Writing with a Phone

Writing with a Phone

The Traccia is a phone concept modeled on how we use a writing instrument, specifically a pen. The intuitive way we write on a sheet is translated to commands for the phone thanks to the embedded optical sensor  located at the end of the stick. Basically whatever you write gets translated to a command or function via the installed software. This means your invisible writing can be converted to SMS or an email, just like that!

0 Designer: Andrea Ponti

Chris Burns Has Left the Building

Chris Burns Has Left the Building

This is my third attempt at writing a farewell for my friend and colleague Chris Burns, and I just can’t get my words right. How is it possible to sum up a relationship with a person I’ve never met, spoken to for an hour on Skype but chatted with on AIM for innumerable hours? Come Monday 14th February 2011, Chris will no longer be writing for Yanko Design. I guess it’s harder for me to let go of him because he had become an integral part of my life. He’s been around to help me through my mistakes and cheered me on when I scored a winning writeup.

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Invisible Chair

Invisible Chair

Ben Alun-Jones’ latest work is an attempt at the impossible: invisibility. ‘There is something of an ideology in chair design,’ he explains, ‘that really what you want to sit on is nothing – like you’re supported by air. That’s how I began creating a chair that, in a way, wasn’t there. A structure made out of light.’ The ‘Affinity Chair’ is unlikely to win any prizes for comfort, but it pulls off an impressive vanishing act.

0 Designer: Ben Alun-Jones

My Banana Keeper

My Banana Keeper

The ChiquiSafe is a banana keeper because we all know how easily the fruit gets bruised. The innovative packaging idea came from David Dos Santos of REMORK studio for Chiquita Europe. I have seen similar products but personally feel this design is truer to my aesthetic. It’s flexible, durable and dishwasher safe. Can’t wait to get mine.

0 Designer: David Dos Santos for REMORK DesignStudio

What a Face!

What a Face!

The Orbo is a series of watches with unusual dials. The series includes the Temp, the Date and the Stop, all of which have orbiting digital displays mounted ontop of the regular analogue dial. The secondary displays feature temperature or date depending upon the model. However the Stop is a Chronograph and features a cluster of secondary displays. Overall the effect is quite cute enough to warrant production.

0 Designer: Zach Weiss

The Deceptive Stool

The Deceptive Stool

The Harun is a stool that’s not meant for your butt! Meaning its an air purifier plus humidifier that camouflages itself like furniture. Its features include a 4-liter water tank, four humidifying filters, six-step filter process and the ability to filter out odor, fine dust, yellow dust, viruses, allergies, and VOCs. Essentially its one of those equipments meant for large rooms and you don’t want to spoil their looks with obvious looking purifiers. The neat, sophisticated option!

0 Designers: Sang Keun Sim & Kyowon L&C Design Team

Touchscreen Interface Water

Touchscreen Interface Water

Designed first and foremost to appear in the image of the place where the sky meets the sea, the place where the sun rises, and from whens life comes. On the top of this device, to the right and left of the nozzle in the center, are the touchscreen controls for the release and control of the water this stopper is meant to work with. This is an electrically powered, digitally controlled, and works without any visible moving parts. This is Sunrise Faucet – completely lovely.

0 Designer: Stefano Ollino of DORO Design with Solex Co for Renshui

Wood Confined to Seat

Wood Confined to Seat

Let me show you a rather unique way of thinking about furniture. The following is an ongoing furniture series by designer Inon Retting. This amazingly talented fellow is part of a group of Israeli designers that share a design studio by the name of DesignGroup. In this project / series, Retting decides to flip furniture design inside-out. Instead of creating legs then placing the seat on top of them for a stool, Retting places the stool’s seat inside of the material that makes up the support. Oddness!

0 Designer: Inon Retting

Love Light Affair

Love Light Affair

The following is a project that encapsulates the position of Venus, a lamp made in the image of her femininity, displaying both finesse and beauty as it sets the room alight with it’s inner glow. The intensity of this glow is adjustable with a simple switch that slides up and down for more or less light. At its lowest, this lamp provides a lovely nightlight for late darkness runs for water. At its brightest, Teardrop Lamp provides enough light for a reading light for the smallest text.

0 Designer: Dragos Iliescu

Some Serious Yachtness

Some Serious Yachtness

I’ll never be able to afford a yacht but I can dream and it would probably look something like the X-SYM 125 by S-MOVE Design. This spectacular naval beast looks quite jaunty, dress from bow to stern in black. The striking asymmetrical design and unique curves emote movement even at rest. It’s pretty compact, which I love, and the glowing perimeter lighting is a nice touch. I want to be captain. I want this yacht.

0 Designer: S-MOVE DESIGN

Marginal Notes Inspires Design

Marginal Notes Inspires Design

One morning, Note Design Studio scribbles in the margins of old sketches and notes. They were just random ideas, visual brainstorms in passing to help illustrate key ideas but never saw the light of day. They fell in love with these scribbles and embraced their odd proportions, diverse materials and lack of clever functions. Some were left for later but others were pushed further, into the physical world. In the end it became an exhibition called what else, MARGINAL NOTES.

0 Designer: Note Design Studio

Psychedelic Waterflow

Psychedelic Waterflow

Now here’s a cool digital faucet that can perk up the ambience of your bathroom with its color coordinated flow. Casually called the Digital Faucet, the water color reflects the temperature; warm red means its hot and blue indicates a cold flow. It features four touchkeys for navigation, replacing the traditional lever system. It comes in an automatic shutdown model (for water saving) and features a time delay display for this purpose. In case you’re wondering, the faucet uses RGB LED lighting to indicate temperature colors. Pretty neat!

0 Designer: Christopher Yang for Effisystem

How to make a very Long Pencil, Lesson #3

How to make a very Long Pencil, Lesson #3

On one hand we have the Continuous Pencil where the stub is fashioned to fit into a wooden stick to lengthen it. And on the other hand we have the simple 1 + 1 = 1 Pencil, where a plastic tube connects two stubs to make one long pencil. In Lesson #3 we have To Be Continued, a plastic extension with the added functionality of a sharpener. Once again designers iterating the need to use a pencil to it’s very last bit and I totally agree with them.

0 Designers: Cheng-Tsung Feng & Bo-Jin Wang