Yanko Design https://www.yankodesign.com Modern Industrial Design News Fri, 14 Jan 2022 11:07:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 ‘Father of the year’ builds a stunning Rolls-Royce Boat Tail replica out of wood for his son to drive https://www.yankodesign.com/2022/01/14/father-of-the-year-builds-a-stunning-rolls-royce-boat-tail-replica-out-of-wood-for-his-son-to-drive/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=father-of-the-year-builds-a-stunning-rolls-royce-boat-tail-replica-out-of-wood-for-his-son-to-drive Fri, 14 Jan 2022 12:40:38 +0000 https://www.yankodesign.com/?p=356072

‘Father of the year’ builds a stunning Rolls-Royce Boat Tail replica out of wood for his son to drive

And the father of the year award goes to… While buying a HIGHLY limited edition $28 million dollar luxury car isn’t in everyone’s realm of...
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And the father of the year award goes to…

While buying a HIGHLY limited edition $28 million dollar luxury car isn’t in everyone’s realm of capabilities, a Vietnamese dad decided to just take matters into his own hands and build a miniature working replica of the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail from scratch. Meet Trương Văn Đạo, father and sole proprietor of ND Woodworking Art, a wood workshop and YouTube channel that captures Văn Đạo in action as he builds out miniature replicas of the world’s most sought-after automobiles. Last year, Văn Đạo built out a mini-sized Lamborghini Sian out of wood, complete with butterfly doors and an electric power train. This time around, he decided to step things up a notch and build what’s touted as quite literally the most expensive street-legal car on the market today. Văn Đạo’s replica of the Boat Tail doesn’t just scale the grand tourer down… it comes with opening doors, functional headlights/taillights, and actual driving capabilities (no, it doesn’t come with a V12 like the original)… but the cherry on the cake? Well, the rear butterfly trunk which opens to reveal a set of glasses, some juice-boxes, and a place to dock an umbrella as you sip on orange juice while seated behind the luxury car!

The video at the top documents the second half of the two-part video series covering Văn Đạo’s build process. It’s remarkable how he builds the entire car from scratch, not even relying on any sort of existing toy car chassis or even any material other than wood. Văn Đạo starts by putting together large wooden pieces together that make up the overall mass of the car before carving away at it with a chainsaw to get it to somewhat resemble the original. It’s fair to assume that the process takes months, especially given that Văn Đạo also has a day job at Google.

In the process, Văn Đạo also assembles the car’s powertrain, which fits in the rear of the car, right below the drink-holding trunk. Unlike the Boat Tail, this tiny replica uses a battery-powered motor instead of a V12 – the result is a car that gracefully drives through streets instead of setting speed records. To finish off, he uses various tools from sanding machines to hole-saw bits to make all the details from the holes for the headlights to the slots for the windshield, doors, and other details to fit in. The car uses different grades of wood, from a lighter wood for the body and interiors to darker woods for details like the grilles, parts of the dashboard, and even the Spirit of Ecstasy statuette that sits on the hood of the car! The entire vehicle gets a layer of lacquer once it’s ready to show the world.

Once meticulously assembled, the video ends with the father taking his son for a spin in the newly fabricated vehicle, and even stopping in a corner to bust out the drink caddy fitted into the back of the car. The father and son then share a glass of orange juice together, making memories that will undoubtedly be more valuable than a $28 million car can ever be!

