Cork Rocket Desk Organizer: This Is Ground Control to Major Tom

Because who doesn’t already spend the majority of their workday daydreaming about outer space, SUCK UK has just made the visualization even easier thanks to this Cork Rocket Desk Organizer. The sustainably sourced rocket is perfect for storing pens and pencils, plus you can pin notes or photos of your loved ones back on earth to the outside.

The rocket stands about 11″ tall and, just like all my desk drawers, I’m going to fill it with candy instead of office supplies. I’m sort of known as the candy guy around the office, and I’m fairly certain my seemingly endless supply of sweets is the only reason I still haven’t been fired. I can’t even remember the last time I actually did some work around here.

Am I slowly going to replace everything in my cubicle with the space memorabilia I’ve collected over the years until the whole thing is entirely space-themed? Absolutely. I mean how many other people do you know who can say they have a rejection letter from Space Camp hanging above their desk?

[via Dude I Want That]

4-Foot Inflatable Zombie Baby Yard Decoration Is a Real Product That Exists

Because what’s Halloween if not an opportunity for neighbors to question your taste and decency, this is the four-foot-long ‘Halloween Inflatable Outdoor Zombie Baby Blow Up Yard Decoration’ created by GOOSH and available on Amazon (affiliate link). I can already sense my neighborhood’s collective property value plummeting.

The inflatable baby has LEDs inside to illuminate the abomination at night and includes stakes for anchoring, or killing vampires. According to the product description, “Beside Halloween, it can be used as any other holiday decoration. Installed in the courtyard to enjoy Holiday with your family and spreading a happiness atmosphere to your neighborhoods.” Um, are they talking about the same inflatable zombie baby I’m looking at?

Obviously, this is the perfect Halloween yard decoration to encourage parents of would-be trick-or-treaters to pass your house on their way through the neighborhood. “They’re probably just handing out licorice anyways,” I imagine telling my children while hurrying them down the sidewalk.

[via DudeIWantThat]

Victorinox Releasing Limited Edition Damascus Steel Swiss Army Knife

Sure, you might be lost in the woods, but at least you have your everyday carry (EDC) Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. And not just any Swiss Army Knife, oh no, one of a 6,000-piece limited edition with a Damascus steel blade. You’re about to make those woods wish they’d never gotten you turned around in the first place!

The $400 Swiss Champ Damast Limited Edition 2021 features a “Bjorkmans Twist” patterned Damascus steel blade and exterior grip constructed of forged carbon scales. It includes 29 tools to ensure you stand the best chance of MacGyver-ing yourself out of whatever sticky situation you’ve gotten yourself into. Or, you know, opening the Amazon box that just arrived.

I want one. Granted I already have the exact same knife in classic red (sans the carbon exterior and Damascus steel blade), but can you really have too many Swiss Army knives? My heart is saying no but my wife is saying yes and taking my debit card out of my wallet and running upstairs to hide it.

[via Maxim]

Experimental Industrial Designer Michael Young describes his diverse work as “Industrial Art”

It’s really difficult to pinpoint Michael Young’s style. A lot of designers develop a very recognizable quality that allows you to box their work into a certain category, but that’s far from true in the case of Hong Kong-based Industrial Designer Michael Young. Young’s work is best described as experimental, as he dips into a world of creativity shaped by his life in Britain, Iceland, Taiwan, Brussels, and finally Hong Kong. Young’s studio specializes in creating modern design through exploring the endless possibilities Asia’s technological ingenuity provides, while constantly pushing to experiment with new materials and see how they inform the design of different products within different categories.

Yanko Design had a chance to reach out to Michael and take a closer look at some of his work from the years gone by. Michael graduated from Kingston University in 1992 and set up his design studio the following year. With nearly 3 decades in the industry, he’s made a name for himself as one of the leading international figures in his field, and the Michael Young Studio aims at providing exclusive, quality design services across an eclectic range of markets – from interiors to technology. His minimalist, elegant, and sophisticated style is a trademark in his body of work, which has always attracted the attention of the industry and has been acquired by public institutions such as the Pompidou Center and the Louvre Museum. “It is Design as Industrial Art that interests me, not just as a limited edition, but on a scale of mass production”, Michael says about his approach to creativity and design.

