How Quiet the Office Life

How Quiet the Office Life

If you spend the majority of your life in the office, you’ve gotta know what it means to be distracted by sound. You sit in that office five days a week, the same cube, things that would normally go over your head become utterly powerful annoyances. Your production time goes down, your quality of life goes down. How do you stay up? You get inside your “Cocoon” of sound. That’s right! Block the madness with the loving glowing loving glow of either white noise or music of your choice.

0 Designer: Natalia Romanova

Hopscotch Calculator

Hopscotch Calculator

Aww look how cute! It’s a 8-digit basic calculator with a hopscotch keyboard configuration! Okay  it doesn’t do anything special so the design is totally novel but who cares! It brings back memories of tossing a shoe or stick and hopping across a poorly drawn grid on the sidewalk. Sigh, if only playing with numbers were really that much fun. God I hate math, just saying…

0 Designer: Vadim Kibardin for Kibardindesign Studio

Power Up With An Icon

Power Up With An Icon

The Icon Battery Pack for iPhone matches the uber-sophistication of Apple and delivers the extra punch with its visible “battery power” status. It uses EL lighting technology (supposedly the first to do so in the world!) for indicating the power status on its display and looks really swank! Features include additional talk time of up to 3 hours, or audio playback up to 18 hours. The company states that it is compatible with 3G and 3GS, I reckon a 4G version should be soon on the cards. One of those goodies that you can actually buy!

0 Designers: Essential TPE

Chanel Number 4 Of A Different Kind

Chanel Number 4 Of A Different Kind

It’s not a new fragrance by the popular couture brand that I’m getting here at, instead a clever packing design for travel kits. The number of lotions that metrosexual males and divas have to carry on their outstation trips is endless. Chanel 4 in One packs in 4 different lotions into a combo bottle and fits tidily in your suitcase. If I really must be picky about this near-flawless design, then I’d have to go with the glass bottle. For travel, plastic bottles are safer.

0 Designer: Kang Soo Sun

Only If You Don’t Care About The Minutes

Only If You Don’t Care About The Minutes

As a full-fledge time-telling device the Re-clock is an unfinished business. It has no minutes or method for indicating how many minutes have passed during the hour. But what makes the concept post-worthy is the way it tells you the hours though the layers of cloth-face. Before you rush in to tell me “Design Fail”; how about coming up with an alternate solution, that will keep the integrity of fading in and out of the hours intact and still communicate the minutes as stylishly.

0 Designers: Various

No Motion, No Electricity - Cutie!

No Motion, No Electricity – Cutie!

I’m not calling your face attractive, I’m talking about the the BugPlug! It’s a power device that’s cute as a button! I’m sure you’re quite nice looking though, that’s why BugPlug has it’s eyes on you! It detects when you’re in the facility and keeps your devices powered. When you’re gone, the timer goes off, and when it’s done, the devices are done too! Not destroyed, just denied their electricity until you get back.

0 Designer: Ah&Oh Studio

Behold! The Living Pixels!

Behold! The Living Pixels!

It’s a rare day when I or any of my compatriots here at Yanko use the real title of the project in the title of the post for the project, but it just sounded so sweet today. Kinda like a monster of futurism! And that’s what it is! Behold! This is a lighting system that goes by the name “Living Pixels” and it’s designers have taken that which already exists, charging it with the true energy of design-perfect creativity, creating light! Lovely, colorful light!

0 Designers: Chan Wan Ki Kay, Chen Siu Wa Shai Chai, and Suen Ka Hei Catherine

Slide That Chair Together

Slide That Chair Together

Slide it! Make sure everything fits! Woola! How lovely it is! Made entirely out of CNC-cut pieces of wood, this right here goes by the name “Android-System.” It’s a chair that will come to you in a bunch of parts, flat, and you’ve got to put them all together. Sounds simple? That’s because it totally is simple. Just like that.

0 Designer: Konstantin Atchkow

Green DIY Are Always Winners

Green DIY Are Always Winners

Only if you would have thought of recycling used soda bottles, snipping them a bit and fashioning a lamp, you would have won this year’s Inhabitat’s Spring Green Competition. Sarah Turner was quick on her feet and won the Grand Prize for this idea! Hop inside to have a look at what I found best at the competition.

0 Designers: Various

Carving Up the Ice Caps

Carving Up the Ice Caps

So it’s summer. You get kinda tired of the skin-bubbling heat, so you decide to head to the chill zone for some much-needed ski or snowboard or sled-dog action. You get out there and you get injured in a major way! Who comes to the rescue? Wolves. Well not anymore! Now there’s the CARV, aka the Compact Alpine Rescue Vehicle as designed by Matt Hardman.

0 Designer: Matt Hardman

Neon Tapelights Are The New Glo Friends

Neon Tapelights Are The New Glo Friends

Looking at these Neon Tape lights brings back a flood of memories from childhood. That’s right I’m talking about the Glo Friends! Although the cheap Chinese version of stars and planets stuck to the ceiling comes in a close second, Glo Friends were the best for night-time monsters. Saving Energy And Safety Line takes the idea of this night-glow-lights a step further, by coming in the form of a sticky tape that can be easily put around counter-edges and furniture. Thus avoiding the hassle of turning on the lights for a trip to the fridge at night.

0 Designer: Cheol Min Park

Clampy Washy Device

Clampy Washy Device

Here is something you wont understand – how I could just wash a hand… sized spot. All’s I really need is that one spot cleaned on my shirt, right? I mean, the rest is clean, why not just get that big blob of goo out of there and continue on my way for the day? And I tell you what, while we’re at it, let’s make this adventure in tiny cleaning green as possible, using minimal water and the power of the sun! How about it?

0 Designer: Rong Yong and Qian Jiang

Waste No Waste; They Are A Treat For Plants!

Waste No Waste; They Are A Treat For Plants!

If we talk about the future of dining (everyday home meals), it’s quite alright to assume ready-to-eat steaks and pot roast being available in capsules. Compact food meaning easier to cook and clean-up and this is where the Electrolux Eco Cleaner, a portable, compact dishwasher comes in play. Using ultrasonic waves to ionize food particles on the dishes, this dishwasher converts the food/grease to reusable compost for plants. Thereby waste will no longer be waste, but healthy meals for the greens. Squeaky Clean dishes, just a by-product!

0 Designer: Ahi Andy Mohsen