Designer: ND Woodworking Art

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Top 10 earbuds designs of 2022 that are even better than the Apple AirPods 3 https://www.yankodesign.com/2022/01/14/top-10-earbuds-designs-of-2022-that-are-even-better-than-the-apple-airpods-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-10-earbuds-designs-of-2022-that-are-even-better-than-the-apple-airpods-3 Fri, 14 Jan 2022 11:07:56 +0000 https://www.yankodesign.com/?p=356629

Top 10 earbuds designs of 2022 that are even better than the Apple AirPods 3

I love a good pair of earbuds! In fact, I really can’t function without my personal earbuds. Once my earbuds are in, the rest of the...
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I love a good pair of earbuds! In fact, I really can’t function without my personal earbuds. Once my earbuds are in, the rest of the world is out! I deep dive into the world of my favorite tunes, away from real-world problems, happy in my own little audio bubble! Hence, owning a pair of innovative and perfect earbuds is an absolute necessity for me, and I’m sure that’s the case for most of the music lovers out there as well! Quite a few of us are Team AirPods all the way. But hey! Let’s remember that great earbuds go beyond Apple as well. And this nifty list includes all of them! This collection of exciting designs has a pair of earbuds for everyone! From earbuds that magnetically hang like a necklace to the world’s first TWS earbuds that actually protect your hearing – these earbuds provide unique design solutions and are a must-have for audiophiles!

1. Koishi

Named Koishi, after the Japanese word for Pebble, the TWS Earphones come with a soft, pebble-inspired form that’s beautiful to look at, comfortable to store in pockets, and can even be stacked one above another as Zen Stones. They come in three stone-inspired colors and even sport a slightly mottled stone texture. Running right through the case is a light strip that helps let you know when the earbuds are charging, or when they’re low on charge. However, it also visually guides you to instinctively know where the earphones are, so you can glance at the case and pull the earbuds out without fiddling to find them.

2. The Porsche Design PDT60 TWS Earphones

With a sleek aluminum exterior that offers a stunning visual upgrade to most plastic-body earbuds, the Porsche Design PDT60 TWS Earphones aim at creating an experience that’s as good in the visual department as it is at handling audio. Porsche Design’s repertoire features a whole host of hi-end audio gear, although the PDT60 is easily the smallest in that bunch, fitting snugly into your ear to deliver immersive, balanced audio directly into your head. The earphones come with the Porsche Design logo emblazoned on their front and sit in a case that’s partly matte metal too, with the same PD monogram embossed on the case’s sliding leather lid.

3. The dBuds U

Coming from the folks at EarLabs, the dBud U builds on their catalog of products designed to protect hearing. Its mission is a pretty strong and unique one – to give you the TWS experience while focusing on ear health – something I’ve personally been quite passionate about since I developed tinnitus. Sure, they’re like most TWS earbuds in the way they work, but they also provide an extra blanket of features that ensure that you can block out unwanted sounds that may affect your focus, your listening experience, or your hearing abilities in the long run. Additionally, they’re also designed to augment certain sounds like voices of those around you – perhaps a coworker informing you of a meeting, a barista calling your name, or your partner asking you where to order takeout from.

4. The Hakii Ice

Meet the Hakii Ice. You’ve probably never heard of them, although once you see them, chances are you won’t ever forget them. With perhaps the most memorable design in the earbuds category, the Hakii Ice sport a double shot molded case design that looks almost like the earphones are preserved in a block of ice. The outer transparent layer and the textured inner layer create an interplay of light and shade, with a touch of refraction, that makes the Ice earphones look incredibly awe-striking. In a world filled with TWS earbud cases that look like floss cases, the Hakii Ice looks like an ornament.

5. The Logitech Zone Truly Wireless

Meet the Logitech Zone Truly Wireless – earbuds designed and calibrated for work and business. The earbuds can be paired with your laptop as well as your smartphone so you can go about your day from either device, whether it’s watching training videos or listening to music while you work, answering calls, or even attending online meetings. They’re designed to work seamlessly with common calling applications across most platforms and operating systems and are certified by Microsoft for Teams and Skype for Business, by Google for Meet, and by Zoom.

