Balloony Lightsaber

Balloony Lightsaber

Don’t look so puzzled; this concept is pretty simple actually. Balloon Flashlight is a flashlight with some extra lining to it. Pump up the inners to engulf the lightbeam and transform it to a suspended lamp. So what you get is a wonderful, handy tool for your camp outs. One moment it’s a flashlight and the next, it’s a lamp in a tent!

0 Designers: Moonchul Kim & Ko Tae Hun

DIY Pendant Lamp by Benjamin Hubert

DIY Pendant Lamp by Benjamin Hubert

Benjamin Hubert is at it again, this time with a DIY pendant lamp series called Roofer for Fabbian. Inspired by roof tiles in Marrakech; you “shingle” up a circular steel frame. The tiles come in various colors enabling the consumer to customize their own design. The tiles are made of silicon polymer, flexible enough to form around a compound curvature framework while allowing some light to pass through. Even within each color group, I love the gradation. Truly this is a lamp about options. Brills!

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert for Fabbian

Apple Peripherals Don't Have to Look Apple

Apple Peripherals Don’t Have to Look “Apple”

The Kanto Morph speakers were originally designed by Alp Germaner for a competition but he missed the fine print about it being a “skin design” only and so it was relegated to languish in the dark corners of his hard drive – that is, until we got our hands on it. Look, for once it’s a design not about nostalgia. It’s not ostensibly minimalistic and it’s contemporary. Yes it’s an iPhone/iPod dock but who says all Apple peripherals have to look like Cupertino designed them? I applaud his aberrant design choices.

0 Designer: Alp Germaner

Dining Table Puppetry

Dining Table Puppetry

I love to play with my left overs. I figure, someone is just going to throw away all the scraps so why not prepare it into something beautiful before it’s marched to the dark voids of a food disposal. Play is a physical expression of our imagination and we need more of. Damn the rules of etiquette! Puppets are flatware shaped like people starring Mr. Knife, Miss Spoon and the mysterious Lady Spoon. Ooo GIRL! I can already imagine the ensuing drama! Create your own stories at the dining table. I encourage it.

0 Designer: Su Jo-yin

Conceptual HTC New Eden is Beautiful

Conceptual HTC New Eden is Beautiful

The HTC New Eden 1 Concept is 1 of 2 designs to come out of the New Eden project, hosted by BriefMobile, that sets out to create the most appealing, feasible, hardware design for mobile devices. It aims to captivate with innovative and attractive hardware, as HTC did with the original Touch Diamond and other products that followed. The New Eden 1 is a device with a durable aluminum shell that combines traditional HTC design language with a fresher, more futuristic look.

0 Designer: Jason Wang

Win an ALEX Bottle!

Win an ALEX Bottle!

I know it’s hard to embrace being “lean and green” in this new eco-culture but there’s one thing you can do to help and that’s to stop using plastic water bottles. It takes 24 million gallons of oil to produce a billion plastic bottles. 80% are not recycled and take 700 years to decompose. The deadly BPA compound in these bottles is found to be extremely hazardous and already banned in some countries. We’ve teamed up with Nice Reusables to giveaway 5 of their ALEX bottles if you make us a promise. Hit the jump for details.

0 Sponsor: Nice Reusables, Commenting closed. Thanks!

The Weighty Issue

The Weighty Issue

If you’re looking for something with a sense of humor, then may I suggest The Bathroom Body Builders! Three muscle-rippling hunks that put any WWE champ to shame…they wrestle your toothbrush and contact lens-case to stay fit! Refine the form a tad bit more and I’m sold!

0 Designer: James W. Breaux

Simplified Smartphone

Simplified Smartphone

The Triple Flip is an attempt to make smartphones more useful than they already are. Claiming to be the first of its design  ever to feature Windows Phone 7 OS, the phone has much more to offer than just that. Solar recharging, flip-out & sliding keyboards and other refinements make this a cool concept. What’s left to be seen is its acceptance by the general public. Hit the jump for the video.

0 Designer: Dave Schultze for SchultzeWORKS designstudio

Galleria Centercity

Galleria Centercity

It’s called the Galleria Centercity in Cheonan South Korea, designed to respond to the current retail climate in Asia. It’s a massive department store that also operates as a social a semi-cultural meeting place – a museum if you will.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Light, Deadly and Silent

Light, Deadly and Silent

I have a slight moral issue with publishing a post about  a weapon but this smg concept called the Peace Maker is quite beautiful. The designer hasn’t explored all the working mechanics yet but it’s meant more for the gaming universe anyways – a light weight weapon with mid-range sight and silencer. Deadly.

0 Designer: Alp Germaner

Dog on a Gun!

Dog on a Gun!

Trust the Russians to teach us how to train a dog! Actually it’s more like shooting, err… walking them on a leash with the Povodokus! A pistol – shaped retractable dog-leash fit enough for your canine friend. Make that ANY friend!

0 Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

Most Buzzed Designs of March 2011

Most Buzzed Designs of March 2011

After a long hiatus I’m back with the most promising and talked about designs featured here on Yanko Design. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in March 2011

0 Designers: Various

A Bus Can Be Sexy

A Bus Can Be Sexy

Unlike many car-goers in Los Angeles, I will hop on the bus any chance I can get! I’m sure if the LA Metro looked anything like the Cityline concept others would be more inclined to use what I like to refer to as- my “public chauffeur”. The daytime LEDs add to it’s futuristic look, and I particularly love the way the windows merge seamlessly with the exterior panels and roof to create a smooth silhouette. 

0 Designers: Rafal Pilat & Michal Bonikowski