One Size Fits All, Herman Miller Embody Review

One Size Fits All, Herman Miller Embody Review

Over the past decade and a half Herman Miller has firmly established itself “the” company to go to with all your seating needs. The original Aeron Chair came to symbolize the dot com era. Any and everyone had to have one in office to be certified “cool.” The mesh design, fully adjustable design, and 3 sizes to choose from made it one of a kind. Flash forward 15 years and they’re set to do it again with the new Embody chair taking the one size fits all ethos by further improving a number of adjustable features. 

0 Designer: Herman Miller

Keeping it Hot Hot Hot

Keeping it Hot Hot Hot

Are you tired, run down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Do you wish you had one device that acted as a flashlight, a candle, a rave machine, and could tell you the temperature of your bath water, all the while using everybodies favorite: LED lights? Well all the answers to your problems are in this little product. It’s called the LED Bath Light, and it tastes just like candy!

0 Designer: Kai Chen

Rubber Chair Takes Care of All Your Nagging Green and Chi Personal Problems

Rubber Chair Takes Care of All Your Nagging Green and Chi Personal Problems

Rubber tires. How I love thee. Let me sit on the ways. First, I love how you’ve been around the block. Second, it feels excellent on my bottom to sit on your tread. Three, I love the three R’s, today’s being Re-use. Rubber tires, let me introduce you to Jaime Salm, who has created the Rubber Stool to harness your power, and close the loop.

0 Designer: Jaime Salm of MIO

Flat Lightbulb Solves all Thomas Edison's Problems with Two Cuts

Flat Lightbulb Solves all Thomas Edison’s Problems with Two Cuts

When I think of light bulbs, I think of how hot they are, how they give me light at night, and how easy they are to break! From Joonhuyn Kim, displayed at the 2008 100% Design Tokyo, here is “Flat Bulb.” Better for stacking and shipping, no rolling away on you, and the best: aesthetically ironic. Simply fantastic!

0 Designer: Joonhuyn Kim

iLaundry Gets Out iStains From Your iClothes

iLaundry Gets Out iStains From Your iClothes

While not directly inspired by a specific Apple gadget, this “Aquarium” washing machine by Djordje Zivanovic is a good example of how pervasive that aesthetic has become. Touting a simple mechanism of rotating spheres that open and close for laundry insertion, the washing machine aspires to a decorative solution in a world of boxy appliances. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go hit play on my darks and colors.

0 Designer: Djordje Zivanovic

A Bench Just for Smokers

A Bench Just for Smokers

Smoker Bench kinda sounds like a drug related peripheral or an awesome grill with ample seating but its really a bench with integrated ash receptacles. Created by designer Fatih Baltas, Smoker Bench is a project of social responsibility. In many places in America, smoking in public is illegal. What’s a chain smoker to do? Even they need a comfy spot to enjoy the slow effect of black lung. Sorry, I had to go there.

0 Designer: Fatih Baltas

Rake and Take to Compost

Rake and Take to Compost

The title says it all. The Rake and Take is a cardboard composter. Instead of filling plastic trash bags, rake leaves into into the Rake and Take, compact them and compost them or leave them for city pick-up. Much “greener” than those nasty plastic bags. Be kind to the Earth mm-kay?

0 Designer: Louis Morton

Zaha Hadid's Swirly Furniture (Again)

Zaha Hadid’s Swirly Furniture (Again)

Another week, another exhibition featuring Zaha Hadid’s swirly, blobby, and cool lacquered-fiberglass furniture . But this latest round, a show sponsored by Rove TV has some gems worth seeing.

This New York show, seen in a few rooms at Sonnabend and in the magnificent recently-vacated garage at 169 10th Avenue, are an excellent catalogue of Where Zaha Hadid Is Going and Where She Has Been.

0 Exhibition: Sonnabend Nov. 1 - Dec. 13

Piece of NYC on Your Bookshelf

Piece of NYC on Your Bookshelf

Magnum Photos is issuing a new edition of its book New York. This book is giant, at 20X14 inches, and comes with its own little case that makes it look like one of the buildings at Rockefeller Center. In this super-limited edition of 25 (no I am not missing a zero), they also include an estate stamped gelatin silver print by Leonard Freed all for the low price of $4000.

0 Publisher: Magnum Photos

Carbon Fiber Purisme Letter Opener Review

Carbon Fiber Purisme Letter Opener Review

Pure luxe, that’s how I’m going to start off this review. Carbon fiber is a favorite material of ours here at Yanko Design as seen in much of branding collateral. Woven carbon set in epoxy -that’s all it is yet quality is dictated by a level of craftsmanship normally reserved for one of a kind products. We got our hands on the Purisme Carbon Fiber Letter Opener by designer Mario Zeppetzauer. It’s an expensive proposition for opening envelopes but one every dapper individual must own. I am smitten.

0 Designer: Mario Zeppetzauer for Purisme

Not For Anyone Who Sucks at Math

Not For Anyone Who Sucks at Math

Everything we create is designed to respond instantly to our whims but what if our world were set up like the game Myst. You couldn’t do anything without solving a convoluted, yet simple puzzle first. Thats the idea behind this math based lamp by designer Mingyu Jeung. To turn it on, you have to solve a randomly generated math problem. Don’t fret, it’s set on chalkboard for the numerically challenged.

0 Designer: Mingyu Jeung

Lemme See How You Feel

Lemme See How You Feel

As communication becomes increasingly reliant on social media experiences i.e., email, IM, and text messages – valuable information woven subtly in physical interaction are lost. Communicate by Remote Concepts isn’t the first of its kind. The idea is simple. A user wears a small device with an integrated camera. This real time image is then translated into an abstract representation.

0 Designer: Bram Knaapen

Be Green While You Lean

Be Green While You Lean

As you have probably noticed, sustainable designs are very important to me, and finding a functional green design gets me excited. The Barnacle Chair by designer Ania Wagner is made from sustainable wood and lined with a cultivated industrial felt. This chair allows the user to sit in it, similar to bucket seating or flip it over and multiple users can lean against it while seated on the floor.

0 Designer: Ania Wagner