Universal Standard Time

Universal Standard Time

Will Smith and little green men approved, this latest design by Ramei Keum is called “The Universe” and it is out of this world… yuk, did I really just write that? I guess I did and my delete button has been broken for years now (as many of you so lovingly have noticed). Anyhow, this simple and elegant watch design is centered by a cluster of rubies (bling) and circled by two diamond satellites (bling bling).

0 Designer: Ramei Keum

The Wizards of Öz

The Wizards of Öz

Things just seem to taste better when dispensed from objects made with thought and care. Like when my mom makes me a sandwich made exactly the way I make them, but for some reason her’s taste so much better. I am guessing that will be the case with this “Öz” pepper grinder by Ahmet Bektes and Koray Gelmez.

0 Designer: Ahmet Bektes

BlueTooth Umbrella, Hey Why Not?

BlueTooth Umbrella, Hey Why Not?

Rain blasted urbanites should love this idea. Bluetooth Umbrella is simply an umbrella with a bluetooth enabled handle for handsfree operation with your mobile phone. It also doubles as radio so you can totally go “singing in the rain.” Leave it to designers to make people look kookier than they are. I mean what would you think if you see me walking down the street in the pouring rain talking into my umbrella handle? Yeah. . . DO WANT!

0 Designer: Mikhail Stawsky

Careful Dr. Who, this Time Machine's Real

Careful Dr. Who, this Time Machine’s Real

We here at Yanko Design see all manner of interesting concepts, but this is definitely the first serious attempt (from a sane person at least) that we’ve seen at an actual time machine. Though the laws of physics may be a good reason for the shortage of time machine concepts, those abiding principals did not stop designer Charles Blanca.

0 Designer: Charles Blanca

FYI: The 411 on 2028 by VW

FYI: The 411 on 2028 by VW

Let’s see what we can look forward to in the year 2028. Britney’s kids will be readmitted to rehab for the 14th time after getting caught being average and functional. The US is bought by two Chinese business men as a place to keep all their stuff and my girlfriend will still think she looks fat in her 9,763rd pair of jeans. Oh and Volkwagen will be releasing some pretty “safe, comfortable and efficient..” vehicles. Sure, these cars still won’t fly, but they will interact with traffic lights, park automatically and change color with the press of a button.

Addicted To Vacuum Sealing

Addicted To Vacuum Sealing

Hello, my name is Long Tran and I’m addicted to vacuum sealing. Yes ever since I saw the Ron Popeil kitchen sealer, I’ve been a vacuum sealing nut. That’s why I’m enthralled with Jongho Nho’s Vacuum Sealer. The whole system comes with varying size plastic containers each with a port to dock the handy sealer to. Push the button and listen to the sound of freshness as all air is sucked out.

0 Designer: Jongho Nho

Grandma's Fantasy Come True

Grandma’s Fantasy Come True

I ate so much jello as a kid that I’m now totally sick of it. Even the promise of suspended fruit no longer appeals to me (unless it’s a combination of kiwi in lime jello. mmm mmm good). Nevertheless some people’s distaste for the jiggly gelatin didn’t stop designer David Hingamp from make a giant semi-transparent room in the shape of the ubiquitous jello mold called Jelly Box. You know you totally wanna jump on it!

0 Designer: David Hingamp

Toaster With Looks That Kill

Toaster With Looks That Kill

The Nahamer T450 is the first environmentally sustainable toaster. It is 20% faster and uses half the energy of a standard 900W toaster by having close-proximity low-temperature heating elements. If only one slice of bread it inserted then only one side of the toaster is turned on.

0 Designer: Rob Penny

Ooo You Spindley Legs You

Ooo You Spindley Legs You

The Q.T. table embodies craft values with a contemporary twist. It is a response to a gap in the high-end furniture market for a quality, medium sized wooden coffee table. The concept was based on extensive turning and material experimentation. The tradition of using turned legs in furniture has been updated by contrasting pale lime against darker European Oak. The table balances craftsmanship, materiality, and quality against those of eclecticism and innovation.

0 Designer: Elizabeth McKenzie

Stir it Stir it Stir it together...

Stir it Stir it Stir it together…

I will let the words of the master of not-so-subtle innuendo Bob Marley tell you about this latest design called “Drip” by Ayumi Ueda.

Quench me when Im thirsty; Come on and cool me down, baby, when Im hot.

0 Designer: Ayumi Ueda

Ferrari we give up, you do it...

Ferrari “we give up, you do it…”

Seems Italian car maker Ferrari has had just about enough of their whinny customers wanting custom this and custom that on their mid-life crisis. More than enough customers have waltzed into their Maranello headquarters with their own design ideas of the perfect Ferrari to convince executives at Ferrari to launch a “One Off” program.

Decent Descent

Decent Descent

With a huge amount of the world’s population heading up to find living and working space, much focus has turned on finding safe and efficient ways of letting people down in ways not involving George W. Bush. “The Wizard” was dreamed up to make the high-rise lifestyle a little less scary by providing a quick exit in an emergency situation. The Wizard “caters for this necessity by providing automated public safety solutions with up to 250m of reciprocating lifeline technology.”

Ghost is the Machine: The Phantom Lapboard Review

Ghost is the Machine: The Phantom Lapboard Review

If you don’t know the now legendary story of the mother of all vaporware companies Infinium Labs and their fabled Phantom Gaming Console, I won’t bore you with those details. Suffice to say the company famous for not delivering on a gaming dream has delivered a pretty decent gaming/multimedia keyboard and mouse. The Phantom Lapboard was originally designed to accompany a console gaming system that never arrived.