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Designer Ji Woong creates an interesting earphone concept that prevents inconvenient tangles that can also potentially damage the earphone itself. The common solution in order to prevent earphone tangles is to use cables that are flat rather than round and YI earphone mimics that idea by forming a flat figure when “zipped” up. The controls on the zipper is a nice touch and I can imagine that this design could be quite fashionable if marketed well. via Yanko <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
If you’ve been looking for an all-in-one solution for a card case and an iPhone case, check out South Korean design agency KON’s iPUP for iPhone 4 & 4S. Often, a multi-purpose smartphone case can be bulky and unattractive but KON’s (Knock of Neverland) iPUP presents itself as a cute puppy always guarding not just your precious phone but your various cards as well. You can adopt an iPUP in 5 different colors ($30) at KON Store . <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
The German furniture firm Vitra is usually known for high-end stuff you'd pass down through the generations. But they've gone into a completely different--and strange--direction with Chairless , a "seating device for the modern nomad." Designed by Alejandro Aravena , it's simply a strap that you put around your knees and back. So that you can lean back, with maximum comfort. Apparently, Aravena was inspired by a similar strap he saw being used by an Ayoreo Indian. Naturally, a part of the proceeds will be used to support the Foundation for Paraguayan Indian Communities.
Unlike most of her peers on the hotshot contemporary design scene, Katrin Greiling doesn't live in Sweden or Denmark or the Netherlands. Sure, her works are sometimes bought by rich Middle Easterners. But she's not exporting Scandinavian style abroad. Rather, she lives in Dubai, and she's a pioneer in bridging modernism and the Middle East--part of a new generation hoping to entice contemporary Arabs with products drawn from their own history. Specifically, Greiling is obsessed with the nomadic Bedouins, and she creates furniture inspired by their way of life. In Milan this week, in the Handmade show sponsored by Wallpaper* , she's presenting a new piece, Tiger and Elephant.