This modular packaging is inspired by how various atoms link together to form different materials!

Everything starts with a small building block. Humans, animals, plants, all started as a single cell, multiplying into various multi-cellular organisms… and the world around us is made from materials that are superclusters of individual atoms and molecules. In fact, the very medium you’re reading this on is an organized grid of individual building-blocks called pixels! Titled the “CY-BO”, this packaging concept by Kenji Abe follows the same ‘Think Big but Start Small’ principle found in nature and in life around us. A finalist at the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021, CY-BO relooks at how packaging (and even products) are built, bringing an almost cellular approach to design by basing the packaging around a single 6-pronged unit that can connect together, forming a chain-link that can be used to create complex shapes. When expanded, CY-BO reads CYtological packing material beyond BOundaries… a fitting name as it turns the old ‘Form follows Function’ adage on its head by creating a unit so versatile, it can be turned into any form or fulfil any function. Sort of how a simple brick can create a building of any shape.

In CY-BO’s defense, it isn’t really a modular concept, but rather a molecular one. The unit in question is a six-pronged shape, punched out of a sheet of foam. Each of the prongs comes with one of two elements – a button, or an eye – and individual CY-BO units can be interlocked into each other by passing buttons through eyes, creating a chainlink fabric of sorts. However, the 6-prongs allow the units to form more complex 3D shapes and contours, giving it infinite versatility. Kenji’s vision is to completely reimagine packaging by creating a standardized unit that can ‘weave itself’ around products. Square-shaped products get wrapped in CY-BO in a square pattern, spherical products in a sphere created using CY-BO units, and if the product is abstract-shaped, it can easily be wrapped in CY-BO by piecing together the individual foam units in the shape of said product. This, broadly, does a number of things. Firstly, it creates a standard, eliminating the previous standards of plastic packets, paper boxes, or cardboard cartons. In doing so, it makes it easy to recycle and reuse CY-BO units, massively eliminating waste. Secondly, made from foam, the CY-BO eliminates the need for bubble-wrapping products. Given its inherent ability to cushion, the CY-BO becomes both the packaging as well as the dunnage, saving materials and saving space. Moreover, fragile products can simply be wrapped in additional layers of CY-BO, further expanding on its modular/molecular design. Thirdly, the CY-BO goes beyond packaging, becoming a useful material in its own right. Sure, it can easily be recycled by separating and reusing the individual CY-BO units… but it can be up-cycled too. Quite like how paper and plastic become the fodder for upcycled craft projects, CY-BO can be redesigned into a variety of products like stationery-cases, lamps, coasters, even clothes. Its interlocking design becomes almost like a creative constraint, allowing people to reimagine CY-BO units in a variety of ways, quite like how the same set of LEGO blocks get turned into millions of different things, thanks to the creative community of LEGO users. With CY-BO, it becomes more commonplace and provides a unique circular approach to product packaging, benefiting everyone.

“Benefiting everyone” are the keywords there, illustrating how one simple foam unit could replace the tonnes of paper boxes getting used and thrown every day, or plastic covers ending up in our landfills and oceans. The CY-BO is small, allowing it to easily be pulled apart and reused. Moreover, it could even be built from a variety of other materials, including more biodegradable ones, or even synthesized bio-materials that could serve as nutrition for animals in our oceans. CY-BO’s incredibly versatile design backed by designer Kenji Abe’s systems-approach is what enabled the project to be selected as a finalist in this year’s LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021 with the competition’s theme being “Design for a Better Tomorrow”. Currently in their 9th year, the Lexus Design Awards are on a mission to ideate and innovate for a better future for humanity as well as for the planet. The Awards program’s underlying theme of “Design for a Better Tomorrow” empowers participants to build solutions that have a uniquely positive impact on society, humanity, and allows the LEXUS, in turn, to reward a new generation of designers for their impactful ideas. Creating the perfect environment for a design to grow, LEXUS helps engineer ideas into real, impactful solutions. Apart from accelerating, developing, and promoting design projects, the Lexus Design Award helps kickstart design careers too, with exclusive mentorships from international design stalwarts like Joe Doucet, Mariam Kamara, Sabine Marcelis and Sputniko!, as well as funding for prototypes (up to 3 million Japanese Yen or $25,000 per project) and the opportunity to have your work judged by the biggest figures in design in the final Grand Prix competition. This year’s judges include Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator at MoMA), Dong Gong (Founder and Principal Designer at Vector Architects), Greg Lynn (Architect and CEO at Piaggio Fast Forward), and Simon Humphries (Head of Toyota and Lexus Global Design).

CY-BO is one of the six finalists of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021. Stay tuned as we feature all the finalist designs following the Grand Prix Winner Announcement here on Yanko Design!

