There’s something incredibly calming about the Whiteout. Designed to be a DJ console that offers incredible amounts of control to the person behind it, Whiteout features a base with multiple grooves and a series of knobs you can place on them. The knobs work both as rotary-controls as well as sliders, while the base itself lights up with a minimalist interface. A pair of grooved circles on the base act as the turntables, while touch-sensitive controls on the top let you play, pause, loop, transition, solo and mute tracks. Overall, the kit offers a meaningful redesign to the DJ console, which is sometimes an overwhelmingly complicated collage of lights. Whiteout calms you down and keeps you focused as you send out ‘chill vibes’ to your audience. This might just be the most perfect controller for the international music festival ‘Sensation White’!
Sitting on your kitchen table much like an Echo or a Google Home would, the Fruit WashingMachine is a rather unique way of cleaning your fruits and vegetables before eating or preparing them. The slick, pink device uses tap-water to cleanse your fruit without any extra additive (like a food-grade soap or cleanser). The appliance, rather, uses an innovative technology that goes by the name ‘water hydroxyl food purification’. Now I’m no expert, but a simple look at some articles online shows that the technology involves pulsing voltage to ionize a gas at atmospheric pressure, helping in releasing hydroxyl radicals that help purify the water as well as the fruits and veggies inside it. In short, the Fruit WashingMachine uses a plasma jet to create a string of reactions that purify water in literally a split second, without affecting the water’s temperature or composition. In fact, the plasma jets are so safe, you can literally touch them with your hands.
The revolutionary technology helps release radicals like hydroxyl that help instantly cleanse your fruits and vegetables without using purifiers, minerals, filters, or disinfectants. In fact, the technology was originally studied by researchers at the University of Alabama as a way of instantly purifying water. It’s nearly 2020 and the kitchens of the future literally will be using plasma-jets to clean their fruits and veggies… Exciting!
The Fruit WashingMachine is a winner of the K-Design Award for the year 2019.
The unique appeal of the Turning Chair by Insu Kim is that it’s a comfortable lounger as well as a bar-stool. This creative take on seating relies on a form that can be flipped 90° to completely change its function! When in orientation A, the Turning Chair is a comfortable low-lying lounger with a reclining backrest, perfect for your living room… but thanks to its angular rear legs, the chair can be flipped backwards to turn it into a high-seated bar-stool that fits rather suitably in your kitchen. Plus, get this… the chair’s form is stackable too! What a space-saving shape-shifting seater!
The Turning Chair is a winner of the K-Design Award for the year 2019.
Even if you aren’t a massive lover of using pencils, you are sure to know about the annoying pencil shavings and tiny pieces of left-over rubber that annoying cling onto the desk and litter the workspace. Well, there is now a solution to this problem, and it comes in the form of Clamp Basket.
Clamp Basket does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin; it’s a small container that attaches to the side of the desk and allows the user to collect the rubber residue that is strewn across the work surface. A compact brush is neatly integrated into the top of the bin to ensure that every last bit of rubber is disposed of! Also featured on the top of the device is a pencil sharpener, which directly takes care of those annoying pencil shavings!
Its simplistic design and monotone color scheme ensure that it will not disrupt the aesthetic of the workspace!
Cables are a nuisance that we have to put up with in everyday life, and extension cords just add to the issue; due to the sockets fixed orientation, they can cause damage to a cable that needs to go in the opposite direction, this can lead to it breaking over time. It’s this issue that designers So Young Kim & Sung Ick Jo identified, and their solution came in the form of Ball-tab.
A socket is housed within each of the four balls, these sit neatly in the tray and are held securely in place using magnets. Power is transferred to them using wireless charging, and it’s this that allows the socket to rotate in almost any direction, reliving the cables of the strain that would otherwise be put on them!
A warm glow, emitted by LEDs, indicates when the socket is in use, and to eliminate dust build up the balls can be turned upside down when they are not needed! A quirky yet ingenious solution!
The concept is always the skeleton of a good design. Without the skeletal framework of a concept, a design lacks mass and substance. The K-Design Awards were initiated to reward that concept, and the design it resulted in. At the end of its seventh year, we look at the winners of the K-Design Awards… Designs that are a combination of form, function, and purpose. Past winners of the K-Design award include everybody from independent designers, to students, to even the likes of large studios and companies like Dell, Elago, LG, etc… with companies, studios, designers, and students all looking to validate products as well as the ideas behind it that often live longer than the products themselves.
The 2018 winners below showcase a beautiful blend of progressive thinking and an execution that makes you fall in love with the product as well as the concept behind it. Scroll down to take a look at some stand-out concepts, or head to the K-Design Awards website to have a look at all the winners!