6. The Edifier NeoBuds Pro

What’s really ironic is that the Edifier NeoBuds Pro are the first TWS earphones to come Hi-Res certified, a standard developed by Sony itself – a brand that’s very much in the TWS earbud race! Edifier’s own TWS earphones really push the boundaries with the adoption of the LHDC codec (to rival Sony’s LDAC codec), offering higher-quality streaming over a Bluetooth connection, even compared to Apple’s own AAC. Simply put, the NeoBuds Pro makes a pretty remarkable claim, although the LHDC codec is currently adopted by a number of brands in Asia, but isn’t entirely widespread.

7. The Timekettle M2

There are two main components to any conversation – talking to a person, and listening to the person talk to you. It’s only natural that earphones designed to facilitate conversation would embrace those two parts, right? The Timekettle M2, in that regard, isn’t your standard pair of TWS earbuds. Sure, they’re meant for listening to music and podcasts or giving commands to your phone’s voice AI, but their prime feature is the ability to foster a multi-lingual two-way conversation by allowing two people to wear one earphone each as the M2’s onboard translation engine seamlessly fills in the gaps. The earphone case’s design revolves around that very aspect, with a design that splits right in two, so you can hand one half over to someone you’re talking to, almost like you’re breaking bread with them.

8. Klipur

Designing an earbuds concept that eliminates the need for a charging carry case, Chris Thursfield conceptualized Klipur, a pair of earbuds that attach to one another when not in use. Conceptualized with an overnight charging method, Klipur can recharge during the night alongside our smartphones. When ready to leave, users can detach the earbuds from their charging case and attach them to one another for a compact carrying method, or throw them in their ears without worrying about where they left the charging case.

9. The Sirius Pro

The fact that these earbuds are designed to look like a prop out of Ghost in the Shell or Fallout isn’t entirely accidental… GravaStar’s known to make some absurdly futuristic products – you should check out their Mars and Venus Bluetooth speakers! The Sirius Pro follows that brand ethos by being unconventionally sci-fi while serving as pretty great earbuds too. They come with enhanced bass response, boast Environmental Noise Canceling, and actually have an incredibly low latency of 65ms that’s perfect for gaming. When not in use, they sit inside a rather unconventionally designed case, with a cutout running right through the middle and a bare-basics cage-like lid that secures the earbuds in place without concealing them.

10. Jade Culture Earphone Jue 20

Designed by Yibai Science & Technology from Shenzen, these are called the “Jade Culture Earphone Jue 20.” That’s a bit odd name but everything else about these conceptual wireless earbuds listed on iF Design Award 2020 is super cool. When not in use, the earbuds magnetically lock together to take the form of a necklace pendant that’s suspended by the tethering wire. Then again, when you want to listen to your favorite tunes, simply separate the pendant and get groovy. Picture this scenario – your buddy compliments, “This pendant looks so cool, bud”, and you’ll detach them and plug into your ears to their amazement, “It’s my pair of earbuds, mate!” Added bonus – you surely won’t lose one of the earbuds as there is no accidentally falling down- speaking to you AirPods!

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This sustainable packaging for eggs is inspired by stamps & made from paper foam! https://www.yankodesign.com/2022/01/14/this-sustainable-packaging-for-eggs-is-inspired-by-stamps-made-from-paper-foam/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=this-sustainable-packaging-for-eggs-is-inspired-by-stamps-made-from-paper-foam Fri, 14 Jan 2022 10:11:47 +0000 https://www.yankodesign.com/?p=355091

This sustainable packaging for eggs is inspired by stamps & made from paper foam!

Sustainable designs, especially packaging designs, are giving designers food for thought – very literally in some cases – to find solutions that can reduce waste...
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Sustainable designs, especially packaging designs, are giving designers food for thought – very literally in some cases – to find solutions that can reduce waste and the burden on the planet! The Stamp Egg packaging stands out from the rest because it is detachable and made of PaperFoam which is sustainable, eco-friendly, low-carbon, highly recyclable, and home compostable material – it is truly egg-cellent!