Click Here to visit Michael Young’s website and view his work

Michael Young x Coalesse – LessThanFive Carbon Fiber Chair

A winner of the iF Gold Award, the LessThanFive chair gets its name from the fact that it weighs less than 5 pounds. Made entirely from carbon-fiber, the chair was a collaborative project between Michael Young and Coalesse, a Steelcase brand. The chair explores carbon fiber as a material for furniture by pushing the boundaries of what the material can do. The chair’s form is so elegantly slim that it can only be made out of carbon fiber (any other material would cause it to buckle), and even though it weighs less than 5 lbs, it can hold a stunning 300lbs of weight!

Michael Young x O.D.M. – Hacker Watch

The Hacker Watch encapsulates Young’s east-meets-west approach rather perfectly. “ODM was a local brand and at the time had not worked with an international designer at this level. Paul So, the CEO, is a great thinker and had predicted world timepiece recession, due to smartphones, long before they became household items”, says Young. The watch was designed as a result of this approach, and combined an iconic design along with an affordable price, making the watch instantly desirable, even in an age where people just read the time on their smartphone. The watch was designed and manufactured in 2011, when the smartphone movement had just picked up pace.

Michael Young – MY Collection

The MY Collection first premiered at Gallery ALL in LA and Beijing, and comprised a chair, a side table, a writing desk, a round coffee table, a console, and a lounge chair. The unusually designed pieces featured polished stainless steel honeycomb frames, inlaid with white enamel surfaces. Each piece consisted of a cluster of hollow metal extrusions capped at each end and covered with enamel, making the furniture look less like conventional home decor and more like eye-catching jewelry. “A while back, I had worked with cloisonné in Northern China and began to look at how patterns and colors came together and how metal could be shaped to create divisions of form”, Michael mentions. “Some of my earlier attempts were inspired by oil on water and the natural patterns generated by this when taken in a snapshot. For Gallery ALL, we looked at these in a new way by self-generating forms created by the computer, and then we extracted the patterns in two-dimensional slices.”

Michael Young x Moke International – Moke Car

Initially produced to share some of the Mini’s mechanical parts, but with a more rugged body shell to give it a life intended for the beach, the Moke holds its own as a historic and cult car with a rich 50-year history that was sadly put out of production in 1993. However, when Young got an email asking if he would work on redesigning a Moke reissue, he called it a “call of duty as a Moke Enthusiast”. It was essential to strike an equal balance for the old enthusiast and the new generation of Moke drivers, like himself. After redesigning and reengineering more than 160 new parts the MOKE was brought back, better than ever. “It has the same spirit, the same style and is just as suave as the original Moke”, says Young.

Michael Young x CIGA Design – Templates Watch

The Template watch hopes to merge the movement and face into one singular piece. It isn’t as much a skeletal watch as it is a work of art that also displays the watch’s fine engineering. Yet another winner of the iF Gold Award, the Template Watch flips the tradition of having a plain watch-face and integrating a transparent exhibition back to showcase the watch’s movement. Instead, the ornately designed watch-face itself lets you peer through and see certain aspects of the watch’s movement. It balances its ‘industrial aesthetic’ with curved edges on the watch-face, that give it a softness to the appearance.

Michael Young – Oxygen Chair

Perhaps one of the most unusual projects in Michael’s body of work, the Oxygen Chair has a strangely relic-esque quality to it… along with an incredibly interesting manufacturing method. The chairs are molded out of aluminum that’s injected into steel casts along with high-temperature gas at immensely high pressures (hence the name Oxygen Chair). The process is somewhat similar to how rocks are formed, and the resulting chair looks less like metal and more like an excavated block of stone with imperfect, porous surfaces that are almost in line with igneous rocks. Finally, to give the furniture its color, it’s coated in a way similar to ceramic glazing, but with absolutely rustic and unusual results. The final chair challenges the archetypes of furniture and craftsmanship, offering a radically experimental manufacturing method that results in chairs fit to be in a museum!

