Don’t Blush, Go Ahead And Touch

Don’t Blush, Go Ahead And Touch

I’m trying not to be corny here, but addressing the very serious issue of breast cancer. The awareness is kind of out there, but just leaving messages on Facebook in the month of October is not enough. A practical approach like the Smart Pink is required. It’s a self-adhesive sticker that ladies can stick across their chest and follow the pink-path with fingertips for self-diagnosis. A combination of maneuver-stickers makes the pack and the kit is a certified diagnosis from Korea Breast Cancer Foundation.

0 Designers: Mi Hyun Ryu and So Ra Park

VERY Public Sauna

VERY Public Sauna

Welcome to the Mjölk Sauna! This project is a contribution to the world made by the fine designers over at Mjölk Architekti, a public space utilization in the city of Liberec in the Czech republic. It’s a sauna, a standard enough sauna in which you can go for a nice steam, but the location is quite significant: on an abandoned concrete platform located several dozen meters away from a popular public promenade and beach.

0 Designer: Mjölk Architekti

In No Way Wet

In No Way Wet

This project goes by the name °ßWet ? No Way.°® – or “Wet? No way.” and it’s designed by Huang Tai-Shun. What this project consists of is a fold down (and up) package that you use once you’ve been out in a rainstorm with your fold-down umbrella and now have to enter the office or any other place where you’re probably not going to have the opportunity to set the umbrella out to dry it off. What does this package do? First of all, it’s tiny, then it folds out to be a tube the size of your folded-up umbrella. Place your wet umbrella inside, snap on the cover, and wowie!

0 Designer: Huang Tai-Shun

No Stopping Public Relaxation

No Stopping Public Relaxation

Welcome to the future, where no road, train track, or body of water is barrier to the enjoyment and relaxation a person living in a city finds in a simple day in the park. As designer Mark Warren writes, “the city is made up of many urban barriers. These barriers provide and obstruction of the urban fabric. The area ABOVE these barriers can be used to provide not only a connection to the other side, but a space that can be used [for] more than just a bridge.” What a magnificent discovery!

0 Designer: Mark Warren

Chubbify Your iPhone 4

Chubbify Your iPhone 4

I just find this iPhone 4 case by Arkwhat hilarious. While Apple spends millions on R&D to make their phone as thin as possible, a soft goods manufacturer puts out a case to make it as fat as possible. The Arkhippo I – Love it! It’s made of dense foam in a myriad of colors – super lightweight and shaped like an old school brick. Yes, I’m sure those of you old enough to remember the beginnings of cellular technology will remember how FAT phones were.

0 Designer: Arkwhat (Buy it here)

Sit On Concrete And Wood

Sit On Concrete And Wood

Bench #13 is the latest in the evolving bench series by Nico Yektai. The asymmetrical treatment of the richly colored Sapele components play against the stark white cast concrete legs. These disparate components are tied together by the hand of the artist as pieces are added on and then sculpted back until they become an essential part of the composition. Not usually my cup of tea but I’ve been really interested in wood and concrete pieces lately.

0 Designer: Nico Yektai

Best iPod Nano Watch Strap?

Best iPod Nano Watch Strap?

There are several other companies making watch straps for Apple’s latest iPod Nano but the NanoWatch is by far my favorite. The designers have been working feverishly since the Nano (6G) made its debut and although technically late in the game, I believed it paid off. The back of the strap is debossed to perfectly level the Nano’s built-in clip. It’s the only company I know of that makes their straps out of eco-friendly silicon – that’s no nickel or phthalater. It’s also the only company who makes silicon to perfectly match the Nano’s color range. Only €18.00.

0 Designer: Thomas Frederiksen (Buy it here)

Prized Animal Heads!

Prized Animal Heads!

We are against blood and gore here at YD that hunting or hurting animals is so not our scene! The only way we like to enjoy their company is as pets or these miniature Shot Glasses. Grab a bunch of them and endorse your own select style…use them as candleholders, paperweights or simply for décor! Each glass comes with a pewter animal head: Bull, Bear, Moose, Rhinoceros, Deer, Rabbit and Ram. Balance them on their nose, horns and ears, get creative and have fun!

0 Designer: Goody Grams [ Buy it Here: BlackWhite ]

Configure Your Picnic Mat

Configure Your Picnic Mat

M.A.T. or Mat Air Together offers different permutations and combinations to the humble picnic mat, just to make your ground level seating a bit more comfy. Air pockets in different areas inflate to become pillows, a table and even armrests. Individualize your preference and enjoy your picnic! Err… high-heels and pins and banned for obvious reasons!

0 Designers: Various

Sands Of Traffic Times!

Sands Of Traffic Times!

The Sand Glass is a new look at traffic lights. Surely people must be frustrated with the current design, which is why we have seen THREE DIFFERENT DESIGNS recently. Make this the fourth dimension using the sand-hour-glass as its model. LED lights trickle down to make an obvious statement, regarding the time left for the lights to change. Easy and intuitive.

0 Designer: Thanva Tivawong

This Seat's a Circle Library

This Seat’s a Circle Library

This project must begin with an explanation of what long form and short form are to the designer Thomas Mills – simply: long form is things that take more than a few seconds to access, that being books and films, etc, and short form is internet, magazines, text messages. This project encapsulates the longer, more involved library of items surrounding the person accessing it. This circle stands 246cm tall, made entirely from hand-cut plywood.

0 Designer: Thomas Mills

Organic Watch of Simplicity

Organic Watch of Simplicity

Designer Fatih Baltas has a little something for your wrist – a single (or combination of) color and a simple function – telling time in red, blue, white, green, yellow, pink, brown, black, all in the brightness and gloss to gloss the ages. This is the Saat watch. Bursting colors and hi-poly lines yell modernity quite loudly. An extremely simple design, stark, blasting, and lovely. Makes you feel like you’re adding a piece to your body rather than covering a bit of it up.

0 Designer: Fatih Baltas

Tiny Slick Little Yacht

Tiny Slick Little Yacht

You know, of all the things I thought I’d be writing about in my life, I never thought it’d be yachts. Yet, here Yanko Design, I’ve certainly seen my fair share. We’ve got yachts from here to there, yachts everywhere! Do a search for just the word “yacht” and you’ll see what I mean. The yacht you’re about to look at goes by the name “The Little Tender” and it’s designed by a mister Niels Caris. It’s a fast 22 foot long boat inspired by classic Italian Aqua Riva, and it’s slick as heck.

0 Designer: Niels Caris