Vinyl Record Clocks of Many Shapes

Vinyl Record Clocks of Many Shapes

Now, before I begin explaining what’s going on here, I’ve got to say that this ISN’T the first time I’ve seen someone apply the clock idea to a vinyl record. But- but! This is the first time I’ve seen someone do it so masterfully. These clocks are laser-cut to shapes that are fantabulous, wild, and weird. There’s a gun, a bird, a coffee pot, whatever you desire. Now think about that, that’s three ideas smashed into one – clock, music platter, and a die roll of a third ingredient.

0 Designer: Pavel Sidorenko

Make The Halo, Bike!

Make The Halo, Bike!

How safe is your bicycle out there in the wilderness? The city is full of bike thieves. Has been since the beginning of bikes. Completely full. So what are you going to do about it? Slap a chain on there? No way! It’ll be chopped off in a moment’s notice! Tie it up with a rope and a dog? No way! They love treats! So what? Call on the power of heaven to help you? Maybe… It’s the “Halo” bicycle lock, for holy protection!

0 Designer: Steve Hunt

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

We’ve all done it – count the minutes, miles and blocks before reaching home. Temporary respite from a long, hard day is one of the first things I look forward to as the sun goes down. Far From Home is a GPS enabled bracelet that gleefully (been dying to use that word) displays iconoglyphs denoting the distance to home. Oh and yea, it’s a watch too. Hey it glows! Mmm, pretty.

0 Designers: Paolo Buatti & Alessandro Palombarini

Wallet Delight

Wallet Delight

Men are more obsessed than women about their hair! I don’t have handy stats to prove it right now, but when I look at my son, husband, father and male friends’ behavior in relation to their mane…I totally get the drift. Pavel Sidorenko puts men out of their misery of finding a reflective window at every step, by designing this really neat flexible mirror for the wallet. The size of a visiting card, it slips into the wallet with ease, and is made from plastic. Handy and cute!

0 Designer: Pavel Sidorenko

Window Seats, Wow What A View

Window Seats, Wow What A View

Without looking out, can you describe the view outside your window? I bet you don’t have the time to glance out there and take in the sights! What a shame, cause imagine if you did take out the time to savor a cup of joe, I would have installed the “Happy Window” for you. A super cool side table that opens up to reveal two chairs and a table to hang from the windowsill. It gives you instant service for the moment, and then wraps again to become furniture against the wall.

0 Designers: Yonghee Cho & Sae Hee Lee

Replicators - How Real Today?

Replicators – How Real Today?

You’ve all seen Star Trek – at least pieces of it, here or there. You might even know what I’m referring to when I say this project we’re about to discuss is a real-world iteration of the original matter replicator. Truly an innovation that would change the world, that’s what this is. It’s called “The Joy Concept” and it’s designed by Ali (Jeff) Jafari. Replicate a stack of plates, just like that, then just as fast turn them back into dust.

0 Designer: Ali (Jeff) Jafari

Two Hundred and Fifty Dollar Coasters

Two Hundred and Fifty Dollar Coasters

For your beer. For to be putting your beers onto. That’s what these are. What makes buying a pair of these Black Badger Advanced Composites coasters cost $250 is their limited nature (35 of them, total,) and their composition. They’re made of solid titanium and aetospace-grade carbon fiber, and each of them has their own individual limited edition number laser etched into their side. That’s $250 for a PAIR of these coasters. That’s pretty swanky.

0 Designer: James Thompson of Black Badger Advanced Composites

How Low Can You Cellphone Limbo?

How Low Can You Cellphone Limbo?

AKA how simple can you design a mobile phone? Pretty darn simple. Designer Andrew Kim had a qualm with the HTC group, that being the fact that there’s no real perfectly simple way to differentiate between lots of “lower-end” phones and “premium models”, especially in the HTC line. So what’s he do? He simplifies. Don’t you see, everyone, we’re in the age of simplicity! The age of graphic design perfection, where the Bauhaus school of design handed us down the square shapes, so perfect in proportions that it took us 50 years to accept it! Here’s the “HTC 1.”

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

Casting Shadows Of Love

Casting Shadows Of Love

One of YD’s team members is soon to tie the knot, and I’m sure he must have picked the ring already. But just in case he hasn’t I’d like to suggest the “Heart Of Love”, a symbolic expression of love. The ring and pendent design try and replicate the ever-popular image of a wedding ring on the bible with casted “love” shadow, and do a pretty good job of it. Call it trick photography or simply the play of lights; undoubtedly it can’t get mushier or romantic than this!

0 Designer: D.K. & Wei

Cutter Safe For Fingers

Cutter Safe For Fingers

Safety Cutter is a simple stationery project that looks at adding functionality to the ruler and taking care of your fingers at the same time. The cutter is integrated into the ruler for a reason…to locate it easily in your stationery stash, plus the rigid support will help you cut the sheet (or whatever it is that you were cutting) with confidence. Not a really dynamic project, but what I really found interesting was the way the blade gets a protective sheath. Look at 5th image to know what I am talking about.

0 Designer: Han Ji Yeon

Totally In Your Ears

Totally In Your Ears

Earbuds look neat in your ears but sometimes times they can be misfits. Either the buds are too big or you have exceptionally small holes! The Ocarina Earphones come with the solution and feature a T shaped systematic type design, so that it can take support of your of inner ears, earflaps and tragus, for perfect placement. And if for a moment you thought that the design similar to the ancient flute-like wind instrument – ocarina; you were thinking right.

0 Designers: Yong Lee, Geon il Lee & Seo hyun Baek of i-SOUND

Interview with Asher Clark of Terra Plana

Interview with Asher Clark of Terra Plana

Footwear company Terra Plana has always been on my radar for their ethical stance regarding the Earth and the impact of design. Their aesthetic is anatomic without any “green” pretension. Their latest product, the Evo, eschews the consensus of what a good running shoe should be by going back to basics; running barefoot. My interview with Terra Plana’s Head Designer Asher Clark grabs insight into this growing movement and sheds light into the mind of this wunderkind.

0 Designer: Asher Clark for Terra Plana

Big Sound From A Zeppelin Mini

Big Sound From A Zeppelin Mini

I reviewed the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin almost 2 years ago and even to this day, there are few iPod/iPhone speakers that can match its beautiful design and awesome sound. The latest incarnation of the Zeppelin is the Mini. Call it the little brother but don’t be fooled by its size. This is big sound in a little box. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Native Design for B&W (Buy it here $399.95)