High Fashion MP3

High Fashion MP3

So the fine folks at high fashion brand Vivienne Tam decided they needed something special for their 2009 VIP customers. So they spoke with the Kit Men. The Kit Men said hay let’s make some real “technology art” and whip up a really hot mp3 player with some sass. And so they did.

0 Designer: Kit Men

Keep On Switchitallingaling!

Keep On Switchitallingaling!

Pugin! This thing is designed by Matthias Pugin! Kinda like plugin, which is what you’ll have done once you experience this clock. Made out of magic, aka magnets controlling metal bars which make up the surface of the clock, move about creating what appears to be a clock whose face, though analog, seems to perform a complicated movement task. The steampunk gang will be happy if this little diddy renders out nice enough!

0 Designer: Matthias Pugin

Decorating The Roof

Decorating The Roof

Our roofs are oft left neglected coz most of us don’t have green thumbs to transform them into roof gardens. If the inclination is there, then these modular pots called Natural Protector can come in quite handy. What they do is they open up on all four sides to form a waterproof layout-base for growing plants. A network of these opened-up pots on your rooftop plus a couple of fancy seedlings, and you’re good to go.

0 Designer: Kyoungho Ha

It's Alive!

It’s Alive!

This light is alive. That’s what I mean. I remember when I first realized that the terrifying glowing death orb coming to eat me when I woke up in the middle of the night was actually my Apple tower. This isn’t that! But it is alive, and it is a lamp.

0 Designer: Tim Richter of Naolab

Weird Cups

Weird Cups

Take a taste! The oddities we’ve had here at Yanko are some to throw you for a twist, and this is no exception! No exception at all! Pour yourself a glass of the old Winyard with the milk can, or dip yourself some savory flavor with the oil platter! Shovel yourself some salt with the cellar or dump some vinegar on your dish with the flask!

0 Designer: Aldo Bakker

Community Cycles Are For Sharing

Community Cycles Are For Sharing

Samsung Freecycle is a good lesson in community living; a system that teaches sharing is caring…. In this system you got a base unit mounted on a cycle, a device that you carry with you and a generator; all hooked to each other wirelessly. A bike sharing service is implemented and the twist is that users themselves got to manage the effective working of it.

0 Designers: Cristiano Giuggioli, Stefano Marchetto, Alessandro Brunello & Massimo Brugnera

Cheers For Zilborrerstea!

Cheers For Zilborrerstea!

Unique name and equally unique in function! I wouldn’t want to dilute its creativity by losing you in heaps of word. Keeping it short: Zilborrerstea is a deck that you can use in water bodies like lakes or the beaches. Hop onto it, rest a while or simply sunbathe. Take a look at the AMAZING video of its idea-to-end product journey. Totally mindblowing!

0 Designer: Ithaka Design

Watch Not On My Wrist

Watch Not On My Wrist

I’d much rather wear sweatbands than a watch on my wrist while playing a sport; hence this concept watch by Max Germano makes perfect sense. It fits across the back-of-the-palm and its selling points are easy access to the dial, and a clear view to the heart-rate, stats etc. The flip-side is that it could compromise the grip of the racket or whatever it is that you are holding as the straps may interfere. However, since the watchband is made from super-soft elastomer, it just may-be comfy….I’m on the fence.

0 Designer: Max Germano

The Amazing Expander Bike!

The Amazing Expander Bike!

It’s called the “Kilobike” and it’s totally magical. You can tell em I told you so. It’s designed to “expand the identity and usage of today’s kids bikes.” Made for Seed, designers at Kilo Design made this a bike to remember. If you’re from a bike family, even if you were the only one in your family to own a bike, you remember having to upgrade to a big-kid bike. It was a sad day, but no more!

0 Designer: Kilo Design

Here's a Hook Right Here

Here’s a Hook Right Here

Here’s the “Here Hook!” It’s an arrow, basically just pointing to the general area of itself. It’s a coat hook. It knows exactly where you’d be precisely in the area of cool if you want to hang up your jacket. Or hat! This thang is designed by the very well-spoken Richard Shed whom we’ve also got a knicked short interview of – come on and take a look right here!

0 Designer: Richard Shed

Camcorder In My Palm Is Good For Left And Right Handers

Camcorder In My Palm Is Good For Left And Right Handers

Yes, the form of the camcorders has certainly toned down, but the Pioneer Hi-def seen here takes the cake. It’s palm-sized, high-def, has a lens that pivots up and down with a display that is fixed at an ideal angle. What’s nice is that the form is symmetrical, so that both lefties and right-handers can use it conveniently. And since most of the controls are accessed via the touchscreen, they come alive only when required.

0 Designers: Dan Harden, Sam Benavidez & Hiro Teranishi for Whipsaw Inc.

It's'a Real Nice Electrolux Roundup!

It’s'a Real Nice Electrolux Roundup!

My goodness! Welcome to the future! Electrolux Design Lab 2009! Each of these designs is made to work in the world for the next 90 years. *OH my mistake, one is made to work outside the world. The brief stated that each item be able to prepare and store food, wash clothes, and/or do dishes over the next nine decades. Behold this limited list of robotics and flying things!

0 Designer: Various Electrotastic Designers

The Prince of Mars

The Prince of Mars

Inspired by the book The Naked Sun from Isaac Asimov, the R2-D2 robot from Star Wars, an egg, insects, and basically everything else in the life of Martin Miklica. And thus, these Little Prince machines are programmed to act with full life! They are made for Mars, each one holding a plant, caring for it as it finds a place more hospitable than itself. Each on these little pods is also capable of speaking with the others, learning as one unit, creating a huge collective consciousness of Prince knowledge!

0 Designer: Martin Miklica