Knockin' Around the Block Party!

Knockin’ Around the Block Party!

Check these blocks out. They play music. One block, the base block, is the control block. This is the block that plays the music and responds to controls. The controls – they are the other blocks. Each block, depending on weight, adds volume to the music. To switch to a new track, turn a stacked block. Beware of using these blocks in high-traffic areas – birds, cats, and girlfriends, because if the blocks are knocked: no more music!

0 Designer: Idan Arbel, Dana Yichye Shwakchamn, and Yossi Lugasi

You Like the Cold Water? Vertical Ice.

You Like the Cold Water? Vertical Ice.

You love the cold water. For when you want ice in a nice place, there is the “Iced Carafe.” Design team “Officeoriginair” brings you what’s basically a simple contraption, made simply for having wonderful time! Molded plastic with a rubber stopper, made in such a fashion that if you freeze an amount of water in the bottle while it’s on it’s side, the ice will stay put!

Full on cold your entire drink experience.

0 Designer: Officeoriginair

Pre-Burned Furniture For That Indie Housefire Look

Pre-Burned Furniture For That Indie Housefire Look

If you’re going for that lived-in look for your apartment but find everything you buy just comes off as too new you might try the Frene chair/step-up by Camillo Vanacore.  Completely transforming the object by charring its wooden surface, Camillo draws the eye and hand in desire to feel its unique texture.  The piece itself is a combination chair and four-step ladder for reaching that copy of Fahrenheit 451 perched high up on your bookshelf.  Hit the Jump for the chair’s different configurations.

0 Designers: Camillo Vanacore & Djordje Cukanovic

Not As Uncomfortable As It Looks

Not As Uncomfortable As It Looks

While it might resemble some medieval torture device at first glance, this stool utilizing a kind of egg crate acoustic foam material might actually be quite comfortable.  Designed south of the border at Eosméxico Studio, the chair does not appear to be in production sadly, but enough inquisitive emails might change that.  Hit the jump for a version sans the spikes.

0 Designer: Eosméxico Studio

Houseboat Colony For Oslo

Houseboat Colony For Oslo

Now I know that houseboats are a specialty of Amsterdam, but designer Espen Erikstad thinks otherwise. He feels that something like the Loup de Mer is what Oslo needs and that too for the student community. Ha! I can picture all the boys and girls getting all studious and cramming for their term papers over a round of fish and chips! I don’t buy this story one bit!

0 Designer: Espen E. Erikstad

Coffee Addict Writes About Tea

Coffee Addict Writes About Tea

The good thing about YD is that you get to cover stuff that you may not really enjoy, but heck if it’s a great design, why not share it with others. For instance many of you readers must be addicted to your java to get charged, but will that stop you from appreciating Enso Tea Percolator? Keeping with the traditional sensibilities of brewing the perfect cuppa, this three-piece tea percolator works pretty much like the moka espresso pot.

0 Designer: Jeffrey S. Engelhardt

Bar Is On The Wall Dude

Bar Is On The Wall Dude

You’re not drunk enough, but this bar is really on the wall. Although I don’t drink but if I were to make a bar at home, it probably would be something like this Lounge Bar. I mean look at it; it’s more like this classy mantle/shelf thingie where you showcase your trophies. Prized possession like a vintage wine or Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam! All your cherished liquor bottles sifted and stowed in three different temperature zones; now isn’t that alcohol haven!

0 Designer: De Dietrich

This Car Got One Fat Lip

This Car Got One Fat Lip

Oh you’ve made a car have you? Pshaw! Anyone can do – you designed it in 30 days? It must be terrible! Oh, for your 30th Anniversary, you say? Much better! Oh I can see it? Can’t wait to see – oh. Oh my. That is sleek looking! And no doors? Oh and it’s bluish-purply – Prince approved! *Flash Forward 9 Months*

Two Doors!? White?! Hulk-smashed?! Oh my goodness!

0 Designer: I.DE.A Institute

Travel Chomp Chomp Chomping

Travel Chomp Chomp Chomping

Or juice! And you can put whatever you want with it. The top of this container is for the liquid, the bottom is for whatever you want to mix with it. The top seals shut and the bottom seals shut too! Are you a yuppie or are you a construction worker? Or are you a graphic designer? Or a professional wrestler? You’ll all love designer Arjan Brekveld’s little cup.

0 Designer: Arjan Brekveld

Robots In The Army Now

Robots In The Army Now

As a part of the Inspectorbots series of Wireless Video Inspection Robots, the Delta Unit prides itself at being an affordable surveillance and reconnaissance bot. Its been specifically designed for situations where you would want to call the SWAT or the Hazmat team. Quite like the RC car that you like to play with, the Delta moves ahead and beams back live footage of the hostile scenario to the control center, without putting lives at risk.

0 Designer: Chris Rogers

Not So Red But Sassy

Not So Red But Sassy

Bono…oh Bono! I would do anything for you. I will even humor this cool looking Zik MP3 player that endorses Product Red along with Sony. Funnily, Sony is not even a part of the project, but that doesn’t stop designer Harold Terosier a bit. Bluetooth, recycled plastic, docking station, USB, the usual gamut packed into a 3-centimeter pendant player. Product Red is a good cause, so I am willing to let go this faux pas by the designer, hopefully you guys will do the same. BTW Bono would I look sassy in RED?

0 Designer: Harold Terosier

Eels Inspire This Fish And Chips Joint

Eels Inspire This Fish And Chips Joint

Being vegetarian gives me two advantages; I don’t care if they don’t serve me eels for my dinner and I don’t care if this one-time-staple has turned into a delicacy (read expensive). However aquariums and marine life do excite me enough to explore what dear Henrik has envisioned for the tidal weir on river Clyde, Glasgow. His project looks at taking advantage of the two distinct ecosystems that exists due to the change from fresh water to salt water within the river estuaries.

0 Designer: Henrik Width Kristiansen

Little Trailer That Almost

Little Trailer That Almost

This is the story of one product evolution from idea, through design, prototype and finally production. You might notice how the idea came, how the initial design was flawed but then solved in prototype. The path from idea to reality is full of branches, some in market position, some in design detail and others in production. I hope you enjoy this story of the little trailer that almost did.

0 Contributer: Zippy Flounder