YD Design Storm #36: Shelf Designs Trending this week

The YD Design Storm takes a look at products, services, and spaces that are storming the internet. The idea? To turn internet-storming material into brainstorming material! Scroll down for our collection of handpicked works from design websites, portfolios, and social media. Get inspired, save projects, pin images, or share links with fellow design enthusiasts! This edition of Design Storm focuses on the best shelf designs that are trending right now!

Watch this space for your digest of design brain-fodder… and an ever-evolving map of design trends!

Slide Bookcase by Daniele Lago

Wall*nut Hexagons by Think Fabricate

Field Shelves by Dmitri Kozinenko

Cabinets & Shelves by Filip Janssens

LiliLite Shelf & Bedside Lamp by Studio Smeets

Slide Bathroom Towel Shelf by Cory Grosser for Agape

The Deer Shelf by BEdesign

Piano Shelf by Sebastian Errazuriz

Alba L Modular shelf with hidden storage by Woodendot

LINK Shelves by Studio Hausen

YD Design Storm #35: Side Table Designs trending this week

The YD Design Storm takes a look at products, services, and spaces that are storming the internet. The idea? To turn internet-storming material into brainstorming material! Scroll down for our collection of handpicked works from design websites, portfolios, and social media. Get inspired, save projects, pin images, or share links with fellow design enthusiasts! This edition of Design Storm focuses on the best side table designs that are trending right now!

Watch this space for your digest of design brain-fodder… and an ever-evolving map of design trends!

Illusion Table by John Brauer for Essey

Vista Concrete side table by Benton Fusion

Ostrich Side Table by Mario Tsai

Twin Side Table by ByLassen

Cooper Side Table by Nina Mair

Plisago Side Tables by Studio Besau-Marguerre

Daisy Stool & Side Table by Warm Nordic

Drip Side Table by Blackman Cruz

Kroll Sidetable (of the Kroll Collection) by Max Voytenko

The Butler designed to be a stepstool, side table and an impromptu desk by  Shane Schneck of Office for Design

YD JOB ALERT: Philippe Starck is looking to recruit a Junior Interior Architect

It isn’t everyday that one gets the opportunity to meet Philippe Starck, let alone work with him! The Parisian all-round designer is probably one of the best known names in the industry. Having formed his studio ‘Starck’ in 1970, Philippe worked on a massive variety of projects spanning categories like architecture, furniture design, consumer goods, luxury goods, packaging, and even dabbling with occasional transportation design projects. Philippe has also been lauded for factoring in his philosophy of Democratic Design into his work. Starck has been extremely vocal of his avoidance of unethical projects such as arms, alcohol, tobacco, oil and religion. He has also always implements ethical and ecological aspects into all of his creations but he also loves to inject fun into his designs and the combination of these three elements are always poetic, rebellious and definitely beautiful. His studio, Starck Network Agency, is looking to hire a Junior Interior Architect who shares these views along with a passion for design and learning.


The STARCK agency develops projects in France, the Middle East, the USA and Brazil. In the continuity of our development, we are looking for a Junior Interior Designer Hotel Restaurant H / F.


• In collaboration with a senior project manager who will manage and supervise you
• You will be involved in global hotel projects
• You will be in charge of global design projects including hotels and restaurants in France and abroad (Sketches, APS, APD, DCE) as well as the application of architectural and development concepts, in liaison with the architect and external service providers, in terms of coordination / quality and compliance with Starck specifications


Training school of interior architecture (Ecole bleue, ENSAAMA, Ecole Boulle, Camondo ou Ensad,…) or a similar architecture school. You have at least 2 years of experience on similar functions, imperatively in a hotel and restaurant universe. You have a successful experience in space and furniture design.

You are fluent in English (necessary).

You have a real affinity with the hospitality environment, an excellent graphic expression and you master the software such as Autocad LT, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup and the Office Pack. Relational and organizational skills, responsiveness, proven creative sense and good management of priorities are essential to succeed in the job.

As part of your missions, travel will be expected.


