By the Heat of the Desert

By the Heat of the Desert

Hot Liner is a flexible panel that is rigid enough to form a stovetop. It’s intended for the deserts of Africa where sunlight is aplenty. A couple of belts together can increase the intensity of heat for cooking and accommodate huge pots and pans.

0 Designers: Yonggu Do & Eunha Seo

Touch Cooking

Touch Cooking

Gorenje+ exclusive built-in appliances premiered at LivingKitchen 2011 featuring the unique iChef+ oven module with a large color display that makes cooking easier with a touchscreen interface. The interface lets you program exactly what it is you’re cooking. It’s designed to be simple but the brains behind the system is incredibly innovative. No cooking appliance has ever had an integrated computer this powerful. On sale in European markets this Spring.

0 Designer: Gorenje

Water Weighs All

Water Weighs All

Instead of using all that precious and energy-wasting metal in the construction of a scale, why not use water? That’s what the designer of this fabulous project thought, then he brought it to life – Water Scale, a scale that uses Archimedes’ Principle in a simple container to create just what he thought of in his mind.

0 Designer: Muzaffer Kocer & Ayca Guven

Ironing with Ceramic

Ironing with Ceramic

The precepts of ironing hasn’t changed much. Take a hot flat surface and apply it to textiles to relax the fibers. Sometimes you use steam to crease and set them but if you step back, there’s still room for improvement. The “Easy Ironing” concept lets you define how much ironing you want to do and in turns tells you how much water to use; no waste. It also uses a ceramic glass panel which has superior thermal stability and makes it easier to clean. One of the top 25 finalists in this year’s Philips Award.

0 Designer: Mohsen Ahi Andy

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