Your Fridge Sucks, This One's Better

Your Fridge Sucks, This One’s Better

We all know CFC and HFC’s damage the ozone layer, and it’s only a matter of time when HFC’s will be banned just like CFC’s were in 1996. But what our freezers? There’s been much debate regarding passive eco cooling and thermoelectric cooling – now Oceania, designed by Tez Patel brings both technologies together in his eco fridge design.

0 Designer: Tez Patel

Real Crystal LED Watch

Real Crystal LED Watch

Inspired by Swarovsky Signity watches, this timepiece by designer Ilya Yakovlev features a surface made from real crystals backlit by LEDs. You can increase the luminosity and change colors to suit your mood. Is it real? In the mind of Yakovlev yes. Is it expensive? I’m gonna hedge my bet and say hell yeah.

0 Designer: Ilya Yakovlev

Art Nouveau But Modern

Art Nouveau But Modern

“O” the spherical ambient lamp is made out of composite materials and consists of elegant art nouveau symbols illuminated at varying intensities by rotating a ring. The lamp can be used as is to breath of refinement in your home but the same technology can be applied to larger installations for advertising.

0 Designer: Enache Florin

Toyota Goes on a Diet

Toyota Goes on a Diet

Toyota is getting seriously body conscious with its latest fuel efficient concept the 1/X. Taking everything they learned from their highly successful hybrid Prius, Toyota is looking for more ways to squeeze every inch from a gallon of gas possible. This 1/X concept design was built from the ground up with light weight materials, with which they hope to double the Prius’ already impressive mileage ranking.

0 Designer: Toyota

Sip Of Light

Sip Of Light

Preface; reading in the dark is bad people – like really bad. Students are especially notorious for this act. I know studying in the dark seems like a good idea because it makes you feel “cozy” but com’on, give your eyeballs a break. If you hate desk lamps that much, try the Sip of Light straw. Bend it to turn it on, straighten it to turn it off. Oh and keep drinking that caffeine. It’ll help you stay alert.

0 Designer: Sang-Hoon Lee

DIY Phone Assembly

DIY Phone Assembly

The Easy Tiles phone looks to be a standard S60 based cell except that auspicious exterior has be scratching my had. See, the entire shell is made of tiles – tiles you can customize and slide around for a one of a kind look. Replace and update them as often as you like.

0 Designer: Tzu-Fu Wang

Lounging High

Lounging High

Tired of people calling your Earth hating SUV a living room on wheels? Well send those people to hell and blaze a new path with this winged sofa design by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon for Bisazza. This installation dubbed “Jet Set” will be shown at this years Milan Furniture Show. “Set in a very glamorous hangar, this aeroplane is a light-hearted work with an unusual and enchanting look, complete with a glass cabin, leather wings and coloured missiles and symbols alluding to love…”

0 Designer: Jaime Hayon

Branding Thru And Thru

Branding Thru And Thru

The Adi-block sunblock by Adidas doesn’t do anything other sunblocks can’t. Hey, it provides basic UV protection so why are we posting here? I’m fascinated by the branding and how the designers have managed to extend it from packaging (where branding usually stops) to the delivery mechanism; three nozzles dispensing the product. It’s a small feature but certainly a strong one.

0 Designer: Jack Godfrey Wood

Tu Fin - Nordic Walking On Water

Tu Fin – Nordic Walking On Water

Update: Much has happened since the Tu Fin concept was first published on Yanko Design roughly a year ago. We been presented that they now have a full working prototype and well be showcased at the coming Munich Trade Fair Centre. Congrats to the Tu Fin Team!

0 Designer: I.Kiryakov, S.Ballmeier, K.Eichelberg & M.Dressler

2008 Salone Del Mobile Preview

2008 Salone Del Mobile Preview

The highly anticipated, not to mention comprehensive, Salone del Mobile is one of the world’s most revered furniture and design shows. With over 2,500 exhibitors from nearly 40 different countries, it goes without saying there’s quite a bit to see. This year it will run from 16 to 21 April, and to save you scouring more than 200,000 square metres of exhibition space, we’ve put together a preview of the designers, products and projects we’re most excited about.

Mindful Tap

Mindful Tap

A shower head with a guilty conscience – that is to say you’re conscience. When you use it, the segmented joints break apart acting like a timer as they slowly snap back into place. It’s a very visual way to communicate the idea of water usage and far more tactile than say a timer clock. It should also be noted this concept is called Happy Tap. Why’s it happy? I’ll leave that to your imagination.

0 Designer: Julia Treutiger

Being Incomplet

Being Incomplet

No that isn’t a mispelling, just an intentional act to drop the ‘e’, reinforcing the idea of a chair and table existing together as one because separately they are incomplete. This point of tension is explored by forcing one’s function to work by embracing the other. In this way, this chair can be a table and vice versa.

0 Designer: Melvin Ong

Loopty Loop Loopita

Loopty Loop Loopita

Update: Back in July 2007 we published a concept furniture called “Loopita” which we knew was going to be an instant hit. We been informed now that it is finally going into production! Congrats to Victor for making it happen.

0 Designer: Victor Aleman