Have An IDEA? Submit it & Win it!

Have An IDEA? Submit it & Win it!

Someone rightly said that Design is a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda & philosophy. All it takes to tie all this up into a great presentation is a worthy platform. And that platform is the IDEA Design Awards. For over 30 years, IDEA has recognized design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. This year, it’s time for you to shine, it’s time for you to tell your story…. register here to enter the 2011 International Design Excellence Awards! Details inside…

0 Last Date: Jan 28, 2011, 11:59 PM PT

One Hundred Micro Cassettes Is All I Need!

One Hundred Micro Cassettes Is All I Need!

Question: How do you make a unique lamp? Answer: Use laser cut plexi glass and one hundred translucent micro-cassettes!

I’m talking about the Tape Lamp; gorgeous, snazzy and so DIY, yet classy! Fitted with a 40 watt Vida Large G-16.5 Globe A tribute to the 80’s kitsch style!

0 Designer: Transparent House, Inc

New Age Bodhi Tree

New Age Bodhi Tree

You don’t need to be in Bodh Gaya to attain enlightenment, a relaxation Tree Bench built in white corian and peaceful surroundings is all that one requires! Talking of this bench, its one that weaves in natural elements like trees, soil and grass with modern amenities like a bench and lighting. Adaptable to a number of settings, I’d like to see one on my street!

0 Designer: Marko Vuckovic

Convertible Shoes

Convertible Shoes

So you’ve got a pair of shoes for the sun, right? Do you have a pair of shoes for when it’s raining so much you’ve got to slosh through the puddles? Oh you do? Well how about a pair of shoes that are BOTH of those things upon a quick adjustment? A cool designer by the name of REN Fangying has a design like that. It’s called “Sunny and Rain” and it works both as a pair or regular shoes AND as a pair of overshoes, whichever you need!

0 Designer: REN Fangying

UPDATE: One Giant Muggie

UPDATE: One Giant Muggie

A quick note to all you tea & coffee buffs, the Slurp Mug can now be Pre-ordered on CKIE for a very limited time, so hurry!

How would you like to have one giant mug for everything you ever drank your whole life? How about all your soup? You know what gigantic mugs are most iconic in my mind? Those ones at Central Perk. You know the ones. These ones are much different, aside from the size. This one’s got a giant handle with which you can remember your soup tasting of yore. Taste everything your heart can possibly desire.

0 Designer: DEDE DextrousDesign

This Watch Around Wrist

This Watch Around Wrist

Here’s a watch which shows not only hours and minutes, but seconds (like any good watch should) and days and months as well. And not only that, this watch, called Orbit, changes color from transparent to black inverted depending on the time of day, and it works as a bedside clock when it’s off your wrist as well. Lookie! Gravitational sensor!

0 Designer: André Sheydin

Children’s Special - Five Things I’d Pick For My Kids!

Children’s Special – Five Things I’d Pick For My Kids!

One of the biggest USP of the YD Store is that it has something for everyone, including children! Some of the newest additions are adorable and worth having a look at. I have two growing children, so when I asked them to have a peek with me, to pick 5 favorites, we all instinctively chose the following as our best pick for the Children’s Special! OMG, there is a special bonus inside!

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Garden Fresh Air At Home

Garden Fresh Air At Home

Yanko Design is not new to air purifier concepts, however when it comes to the real thing, we have seen very few. To make up for the loss here is the O – Two Air Purifier, a small compact air cleaner that fits into the home environment seamlessly. It uses BioOx organic compounds to remove 99.9% of pollutants from the air you breathe and is silent as a lamb. It generates zero harmful waste, uses no filters, and uses less than 6 watts of energy while running!

0 Designers: Laut Design, Studio Hagler & Montie Design

Measuring Silk Straight!

Measuring Silk Straight!

The SILK is an electronic measuring tape that is not a “tape” per se; it’s a steel wire that winds out to do the deed. An electronic feedback on the screen gives you the measure, plus it does stuff like recording multi-time measurements. Since it’s a steel wire, it can be used as a plumb as well thus making it a very handy tool.

0 Designers: Liao Yuelong, Li Hongbing & Guo Yang

Stacking with Age

Stacking with Age

As a child grows, so to their toes grows – so do their legs grows, and so do their torsos grows. As a child grows, a parent might mark their height up against the wall with their age written close by. It is the warmth and positivity that this activity provides that designer Ho-Chieh Hsu hopes to capture and re-present in a chair which can be raised and lowered upon application or subtraction of books.

0 Designer: Ho-Chieh Hsu

For Coats, Not Zapping!

For Coats, Not Zapping!

Our ol’ pal Michael Sholk is back, this time with something so simple, something so neat you wish you’d thought of it, that we’ll go ahead and call it Pop Art. That’s what Pop Art is, right? Something amazing, simple enough you could have done it yourself, but woops, you didn’t, so the person who made it gets all the genius points? That’s right! Michael Sholk’s a smart fellow. Once he put 2 and 2 together on this power-lines to coat-hanger idea, he got to hackin away at it, and poof! Here it is!

0 Designer: Michael Sholk

AKA Star Wars Moisture Vaporators

AKA Star Wars Moisture Vaporators

If you’re the sort of person whose been living in the Western world over say, the past 30 years, you’ve seen or at least know about the first Star Wars movie: A New Hope. In this movie they speak briefly about this bit of technology called a moisture vaporator. It collects water in a way opposite of the evaporation process that sucked the land dry of its watery resources. In a very similar gesture, designers Chun Yen Tsao and Hsing-Tan Yang have created “Swater.”

0 Designers: Chun Yen Tsao and Hsing-Tan Yang

We Want Your Empathy

We Want Your Empathy

For their sponsored project held by RIM Blackberry at the Art Center College of Design, designers Kiki and Daniel had to incorporate an interface that integrates human emotions with the concept of social networking. The result of this exercise was the Empathy concept. The phone is used in conjunction with a biometrics ring that is worn by the user to collect “emotional data”. Spec-wise it features a transparent OLED screen that becomes transparent when not in use and opaque during interaction. The front is all touch surface, while on the back there is a physical keyboard.

0 Designers: Kiki Tang & Daniel Yoon