LEED Platinum Certified in Los Angeles

LEED Platinum Certified in Los Angeles

Cherokee Studios by REthink Development is a new soon to be completed project in Los Angeles boasting LEED Platinum certification. Huge Kudos to REthink since this is only 1 of 12 buildings in California to achieve that rating. The building won’t be completed until September ’09 but I’m so giddy with excitement that I think REthink and whomever the land owners are should just let me move in. Better yet, lets open the Yanko Design Los Angeles branch in the building!

0 Designer: Pugh + Scarpa and REthink Development

JBL On Stage 400P Speaker Review

JBL On Stage 400P Speaker Review

Really what would we do without music? I’m listening to it everyday. It provides the exact kind of ambient inspiration I need when working. Of course that means having something small yet powerful enough to really make all the money I’ve spent on digital music worth it. Enter the JBL On Stage 400P speaker.

0 Designer: JBL [ Buy it here ]

Mobile Script Phone Needs No Stinkin' Batteries

Mobile Script Phone Needs No Stinkin’ Batteries

Yay! It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a mobile phone concept that promises to do everything under the sun in the thinnest form factor. I was getting withdrawal symptoms. The Mobile Script phone explores what functions any contemporary mobile device should have; internet access, documents on the go, games, communication, and mobility.

0 Designer: Aleksandr Mukomelov

Gorge Coffee Table, It'll Stab Ya

Gorge Coffee Table, It’ll Stab Ya

Gorge is a coffee table inspired by a gorge. The deep valleys and canyons are created using powdered coated steel bent into a V-shape. The design plays up the muse but also provides structural integrity and storage opportunities for books and magazines. I see a perfect spot for my dog to make his den too. Nevermind that you could accidentally impale yourself on one of those corners. Gotta bleed for design you know.

0 Designer: Ramei Keum

Classy Kitchen Companions

Classy Kitchen Companions

Of the many things that you require to make your kitchen aesthetically functional, the cutting board, colander, and knife block require the most amount of attention due to the work that they do. These components have to be visually appealing as well as competent enough to endure the rigors that they go through daily. A set of sculpted functional blocks called the Workspace Component Group has been specifically designed for the Backplash System of kitchens by Henrybuilt. They are designed to be integrated around the sink and work classy!

0 Designer: Henrybuilt

Green Power For Bedside Stuff

Green Power For Bedside Stuff

Green-freaks here’s the Magic Cube that can pep up your bedside manners! A combination of a lamp, alarm clock, radio and charger, this green-gadget sports a solar panel at its bottom, to soak up the goodness of the sun. The top of the cube indicates how much juice is left till you sun-bathe it for recharging. Going the by the current trends of eco-consciousness, the Magic Cube ranks forth for cleverly incorporating many features into one, thereby reducing clutter and footprint.

0 Designer: Kai Yu

Paper Paper Paper = Notebook

Paper Paper Paper = Notebook

You’ve got all this scrap paper. You’ve got so much of it. What should you do with it? Reuse it. Reuse it until it glows in the dark. With “Paper * Paper” you’ve got not only a thermal binder that makes you some quickly bound books, the package can be completely used up with the machine! No waste! The box makes the product: inexpensively constructed books.

0 Designers: Sungwoo Park, Hyunsoo Kim, Youngmin Yoon & Seunghee Son

Convenient Scoop Plus Lock

Convenient Scoop Plus Lock

Besides having a dedicated “Pets” section on YD, we even have a resident pet Miko, who actually reviews various products for us. I wonder what he will have to say about the portion this Pet Food Scoop dishes out. Anyways this scoop is more for his master’s convenience than his, coz it can double up as a fastener for the opened doggy food bag. As for the portion size, if one scoop ain’t enough then just measure out another!

0 Designer: Bradford Waugh

Swarna IDC Degree Show 2009

Swarna IDC Degree Show 2009

Besides hosting the usual buffet of seminars and workshops for their Swarna 2009 Degree Show, folks at Industrial Design Centre IIT Mumbai had a spectacular exhibition for their graduating class. Although I got to sift through the Industrial Design, Animation Design, Visual Communication and Interaction Design faculties, I naturally gravitated towards the ID section. Follow me to see the some of the innovative gems I discovered at the show.

0 Exhibition: Industrial Design Centre IIT Mumbai

GenevaSound Medium Review

GenevaSound Medium Review

Audiophiles are a picky bunch. They know what they like and if a sound system isn’t up to snuff – they pass on it without any chance for reprieve. We’ve only reviewed one other $600+ stereo and that was the B&W Zeppelin. There’s a new challenger, one with more awards and accolades than I can count. The GenevaSound Medium is an audio feast for anyone who wants to hear music the way it was meant to be heard. The design is ultra modern in an approachable sense. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Genevalab [ Buy it here ]

 Touchphone For The Blind

Touchphone For The Blind

The B-Touch mobile phone takes the iPhone touchscreen revolution a step ahead by incorporating innovate features to make a touchscreen cellphone for the blind. Limitation of senses does not hinder the sensitivity of this phone coz it combines technologies of blind-touch screen (Braille), voice systems and programs to function as regular phone, navi-system, book reader and object recognizer. Take a look at the video after the jump to understand it better.

0 Designer: Zhenwei You

Back to the Table II

Back to the Table II

So you know that one movie where the fruit stand comes down from the ceiling? That was neat. Here’s a whole table that does that! It’s the interactive type, all the most excellent things you’d want in a table, recipes, morning calendars, and games. It’s made for meals and parties, and sometimes for along times in the morning. And for easy cleaning! So simple in future land!

0 Designer: Guopeng Liang

Throw Some Light On Your Speaker

Throw Some Light On Your Speaker

Not to be confused with the conceptual SoundBulb that we so admired, The Sound Bulb Speaker seen here is a speaker shaped like your typical light bulb. Basically we are talking about a LED light bulb that hosts a transformer, a speaker, and a wireless receiver to stream music from your iPod, PC, mobile phone, etc. Featuring a standard Edison thread you can screw this on to almost any holder. It also consists of a protective wire mesh or hood and a translucent frosted plastic shell to support the work-dynamics.

0 Designer: Armada