The Vitamins In Google Are So Good For You

The Vitamins In Google Are So Good For You

Brand power is everything in business and some people know how to milk it best. Sony, Microsoft, Apple, and our favorite Google…powerful names that carry a lot of weight. In the concept-design-world, the trick to get noticed is not to associate the brands with the obvious. For example, concept  Sony gadgets have been done to death, but a Google Envelope will attract more attention. Likewise having jaded Hollywood actresses sell fountain of youth pills pales in comparison to Google selling Vitamins.

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

Kitchen Worthy of a Starship Captain

Kitchen Worthy of a Starship Captain

It’s easy to spend a fortune on a kitchen – especially if you want to show off your spending power by splashing out on prestigious, German or Italian brands with their awe-inspiring price tags. A young Hamburg-based family thinks differently – and commissioned KINZO, three young Berlin-based Designers, to create a bespoke kitchen that you won’t see anywhere else.

0 Designer: KINZO

iPhone Makes Coffee FOR REAL

iPhone Makes Coffee FOR REAL

Browse the iTunes App store and you’ll see there really is an app for everything. Take for instance the Make Coffee app, a slick virtual coffee maker. If you can’t make that real cup of joe, well this is next to the best thing. In fact it was so wildly successful with more than 10,000 downloads, the makers are working on a REAL ITALIAN STYLE COFFE MAKER wirelessly controlled by your iPhone. HELLO NURSE!

0 Designer: Mario Baluci

Flat And Folding

Flat And Folding

The Flexible Speaker for the iPhone is quite a departure from conventional speaker styles. More like a pretty hanging charm on the phone, this device makes use of “Flat Flexible Laminated, (FFT) Loudspeaker technology” to its advantage. Read: paper-thin & foldable. The folding aspect is relevant; coz with each un-fold of the connecting speaker, the volume goes up. Charming!

0 Designer: Chun-Chieh Yang

Illusion For Hot Chocolate?

Illusion For Hot Chocolate?

We have been exploring the various ways to get the perfect coffee fix while completely ignoring our other addiction, CHOCOLATE! My apologies. It wasn’t till Ahmad Bittar brought to my notice the Maya Machine. Now Maya means illusion, so let’s get swept up in this fantasy express. Maya is completely dedicated to the chocolate cause, it’s similar to the espresso machine, but doesn’t use crass powders to bring out the choco-licious flavors. It uses special pods of real chocolate that melts & blends into steamed fresh milk. Giving you the perfect velvet-chocolate experience.

0 Designer: Cambridge Design Partnership

Melting Away Lights

Melting Away Lights

I’ve had a bitter experience with a 200-watt bulb and here’s my story: when I dunked my phone accidentally into a mug of water, like a bright person I decided to evaporate the excess moisture by placing the phone under my table lamp. The 200-watt heat melted & disfigured the plastic interface and now I’ve cursed the bulb….and melted it! True story, but the Melt Bulb here is actually a reflection on how eco-conscious we are getting by replacing bulbs with LEDs. Just a gentle reminder by Keita, about precious electricity and how melted bulbs can make chic decor!

0 Designer: Keita Ogawa

Your Liquid Email Box

Your Liquid Email Box

I was going to nickname this something along the lines of Flowmaster but then I realized that was sort of… inappropriate if you know what I mean. What this project IS titled is “Go with The Flow.” What it does is control the amount of email communication you get via a real-world water container and valve system. Depending on the amount of communication you wish to receive from any group of sources, you loosen the valve accordingly. Keep them spam mails all corked up!

0 Designer: Filippo Cuttica

Organic Aesthetic Transportation

Organic Aesthetic Transportation

Behold once again the power of 3D rendering software. This is all realer than real. Master of this sort of illustration is designer Aleksandar Dimitrov, one who Yanko’s featured once before. What this project consists of is an organically shaped positive energy metro car for relaxing travel. A giant yet compact 2-sided sitting module is what this consists of, and in it, a fabulously futuristic experience you will find.

0 Designer: Aleksandar Dimitrov

Not a Flying Saucer

Not a Flying Saucer

There are lots of things this lamp is, but the one thing it certainly ISN’T is a spacecraft. It COULD be a UFO if you detached it from the ceiling and threw it off a building, but don’t do that! It’s an amazing light source and you should just use it the way it’s mean to be used. Which is to install it, turn it on, and admire it. It’s called “Verse” which is short for Universe. It uses an indirect light source that isn’t visible from its exterior. The Verse employs a filter that distributes the light through perforations all along the underside, shining on your head.

0 Designer: Christian Harrup

The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010

The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010

It’s not always easy to predict the future. For its 2010 competition, Electrolux Design Lab went with the theme: The 2nd Space Age; this essentially translating to designing a home environment for the year 2050, when 74% of the global population are predicted to live in urban areas. Student designers had to predict how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes. Quite a task but plenty of surprises from across the globe! Here are the Finalist 25, the countdown has begun!

0 Designers: Various

I SAID QUIT THE STICK MISTER!!!

I SAID QUIT THE STICK MISTER!!!

If you don’t want embarrassing alarms like that screaming in your face, then its best you quit that cigarette! In countries like India, smoking in public places is banned, but people seldom comply with the rules. This means you will find folks lighting up at bus stops, sidewalks and even parks where children play. Unlike Japan many countries don’t have designated smoking zones, so the only plausible solution is to have large smoke alarms that scream embarrassing sirens and chants, forcing you to put-out the stick.

0 Designer: Jin Ho Kim

I'm a Little Teapot

I’m a Little Teapot

Far from short and stout, the Rocking Teapot explores design behind intuition and perceived function. Everyone tips a teapot to pour it so why not integrate that function into the design? In many cultures tea ceremonies are tradition and time honored. The need for design to assist in the simple act of pouring and serving is personal and holds emotional meanings, not to mention beautiful.

0 Designer: Betina Piqueras

Robot Cyclops is Friendly

Robot Cyclops is Friendly

Meet Myon, a humanoid robot created by Studio Frackenpohl Poulheim and the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Myon represents years of work show casing the latest advances in artificial intelligence and motor skills. Even the shell exudes high-tech awesomeness with its thermoformed properties. We first heard about Myon at the DMY International Design Festival Berlin and suddenly got nostalgic about the now defunct Sony QRIO. They could have been friends y’all!

0 Designer: Frackenpohl Poulheim