Michael Young x Lasvit – Homune Table

Once again challenging the archetypes of furniture, the Homune Table combines jewelry and furniture design into one absolutely eye-catching final product. The Homune Table’s base comes hand-blown from amber-glass, giving it an almost gem-like appeal that’s accentuated by the geometric design of the base. The honeycomb structure isn’t just an aesthetic detail, but rather gives the table strength too, while the complete glass design really sets it apart as bordering on glass solitaire.

Michael Young x Christopher Farr – Voronic & Tessellation Rugs

Designed to look less like a fabric rug and more like stained-glass art, the Voronic & Tesselation Rugs is a result of a long-time partnership between Young and rug-company Christopher Farr. The use of voronoi patterns gives the rug an aesthetic that’s a massive deviation from the oriental and occidental rug styles, or even contemporary rugs, that are either rectangular or circular in shape. ‘Voronic’, a hand-knotted rug, and ‘Tessellation’, a hand-tufted version are both designs configured through Young experimenting with a voronoi pattern. This motif is found in nature – where it is perhaps most instantly recognizable as the pattern of a giraffe’s skin, or even in the cellular patterns found on leaves. With various points of shape and color, this rug is infinitely customizable, allowing it to expand as a series, or even be tailor-made to certain spaces/rooms/interior styles.

Young’s work spans nearly three decades, multiple continents, and features clients/brands like Steelcase, Titan, Lacoste, Coca Cola, Absolut, Hair, CIGA Design, Native Union, and many more. He’s been a recipient of multiple awards, including the iF Design Award, Red Dot Design Award, Tokyo Good Design Award, German Design Award, and the Eurobike Awards, among others. Young’s work has even found itself a home in institutions like the Louvre, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Design Museum. Click here to visit Michael Young’s website and see his other works.

Extremely Accurate Globe Fire Pit: The World Is Burning

Created by West Coast Firepits using actual satellite imagery and cut with 0.02″ precision, the Earthbound firepit is advertised as “the most geographically accurate world map firepit in the world.” And that’s important, because what good is a globe firepit if you can’t use it to pinpoint where in the world Carmen Sandiego is hiding?

Crafted from 1/4″ steel, the firepits are available in 30″ and 37″ sizes ($3,000 and $3,500, respectively) and three different finishes: raw steel, black ceramic, and silver ceramic (+$500 for a ceramic finish). The base model is designed for wood burning, but propane or natural gas burning options are also available (+$450). Can’t afford a firepit that costs thousands? Just use a 55-gallon drum as I have been for years.

Are you obligated to hum Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ when you actually are starting the fire? I think we can all agree it would be a shame if you didn’t. Just like if you don’t take the opportunity to make a melancholy joke about global warming as well.

Light-Headed Dinosaur Wooden Desk Lamps

You know what my desk has been missing? A wooden dinosaur lamp. And, okay, something to shim the legs so they’re even and it doesn’t wobble when I type. I suppose you get what you pay for, and I found this desk by the curb of a neighbor’s home on trash day. But enough about my thriftiness. Created by HROOME and available on Amazon (affiliate link), these Dinosaur Lamps add a little prehistoric whimsy to any desk or table. Plus light. I mean they are lamps after all.

Available in two colors (‘black walnut’ and ‘wood’), the 6-watt LED lamps have three light settings (low, medium, high), and posable legs, arms, tail, and head. Am I going to buy two and pose them like they’re locked in battle? No, in my mind my dinosaur desk lamps are friends.

Pretty cute, right? I just added one to my Christmas list, and of all the things I might actually get, I feel like this stands the best chance. I mean even I’ll admit I haven’t really been Porsche 911 Turbo good this year.

