With just a week left in the year we’ve wrapped up our best of the year designs in one big post for your reading pleasure. 2008 has been an eventful and inspiring year, and it’s hard to put all the top news in one place; still, if there’s one Yanko Design article you want to bookmark this year, this should be it.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Supervision is the personal financial assistant you wish you had. The electronic budget diary scans receipts, charts money coming in/out, talks to your bank, and gives you monthly expense details so you can balance your finances more effectively – or for most people, at all. The display doubles as a touchscreen and comes with a stylus so you can manage your monies the old fashioned way too.
Designer: Eun-Gyeong Gwon
Chumby(ies?) are a love it or hate it thing for me. For those not in the know, it’s a squishy wireless device that lets you download widget-like applications, everything from an alarm clock to a flickr photo viewer. Bruno Fosi and his creative mind hi-jacked his Chumby and created a goldfish tank networked with other enabled Chumby(ies?).
And YES I know it’s terrible to put a goldfish in a tiny space like that. That’s his fish, not mine.
Designer: Bruno Fosi
My left and right butt cheeks were created equal but somehow I feel like the right one is just a tad stronger, just like my right arm is much stronger than my left. I digress, this Balance Chair is more than meets the eye. The seat actually sits on a pivot that’ll easily send you topsiturvy if you don’t sit in a perfect upright and balanced position. Designer Yoon-Hee Kim created it to help people improve their posture because you know, 90% of us don’t sit properly.
Designer: Yoon-Hee Kim
I like my Lamborghinis like I like my cheese-burgers : fast and flamboyant. And since you are an aficionado of such big and scary things, we’ll let you decide whether its worth 495,000 EUR for a one- of-a-kind Italian supercar designed by celebrity “skulls and swishes” fashion designer Christian Audigier.
Also the car goes very fast.
Designers: Lamborghini & Christian Audigier
Then you should head over to Tod’s, an Italian footwear retailer, on Tokyo’s Ometesando boulevard. At the very least, act like you’re shopping while taking in the grandeur of its ornate facade that branches out like a concrete tree, covering and supporting its six floors of overpriced loafers. In creating the shop, the architects had but 33 feet of street frontage to grab shoppers’ attentions with, opting to partially conceal and entice the public with a kind of concrete lingerie.
Designers: Toyo Ito & Associates
When the day comes, you will know it. It will be like you are Paul, and God just smacks you right off the horse. This is what happened to designer Bartosz Mucha* -but instead of God, Mucha was hit by a clothes pin! Presenting Mucha’s collection of pin-on-objects, going by the title “Beech Objects.”
Designer: Bartosz Mucha
Got warm fuzzy feelings about bonfires? Relive those moments with the Bonfire lamp. Twist them round and round in your hands to turn them on. The LED lights set off a warm glow. Too bad they don’t heat up so it’s more like a makeshift bonfire. Designer doesn’t mention how they’re powered, could be kinetic energy generated from your hands or an induction charging base. I have a better use for them. Anybody down for a night relay race?
Designer: Kang Kyung Lee
A tea table designed for a new age of lose leaf tea drinkers to sit, sip, store, and share. The Teable has a compartment covered with a serving tray. You can store your favorite tea trappings and accessories underneath. Teable was inspired by Japanese tea ceremonies, focusing on how tea is plated, made, and served. There’s a celebratory theme through-out emphasizing the social aspect of enjoying tea. And when you’re not drinking tea, it makes a bad ass table to play that good ole’ college game “Bullsh*t!” Who remembers that game?!?!
Designer: Molly Krantz
Oh snap! It’s a Danish super car. Somehow those words don’t go together in my head. When I think super car, I think Japan, America, Italy, Germany, maybe even France and England – but Denmark? It’s true, the Zenvo ST1 is a real Danish supercar with excessive power; a V8 1,104 pony galloping engine to be exact. The turbocharged 7.0 liter 6 speed manual tranny pushes the Zenvo ST1 from 0-60 in just 3 seconds. For safety and legal reasons, the car is electronically limited to 232 mph.
I’m sure you can surmise what this is and how it works just from the pictures. “A Draw Bag” (I know, the name doesn’t quite make sense) has two functions. When it’s in its desk, it operates like an ordinary desk drawer, that is until you have to pull it all the way out to even open it. A little inconvenient yes, but at least you don’t have to waste 5 minutes packing up at the end of every work day. Just grab a drawer and go. Monkey see monkey do. Tit for tat. La de day, la de dah. Okay, I’m totally not making sense here. It’s late!
Designer: Jung-Ah Kim
Designer Hyun-Woo Sim likens life’s precious moment’s to a lock that only you have a key to. The Key Lamp follows that premise. To turn it on a key has to be used to move the switch to the on position, and vice versa. Novel as it is, I want one just for the sheer enjoyment of watching my partner drive himself mad trying to turn the damn thing off. Haha, if you want the key, come and get it. I love that game, don’t you? ^_^
Designer: Hyun-Woo Sim