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.

Another Coat Of Wax On The Old Standby

Another Coat Of Wax On The Old Standby

There comes a time when a good product category just dies, think telegraph or typewriter, fantastic inventions eclipsed by time and progress. Case in point, the Eclipse phone from Brian Ho does a great job of making everything old look new again. But despite looking like it belongs in Minority Report, it functionally remains the same old, outdated, rapidly aging home phone. Can industrial design save products from nursing homes or is this a lost cause?

0 Designer: Brian Ho

Stand Forget Breathe Acknowledge Observe

Stand Forget Breathe Acknowledge Observe

I’ve heard it said that there are no new ideas, only great executions. If there’s one thing the Dharma Lounge is, it’s a great execution. Using type to constitute structure isn’t a fantastically new idea, but this lounger from Palette Industries will no doubt gives anyone pause. I’m still a bit dodgy on how to take the apparent instructions printed on the chair, but I’m willing to sit down and think about it for a while.

0 Designer: Palette Industries

Bend the Beats to Stop the Flow of the Beats

Bend the Beats to Stop the Flow of the Beats

The best (and worst) thing about a garden hose is that kink that stops the flow. I love that kink. And so does the crew that’s whipped up the “Music Flow.” MP3s that spew forth from a faucet with matching earbuds and controls. Flow on!

0 Designers: Min-Kyung Kang, Tae-Seung Kim

The Best Render of a Yacht I've Ever Seen

The Best Render of a Yacht I’ve Ever Seen

Everyone has at least one yacht. I have six. But for those who want a yacht that’s unlike their other yachts, there’s the SENTORI 58R. The SENTORI 58R is a flybridge motor yacht, with three decks, a length of about 18m and a displacement of 28to. And it’s totally phat.

0 Designers: Christian Gumpold & Christopher Gloning

Requiem for a Tea Bag

Requiem for a Tea Bag

Have you ever had an experience with a tea bag? My answer is yes and no. Yes, I have experienced the totally awkward situation of having my tea bag be all used up, and having no place that’s ironic enough to let it wither up and die! Well, I’ll tell ya, I’ve been waiting my whole tea-bagging life for a place to bury my tea bag. And here it is!

0 Designer: Jonas Trampedach