Send CV and Portfolio in PDF format by email only (maximum 3MB) to adeline@starcknetwork.eu


Paris, France.


Visit the YD Job Board to view similar jobs or to post a Job Opening.

The M-Wall is probably the first wall with a user experience

The M-Wall combines technology, beauty, and a user experience. Taking wall paneling and turning them into products/experiences, the M-Wall actually makes the wall a series of services, rather than a blank canvas. The soft, rounded paneling looks incredibly friendly, and hosts everything from clocks, thermostats, televisions, cabinets, lighting, speakers, and soft-boards, helping the wall transition from space to form.

The M-Wall conceptually isn’t completely new. Kitchens have for a long time come with products built flush into walls, allowing the entire cooking space to look clean, rather than be a cornucopia of appliances. The M-Wall takes that idea, bringing it outside the kitchen and into the living room, arguably in a way that’s absolutely refreshingly new. Its aesthetic interpretation is completely different from the silver metallic panels of integrated kitchen appliances. The M-Wall looks soft, calming, organized, functional, and I’m quoting Marie Kondo here, sparks joy!

The M-Wall is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2018.

Designers: Lin Chengyou, Tong Zhiqiang & Wang Fuyang.

The Dragonfly proves that tactile switches aren’t going anywhere


While companies are investing in voice-assisted homes where you can simply control lights by talking to them, New Deal Design’s Dragonfly switches show that tactile controls can and will always provide an experience that’s much more relatable and fulfilling to a user. Deviating from the traditional concept of switches, the Dragonfly relies on touch-sensitive switchboards and a connected system that lets you intuitively control your lights.

The switchboards feature a backlit display with different columns for different rooms in the house. These columns are ‘filled with light’ and can be dragged up or down, adjusting the room’s brightness by simply quantifying light itself. Sliding your finger upwards along the column lets it fill up with light, and makes the room in question brighter. Individual columns control individual rooms, and Dragonfly switchboards are placed in every room, allowing you to, from wherever you are, control all the lights in your home. So you don’t need to go to the kitchen to A. notice that the lights are on, and B. switch them off… you can do that from your bedroom itself, or any other room in the house. The animated display makes controlling your lights intuitive, and much more fun than telling Alexa to switch your lights on or off. It provides visual feedback that completes the experience for the user. What’s more is that the Dragonfly can be automated to follow broader tasks too, like switching off all the lights when you leave your home!

Designer: New Deal Design



The E-Legend’s interiors are the most inspired ones I’ve seen in a while


Peugeot’s E-Legend excites me for so many reasons. Not only does it have an exterior that’s just dying to be ogled at, for the way it stays retro and futuristic at the same time, but the interiors are worth falling in love with too, because guess what, they’re going to be made entirely out of velvet.

Crafted from George Costanza’s fabric-of-dreams, the E-Legend boasts of an interior that is edgy and sculpted (going well with the car’s glaring headlights) and upholstered in ’60s-chic blue silk velvet. The door panels, seat buckets, and steering wheel feature paldao wood sourced from renewable forests and finished by French furniture design firm, Hervet Manufacturier. The E-Legend’s interiors also come with a fragrance diffuser that can fill the cabin with one of two scents crafted specifically for the E-Legend by perfume maker Ex-Nihilo. You may call it aggressive marketing, I call it automotive perfection, both inside and out.

Designer: Peugeot








Get your work noticed by Karim Rashid at the Asia Design Prize 2019!


I’ve long been an advocate for submitting projects for awards. Not only does it instantly get you the credibility you need, it also gets your work noticed by a jury panel of the world’s best designers, and who’d say no to that?!

Joining the roster of the Asia Design Prize as the grand jury member this year is none other than industrial design stalwart and the “Prince of Plastic” Karim Rashid! Arguably one of the most renowned and revered designers in the industry, Rashid’s works are famous for how they seamlessly blend form and CFM into one incredible package. He brings these design sensibilities and a world of experience to the jury panel of ADP 2019.