YD Handpicks: 10 Inspirational designs from the K-Design Award 2018
01. IO Walking Wardrobe by Fanshizhong, Xiangli, Zhangmolong
The IO Walking Wardrobe is simply a stunning idea. It takes the compartments of your wardrobe, and turns them into individual pieces of luggage. You can literally carry your wardrobe with you by pulling the compartments out, securing a cover on it, and wheeling it to wherever you’re traveling! You never need to stress out packing because your suitcase is literally embedded into your wardrobe. Just shift a few things around, pull the piece of luggage out and you’re ready to go!
02. OwnTone by JongHoonYoon
OwnTone doesn’t capture color swatches. It captures moods in the form of gradients. By blurring out products, spaces, and scenes, the OwnTone is a camera that captures the blur of a memory into a gradient that has a distinct flavor of what you tried to capture. A meadow, a sunset, a beach, the OwnTone takes them and turns them into an interwoven tapestry of hues!
03. Hooked by WMJ, GHL
Coffee person? Tea Person? How about a juice person? The Hooked was made for all! With its nesting design and a rather innovative infuser/juicer module, the Hooked lets you brew coffee or tea when you use the module as a filter, and juice citrus fruits when you flip the module over, turning it into a juicer head. The main container double into a jug/carafe (with a filter at the lid) and along with it even come two glasses you can consume the beverage of your choice from! Wait, you can infuse fruits, mint, and cucumber into water with it too!
04. Octagon Wireless Charger by Jungjun Park
Using a wireless charger usually means leaving your phone on a charging surface and not touching it or lifting it off the pad. The Octagon isn’t like that. With its innovative shape, it lets you charge your phone by placing it on the Octagonal charging pad, and even lets you interact with your phone by tilting it in a wide variety of ways, both landscape and portrait! Go ahead and watch videos or facetime with friends and family while your phone is charging!
05. Wasp Hunter by Jaewonchoi
The K-Design Awards this year saw a lot of drone-based concepts. A few stand-out ones involved getting a drone to do something dangerous… something a human couldn’t do or shouldn’t risk their life to do. The Wasp Hunter was one such concept. Built to eliminate wasp and hornet nests, the Wasp Hunter flies near the hive, unaffected by the wasp’s stings. it fills all the hive’s holes and exits with a fluid, preventing the wasps inside from escaping, barring one last hole, through which it injects pesticide, effectively destroying the hive safely, without hurting the environment or risking human life.
06. Rollink by Chi Jing NI
The Rollink inkpot comes with an innovative reservoir that you can fill up simply by tilting the inkpot forward. The reservoir ensures you never dip your pen directly into the inkpot, something that gets especially messy when the inkpot is running low on ink. Simply tip it over, allowing the reservoir to fill, and all you have to do then is dip the pen into the reservoir without dirtying the nib of your pen. It also ensures you don’t waste any ink because you can’t access the bottommost part of the inkpot.
07. Handle Lock by Ziqiang Xu, Yiran Bao
Locking your bike has never been easier. The Handle Lock just swivels and fixes itself in the vertical position, not only rendering the bike un-maneuverable, but also jamming itself into the tire-spokes. It’s simple because it reduces the bike-locking procedure to simply one action… rotating the handles. What’s more, it uses a part of the bike to serve as the lock so you don’t need to worry about an external one!
08. Mutual Help Lifebuoy by Wei Liu, Xiaofei Cui
An incredible idea that NEEDS to see the light of day, the Mutual Help Lifebuoy isn’t designed to save individuals… it’s designed to save groups of people. The Life rings can be used by single individuals as flotation devices, but where it becomes interesting is when two or more life rings come together. Designed with seatbelt-inspired clasps around the rings, these innovative life-rings can lock with one another, allowing people to stay together and preventing separation. The connected rings form an infinitely expandable matrix that can even serve as a raft, allowing more people to be saved with a smaller number of life rings. It also makes work easier for rescue teams as they can easily locate and rescue large groups of people at once!
09. The Present by HaByeongjae, Leejaeheum, Chi-Eun, Kimjisu
The term ‘testing positive’ can be pretty ambiguous as to most people, it isn’t a clear term. Besides, the same term could be used for something as life-threatening as a disease, or as life-affirming as pregnancy. So The Present helps make things easier to understand. Essentially a pregnancy test with a tiny detail included to make things clearer, The Present comes with a display window that shows a plus sign for a positive pregnancy, but what’s really pleasing is the ribbon-esque design detail on top of the window that makes the plus sign and the display window look like a gift or a present, which truly is a heart-warming metaphor for a baby!
10. Triangle by TaeWan Kim
The crutches are a walking aid for a physically disabled person, but walking isn’t the only thing they need help with, so the Triangle is a crutch with a difference. Designed to easily be used as a walking aid, the Triangle crutches come with a hinge that let you fold the arm-rest inwards, allowing you to then combine the two crutches into a make-shift chair. The Triangle’s long term vision helps it solve not just the problem of walking, but also the problem of needing to sit (because the patients can’t stand), allowing for a well-rounded user experience that comes from a well-observed user-scenario. Brilliant!
