Behold! The Power of Refraction!

Behold! The Power of Refraction!

Yes! You’ve heard of it in your historical legend class teachings, but you’ve never thought it could be harnessed again in our time! But it has been! The refraction of light, my friend, the very harnessing of waves of brightness through awesome, awesome science. What we’ve got here is an installation proving the power of refraction yet again, this time with singles and bunches of LED lights and laser-cut acrylic to lead the way.

Ruth McDermott, show us!

0 Designer: Ruth McDermott

Storms Checked at the Door

Storms Checked at the Door

Sorry, no hurricanes allowed in here. We spent all of one afternoon installing these here hurricane shutters on the entrances so you should probably take a hint, mister hurricane. What we have here is a solution to the aches and pains one must go through to install hurricane shutters on doors and windows when the season arrives. These are made of Lexan, which is normally a hurt to drill through – with Sachin Mistry’s shutters, the shutters stay fresh, minty, and un-screwed!

0 Designer: Sachin Mistry with Fitch

Walkman Inspires DAP

Walkman Inspires DAP

Walko Audio Player is inspired by the simplicity of the retro walkmans that had no-fuss features. Lemme round up its proposed specs for you: a full e-ink touch screen with automatic backlight when it’s dark; two bold black lines that indicate volume control and timeline; 4GB of memory (amount used up is displayed boldly); 3.5mm standart jack for headphones; Bluetooth 3.0. What makes it promising is the vow of low power consumption so that it lasts you longer than ever!

0 Designer: Dimo Trifonov for Studio Nufabric

Turntable Gets A Makeover

Turntable Gets A Makeover

The majority may be hooked to their digital players but there plenty of old-schoolers who hang on to their vinyl for dear life. Trying to appease this segment is “Linos”, a portable record player. Ditching the traditional full platter configuration for modern sensibilities, this player takes into consideration the space demands and limited mobility of regular turntables. Simply load the record to the lower spindle element and lock it into place from above. Pushing down on the power icon then releases the tonearm and spins up the record.

0 Designer: Charles Pyott

An Audi for your Wet Dreams

An Audi for your Wet Dreams

In my opinion, Audi exemplifies the essence of German minimalist elegance. Never known for pretentious or over the top designs, the Ingolstadt, Germany company has stuck to their “Vorsprung durch Technik” or “Advantage through Technology” philosophy since day one. Designer Markus Klug used Audi’s minimalist approach to automotive design to create this cross-over water yacht concept.

0 Designer: Markus Klug

Ten Creative Garbage Bin Concepts And Designs

Ten Creative Garbage Bin Concepts And Designs

Is cleanliness really next to godliness? I dunno about you but I feel we have more messed up brains than trashy trashcans around the bend! Anyways, here’s a look at some really unusual and freaky concepts and designs that make the garbage bin a prized possession.

0 Designers: Various

Spunky Sputnik

Spunky Sputnik

Fellow writer Shane, besides being a brilliant with words is an ID guy with a remarkable edge. His Sputnik LED Lamp and Storage Chest is reminiscent of the iconic satellite that went into orbit in 1957. The concept features 4 individual LED antennae that can pivot on a universal joint to allow it to both fill a space and fit into crevasses. The base area provides the storage and is weighted with the power adapter. It looks spunky and rocks back and forth like those push dolls, without actually tipping over.

0 Designer: Shane Crozier

The Big Giant Chaos Table

The Big Giant Chaos Table

Table leaves. Where do you keep yours? Mine are behind the door in the study. I’ve got a 50-year-old table that uses one leaf to double it’s size. Here we’ve got a giant oval of a table that, upon pulling apart, becomes rather large and abstract indeed. The leaves that fit in the openings are made up of the pieces of wood cut off the boards used to make the table. Little teeny tiny waste!

0 Designer: Peter Marigold

Father’s Day Giveaway: Sorapot Teapot

Father’s Day Giveaway: Sorapot Teapot

UPDATE: Closed. Happy Father’s Day!

Thanks to Joey Roth & Jesse Jacobs, we are giving you a chance to win a Sorapot Teapot valued at $200. To make the moment even more special, he will also receive limited-edition tea from Samovar. Leave your comments after the jump telling us why your dad is special and who knows, it could be you and him reliving memories over the perfect cup of tea!

Contest Ends: June 20, 12:00 am PST

Sands Of Time

Sands Of Time

Besides the obvious, another purpose of a wall clock is to add a sense of identity to the wall that it hangs from. Sand as a metaphor for time is slipping through our hands and we can’t turn back the clock! This digitalized version reflects this sentiment and features two modes: night and day. As Natalia explains, “The main idea lies in the mechanism of the Sand Glass Clock: the lost time – at the bottom, future – on top.”

So what do you think….can you keep up with the pace of TIME?

0 Designer: Natalia Romanova

LEED Platinum Certified in Los Angeles

LEED Platinum Certified in Los Angeles

Cherokee Studios by REthink Development is a new soon to be completed project in Los Angeles boasting LEED Platinum certification. Huge Kudos to REthink since this is only 1 of 12 buildings in California to achieve that rating. The building won’t be completed until September ’09 but I’m so giddy with excitement that I think REthink and whomever the land owners are should just let me move in. Better yet, lets open the Yanko Design Los Angeles branch in the building!

0 Designer: Pugh + Scarpa and REthink Development

JBL On Stage 400P Speaker Review

JBL On Stage 400P Speaker Review

Really what would we do without music? I’m listening to it everyday. It provides the exact kind of ambient inspiration I need when working. Of course that means having something small yet powerful enough to really make all the money I’ve spent on digital music worth it. Enter the JBL On Stage 400P speaker.

0 Designer: JBL [ Buy it here ]

Mobile Script Phone Needs No Stinkin' Batteries

Mobile Script Phone Needs No Stinkin’ Batteries

Yay! It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a mobile phone concept that promises to do everything under the sun in the thinnest form factor. I was getting withdrawal symptoms. The Mobile Script phone explores what functions any contemporary mobile device should have; internet access, documents on the go, games, communication, and mobility.

0 Designer: Aleksandr Mukomelov