Designer: Kenji Abe

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CY-BO is a new form of cytologically-inspired packaging material that can transform into various shapes by combining the pieces together. Infinitely reusable and rearrangeable, it can be converted into all manner of products for different applications depending on the ideas of the user.

CY-BO can envelop fruits such as apples and peaches, dishes etc, and it can also be used as a coaster as it is a material with excellent water resistance.

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Hate flossing? This innovative electric flosser flawlessly cleans your teeth in 20 seconds

I’ll let you in on a secret – You’re not fooling your dentist when you lie about flossing every day. Trust me, they know… and I’m obviously talking about flossing in its traditional, oral-care sense, and not referring to that newfangled dance step that kids did back in 2019. Here’s the hard truth. Flossing is annoying, fiddly, and the idea of running a string between two teeth just sounds displeasing. As healthy as dentists claim it to be, flossing isn’t really user-friendly… and those plastic use-and-toss floss picks are terrible for the environment.

It’s one of those classic “It’s not you, it’s me” scenarios. People don’t like flossing because flossing isn’t easy or quick… although Flaüs hopes to change that. Designed to be the world’s first eco-friendly electric flosser, Flaüs is a hand-held toothbrush-shaped device with a replaceable flossing head. When powered on, Flaüs gently vibrates at 12,000 sonic vibrations per minute – it’s enough to safely remove all the food and plaque stuck between your teeth without hurting the most sensitive gums. Given that it’s about as easy to use as an electric toothbrush, Flaüs makes flossing your teeth quick, easy, and effective. Moreover, each replaceable floss-head is designed out of biodegradable materials and can even be composted after use… leaving your teeth and the planet as clean as they can be!

Flaüs comes with a nifty, ergonomic form factor that’s easy to hold and maneuver within your mouth. Unlike floss strings that are incredibly fiddly and require a good 10-15 minutes, using Flaüs takes all of 60 seconds and its carefully tuned sonic vibrations are much more gentle than your hands could ever be. Moreover, Flaüs even reminds you to floss every day, with 7 LEDs on its body that light up whenever you use it, so you know if you’ve missed a day at the end of the week.

Each Flaüs device, much like your electric toothbrush, comes with a replaceable head that you remove and dispose of after using each day. The only distinction is that Flaüs heads are designed to have minimal impact on the environment. Made from plant-based materials, Flaüs heads are safe to dispose of after use in either the recycling or compost bin. Moreover, they’re designed to be as small as possible, reducing the amount of net waste generated. Even on the energy-consumption front, Flaüs aims at being efficient, with an internal battery that lasts a full month before needing to be recharged. To solidify its eco-friendly mission, the makers behind Flaüs (in partnership with Plastic Bank) even commit to stopping 100 plastic bottles from reaching the ocean with the profits from each Flaüs purchased!

All in all, Flaüs brings flossing into the 21st century. With its focus on efficiency and sustainability, Flaüs makes oral hygiene quick, easy, and hassle-free (plus your dentist will be pretty happy too) and it all comes packaged in a sleek, IP67 waterproof design that’s a pleasure to look at and use. Its slender design sports a diamond-shaped single-button interface that lets you switch it on or off or even toggle between its two vibration modes – 6,000 or 12,000 sonic vibrations per minute. When you’re done, simply affix Flaüs on your mirror using its beautifully designed magnetic mirror mount, and don’t forget to safely dispose of the used Flaüs head in either the recycling or compost bin! Each Flaüs ships with 90 floss heads (which should last 3 months with daily use), a magnetic mirror mount, and a USB-C charging cable. You can even grab yourself additional floss-head bundles as an add-on to your purchase on Indiegogo. Oh, and don’t forget to brag to your dentist!

Designer: ANDesign for Flaüs

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Flaüs – World’s First Eco-Friendly Electric Flosser

Hate Flossing? Flaüs makes flossing as quick & easy as brushing your teeth. It uses sonic vibrations to move quickly and gently between tight teeth, removing stubborn plaque and debris from places your toothbrush can’t access.

Designed to reach the nooks and crannies with ease and give your gums the T.L.C. they deserve, Flaüs does the hard work for you.

12,000 Sonic Vibrations Per Minute

With up to 12,000 sonic vibrations per minute, Flaüs effortlessly glides between tight teeth and removes plaque and debris – providing a strong yet gentle clean.

Eco-friendly Replaceable Heads

Each Flaüs comes with a 3-month supply of replaceable Flaüs heads that are easy to use, sustainable and PFAS-free. After each flossing session, remember to compost or recycle the used heads (which are completely compostable and biodegradable), and simply snap on a new one.