Think of Stamp Egg as having your eggs individually wrapped but instead of plastic, it is a super sustainable and compostable material. It has all the necessary elements for an egg carton – easy open and close, protective form, and stackability. As the name suggested, it is inspired by a postage stamp that lets you tear out individual pieces from the collection, and now you can do it with your eggs.

This form also helps you save more space in the refrigerator and easily count the eggs without opening the package thus keeping them fresh for longer as they are less affected by temperature changes. Also, the separately packaged eggs can be easily packed for a picnic or in a lunch box without compromising on protectiveness or playing Jenga with the other items.

PaperFoam is a studio based in the Netherlands that specializes in making environmentally friendly packaging material widely used in electronics, cosmetics, medical devices, and food applications. The bio-based product is made out of starch, cellulose fibers, and water all with a very low carbon footprint. It can be composted or recycled at home with paper. Curious to learn more about this innovative material? Read about the manufacturing process, detailed benefits, and more here! 

“After experimenting with the material to enhance its look and its mechanical properties, I had to find a proper application for it. I aimed at designing a mass-produced everyday object within the packaging industry, which proved to be a successful field of application for PaperFoam as it was resistant, natural, and could be customized with branding,” says Yoon. “The purpose was to approach this project in a sustainable way, think about a valid and meaningful alternative to already existing products, combine maximum efficiency with aesthetic quality using an environment-friendly approach throughout the whole lifecycle.”

Compared to the cellulose-pulp, foam, or plastic boxes, the Stamp PaperFoam egg trays are lighter (beaten only by the Polystyrene ones) and emit much less carbon dioxide compared to their competitors (96% less than pulp, 91% less than PS, and 87% less than PET). Easy to achieve with the injection-molded manufacturing process, the product is cost-effective, energy-efficient, high-performing, and attractive!

The carton’s dimpled form accommodates individual eggs and prevents them from coming into contact with one another. An improved hinge holds the units together and makes the cups easy to separate into single independent boxes which saves space and keeps them fresh for longer. The name of the brand and the nutrient contents can be directly embossed on the material surface, saving on additional labeling costs and making recycling easier. Stamp is egg-straordinary!

Designer: Il-Seop Yoon

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Maxtand 2.0 gives you an instant adjustable standing desk for your laptop, no matter where you are https://www.yankodesign.com/2022/01/13/maxtand-2-0-gives-you-an-instant-adjustable-standing-desk-for-your-laptop-no-matter-where-you-are/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=maxtand-2-0-gives-you-an-instant-adjustable-standing-desk-for-your-laptop-no-matter-where-you-are Fri, 14 Jan 2022 02:45:22 +0000 https://www.yankodesign.com/?p=355851

Maxtand 2.0 gives you an instant adjustable standing desk for your laptop, no matter where you are

Now in its second iteration, the Maxtand 2.0 goes above and beyond to give you flexibility and freedom with your workspace, whether you’re in an...
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Now in its second iteration, the Maxtand 2.0 goes above and beyond to give you flexibility and freedom with your workspace, whether you’re in an office or at home. The adjustable stand works universally with all laptops and sits on any tabletop surface, turning it into an instant standing desk.

Designer: Creatio Design

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When the Maxtand debuted in 2019, the world was a completely different place. ‘Pandemics’ and ‘social distancing’ were words that never entered our regular conversations, and work-from-home was a rare luxury, not a necessity. Two full years into the global pandemic, the case for the Maxtand is stronger than ever. While we still struggle to work from homes on our dining tables and uncomfortable chairs and sofas, the Maxtand gives you the freedom to have your own standing desk wherever you want, and your spine the ability to stretch out so you’re not hunched over a laptop for hours at an end.

The Maxtand 2.0 is a slick little laptop stand that can sit flat against your desk when you want, and elevate your laptop by as much as 15.1 inches (38.5cm) when fully expanded. Think of it like Apple’s Pro Stand for your laptop, but 95% cheaper.

