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.

Reverso

Reverso

This range of multifunctional occasional tables eschews the usual the 4 legs for panels of 3 with the main support structure highlighted in bright red. The design allows free-from arrangement. Turn them on their sides to create whole new spaces and configurations. If you don’t move them around, you could potentially used the red support leg as a cool asymmetrical book shelf.

0 Designer: Cédric Ragot

When A Room Has No Rules

When A Room Has No Rules

Andreas Hegert doesn’t like rules. Objects, spaces, and surrounding have been given hierarchical values that we hardly ever question so for his degree project he create  a room in rebellion. The floor, walls, ceiling, and lights follow to rhyme or reason.

0 Designer: Andreas Hegert

Design Digest Vol.17

Design Digest Vol.17

Oh the lazy days of summer… While many of you are sweating from global warming and counting down the days till the iPhone 3G is set free, or maybe you have a life and are packing a bag for the long holiday weekend here in the US, I have nothing better to do than to deliver this weeks all important, randomly placed, weekly installment of YD’s Design Digest; A compendium of easily digestible design delights from around the inter-webs. This first week in July has some pretty hot items to gaze your wandering eyes on.

Flat, black and all that

Flat, black and all that

Since Apple’s iPhone was such a runaway success, the entire mobile phone industry has been playing catch-up with the pocket wonder. Jonathan Ive’s (Apple’s Chief of Design) minimal flat black screen design has instantly become a gadget icon and seems to be the inevitable future of mobile phone designs for everyone looking to grab market share. The problem with this design direction is the very limited aesthetic potential.

0 Designer: Jaren Goh

Weight scale with a spin

Weight scale with a spin

Oh the dread of standing on your bathroom’s weight scale. That anxiety you feel as you step onto a device that most of the time delivers only disappointing news. Well get over the fact that you have been a little self indulgent lately and probably should have avoided having that daily Starbuck’s coffee milkshake with luscious whip cream, rich chocolate shavings and smooth chocolate syrup drizzled over crunchy toffee crumbles.

0 Designer: Jaren Goh

Crystal Time Band-its

Crystal Time Band-its

Swarovski Swarovski everywhere, and not a point to spare. Once again crystal kings Swarovski have managed to inspire yet another concept design. This time around it was designer Peter Zsolt Koren. His “In-spiral” bangle bracelet/watch design looks acceptable on either on a wrist or a desktop. This rail system design adjust through every other line and locks magnetically.

0 Designer: Peter Zsolt Koren

Tired Chair Design

Tired Chair Design

I just saw the Pixar movie “Wall*E” the other evening and I will state for the record that it was amazing. In the film, our near future world has becomes unlivable due to mass consumption and no place to put our mountains of garbage. The hero of the film (Wall*E) is programmed to help clean up Earth and has labored for hundreds of years compacting trash and stacking into giant towers.

0 Designer: Carl Menary

Really Easy Install Twist Chair

Really Easy Install Twist Chair

I’m going to imagine I have a huge house with an expansive yard and every big yard needs seating, so instead of the normal 4 legs that make up a chair, I get the Twist, a chair with a corkscrew base. Yes, just twist it down into the ground until it’s stable and sit at your heart’s content. Sure it’s a little impractical but have a sense of humor will ya? Just be careful not to spin in it or you’ll end up in China.

0 Designer: Nick Ross

Reebok Maeda Struccess

Reebok Maeda Struccess

In their first collaboration, Maeda designed the Timetanium which was inspired by Time. His second design, the Emoretion, drew from Emotion.  His newest design, the Struccess, comes from Law #9: Failure.  Maeda says, “if you fail, keep trying – struggle to reach some form of success.”

0 Designer: John Maeda

That Two Timing Barista!

That Two Timing Barista!

Ok don’t be shy, but who here has always secretly wanted some group action? You know, the kind of action where hands come from every direction and push all your right buttons… ultimately letting off a little steam. Yeah, making coffee can be so HOT! Especially when it’s with “The Barista” by Patrik Pettersson. Patrick knows just what you want and how you take it with this multiple partner espresso machine.

0 Designer: Patrik Pettersson

Tic ciT, Tac caT, Toe eoT

Tic ciT, Tac caT, Toe eoT

Let’s reflect on the futility of some endeavors in life. I will borrow a chunk of a favorite Alicia Silverstone quote, playing Tic Tac Toe is as futile as “searching for meaning in a Pauli Shore movie…” One of the first games I ever learned to play as a child was Tic Tac Toe. The lesson I am assuming to be learned with Tic Tac Toe is that life is about the journey, because the destination is the same no matter what you do.

0 Designer: Shahar Peleg