Made from Plant-based Materials

Compostable, Biodegradable, BPA-free and Non-toxic

Made from plant-based materials and infinitely sustainable aluminum, Flaüs is better for your teeth and the planet.

Charge Once a Month

Their 1-month battery life, USB-C charging port and waterproof design make Flaüs the perfect travel companion or shower buddy.

Reach Every Corner with Ease

Find maneuvering traditional floss tricky? Flaüs’ ergonomic handle allows for greater control and easy access to those hard-to-reach places so you never miss your molars again.

Cleaner Than Your Fingers

Did you know up to 10 million bacteria live on your fingertips? Gross! The thoughtfully designed handle keeps your fingers and uninvited germs out of your mouth.

Build Better Habits

Have a hard time remembering to floss? Flaüs has built-in LED tracking technology that offers visual cues to help you keep up healthy habits and stay accountable.

Magnetic Mirror Mount

The magnetic mirror mount holds Flaüs above the sink, making it easily accessible and saving precious countertop space.

The Eco-nightmare of Dental Floss

Most dental floss is made of nylon coated in synthetic wax, which is non-biodegradable and non-recyclable. Some even contain PFAS, which have been linked to adverse health consequences, including liver damage, thyroid disease, decreased fertility, obesity and cancer.

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Architectural Designs with green roofs that meet the needs of humans and nature alike!

Green roofs have been gaining a lot of popularity these days! They’re an eco-friendly alternative to conventional roofs as they provide natural insulation against heat and maintain a cool temperature. They also serve as efficient rainwater buffers and reduce energy usage! Not to mention they add an organic and natural touch to homes and help them effortlessly integrate with their surroundings. We’re major fans of green roofs, and we’ve curation a collection of architectural designs that truly showcase their beauty and utility. These structures will have you ditching traditional roofs, and opting for greener ones!

In the hills of Harriman State Park (New York), plans were made to build a beautiful, contemporary-style hobbit hole known as the Black Villa. The house is stunning inside and out, especially its most eye-catching feature: the luscious grass-covered roof. Green roofs have been growing slowly in popularity over the past decade, due to their economic and environmental advantages. They can reduce energy usage by 0.7% by providing natural insulation against heat and maintaining temperatures that are 30-40°F lower than conventional rooftops. (The Black Villa also decreases the need for electricity by using skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows.) Green roofs also reduce and slow down stormwater runoff, which helps immensely in areas with poor drainage systems (usually in urban areas).

KRADS, an architectural studio based in Denmark and Iceland recently finished work on a client’s very own holiday home nestled away somewhere in the mountains of southwestern Iceland, perched above Lake Þingvallavatn. Being the second-largest natural lake in Iceland, the views overlooking Lake Þingvallavatn are sweeping, especially from the vantage point of Tina Dickow’s and Helgi Jónsson’s holiday home. The pair of performing artists worked with KRADS to creatively integrate their holiday home into the lake’s surrounding mountainous terrain, forming intentional views of the natural, dense landscape and nearby Lake Þingvallavatn. To integrate the holiday home into this part of southwestern Iceland’s mountainous region, KRADS built concrete foundations in three staggered planes that follow the topography of the hilly landscape, building on the rest of the home’s frame from there.

The ambitious structure is called ‘Delta’ after the Pearl River Delta and is designed to rise seamlessly from the river with an accessible green rooftop for visitors to soak in the natural setting. The roof is a public park that showcases organic geometries in the form of architecture. The dynamic shape has been inspired by a river stream that has a new view, a new bend, a new discovery at every turn. Similarly, the museum too will have different views at every turn overlooking the surrounding park, hills, and lake from the winding terraces. A news article published in March reported that the total investment in the project was to be $496 million and that excludes the cost of acquiring a wide range of specimens—animals, plants, minerals, and fossils—that will be on display throughout over 365,000 square feet of exhibition-dedicated space.

Downtown Toronto and the city’s students just got a green upgrade in the form of a $65 million dollar project called Canoe Landing Campus! This structure is now a social nexus that acts as a community recreation center as well as an educational institute divided into public and Catholic elementary schools plus a childcare center – all of that under one gigantic green roof! ZAS Architects designed the campus to provide a much-needed social infrastructure to CityPlace which is one of the city’s most populated residential developments with over 20,000 residents. So a facility the size of Canoe Landing Campus was needed to cater to everyone while also being functional. Given the scale of the campus, it was important to make it energy-efficient and therefore the team added solar panels that generate 10% of the building’s total energy needs – a small start with the potential to grow a lot more!

