Douse My Fire…Hurry!

Douse My Fire…Hurry!

The leaping flames, the hot arid smoke, he runs like lightning with the hose in his hands ready to douse the sparks! Good beginning for a juicy romantic novel, but I’m talking about a real big fire that firefighters have to deal with and any ways this is a design site and not Mill&Boons. The design to look out for is a new type of hydrant that uses zinc casting as a base. Featuring RFID, independent power and lighting system, this new hydrant could help firefighters save precious moments as they locate and hook the hose to it.

0 Designer: Jon Cervin

Find Beauty In A Router

Find Beauty In A Router

Router is the most mundane of your computer peripheral and the poor gadget hardly ever gets noticed. Most of the time it is callously placed on top of the CPU or stacked behind the monitor. In this modern wireless age, when we have so many creative heads bringing us upbeat tech, it’s a pleasure to see someone turn the eyesore to an object `d art. The Occipiter incorporates some amazing finishing like brushed aluminum with inlay wood and a magnesium alloy chassis. Moreover, the side panels are inspired by the Fuego Grill.

0 Designer: Michael Laut

Talk About A Super Soaker!

Talk About A Super Soaker!

Firehouses shoot insane amounts of water generating enough pressure to knock a man over but sometimes even that isn’t enough. The Jet Spray is a hose attachment that amplifies water pressure and increases range by 30 meters. The extra range would be helpful for aerial dispatches or from neighboring buildings – any where typical ladders can’t reach. The mechanism is quite simple, powered by a pressurized gas tank. The real question is when can I get one of these babies for my next water gun fight? Pew pew pew!

0 Designer: Haishan Deng

A Playful Meeting Between Wall and Floor

A Playful Meeting Between Wall and Floor

Those are the words of ADDI products, Kalmar, Sweden based design group who takes the wild step, not just forward, but to the side as well. They push the bookcase over. And why not! You’ve seen the crazy magazine racks for sale on the sidebar of Yanko there, right? Those are cool! Addi’s bookcase, called “Billy’s Brother”, is totally Radikal Arkitektur.

0 Designer: Addi Design Group

What I Look Like When Photographing You

What I Look Like When Photographing You

Sometimes the best expressions happen behind the lens. The photographer is the one left out of group photos but with the CLAM, moments can be capture from both sides of the aperture. There’s a lens on both sides of the camera. When you press that shutter button, two pictures are taken at once. The exterior LCD shows what you photographed. Open the CLAM and a smaller interior LCD shows what you, the shutter bug looked like. Cool concept except I’m sure most of my expressions would be squinty faces.

0 Designer: Gowoon Jeong

That's One Fancy Teacup

That’s One Fancy Teacup

I love me some tea but sometimes I’m just too lazy to properly steep lose leaf teas in a separate pot. I just want the whole shabang done in a nicely designed cup, not just some cheap mesh screen. Enter the LOTUS Gaibei. Beautiful double-walled porcelain cup with a sliding lid/strainer. I’m sure you could deduce how it works from the pictures. I especially love the ridges meant to look like the veins of lotus leaves. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Woody Hsieh

Top 10 Speakers Designs at Sound Innovation

Top 10 Speakers Designs at Sound Innovation

The list that you see here reflects how the designers have incorporated a simplistic every-day value to their complex technological design. In my mind I see the common thread of mundane objects being inspirational and incidental. Can you see the beautiful lampshade in the Gramo or the pots in the Sound Eggs? I do, I’m just waiting for you to catch up with me!

0 Competition: Designboom

OMG High-Tech Hopscotch!

OMG High-Tech Hopscotch!

Show of hands, how many of you played hopscotch? I’m not ashamed to admit I still do much to my neighbor’s dismay because chalked up sidewalks somehow irritate people. It washes off people! To insatiate my “tech” side, designer Hye-Lim Jeon created the Dream Beam, a device that projects the all too familiar four-squares and hopscotch courts without the mess of chalk. It’s old school play done the 21st century way (hehe, it rhymes). Still, there’s something satisfying about drawing your own chalk line.

0 Designer: Hye-Lim Jeon

imm Cologne 2009 Imminent

imm Cologne 2009 Imminent

YD won’t be able to attend this year but that won’t stop us from reporting on THE international furnishing show. The event runs from January 19-25 with public viewings on the last two days. WHO’S GOING? Send us your photos, show us what you like from the show’s 1000+ plus exhibitors. Get featured on YD and totally receive credit for it!

0 Event: imm Cologne 2009

Luminous Surfaces For Your Experiential Needs

Luminous Surfaces For Your Experiential Needs

The Cielos modular lighting system designed by Billings Jackson Design for Zumtobel has won a coveted GOOD DESIGN Award 2008, conferred by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Cielos provides a simple method of designing, installing and maintaining luminous surfaces. The shallow profile ‘plug and play’ units are elegant and with coloured light and video-compatible LED models now available, the creative scope is limitless.

0 Designer: Billings Jackson

Engineered to The Nth Degree 360º

Engineered to The Nth Degree 360º

Jaebeom Jeong  is back. His original grid chair elicited so much reaction, we were happy to see he submitted another similar concept called the R60. Both chairs are a part of the “grid series” but this one embodies the idea and repetition of a circle. It has the same exposed skeletal structure with much less complication. This one is cleaner and doesn’t scream “I made this in ‘AutoCAD.’” The whole piece measures 1760 x 1760 x 900(h), made with stainless steel, poly carbonate sheeting, complete with an ash-black stained finish.

0 Designer: Jaebeom Jeong

Dock…Speaker…No, It’s a Light

Dock…Speaker…No, It’s a Light

Life isn’t simple anymore. You work minimum two jobs; you multitask and make the most of a situation. Yes, life sucks…so is it fair that we make our electronics and gadgets do only one job at a time? No ways! They too need to labor like us, give us the maximum benefit of their existence. We don’t want only an iPod dock; we want it to have speakers and may be some light. Gottcha! This one has it all!

0 Designer: Sang-Hoon Lee

Three Garbages in One Garbage

Three Garbages in One Garbage

Presenting… the Tri3. It will solve all your problems. It can do everything. The Tri3 is a garbage… that can open in three ways – DON’T FREAK OUT NOW! Stay with me here! It’s not some alien technology, some futuristic freakshow horror android, no; it’s just simple, straight up ergonomics.

0 Designers: Guisset Constance & Cid Grégory