The Skimmer, And Other Instruments of Water-borne Death

The Skimmer, And Other Instruments of Water-borne Death

If you’ve ever felt your life lacks that certain gut-wrenching fear of imminent impact and death, then have I got a jet ski for you. Starting out half-submerged in water, the Skimmer, using the wing-in-ground effect, achieves enough lift at 60 km/h to break from the water and at 100 km/h reaches an elevation of 1.5 meters above sea level.  At this point the rider shifts weight and uses the handlebars to alternate power to the two motors in order to steer.

0 Designer: Zapp Design

Intimate Over A Cup OF Tea

Intimate Over A Cup OF Tea

Barely have we come out of appreciating the Enso that we have another innovative way of making and serving a hot beverage. The Mateando is the Spanish way of serving your cuppa in a very stylish ceramic set. The three-layer construction consists of “a yerbera, a sugar bowl and a mate”. Sugar is understood, mate here is the brew cup, but pardon my Spanish I don’t know what yerbera means! Hot ceramic can blister your hand, that’s why a special leather sleeve has been included round the cup. Someone may as well whisper leather to Starbucks!

0 Designer: Eliana Vincenzo

Music In My Soul, In My Kitchen As Well

Music In My Soul, In My Kitchen As Well

Taking inspiration from the works of Dieter Rams, designer Anton brings us this unique radio for the kitchen. The design takes into account wet-fingers, food smudges and greasy gloves. Going for a minimalist approach, the DAB Digital Radio features decent enough goodies to entice you. Stuff like rubberized weighted base, splash-resistant design, enclosed speakers and battery operation make it more durable given the environment it is intended for.

0 Designer: Anton Webb

Best of February 2009

Best of February 2009

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in February 2009.

Knockin' Around the Block Party!

Knockin’ Around the Block Party!

Check these blocks out. They play music. One block, the base block, is the control block. This is the block that plays the music and responds to controls. The controls – they are the other blocks. Each block, depending on weight, adds volume to the music. To switch to a new track, turn a stacked block. Beware of using these blocks in high-traffic areas – birds, cats, and girlfriends, because if the blocks are knocked: no more music!

0 Designer: Idan Arbel, Dana Yichye Shwakchamn, and Yossi Lugasi

You Like the Cold Water? Vertical Ice.

You Like the Cold Water? Vertical Ice.

You love the cold water. For when you want ice in a nice place, there is the “Iced Carafe.” Design team “Officeoriginair” brings you what’s basically a simple contraption, made simply for having wonderful time! Molded plastic with a rubber stopper, made in such a fashion that if you freeze an amount of water in the bottle while it’s on it’s side, the ice will stay put!

Full on cold your entire drink experience.

0 Designer: Officeoriginair

Pre-Burned Furniture For That Indie Housefire Look

Pre-Burned Furniture For That Indie Housefire Look

If you’re going for that lived-in look for your apartment but find everything you buy just comes off as too new you might try the Frene chair/step-up by Camillo Vanacore.  Completely transforming the object by charring its wooden surface, Camillo draws the eye and hand in desire to feel its unique texture.  The piece itself is a combination chair and four-step ladder for reaching that copy of Fahrenheit 451 perched high up on your bookshelf.  Hit the Jump for the chair’s different configurations.

0 Designers: Camillo Vanacore & Djordje Cukanovic

Not As Uncomfortable As It Looks

Not As Uncomfortable As It Looks

While it might resemble some medieval torture device at first glance, this stool utilizing a kind of egg crate acoustic foam material might actually be quite comfortable.  Designed south of the border at Eosméxico Studio, the chair does not appear to be in production sadly, but enough inquisitive emails might change that.  Hit the jump for a version sans the spikes.

0 Designer: Eosméxico Studio

Houseboat Colony For Oslo

Houseboat Colony For Oslo

Now I know that houseboats are a specialty of Amsterdam, but designer Espen Erikstad thinks otherwise. He feels that something like the Loup de Mer is what Oslo needs and that too for the student community. Ha! I can picture all the boys and girls getting all studious and cramming for their term papers over a round of fish and chips! I don’t buy this story one bit!

0 Designer: Espen E. Erikstad

Coffee Addict Writes About Tea

Coffee Addict Writes About Tea

The good thing about YD is that you get to cover stuff that you may not really enjoy, but heck if it’s a great design, why not share it with others. For instance many of you readers must be addicted to your java to get charged, but will that stop you from appreciating Enso Tea Percolator? Keeping with the traditional sensibilities of brewing the perfect cuppa, this three-piece tea percolator works pretty much like the moka espresso pot.

0 Designer: Jeffrey S. Engelhardt

Bar Is On The Wall Dude

Bar Is On The Wall Dude

You’re not drunk enough, but this bar is really on the wall. Although I don’t drink but if I were to make a bar at home, it probably would be something like this Lounge Bar. I mean look at it; it’s more like this classy mantle/shelf thingie where you showcase your trophies. Prized possession like a vintage wine or Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam! All your cherished liquor bottles sifted and stowed in three different temperature zones; now isn’t that alcohol haven!

0 Designer: De Dietrich

This Car Got One Fat Lip

This Car Got One Fat Lip

Oh you’ve made a car have you? Pshaw! Anyone can do – you designed it in 30 days? It must be terrible! Oh, for your 30th Anniversary, you say? Much better! Oh I can see it? Can’t wait to see – oh. Oh my. That is sleek looking! And no doors? Oh and it’s bluish-purply – Prince approved! *Flash Forward 9 Months*

Two Doors!? White?! Hulk-smashed?! Oh my goodness!

0 Designer: I.DE.A Institute

Travel Chomp Chomp Chomping

Travel Chomp Chomp Chomping

Or juice! And you can put whatever you want with it. The top of this container is for the liquid, the bottom is for whatever you want to mix with it. The top seals shut and the bottom seals shut too! Are you a yuppie or are you a construction worker? Or are you a graphic designer? Or a professional wrestler? You’ll all love designer Arjan Brekveld’s little cup.

0 Designer: Arjan Brekveld