Envy the Envy 4G

Envy the Envy 4G

There was a time when ID “imagineers” would concoct fabulous concepts using new fangled tech that hadn’t been invented yet and I miss those days. Heaven forbid you do that now, you’d get your a** handed to you. I’m fond of the Envy 4G with its SUPER AMOLED screen and MasterMobile OS. So what if it looks like Windows Phone 7 and iOS 4 had a baby? It’s got a Carbon chip! That’s a CPU and GPU on one silicon. It’s the future people, have fun with it.

0 Designer: Vitor Gomes

Dock Cut from Aluminum Block

Dock Cut from Aluminum Block

Although I appreciate Apple’s strict minimalist design with the MacBook Pro, having all the ports on the sides always irritated me. You can’t really hide them so I’m quite keen on this docking solution by Bostjian Majcen. It repeats all the ports but towards the back and now you have a nice large flat surface to do whatever you want with – but that isn’t very minimalist is it?

0 Designer: Bostjan Majcen

Case of the Smokey Tissue Box

Case of the Smokey Tissue Box

Back in school when we learned how to draw factories polluting the environment, I remember my art teacher teaching me this exact same design…angular roof building with black smoke billowing out of the stacks. The Smoke Tissue Case brings back those memories and I really appreciate the socio-message the design speaks of.

0 Designer: Je Sung Park for W-Works

Floating City ala Haiti

Floating City ala Haiti

So when you think of Haiti, what do you think about? Probably some sort of… disaster area? Well how about this instead – Tangram 3DS collaborating with Boston Architect / Designer E Kevin Schopfer together creating a floating agricultural / light industrial city right off the shores of Haiti. What’s it called? Harvest City. Behold a 2 miles in diameter complex of tethered floating modules. Holy goodness gracious!

0 Designer: Tangram 3DS and E. Kevin Schopfer

Double Bowl All The Way

Double Bowl All The Way

Take a peek at this set of two steel fruit bowls that become one in the connecting. They slot together horizontally OR vertically. They can be connected in several ways that allow for lovely parties and all sorts of item placements. Stripe patterns and containers galore! These bowls have been manufactured by making the hemisphere using spun steel tech, then by creating slots using a three-dimensional laser cutting machine.

0 Designer: Sakura Adachi

Helping Kids Realize Music

Helping Kids Realize Music

So you’ve got a bunch of kids and you want to teach them all about music theory. What do you do? And not only that, what do you do if you want to keep materials and cost to minimum? This is a system by designer Loris Bottello that allows children to interact directly with the notes. Kids pull the sides of the object to set the length of the sounds right there in real time. This system is totally cool, working with kids to recognize both duration and pitch.

0 Designer: Loris Bottello

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Thank you to all of our readers, supporters, friends and families. We wish you a safe and Happy New Year. 2011, here we come. Hit the jump for a personal message from moi. Cheers!

0 Happy New Year!

Little Birdy is Quite a Help!

Little Birdy is Quite a Help!

Helping the elderly climb stairs is such a noble thing to do, however they may not find a helping hand every time they need it. The Companion Bird is a cute and functional solution. It hooks onto the rails of a staircase, offering an ergonomic grip that is steady and secure; providing help when needed. Plus it adds a bit of color.

0 Designers: Kim Bo-kyung & Baek Eun-ha

Your Bus is Here

Your Bus is Here

When buses queue up one behind the other at a stop, it’s quite difficult to read the bus-numbers. Folding Plate, as the name suggests, is a route indicator that pops out when the door of the bus opens. It’s positioned right above the door and is easy to spot and read. It even has LED settings to make the route number visible at night.

0 Designers: Chae-woo Park & Tae-eun Kim

Yet Another Traffic Light!

Yet Another Traffic Light!

We’ve seen some really cool Traffic Lights Concepts and going to the list is the Mobius Strip Lamp. It’s a one-in-all installation that features vehicle signals, pedestrian signals and a street lamp. The main idea is to reduce the visual mish-mash of lights and get them composed into one neat strip. The signal values are standard, meaning green, yellow, and red light.

0 Designer: Kisung Lee

Trees of Frozen Material

Trees of Frozen Material

Although technically it’s basically as far before Christmas in the year as it’s ever going to be since it JUST happened a few days ago, we here at Yanko like to celebrate every day as a holiday – and what better way to do it than with a fun DIY design? The following creations are Christmas tree lanterns designed and executed by Hugon Kowalski, and you can make one yourself! Take a peek at the materials and methods and go for it!

0 Designer: Hugon Kowalski

To Award a Vandal

To Award a Vandal

Does it make sense to hold a graffiti awards show? Some say no way, the whole idea of vandalism is to do your thing and never get caught! The rest say sure, why not? Have some fun, eat some snacks. Who doesn’t love snacks? Thusly, there are the Artaq Awards in both Paris and Berlin. Below you’ll find lists of artists involved in this years’ shows as well as a bigger view of one the artists involved: Matox – with live laser graffiti!

0 Designers: Various

For Writers Who Cannot Paper Enough

For Writers Who Cannot Paper Enough

This design comes from the traditional Chinese form of calligraphy and painting – the scroll. It takes this scroll and uses the Involute curves to create a chair seat that provides both good elasticity and support. The seat piece is made of stainless steel or carbon fibre and extruded PC. This chair can be placed and used both indoors and outdoors, whichever you do so desire. Comes in a variety of colors (once it ends up being produced) – but for now, just two!

0 Designer: XU Gongwei