The Maxtand 2.0 sports the same 3-pivot design as its predecessor, albeit with a newer, lighter, stronger aluminum alloy construction. It weighs a paltry 6.6 pounds and can be folded down to a thickness of 1.75 inches, allowing you to easily slide the stand right into your backpack to carry with you. Once you’re ready to get to work, the stand sits between your table and laptop, offering an infinitely adjustable arrangement that allows you to choose not just the height you want, but the angle you want too. With new stainless-steel friction hinges, the new stand design has a load-bearing capacity of a staggering 50lbs, so you can place your laptop as well as the weight of both your palms on the Maxtand 2.0, and it won’t buckle or change height/angles while you work.

You can either clip the Maxtand 2.0 to your desk at work, use it as a hovering table when you’re working in bed, or even use it on the floor. The stand works seamlessly with all laptops, but even supports desktop monitors, tablets, and more. Whether you’re looking for a standing-desk setup, or whether you’d like to position your laptop at an angle as you type away on a wireless keyboard, or even if you need a small table to work while you’re on your sofa, the Maxtand’s combination of sturdy build-quality with a flexible and practical design (that works with monitors, laptops, tablets, projectors, etc.) makes it an ideal addition to your workspace, no matter where it is!

The stand comes in a ‘Regular’ variant as well as a marginally smaller ‘Slim’ variant. The Maxtand 2.0 Slim’s available on Kickstarter for $119, while the Regular costs just $30 more. The units begin shipping in May.

Click Here to Buy Now: $119 $159 (25% off). Hurry, only 31/50 left!

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This cabin looks like a hobbit house that got a modern makeover! https://www.yankodesign.com/2022/01/13/this-cabin-looks-like-a-hobbit-house-that-got-a-modern-makeover/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=this-cabin-looks-like-a-hobbit-house-that-got-a-modern-makeover Fri, 14 Jan 2022 00:30:44 +0000 https://www.yankodesign.com/?p=356116

This cabin looks like a hobbit house that got a modern makeover!

We have a special place in our heart for tiny homes and this one is definitely our first cabin love of 2022. The uniquely-shaped house...
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We have a special place in our heart for tiny homes and this one is definitely our first cabin love of 2022. The uniquely-shaped house is located on sloping land and gives major hobbit vibes but through the lens of modern architecture. The design consists of a surface that starts from the ground and extends and forms the shape and defines the interior space.

In the interior space, a glass strip starts from the floor and extends to the ceiling to maintain a visual connection to the entire space in fourth dimensions from the interior space. On both sides of the entrance, the two trees combine with the volume and define the entrance space giving it a harmonious, fluid aesthetic that connects the exterior, interior, and the surrounding landscape!

Being above ground helps facilitate more natural ventilation. The black and wooden combination is a stark contrast to the forest but still helps the cabin blend in because of its form. Unlike traditional cabins, the interior is luxurious, modern, and minimalistic – almost resembling a private spa retreat. The bedroom with the glass strip is our favorite part, it makes you feel like the structure is floating!

Designer: Milad Eshtiyaghi

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LEGO DeLorean is a stunning replica of the classic with glowing lights and opening gullwing doors! https://www.yankodesign.com/2022/01/13/lego-delorean-is-a-stunning-replica-of-the-classic-with-glowing-lights-and-opening-gullwing-doors/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lego-delorean-is-a-stunning-replica-of-the-classic-with-glowing-lights-and-opening-gullwing-doors Thu, 13 Jan 2022 23:30:24 +0000 https://www.yankodesign.com/?p=356021

LEGO DeLorean is a stunning replica of the classic with glowing lights and opening gullwing doors!

Designed and built by LEGO creator Mr. Platinum using 2800 LEGO Technic pieces, this absolutely delightful mini replica of the DMC DeLorean from Back To...
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Designed and built by LEGO creator Mr. Platinum using 2800 LEGO Technic pieces, this absolutely delightful mini replica of the DMC DeLorean from Back To The Future comes complete with a detailed exterior as well as interior, functioning doors, glowing lights, and a Bluetooth controller that lets you remotely drive the little car around!

