Live in Tokyo? Want To Buy Some Italian Shoes?

Live in Tokyo? Want To Buy Some Italian Shoes?

Then you should head over to Tod’s, an Italian footwear retailer, on Tokyo’s Ometesando boulevard. At the very least, act like you’re shopping while taking in the grandeur of its ornate facade that branches out like a concrete tree, covering and supporting its six floors of overpriced loafers. In creating the shop, the architects had but 33 feet of street frontage to grab shoppers’ attentions with, opting to partially conceal and entice the public with a kind of concrete lingerie.

0 Designers: Toyo Ito & Associates

The Clothespin of All Invention

The Clothespin of All Invention

When the day comes, you will know it. It will be like you are Paul, and God just smacks you right off the horse. This is what happened to designer Bartosz Mucha* -but instead of God, Mucha was hit by a clothes pin! Presenting Mucha’s collection of pin-on-objects, going by the title “Beech Objects.”

0 Designer: Bartosz Mucha

Makeshift Bonefire

Makeshift Bonefire

Got warm fuzzy feelings about bonfires? Relive those moments with the Bonfire lamp. Twist them round and round in your hands to turn them on. The LED lights set off a warm glow. Too bad they don’t heat up so it’s more like a makeshift bonfire. Designer doesn’t mention how they’re powered, could be kinetic energy generated from your hands or an induction charging base. I have a better use for them. Anybody down for a night relay race?

0 Designer: Kang Kyung Lee

Tea Time! Set The Table

Tea Time! Set The Table

A tea table designed for a new age of lose leaf tea drinkers to sit, sip, store, and share. The Teable has a compartment covered with a serving tray. You can store your favorite tea trappings and accessories underneath. Teable was inspired by Japanese tea ceremonies, focusing on how tea is plated, made, and served. There’s a celebratory theme through-out emphasizing the social aspect of enjoying tea. And when you’re not drinking tea, it makes a bad ass table to play that good ole’ college game “Bullsh*t!” Who remembers that game?!?!

0 Designer: Molly Krantz

A Danish Super Car?

A Danish Super Car?

Oh snap! It’s a Danish super car. Somehow those words don’t go together in my head. When I think super car, I think Japan, America, Italy, Germany, maybe even France and England – but Denmark? It’s true, the Zenvo ST1 is a real Danish supercar with excessive power; a V8 1,104 pony galloping engine to be exact. The turbocharged 7.0 liter 6 speed manual tranny pushes the Zenvo ST1 from 0-60 in just 3 seconds. For safety and legal reasons, the car is electronically limited to 232 mph.

0 Designer: Zenvo

I'll Just Take Drawer 2 & 3 Home With Me

I’ll Just Take Drawer 2 & 3 Home With Me

I’m sure you can surmise what this is and how it works just from the pictures. “A Draw Bag” (I know, the name doesn’t quite make sense) has two functions. When it’s in its desk, it operates like an ordinary desk drawer, that is until you have to pull it all the way out to even open it. A little inconvenient yes, but at least you don’t have to waste 5 minutes packing up at the end of every work day. Just grab a drawer and go. Monkey see monkey do. Tit for tat. La de day, la de dah. Okay, I’m totally not making sense here. It’s late!

0 Designer: Jung-Ah Kim

Lamp Under Lock & Key

Lamp Under Lock & Key

Designer Hyun-Woo Sim likens life’s precious moment’s to a lock that only you have a key to. The Key Lamp follows that premise. To turn it on a key has to be used to move the switch to the on position, and vice versa. Novel as it is, I want one just for the sheer enjoyment of watching my partner drive himself mad trying to turn the damn thing off. Haha, if you want the key, come and get it. I love that game, don’t you? ^_^

0 Designer: Hyun-Woo Sim

Hot Pebbles for Cold Fish

Hot Pebbles for Cold Fish

Use the ancient power of water-smoothed rocks with the stone-grill concept “Pebbles.” It will make your healthy fish-devouring ways a cinch! Just unroll the Pebbles grill, locate the knob which switches the grill on, use it once again to turn the temperature to the correct level, wait a bit, just a bit!, and take them fish outta there. Turn the pebbles off and eat them fishes!

0 Designers: Yongju Kwak, Dongbin Shin, Kukil Han & Young-Seok Kim

Fold Your Phone Like Never Before!

Fold Your Phone Like Never Before!

With “WILD FOLD.” Yes, it is the Mac Attack. Who else would go so wild? I ask you that. Here Mac Funamizu takes the idea of the Samsung Flexible OLED and applies it to several conceptual phones. How small is too small? Certainly we’ve tested the limits with certain fruit-related-mp3-players of late, correct? And how much fold is really necessary? With Mac, we will always know how far is too far!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Look Ma No Paper! Wacom Cintiq 12WX Review

Look Ma No Paper! Wacom Cintiq 12WX Review

Wacom graphics tablets have always been in a league of their own. If you are looking for a professional tablet it’s not a question of what brand to buy, only what model. The Intuos range has been a solid choice for many years offering the portability the Cintiq 21 couldn’t. The Cintiq 12WX however created waves on its release as it made the Cintiq 21 technology portable for the 1st time and did so at an impressive price. Here at Yanko we have been reviewing the Cintiq 12WX for over 6 months and have become quite fond of it to say the least.

0 Designer: Wacom [ Buy it Here ]

Ring of Power, Except it Snitches on You

Ring of Power, Except it Snitches on You

MHS Electronics has created the UV rays detector to measure and keep information about the time people spend under the sun to prevent skin and eyes diseases such as melanoma. If you think you can cheat, think again. All the information gets linked up with your doctor. The device comes in a ring form factor for easy wearability and because hands are the most exposed body part to the sun. To keep information synced and the ring charge, just place it on top of its USB powered dock.

0 Designers: Julien Bergignat & Laurence Charron-Huysecom

Leaky leaky? Sparky Sparky

Leaky leaky? Sparky Sparky

Say you are on a jolly walk around the block, or maybe a jolly walk through the inside of your own home. You glance to your left and see, what’s that, a tap leaking water! What a waste! You’d go right over and “shore it up.” Wouldn’t want to let that water go to waste, right? What the ECord does is make that situation a reality for electricity. You wanna save energy, right?

0 Designer: Lufdesign

Airplane Alarm Clock Redux

Airplane Alarm Clock Redux

The same two-display clock you pick up before each flight (because you lose it between each flight.) The Industrial Facility’s designed this perfected object for IDEA International, Japan. IDEA plans on unveiling the production model at 100% Design London. It’s called “Jetlag,” and it’s sky high!

0 Designer: Industrial Facility