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

Counterfeit Beware

Counterfeit Beware

Security features in money run the gamut from watermarks, security threads, specialized inks and papers that are easily identifiable. In spite of this, counterfeit notes still circulate so the battle is now waged on the other front – identifying them. The Intelligent Counting is a ring fitted with sensors that detects the specialized inks currently used in paper currency. As a bonus, it also counts your money for you, unless you squander it all!

0 Designer: Yitu Wang

Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Mercedes and cute are two words that are rarely used in combination, but there’s no denying the cute factor in Mohammad Ghezel’s Mercedes ELA concept for the 2011 Michelin Challenge Design Showcase. The ELA’s lightweight but structurally sound body reflects what could be the future look of HOVs to come. In contrast with it’s bee-like exoskeleton, the interior is intimate for both passenger and driver.

0 Designer: Mohammad Ghezel

Map Your Travels by Scratching

Map Your Travels by Scratching

The Scratch & Track concept enables you to log your travels with printable papers embedded with a scratchable surface. You print maps of your destination on the paper and scratch off where you’ve been to create an analog keepsake of your travels. It even folds up like a map! Me, myself and I are partial to the digital age but I can totally see the novelty of scratchable maps spreading as fast as hipstamatic photos.

0 Designer: Yuree S. Lim

Endless Lighting Variation

Endless Lighting Variation

Playing with lighting is one of the most crucial steps in interior design. MODLI was designed with this in mind. It allows the user to shape the illuminated object to the form of their choice, creating unique effects and completely customizable options. Now anyone can visualize and create the perfect lighting arrangement. MODLI is simple and practical for maintenance and provides versatile lighting effects in public areas and as an architectural light.

0 Designer: Vanja Valencak

All it Takes is a Push

All it Takes is a Push

Tried getting AA batteries out of any device lately? It’s not easy. I usually defer to banging the device upside down in my palm to eject them but if the Seesaw ever comes to fruition, those days are over. It’s a AA battery with a paradigm shift in packaging. The tapered edges makes it easy to eject one end by pushing down on the opposite side. Clever, CLEVER!

0 Designer: Young-Suk Kim

Hot Bowls Make for Sad Fingers

Hot Bowls Make for Sad Fingers

I love me some pho – the epitome of Vietnamese cuisine, but anyone who has experience with serving hot soup of any kind knows you either pick it up by the rim or gingerly push it off the edge until your fingers can get underneath it. It takes skill and a kind of equilibrium prowess. The Take Easy bowl has a special base with just enough space for your fingers. An effective solution with a simple design.

0 Designers: Cheng-Wei Wang & Jiuan Mau Tzeng

Linear Flow of Dishwashing

Linear Flow of Dishwashing

The S-Lav Kitchen Sink is 4-step dishwashing process that saves you time and dishwater hands. The first step is the scrap bin for leftover food. The second step is for soaking and step three is for soaping and rinsing. Finally step five is a dish rack for drying. This linear workflow pretty much mimics how everyone washes dishes but the production-line setup makes things move smoother and faster.

0 Designer: Juan Francisco Solari Howard

Active Carbon Cleaning

Active Carbon Cleaning

The NewFresh Air Purifier maximizes the absorption of contaminated gases and chemical fumes by utilizing highly active, super microporous carbon. Active carbon is a unique absorbent that offers an efficient and natural solution for cleansing the air. This quality is further enhanced by NewFresh’s patented technology which energizes airflow to achieve a high rate of air penetration into the carbon cavities.

0 Designer: Rodney Loh

Levitating Mass Transit

Levitating Mass Transit

Move over Metro. Introducing the EOL maglev train concept. Magnetic levitation replaces mechanical components to launch this aerodynamic choo-choo to speeds exceeding 480 kilometers per hour; all while you relax or work from the comfort of your personal business class cabin in absolute silence. Though it’s optimized for long distance travel; I’d sacrifice my long-time chauffeur fantasy for making the daily commute on the EOL in a heartbeat.

0 Designer: Vanja Valencak