The video above is a mashup of scenes from the original Back To The Future movie showing the DeLorean’s reveal, combined with video snippets of Mr. Platinum’s highly detailed build. The LEGO DeLorean is a stunning MOC (My Own Creation) that boasts of functioning headlights and taillights, glowing pipes around the car’s periphery as well as on the inside, motorized doors that open on command to reveal the detailed interiors, and for good measure, repositionable tires that become horizontal to resemble the car flying through space and time. If there ever was a near-perfect LEGO DeLorean build, this 2800-brick masterpiece is clearly it.

Designer: Mr. Platinum

I know I sound like an absolute broken record, but I honestly can’t get enough of how perfectly executed this build is, and how its creator threw in some unexpectedly surprising details to really make this piece stand out. “It all started in March”, mentions Mr. Platinum, whose journey to build the perfect DeLorean replica took him nearly 10 months to complete. “The Idea was there, began with determining the scale using the wheels. Realized the complexity, the challenge, wanted to implement all the functions”, he added. The overall build required detailing every single aspect of the vintage car, from the suspension to the bodywork, gearbox, lifting system, lights, and the special LEGO Fiber Optic pieces that were only available in bulk. (You can see them come to life in the image below)

Moving onto smaller details, Mr. Platinum didn’t just stop at making a realistic car. Switches on the dashboard actually power the headlights, taillights, and indicators, and if you stop to look closer, he’s even built out the DMC logo on the front using just LEGO pieces. A DeLorean sticker on the back may be the only visible non-lego piece in this entire build. Mr. Platinum pointed out the arduous journey this dream-build took him on. Most of the car’s parts were regularly available as a part of standard sets, although there were a few parts that had to be sourced from vintage collections dating back to the late 80s, and the mudguards (which Mr. Platinum couldn’t find in the right color) had to be sourced from China.

Although you can’t really buy this DeLorean, Mr. Platinum’s been more than kind to make the schematics available (be warned… the instructions span 3 different PDF files with a total of 1200 pages of instructions). The Bluetooth-operated car runs on a rear-wheel-mounted RC motor that’s powered by a single AAA battery.

The end result is nothing short of fantastic and measures 21.8 inches in length, weighing in at a staggering 6.8 pounds all included. You can buy Mr. Platinum’s schematics from ReBrickable for $22.8 (€19.95), although be prepared to shell out a couple of grands if you’re really serious about building this retrofuturistic beauty.

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Inspired by the butterfly knife, this ‘Brass Butterfly Comb’ is just an incredibly slick Everyday Carry https://www.yankodesign.com/2022/01/13/inspired-by-the-butterfly-knife-this-brass-butterfly-comb-is-just-an-incredibly-slick-everyday-carry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=inspired-by-the-butterfly-knife-this-brass-butterfly-comb-is-just-an-incredibly-slick-everyday-carry Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:45:02 +0000 https://www.yankodesign.com/?p=356099

Inspired by the butterfly knife, this ‘Brass Butterfly Comb’ is just an incredibly slick Everyday Carry

I bet the Butterfly Comb would be an incredibly cool cultural artifact of the late 80s. If looks could kill, the Butterfly Brass Comb would...
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I bet the Butterfly Comb would be an incredibly cool cultural artifact of the late 80s.

If looks could kill, the Butterfly Brass Comb would be as lethal as a butterfly knife. Designed and built from scratch by the genius known by his internet moniker ‘Koss Workshop‘, the Butterfly Brass Comb comes meticulously machined from a solid piece of brass, sandwiched between the two-part handle made from acid-finished copper complete with an incredibly satisfying magnetic closure system.

