Interview Me: Nick Trincia

Interview Me: Nick Trincia

As part of an ongoing series of quickstyle interviews with some of today’s most talented designers, I thought it prudent by kicking things off with the winner of our RELAX contest – Nick Trincia. It was a very VERY close call but in the end – the judges chose his entry (Fluid Rocker) for its design, feasibility, execution and overall presentation.

0 Designer: Nick Trincia

Imagine an Illuminated Forest

Imagine an Illuminated Forest

Scared of the dark? You could carry a flashlight but why not something a little cuter? The Light Tree is a small night-light. Sure it takes up one whole plug but look at it! Awww, so CUTE. Truth be told the designer had some “green” intentions. It’s supposed to inform you about the importance of energy conservation by using the international symbol for eco-friendliness; a tree. The logic is a bit convoluted but OMG it’s ADORABLE and look! The 110v adapter is a pot!

0 Designers: Yoonsang Kim & Junse Kim

Would a Woodchuck Chuck a Bike Made of Wood?

Would a Woodchuck Chuck a Bike Made of Wood?

Wood frame bikes have long given way to aluminum and space age materials but designer Arndt Menke thinks we were too hasty in giving up on one of the strongest, resilient, and lightweight natural materials. There are over 60,000 woody plants worldwide but we use less than 300 of them in a terribly unsustainable way. The Holzweg bike’s frame is totally made of wood and weighs a scant 2.3kg. Could wood frame bikes make a comeback?

0 Designer: Arndt Menke

How to GO GREEN With A Shower, Wand, Shoe, Dish and Bamboo

How to GO GREEN With A Shower, Wand, Shoe, Dish and Bamboo

Recently Sony encouraged some ID students from China to think GREEN and come up with eco-friendly products that can be incorporated into everyday life. The results were amazing concepts like a showerhead kinda music player, a conductor’s baton-styled TV remote, a shoe clasp GPS device, a solar powered speaker dish and a bamboo work frame for a music system. Take a look at them in detail after the jump.

0 Designers: Various

A Hip Lab Assistant

A Hip Lab Assistant

Like all other centrifuges, laboratory centrifuges work by the sedimentation principle, where the centripetal acceleration is used to separate substances of greater and lesser density. To give you a scenario, for testing your blood, a sample of it is put into centrifuge tips and placed into a lab centrifuge to separate its components, which is then analyzed. Here we have the LABCENT jazzing up a lab’s tabletop coz even though the stream may sound too intense, even scientists can do with some hot looking gadgets in their labs!

0 Designer: Jan Rytir

Rendezvous At The Meeting Point

Rendezvous At The Meeting Point

Clandestine meeting points are a thing of the past. As we get progressive our mindsets have changed and the secret romantic rendezvous points are being replaced with public installations like this Meeting Point! Quite a spectacular sight actually! You can arrange to meet your beloved on a particular hour of the dial and then maybe walk around to the 12 o’clock spot where a solar powered touchscreen kiosk awaits you.

0 Designer: Serdar Sişman

How Clean Is Your Bedroom Air

How Clean Is Your Bedroom Air

Respiratory disorders are on a rise and air pollution just doesn’t seem to be getting contained. Be it a metropolitan city or a comfy suburb, the quality of air is on the downslide. If you’re a worried parent like me and can’t seem to get over that persistent cough that is hounding your child, it’s best to be sure and eliminate poor air quality in the house from the list of allergens. Something like the Breathing Bud is a surefire way of analyzing how good the air quality at home is.

0 Designers: Xinxin Wang & Zhi Chai

OMG, What A Sexy Piece!

OMG, What A Sexy Piece!

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m on the lookout for a new mobile phone. Now before you try convincing me about the Apple Pie, I’ve decided to humor one of my designer pals (perks of being at YD) to come up with something special for me. He’s kitsch-ed up this awesome looking piece which he calls the MID. It’s a mobile internet device specially designed for internet browsing from anywhere. Ah the blogger in me is impressed!

0 Designer: Jan Rytir

Sit Above the Hot Seat

Sit Above the Hot Seat

This is a stove and a seat. Sit on it, or flip it on its side and cook something nice. This “Relax” duo-purpose leisure machine is designed by a Youngsuk and a Yoonsang – Yoonsang Kim is the designer behind the extremely popular Holeder Earphones. J-shaped earbuds and stove-seats, both designed for tiny-stepping the human race further and further down the joy road.

0 Designers: Youngsuk Kim & Yoonsang Kim

Stereovision for Real 3D Funiture!

Stereovision for Real 3D Funiture!

Wait a second… isn’t that already 3D? Behold the devastating addition of 4 legs to an already-4-legged-table. Brutality! Redundancy! So many extra legs! And what’s the deal with this red and blue here? It’s a “Stereovision Table,” and it’s made for those with a sense of irony in technology. But is it the same sort of deal as using a rotary phone? Or is it just silly?

0 Designer: John Nouanesing

MacBook Touch? Maybe, Just Maybe...

MacBook Touch? Maybe, Just Maybe…

Designer Tommaso Gecchelin isn’t oblivious to all the rumors surrounding a netbook or tablet-like PC made by our favorite fruit manufacturer. We try not to indulge in rumors here at YD but sometimes they do provide fuel for inspiration, such is the case with this MacBook Touch.

0 Designer: Tommaso Gecchelin

Finger Fatigue No More

Finger Fatigue No More

Years of writing and drawing have left a small hard callus right on the first knuckle joint of my middle finger. I can’t help it. I’m just heavy handed. It irks me enough that I partake in manicures and paraffin waxes just to soften it. Emma is a little accessory that protects your hand and secures the pencil into an ergonomic position. Wish I had this!

0 Designer: Gyu-Ryung Park

Plan Your Cycle Route In Advance

Plan Your Cycle Route In Advance

Just the other day Takashi and I were talking about getting back into shape and it even inspired him to go out and get himself a bicycle. Like a kid with his new muse, these days Tak can often be seen riding downtown Tokyo, so if you’re in the vicinity be sure to stop him and say hi! Anyways my point about his bike is that it lacks a qualified navigation system, so I asked a designer friend to help me out here. Ross came up with this VeloCity Cycle Route Guide, which I quite fancy.

0 Designer: Ross Kemp