Unisex Wallet – Dosh Wallet Review

Unisex Wallet – Dosh Wallet Review

Women have their purses and men have their wallets – so the stereotype goes. However in this day and age, we are seeing more and more unisex items made available that touch both the feminine and masculine side of all of us. I have to be honest here, my man’s wallets, they have always seemed so boring and plain. I was searching online a couple of months back for a nice new wallet upgrade to give my hunny for Christmas this year, and stumbled upon these guys: Dosh – Wallet as Art.

0 Designers: Henri Spaile & Mark Armstrong [ Buy It Here ]

The Intensity of Small-Scale Weight

The Intensity of Small-Scale Weight

The simplest of devices need love, too. Here Emir Rifat Isik’s done some nice love for the kitchen scale. Three buttons, a flashy orange ring, and light, bright display screen. With so few features, each bit must be perfect and precise. Does this make the cut?

0 Designer: Emir Rifat Isik

IVY, The Organic Lamp Shade

IVY, The Organic Lamp Shade

It can be difficult to innovate when everything seems to have been done before, and most creatives would be familiar with the approach of product A + product B = innovation!. Nine times out of ten this will result in a boring concept of pseudo innovation and is thus generally frowned upon. Occasionally though it does actually produce some pretty good results. The IVY lamp by designers Izabela Cichecka and Marcela Kawka would be one such example.

0 Designers: Izabela Cichecka & Marcela Kawka

A Sink-Plate for Lazy Disgusting People

A Sink-Plate for Lazy Disgusting People

You’re a sink-eater? Come on. That’s just nasty. Sometimes things are designed for the people who just love to eat their hunks over the wash-bowl. This is a plate for your dinner-table or TV-dinner that -by the looks of it- is a sink, drain and all.

But wait- if they can’t take the time to get a plate out, why would they take the time to buy a sink-plate?

0 Designer: Sherwood Forlee

Skate Shortens Your Commute, Possibly Life Span

Skate Shortens Your Commute, Possibly Life Span

There are certain gadgets that are simply too cool not to do something dangerous with. Case in point, “Skate” from Matteo Gentile adds an electric motor to a stripped down hybrid of a skateboard and snowboard bindings, creating something altogether different, dangerous and cool. Ostensibly created for regular transport and short commutes, I think we all know what was going through Matteo’s mind when he sketched this bad boy out.

0 Designer: Matteo Gentile

A Lounge Fit for Captain Kirk

A Lounge Fit for Captain Kirk

I know I’m not the only one salivating over the forthcoming Star Trek movie, so to appease our mutual appetites for the franchise reset I present the Daybed from Manuelsaez. Designed for its client Humanscale, Manuelsaez attempted to prevent unhealthy postures born of coffee table and couch computing. Although Intended for light home office use, anyone with one of these in their den is definitely putting in extra hours on the ol’ intertubes.

0 Designer: Manuelsaez

Rainbow Star Cutey Review

Rainbow Star Cutey Review

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of receiving the Rainbow Star Cutey by Lumenworks. I have a major weakness for groovy lighting, especially ones that change colors. This sweet little beast of a light is a smaller version to Lumenworks Rainbow Star light. Its base is made of metal and the transparent acrylic top is the icing on the cake for this little beauty.

0 Designer: LumenWorks Design [ Buy It Here ]

Steel in the Desert

Steel in the Desert

Continuing our meme of unconventional homes, we direct your attention to Blank Studio’s Xeros Residence. Completed in 2005, this house uses its location in Phoenix, Arizona, to maximum effect. Positioned on a narrow lot, the house is composed of two long bars stacked one upon the other. Long banks of glass allow for great vistas, and the location of the main living space on the second floor maximizes the view.

0 Designer: Blank Studio

A Sneasonal Flower Pot for Dry Times

A Sneasonal Flower Pot for Dry Times

When a fellow such as me lives in my environmental zone of the world, there are seasons for all things, including gadgets and appliances. One of these seasonal objects is the head-clearer, the life-saver, the wet-maker -yes- the humidifier.

Generally reserved for Fall and Wintertime blues, Jin-Yi Park has integrated the bringer of aquatic air with a regular old flower pot!

0 Designer: Jin-Yi Park

Stacking Awesomeness

Stacking Awesomeness

Miso Soup Design are designers of some sort. There is a lot of architectural speculation on their site which we chose to skip over. However of interest is their Za Stool, found in their furniture department. We’re not ones for furniture speculation, but this one looks simple and interesting. It’s a bent plywood stool, visually reminiscent of Sori Yanagi’s famous 1956 Butterfly Stool, with the exception that this one is stackable. Take the two halves apart, and voila! Stackable stool. Simple and brilliant.

0 Designer: Miso Soup Design

Glow Chess, Watch Out It Sticks!

Glow Chess, Watch Out It Sticks!

Glo Chess combines innovative Conductive V30 VELCRO technology with one of the world’s most popular games. Packaged in a stylish, travel-friendly case, Glo Chess folds open to reveal a miniature chess board designed with Conductive V30 VELCRO that illuminates each piece upon contact.

0 Designer: Adam Craft

Wood Lock and Slides Together, Kinky!

Wood Lock and Slides Together, Kinky!

The Karma Chair is a stylish piece of furniture designed for comfort and simplicity. It’s ergonomically shaped for lounging but the real story is the construction. Made from 2 identically shaped pieces of layered and formed bamboo veneer. They’re individually finished with opposing mating details so they slide-lock together with simple hardware. Flat pack shipping means this thing is destined for IKEA which in turns means it has a 100% chance ending up in my living room. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Jeffrey Wollenzien

Design Inspiration - It's All About You

Design Inspiration – It’s All About You

I was recently asked by my friends at Designer Pages to curate a collection of my favorite products. Naturally, I tried to focus on products influenced by modern international design. But it got me thinking, why don’t I see more products listed by YD readers… at least those of you who are product designers. I like to think Yanko Design can both inspire design concept and additionally contribute to the profession at the same time. So a shout out to all YD product designers: if you think your products belong in my collection, post to Designer Pages and ping me to have a look.