The Asia Design Prize recognizes design efforts in and outside Asia, with a permanent online exhibition for all its winners, and works being featured in design magazines and blogs world over. Winners get trophies along with a certificate and the rights to use the ADP logo on their work, while the Grand, Gold, and Silver winners get cash prizes and framed plaques.

The Asia Design Prize is a brilliant way to get your work noticed as well as validated. People pay much closer attention to projects that win awards or gain accolades, and there’s a dramatic increase in your chances of getting featured on various portals across the world. Besides, where else would you get a chance to have Karim Rashid look at your work?!

Head to the Asia Design Prize website to know more! Submissions for 2019 open from the 3rd of September till the 31st of December 2018. Scroll down to take a look at some of our favorite winners from last year!


The ORBIKE Vending Machine by LiuYeQuan and LiYanrong is sure to catch your eye even if you don’t ride bicycles! The donut-shaped machine rests half above and half below the surface, with rotating pods that dispense bikes and biking accessories to users/members, while also displaying its wares in a beautiful, eye-catching, and dynamic format. Loving it!


Oren Geva’s 2C3D camera for the blind is a beautiful, innovative product that takes 3D images, allowing the visually impaired to capture, record, and more importantly, feel their photographs!


The Revolve Wheel took the internet absolutely by storm and is widely known as a design that has “reinvented the wheel”. Andrea Mocellin’s wheel redesign allows your traditional wheel to fold up into something 1/6th its original size, opening up a wide variety of possibilities, including making folding bikes and wheelchairs much more compact than before!


Literally the size of a quarter, the Dab is an unobtrusive Holter ECG/EKG that rests comfortably on your chest, constantly reading your heart’s movements. Designed to be minimal, non-invasive, and simple, the Dab tries to bridge the gap between medical appliances and wearables. Its tiny yet classy design sits on your chest via a gel patch, while the electrodes capture your heart activity. The Dab’s dry-electrodes allow it to be used and reused, unlike disposable electrodes that lead to large amounts of medical waste. They constantly measure one’s heart activity (requiring periodic charging via their wireless charging hub), and keep logs of accurate readings, quietly sitting on your chest while you absolutely forget that they’re even there in the first place!

Fan Shizhong’s Life Slide is a no-brainer award winner, honestly. Also bagging an A’ Design Award, James Dyson Award, and an iF Design Award, the Life Slide makes evacuations much easier to execute, by allowing people stuck at high altitudes to slide away from disaster. A much more feasible and safer option than an airlift, the Life Slide is MUCH faster than a ladder, which means the ability to save more people in less time!

Because traditional furniture and flat floors are too boring


The Les Angles Structural Seating brings the dynamic surfaces of the outdoors, indoors. Designed in a way that doesn’t look like furniture, but behaves like it, the structural seating add a different flavor to rooms by giving people the impression that the floor underneath is alive, and is breaking through the monotony of flatness to turn into a terrain-like surface you can sit on.

The Les Angles are made from 100% wool fabric and may look edgy, but are actually quite comfortable to sit on. Comprising different elements that take on different functions (like a backrest, a cushion, the Les Angles can be arranged on the floor or even on a wall, allowing a room to look practically alive and dynamic… because traditional furniture is much too boring!

Designer: Stéphanie Marin








IKEA subtly redesigns its products for each country/culture


With its first Indian store launching only a day ago, IKEA proved that it understands its consumers and environment better than any other company in its industry.

Allegedly, IKEA has been planning to open its flagship store in India for years now (I remember getting wind of it as long as 5 years ago). Now that the store is finally up and running, there’s one thing worth noticing and appreciating. In every country that IKEA runs its business, the catalog stays true to the company’s signature low-cost, DIY business model, but differs distinctly in terms of flavor. IKEA invests a lot of time, energy, and money, in understanding the country’s climate, its users, their mindsets, cultural quirks, and socio-economic background. Using that data, IKEA subtly redesigns their products to serve their users better, often pandering to their sense of style, budget, and even taking care of climatic requirements to ensure their products last longer than intended.

