QWSTION Likes to Question The Norm

QWSTION Likes to Question The Norm

As an urban jet setter there are times when I see my life falling apart because I invested in the wrong gear. There is only so much that a bag can do and you can’t really reinvent it! So what about my needs of a bag that is between haute fashion and functionality? Something that is sustainable, high on utility and design, something that will suit my metrosexual sensibilities. That is my QWSTION!

0 Designer: QWSTION [ Buy it Here ]

New Word of the Day: dataSTICKIES

New Word of the Day: dataSTICKIES

YD’s resident Design Strategist Hideshi Hamaguchi, who also happens to be the innovator of the USB Stick will be pleasantly surprised to see his vision take on such a productive form. dataSTICKIES are the next generation of data portability. They are graphene-based flash drives that replace USB data drives.

0 Designers: Aditi Singh & Parag Anand

Umbrella That Stands

Umbrella That Stands

Search Umbrella on Yanko Design and you will see many concepts that try to make it blend into the background, when on the go. Flexibler is one of the most refined solutions that I have come across. The umbrella handle bends and can be used in different positions, it retains its original form when needed.

0 Designers: Liang-Hock Poh & Ming-Hung Lin

Cloudy With A Chance of Fun

Cloudy With A Chance of Fun

Play rain god to your potted perennials. Peleg Design’s ‘Rainmaker’ watering head lets you attach a cute nimbus cloud onto that water filled cola bottle. All that is left to do, is to command, “let there be rain”. And your violets would turn rose in adulation. I wish they came with battery powered lightning bolts too. Check out the video below to see how ‘Rainmaker’ puts the soon into Monsoon.

0 Designer: Peleg Design

Dock Dock. Who's There? Bike!

Dock Dock. Who’s There? Bike!

Ever woke up in the middle of the night and peered out of the window to make sure that your bike is still out there? Then the wall mounted indoor ‘Bike Dock’ from Berlin based design lab .flxble is meant for you. Urban living often endows us with smaller living spaces where smartly designed products can help to juice out more options. As a classic example, this dock transforms your bike into a piece of art to be proudly displayed in your living quarters. A proclamation of your eco-friendly lifestyle.

0 Designer: Mechmet Chiousemoglou of .flxble

Magic From Salvaged Furniture

Magic From Salvaged Furniture

Designer Alexander Schnell Sramek’s ‘Anti-Slip’ contemporary furniture collection stemmed from a peculiar situation. He had an empty bedroom that need furnishing and a mind that rebelled against the mass production/consumption culture of contemporary urban societies. Working with a limited space and tools, he set out on a project to furnish the room in 30 days and nights with out spending a dime on it. When creativity finds a path to flow through constraints, the end results are often pleasantly surprising.

0 Designer: Alexander Schnell Sramek for 3 D Design

The Safe Line

The Safe Line

Statistics show that a number of accidents happen due to the difference of radius between inner wheels and the outer wheels, when a heavy-duty truck is turning. To help negotiate the turn, an infrared ray system with sensors, called the Safety Line, is installed on both sides of the truck. This line can detect the status of the turn and alerts pedestrians or other vehicles in the danger zone of the turn.

0 Designers: Jih-Yan Li, Min-Yi Lin & Kuan-Chih Wang

The Pleasure Pressure

The Pleasure Pressure

I am not a medic, but I do know that if you apply pressure to a wound, the compression generally helps to heal and alleviate the pain. The Anti-compression Bandages has been designed on the lines to help ease out the pain thanks to an external compression integrated within the bandage. It even allows paramedics to monitor the wound safely. I guess the concept can be tested in limited conditions to see if it really works. What do you think?

0 Designers: Ya-Chuan Ko & Chi-Hung Lo

Cordial Chords

Cordial Chords

Mark Twain once observed that ropes possess an occult power to tangle themselves when you don’t look at them. Ropes and chords haven’t changed a bit in the past century. Thats why we all need ‘Cliphone’ to bond our headphone cables into submission. Designed in minimal style, the intuitive chord binder is a breeze to use. Constructed with silicon and and a Nylon snap button, ‘Cliphone’ can stretch itself to accommodate the fattest loop of headphone cables. Wish they came in a latex variant too

0 Designer: Seter Wu

A Keychain That Opens More Than Doors

A Keychain That Opens More Than Doors

SQWK should house the keys to the Swiss army HQ. This compact, multitalented keychain is capable of 6 functions including a pry-bar, nail-puller, bottle opener, one phillips head and two slotted head screwdrivers. CNCed from steel with black oxide finish, this rugged tool is quite comfortable to carry around.

0 Designer: Dylan Luxa

iPhone - A Case Sturdy

iPhone – A Case Sturdy

What if an iPhone could defend itself against the harshness of the environment it is subjected to? In a world less perfect than what Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive expected it to be, KLOQE comes to the rescue. This next to naked Aluminium iPhone case mimics the profile of the phone with such a slender profile that the entire KLOQE + iPhone 5 combo is slimmer than the naked iPhone 4. And thats not even the best part. The slide to lock, two part, KLOQE’s patent-pending design makes it the only all-aluminum iPhone case that does not affect your phone’s reception.

0 Designer : Sergio Troiani

Charger On The Seat

Charger On The Seat

Car chargers are so yesterday! How about a charger (USB Slot) integrated into your seatbelt? The idea is restricted to public transportation like busses, but I see so much value in the idea. Intuitively, most of us hang on to our phones and devices. At the most stuff it in our pockets or keep it on our laps. OMG, this is such a brilliant idea, please make it!

0 Designer: JeongLan Park

In A Flash

In A Flash

I love the structural design of the Condenser Flashlight, which is crafted from flexible materials. The reason behind this is to add flexibility, making it easy to grab the flashlight and even control the contours of the light beam. Simple physics and clever thinking!

0 Designer: Guangbo Wang