YD is Your Ticket to the red dot gala!

YD is Your Ticket to the red dot gala!

It’s that time of year again! That’s right, the 2011 red dot design awards gala is just around the corner! Awww, can’t make it? We’ll miss you… but don’t worry! As a red dot media partner, Yanko Design will be covering the event, the who’s who, and all the happenings LIVE just for YOU!

Stay tuned in to the YD homepage, Facebook, and Twitter on July 4th as we provide recaps of everything from the live entertainment to the tear-jerking acceptance speeches directly from the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany.

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Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Tenderizing meat is quite an important step in cooking, however it requires quite a bit of muscle to do it right. The Tender delivers double the punch with every bash, making your job easier. The serrated roller has glass balls inside the column to energize the blow. Tackle your meat in smart way!

0 Designer: Gavin Reay of And-Design for Uutensil

Rhythm in a Cup

Rhythm in a Cup

There was an era in Indian television (somewhere in the 80’s) that for fillers between two programs they used to play the Jal Tarang. Fascinating ceramic bowls filled with water that produces the most profound music! A look at the Drinking The Music concept and I’m reminded of that era. Although oriental teacups inspire this concept, I can see the connection between water and music. Can you?

0 Designer: Kukil Han

Contrasting Buffet

Contrasting Buffet

A combination of new and reclaimed materials, the Coban Buffet is a unique take on the classic buffet with simplistic, natural shapes and an industrial, Americana feel. The custom piece is composed of laminated oak hardwood with bent corners, sliding glass doors, and custom fabricated metal drawer knobs. In contrast, the base is constructed completely of farm-found weathered timber and rusted plow heads, giving this piece just the right amount of masculinity. Love the craftsmanship.

0 Designer: Scott Friedman

The Solar Sinter

The Solar Sinter

With global concern over energy production and raw material shortages increasing, this project explores desert manufacturing as an alternative way to produce items. Set in the Saharan desert, sunlight and sand are used as raw energy and material to produce glass objects using a 3D printing process that combines natural energy and material with high-tech production technology.

0 Designer: Markus Kayser

Cute and Functional Combo Tool

Cute and Functional Combo Tool

If you have ever hit your thumb trying to hammer a nail, you know the unforgettable, mind-numbing pain that follows. This simple Coral Tools combination houses steel flat-head & Phillips screwdrivers within its hard plastic body & also serves as a tripodal stand that holds nails firmly in the center hole to help get them started, ensuring a straight hit while keeping fingers safe. The 3rd arm also holds a corkscrew so you can enjoy some well-deserved wine after all your hard work.

0 Designer: Jinyoung Choi, Junpyo Kim, Hyungwoo Uhm, Joonhyoung Seo & Kijo Son

Artificial Constellations

Artificial Constellations

The Urban Stargazing project focuses on bringing back the stars in the city sky by recreating existing constellations and adding new ones, narrating old and contemporary myths about London. Twelve groups of stars have been installed at different locations in the city, and can only be observed by the naked eye at night time. Hit the jump for a map showing each constellation with their corresponding coordinates. To go on a stargazing walk, enter the latitude/longitude of any constellation on a web mapping application.

0 Designer: Oscar Lhermitte

Hair is a Sustainable Material

Hair is a Sustainable Material

Wait WHAT? Cue GaGa’s monsters in 3, 2, 1… because these are for real. It’s a collection of fashionable eyewear exploring the potential of human hair. The UK beauty industry imports 15 million pounds worth of human hair a year. Human hair has been reimagined as a viable and renewable material. Hair Glasses comprises of human hair with bioresin as a binding agent, the frames are 100% biodegradable and no harmful substances are released during production.

0 Designer: Studio Swine

Sinister Side of Kitty

Sinister Side of Kitty

Nothing better than candles as mood lights and if they are scented, that’s even better! So what are you supposed to do if you feel wicked and in the mood to for Jekyll and Hyde? Simply light up the Devil’s Pet! Cute kitten transforms into a sinister devil with blazing eyes. Be careful of the ball of yarn at the end, like they say naughty is the new cute!

0 Designer: Thorunn Arnadottir

iPhone 5, Really!

iPhone 5, Really!

What are you predictions for the iPhone 5? I heard someplace that a curved display was in the making and attention was being given to the antenna issues. Designer Michal Bonikowski feels that the new version will be safe and predictable, simply because Apple can’t afford another failed version. In his conceptual version Michal converts glass enclosure into proven aluminum; steel frame remains as a reference to the previous version and directly to the iPad 2. Also, the key functions is converted from mechanical to sensory.

0 Designer: Michal Bonikowski

VW Rescue Rover

VW Rescue Rover

Living by the beach I’ve seen a handful of people be rescued by lifeguards, & I always wonder why the lifeguard system doesn’t invest in a single water-to-land vehicle rather than… take the pickup to the shore, to launch the jet-ski, to swim, & rescue the person. It seems a lot more practical right? Inspired by the 1940s Volkswagen Type 166, designer Sebastian Toddenroth came up with this amphibious Volkswagen Beach Rescue rover to make lifeguards’ jobs a tad easier and rescues a lot quicker.

0 Designer: Sebastian Toddenroth

Audi Electric Bike

Audi Electric Bike

Designer Arash Karimi’s Audi bike is a near perfect fit for the future urban consumer. As the usability of cars within inner cities diminishes and green attitudes become the standard, this electric concept provides a serious glimpse into the future of green transportation with global brand cachet. The bike’s robust frame and minimal styling have all the sophistication you’d expect from a premium automaker. Just be careful not to slide too far forward- ouch!!

0 Designer: Arash Karimi

Mesmerizing Table

Mesmerizing Table

Inspired by the intrigue of optical art, this pair of bespoke Lexham bedside tables plays with both the user’s understanding and vision, creating the illusion that the flat tiered sections are warping. The legs’ use of acute angles creates a forced perspective that further piques the viewer’s interest. Fabricated from Corian, the thermochromic liquid sheets are laser cut to size and shape. The inlay surface is also temperature sensitive, going through the color spectrum from deep red to dark blue as it responds to hot and cold.

0 Designer: Studio801