Stools of Smoothness

Stools of Smoothness

All the way from Maastricht comes this collection of seats named FW2010, a set designed by Valentin Löllmann. This set is diverse in size and set-up, made in a working process characterized by using mortise-and-tendon joints to hazel branches to an oak top. Lovely wood for lovely sitting places! A mix of sawdust and blue is used to round off the connections between the pieces, resulting is an organic shape where no sharp edges remain.

0 Designer: Valentin Löllmann

The 2011 iF concept design Showcase on Yanko Design – Part IV

The 2011 iF concept design Showcase on Yanko Design – Part IV

Today’s lineup of 2011 iF concept design Showcase is interestingly different. Why? Because it contains many projects dedicated to Communication and Multimedia Design. This includes a broad spectrum of books, magazines and posters. One particular poster that tugs my heartstrings is the one dedicated to Domestic Violence. It communicates the irony of fate with such raw emotions and is overwhelming. Anyway, besides the C & M segment, the usual jamboree of product design is included to lighten up the mood. Enjoy!

0 Do come back tomorrow to check out the last installment.

A Coconut Home for the iPad

A Coconut Home for the iPad

The coconut tree perhaps is the most giving tree in all of nature. What I mean is that every part of the tree is used in some industry or another. So it makes complete logical sense for young designers with an eco initiative to come up with an iPad cover made from materials sourced from the coconut tree! This is the story of Econut, a cover that blends back into nature after serving its purpose to the iPad.

0 Designers: Cho Youg-jo & Jeoung Jun-tae

Reused to be Relit

Reused to be Relit

The most effective way to dispose waste is not to recycle but reuse it. The MOLLIGHT uses components from the most unlikely of places. The spring is from an old armchair and the transformer is just a cable from an old lamp. Thomas Edison said it best, “to invent, you need a vivid imagination and a pile of junk.”

0 Designer: Alessandro Marelli

A HOT Watch

A HOT Watch

This watch concept is named simply and appropriately FIRE. The hour and minute hands are lit by LEDs that simulate torch powered cigarette lighters. It’s anything but traditional but doesn’t offer anything new functionally. Still, it’s a HOT watch. BTW this is a good year to quite smoking. Just saying.

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets

True Hospital Comfort Zone

True Hospital Comfort Zone

If you’ve been unfortunate to have been in any hospital in our modern world for a long stay, you know it can be an awful experience. Not just because of quality of service, but because of environment, because a hospital is a sterile place where the only fun you should be having is on your way out the door. Designer Sara Tejareh aims to change all that with the power of the soul.

0 Designer: Sara Tejareh

Using Even Shadow to Sit

Using Even Shadow to Sit

As you reading about this project are more than likely human, you know how important it can be to have a nice seat to sit upon. It is because of this, and because a chair can be so simple that it’s one of the central bits of industrial design in any designer’s schooling. It is the primary challenge of any Bauhaus student in Germany to create a perfect or otherwise innovative chair. The project we’re about to look at here is not from the Bauhaus, no, in fact it’s just about as far away in form from a Bauhaus chair as a designer has ever gotten.

0 Designer: John Leung

Auto Freedom for Brazil and Beyond

Auto Freedom for Brazil and Beyond

By now, since I and we have mentioned it so often due to its massive spread of influence over the world of industrial design, we must assume you’ve seen the movie Minority Report. This film is a futuristic vision of the world in which one of the greatest innovations is the integrated highway system, one where no longer are there roads on which you can crash your car, but essentially rails on which you plug your destination in and you’re carried along your way. What the designers in this project have done is to make that auto system a reality – sort of.

0 Designer: 2:1 Industrial Design Team

Future Photography Contained in a Really Small Lens

Future Photography Contained in a Really Small Lens

The Funamizu is back with another concept. Inspired by the WVIL concept camera shown at this year’s CES, Mac Funamizu envisaged a similar device in a slimmer package. The idea revolves around a lens system that is totally self contained with everything needed to take SLR quality photos. It wirelessly transmits the images to a hub device – in this case, a transparent screen.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Icy Lotus

Icy Lotus

Love me a fun ice cube y’all and the Ice Lotus ice cube tray is the sleekest looking of them all. Made of black rubber and stainless steel, it looks like a lotus pod. Smash the rubbery part with your hand and the “ice seeds” eject into the steel bottom.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin (Se Xin)

The 2011 iF concept design Showcase on Yanko Design – Part III

The 2011 iF concept design Showcase on Yanko Design – Part III

Welcome to Day 3 of the 2011 iF concept design Showcase. The journey so far has seen us display many new concepts and some refined designs. Putting David Craib’s word to perspective: Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this.” Let’s jump in and refresh ourselves with projects that say “look at this!”. For those who missed it, catch Day 1 and Day 2 here.

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Invisible Chairs for Childlike Designers

Invisible Chairs for Childlike Designers

If you’ve got all your industrial design history in order, you’re aware of the magnificent Phillipe Starck. If you’re familiar with mister Starck, you might also be familiar with his awesome chair by the name of Mr Impossible – this chair is made entirely of transparent plastic and appears to be too wild to be true. Of course now we know that plastic can easily do such a thing, but back when it was invented, Mr Impossible really seemed impossible!

0 Designer: Paul Sandip

Sound in One Direction

Sound in One Direction

Are you interested in the sonic? How about the supersonic? How about the… ultrasonic. Behold what designer Adam Moller calls “Klang Ultrasonic Speakers,” a vision in gold and black. These speakers are a pair that emit low-level ultrasound from a node attached to a dish. When this happens, this node’s relative location to the focal point of the dish determines where the signal will spread.

0 Designer: Adam Moller