Lock Thy Knife and Throw Away the Key

Lock Thy Knife and Throw Away the Key

Wait a minute there is no key involved here in the Knife Locker. Apparently the knife itself is the key. It locks into position with a 270-degree counterclockwise turn and kick starts the UV sterilization process. Ready for the next use, bright and shiny! That sleek house will look good on any kitchen counter, what do you think?

0 Designer: Min Seong Kim

Super Iron

Super Iron

The Easyglider is an innovative steam iron concept developed for Philips by Studio NAMIC. It is super light weight, ergonomically correct and is accompanied by an ultra sleek base, which is easier to operate, easier to carry and easier to use anywhere. The iron itself has a new gripping method, which prevents Repetitive strain injury (RSI). This new gripping method allows for ambidextrous use and the central button placed behind the fingers is the steam controller which is activated by squeezing it against the core of the iron like a trigger.

0 Designer: David Gonçalves for Studio NAMIC

Hot Gas Plate is What I Need!

Hot Gas Plate is What I Need!

I can’t help but notice how sterile this conceptual cooking range looks in white; a color that easily soils in the manic frenzy of cooking! However I totally love the induction cooking plate and gas burner combo, with matching exhaust hood no less. It’s called the EEH-Ventilator & Gas Stove. Could be quite beneficial in countries where the delivery of gas cylinders can take weeks! Yeah, not all of us are piped up!

0 Designer: Chao Gao

Bag that Iron

Bag that Iron

Irons are either streamline and sleek or compact and portable. A handful are retro but the Ironbag goes one further and borrows from a woman’s handbag. It’s not the latest Balenciaga but the curious bag-like shape ingeniously tucks everything into one fashionable unit. It’s up to you to decide whether or not it’s sexist. Irons, women’s handbags? Hmm…

0 Designer: Damjan Jovancic

Microwave Becomes A Lamp

Microwave Becomes A Lamp

Apparently mums in Korea prepare food and keep it hot for their children, using a babsang bo cloth. The Delicious Wave Microwave is fashioned on this premise and even doubles up as a lamp. It hovers above the dining table as a light fixture and can be pulled down to cover a plate of food to heat it. Quite an interesting visual to see the microwave disappear as a space-occupying appliance and become this functional two-in-one thang!

0 Designers: Kyu Hyun Lee & Hae Won Jo

Sun + Flower = Lunchbox!

Sun + Flower = Lunchbox!

The Sunflower Lunchbox is a cute solar-powered appliance that heats and cools food items at the same time. A collapsible petals-like contraption (laced with solar cells) is used to trap the solar energy, which is then stored in an internal battery. With the simple touch of a button, you can then heat or cool down the contents within the individual boxes. It’s an ideal lunchbox for those fussy about eating piping hot food and solid cold drinks!

0 Designer: Edita Barabas

Toasted Wrap

Toasted Wrap

It’s the future, say around the year 2015, and in this new-age we no longer believe in standard forms. Like a toaster need not be a rectangular box, it may as well be a Halo! A Super-flexible Toaster which is a sheet of heating element; blanketing the bread and making crisp toasts! Not fussy about space, you can fold it into half or roll it into wrap and stow it till next breakfast. Easy baby!

0 Designers: Burcu Bag, Amalia Monica & Vinay Raj Somashekar

Ultra Sonic Wine

Ultra Sonic Wine

No point in consuming wine that hasn’t aged sufficiently or buying plenty if you don’t have proper cellars to store them. A mid-way option is the WAVE Ultra Sonic Wine Ager And Refrigerator concept. An appliance that features two-layered shelves with the inner walls emitting ultrasonic waves, to act on the molecules of the wine, to age them! A custom touchscreen helps you navigate through the settings, helping you determine the speed of aging at the touch of a button. Definite a prized gift for the connoisseur who has serious space issues at home!

0 Designer: Mika Yamamoto

Split-Face Sink, Very Nice!

Split-Face Sink, Very Nice!

It’s so natural for us to put all the dirty dishes into the sink and come back later to tackle them. Wouldn’t it be great if our sink got intelligent enough and cleaned up the mess automatically? Ah, the pleasures of the concept world peppered with practical solutions! Here’s the Pure Washer – Eco Automatic Sink that does just this. It’s a sink that is divided into two rotatable parts, where in one part you put in the dishes, and it rotates away under the counter to wash them. The other part is a mirror image to the first and is ready to take in your next cycle.

0 Designer: AHHA Project

Tea Coffin Revisited With More Friends

Tea Coffin Revisited With More Friends

Reminding me about the Tea Coffin is this project called the Te a me. However, designer Vera’s efforts are more comprehensive and take into account a kettle and jug system as well. For the cup and saucer, of course the burial ground for the teabag is there and so is a clever nip in the cup, to desist your bag from sinking into the tea. The complementing water jug can be placed directly on the stove for brewing the cuppa, or can be used as a kettle. The thermo magnetic saucer lets you serve piping hot water directly at the table.

0 Designer: Vera Wiedermann

Chilling Outside The Window

Chilling Outside The Window

It’s interesting to so how cultural practices can trigger off inspiration to design a product that can be an extension of the same. For instance in India we usually keep pickles on our window sill, to marinate and cook them in the natural heat. Whereas in China, because of their cold conditions, food is kept outside the window to preserve it, plus it frees up the kitchen space. This Chinese practice inspired Frenchman Nicolas Hubert to design the External Refrigerator. A fridge that hangs on the external wall of your home.

0 Designer: Nicolas Hubert

Coffee from my Pocket

Coffee from my Pocket

You will be the belle of the ball when you pop this lovely little mamma out on the train ride from Scottland to London town. Such a fancy fellow or lady you shall be with four cups of instant coffee! Inside of this device, the “icoffee”, you’ll find a refillable water tank, four synthesized ceramic cups, rechargeable battery (or adapter) for power, and the ability to create four cups on the go! Go go go and drink drink drink.

0 Designers: Gerda Hopfgartner

My Pet Espresso Maker

My Pet Espresso Maker

It’s the most helpful thing on four legs in your whole house! The puppy dog comes in a close second, losing only because the rolled-up paper you’ve been given is covered in slobber. The project we’re talking about right here goes by the name “Espresso on Four Legs.” And that’s just what it is, a maker up on all fours. It’s a cylinder that appears to float horizontally above your coffee cup. One side has a door for water, the other side has a door for a coffee capsule. On top, a button for short or long.

0 Designer: Dror Goldblum