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

Does My Butt Look Big in This?

Does My Butt Look Big in This?

As a child, going to the fair was a blast! My favorite part was walking through the funhouse trying to get out in one piece. The most hysterical part of the funhouse was the mirrors, which morphed our bodies in a variety of shapes and sizes causing outbursts of laughter and enjoyment. Hemlock Design Firm has re-created this classic mirror design, with their Funhouse Mirrors.

0 Designer: Hemlock Design

The Mac is Back with a Double-Dose of Glass Phone Style Design

The Mac is Back with a Double-Dose of Glass Phone Style Design

This man cannot be stopped with the design conceptualization. Once inside this post, read about it, post about it, then click his name to explore all the other Yanko posts he’s designed his way into. Here he presents two glass phone concepts. Both have multiple uses (one can be used as a regular stand-up desk clock!) and are extremely prone to fingerprints.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Honda Reveals Hydrogen-Powered Hot Speedster

Honda Reveals Hydrogen-Powered Hot Speedster

Yesterday Honda revealed their modern shot at a hydrogen-powered vehicle. Progress on at least the green front, but look at that jet on the back! The Honda FC Sport is straight out a certain “Speed” cartoon-to-movie. V-Flow fuel cell stack and electric drivetrain from the FCX Clarity. Three seater, similar to the McLaren F1 supercar, the driver sits front and center while the two passengers sit on either side of him or her. I’ll be borrowing this tomorrow for it’s supreme race on die Autobahn.

0 Designer: Honda Motors

Your Laundry, Circa 2020

Your Laundry, Circa 2020

The Re-cycle Laundry Center looks like if you booted it up it would kick into hyperdrive and send your shirts to another dimension, but the designers has assured me it is intended to just clean your clothes, and you will indeed get them back when it is finished with them.

0 Designers: Fernanda Villanueva & Arturo Ariño