2011 Skyscraper Competition Finalists

2011 Skyscraper Competition Finalists

This year’s finalists for eVolo Magazine’s Skyscraper Competition pushed the bar and came up with some fascinating and innovative superstructures. From a vertical farm skyscraper complete with cows and chickens to an abandoned oil rig turned chic urban habitat, this year was clearly about imagining fully sustainable vertical environments and finding new purposes for existing structures. Hit the jump and check out these cutting edge concepts!

0 Designers: Various

Dual Display Palmtop

Dual Display Palmtop

Your socializing is just a tweet or a like away and to keep with trends, we have here the On Display MID. It’s quite a cool device with a dedicated Google search app with dual displays. When closed, the top half is occupied by a transparent display that gives you real time feed back from your social media spaces. Not much else is known about this concept. Has the palmtop form factor completely died out?

0 Designer: Choi Koun

 Bloated Objects

Bloated Objects

This table isn’t prego and no, it didn’t eat too much. It’s the Bloated Desk and it and it’s siblings the Bloated Shelf and Bloated Coat Hanger, are, well… they’re just sort of bloated! This intriguing take on the familiar incorporates a fairly simple process to achieve the form – no complicated molds and no seams are used in production, instead, sheets of leather are filled with expanding foam, inflating the leather to make naturally unique pieces.

0 Designer: Damien Gernay

Flame Lamp

Flame Lamp

Though it’s aesthetically modern, the organic shape of the Flame lamp by Santiago Sevillano will deliver character and warmth to any space no matter the style. Using an internal battery with induction base, Flame is completely wireless and originally intended for use outdoors, however, it looks quite nice inside. I particularly like the evenness of the light distribution that creates an eye-catching, sort of 2D effect.

0 Designer: Santiago Sevillano

Dieter Rams Would Be Proud

Dieter Rams Would Be Proud

Minimalism is really a tough art to master. The balance between function and aesthetics is beautifully achieved in these two products. A clock/radio in which the speaker and LED display share the same surface. The aluminium case gives the product a timeless appeal and material quality rarely found today. The slim proportions of this wireless speaker, resembling those of a book, allow it to sit unobtrusively on a shelf or table top. The speaker seamlessly connects to a smart phone or music player to transmit phone calls and music wirelessly.

0 Designer: DesignWright for Lexon

Nut Cracking Orca

Nut Cracking Orca

Orcas aren’t known for their nut cracking skills but that doesn’t mean kitchen utensils shouldn’t be modeled after them. This ORCA is adorable. Clad in trademark black and white, the ORCA nut cracker makes it easy and fun to crack open even the toughest nuts. Silicon surfaces make it easy to grip and the internal mechanism can crack nuts of almost any size. So cute!

0 Designer: Designnobis & Dr. Hakan Gürsu

We Officially Launch CKIE.COM

We Officially Launch CKIE.COM

One of the great joys of writing for YD is the opportunity to see how designers envisage the future. Your ideas, concepts and even comments piece together a tapestry rich in optimism but one of the most commonly asked questions are “where can I buy it?” Because of your enthusiasm for design, I want to officially announce the launch of CKIE.COM, a new way to empower you to pioneer innovation.

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Creating Desk Unity

Creating Desk Unity

Nothing like a really neat desk, exuding positive vibes thanks to its clutter-free look. One of the best ways to organize this look is with the Buro, a sleek block of objects commonly found on the desk, stacked together in a coherent fashion. The block includes items like staplers, hole-punches and calculators, all streamlined and classy! Do want one NOW!

0 Designers: Adrian Wright & Jeremy Wright for Lexon

Bench Tweets

Bench Tweets

Kudos to the British Royalty for recognizing the potential of social media! Gizmodo’s Kat Hannaford reports that invitees have been encouraged to report the event live via Twitter and mobile uploads! This brings me to the project at hand called TweetingSeat, an exploration into the potential for connecting physical and digital communities.

0 Designer: Christopher McNicholl

Stay Connected by Broadcasting Color

Stay Connected by Broadcasting Color

The LightSync is a device designed to reinforce connections between remote team members working on the same project. Instead of bombarding each other with emails and phone calls, simply roll the LightSync to broadcast a color – symbiotic of how you feel. The ambiguous nature of LightSync creates a general connection to the team rather than the individual.

0 Designer: Philip Gordon

Stretch Bench

Stretch Bench

The Stretch Bench by designer Tak Euy Sung is an exercise in molded birch plywood to the extreme. I regularly associate this style with the great Danish classics and of course Charles and Ray Eames but this design feels distinct. There are 17 layers of plywood carefully bent to create a continuous flow across the surface, only meeting at the corners to create a solid structure. So beautiful.

0 Designer: Tak Euy Sung

Nooka x YD EGGHUNT!

Nooka x YD EGGHUNT!

Win up to $500 worth of products from Nooka!

Each day this week we’ll clue you in to where the Nooka Egg is on Nooka.com. Make a note of what product page you found it on. Submit all five answers on April 29th to long.tran (at) yankodesign (dot) com for one entry into the contest. A winner from a pool of all those who correctly located the Nooka Eggs will be announced May 2nd.

0 Sponsor: Nooka

I Heart These Lamps

I Heart These Lamps

Gotta love these Alessandro Marelli lamps. The laboratory flask-like base of the Gost lamp is the spotlight of this design. It’s like a chemistry experiment that yielded the perfect desktop glow. –  Linked tubular sections of water pipe make up the base & column of the Tubolar Bell lamp for easy modification from tall floor lamp to directional table lamp. Industrial & minimal, these light objects leave little to be desired.

0 Designer: Alessandro Marelli