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

Compost Dustbin?

Compost Dustbin?

Here’s the thing, you know you have to recycle waste, and many of us go through the motions, but there’s a percentage that finds excuses for not doing so. With the Braun Envi urban dustbin, you are actually doing your bit by “promoting composting from biodegradable waste.” Basically when you toss your apple core into this bin, bio-reactive substances based on photo catalysis start doing their job and rehashes the trash as compost. The substances also remove odors and speed up the process.

0 Designers: Julien Bergignat, Cecilia Jia & Johnny Chen

Hanging Towel Dryer Hits a Raw Nerve

Hanging Towel Dryer Hits a Raw Nerve

I have had so many fights with my husband and kids over wet towels. I mean, how much time does it take to go and hang out your wet used towel for drying? Less than Five Minutes! But No Sireez, they just won’t listen; they heap it up on the bed, floor; worse keep it wet n hanging in the loo. It’s for me to dry those stinky pieces! Wish I had a genie manufacture this Hanging Towel Dryer, which is shaped like a bathroom clothes rail, but is actually an air drier.

0 Designer: Seung Jun Jeong

Ten Exciting Boats and Yachts Concepts

Ten Exciting Boats and Yachts Concepts

My fascination with houseboats and yachts started way back in the 80’s, when it was safe for people to travel to Kashmir. We spent a week-long vacation in this charming houseboat on Dal Lake. Boats here were typically rustic with intricate woodwork and aristocratic charisma. Cut to the present times, old-world charm no longer exists and mean-machines with high-tech booty are in. Moving ahead with times is a good thing if it means adding luxury and efficiency to the deal. Let’s look at the Ten Most Exciting Boats and Yachts Concepts seen on YD.

0 Designers: Various

For Jogging Underwater

For Jogging Underwater

It gets weirder in here every day. Wouldn’t you agree? Today we’ve got the Nooka Zot-V, and it’s a doozie. I’m sure you’re a bit familiar with the NOOKA line of watches, as Yanko’s definitely had some moments in time with them before. And here’s their new deal! It’s wild, it’s weird, it’s entirely Nookatastic: Nooka Zot-V. You’ll be pressing so many buttons that you’ll forget your smartphone at the coffee shop.

0 Designer: NOOKA

Digital Photo Frame Packed With Features!

Digital Photo Frame Packed With Features!

I love my digital photo frame but this concept called Mint Frame takes the cake. Like other digital frames it displays your photos but also takes pictures with a built-in 2 MP autofocus camera. The adoption of digital frames has been slow and why? – partly because older people find it cumbersome. By turning the frame into a camera, you get instant gratification without the need of a computer or syncing with an online gallery service.

0 Designer: mintselect @ mintpass

Because I Like Fresh Air

Because I Like Fresh Air

Plants still do a much better job at sequestering carbon into oxygen than anything else. They naturally filter the air too and that’s why our green friends are a-okay with me. Problem is my green thumb is cursed. I can’t even keep a cactus alive. The O2 air purifier takes the pain out of the game. Place your potted plant on the O2 and water as usual. Excess water is evaporated and the system accelerates the process of photosynthesis, not to mention keeps tabs on our green friends so you’ll always know when they need water.

0 Designer: Tian Lingrui

Robox Boxes Coagulate!

Robox Boxes Coagulate!

Like all good, pure, family-oriented projects, this one was designed by a parent for some childrens. These childrens are the parent’s children, and he is designer Guus Oosterbaan. And he is a genius. I said it. You can quote me. He is brilliant. I say he is brilliant because if I were a kid, I’d totally flip out for these boxes. I’d sit on them, put them together, talk to them, punch them in the face… Totally flip out.

0 Designer: Guus Oosterbaan

A Light Up in Africa

A Light Up in Africa

Solar powered and good for 500 charges. First things last! Who is this product aimed at? Villagers. Impoverished or otherwise living without regular electricity. This is a light that allows people (children in school especially) read and work long after sundown where it would have been otherwise difficult to impossible.

Simple, nice.

0 Designer: Philips Design

Evergreens In My Office

Evergreens In My Office

I work from home, so I don’t have much of a clue about office environments and the arid-AC-air. But I take my friend’s word for it, that office air sucks! Many try and prep-up the air by adding pots of plants, but that’s another hassle of maintenance, she says. I suppose this Breathing Partition Stand will be good for an office. It has an exclusive area to place the plants whilst acting as a divider between work-desks. An automatic watering system takes care of the watering chore, and it would be a good idea to place low-maintenance varieties.

0 Designers: Jinsun Park & Seonkeun Park

Another Hanging!

Another Hanging!

I wonder if it’s due to sadistic pleasures or insecurities of a cruel mind, that our designers like to mock death with their visions. How else can you explain the Hangman Noose we saw earlier, and this “Hangman Light”? While the former evoked a healthy debate on life, philosophy and design; I am keen to see what comments this lamp-on-a-death-roll generates. I for one believe in celebrating life and would never want something as stark as this hanging in my home. What about you….care to comment?

0 Designer: Ji-youn Kim

NYC Helmet, I'm Giddy With Excitement

NYC Helmet, I’m Giddy With Excitement

Commissioned by the city of New York, the NYC Bike Helmet is designed with every rider, every season and a greener environment in mind. The modular system has a protective polystyrene inner shell and a soft fabric outer cover with integrated straps. Each owner can customize and personalize the outer cover, which easily separates from the protective shell for better storage and cleaning.

0 Designers: Yves Béhar, Josh Morenstein, Nick Cronan, Matt Swinton, & Giuseppe Della Salle of fuseproject

Do You Hang Dry? Save Those Water Droplets

Do You Hang Dry? Save Those Water Droplets

Here’s a solution to a problem I didn’t even know existed. It’s not uncommon to see lines of clothes strung up over balconies even in the most densely populated areas. It presents a problem for anyone who lives on the lower levels because their balcony becomes an instant pool from all the water dripping from clothes hung above. The D-CATCHER not only keeps garments stretched for even drying, but also collects all the water inside a tube for reclamation.

0 Designer: Tian Lingrui