The video above shows Koss in action, as he builds out the comb from scratch. Starting with just raw materials, Koss gets to work, creating the profiles for the comb’s various parts and sticking them onto the solid metal pieces that then go through a laborious cutting, sanding, and polishing process. The brass comb itself is painstakingly built with Koss manually cutting out each tooth, before sanding the edges to round them out. The handle, on the other hand, starts as two pieces of hollow copper pipes that get cut, polished, and etched in an acid that takes away their rose-gold sheen, giving the handles a distressed grungy look that pairs wonderfully with the brass comb inside. To finish it off, Koss also adds magnets inside the handle, causing them to click open and shut for an incredibly satisfying tactile experience.

The almost-11-minute video ends with Koss demonstrating how the comb opens, flicking the handles inward and outward like a pro. The Butterfly Brass Comb exists only as a solitary unit that Koss sold on his Etsy store to a willing buyer who snapped it up for $850. I guess that person REALLY likes combs…

Designer: Koss Workshop

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Minimal toaster shaped like a slice of bread shows that minimal design can be sensible and espressive https://www.yankodesign.com/2022/01/13/minimal-toaster-shaped-like-a-slice-of-bread-shows-that-minimal-design-can-be-sensible-and-espressive/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minimal-toaster-shaped-like-a-slice-of-bread-shows-that-minimal-design-can-be-sensible-and-espressive Thu, 13 Jan 2022 20:40:36 +0000 https://www.yankodesign.com/?p=356237

Minimal toaster shaped like a slice of bread shows that minimal design can be sensible and espressive

Perhaps one of my favorite moments in the design-documentary “Objectified” is when Alice Rawsthorn draws the analogy between analog and digital products. She brings up...
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Perhaps one of my favorite moments in the design-documentary “Objectified” is when Alice Rawsthorn draws the analogy between analog and digital products. She brings up the example of a chair versus an iPhone, stating that if a Martian were to land on earth, chances are that they could look at a chair and roughly guess what its function was. On the other hand, the iPhone with its black slab design, really doesn’t tell you what the device is or what it’s capable of. In a lot of ways, the forms of analog products are easy to understand even without knowing their history or background. Yezin Shin’s Toaster follows that same line of logic.

Designer: Yezin Shin

A toaster is simply an oven for your slices of bread. Place the bread slice into its slots and heating coils ‘bake’ the bread to golden perfection. While it’s fairly easy to identify a toaster by simply looking at its form with the two slots on top and the lever on the side, Shin decided to distill its form down even further. Her toaster celebrates the shape of the ubiquitous white bread slice, with a form that follows its inspiration. Designed to toast one slice of bread at a time, the toaster is quite literally shaped like a slice of bread, allowing you to instantly make the association. Shin’s toaster also provides the ability to work vertically as well as horizontally, sort of like a traditional oven.

While one could say that Shin’s toaster is a bit of an oversimplification (with no strong need for it, given that toasters are pretty well designed the way they are), her redesign is more of a thought exercise that compels you to question the very things you take for granted. For decades, we’ve associated the toaster with being a vertical appliance that ‘pops’ out a cooked slice of bread once it’s ready. Shin challenges that archetype with a toaster that can even be used sideways, so you could potentially cook your bread with butter, cheese, or a variety of toppings on it. In a parallel universe where popping vertical toasters weren’t such a strong social norm, I’d like to imagine that Shin’s toaster design would be the much more accepted standard. Besides, props to Shin for that beautifully bare-basics design!

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This levitating smart assistant concept makes smart speakers look antiquated https://www.yankodesign.com/2022/01/13/this-levitating-smart-assistant-concept-makes-smart-speakers-look-antiquated/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=this-levitating-smart-assistant-concept-makes-smart-speakers-look-antiquated Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:20:49 +0000 https://www.yankodesign.com/?p=356517

This levitating smart assistant concept makes smart speakers look antiquated

What better way to show how smart assistants are the future than with a futuristic speaker that seems to defy the laws of gravity. When...
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What better way to show how smart assistants are the future than with a futuristic speaker that seems to defy the laws of gravity.