An article by Fast Company talks about how IKEA prioritizes user needs more than anything else, successfully differentiating between an American consumer, an Indian consumer, and a Japanese one, based on a variety of factors. With India, for instance, IKEA does away with the pine-wood construction it uses in more cooler climates (like in European countries). Pine cannot withstand the heat and humidity of India’s tropical climate, and IKEA’s furniture had to be tweaked to use a wood more durable for India. In a country as dusty as India, houses are cleaned every day with water. The furniture in the Indian catalog come with their own rubber risers so that the wood doesn’t come in contact with water. Kitchen counters are also redesigned keeping in mind the shorter frame of the Indian woman, be it the woman/wife of the house or the hired help. To accommodate for India’s small houses, burgeoning population, and the resulting cramped lifestyle, IKEA introduced a larger range of collapsible, stackable, and foldable furniture that can easily be stowed away when not in use. This furniture also serves its purpose when guests gather at your place for social occasions. IKEA also is reportedly using solar-powered rickshaws (an icon of public transportation in India) to deliver their products to the doors of consumers, therefore embracing the culture while forwarding the brand.

The Ekedalen table can be extended to accommodate more people

The fleet of solar-powered rickshaws that will deliver items to the 6.8 million residents of Hyderabad

Similarly, for the Chinese market, IKEA showcased an entire section on balconies, an important part in Chinese homes. Showrooms in southern China showcased balconies with clothes-hanging apparatuses, while showrooms in northern China used balconies as areas for food storage, therefore highlighting the importance of cultural relevance while moving from country to country and region to region. As far as beds are concerned, IKEA’s a perfect example of understanding the socio-cultural implications of the countries implications of the countries it’s in. Korean beds are smaller, for small homes. American beds are showcased in king and queen sizes, while the rest of the world uses centimeters as a measuring format, and for its Indian market, IKEA showcased a bedroom with a smaller bed for youngsters because parents and children usually share a bedroom in middle-class Indian homes. In the kitchen, IKEA stocks far more rice cookers and chopsticks in its Asian markets, while the Indian kitchen showrooms don’t include knives as a part of the cutlery set since Indians usually use spoons at the table when they’re not using their hands to consume food. A rather bewildering spike in flower-vase sales in America had top executives confused until they realized that Americans were using them to drink out of, since the Swedish drinking glasses were too small for America’s ‘grande’ and ‘venti’ way of living. In every aspect of lifestyle, IKEA’s research has resulted in much more relevant products. Even their food-courts have food that’s much more in tune with the country’s culture and tastes.

IKEA’s food is culturally relevant. Asian cuisines feature rice as a staple, while Middle Eastern IKEA branches serve Halal meats

What’s ingenious on IKEA’s part is that while they beautifully absorb some of the country’s cultures into their catalog, they still manage to forward their brand. IKEA’s catalogs change from country to country, continent to continent, but the store almost always looks the same. A large blue warehouse with the big, bold, yellow and blue logo on the outside is almost an icon of IKEA and is pretty much synonymous with “good furniture beyond this point”, no matter where you are. It also sticks to its universal style of nomenclature, using Swedish names for its products, and inevitably creating a beautiful fusion between what IKEA originally started out as, and the country in which it’s located… a fusion of global and local.

It’s rare to see a company so invested in user research, especially in the fashion/lifestyle/decor industry. Surrounded by competitors that spend time designing products with a one-shoe-fits-all business model, it’s refreshing that a company like IKEA spends so much time, effort, and money in ‘getting it right’. Explains why it remains such an undefeatable force in the furniture and home decor industry!

Source: Fast Company

YD Design Storm #2


The YD Design Storm takes a look at products, services, and spaces that are storming the internet. The idea? To turn internet-storming material into brainstorming material! Scroll down for our collection of handpicked works from design websites, portfolios, and social media. Get inspired, save projects, pin images, or share links with fellow design enthusiasts!

Watch this space for your digest of design brain-fodder… and an ever-evolving map of design trends!


By Jose Navarro.


By Daniele Lago.


By Jan Barič.


By Duncan Meerding.


By Evan Fay Design.


By Fred Segal.


By Stefan Zwicky.


By DX Architects.




By Eda Architect.