Sensible Seating

Sensible Seating

I love me some bamboo… in the garden, as a wall, as an edible shoot, & when it’s incorporated intelligently into interior elements like the Bamboo Cell collection. This Red Dot winner brings traditional and modern materials together to create seating that is organic in form as well as durable and enduring. Utilizing bamboo in a nontraditional manner, the collection allows the user to appreciate, from a different perspective, the characteristic hollowness of the stalks shown through the stool’s resin top as well as the fibrous texture of the exterior on the bench’s seat. 

0 Designer: Fanson Meng

CKIE Spotlight: Nooka Wall Clock

CKIE Spotlight: Nooka Wall Clock

I have quiet little corner in my heart for Nooka products. They’ve created a brand unique in a world of “me too” designs. Everyone and I do mean EVERYONE rocks Nooka wrist wear. Teens, dads, celebs – hell, even the most pragmatic people find something endearing about Nooka watches. But why limit it to your wrist? The designs are clearly strong and bold enough to exist in a different format. The Nooka Wall Clock is like a Nooka watch on steroids, sans wrist strap of course. Support it on CKIE.

0 Designer: Matthew Waldman on CKIE

Get a Clean Grip

Get a Clean Grip

The X-Grip Wiper is a hand sanitizing system for shopping carts that works in sync with their coin-lock system. Most shopping carts are free-to-use, however the problem of unsanitary handrails is common to all. Germs GERMS! Locking system or not, I think it’s a good idea to have a X-Grip integrated on all carts. Many stores have complimentary sanitizing wipes but most people seem to ignore them.

0 Designer: Kim Kwang-won

2011 Skyscraper Competition Finalists

2011 Skyscraper Competition Finalists

This year’s finalists for eVolo Magazine’s Skyscraper Competition pushed the bar and came up with some fascinating and innovative superstructures. From a vertical farm skyscraper complete with cows and chickens to an abandoned oil rig turned chic urban habitat, this year was clearly about imagining fully sustainable vertical environments and finding new purposes for existing structures. Hit the jump and check out these cutting edge concepts!

0 Designers: Various

Dual Display Palmtop

Dual Display Palmtop

Your socializing is just a tweet or a like away and to keep with trends, we have here the On Display MID. It’s quite a cool device with a dedicated Google search app with dual displays. When closed, the top half is occupied by a transparent display that gives you real time feed back from your social media spaces. Not much else is known about this concept. Has the palmtop form factor completely died out?

0 Designer: Choi Koun

 Bloated Objects

Bloated Objects

This table isn’t prego and no, it didn’t eat too much. It’s the Bloated Desk and it and it’s siblings the Bloated Shelf and Bloated Coat Hanger, are, well… they’re just sort of bloated! This intriguing take on the familiar incorporates a fairly simple process to achieve the form – no complicated molds and no seams are used in production, instead, sheets of leather are filled with expanding foam, inflating the leather to make naturally unique pieces.

0 Designer: Damien Gernay

Flame Lamp

Flame Lamp

Though it’s aesthetically modern, the organic shape of the Flame lamp by Santiago Sevillano will deliver character and warmth to any space no matter the style. Using an internal battery with induction base, Flame is completely wireless and originally intended for use outdoors, however, it looks quite nice inside. I particularly like the evenness of the light distribution that creates an eye-catching, sort of 2D effect.

0 Designer: Santiago Sevillano

Dieter Rams Would Be Proud

Dieter Rams Would Be Proud

Minimalism is really a tough art to master. The balance between function and aesthetics is beautifully achieved in these two products. A clock/radio in which the speaker and LED display share the same surface. The aluminium case gives the product a timeless appeal and material quality rarely found today. The slim proportions of this wireless speaker, resembling those of a book, allow it to sit unobtrusively on a shelf or table top. The speaker seamlessly connects to a smart phone or music player to transmit phone calls and music wirelessly.

0 Designer: DesignWright for Lexon

Nut Cracking Orca

Nut Cracking Orca

Orcas aren’t known for their nut cracking skills but that doesn’t mean kitchen utensils shouldn’t be modeled after them. This ORCA is adorable. Clad in trademark black and white, the ORCA nut cracker makes it easy and fun to crack open even the toughest nuts. Silicon surfaces make it easy to grip and the internal mechanism can crack nuts of almost any size. So cute!

0 Designer: Designnobis & Dr. Hakan Gürsu

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.

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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