Eat, Cook and Clean Up, All At The Same Table

Eat, Cook and Clean Up, All At The Same Table

The two things that I see common regarding perception of futuristic technology is that products are going to be compact and well integrated. Take for example this futuristic dining table, its designed with all the modern convenience integrated within its belly. Once you sit down, you needn’t get up to make a toast or fetch the coffee, get an apple from the fridge or even wash your dishes. It’s all integrated into the table.

0 Designer: Petr Kubik

Dual System Bike

Dual System Bike

Tired of pedaling around Seattle and San Francisco due to the topography; no worries when you have designers like Brian considering the options for us. The Cykle is a project modeled on the Bike Share systems that is popular around Europe, and it combines both muscle power and electric power to function. Steep slopes and rugged terrain can be tackled by switching over to the electric mode, and scenic by-lanes can be enjoyed by pedaling around.

0 Designer: Brian Mcallister

Lucky Russian Trolly Ticket Cookies

Lucky Russian Trolly Ticket Cookies

Mouthful! Believe it! These cookies were designed by returning Yanko champions at Art Lebedev Studio for the Russian Ministry of Transport. In Russia where bus, train, and trolley tickets run rampant, superstition also flows freely. The Russian ticket trick is the following: when the first three digits added up equal the last three digits, the holder should eat the ticket for good luck! Design has made this luck devouring much less ink-intensive. Yummy lucky cookies!

0 Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

Artsy Electric Pole

Artsy Electric Pole

I forgive you for mistaking this as an art instillation, but I guess that was the whole point behind designing the amazing Yggdrasil Electric Pole. Svenska Kraftnät (the folks who run the Swedish national electrical grid) approved of this design and the poles will be placed as a portal on either side of an entry high way to Stockholm, Sweden. So if you’re making a road trip to Sweden in the year 2010-11, expect to these dynamic poles greet you at the fringe of the cityscape. BTW Yggdrasil refers to the holy world tree in Norse Mythology.

0 Designer: No Picnic

Okinawa by Way of Oslo

Okinawa by Way of Oslo

What is the pro tip I sometimes teach? Combos. At Yanko we have people from Los Angeles, Minnesota, Australia, Mumbai, Tokyo, and more! So you know we’re all about the globalization combos. This particular table “1 to 4″ by Australian born Chicago resident Leon Fitzpatrick makes use of Nordic elements and Japanese design style. Who wouldn’t want to sit at a table with the Japanese low-set proportion and the Nordic material balance? It is just… it’s just globalizationriffic!

0 Designer: Leon Fitzpatrick

Ten Creative Reasons To Learn A Musical Instrument

Ten Creative Reasons To Learn A Musical Instrument

Growing up in a typical Indian household meant imbibing certain rituals, like learning a musical instrument. Girls were encouraged to learn the Harmonium or the Sitar and the boys took up Tabla. Un/fortunately I wasn’t traditional and learnt the flute, bugle and trumpet instead. My brothers took up the saxophone and the drums; we used to often joke that we could start a home band! If you’ve not tried playing a musical instrument, then I feel you’ve missed something in life. Come, let me charm you with 10 ideas that will encourage you to hit a note!

Specialized Kitchen-Dining For The Physically Challenged

Specialized Kitchen-Dining For The Physically Challenged

Coox is a specialized kitchen plus dining area meant for those who use wheelchairs; however able-bodied people can use it comfortably as well. Sporting a circular form, the table is divided into two areas, the cooking and the dining. The cooking side hosts a fridge, microwave oven, induction cooker, armature, dish rack and drawers. A wheelchair-bound person’s basic anthropometric measurements have been taken into consideration while designing it.

0 Designer: Fatih Can Sarioz

No Tangible Screen For this Mobile Phone

No Tangible Screen For this Mobile Phone

Are you over the iPhone 3G S and Palm Pre? Good, coz I got to get you prepared for the future. In ten years from now, there probably will be no war amongst manufacturers with regards to display; coz there simply will be NONE! Holograms will replace the screens! Trou Hologram Mobile Phone relies totally on 3D holograms being projected in the vacant display area. Tiny projectors line the inner surface of the hollow and bring to life the many aspects of the technology. Imagine seeing 3D maps of a particular area or your girlfriend’s hologram when she calls!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

OneLessDesk Series, Gotta Have 'em All!

OneLessDesk Series, Gotta Have ‘em All!

Even with my RAVE review of the OneLessDesk by Dean Heckler Designs, many of you expressed dismay with it turning towards extreme minimalism at the expense of utilitarianism. People need their printer stands and filing drawers. Now you can get the whole lot via the OneLessDesk Series. That consists of the OneLessDesk, OneLessStand and OneLessFile. Pre-order now for July shipping and in a myriad of colors. Hey, why not be bold and mix & match?

0 Designer: Heckler Design [ OneLessDesk ]

Swing Delight!

Swing Delight!

Here’s a sneak peek at the Arioso Swing for the upcoming Maison et Objet exhibition this September. It’s your standard fair of powdered coated steel and golden teak wood but form meets function beautifully here because the Arioso Swing lets you lounge sun bathing style or throw a couple cushions on and you’ve got instant outdoor living room furniture. It’s a simple idea but effective. I love the feeling of being suspended.

0 Designer: Rossukon Horangchai

Dew-like Illumination

Dew-like Illumination

Emir Rifat ISIK finds inspiration in the most detailed bits of nature. His Dropmacro Lamp is like a macro photograph come to life. There’s a general fascination with macro photography because it sees things we don’t normally see in great detail. Look closely at dew drops on a plant and notice the form and how light refracts to seemingly illuminate the immediate surrounding area. It’s a gorgeous muse for this beautiful lamp which doubles as a bookcase. Brills!

0 Designer: Emir Rifat ISIK

Non-plastic Plastic Pot

Non-plastic Plastic Pot

Packit Potz is an attempt to do away with the plastic pots that most green-thumbed folks resort to these days. This flat pack version is more sustainable and is designed boost the growth of the plants through natural means. After its done living like a pot, it doubles up a micro greenhouse and an insect and slug repellent, which hopefully will increase the yield of crops or lifespan of plants. It’s made from Low Opacity Polypropylene and apparently production and transportation costs are minimal.

0 Designer: Anton Webb

Bombay Sapphire Jewel Glass

Bombay Sapphire Jewel Glass

It’s cold gin time again. And this time, you know it’s for real. William f Boujon has for you exactly what your distinguished hand desires for this exquisite moment. A glass, a cocktail, a fancy jewel. These are the words of Boujon’s Pampille Glass, a conceptual glass made for the discerning eyes of Bombay Sapphire. It’s not yet reached the production phase, and may never reach your lips unless your lips are let loose below. Alcohol posting a plus.

0 Designer: William f Boujon