When Amazon came out with the first-ever smart speaker housing a smart assistant, there was a bit of bewilderment over its place in our modern life. Half a decade later, it almost seems inconceivable to have a modern home that doesn’t have either some smart speaker or at least a way to get in touch with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and everything in between. While these smart assistants have evolved in the past years, the design of speakers hasn’t seen many notable changes in terms of design. One concept, however, breaks out of the mold and aims to make the smart assistant truly look futuristic while still setting a foot down on familiar and comforting materials.

Designer: Alex Casabò

That’s not to say that smart speakers are ugly, especially since many of them are intentionally designed to be more aesthetic than most speakers. The shapes for these speakers, however, seem to be limited to a few basic forms like cylinders or rectangles. There are some exceptions, like the BeoSound Emerge, but this beautiful book-like audio product is more the exception than the norm.

You don’t have to go overboard to envision a more interesting take on smart speakers. Floating speakers aren’t exactly new by now, though they are pretty much novelty items. Designer Alex Casabò, however, took that idea and put a familiar smart speaker design convention, creating something that is both mystifying but strangely also calming.

Unlike most floating speakers, the sphere that hovers above its metallic base is covered with what looks like a coarse material that gives the impression that it’s made of granite or something similar. In addition to evoking a sense of wonder over something heavy that floats in the air, the somewhat organic and rough texture creates a satisfying visual contrast to the smooth and lustrous box beneath. It also calls to mind the familiar design of some smart speakers, particularly those that use fabric to blend in with some room decorations.

The concept also has room for visual feedback, not just in the form of icons but also text. This reinforces the image of something that is so futuristic it almost looks like magic, creating a beautiful contrast in themes. With an organic sphere floating on top of a metallic block and a design that’s novel yet also familiar, the levitating smart assistant concept is almost like a product of contrasting elements that have been harmoniously mixed to enchanting effect.

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This fashionable smartwatch keeps track of your sleep and the air quality in your room

While most wearables are more focused on what you do when you are awake, this smartwatch is more concerned about getting the best sleep that...
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While most wearables are more focused on what you do when you are awake, this smartwatch is more concerned about getting the best sleep that you can.

Smartwatch sales have exploded in the past two or so years, eclipsing even the older smart fitness band categories, thanks to a sudden interest and obsession over personal health. While it’s good that people are now more conscious about staying active even at home, exercise, movement, and even diet don’t complete the whole fitness picture. Sleep plays an equally important role in staying healthy, and this smartwatch is just as concerned about that as it is with the rest of your body, including the air you breathe in at home.

Designer: Heyok Shin

Most smartwatches these days do keep track of sleep quality or length, but mostly as an afterthought. Sleep, however, is a critical part of our health, and length isn’t the only relevant metric to keep track of. In fact, different people need different amounts of sleep, so there’s no one size fits all recommendation. The ZOS smartwatch tries to take the mystery out of sleep management and analyzes sleeping habits in order to recommend better sleeping times and conditions. It also has features like smart alarms and even ASMR audio recordings to help induce sleep.

The ZOS smartwatch concept doesn’t exactly look like your typical smartwatch, especially with its elongated screen. It is, however, designed for maximum comfort since you are supposed to be wearing it even in your sleep. The choice of magnetic straps and leather material was made with that in mind, ensuring the wearer’s wrist won’t be irritated in the middle of the night, disrupting their sleep.

Sleep management is actually just one-half of the ZOS smartwatch’s purpose. The other half ties into the designer’s other concept, the CLOSSY air purifier and plant care cabinet in one. This smart home concept product can analyze the quality of air inside a room and keep an eye on the plant that will also help purify the air. While these pieces of information can be seen from a smartphone, the ZOS smartwatch is imagined to be the perfect companion for the CLOSSY product.

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