A Straight Line

A Straight Line

The Constrained Ball is one of those concepts I can easily see myself buying from a late night infomercial. I’m not saying it’s bad but the novel approach to a simple kind of problem is endearing. Fitted with a rubber gasket, the gadget helps you draw straight lines and indicates the length. OMG, is this the end of the ruler’s dominance?!? No but I quite like this concept. I’m a stickler for drawing straight lines. It’s either gotta be straight and perfect or it’s a no-go for me.

0 Designer: Giha Woo

The Stalb Lamp

The Stalb Lamp

There’s an austere aesthetic to the Stabl Lamp by Kassen. It blends biomorphic design elements with “brutalist principles in steadfast materials.” Indeed the mix of steel, curved to soften the effect, stands out on its concrete base. Topped with a simple hollow plywood block, one could say the design is at equilibrium. It’s a modernist approach but one that’s sure to stay relevant. Kassen is currently taking orders through their website. If any of you buy one, please post a picture on our Facebook page.

0 Designer: Kassen Lifestyle

Garlic And Onion Totally Cubed

Garlic And Onion Totally Cubed

One of the stinkiest jobs in the kitchen is to peel and chop onions and garlic! The pungent smell lingers on my nails inspite of repeated washes! This is why I think we need the Garlizi, a magical kitchen tool that will grind/chop and store the garlic and onion as ready-to-use cubes….like the cheese cubes we buy at stores! A few back-n-forth turns to the wheel and the job is done. Don’t believe me? Watch the video….

0 Designer: Jang Young Jin

Is That A Steel Brick In The Wall?

Is That A Steel Brick In The Wall?

Not another brick in the wall, but a metallic faucet if you please! We are here discussing the “Reveal/Conceal”, which is an embedded faucet that doubles up as a mini storage unit and colorful nightlight. The delightful piece fixes flush into its environment and can be used within masonry walls as a load bearing piece as well. A slight push at the logo end swings the faucet into the open position, ready to be used. A discreet lever for manual temperature and water flow adjustment enforces the design’s mission at being a simple hinge and bold cantilevering faucet.

0 Designer: Andrew Tang-Smith

Transforming Flashlight

Transforming Flashlight

Have to think to myself…what a great idea! A flashlight that split opens to become a lamp….and what’s more, the solar cells recharge even in the open lamp status! Essentially you’re making use of the handy flashlight even when it’s not an emergency. I can imagine using this in place of a table lamp or hang it up instead of a bulb. So, Yanko readers where do you think you will use this MIA Electric Flashlight Lamp?

0 Designer: Jia Dai

Open Up For More Workspace

Open Up For More Workspace

The general perception of an elegant office desk is one of a long distinguished looking table with plenty of drawers and probably fashioned out of mahogany. Coming out of the dream world and into reality, such office desks are out of our reach and we need to make-do with the flat table that comes our way. Designer Rebwar Faille comes up with a simple resolve with his idea of an office table…a mix between the school tables with concealed storage and long office desks. Perhaps not as elegant as mahogany, but functional enough!

0 Designer: Rebwar Faille

Interchangeable Honey

Interchangeable Honey

How many of you love plug-n-play electronics? I do. How about plug-n-play furniture? ME. This “Honey Chair” stool is part of the Honey Collection by designer Sooyon Park. Its stainless steel legs are available to switch with any of the other legs in the Honey Collection. The legs you see here have the soft shape of a drop of honey with the feel of string due to the materials used. Lathes reshaped blocks of stainless steel into flexible forms. What a loveliness! I love shaped steel!

0 Designer: Sooyon Park

Powerful Bottoms Up

Powerful Bottoms Up

I’m not talking about a beer guzzling championship here, but the simple power of the bottom half of your tableware. Let me explain…a plate or a dish placed the right side up is the usual norm, so how about adding functionality to its wrong side? Get the drift? The Other Side tableware is just that…adding a juice squeezer to the bottom of a tumbler and a dips tray to the flipside of a dish. Convenient, cool and useful!

0 Designer: Yim Jeong-seok

Color Dash Of Heart Tea

Color Dash Of Heart Tea

The Heartea tumbler has been design more for a social purpose than resolving any current design related issues. Meant for the “Nanum” project (a charity that donates 100% of its proceeds to provide educational scholarships to impoverished children), the design adds an emotional element with the glowing heart at the center of the mug. This indicative glow reflects the temperature of the contents in the tumbler; meaning blue for a cold beverage, orange for a warm cuppa tea and red for the piping hot coffee.

0 Designers: Sangmin BaeID+IM Design Lab. Members

Cookie Crumbles No More!

Cookie Crumbles No More!

The TAÇA Mug is for those who savor dipped cookies in milk. Till now you probably downsized the jumbo coz the rim of the mug wasn’t big enough. This design adds an ingenious touch to a mug with a rim shaped in such a way that you can dunk in the whole cookie, sideways. Now only if you can master the art of putting the cookie fast enough into your mouth….before the soggy end falls off!

0 Designer: Entresuelo1a

Sit with Tiny Footprints

Sit with Tiny Footprints

The “Gusset Chair”, even the name is ugly. Now before you think I am being too negative about designer Peter Saloon’s latest creation, keep in mind that he himself described it as “ugly” and confessed that “no thought was given to aesthetic matters…” but that was never the point for his chair design. Saving our planet from unnecessary packaging and shipment waste is the name of the game here. The Gusset Chair is named for the design methodology known as Gusset “ribs” or “rails”.

0 Designer: Peter Saloom

iReach

iReach

I have a confession; I realize I make far too many movie references in my posts for the beautiful concept designs we receive here at Yanko. The reason to me is clear, so many times in our modern world, the creative minds in the movie industry spark our imaginations and inspire us to shape our realities. Take for example the now iconic “Startac” phone from Motorola, inspired by the communicators of the old Star Trek series. Or how about the “AIRFLITE” by KINZO lighting originally designed by Sir Ken Adams for the movie Dr. Stragelove.

0 Designer: C. Darius Delaunay-Driquert

Hannibal Lecter's iPhone 4

Hannibal Lecter’s iPhone 4

Well here it is folks. The be-all, end-all of iPhone 4 cases. This case not only puts an end to “AntennaGate 2010″, but also effectively imprisons your iPhone behind a cage of steel and delrin. Designer Ryan Glasgow brings his meticulously built, hand made creation to market for a reasonable $95 USD. Features include a 304 stainless steel body, hinged lid, elastic band for holding cards or locking the lid in place and delrin fastener housings. No word on its durability so if any of you Yanko readers out there buy one, please drop us a note.

0 Designer: Ryan Glasgow for LtdTools