Get Yourself An Icon Battery at 10% Off

Get Yourself An Icon Battery at 10% Off

The Icon Battery mania won’t die down! After a successful launch, an awesome giveaway; the Essential TPE team is back offering our readers 10% off. Although they give us five solid reasons to buy the pack, the biggest reason ever is that we are not Paul S., who won the recent giveaway! Jealous much? Get yours here. Promotional period ends December 31, 2010 @ 11:59 pm PST.

0 Designers: Essential TPE

ICONICSTAND, This is Not Shop Class

ICONICSTAND, This is Not Shop Class

In Seoul Korea a small studio called O’LIVEFACTORY is carving out a niche in the market. The brain child, one Kenny Cho, who nearly gave up ID, decided to return to his boyhood dream of designing products in his early retirement. Operating on sustainable practices, their first product is the ICONICSTAND, a desktop iPhone 4 stand made of birch, jointed for landscape and portrait viewing. There’s an option to customize your own icon should the stock ones not suite your fancy. This is a poignant reminder, never give up on your dream.

0 Designer: Young-Gun Cho (aka Kenny Cho)

Domino Clock

Domino Clock

Award-winning product development consultancy Carbon Design Group repurposes an icon with the introduction of the Domino Clock™. The Domino Clock™ takes a simple, iconic object and transforms it into a new way to tell time. The concept is simple. Three larger-than-life dominoes are equipped with articulating “dots” that flip back-and-forth between black and white to keep time. They hang on the wall or stand free, communicating wirelessly as they quietly mark the passing hours and minutes.

0 Designer: Carbon Design

It’s Time for a Braille Smartphone

It’s Time for a Braille Smartphone

Voim (seeing in Korean) is a smartphone concept for the blind that includes functions to make communication easier. It features route navigation, word recognition and object identification, which are displayed as braille on a silicon screen or transmitted as audio cues via the detachable bluetooth headset. Although smartphone applications & braille cell phones do exists, a full-fledged concept like this is a ways away.

0 Designers: Youngseong Kim & Eunsol Yeom

Once Upon an UnTime

Once Upon an UnTime

Telling time requires a very basic and ubiquitous skill but what if the whole concept were completely redesigned? UnTime explores hours and minutes as two counter-turning discs that are every bit as accurate. It’s actually very easy to read – if not easier. It’s just a small learning curve. We can imagine some really interesting watches with this dual-dial design.

0 Designer: Pushkar Ingale

No Fruit Allowed

No Fruit Allowed

Welcome to a portable cooking experience like you’ve, perhaps maybe, never seen before. This is “Roll-Up”, an induction cooktop which separates induction coils and electronic circuits in order to make a very thin, very elegant solution for mobile cooking. Each coil is made small enough so that the heating part of the Roll-Up can be folded. Electronic circuits are placed in a “fancy looking hard-drive like case.” Plus – sensors!

0 Designer: Goran Bjelajac

House by House, Piece by Piece

House by House, Piece by Piece

Welcome to SmartHouse! This is a completely modular system for putting together your brand new house, all of it made with pure, sweet, German craftsmanship and design quality. This project, while not conceptual in the way many of the projects on Yanko Design are conceptual, works as a concept for the consumer’s future life. With low operating costs, low environmental impact, and high energy efficiency, all inside a house you yourself designed from a selection of pieces – what more could you ask for? Super neato!

0 Designers: Mobile SmartHouse

Brightness in Woodness

Brightness in Woodness

Made in an effort to resurrect the essence of the night markets designer Lee Leong Chye knew as a child. Specifically Chye hoped to find again the loving glowing glowing love of the kerosene lamps – each of them pressurized with a hand pump, set aflame with a match, preheated and pressure adjusted to the perfect combination of settings, and poof! Like magic, there was that iconic flame. Chye brings this world to live with a nearly all-wood reinterpretation of the lamp. Gorgeously cut and fully functional.

0 Designer: Lee Leong Chye of Little Thoughts Group design collective

A Fair Warning

A Fair Warning

Signal Lock is an LED warning light that fits within the frame of a bicycle and comes in real handy when you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere. Sure we can move the bike off the road to avoid an incident, but this is being better safe than sorry. It would be hip to repair your cycle with a LED warning light beaming your presence and distress from a 100 meters away anyways.

0 Designer: Chen Guan-Yuan

Grasp and Water, Your New ZEN Players

Grasp and Water, Your New ZEN Players

We are so fixated with the “i” prefix that we rarely see anything beyond the Apple realm. Its designers like Li Qing who dares us to think beyond the “i” and open up our minds to the Zunes and Zens of the world. Featured here is not one but TWO ZEN MP3 player concepts: Grasp & Water. We love them for their fluid minimal look and intuitive design. The nano and Shuffle are nice but there are still some wonderfully designed options out there.

0 Designer: Li Qing

Stealthy Faucets

Stealthy Faucets

It’s not every day you see bathroom fittings inspired by stealth aircraft but hey, why not? The sharp angles compliment the fluidity of water. The Stealth Collection looks like it came out of a secret design center in the Pentagon, but it’s actually from award winning manufacturer GRAFF. This ultra modern faucet is capable of a 1.5-2.2 gallon/per minute water-saving flow rate and comes available in polished chrome or Steelnox satin nickel finishes. My personal favorite is the Steelnox satin. STUNNING, just absolutely stunning.

0 Designer: Graff Faucets

Play Inside the Sun to Learn About Fusion

Play Inside the Sun to Learn About Fusion

SOL – an interactive spatial installation staging the origin of solar energy. In an immersive environment the principles of nuclear fusion can be experienced in a narrative and playful way. Entering a bright and glistening corpus, the visitor experiences the darkness inside the sun and watches the chaotic motion of protons. Thankfully, radiation not included. Interacting with the particles causes them to fuse and produce energy which manifests as light bursts inside “the core” as well as a rising light level on the outside.

0 Designer: TheProduct*

Big Sweater, Small Sweater

Big Sweater, Small Sweater

Let me be the one to let you in on this magically amazing idea for clothing tags. What Yong Jin Kim’s idea consists of is a tiny version of whatever clothing item the tag is attached to printed on the tag that’s attached. What does this mean for you and your kids? It means that you (and/or your kids) will be able to take your entire clothing collection (provided you only buy this one brand) and dress up paper dolls the same as you to your heart’s content! Hooray!

0 Designer: Yong Jin Kim