Coffee Cup Sleeve

Coffee Cup Sleeve

Starbucks and company have taught us that hot beverages in disposable or plastic cups are better held with a cup-sleeve. Air Shield Coffee Cup Sleeve takes the venture forth by banking on the principle of air expands when heated. So the lovely little petals that you see on the sleeve kinda blow up to act as a buffer between your fingers and the cup, saving you from a scorching hot cup. At room temperature the sleeve’s petals fatten out once again. Nothing extra special but a novelty item for the buzz-generation.

0 Designer: Frank Xing

Dandelion Lights

Dandelion Lights

Ever had the urge to pick up some dandelions and blow away its wisps? I haven’t either, but looking at this wonderful Secret Of Light –Lamp, I wish I could find some dandelion in my backyard! The lamp works in this simple way, shake it gently to switch it on (motion sensors), and blow onto the bulbs to switch it off. Mimic how you would do with the dandelion, only less vigorously.

0 Designers: Qin Xue, Cao iXiaoxiao & Wei Hangshuai

Hitchhikers Guide to the Classroom

Hitchhikers Guide to the Classroom

Have you seen, heard of, or otherwise experienced the “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?” Well this is basically it embodied in a fantastic school-desk body. Dubbed “Mesa – Classroom of 2015″ by its designer Phelan Miller, this concept is one our children will be wondering how we ever did without. Oh my goodness mother, you didn’t have the internet when you were a kid in school? How did you learn about things?

0 Designer: Phelan Miller

Lincoln Chairs for 2010

Lincoln Chairs for 2010

Do you know what Lincoln Logs are? They are wooden toys shaped like logs (aka fallen trees) with notches in them so they can be stacked in any number of ways to create log structures. Log cabins is what they had in mind, the same kind US President Abraham Lincoln lived in as a child. This tradition of selling the parts and allowing the customer create the product is continued here, now, today, in a table system dubbed “Molecule.”

0 Designer: Davide Tonizzo

Flat White Bike for the Weekend Warrior

Flat White Bike for the Weekend Warrior

High modulus carbon fiber! Bike for the talented rider! This bike is made for those folks who use their car during the week, but on weekends bike in the mountains, defending themselves against wolves for the greater good of their physical health! How does it help in this? The bike has a lithium ion battery powered automatic stepless gear transmission! What’s that mean? It decides what gear to be in based on the rider’s cadence, power, and speed!

0 Designer: Fredrik Rudenstam

Cut Throat Or Wrist

Cut Throat Or Wrist

Rarely do we cover jewelry on YD and rarely does a design studio like Art Lebedev come up with some. Presenting here is the Punctirus Bracelet or Necklace, which according to the designers can “never go unnoticed.” I daresay I agree, not for the clever styling but for the fact that it goes well around the neck and the wrist. Anything multi-functional these days is a bonus, especially in “expensive” category! But I must add, as a choker the Punctirus gives a vamp-ish look! I love it!

0 Designers: Art Lebedev

Blue Blue Bidet?

Blue Blue Bidet?

Bluena cleverly combines a WC Bowl and a bidet to become a space saving package. The acrylic bidet part conceals a tap that rotates in multi-directions. The lid of the bowl opens with a click and closes with a soft ’n slow closing mechanism. The seat is made from antibacterial soft rubber and can be replaced easily. Basically it’s a no-fuss minimal styled WC that I think will look cuter in pink and soft gray combo! Maybe then I can call it Pinkena?

0 Designer: Vasil Velchev

This Time Tea = Time

This Time Tea = Time

If you’ve been living the fast lane for a real long time, maybe you need to slow down, relax, and have a cup of tea. Designed to replicate the art of slow-motion-during-Tea Ceremony, TEA=TIME is an attempt by designer Erez Bar-Am to make you comfy with this wide-rimmed teacup and unique sugar bubbles. These sugar bubbles float on the tea for 10 seconds, creating little bubbles on the surface till they dissolve. Enigmatic and a real leisure proposal; something we time-bound-deadline-slaves deserve.

0 Designer: Erez Bar-Am

Have A Safe Hump

Have A Safe Hump

No room for naughty thoughts here, but the explanation for a design simply called the “Safe Hump.” This is no ordinary speed breaker, the system within allows it to harness the mechanical energy (of cars passing over it) into electric energy so that it can power the LEDs. Two reasons why we would want this: 1) LEDs lined speed breakers at night are easily visible from a distance 2) The design of this hump is such that your car glides over it smoothly.

0 Designers: MicroDream

The Circle Mirror of Water Life

The Circle Mirror of Water Life

This mirror right here is designed to show you the amount of water you use on the daily, on the monthly, and on the yearly. LED colored lights adorn the rims of this delightful mirror, their colors being set in place by the amount of water that runs through the sink it is attached to. And if you’re feeling like you’d like a big brother mirror function, it can control the amount of water you’re allowed to use!

0 Designer: Jin Kim

Of Course! Brush Markers

Of Course! Brush Markers

Designer Phelan Miller hits us with an ever-so-slight tweak of the ever-present highlighter marker. As part of a 12-hour designer challenge where a rendering was due at the end of the period, Miller decided to fuse the highlighter and the paintbrush together. Incorporating a paintbrush-shaped handle and a chisel tipped color distributor, this right here becomes a pen I’m surprised doesn’t exist already.

0 Designer: Phelan Miller

Keep on Workin, Keep on Liftin

Keep on Workin, Keep on Liftin

Designer Kimsungi has done it! Finally, my very own lift-me-up system I can roll around myself! This is one of those things I wish for but don’t really expect to reach fruition. The video below shows it in perfect clarity- a few clicks, openings, and closings, and you’ve turned what appeared to be a giant rolling suitcase into your very own lifting work stand!

0 Designer: Sungi Kim

Welcome To The Library

Welcome To The Library

For someone who stares at a monitor for most part of the day, an e-book reader is not such a novelty. No matter how convenient it may be, but at the end of the day it’s still a screen! Can anything replace the smell of fresh, crisp paper? Alas, this is 2010 and the gadget-freaks are going to want more “tech” stuff, and this Library e-book Reading Device caters to their whims.

0 Designer: Steve Yang, Yang ze-siao