American Classics Reimagined

American Classics Reimagined

In their vernacular forms the country cabin and beach house are most often envisioned as rough and woody as well as shingled and white-washed, respectively.  Finding inspiration in Woodstock, NY and Fire Island, NY, Italian architect Andrea Salvini’s conceptualizations of the classics have been updated aesthetically and to the era of eco-efficiency.

0 Designer: Andrea Salvini

Wii Robot?

Wii Robot?

Now that everybody and they momma are doing motion controls, what’s Nintendo to do next? Ask designer Florence Boob (yes for serious) and you’ll get the Wii-Robot. OMG Wii-bot! Working under the assumption that everybody and they momma loves robots (true), the Wii-Robot is the little R2-D2 companion you’ve always wanted. It flies and follows you around, inviting you to play games it projects onto any flat surface. The controller is a sphere laced with motion controls. Loves!

0 Designer: Florence Boob

A Loom of Light

A Loom of Light

Loom is a collection of organic textile pendant lamps utilizing a new 3d woven polyester material designed by Benjamin Hubert for Swedish manufacturer Zero. Originally used as a source of comfort in the bedding industry the 3d textile has never before been used in the lighting industry. The textile can be stretched around complex forms and diffuses the light through its dense network of warp woven polyester fibers. The textile is offset and contrasted with a brightly lit polymer lens at the heart of each pendant.

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert for Zero

Construction Just Got Cozier

Construction Just Got Cozier

Crane operators spend countless hours in position with limited break time. The FEZA tower crane cabinet seeks to minimize discomfort and increase efficiency with its ergonomic interior. There are panoramic views, user-friendly controls, and advanced security features for work action, while comfort settings like AC and electronic seat adjustment are available at the push of a button. Other creature comforts include food refrigeration, custom shelving, electronic curtains, and extendable leg room for kicking back on those extra long shifts.

0 Designer: Fatih Evyapan

If Eneloop and the Sun Were in Cahoots

If Eneloop and the Sun Were in Cahoots

The Light Catcher is a simple photoelectric battery where a transparent body coated with an antireflective layer houses solar cells. So every time your battery dies, just pamper it with some good ole’ fashioned sunshine to recharge. Comes in AA and AAA variants, both capable of powering another device via a 3.5mm jack, though I had no idea those could provide power.

0 Designers: Yung-Hsaing Chang Ming-Shien Lin & Chang-Ting Lu

On an Aqua Diet

On an Aqua Diet

Meet WAT, a lamp powered by water. Wait what!?! A few drops of water kick starts the process where it combines with a hydroelectric battery (composed of a carbon stick coated with magnesium powder) to generate an electro chemical reaction to create power. No idea how efficient it is but color me intrigued.

0 Designer: Manon Leblanc

Wireless Multitouch Wacom

Wireless Multitouch Wacom

I use a Wacom everyday and love the experience except why not just make it a screen with multitouch? I was delighted when a twitter follower tipped me off on this concept by Derick Schweppe. Let me preface by saying this is an unofficial concept. The Android OS  Wacom tablet can be used as an input for fully featured software like Photoshop and incorporates a dual digitizer with both active pen and touch input. When sketching with the pen, palm rejection is activated. The tablet utilizes a high quality IPS display. Do want!

0 Designer: Derick Schweppe, Hat tip to @marchedesign

Fussy Yet Minimalistic

Fussy Yet Minimalistic

It’s easy to dismiss a simple table when there’s a superfluous design element, but I like the architectural form of this Side Table. The randomly placed rails also constitute the legs. There’s a fluidity in the design, emphasized by the softly curved wood surfaces. What appears to by unnecessarily complex makes total sense.

0 Designers: Stefan Jäger & David Laudert

Speakers Have a Magnetic Talent

Speakers Have a Magnetic Talent

The Dome Speaker consists of two satellites and a subwoofer but their geodesic design serves another purpose besides looking cool. It provides level planes to magnetically attach the two satellites to their base. Pose them in any direction to get sound exactly where you want. The subwoofer magnetically floats, supported only by three thin rods flooding the room with bass. Sexy audio.

0 Designer: Matej Korytar

Call Me a Nerd, but...

Call Me a Nerd, but…

Bands like Jump Little Children, Beirut, and the Arcade Fire have helped me come to appreciate the accordion, and in turn, this design. That is precisely the relationship the Accordion Cabinet hopes to build with you. Mixed wood and wooden textile combine to form a flexible skin surrounding the solid wood shelving on top of it’s long legs. Those who can make the association are sure to form a long lasting relationship with this piece.

0 Designer: Elisa Strozyk in collaboration with artist Sebastian Neeb

Trapezium

Trapezium

This simplistic luminaire consists of two trapezoidal pieces of metal that together form a hexagonal outline. Trapezium’s exposed top and bottom each cast a soft light cone while light pushes through the narrow lateral gaps on each side to display thin streaks on the surrounding walls. The direct and indirect light contrasts to yield the simple yet surprising geometric form of a trapezium.

0 Designer: Robert Hoffmann

Made to Order

Made to Order

Stillwater Dwellings really wants your neighbors to like you. That’s why they’ve mastered the process of customization, manufacturing, and construction of a home in as little as 3 months; all without making a scratch on the environment or the community where it is being built. Affordability and eco-friendliness met with top-grade materials and finishes offer a lifestyle experience without sacrificing quality.

0 Designer: Stillwater Dwellings

Morning Brain Teasers

Morning Brain Teasers

Dare to get the iQ Alarm clock only if you’re smarter than a fifth grader. The clock has no snooze button so instead, challenges you with brain teasers to shut the damn thing off! Expect to wake up to questions like “What’s your favorite Design Blog?” Why of course, Yanko Design!

0 Designer: Oliver Sha