Are You 100% Korean This September?

Are You 100% Korean This September?

Delve into the archives of Yanko Design and you’ll notice that 6 out of 10 designs are by Korean Designers! It’s never been a calculated attempt on our part, but the truth is that their ideas and concepts are so innovative and in-sync with “good design”, that it is hard to ignore. Many of you write in to ask how we find out about these designers; I can’t give out our trade secret, but I can direct you to a place where you can meet them in person and maybe share your passion for design. The Korea Pavilion will be set up at the 100% Design London, this September.

0 Korea Design Pavilion: L70 @ 100% Design London: 23 - 26 Sept, 2010

Is This The Future Of Hand Baggage?

Is This The Future Of Hand Baggage?

The scene is this; you’re a weary traveler, jet-lagged and waiting to catch your connecting flight. You need rest and sleep pods & Business Class Lounges are out of your reach. The thing with airports and highly sensitive places is that the threat of terror-attacks and medical influences is surreal. So peace of mind while catching 40 winks can be a problem. According to Anna, the solution is to carry an emotionally secure object…much like the teddy bear from childhood. In this case it’s the Polo Backpack. It comes with pillows and a sleep-cover, to provide you the emotional security you’d like while resting.

0 Designer: Anna Perugini

Unexpected Light Saber

Unexpected Light Saber

The Scallop Lamp takes obvious inspiration from sea shells and is quite an interesting design. Besides being a floor lamp for ornamental purposes, it doubles up as a flashlight! The top projection detaches to become the handy torch during lights-out. Now that’s what I call really clever designing! It looks chic, has dual purpose and makes total sense!

0 Designer: Kim Ah Ra

V Cut In The Tape

V Cut In The Tape

V-tape is a cellotape design that dispenses itself! A clear-cut solution to the problem of finding the tape plus cutting it…can’t get simpler than this! My only issue with the design is that you can’t really tear out smaller than the V – point tape-length. It will have to be one or more roll-lengths and this can get wasteful. Using a scissor will defeat the purpose of this design! Quite a paradox eh!

0 Designer: Zhichuan Tang

No More Smokin Globes

No More Smokin Globes

This project is all about quitting smoking. I suppose it doesn’t just have to be tobacco, but that’s the most dangerous LEGAL drug in smoke form out there, so that’s what we’ll focus on. When there is smoke in a room, this Glow Globe lights up. When the smoke is gone, you click the reset button and the light goes dim once again. When there is smoke for an extended period in a room, the light stays on and changes colors. Quite simple.

0 Designer: Nebojsa Glavonic

Safe Safe Safe Watches

Safe Safe Safe Watches

The following post contains quite the security safe. It’s called “The Chronos” and it’s the most advanced safe yet produced by Brown Safe Manufacturing. Each Chronos features biometric finger print recognition, gps anti-theft systems, multi-sensor alarm with home automation incorporation, and automatic watch winders. And if these lovely items weren’t enough to strike your fancy, the Chronos is the only safe in the entire world to be constructed of military-grade ballistic armor.

0 Designer: Brown Safe Mfg.

Walnuts for Music

Walnuts for Music

You learn something new every single day. Today I learned a term for an action for which, before today, I did not know the name of. It’s “walnut rolling” and it applies to the spinning of two spherical objects in your hand. You’ve done it before, I’m sure. Designer YuKwang Kang took this action and turned it into an MP3 player. It’s the aptly named “Walnut Player” to the rescue! Spin me some music!

0 Designer: YuKwang Kang

Vote For Your Favorite Electrolux Design Lab 2010 Project

Vote For Your Favorite Electrolux Design Lab 2010 Project

All eyes are trained at Earl’s Court, London for the announcement of the winner of the Electrolux Design Lab 2010 Competition. However there is a slight hitch and the folks at Electrolux are looking towards you for some help. An august jury has been assigned to pick the winner, but EDL believes in democracy as well. They want You the People to vote for your favorite project. The winner of the People’s Choice will hold value in the eyes of the jury and hence democracy gets to smile!

0 Voting Open Till: 22nd September; 23:59 CET

Cassettes PMP Are So Retro And Cool!

Cassettes PMP Are So Retro And Cool!

Debating with a colleague of mine on what inspires designers, we concluded that since 90 to 95 % of designs (in any field) have already been created, inspiration comes from the ones that already exist. Like I know for a fact that many of you readers come to Yanko Design to be inspired, and during those Random Searches, the Cassette Tape inspired an idea thus the eTape born! Whatever the reason behind it, I love the refinements and in-sync designing. It’s the era of touchscreen and detailing, both of which are reflected in the product.

0 Designer: Song Han Xin

Bottles Sound So Sweet

Bottles Sound So Sweet

When the aim is to design something that is eco-friendly with minimum resources and the end product should not be some fancy faff but a real working device; the challenge becomes really tough. Liteon Awards usually have this premise for designers to build upon and this year is no different. Let’s look at the Green’s Voice, a speaker that is powered by paper battery and uses an empty recycled PET bottle for its functioning. An amusing idea that reduces the use of material plus resources and looks equally neat.

0 Designers: Various

A Cell Without Speaking

A Cell Without Speaking

This is the Compass Phone, a device which both asks serious questions of the modern day cell phone and answers with an elegant alternative: itself. This project asks weather mobiles are surveillance tools, digital leashes if you will – definitely a scary thought. In a poetic manner, the Compass Phone acts as a tether to another, using its GPS function to point you in the direction of the person you wish to be near with a compass. On the top, the amount of time it’ll take you and them to meet is displayed.

0 Designer: Hayeon Yoo

Beats by Eames

Beats by Eames

This right here is a wireless speaker system inspired by the works of Charles and Ray Eames. Specifically, it uses the “Eames Quadraflex Speakers” system as a drawing board to create this DIY project. Designer Joel Pirela built a wooden box with an access door in the back, jammed (with care) a bunch of amazing speaker components in there, and created an opening for sound at the front, covered with a black aluminum grill. Painted all in an off-white shade for that “vintage look” and set it right up in Pirela’s house.

0 Designer: Joel Pirela

Designing an Entire Campus

Designing an Entire Campus

That’s what A.M.O.S. Design and A Plus are all about, yes! Designing an entire campus is something I’m sure many architects would dream of. With architecture by A PLUS a.s. Brno and Corian realizations in interiors by AMOS Design s.r.o., Masaryk University Campus was bound to be spectacular! This project spans back over 10 years, being set up and 2000 and the first bit complete in 2005. And now, in 2010, the last parts of this gigantic high-tech building are near completion.

0 Designer: A.M.O.S. DESIGN s.r.o.