iFancy Coffee Art

iFancy Coffee Art

I’m no longer fascinated with the exquisite coffee art that my local barista offers. I’m more intrigued with the possibility of impressing my guests with pseudo skills acquired by the iCoffee Machine. A dot-matrix kinda attachment syncs with your smartphone via Bluetooth to dish out creative artwork onto of coffee foam. From Hello Kitty to the latest fad…designer coffee is right at home! Definitely my kind of cuppa!

0 Designer: Huang Guanglei

Grab and Go Soup Warmer

Grab and Go Soup Warmer

The Cortina rechargeable heating system by designer Gergő Kassai is perfect for warming a quick bowl of soup. The user simply pours cold soup into the upper container and within minutes has a piping hot meal waiting in the lower portable compartment. Using induction technology, heat is generated directly in the pot opposed to being generated on the stove-top, making for faster and more energy-efficient heating than the traditional stove.

0 Designer: Gergő Kassai

My Next Coffee Machine

My Next Coffee Machine

I am totally smitten by this simple exploration of basic shapes like rectangle, cylinder and hole. The resulting coffee machine is a stunning design that is bare-minimal and intuitive. The only thing different is the operations; the brew is made by pressing the cylinder inside. Hope Nespresso likes the concept too!

0 Designer: Danna Kazir

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Tenderizing meat is quite an important step in cooking, however it requires quite a bit of muscle to do it right. The Tender delivers double the punch with every bash, making your job easier. The serrated roller has glass balls inside the column to energize the blow. Tackle your meat in smart way!

0 Designer: Gavin Reay of And-Design for Uutensil

The Prewash Wash

The Prewash Wash

In a country obsessed with handwashed clothes, convincing someone to buy a washing machine is quite a feat. Yes Indians can do without machines, we want to scrub our collars and cuffs with plastic bristle brushes and dip our soaks in buckets of water. If only my friends knew about methods like the Wave Wash! The idea is superb for our situation. Stubborn stains need not be brushed off, urtrasound vibrations and little amount of water can do the same job in a jiffy.

0 Designer: Kim Min Seok

Compact Cooking

Compact Cooking

Dreaming of a decent kitchen in student quarters is like an irrational fantasy! Addressing this need to be able to whip up a decent meal, even though you lack the space, is this Cookease. It is a compact integrated cooking system, which contains a heater and 2 bowls. The heater works on magnetic induction and is made from silicone, while the bowls are color coated stainless steel. Much like a compact lunchbox, I’d much rather have a small setup than none.

0 Designer: Liew Ann Lee

Doing Dishes the Non-Electric Way

Doing Dishes the Non-Electric Way

EcoWash is your friendly dishwasher/dinner-set holder that you can take along on picnics and camping trips. Combining the components of a bucket of water, cleaning brush, suds and drying, this compact portable machine is ideal for the outdoors. The crank handle works the inner machinery to rotate the dish rack for cleaning purposes. Water is sourced through a tap or a pipe and is expelled with the grime through a special release slot.

0 Designer: David Stockton

Induction Cooking with a Twist

Induction Cooking with a Twist

If it’s compact tabletop cooking you’re looking for, then please do consider the Jumble. It’s a flexible set of induction cooking plates with individual temperature zones, controlled by a remote control. It’s easy to juggle the dishes from one zone to another, depending upon the cooking time and technique used. Freeing up prime counter space, the appliance is as practical as it gets.

0 Designer: Zahira Ivelisse Crespo

Energetic Windows

Energetic Windows

Solar Window is quite a clever design especially if appropriately placed. A transparent solar panel glazes the window and helps in harnessing the sun’s energy. Conveniently located plug-sockets and multi-tap, help hook up appliances and gadgets. A simple concept that can have very positive implications. Awesome!

0 Designers: Jun-se Kim, Yu-jin Cho & Yu-jin Lee

Kitchen Waste Heat the Home

Kitchen Waste Heat the Home

The Celcius re-thinks the purpose of waste disposals and recycling units in the kitchen. The idea is to have a workflow where enzymes breakdown the organic waste to create energy, which is sufficient to heat up your home. Filed under the Re-Source project for Domus Academy, the concept is in sync with the dynamic expectations of our evolving kitchen appliances.

0 Designer: Marcela Vanesa Céspedes

Single Cup Special

Single Cup Special

Oh boy, this Plug Cup is going to make me lazybones. Ever since I’ve laid my eyes on it, I have wanted this concept to come to life. It’s perfect for this instant coffee and green tea glutton that I am. A simple 180° rotating 2-pin plug at the base of the cup hooks on to any power source; so imagine this hanging off the powerstrip where my computer plugs are hitched! A tight lid ensures no spills and a clamp lock keeps the cup upright at the base. The good thing is that the heating element detaches so that the cup can be cleaned easily. Coffee mix, tea, water bottle….all will sit right next to my printer!

0 Designers: Various

The Electrolux Smoothie Bar is Open!

The Electrolux Smoothie Bar is Open!

Want a sneak-peek into the appliance giant Electrolux’s Head Quarters in Stockholm? Now is your chance; they are currently running the live streaming of the Smoothie Bar, an open viewing channel where twice a day they have cool people giving interviews and employees come and chill out, grab a smoothie or juice. The promo is for their Powermix Silent – the quietest blender ever. So to prove their point, the juice bar will be operational in the background, while the presenter asks Henrik Otto the importance of design.

0 Smoothie Bar is open May 23 to May 27, CET 9.00 – 17.00

Tea Easy

Tea Easy

Love me a good cup of tea but when you’re own the go and need something quick, but still fresh, investing in something like the T-EASY can be a Godsend. No, not the rapture kind but still glorious (I’m still alive). It has an 8 cup capacity, demarcated so you’ll know how many tea leaves to uses per cup of water. The only flaw I see is not all teas will fit within that 1:1 ratio. For example, floral teas are very light, therefor needing more leaves/flowers per cup for water.

0 Designer: Dr. Hakan Gürsu for Designnobis