Rule The Dunes

Rule The Dunes

One of the most spectacular things that you can do in the arid deserts of Dubai is the Desert Safari. The 4-wheel drive flies over the rims of the dunes at such precarious angles that for a moment you feel the jeep will topple over. After the thrill ride, they usually stop and allow novices like me try a hand at Sandboarding. My first attempt at the sport saw me gulp in mouthful of sand; it was a funny sight! They say practice makes perfect, and I’m gonna practice with the Sandviper!

0 Designer: Marc Bischoff

Let's Groove In The Womb Mommy

Let’s Groove In The Womb Mommy

The best baby books, my 2 pregnancies and family/friends’ stories all indicate that babies are responsive to the parent’s voices and are soothed by music when in the womb. Although scientific evidence to support this theory is quiet scant, it did inspire Geof Ramsay to capitalize on the Mozart Effect; a theory that proposes a baby will be more intelligent if exposed to classical music during the course of pregnancy. His B(l)aby device is a massaging wrap that goes around the pregnant tummy and includes a player as well.

0 Designer: Geof Ramsay

Would You Use a Bone Folder as a Knife?

Would You Use a Bone Folder as a Knife?

Do you know what a Bone Folder is? It’s a plastic utensil used for scoring paper, putting folds in it. Originally the Bone Folder was made of real animal bone. Some people still use animal bones for this very purpose. It works. It’s nature. Check it out. Here’s a team of people who’ve done the same thing for eating sticks. You know, knife, spoon, fork. All those things you use for eating the meat off the bones of the recently deceased.

0 Designer: Pod Design and Media

Beauty is Minimal, OneLessDesk Review

Beauty is Minimal, OneLessDesk Review

A long while back we were enamored with a seemingly simple bi-level desk from a company called Heckler Design. After a couple emails and a lot of patience (thank you Dean), we finally have our review of the OneLessDesk. At first glance, you’d be hard pressed to understand why something this simple could command a $649 price tag. But as with most minimalist designs, it takes some creative engineering and expensive manufacturing to pull off the perfect balance between aesthetic/function. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Heckler Design [ Buy it here ]

Rock-A-By-Doggie

Rock-A-By-Doggie

I am totally floored by Ilya Fridman’s design for a Dog Hammock. First of all as a dog-lover, I simply adore the idea of getting a pet pooch his own hammock, and to top it off the dog-bed helps in subtly collecting stray dog fur by harnessing the attraction power of static electricity. What a blessing! Ilya also win’s my vote for using recycled materials in the construction of Jamboree.

0 Designer: Ilya Fridman

Big Ears Has Its Advantages

Big Ears Has Its Advantages

Will you think less of me if I confess that even at my age I find cartoons and children’s programs adorable? I mean, why is that grownups have to be judgmental and scorn Mr. Bean or scoff at Tom & Jerry? Why can’t we be as easygoing as innocent children? For example I can literally visualize many of you going “Tch Tch, why is this Shrek MP3 player here? This ain’t a toy store!” FYI, it’s here coz many well known MP3 manufacturers ignore something as vital as earphone management while designing their players.

0 Designer: Sang-hoon Lee

This Party Is Headed Outdoors

This Party Is Headed Outdoors

I’m done with the Tupperware era where every party and host-gift excited me no end. I’ve come to the point where I think I own almost everything in the catalog. The only way I think the company can infuse a breath of fresh air (pun totally intended!) into their lineup is, if they consider this Compost Concept. Quite contrary to the food-storage options that company is so famous for, the collection pail and outdoor compost bin offers an easy option for those who believe in recycling garbage.

0 Designer: Ken Jasinski

You Been Dunkin' Long? Nice Cap.

You Been Dunkin’ Long? Nice Cap.

So you’ve got a mess of a tray there, coffee commuter. You look like you’re in the mood for a better top. Small innovations for a gigantic industry. Hot coffee’s new top is the “Coffee Top Caddie;” what basically amounts to a new mold for the plastic top that fits on top of your coffee cup. With this innovation, you can fit everything you need for that trip from the counter to your table or the order window to your car.

0 Designer: Joshua Harris

The View from Book Hill

The View from Book Hill

Welcome to a proposed extension of the Stockholm Public Library. This project, called “The Book Hill” is one that makes use of what were thought to be limitations in the landscape to create a building that not only holds books, but acts as a landmark for the city. These limits include the Observatory Hill that sits next to the site; giant, beautiful, too steep to be useful, and the library in place; the Asplund library, with its three detached annexes that separate the library into four.

0 Designer: JAJA Architects

My Only Dreem! To be Sponsored by a Label!

My Only Dreem! To be Sponsored by a Label!

Hello Extreme Sportsmen-and-women. You know as well as I do that the way to go pro, the way to keep your brain on the slopes, the coping, and the air, is to get sponsored be an awesome label that will pay your way. To get seen by these labels, one of the ways to get seen, that is, is to film and/or photograph yourself being extreme. How to do this? Get the “4P.” It has 2 pieces: the camera and the strap-on band. They work in concert using fast GPS to find and film you in major action.

0 Designer: Patrick Nally

Crumpled Rumpled Paper Sofa!

Crumpled Rumpled Paper Sofa!

Ok folks are you ready for some DIY class? Today I’m gonna teach you how to upholster a sofa. Oi, Chris Burns keep that darn thread away, and LT you don’t need your sewing machine for this. Takashi, you’ll do fine trust me on this one; just follow my instructions! Ready? Take some paper, crumple it a lot, now take your sticky glue and apply it to the back of the paper. CB…DON’T STICK THE PAPER TO YOUR COMP! Do it like how my star student Tokujin Yoshioka has done, stick the paper one by one on the sofa! Simple!

0 Designer: Tokujin Yoshioka for Moroso

Medical Nanny

Medical Nanny

I find it really funny that the guy who gave us the awesome Lounge Bar has devised a medication manager. It’s like first tempting you to drink and then telling you- no worries, tank up, I’ve got the hangover pills ready for you to pop! The Braun Clever Care Medical Coach not only stores all you medicines, but also syncs in your medical records and prescriptions straight from the doc’s office via GSM or Internet. It also provides a database to hold all medical records for the entire family.

0 Designers: Marc Salagnac, Ludovic Diallo and Cédric Dervillier

The Key To My Memory

The Key To My Memory

Let’s rewind a bit here and see what I found on the YD pages with regards to USB Stick designs. Some rectangular blobs with no aesthetic appeal whatsoever! Sheesh! A far cry from the sorry Humping Dog or Star Wars Mimobots, the radical USB’s featured on YD should include elegant alternatives like the Clé. Crafted to look like a Victorian era key, the ceramic bodied stick holds either 2GB or 4GB and would look pretty fashionable with your comp.

0 Designer: Alissia Melka-Teichroew for byAMT Studio