Hamada's Got You in Hot Water

Hamada’s Got You in Hot Water

When you’ve got disaster, you need heat. The Onsui (hot water) works for disaster area victims by generating heat without fire. Pour your water in the Onsui, wait a bit, pour the hot water out. Make some food, eat some beans, some crackers, and fix that disaster up.

0 Designer: Kiyoe Hamada

The Danube Flower Blooms Again

The Danube Flower Blooms Again

When you think the word “innovate,” you don’t often associate it with “recycle.” But what Stojanovic, Pavlovic, Milanovic have done here is both of those things, with a project called “Wellness Sky.” Together they transformed a 35 year old, lost and decrepit building into the once glorious landmark it was at its height, and they did it by turning it into a fitness center.

0 Designers: Djordje Stojanovic, Vlada Pavlovic & Slavko Milanovic

Computer Fits in My Palm, Pano Logic Review

Computer Fits in My Palm, Pano Logic Review

Desktop virtualization is a phrase you may be hearing more of sooner than later. The idea of computing in the cloud as opposed to today’s private desktop machines isn’t new but there haven’t been many products to put idea into practice. The Pano Logic designed by Whipsaw Inc. is the first of which I’ve seen blends the beauty of minimalist design with a seamless computing experience made near identical to the computer I’m using now to type this.

0 Designer: Whipsaw Inc. [ Pano Logic ]

Umbrella Lights The Way

Umbrella Lights The Way

LightDrops looks like an ordinary umbrella but don’t let that fool ya. There’s more than meets the eye here. As water pours over the surface, potential energy from raindrops slamming onto the conductive membrane called PDVF transforms into electrical energy powering embedded LEDs sending your umbrella ablaze with light. The heavier the rain, the brighter the light to help you see your way.

0 Designer: Sang-Kyun Park

Now That's a Grassy Phone

Now That’s a Grassy Phone

In today’s rapid consumerist society, consumption comes into question. How durable do we want our devices to be when they become near obsolete in 5 years? The source materials that make up their build often take hundreds of years to break down. An alternative ideology are disposable products made from natural sources. The Natural Year Phone is made of hay, sans screen and soft keys. The hard components get recycled while the hay is um. . . well I wouldn’t smoke it.

0 Designer: Je-Hyun Kim

More Impossibles from Mac: Tired of Numbers

More Impossibles from Mac: “Tired of Numbers”

Mac Funamizu names his newest project a little too well, calling the desktop hygrometer and thermometer “Tired of Numbers.” Yanko Design is, incase you were unaware, primarily a blog about design concepts. Project after project, time after time, Mac Funamizu defines the Yanko motto: “Form Beyond Function.” And I mean that in as positive a manner as possible!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Technicals of Dark Fire Robot Guitars

Technicals of Dark Fire Robot Guitars

The Dark Fire is Gibson’s second robot guitar in so many years. This one is a beast. Three state-of-the-art pickups, robot-accurate frets and neck, “revolutionary rotary potentiometer.” Wonder what that is? The Dark Fire guitar “can play every single guitar tone ever.” Seem like a stretch? Come with me, and we shall spell out the doom that is the Dark Fire… !

0 Designer: Gibson USA

Yanko Claus Has Gifts For You!

Yanko Claus Has Gifts For You!

Sleigh ride all finished– the mare, eating Christmas oats, hears house noise, and snorts!

Want a Lubix bluetooth headset? Just leave us a Holiday haiku comment. 7 winners will receive a headset along with 2 skins thanks to our friends at Lubix. Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Ends Dec. 19th. Contest closed.

0 Sponsor: Lubix

This Grasshopper Folds and Generates Electricity

This Grasshopper Folds and Generates Electricity

Grasshopper is a foldable electric bicycle that turns into a trolley for easy transport. The use of composite materials provide rigidity and strength. The aim of the design is to satisfy those who like to bicycle in normal everyday life but live in places/cities where the configuration of the terrain is too severe (cough: hills). The target market is mainly composed of active people with environmental concerns and health concerns who live in urban centres, plus people who live nomadic lifestyles.

0 Designer: David Gonçalves

Screw Money

Screw Money

Rob Maslin had the clever idea to redesign bolt and screw heads that can be tightened and loosened with ordinary coins. Of course if this works as well as he thinks, I doubt all the hardware tool makers would sit idly by watching their profits sink.

0 Designer: Rob Maslin

Holiday DO WANT! Gift Guide 2008

Holiday “DO WANT!” Gift Guide 2008

The holidays are right around the corner so there’s no time like the present to make out your shopping list. Having trouble thinking of something for that family or friend really into modern design? Or perhaps you feel like treating yourself to something special for being extra good this year. Check out our DO WANT! Holiday Gift Guide after the jump. There’s a little something for everyone. Check back often as we continue to add more items. Have a suggestion? Leave a comment!

0 Holiday DO WANT! Gift Guide 2008

Praise God and Pass the Wall Tiles

Praise God and Pass the Wall Tiles

Who loves non-traditional wall coverings? Raise you hand! Then raise your other hand an pray! Because here’s the Porcelain Enshrinement Tile! Start a collection and built up, or just use a few! No need for a shelf or hook, each tile creates a shrine for your tiny items (and coats and photos too.) Check em out, then click through to the whole Yanko wall covering collection.

0 Designers: Chris Kirby & Alexandra Campbell

More Disturbing Machinations from Isolation Unit

More Disturbing Machinations from Isolation Unit

When I make my own studio, I’m going to call it Friends Party. And we will do battle with Isolation Unit, the studio of Teruhiro Yanagihara- the designer of this fantastic little flower pot creation. To activate the pot, all you have to do is follow the instructions given by the nice lady in the preview picture: open, expand over cup, look approvingly, and insert flower!

0 Designer: Teruhiro Yanagihara at Isolation Unit