Towers of Water in the Sudan

Towers of Water in the Sudan

In celebration of 2010, it marking 50 years of the United Nations adopted a resolution of independence, freedom, and sovereignty for all African nations, designer Hugon Kowalski has decided to create a water tower project. Availability of fresh water in the Sudan, an area where only 2% of the land is arable, is one of the most important issues for the entire population. In 2007, University of Boston scientists discovered an underground lake that might solve everyone’s water problems, thus, they must pull it up!

0 Designer: Hugon Kowalski of UGO Architecture and Design

In Case Of Emergency Cut Toothpaste!

In Case Of Emergency Cut Toothpaste!

I thought I was being a miser, but in all honesty I cut open the end of my toothpaste tube to get to the last wee bit of paste. Call it conservation or being stingy but that’s what I do. So I totally identify with the Thrift Toothpaste package design and hope someone like Colagte or Crest adopt it! It will save me the trouble of hunting for scissors…I’ll just tear open the rear end!

0 Designer: GUO Lili

Cover The Shaft!

Cover The Shaft!

A simple collapsible cover is what the Umbrella + design is all about. The ridged cover retracts near the handle stem and stays out of the way when in use. It glides back to the top, to cover the wet-dripping umbrella, making it easy for you to carry it indoors. Simple and effective!

0 Designers: Jisun Park and Nankyung Kim

Disadvantaged Little Tyke Can Swim!

Disadvantaged Little Tyke Can Swim!

It’s quite a heart breaking sight to watch wheelchair bound children not taking advantage of the swimming pool due to their limitations. The Little Mermaid is a floatation aid that is aimed at such children. It comes fitted with a hand-wheel that helps the child to navigate across the pool independently. So besides some hand exercise, the child can enjoy waddling in the water! Sweet!

0 Designers: Soyeon Park, Taeyeong Park & Hyeonjee Lee

Single Airline Terminal of the Future

Single Airline Terminal of the Future

Welcome to Airbaltic Terminal potentially the future Riga International Airport, Latvia. Herein lies a lovely structure. The terminal in the center of this lovely airport is a simple 20m x 20m structural model. The roof of this terminal is a made up of 18 parallel portal shapes, each of them extruding along a curve creating “an undulating wave composition” with no parallel. The modules on the North and South edges of the building extend beyond the main terminal envelope creating terminal piers supporting gates to Schengen or Non-Schengen flights respectively.

0 Designer: Zerafa Architecture Studio

The Perfect JBM Cup

The Perfect JBM Cup

This right here is The Jamaica Blue Mountain® cup designed by none other than Santos Bregaña of Atelier Laia. The folks at Atelier Laia are known for their world-famous fantastical cups and dishes and dinnerware, so you know when you get that name in your sights, you’re about to see some quality. What this “perfect cup” consists of is a set of the most perfect characteristics possible for the drinking of Jamaica Blue Mountian coffee.

0 Designer: Santos Bregaña of Atelier Laia

This Bookshelve's Back is Bent

This Bookshelve’s Back is Bent

This bookcase looks just like the inside of your back. There’s a bunch of bones in there, and that’s what this is aimed at looking like. It combines with the surrounding environment by casting shadows it extends horizontally by employing its lovely sliding elements. Balance, dynamism, and movement can be found in this beast through the circular attachment plates, all of them lightly separated from the wall. The designer of this “Schiena” bookcase, Pietro Travaglini, placed these plates as the physical connection between concept and reality.

0 Designer: Pietro Travaglini

Overcoming The Blind Spots While Driving

Overcoming The Blind Spots While Driving

Ever been a victim to blind spots while driving? The Full-Rear-View Windscreen Monitor aids in overcoming those spots so that you have a safer drive. The system consists of consists of two parts: a windscreen display and micro cameras installed on the car’s exterior. It uses the upper part of the windscreen to display a real-time image of the vehicle’s surroundings (as captured by the cameras). I think the option could prove to be a double-edged sword, because plenty of you driving veterans are sure gonna get distracted by the secondary display!

0 Designer: Ho-Tzu Cheng

By The Power Of Rings

By The Power Of Rings

The RIMA lamp is an awesome beauty that has what it takes to be artistic and fun. Four controller rings manage the whole show…sliding them left to right or vice versa illuminates the LEDs or switches them off. The heat, intensity, angle of the beam and color are controlled via these rings, however a processor, which detects the position of each single ring, regulates the actions.

0 Designer: Matthias Pinkert

A Hut of Paper and Light

A Hut of Paper and Light

The following project is called Empapeladas Espacio Efimero and it was made by Kumi Furio and Yolanda Herraiz. This is more of an art project than a design project, but then again, who’s to say? Made entirely out of paper, created by a series of paper laminas, repeated and repeated until a space was formed, one where you go inside and you’re only surrounded by paper and light. Such an experience have I never experienced. Are you experienced?

0 Designer: Kumi Furio and Yolanda Herraiz

Time Capturing Vessels

Time Capturing Vessels

The first concern of this project is to think of vessels in which time can be captured. Inside this collection are four lines of work: solar, lunar, eclipse, and spiral, all of them suggesting geometric strategies, the four of them together achieving a balance in the same sort of manner as the four traditional elements: fire, earth, air, and water. These are the reconfigured words of Deunor Bregana and Anne Ibanez Guridi of Atelier Laia for their porcelain collection “o! luna.”

0 Designer: Deunor Bregana and Anne Ibanez Guridi of Atelier Laia

Zippers for your Choco Drinking

Zippers for your Choco Drinking

If you’re the sort of person who reads Yanko Design all the time, you may remember just the other day when we posted a cup of some creepy magnitude. T’was a Teeth Mug and it touched its deadly chompers to your as you sipped. Now there’s something else. A bit of a zip. The Zipper Cup (believe it or not, designed by the same designer as the Teeth Mug) comes in a set of two so you can bundle up for the winter with a nice jacket of hot cocoa with a friend or loved one. Or if you love your friends, the same person.

0 Designer: Lee Weilang of Megawing [Buy It Here]

Fire Safety With Home Sprinkler System

Fire Safety With Home Sprinkler System

This Sprinkler concept was designed for residential homes doing triple duty as a smoke detector, emergency light source, and sprinkler. Sometimes the nearest fire extinguisher just isn’t near enough so this bad boy is extra insurance. I’m not sure what it sprays to put out fires. Water would suggest the need for plumbing yet the diagram describes it as “powder.”

0 Designers: Taewoong Kim & Chul Kim