The Braille Phone

The Braille Phone

Hello there! I want to tell you about the thing called “collective conscious”: It’s a theory which says we (humans) all share, on some level, the same databank of knowledge, learning and creating together. Keeping that in mind, take a look at this, Seon-Keun Park’s braille-central phone: the second universally accessible phone we’ve discovered here on Yanko in so many weeks!

0 Designer: Seon-Keun Park

1 Tool To Rule Them All

1 Tool To Rule Them All

I have a tool caddy in my kitchen filled with slotted spoons, spatulas, ladles and some omelette flipper thing. Wanna know something? It is all for show. I use 2 out of the 9 items in that caddy. It makes me look like a serious cook but now that I look at this product called the Uni-tool, I’m ready to “be real” about my abilities. Made from tough nylon, heat resistant up to 240ºC, comprised of a slotted spoon, turner, cutting edge, ladle and spatula; I think I’m set. This is all I need. Now make one is multiple colors and I’m sold.

0 Designer: Derek Roberts for Joseph Joseph

Knocking On My Vase

Knocking On My Vase

This is so clever I am giggling inside. This concept came across my desk ages ago but it is only now that I am getting to it. I apologize to the designer because it is as brilliant then as it is now. The SEVRES VASE CLOCK is pretty self explanatory. An adjustable hammer gently knocks on any vase you place on the stand on the hour, every hour. Different vases produce different sounds so potentially every home’s clock looks and sounds different just from one device.

0 Designer: Georgios Maridakis

Talking Dumbbell, No I'm Not Crazy

Talking Dumbbell, No I’m Not Crazy

My trainer would go ape nuts for this concept. The Mint Dumbbell speaks. Workout programs can be personalized as a trainer walks you thru every rep. It even has sensors to smack warn you when you’re not in form. Working out with a set of dumbbells? These guys wirelessly communicate to keep you going. When all is said and done, the charging station charges/syncs and tattles sends all that data to your trainer. I imagine mine would just laugh uncontrollable at my feeble attempts.

0 Designers: mintselect @ mintpass for Mintpass

Getting Back To Geometry Basics

Getting Back To Geometry Basics

Grade school taught us the basic shapes…. Triangle, Square and Circle; and those dang shapes haven’t really changed a bit in all these many years. Elegant as they are as individuals, their identities converge as this graceful Braun Geometrical Kettle. Depending from which angle you look at it, you can easily identify a distinct triangle, square or circle, seamlessly merging into each other. Clean lines and simplicity make it a hit in my books.

0 Designer: Emi Schenkelbach

Cut from a Single Piece of Wood

Cut from a Single Piece of Wood

What is this! Only a single bit of wood and a small bit of steel support on the bottom, we’ve got quite a sassy looking little sear here! What designer Scott Jarvie has done is to not only make the single seat cut from wood with almost no waste, but multiple seats can be cut with very little waste from a single large regular sheet of plywood, too!

0 Designer: Scott Jarvie

Gothic Gaudi Stool

Gothic Gaudi Stool

The Gaudi Stool gets its name from the architectural influences of the Gothic Designer Antoní Gaudi. Like his works, this stool derives its strength from the benefits of beam-grid substructures that support its thin carbon fiber shell. Rapid-prototyping techniques employed in its manufacture ensures that the cost of production stays minimum, thus making it a viable project. Kinda eccentric-style to say the least; I quite like the black carbon finish it gleams with.

0 Designer: Bram Geenen

It's Cold Gin Time Again

It’s Cold Gin Time Again

Designers from around the world have been asked to create the perfect (and I’d say wildest) martini glass for Bombay Sapphire. You might recognize a couple of these folks. And check it out: Bombay Sapphire has reached out to you, the design-concious and intelligent readers of Yanko Design to vote for your favorite. You wanted the best, YOU GOT THE BEST.

0 Designer: Various Designers for Bombay Sapphire

Holograms Can Be Fun

Holograms Can Be Fun

Hologram technology may still be in a full bloom, but that doesn’t stop some designers from conceiving fun ideas to play around with. Like a kid in a candy store, the 3D Desktop Concept is perfect for computer-freaks like me. Natural hand movements across the black curtain to crumple and discard documents, or type out a virtual page akin to a typewriter; this concept has virtual holographic goodies by the dozens! If the idea is too overbearing then switch off the embedded tiny projectors and use this as a desk lamp!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Carved From A Block of Chrome

Carved From A Block of Chrome

Here are two products destined for production. The Chiseled and U-Turn faucet concepts come to us by way of  Design Jordan. I love the contrast between the abrupt sharpness and the organic nature of water. Too often I see these esoteric faucet designs that look stunning on their own but would look terrible in most homes. These concepts are what I call reachably futuristic.

0 Designer: Sofian Tallal of Design Jordan

Recipes On Time

Recipes On Time

Julia Childs called me up in my dreams and told me the Kitchen Timer is totally approved. It’s a timing device that works with specially designed recipe cards. Like any card you have instructions only the Kitchen Timer goes one step further and provides visual and audio feedback on progress. If a set of instructions says to cook the chicken for 30 minutes, the arm will slide down the card in that exact amount of time. This is precision cooking. Flaws? Imagine if you had a really long recipe. Multiple cards or is that too cumbersome?

0 Designer: Emma Caselton

Woven Bench

Woven Bench

Something about woven furniture tickles me, in a good way. The Cheig Bench is gorgeous. I love the modern form with the heavily pronounced curves. The wooden core is layered in plush D45 foam. The woven shell can be made of anything but I prefer it in nylon or recycled scraps for a truly unique look. It’s a bench, a coffee table, a foot rest, and if you want to be adventurous, turn it on its side for an instant room divider. Put a couple of them together like that and you’ve got an instant fort.

0 Designer: Sollo Brasil

Inverse Proportion For Texting

Inverse Proportion For Texting

The choice so far in cell phones has been large screens and tiny keypads or tiny screens and large keypads. Finding both large-large on the same device is very rare (like the iPhone) and this may irk some hardcore texting addicts. A plausible solution can be a device that goes on to have a large display when reading a message that transforms to having a large keypad when typing in the text. This is what the Blackhole Phone is all about. UPDATE: New Pics

0 Designer: Seunghan Song