Splash Lounge Chair. Go Ahead, Dive In.

Splash Lounge Chair. Go Ahead, Dive In.

Ever look at macro photos of water splashes or super slow mo’ video of a droplet slamming into the surface sending ripples across a lake? There’s a moment in that 1/10 of a second when the impact creates a crater or sorts, as if you were small enough, it could neatly cup you. Inspired designer Michael Wendel created a 1/8th scale model called the Splash Lounge Chair, big enough for us to sit in.

0 Designer: Michael L. Wendel

Welcome to the Old Social...

Welcome to the Old Social…

Time was a person would simply pick up the phone to update grandma on all the happenings. If you wanted to share a picture with her, you would write a letter and mail her one. I know, I know, not going to happen. So let’s just throw some money at the issue and find a way to use technology to keep the old people from feeling unloved and abandoned.

0 Designer: Ben Arent

Trophy Polygamy

Trophy Polygamy

When awards are handed out, it is usually for excellence in a particular field. Well if there was an award for best award, this new award called “DesignNu” would win the award for most clever award. This take-away object of commemoration is handed out biannually for outstanding Swedish design. The trophy was designed by Form Us With Love and the basic idea of its design is to allow the winner to mould as many trophies as he/she likes.

0 Designer: Form Us With Love

Pop Ups for the Pop Ins

Pop Ups for the Pop Ins

Once again a designer is determined to make use of every square inch of available space in our ever shrinking world. Intended as a practical solution to cramped apartment living, designer Sandy Lam created the “Spaceless” hide-away patio furniture set. Have some unexpected friends? Don’t fumble around in your cramped closet for those folding chairs, just reach down and pull up a seat…literally.

0 Designer: Sandy Lam

Clip-on Tea Infuser Classier Than A Clip-on Tie

Clip-on Tea Infuser Classier Than A Clip-on Tie

On Saturday, April 5, the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) presented its Student Merit Award to Paul Sukphisit, a senior at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The presentation was the highlight of the 2008 IDSA Northeast District Conference, which was held in Philadelphia. Sukphisit, along with national award winners from four other districts, will present his work at the IDSA’s national conference this September in Phoenix.

0 Designer: Paul Sukphisit

Wannabe Apple

Wannabe Apple

In a light hearted approach, this solution tries to address the desire for companies to try and copy every design aesthetic Apple innovates. By giving them an actual Apple iStudio they can bring a piece of that design ethos home.

0 Designer: André Dettler

Power Strippin

Power Strippin

Power plugs come in all shapes and sizes. From baseball sized to brick sized, it seems that electronics manufacturers can’t agree on one or even three standard sized power plugs. So why doesn’t your power strip seem to care about this fact? Well now it does. The “Revolve” by Takumi Yoshida is the simple answer to a complicated Tetris-like puzzle plaguing us all.

0 Designer: Takumi Yoshida

Really High Fashion

Really High Fashion

Beat this toy Brad and Angelina! French Luxury Brand Hermés teamed up with Eurocopter to introduce the “L’helicoptre par Hermès”, the most tricked-out, super-stylish way to fly since the Spruce Goose (look it up). This unprecedented collaboration started as just a design exercise. Italian designer Gabriele Pezzini was brought in to work with Eurocopter engineers and Hermès craftsmen to create the final design.

0 Designer: Gabriele Pezzini

Treo meets iPhone

Treo meets iPhone

There is soon to be a flood of new mobile phones to hit the street using Google’s new open source Android OS platform. RKS design consultants of southern California have just introduced their entry into this soon-to-be-ubiquitous mobile platform with this “Mimique” design.

0 Designer: RKS Design

Form Follows Fashion

Form Follows Fashion

Not a lot of fashion pieces manage to catch our eyes here at Yanko Design. There are of course the few exceptions like the Geek Chic Keyboard Jeans, and the Kevlar Hoodie, but this piece by Sartoria Vico called “Sciarpone” makes a slightly more palatable fashion statement. This clever convertible sweater/scarf design made of 100% Merino wool is perfect for the ever changing moods of my girlfriend and unpredictable spring time weather here in Los Angeles.

Tiles to make you Smile

Tiles to make you Smile

Tiles have been a common medium for expression for thousands of years. From Picasso’s baboon tile that I had the privilege to briefly posses to roman mosaics, tile art is wonderful way to express your unwavering and permanent devotion to the visual arts. Pun Collection Tiles by Stefano Pirovano for Ascot Ceramiche is a new/old way to commit to any message you want to get across.

0 Designer: Stefano Pirovano

Old / New Phone

Old / New Phone

They are getting older by the second. That massive batch of the baby boomer generation adults is about to become the largest group of elderly the world will ever see in its history. Companies are scrambling to come out with products and services to appeal to this post world war 2 generation of increasingly confused citizens. The “EMC” (easy mobile calling) phone by designer Matthias Pinkert might just be what the doctor ordered.

0 Designer: Matthias Pinkert

Balls of Curry

Balls of Curry

Newton’s cradle (aka, Newton’s balls) named after Sir Isaac Newton is a five balled, pendulum device that demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy. Made popular in the late 1960′s, this device was mostly known to sit on the desks of bored executives counting down the minutes till their next round of golf and a martini injection. What does all this have to do with spices? Absolutely nothing!

0 Designer: Qian Jiang