Clickity Tickity Clock

Clickity Tickity Clock

Click tick, tick, click; olden clocks are where it’s at. Not since my grandmother’s mail-order grandfather clock have I seen a clicky-clock I like so much. But this one is not old at all! And at 18 inches at it’s widest, it’s not that space-consuming. But then again, take a peek at it’s wild manifestation. Sort of unwieldily perhaps. Not for the home with the tiny children with long reach. You know what kind of small household companion would like this though? A parakeet.

0 Designer: Bas van Leeuwen of Bloomming Design

Darth Vader of The Night Lights

Darth Vader of The Night Lights

While his Zweistil Bike project brought him many accolades, the Night Ease project may dub Stefan Wallmann as the creator of the “Darth Vader of the night lights…” This one’s a simple solar solution that has its bottom covered with solar cells for juicing up. During the day just invert it with the bottom up, on its ring-stand and let it soak in the rays. At night, place it peak-side up and turn it the right way around (it has a tilt switch inside) to activate the light. For the Jedi, may this force be with you!

0 Designer: Stefan Wallmann

Alternate Reality Time Machine

Alternate Reality Time Machine

Let me first say that I love pie-in-the-sky designs. Those design inspirations that have absolutely zero chance of ever being manufactured in any way, shape or form. These types of concepts serve as a great launching point for our imaginations, allowing everyone to rethink our preconceived notions of known, actual designs. Part Dick Tracy, part Minority Report and all bad-ass, this latest design exercise by Bruno Delussu is not only “inspired by Bugatti’s” Type 57, it is also vaguely inspired by actual automobiles.

0 Designer: Bruno Delussu

The Futuristic Automotive Top 10

The Futuristic Automotive Top 10

Honestly, this is probably only the first of a few top 10s dealing with the automotive category from YD; we be driving. Today’s list is the future. From wild wheels to perfect seats to flying cars, this is the way we’ll be crashing into each other when tomorrow rolls around. Are you ready for that?! Are you ready to do some amazing flips, twists, and the all important barrel roll? Drop the back on in!

0 Designer: Mechanic Superstars Galore

Mighty Big Vase!

Mighty Big Vase!

For the VIVID FESTIVAL in the land Down Under, designer Warren Langley had the installation Vessel of (Horti) Cultural Plenty showcased. Fashioned as this huge pot with plenty of illuminated flowers in it, the installation was smart enough to utilize 84 strand lateral emission fiber optic cables and just three low energy metal halide globes, 450W in total, to create almost 200m of linear light. What was even smarter was the construction of the vessel: vandal resistant materials like galvanized steel & laminated sheet iron and plywood.

0 Designer: Warren Langley

Woofer, Speaker, Tweeter All Live Together

Woofer, Speaker, Tweeter All Live Together

First glance and they look like really tall vases in your living room, but nope they are the Altec Lansing OMNI; a pair of omni-directional speakers. A heavy construction ensures lesser vibrations and superior sound quality. Each structure houses a woofer, a mid-range speaker and the tweeter on the top. The three of them don’t get into a fight coz they are shielded from each other via a ceramic plate. Since a cone sits on the top of each speaker, it distributes the sound equally in all directions. A big Omni party in there!

0 Designer: Nuno Teixeira

Intelligent Hose

Intelligent Hose

Knowledge is a powerful tool and it empowers you to make better choices. Like we all know that while washing our car or hosing the lawn we should use minimum water. My question is how do we derive what is minimal when we don’t know exactly how much we consume. We use 80-100 gallons of water per day; now this is real figure to work on and make amends to. Likewise the Measuring Consumption water sprayer displays how much water is consumed during your watering/washing activities; urging you to be a conscious consumer.

0 Designer: Tobin Spann

Behind The Scenes With Philips X810

Behind The Scenes With Philips X810

Ardent fans know that YD rarely covers real-live phones and lets the tech sites do the honors. On the rare occasions that we do cover them, it’s coz we try and bring out a different angle to the phone, like the design angle. I had the opportunity to interact with the Philips X810 designer Trent Stoddard and understand his sensibilities in designing this phone. The task at hand was to design a phone for the Chinese market, for a user who needed a large range of functions (like handwriting recognition) plus reflect luxury and individuality.

0 Designer: Trent Stoddard for Philips

Hang Me On A Stylish Hanger

Hang Me On A Stylish Hanger

The only variations I have seen on a hanger so far are the wood, plastic and metal ones. Oh not to forget the kiddies’ delights that fleece us in the name of branding. The hotel variety that comes with clips ensures that you don’t snitch any, but basically there’s little innovation done in the hanger-world. That’s till you get a load of the Stylish Hangers by Iota Designs. They look pretty and compliment those expensive suits that you own. USP is the expandable orange rubber ring, which is designed to create stability and the use of superior quality raw material.

0 Designer: Gordon Yeh & Jason Su for Iota Design

Fork, Spoon... Cheese-grater?

Fork, Spoon… Cheese-grater?

We get some weird submissions here at Yanko, that’s for sure. What say you is the greatest combination of two tools in the history of humankind? The spork, of course! And here’s what might be the next step in human evolution. Not only is this tool, the “Implement Six,” a fork, not only is it a spoon… it’s a cheese grater. It can grate your cheese and you can eat it too! Just what I need for camping.

0 Designer: Scott Graham

Transparent Barista Paradise

Transparent Barista Paradise

Presenting “The Art of Expresso” – a dream station for all those that serve that morning, afternoon, and nightly cup o joe. Expresso machines have always been quite large, and at most / all of the coffee places I’ve ever been at, it’s difficult or impossible to see what’s going on behind the counter. It takes a special person to be a good caffeine server, one that takes pride in how they mix. Now they can have that stage they’ve always been dreaming of.

0 Designer: Loc Trinh

Have Fins, Will Swim

Have Fins, Will Swim

Amphibian was developed as an aid for lifeguards (and Baywatch beauties) patrolling the beaches. Comprising of beach shoes and extendable fin modules, the set is meant to help the rescue worker swim up faster towards the victim. On land and in shallow waters, the fins don’t act as a hindrance like the conventional flippers, coz it has a unique retractable system that allows you to keep the modules retracted till you reach the waters. On the way back, after the rescue, a simple jab of the toes on the seabed, retracts the modules once again.

0 Designer: Edward Shelton

Hi-Res LED Pendant Lamp

Hi-Res LED Pendant Lamp

Light 4 is an exploratory exercise in trying to understand the iconic nature of objects through their form. Christian Harrup wanted the design to be unique, functional, and memorable. The main structure of this pendant lamp is made of injection moulded polycarbonate and uses high resolution LED’s or linear fluorescents concealed behind a polycarbonate lens. Simple and totally feasible. The shape lends well to a fashion studio thanks to the inherent “hanger” form.

0 Designer: Christian Harrup