Looking for an escape from your apartment and dive into nature? The Øyna Cultural Landscape Hotel in Norway is your destination. This hotel is wrapped in a lush green carpet and is hidden away on a hill with the sweeping views of the Trondheim fjord – a Nordic landscape with a long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs formed by submergence of a glaciated valley. Øyna’s location is right out of an enchanted forest storybook. Designed by Green Advisers AS, the hotel’s unique layout maximizes the guests’ connection with nature. All 18 rooms are built inside an existing sloping terrain with a cantilevered design so every person staying gets an unobstructed view of the cultural landscape.

Studio Gang is known for being a super innovative company that produces some of the most unusual architectural designs and their latest concept is a mixed-use sustainable hotel called Populous! With solar panels, a green roof, and other carbon footprint-reducing features, Studio Gang aims to have the doors of this hotel open by 2023 which also seems like a feasible projection for all of us to resume traveling like non-pandemic times again. Populous will be built in Denver, Colorado, and will measure 135,000 sq ft (roughly 12,500 sq m) with over 13 floors. While most of the interior layout will be dedicated to the hotel and its amenities, Studio Gang also plans to include 40 “micro-apartments” to stay aligned with its mixed-use functionality.

Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), CopenHill is an intriguing mesh of a waste-to-energy power plant, a ski slope, hiking and running trail, and a section of lush greenery right in the middle of bustling Copenhagen. Home to 7000 bushes, 300 pine and willows trees, plus other varieties of nature, CopenHill bears a beautiful connection to nature. Measuring at 278 feet, CopenHill also showcases the world’s tallest climbing wall, plus a cross-fit area and trail for hiking and running. There’s a rooftop bar you can hit for some drinks and food!

Estudio Felipe Escudero designed ‘House Folds’, a low single-storey home in the valley of Nayón. The house displays a curved and playful form, but the highlight has to be its green roof! The green roof was built in an attempt to help the structure harmoniously integrate with its lush green surroundings. Although built from concrete, the home boasts a very free-flowing and organic form. It’s a flexible and open space accentuated with floor-to-ceiling windows, and intricate usage of concrete and timber to give it a warm aesthetic.

Architecture firm Coldefy will be creating a mixed-use building in Northern France. Named ‘Echo’, the structure will include an office space, and a catering and recreation program. The building will be accentuated by green terraces that will cascade one after the other, almost resembling a green river. Echo will be the ‘first bio-based building in Euralille’!

Giorgi Khmaladze Architects designed a coffee factory and offices in Tbilisi, Georgia. Built from concrete and boasting an intriguing geometric form, the structure has been equipped with a green roof! It features folded concrete facades, creating interesting edges, allowing the light to bounce off them, and resulting in a fun interplay of shadows and lights!

This modular appliance converts WFH+ daytime chores into an interactive fun session!


We all have our midday rituals while working from home. While mine typically consists of going back and forth between my desk and my kitchen to get some snacks, others have formed more productive habits like cleaning and meditating. A team of Seoul-based designers has conceptualized and designed a modular WFH appliance called Fot to help get those chores and rituals done during the workday. They developed Fot so that once that final work project is submitted, the workday is done, including housework.

Fot comes in four parts and leans on a modular design to function as a charging station, vacuum cleaner, air diffuser, timer, and mood operator. Whenever a user chooses to step away from WFH duties to begin some household chores, Fot can turn into a free-roaming vacuum cleaner operated wirelessly with the ring-shaped remote. Similar to walking a dog with a leash, users only have to hold and steer the remote to indicate where they’d like the vacuum module to clean. Alternatively, Fot can be used as a meditative air diffuser simply by placing the ring-shaped remote on top of the diffuser module to activate the module’s mist function.

However, before it can enact any of its housework duties, Fot’s essential component, the ring-shaped remote must be vertically placed in the product’s charging hub. While Fot charges, users can turn the ring 90° clockwise from its neutral position to unlock the appliance’s mood operator, which delineates WFH time from housework time. Or, if users would like to operate their own timer and schedule then Fot can be rotated further than 90° to function as a timer and alarm.

Designers: Yeowon Kim, Jong Seung Kim, Daeun Kim, & TaeJune Youn

Fot comes equipped with a charging station, timer, mood operator, vacuum cleaner, and air diffuser.

Fot’s modular design allows its multiple functions.

Many people experiencing WFH struggle to accommodate household chores throughout the day. Fot changes that.

When used as a timer, Fot accommodates your schedule, indicating moments throughout the day that are devoted to household chores, meditation, or WFH time.

In order to charge Fot, users only have to place the ring-shaped remote into its charging socket.

Fot’s vacuum component is designed to feel just like walking your dog and its dust bin easily dumps anything picked up along the way.


Fot’s aroma diffuser functions as its meditation component, allowing for breaks during the workday to devote to relaxation.