The Ultratime isn’t a watch, it’s a collage of colors that indicate the time of the day. The watch rather uniquely splits the dial in half, showing one all the markings on a half circle, rather than a full one. The designer claims that since our internal clock is capable of recognizing when it’s morning, afternoon, evening, or night, you don’t need your watch to do a complete 12-hour cycle. Keeping one half of the watch dark, the watch’s face plays with colors and hues in the other half, creating color palettes and collages that shift throughout the day. My only suggestion, throw in a colored second hand to make the watch face even more dynamic!
The Ultratime 002 Watch is a winner of the K-Design Award for the year 2018.
Building on the idea that a charging phone shouldn’t be a useless one, the Octagon Wireless Charger, quite like the Baseus Maruko Charging Cable, was designed to serve as a means for charging your phone as well as a multi-position stand for your phone. Its truncated rhombicuboctahedral shape gives it a rather neat looking sculptural/skeletal aesthetic, allowing it to not just sit on your desk but shine on your desk (literally too). Plug the cable through the back, place your phone on the non-slip front and keep your phone at any angle, in both portrait and landscape (and even diagonal) modes. The charger even comes with a rather neat glowing ring around the periphery of its charging pad to indicate active charging.
Unlike traditional chargers, the Octagon allows you to use your phone without having to lift it off the charging surface. Its design adds flavor to your desk thanks to its unique design, and functionality to your workspace by giving you the freedom to interact with your phone while it’s charging. It’s a win-win for everyone!
In just its sixth year, the K-Design Award does something unusually brilliant in the fact that it sets its sight on design thinking, rather than just the final output… rewarding creativity first and then execution. In doing so, it sets the correct precedent by encouraging outstanding ideas that will live on longer than the products that embody them.
Having been initiated in the year 2012, the K-Design looked to reward good design that was backed by a strong concept. Past winners of the K-Design award include everybody from independent designers, to students, to even the likes of large studios and companies like Dell, Elago, LG, etc… and this year you could join those ranks too! The K-Design Award, now in its 2018 leg, is accepting entries (within the Industrial Design and Space Design categories) from all over the world, to create a map of winning ideas that will disrupt 2018 and the years ahead. Don’t believe me? Scroll down to take a look at our favorite winners from the year gone by!
The winners below showcase a beautiful blend of progressive thinking and an execution that makes you fall in love with the product as well as the idea behind it.
Think your project is a winning combination of concept and execution? Enlist your work for the K-Design Award 2018 here!!
YD Handpicks: 5 Inspirational designs from the K-Design Award 2017
01. Heng Balance Lamp by Zanwen Li
The Heng-Balance Lamp remains a hot favorite for the way it breaks the concept of what a switch should look like. The Heng turns the methodical switching on and off of a lamp into a game, paving the way for more products to turn mundane experiences into incredible, interactive design!
02. No-1 Series by Park Jungju
The very antithesis of DIY, the No-1 Series explores an aesthetic where functionality is derived from something that’s designed to feel incomplete in assembly. Designed to look like the plastic assembly kits you’d get with DIY toys, the No-1 Series features an entire range of furniture with its unusual yet functional aesthetic. What’s worth noticing is also the fact that even though each product features multiple parts, they all are united by the “runners” that make them look like single-piece injection-molded products.
03. 2in1 Funnel by Zhang Jiang and Zanwen Li
The effective combination of a funnel and container, this fun-tainer is a dream product to have around. Its silicone shape is easy to work with as well as clean, while the vibrant color adds a dash of freshness to your kitchen. Besides, in both forms, you’re only using the inner surface of the funnel, making sure you always know which surface to keep spotlessly clean!
04. Airblock by Makeblock Co. Ltd.
Drone flying may seem difficult, but Airblocks makes drone building easy! Just by simply allowing you to plug different propeller units to a hub, the Airblocks gives you not just the joy of flight, but of also being able to orchestrate the entire project. What’s more, the modules can even be plugged into a hovercraft base, giving you two toys in one package! The Airblocks showcase innovation from concept, to execution, to even material selection. The blocks come made from expanded polystyrene that are not only lightweight but also impact resistant, letting you go wild with your creations!
05. Smart Net by Ju Young Kim & Chang Choi
The Smart Net is quite fascinating. Not only do its pillars contain infrared sensors, tracking ball movements, its net also contains an optical fiber weave that is capable of displaying scores to the players every time a point is made. Whether net displays the score in the correct orientation to both players (at any time one player sees an inverted image) seems like something of a tiny hurdle, but the idea of bringing interactivity to sports equipment is definitely something we’re going to see more of in the future! Just imagine… Football with goalposts that light up when you score!