Piece of NYC on Your Bookshelf

Piece of NYC on Your Bookshelf

Magnum Photos is issuing a new edition of its book New York. This book is giant, at 20X14 inches, and comes with its own little case that makes it look like one of the buildings at Rockefeller Center. In this super-limited edition of 25 (no I am not missing a zero), they also include an estate stamped gelatin silver print by Leonard Freed all for the low price of $4000.

0 Publisher: Magnum Photos

Carbon Fiber Purisme Letter Opener Review

Carbon Fiber Purisme Letter Opener Review

Pure luxe, that’s how I’m going to start off this review. Carbon fiber is a favorite material of ours here at Yanko Design as seen in much of branding collateral. Woven carbon set in epoxy -that’s all it is yet quality is dictated by a level of craftsmanship normally reserved for one of a kind products. We got our hands on the Purisme Carbon Fiber Letter Opener by designer Mario Zeppetzauer. It’s an expensive proposition for opening envelopes but one every dapper individual must own. I am smitten.

0 Designer: Mario Zeppetzauer for Purisme

Not For Anyone Who Sucks at Math

Not For Anyone Who Sucks at Math

Everything we create is designed to respond instantly to our whims but what if our world were set up like the game Myst. You couldn’t do anything without solving a convoluted, yet simple puzzle first. Thats the idea behind this math based lamp by designer Mingyu Jeung. To turn it on, you have to solve a randomly generated math problem. Don’t fret, it’s set on chalkboard for the numerically challenged.

0 Designer: Mingyu Jeung

Lemme See How You Feel

Lemme See How You Feel

As communication becomes increasingly reliant on social media experiences i.e., email, IM, and text messages – valuable information woven subtly in physical interaction are lost. Communicate by Remote Concepts isn’t the first of its kind. The idea is simple. A user wears a small device with an integrated camera. This real time image is then translated into an abstract representation.

0 Designer: Bram Knaapen

Be Green While You Lean

Be Green While You Lean

As you have probably noticed, sustainable designs are very important to me, and finding a functional green design gets me excited. The Barnacle Chair by designer Ania Wagner is made from sustainable wood and lined with a cultivated industrial felt. This chair allows the user to sit in it, similar to bucket seating or flip it over and multiple users can lean against it while seated on the floor.

0 Designer: Ania Wagner

OLED Display Keeps The Insulin Pumping

OLED Display Keeps The Insulin Pumping

When a new technology comes to market, a ripple effect can cause all sorts of product categories to benefit. To wit, insulin pumps have lagged behind the industry of personal gadget design with poor battery life and clunky design. Jiri Bukvald attempts to assuage these problems with his Bachelor project Insulin Pump by utilizing new OLED technology. With the increased efficiency of the OLED display, diabetes sufferers can relax their constant battery swapping and gain just a bit more independence from their affliction.

0 Designer: Jiri Bukvald

My Entire House be Rearranging Itself, Grid-wise

My Entire House be Rearranging Itself, Grid-wise

I just saw an episode of Futurama where instead of the elevator moving though the building, the entire building moved when the button was pressed. This is the SAME THING – except the screaming is for joy, not terror. Let us together usher in this new age of change with the Grid House.

0 Designer: Moto Design Shop

Best of October 2008

Best of October 2008

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in October 2008.

Light Under My Bottom, Light Under My Drink

Light Under My Bottom, Light Under My Drink

In an ideal world, we can touch any object in our environment to activate its inner-light. This will allow those of us who are night-owls to live in a well-lit workplace (or playplace) with light above us, below us, or all around us. When this day comes, it will be a magically all-lit fairyland of glee and friendship. Today we are one step closer to that dream with this light-seat-or-table from a mister Gilles Rivière, who names his light-tribution “Ti.Galet!”

0 Designer: Gilles Rivière and partners

100% Design Tokyo 2008, Huge Photo Gallery!

100% Design Tokyo 2008, Huge Photo Gallery!

While most of you are busy recovering from sugar highs (did you get good candy?) we were busy at 100% Design Tokyo. This year drew an even larger crowd, both exhibitors and installations had some amazing eye candy. Some ideas were oldies but goodies, some were improvements on things we’ve seen before, and some were just plain out of this world. Hit the jump for the huge gallery of pictures!

0 Exhibition: 100% Design Tokyo 2008

Fireworks Help Find Your Car

Fireworks Help Find Your Car

Every time I get out of a car I yell to my friends the exact floor, side, and column it’s located on. Two hours later we’re all wandering around trying to find it. Constantly clicking the remote keyless entry doesn’t help unless you’re within audible distance. I need something bigger, something I can’t miss. How about fireworks?

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Miesian Rocking

Miesian Rocking

Over the years we have been fascinated by the alternate takes on Mies Van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair. It never gets old, although it’s sometimes overused. It’s been too often “softened” by professional furniture designers who create safe versions for safe modern interiors. These we ignore. We are interested in the non-safe iterations.

0 Buy it Here: Opulent Items

Oh Little Bonsai, You Like My Music?

Oh Little Bonsai, You Like My Music?

This week is an orgy of the hottest and latest concepts and products coming out of Japan. We’ll be at 100% Tokyo but over at Tokyo Designer’s Week, JVC is showing off their Sound Garden concept. In an effort to show – you can be green while having a bad ass sound system, JVC created modular multi-directional speakers and subwoofer powered by an internal amplifier. It’s also made of totally renewable, sustainable materials as summarily represented by the cute little bonsai.

0 Designer: JVC