Sitting on Fire

Sitting on Fire

Fire hydrants. They’re red. They give firefighters access to water to put out fires. Dogs pee on them. They work pretty good for what they’re meant to do. But what about the offseason? What happens to lawn chairs in the winter? They get put in the shed. What about fire hydrants when there’s no fire? I know, let’s sit on it. Let’s sit on the fire hydrant. But wait! It isn’t comfortable at all! What can be done?

0 Designer: Xiaoman Wang

Mizuhiki, Japanese Knotting Art

Mizuhiki, Japanese Knotting Art

The art of Mizuhiki goes back to 7th century Japan the paper knotting was used to tie samurai hair. The paper craft brand OEY has taken that art and applied it to modern table ware and launched their new collection at Milan Design Week. The intricately corded paper rings, chopsticks, and napkin holders come in an assortment of beautiful rich colors, each handmade from paper and silk. Even the most drab table settings would benefit from it.

0 Designers: Ken Yokomizo & Mariko Murai for Design Yard

No More Tape And Scissors!

No More Tape And Scissors!

Many may not be aware but our ed-in-chief Long Tran is in the process of building up his fashion line for men, and I helped him out a bit by getting some T-shirts dyed here in India. While I received his package in good shape, sending the Tees back in this big brown box was a nightmarish story! Triple rounds of duct tape and many snips later, the box still looked a bit insecure to me. Concepts like “No More Tape And Scissors” can come in handy for folks like me, who don’t ship goods on a regular basis and find professionals too expensive.

0 Designer: Jaesik Heo

Happily Nailed To The Wall

Happily Nailed To The Wall

Do you have unsightly nails sticking out of your walls? You generally don’t but for argument’s sake, if you did….would you let it be there like an eyesore or cover it up with a happy face Nail Cap? Pulling it out can be an option; but imagine capped nails delightfully doubling up as pegs to hang your keys and stuff. How Kitsch!

0 Designer: Jung-Woo Lee for Ek Design

Not that Kind of Avatar Watch

Not that Kind of Avatar Watch

The timepiece in this post is called the “Avatar 1259B Watch.” It’s got nothing to do with the movie, but it’s no less epic. Really! You’ll have the entire world at your beckoning call when you grace their vision with this devastatingly amazing looking arm-clock. Made by the same people as what I like to call the Killer Robot Death Watch, this Avatar watch is just as metal, just as robotic, just as color bleeper intensive.

0 Designer: Seahope [ Buy it Here ]

More Radio Rolling, More Gaga

More Radio Rolling, More Gaga

I’m talking about Queen, the pop star Lady, and everyone in between! That’s right, stumble upon the middles of music. That’s what this project is all about, the finding of new things through happy accidents and utterly excellent analog instruments. It’s the “Radio Ball” and it means to take you back to a time when finding your favorite tune meant searching through radio stations, one after another. Along the way you might find what you need isn’t always what you were looking for.

0 Designer: Ben Collette and Adam Kumpf for Teague

Second and a Half Dimension Shelves

Second and a Half Dimension Shelves

This project goes by the name “Imeüble” and it’s a shelving system that accesses not just your eyeballs and book-storing hands, it works with your mind to help you store information the same way you learn to associate words to their meanings! The easiest comparison is one the designer uses: when you read the word “cornfield,” you imagine a field full of corn, not the word “cornfield.” In that the shelf appears to be 2D but is actually 3D, this whole system works in the same environment of learning.

0 Designer: Bjørn Jørund Blikstad

Turn Me Upside Down

Turn Me Upside Down

Hey now, no matter which way you orient this vase designed by Endrit Hajno, it’ll hold a flower. See, when a man comes over and brings you a dozen roses, this is the perfect vase. But what if he comes over with just one rose. First of all, dump him – that cheap ass. But being the kind person you are, you wait til’ after dinner to do so. For now, you just flip the vase over and display his single rose. Aww, bet that’ll make him feel special.

0 Designer: Endrit Hajno

It’s Zip Up Time

It’s Zip Up Time

The Zipper Bracelet Watch is just that, of course there is no watch face; otherwise why would it be here on YD! This concept is a wide leather bracelet where the zips actually display the current time when you hit the central buttons on the wrist. Each zip displays a digit, which you are supposed to combine together to read the time. Sounds confusing right now, but hit the jump to see what I mean. Definitely easier than a Tokyo Flash!

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets

Living In A Material World…

Living In A Material World…

….and I’m a material girl! So goes the song, but a true reflection of our lives. An era when diamonds are best friends and human relationships are no longer a treasure! Constantly living from one Visa bill to another, no wonder most of us are in the red. One of the ways to curb our spending is to cut back on our credit card usage, but that’s next to impossible for some. The next best alternative is to have a credit card that visually mocks us of our low bank balance…. something like the Tricard, perhaps?

0 Designer: Park Mi-na

Killer Robot Death Watch

Killer Robot Death Watch

Actually no death. None. Unless you mean the death of terrible wrist watches because this one completely DESTROYS them all! Is that what you mean? Well good! This is the “Robot 1259C Watch” and it’s going to make your arm so much more fantastic looking. Also you’ll be able to read time in such a hardcore manner that your brain might explode out of the top of your robotic head. Beware! It takes a moment to learn, a lifetime to master the awesomeness of ownership!

0 Designer: Seahope [ Buy it Here ]

Roll Me The Cabinet, Alice

Roll Me The Cabinet, Alice

That’s what the Mad Hatter’d say, assuming this bit of architectural, sculptural furniture was sitting right inside the story it takes it’s name from: “Alice in Wonderland.” It seems to have the curiouser and curiouser spirit of the story, the white and light fancifulness of the characters, and surely you see the connection between the rabbit hole and the several storage spaces you get on this thang.

0 Designer: Studio-Ziben

X-Ray Train Vision

X-Ray Train Vision

Let me first assure you that there’s absolutely no nudity in this project post. Unless you’ve got real X-ray vision that is. In which case how dare you! With great power comes great responsibility! This is about trains. In a nutshell, it’s called the “Comfort Zone Display” and it shows potential train passengers where and how heavy the population of any given train is. No more squishies!

0 Designer: 4-id Creative Network