Practice Plant

Practice Plant

I’m no green thumb, have never been good at growing plants, and the only thing that seems to stay alive is my cactus which by the way fights everyday against my dog. The Flower Nurse is an artificial potted plant by where flowers take on the form on information expressing its needs via color changes.

0 Designer: QianJun Gao

All of the sites, none of the smells

All of the sites, none of the smells

Let’s face it, we live in a nearly virtual society. Just the fact that you are reading Yanko Design right now and experiencing objects of design through the magic of the intertubes is proof positive. Most of the items featured here on Yanko Design may never actually touch or be near in real life. Same goes for most places on this vast planet. I have been around the world many times and still have only seen a tiny fraction of it. Enter this truly amazing step in virtual tourism called “GeoSim”

Deconstructive Construction

Deconstructive Construction

When I first moved to New York City, I moved into basically a warehouse space that was really not designed for a human to live in. Over the years, it was built out to include a toilet and shower, but that is where the similarities to an actual apartment ended. I discovered the easiest and cheapest way to create a presentable living space was to simply paint everything I could white.

0 Designer: Richard Hutten

This beating could use some pepper...

This beating could use some pepper…

Are you an alpha or a beta? Well now it doesn’t really matter next time you are confronted with a would be mugger or attacker. Designer Idan Arbel has come up with this brilliant idea. Once you have successfully rendered your assailant a curled up crying mess on the floor, with these “Pepper Knuckles, you can proceed to give him the beating of a lifetime. Go ahead, hit a criminal when he/she is down… it’s only fair play.

0 Designer: Idan Arbel

Eat with your glasses

Eat with your glasses

Remember Project A? In what is surely one of Jackie Chan’s best performances there’s a scene where he can’t find any chopsticks to eat his lunch with. Ever the innovator, he grabs a couple of handy pencils to chows down with, and ends up eating both his noodles and the little erasers on the end of the pencils. Clearly designer Brad Gressel has run into similar such difficulties.

0 Designer: Brad Gressel

Best of April 2008

Best of April 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 April 2008.

Italian Speed Racer

Italian Speed Racer

Ok, we realize this is the second auto post in as many days, but this story was too good to let go by unnoticed. It seems unbelievable, but what you are looking at is a concept design introduced by Italian auto dreamers SpadaConcept. The unbelievable part is that it has just been announced this very non-traditional design is actually going into production.

0 Designer: SpadaConcept

New York High Life

New York High Life

New York City has seen its share of being “Ground Zero” for monumental events in pop culture history. From the birthplace of hip hop music, Pop Art, Skyscrapers, Punk Rock, real Pizza and sadly, the World Trade center attacks. Since that tragic day, New Yorkers have done what they do best, by picking up the pieces and making New York even more appealing a place to live today as ever.

0 Architect: UNStudio

Size Matters...so does shape

Size Matters…so does shape

Lighting as art is one of my favorite mediums for decorative expression. I get suckered into every cool sconce, floor lamp, table lamp, projectors…pretty much anything that shines light in a new or interesting way. Which brings me to our latest find. This “Branch Light” by Michail Komarov. This concept allows for you to grow your own unique shape by providing a multitude of curved and straight segments in a variety of colors that easily connect via spherical plugs housing circuit closings.

0 Designer: Michail Komarov

Keyboard Solo

Keyboard Solo

Ever find yourself writing out your grocery list for the week and thought, “gee, I bet this grocery list would make a really cool song..”? Well, it actually might be a better song than some of the total crap that is flying around the corporate owned FM airwaves. Yamaha, the makers of dirt bikes, boats and musical instruments, have decided that your sketch book could really use some ebony and ivory.

0 Designer: Yamaha Studio

TeaCube Makes Steeping Easy

TeaCube Makes Steeping Easy

I absolutely love tea and anyone who knows me knows I avidly collect satchels from all over the world. Like coffee, a good cup of tea is all in the brewing and steeping. Steep it too long and it tastes bitter; too short and you’re drinking muddy hot water. TeaCubes make it easy by placing the tea bag on a timed retractable spool. Hands free and a good cup of tea. What more could a tea lover ask for!

0 Designer: Jieun Yang

Gimmicky But Fun Jump Roping

Gimmicky But Fun Jump Roping

This reminds me of one of those LED blinking clocks that magically suspend time in mid air when really it’s the speed of the oscillating arm creating the illusion. Apply that same process to a jump rope and you’ve got Jumplay. Every jump and skip is recorded. This can both be a good and bad thing since I have no jump rope skills. The counter would literally stall at 10 because that’s all I can do.

0 Designer: Jacky Wu

Comical Surroundings

Comical Surroundings

The 1960′s saw some truly amazing design, both graphically and industrial. Along with Roy Lichtenstein, famed Italian artist Guido Crepax is considered one of the fathers of the graphic pop art movement. His most famous character “Valentina” was a massive comic success and it’s title character is a sexual icon and his most famous creation.

0 Designer: Canevese Giuseppe