Friday, 11 June 2010

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Hopscotch Calculator

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 08:58 AM PDT

Aww look how cute! It’s a 8-digit basic calculator with a hopscotch keyboard configuration! Okay  it doesn’t do anything special so the design is totally novel but who cares! It brings back memories of tossing a shoe or stick and hopping across a poorly drawn grid on the sidewalk. Sigh, if only playing with numbers were really that much fun. God I hate math, just saying…

Size: 55 mm x 110 mm x 10mm
Colour: white case, large grey rubber key
Materials: ABS plastic, rubber key, 8-digit LCD display
Power-supply: button battery
Status: search for manufacturers

Designer: Vadim Kibardin for Kibardindesign Studio


Hopscotch Basic Calculator by Kibardindesign Studio

Kitchen of 2050

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 08:55 AM PDT

As space becomes a commodity in 2050 will we have room for a "kitchen?" The Electrolux Alinea is not defined by a room and only takes up valuable space when necessary. Moving along the ceiling using advanced polymers, the Electrolux Alinea can travel anywhere in your environment adapting to the users needs.

Made of an amorphous silicon and plastics, the Alinea can adapt to individuals needs, presenting the user with the kitchen appliances and surfaces needed throughout the day. The ability to save space when not in use allows the Alinea blend into any environment. As needed the Electrolux Alinea will autonomously dock into a ceiling port to refresh its water and to recharge.

Designer: Patrick Short

Electrolux Alinea Kitchen Concept by Patrick Short





Power Up With An Icon

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 03:27 AM PDT

The Icon Battery Pack for iPhone matches the uber-sophistication of Apple and delivers the extra punch with its visible "battery power" status. It uses EL lighting technology (supposedly the first to do so in the world!) for indicating the power status on its display and looks really swank! Features include additional talk time of up to 3 hours, or audio playback up to 18 hours. The company states that it is compatible with 3G and 3GS, I reckon a 4G version should be soon on the cards. One of those goodies that you can actually buy!

Designers: Essential TPE

The Icon Battery For iPhone 3GS by Essential TPE



Chanel Number 4 Of A Different Kind

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 02:37 AM PDT

It's not a new fragrance by the popular couture brand that I'm getting here at, instead a clever packing design for travel kits. The number of lotions that metrosexual males and divas have to carry on their outstation trips is endless. Chanel 4 in One packs in 4 different lotions into a combo bottle and fits tidily in your suitcase. If I really must be picky about this near-flawless design, then I'd have to go with the glass bottle. For travel, plastic bottles are safer.

Designer: Kang Soo Sun




Only If You Don’t Care About The Minutes

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 02:10 AM PDT

As a full-fledge time-telling device the Re-clock is an unfinished business. It has no minutes or method for indicating how many minutes have passed during the hour. But what makes the concept post-worthy is the way it tells you the hours though the layers of cloth-face. Before you rush in to tell me "Design Fail"; how about coming up with an alternate solution, that will keep the integrity of fading in and out of the hours intact and still communicate the minutes as stylishly.

Designers: Lin Cheng-Han, Chung Yu-Hsun, Cheng Yu-Ting & Chen Shaw-Chen


Re-clock Clock Concept by Lin Cheng-Han, Chung Yu-Hsun, Cheng Yu-Ting & Chen Shaw-Chen



No Motion, No Electricity – Cutie!

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 12:03 AM PDT

I’m not calling your face attractive, I’m talking about the the BugPlug! It’s a power device that’s cute as a button! I’m sure you’re quite nice looking though, that’s why BugPlug has it’s eyes on you! It detects when you’re in the facility and keeps your devices powered. When you’re gone, the timer goes off, and when it’s done, the devices are done too! Not destroyed, just denied their electricity until you get back.

And what is it about this little guy that makes him so cute? Well, he had some lovely inspiration! The fabulously attuned folks at Ah&Oh Studio saw the seemlingly-endless supply of kawaii that the urban vinyl toy industry’s been dishing out for several years now, and popped one out of their own! And what a lovely little child it is!

Designer: Ah&Oh Studio







Behold! The Living Pixels!

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 12:03 AM PDT

It’s a rare day when I or any of my compatriots here at Yanko use the real title of the project in the title of the post for the project, but it just sounded so sweet today. Kinda like a monster of futurism! And that’s what it is! Behold! This is a lighting system that goes by the name “Living Pixels” and it’s designers have taken that which already exists, charging it with the true energy of design-perfect creativity, creating light! Lovely, colorful light!

So what’s used here? You might ask. First there’s energy saving lightbulb systems, then there’s reused lamp stands to hold them up with. Finally, there’s the most important element- the diffuser. Made up of re-used banner material from any number of strange sources, cutting and sewing them back together to create diffusion masterpieces!

The vintage lightstands come from antique and junk stores from Cat Street in central Hong Kong, used with as little modification done to them as possible. Low-energy-consuming lightbulbs used in these lamps are courtesy of your friendly neighborhood Megaman.

The really fun part of using these banners is that they’re all printed only on one side. While the lamp is switched off, the shades appear white (because they ARE white.) When the lamp is switched on, WOW what a fabulous array you get you feast your eyeballs on.

Light also escapes through intentional holes throughout the shade, creating a “vivid, luminous pattern” of light, obviously straight from Heaven. ALSO note — each piece here is a one-off for now. At this moment, this project exists only as a piece-by-piece operation.

Designers: Chan Wan Ki Kay, Chen Siu Wa Shai Chai, and Suen Ka Hei Catherine


Living Pixels lighting system by Chan Wan Ki Kay, Chen Siu Wa Shai Chai, and Suen Ka Hei Catherine





Slide That Chair Together

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 12:02 AM PDT

Slide it! Make sure everything fits! Woola! How lovely it is! Made entirely out of CNC-cut pieces of wood, this right here goes by the name “Android-System.” It’s a chair that will come to you in a bunch of parts, flat, and you’ve got to put them all together. Sounds simple? That’s because it totally is simple. Just like that.

This particular model is made out of birch plywood pieces, and the fit together so nicely, don’t they?

That’s that CNC machine perfection.

This reminds me greatly of the model kit I bought earlier today. No kidding! It was (and is) a tiny Y-Wing kit purchased from the toy store at my local mall. Like the chair, this Star Wars model came in pieces, the major enjoyment of the object being the putting together of the project. How many times have you been told in your life that it’s not the final bit, it’s the journey?

Well lucky you, once you’re done with this one, you can have a seat.

Designer: Konstantin Atchkow






Green DIY Are Always Winners

Posted: 11 Jun 2010 12:00 AM PDT

Only if you would have thought of recycling used soda bottles, snipping them a bit and fashioning a lamp, you would have won this year's Inhabitat's Spring Green Competition. Sarah Turner was quick on her feet and won the Grand Prize for this idea! Hop inside to have a look at what I found best at the competition.

Needless to say Soda Bottle Lamps by Sarah Turner is awesome, but Joseph Palmer's creative Chop-Flops are equally fascinating for the hippy in me.



Nidhi Gupta's stunning film roll lamp is made from spools of old film and gives creative use to forgotten memories.


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