wang Shuo

Technology for the God Fearing

Technology for the God Fearing

TextBase is a device that produces scripture from the Christian bible depending on how you interact with it. It introduces a new way to engage with the word of God in a playful yet meaningful manner. When the user sends a text, keywords or themes are sniffed out by textBase and through the magical powers of the interwebs, an appropriate verse is printed. Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, I find it intriguing to see technology integrated into faith based communities.

0 Designer: Blair Fraser

Cars of the Future? Three Wheels

Cars of the Future? Three Wheels

Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has been an important intersection between Eastern and Western Europe. It was named the “City of the Future in Southern Europe” by the Financial Times for their forward thinking. It’s been awhile since we’ve featured a “far-out” automotive concept and right now… I’m loving the Supersonic.

0 Designer: Marko Lukovic