[via DudeIWantThat]

Gear Shaped Planters for Mechanical Plant Lovers

Imagined by Ukrainian designer Anastasia Ivanyuk and available from Italian furniture and lighting company Slide, these Gear Pots are planters that look like mechanical spur gears. The large polyethylene (the most commonly used plastic) pots weigh around 13-pounds, measure approximately 22″ x 22″ x 17″, and make the perfect planters for adding a little greenery to your garage or steampunk factory.

Plant Pots are available in twelve different colors to ensure there’s one that will match the rest of your decor, and are 100% recyclable. Although why you’d ever want to recycle one is beyond me because they cost $647 apiece. I assumed when I first saw the price it was for a ten-pack (and even that seemed steep), but no, that’s for a single plastic pot. Clearly, I’m in the wrong business.

So that first image of the two planters with their gears meshed – there’s $1,294 worth of pots in that photo. For reference, that is entirely too much to pay for any pot or gear that can’t save the universe, and even if it could, I’d still question what the universe has done for me lately before reluctantly entering my credit card info.

[via TheGreenHead]

Udon Noodle Inspired Blanket Looks Like a Tentacled Nightmare

Drawing inspiration from the thick udon noodles used in Japanese cuisine, the Udon for Sleeping Noodles Blanket is a “tentacles grid bedding cover,” which are four words I never thought I’d type together, yet here we are. The blanket (if you can even call it that) consists of eight large tentacles, secured at both the top and bottom by a cross strip, and all covered with a fine mesh top. Honestly, I don’t know how I’ve been sleeping under anything else my entire life.

The blanket measures approximately 43″ x 79″ and is perfect for the merperson who’s found themselves marooned on dry land, missing the comforting embrace of an octopus at night. Did I mention it costs $345 from the Japan Trend Shop? Now I’m not saying now would be a good time to learn how to sew and start your own Etsy shop selling similar blankets for $180, but I demand 20% of profits for giving you the idea.

[via Homecrux]

Metal Geometric Shark Chandelier: You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Room

Crafted by maker of geometric metal art Martin Taylor of Etsy shop Chromaforms, this Hanging Geometric Low Poly Shark Sculpture with LED Lights “transforms any space into a sea-scape.” Obviously, I must have one for my Back to the Future Enchantment Under the Sea Dance party that’s coming up.

Measuring 4′ long and around 18″ tall and wide, the shark is entirely cut and welded by Martin and illuminated via LEDs inside. It’s safe for hanging outdoors provided it’s covered and costs $3,500. For reference, you could probably buy an actual shark for that, but you’d have to be an evil villain and threaten to throw James Bond in its tank all the time, and then it becomes a whole thing.

I like the light shapes it casts on the walls too – it really does give the room an underwater vibe. You know this would look perfect in my basement tiki bar. I mean once I build it. Well, after I get permission from my wife to build it, then build it. After that though, it would definitely look great in there.

[via DudeIWantThat]

Inflated Mylar Balloon Stools Won’t Pop When You Sit on Them

Designed by Oskar Zieta and available from the Gessato design store, the Plopp metal stool has the appearance of an inflated mylar balloon. It’s nobody’s birthday though, the stools are actually constructed of welded steel sheets that have been industrially inflated using a process developed by Zieta known as “free inner pressure deformation”. The Big Bad Wolf is impressed!

The 19.5″ stools are available in a variety of colors (red, green, yellow, black, white, grey, and raw steel) for $525 – or polished steel for $725. So while they’re certainly not the least expensive stool option, they do look the most like inflated balloons. Is that worth over $500? My wife is shaking her head no, but she’s also a notorious Jeff Koons critic.

What a surprise it’s going to be when we have guests over to the house and I pretend to inflate stools for everyone! Maybe not as surprised as my wife is going to be when she realizes I spent $2,100 on novelty stools, but the garage isn’t going to sleep in itself, you know.