Salt for Illumination

Salt for Illumination

Designer Roberto Tweraser has taken that fantastically tasty bit of seasoning you put on everything from spaghetti to soup and turned it into a set of fabulous looking lamps! That’s right, sea salt! Combining only sea salt and a synthetic binder, Tweraser creates here a shade for pendant lamps that are smooth on the outside, unfinished on the in. Unfinished on the inside so that the refractory properties of the salt from the sea can be seen! Such a lovely usage of a naturally beautiful thing!

0 Designer: Roberto Tweraser of tweraser design

HTC Diamond 3 (but not made of them)

HTC Diamond 3 (but not made of them)

Through two iterations of the Diamond series, and there hasn’t been a nary of “diamond-esque” qualities to the lineup. The unique carved back of the original Diamond was the closest we ever got, so designer Sylvain Gerber envisaged a design worthy of the gem’s brilliance; the Diamond 3. Android equipped with the latest tech hardware but the “shine” is really in the case. You could blind someone with this bling.

0 Designer: Sylvain Gerber

On The Level

On The Level

There seems to be a call to arms within the furniture design community about mass produced commodities. To them I say, exclusive furniture seems a bit “old fashioned.” We can embrace modernity without losing the soul such as the case with Spanish manufacturer AG Land 14. I absolutely love their pieces. The design is strong and machine manufacturing has only helped it with precision engineering.

0 Designer: Gabriel Teixidó for AG Land 14

Disposing The Dead Fly

Disposing The Dead Fly

So you swatted the fly, now how are you going to dispose its body? Pick it up with a tissue paper you say! Nay! Dare you waste the paper! I’ll give you a better tool, the swatter itself! The weapon itself becomes the disposer; how cool ‘n creepy. A niche in the swatter lets you pick the dead fly with precision and dispose it in the bin. Yes! Swatter; awesome!

0 Designer: Zhao Ke

Tea Coffin Revisited With More Friends

Tea Coffin Revisited With More Friends

Reminding me about the Tea Coffin is this project called the Te a me. However, designer Vera’s efforts are more comprehensive and take into account a kettle and jug system as well. For the cup and saucer, of course the burial ground for the teabag is there and so is a clever nip in the cup, to desist your bag from sinking into the tea. The complementing water jug can be placed directly on the stove for brewing the cuppa, or can be used as a kettle. The thermo magnetic saucer lets you serve piping hot water directly at the table.

0 Designer: Vera Wiedermann

Alarm Compass For Aiding Evacuation

Alarm Compass For Aiding Evacuation

Last Sunday I was at this theatre watching a movie and all of a sudden the lights went out. Pitch dark, even the damn emergency exit sign on the doors quit working. Although it wasn’t an emergency situation, just a normal power trip, I dread to imagine what would have happened if we really needed to evacuate. Scenes like this sound horrifying, but you do need a reliable system to sound out directions or visually guide you through. The Compass Alert System is one such aid that plays an audio track and indicates the direction you should be heading towards.

0 Designer: Mathieu Azema

Little Birdy Architect

Little Birdy Architect

Who knew that a tiny little beak-and-feathers could create such a thing as this “Niao” eggshell home. It’s too good to be true! Non-avian human designer Fuquan Junze hath created this. It’s 150mm in length, weighs a tiny 86g, and is made entirely of fiberglass mat. Junze describes the art of architecture as one that “places light, wind, and heat all together in space.” What a brilliantly simple way of putting it, then putting it out into the world with this amazing work of transparency.

0 Designer: Fuquan Junze

On Gulls Wings

On Gulls Wings

As a bridge sits above a body of water, so too must it respect and fear such a dangerous yet life-giving mass. Moreno Ratti of Cactus Design understands this and presents thusly a bit of bridge architecture that’s as naturally integrated with the water as the birds that fly above it. This is the “Gulle,” a symbol meant to represent the seagull and harness its winged power to deal with the turbulence whipping against, around, below and on top of the bridge on a day-to-day basis.

0 Designer: Moreno Ratti of Cactus Design

Battery Time Included

Battery Time Included

Let’s discuss the pieces of a clock, shall we? There’s the front, which has at least one hand, then more than likely 12 tics around the edge to show the hour. Between the front and the back there is a mechanism which turns the clock hand or hands, then on the back this mechanism reveals itself to either be activated by winding, socket power, or battery. What if this perfectly tiny amount of elements could be reduced even further? Designer Giha Woo thinks so, taking away completely the tics on the front, replacing the hands of the clock with the batteries that run it!

0 Designer: Giha Woo

Talking With A Palm

Talking With A Palm

The future iPhone is here or at least in conceptual form. Given that size, design and features need to be drastically innovated, the NOT A Phone – Next Generation iPhone, delves into the projection arena. So basically you strap the next-gen iPhone to your wrist and project the display to your palm. You can figure out rest of the drill from the images, so my question to you today is….are we in for projection screens for phones? Is that the future of phone display, have a basic small screen and project the rest of it?

0 Designer: Samuel Lee Kwon

A Double Squeeze

A Double Squeeze

The Citrange is a hand squeezer for the citrus fruits in your life. The unique funnel design makes it feel that the juice is going to spill out of the glass; but it does not. The double-grooves design allows you to squeeze the wide (like an orange) to the narrow (like a lime) fruit from either ends of the juicer. I like the fact that a strainer is built-in and the overall procedure cuts back one whole step in juice-squeezing. Ok, I love it!

0 Designer: Quentin de Coster

Non-drip Umbrella

Non-drip Umbrella

The purpose of the Mohock Smart Umbrella is to get rid of disposable bags for carrying wet umbrellas and making sure you don’t lose them. The first achieved with a handle redesign, where it’s thick and wide enough to take in the dripping water by placing the umbrella upright. And to ensure that you don’t forget it anywhere, a unique top attachment has been crafted, so that you can hang it off a table. Love the attractive colors that it comes in, plus the three-fold and two-fold options. One question Mr. Designer….when can I buy one?

0 Designer: Ju Hyun Lee

Yanko Design @ FEED And Valencia Design Week

Yanko Design @ FEED And Valencia Design Week

It’s an honor for Yanko Design to be considered as one of the most influential modern design sites, and be invited to the most happening events across the globe; FEED (First International Design Media and Bloggers Meeting) at the Valencia Design Week being one of them. While we partied hard with the hosts, designers and contemporaries, we also indulged in some serious design discussions and got insights to various streams of arts, designing and ceramics. Leaving aside the drama (we got pick pocketed) and the jet-lag (18-hour flight), overall we had a wonderful experience. Here is a compilation of all the fun stuff that our trigger-happy camera managed to capture.