Three Point Focus

Three Point Focus

Try changing a flat tire in the dead of the night, on a road that has no streetlights. Too farfetched? No stuff like this happens; it happens to people like you and me….and then to top it all off you either forget to pack in a flashlight or the battery on it dies out! Designer André Monteiro is glad to help in such sticky, rather dark situations with his Ylight.

0 Designer: André Monteiro

Spicy Hot Book

Spicy Hot Book

Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Anthony Bourdain; all my favorite men will agree with me when I say that it’s the spices that you add to the cooking that make or break the dish. Like most Asians, my kitchen too is stocked up with a variety of spices and I really miss my collection when I’m on vacation, cooking in my holiday-home kitchenette. Anyways, my point is that packing the spices is always a bother, which is why I leave most of them at home, but looks like with the MUJI taste-leaf book I won’t have to compromise on flavors anymore.

0 Designer: Nick Bampton

Making Pee Drinkable

Making Pee Drinkable

You aren’t dreaming! And this isn’t Waterworld! You know what I’m talking about, Kevin Costner. This is a device for emergency areas / unclean-water areas for yes, you guessed it, turning urine into drinkable water. Human or animal. First, pee on the Activated Carbon in the device to make the pee lose it’s color and it’s flavor. Second, squeeze the container, third, drink!

0 Designer: Leonardo Manavella

Zipper That Got Me All Entangled

Zipper That Got Me All Entangled

Thanks to all for appreciating the Yi Earphone, but I must say that some of the responses that I have been getting are pretty overwhelming. All loyal YDers know that we editors merely showcase talents of designers and are in no way involved in the designing process. So it took me by surprise when a mail came in threatening me for showcasing “this copied design”! Well my-dear-upset-designer, I didn’t design it and tell me what are you gonna do about this Universal Zip Lock Earphone?

0 Designer: Seon-Keun Park

Cutting Board Woes

Cutting Board Woes

A surefire way of sanitizing your kitchen cutting board is to add chlorine to the rinsing water every once in a while; sadly who’s got the time for it! We basically soap it thoroughly and rinse it off hoping that the bacteria are washed away and are not having a picnic out there! About 76 million cases of food-borne illness, most of which are caused by bacteria inhabiting uncooked food or contaminated cooking surfaces, are reported every year. Hopefully the UV enabled Alkeo will not let us become another statistic.

0 Designer: Joe Brussel

It’s Raining Pictures From My Shower

It’s Raining Pictures From My Shower

When you see a sleek little projector like this Photo Shower, you expect it to be packed with tech-specs and groundbreaking features; but NO! No, no, no! It DOES NOT boast of any such things, in fact it goes out of the way to ensure that you get the point: It’s a simple uncomplicated projector. It’s USP; it pours images down the screen like the cascade from a shower head; that’s it! Drops of photos trickle down the screen. Functions on the device are pretty basic but it sure scores high on the glam quotient.

0 Designers: Hyun Jin Yoon & Eun Hak Lee

Summer Time Calls For Picnics And Coolers

Summer Time Calls For Picnics And Coolers

Pretty soon we will have summer shining upon us and it will be time to pack up the sandwiches and cakes, get out the wicker hamper and bring down the trusty old ice-cooler from the attic. Gear up for Picnic Time folks! I propose a slight change in this routine however; let’s ditch the old fuddy-duddy cooler for something as chic and classy (and better functional) as the LEVEL cooler.

0 Designer: Byron Lee

Recycling Typography

Recycling Typography

It is set upon me to congratulate the simplest and most why-didn’t-I-do-that designs, I think. Here’s one of them. It’s brilliant. These folks decided it was lamp time, and having seen the way of the modern design-driven world, decided that giant characters would be in order. And wow! If their idea of refurbishing isn’t the most pleasant bit of sustainable lampatude I’ve ever set eyes upon.

0 Designer: Aleksi Hautamäki for Character

Tokyo Fiber 2009 SENSEWARE PART 1

Tokyo Fiber 2009 SENSEWARE PART 1

Tokyo Fiber SENSEWARE was started as a project to show the merits of Japan’s fibers. SENSEWARE refers to materials or mediums that arouse a creative desire in people. This is part 1 of our coverage on the ’09 SENSEWARE exhibition in Milano. In 2007 we saw televisions made of fabric small and squishy enough to coddle in your hand. This year the projects continue to amaze.

0 Exhibition: Tokyo Fiber

Flashback Fridays: Panasonic Toot-a-Loop Radio

Flashback Fridays: Panasonic Toot-a-Loop Radio

Part-radio and part-fashion accessory, the Toot-A-Loop was wearable technology. Worn around the wrist like a bracelet, or carried like a purse, the Toot-A-Loop was shaped like a tapered doughnut, twisting open to reveal the tuning dial on the inside. The AM-only radio also came with fun stickers so users could customise it.

0 Designer: Panasonic circa 1972

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