Efficiency and cleanliness are what’s on order with this serving tray design by Carlo Casagrande. His “Vassoio Monetti” design is about as minimal and effective a tool as it gets. Capable of holding most European sized demitasse and champagne flutes, this elegant serving tray even allows for touch free delivery of your precious liquids. No more, “waiter, your finger is in my coffee…” moments.
Designer: Carlo Casagrande
Technology and scaled down computers are finding their ways into more and more ubiquitous items in our lives. From RFID clothing tags and eBooks (Kindle) to running monitors (Nike/iPod) and even cars that respond to your voice (Ford Sync). Why not get a daily does of information stimulation while you have your morning brew? That’s what the designers of “The Cup” have in mind.
Designer: Hyuh-Jin Lee
What is the true measure of a liquid? Is it the color of its molecules? Is it its density? or maybe its viscosity..? Whatever it is, the “Cube Jigger” by Josh Owen for Kikkerland has six ways to measure your liquids in the most commonly measured form…its volume. This design evolved from an experiment to compress the six most common liquid measures into the smallest possible dispenser.
Designer: Josh Owen
Look it’s all about me me me. I don’t want to stand in the back. I want to be center front. I want to be a star. So why is it only one person gets to experience that “oooOo” moment when opening a champagne bottle? Everyone circles around as they hear the distinctive “pop” of cork freeing itself from glass. Why can’t everyone experience this moment?
Designer: Baptiste Mathieu
On Saturday, April 5, the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) presented its Student Merit Award to Paul Sukphisit, a senior at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The presentation was the highlight of the 2008 IDSA Northeast District Conference, which was held in Philadelphia. Sukphisit, along with national award winners from four other districts, will present his work at the IDSA’s national conference this September in Phoenix.
Designer: Paul Sukphisit
Newton’s cradle (aka, Newton’s balls) named after Sir Isaac Newton is a five balled, pendulum device that demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy. Made popular in the late 1960′s, this device was mostly known to sit on the desks of bored executives counting down the minutes till their next round of golf and a martini injection. What does all this have to do with spices? Absolutely nothing!
Designer: Qian Jiang
I don’t know about you guys but I am getting tired of seeing adults walking around with cups of coffee and those silly little sippy cup to-go tops. We are grown ups, can’t we all manage to drink our coffees or teas on the go without spilling it all over ourselves? What are we 6 years old? Laurent Corio has added a little taste of elegance and maturity to a commonly used convenience.
Designer: Laurent Corio
What is it about martini glasses that people find so attractive? Is it the precarious nature of their original design, forcing you to step ever-so-gently and methodically as to not lose a single drop of alcohol goodness? Makes you wonder if the original martini glass silhouette was not purposefully awkward. If you are forced to treat something like it is a precious cargo, will you start to believe it actually is precious cargo? Therefore, psychologically elevating its value?
Wow, where do I begin with this one? This is definitely going in my WTF File under WTF?!?! It seems as though a bunch of students at Bezalel Academy for Arts and Crafts got together and thought about how to best criticize societies consumer driven tendencies. Ironically, after philosophically agreeing on making an object (for purchase no less), they were convinced that society needed to be more “intimate” with their purchased objects, and should be encouraged to “caress” them in order to get said objects to function.
Finally a spoon that will satisfy those of us that can never get enough. No more embarrassing caught in the act moments of sticking your tongue in your pudding or yogurt container to get that last remaining bit of delight cowering at the bottom of the inconveniently shaped containers. This new “Yogurt Spoon” is the ultimate tool for savoring those last moments.
Designer: Nojae Park
Remember Project A? In what is surely one of Jackie Chan’s best performances there’s a scene where he can’t find any chopsticks to eat his lunch with. Ever the innovator, he grabs a couple of handy pencils to chows down with, and ends up eating both his noodles and the little erasers on the end of the pencils. Clearly designer Brad Gressel has run into similar such difficulties.
Designer: Brad Gressel