Democratize Coasters

Democratize Coasters

The proverbial coaster hasn’t changed much aside from constantly shifting between geometric shapes and designs. It’s main function has and will always be to protect surfaces from moisture and heat but the emboGarden goes a step further to accommodate anything larger than a mug. A group of mugs, coffee pots, tea pots, even cookware. Communal and democratized coasters yes?

0 Designer: Haeah For Connect Design

Pontiac Solstice 2.0?

Pontiac Solstice 2.0?

Never mind that Pontiac is a dead and a defunct company. Designer Dejan Hristov has his vision for the next Solstice and I’m wondering if it could have been enough to save them. Sure, Pontiac’s problems had more to do with GM’s legacy policies but nevertheless I like this car. I always felt Pontiac went out on a good note. The Solstice was a looker (cough – Saturn) but Hristov’s vision is much sharper and far more aggressive. What do you think?

0 Dejan Hristov

2011 IDEA Awards Registrations Are Closing In

2011 IDEA Awards Registrations Are Closing In

A quick reminder to all you designers out there, the 2011 IDEA Awards registrations are about to close. The extended entry period is up to 13th February. Student designers please note that all late registration fees are being waived off, especially for you. The IDSA IDEA awards have been called “the Oscar’s of design” …and for good reason! IDEA award winners are deemed such shining examples of design excellence that for the 2nd year in a row the Henry Ford will house IDEA winners in its private collection! This year Yanko Design is one of the Media Partners and want you to participate and WIN!

0 Registrations Close: 13th February, 2011, 11:59 PT

All Children Go To Space

All Children Go To Space

The following project is at once a special huggy friend and a spaceship. Sounds like a childlike dream or space fantasy! Turns out that’s exactly what it is. This project is called “A Friend From Space” and it’s essentially a very fabulously crafted cushion that can fold up to become either a loving buddy or a spaceship from mars. Take a look at the cuteness and marvel at the simple engineering and fantastic skill needed to create such a kid masterpiece.

0 Designer: John Smth

Balls of Farming Fury

Balls of Farming Fury

Designer Prithu Paul has quite a treat in store for you here. It’s a tractor of the imagination, one like you’ve never seen before, one made to work on the farm in ways we can’t fully imagine – because this is a tractor for the future farmer. Designed to work in the year 2020 AD, this tractor will work on an Earth in turmoil, one with “searing daytime temperatures” and harsh climate conditions for all. Hydrogen fuel based engines and embedded Nano systems rule the day, and a need arises for the common farmer to reprise his and her role.

0 Designer: Prithu Paul

Pillowy Lamp of Hardness

Pillowy Lamp of Hardness

The inspiration for this particular hanging lamp comes from the famous Chesterfield sofas (Capitonné), their fabulous and extremely recognizable pattern of pillowy poofs added to the outside of the shade. Challenges that laid in wait for the designers, Enrico Zanolla and Andrea Di Filippo, were no match for the team: that being defining the right size for each and every rhomb as well as finding the quality of leather that could fit the radius of the emispheric surface. It is the contrast between the smooth interior and the sophisticated deep-buttoned exterior that gives these lamps both glamour and classic style.

0 Designer: Enrico Zanolla and Andrea Di Filippo

Valentines Giveaway: Limited Edition The Herbas + The Freckle CNY Bags

Valentines Giveaway: Limited Edition The Herbas + The Freckle CNY Bags

Crumpler bags are strong & reliable companions that protect your gear with equal amount of TLC as we do. Since this is the season of love we can’ t think of anything more appropriate than their Limited Edition Chinese New Year Collection (CNY) as our Valentine’ s Giveaway! What’ s common to both the festivities is the color red; a color that signifies love, good fortune and joy. To win the exclusive one-off CNY Herbas & Freckle bags for your Valentine, simply tell us which Crumpler Chinese New Year Collection bag you would pick for yourself and why.

0 Contest Closed

Ergonomic Strap

Ergonomic Strap

The Split Strap is designed and developed with maximum ergonomics and comfort in mind. After studying how straps interact with the structures of the shoulder, neck and back, designer Benjamin Wong discovered that the planar/flat profiled nature of existing straps did not contour to the body well causing unequal weight/force distribution, discomfort and possible strain. The design utilizes a split in the strap which creates multiple points where the strap can sit and conform to the body -distributing weight evenly and increasing comfort. Gimme!

0 Designer: Benjamin Wong for Custom SLR

If BMW Designed Rails

If BMW Designed Rails

The Siemens group commissioned BWM’s subsidiary Designworks USA to develop a sprawling metro railway for Los Angeles, Munich and Singapore. Aptly called the Metro Inspiro, the design is meant to make all facets of public transport in a train easier. Innovative door-lit graphics, iconography to indicate status and time, and the tree referenced hand rails for passengers of all heights intimate a more user-friendly train.

0 Designer: BMW DesignworksUSA

Not Just for Hanging Coats

Not Just for Hanging Coats

A single sheet of metal bent, folded and fashioned into a majestic coat hanger; very approriate for the hallway or foyer. This uber chic Coat Hanger goes by the name of Pluche. What makes it a thoughtful design is the flat tray for keys and a loop for hanging stuff like umbrellas etc. Very well done indeed!

0 Designer: David Raffoul

Look Carefully; It’s a Transparent TV!

Look Carefully; It’s a Transparent TV!

Ask yourself, “what’s the next step in television innovation?” The answer is transparency – an invisible flatscreen that blends into the home environment when not in use, much like the Loewe Invisio. This magnificent TV is not a big black blot in standby mode, like how all television sets are. It’s a clear, frameless glass surface that keeps the room in its “visually unaltered” state.

0 Designer: Michael Friebe

Grenade Alarm Deluxe

Grenade Alarm Deluxe

As complicated as it can be, getting up in the morning has several really simple solutions, supposing you’re one not apt to be waking. One of them is TUI-AC, the Tangible User Interface Alarm Clock, a lovely little bomb that you set with a pin, turn, crank, and arm by releasing, and go ahead to sleep. Once the bomb’s set time is reached, BOOM! And alarm goes off that you’ll never miss. Why? Because of how complicated it is to get up, find the bomb, find the pin, and place the pin back in the bomb to stop the noise.

0 Designer: Huang Wei

Take Whats There and Make Energy

Take Whats There and Make Energy

One of the greatest things you can do as an industrial designer with earth-saving aspirations is to find a source of free or nearly-free energy. That’s what Luís Castanheira appears very much to have done here. This is Voltair, a wind power generator comprised of an array of fans set on the median of a highway, each of them turned by the air pushed past by the cars speeding by. The cars that’d be going by one way or another. Brilliant!

0 Designer: Luís Castanheira