Magnet Magic

Magnet Magic

If you haven’t taken a spill while carrying a tray of food, it’s probably safe to say that you’ve at least had some close calls! Designed with this in mind, the Magic Tray uses magnetic force to keep everything in place. When carried, magnets in the tray attract magnets embedded in the dishes to keep them stable. Setting the tray down breaks the magnetic attraction so the dishes can be picked up easily. Hit the jump to see how it works!

0 Designer: Ryan Jongwoo Choi

Cup a' Doodle

Cup a’ Doodle

The Doodle Cup isn’t just another attractive coffee mug- it also aims to keep the user entertained once they’ve taken the last sip! Printed on the inside of each mug is a unique “connect the dots” style puzzle that the user can complete with just the last little drops of coffee and a straw. A clever design that’s sure to be a conversation starter!

0 Designers: Hye Yeon Cho & Seo Young Yoon

Eat Something Sexy

Eat Something Sexy

The Afrodite aims at igniting passion with its range of sensual cookware. Based on the idea that food cooked with love and passion is a personal representation of us, it looks at delving into a journey filled with discovering pleasure in a unique way. Homage to the Greek goddess of love and beauty, the set is a refreshing new approach to culinary bliss.

0 Designers: spooon - Monica Albini, Benedetta Leonardi & Cara Judd

Teaness

Teaness

I consider myself to be an amateur tea connoisseur, not so much about actual tea leaves. More so on the entire experience of making tea. Electric kettles, teapots, cups, etc. I have a whole cupboard filled with various tea sets and I’m so ready to throw down some cash to obtain TeaForTwo by designer David Pickett. They’re modern, handmade, 100% ceramic with a simple, functional yet elegant design. The main teapot with the exaggerated spout is genius. Love it. Fits me to a “tea”.

0 Designer: David Pickett

Brilliant Tableware

Brilliant Tableware

I’m loving this bronze cutlery by designer Maximilian Löw. The set combines elegant, soft curves similar to that of classic cutlery with sharp, rigorous edges that give it modern, masculine appeal. For each piece, a 3D model was created so that different variations could be built using CNC technology. After the ergonomic & aesthetic requirements were achieved, preperations for the bronze casting process were made. The result: stark yet elegant tableware in high polished bronze that deserves to be shown off.

0 Designer: Maximilian Löw

Super Bowl

Super Bowl

The 30-degree Slope is a bowl specifically designed for folks with trembling hands. This kinda condition is widespread in the silver generation, but it can be predominant in the youth as well. For example my mother has this condition since her teenage years; she can’t even hold a cup and saucer with a steady hand. A very dignified and thoughtful solution is this tilting bowl with a angle at one end.

0 Designer: HO Chang Da

Chopstick Gardens

Chopstick Gardens

The “To Be Nature Wood Chopstick” has a convoluted name but presents an interesting contribution to the “grow from waste” ethos that’s so popular these days. It starts life in your hands just like an ordinary set of chopsticks except it’s tipped with a starch cap hiding a seed. When you’re done with it, stick the starch end down into the ground and watch as new life climbs up your sweet and sour chicken coated chopstick.

0 Designer: Gyeongwan Koo (Oliver)

Lean Dish for the Crispy Toast Lover

Lean Dish for the Crispy Toast Lover

A nice concept for a minimal yet functional dish that keeps your morning toast crispy. The  Lean Dish has two subtle ridges raised just high enough, and spaced just far enough apart, to support a varying range of bread slice sizes. This prevents it from touching runny eggs and butter (unless you love that sort of thing). It saves plates because you only have to use one dish. Cheers to crispy toast!

0 Designer: Jon Liow

Tricky Tableware

Tricky Tableware

I love this thought-provoking design. The result of an exploration into how intangible entities can be transformed into useful physical objects that represent their likeness, the Shadow series of cutlery and tableware gives the illusion that each object is being lit from above by a single light source. Each “shadow” is actually a separate protective layer between the object and surface that guards against heat and stain. A great conversation piece.

0 Designer: Kijtanes Kajornrattanadech

Helping Form Balanced Diets

Helping Form Balanced Diets

More about highlighting an issue than developing an end-all solution, the Completing Absence collection of conceptual dinnerware is the result of an examination into the influence an object has over a user’s decisions. The stack-able ceramic plates balance perfectly only when arranged in the correct order, encouraging the user to eat recommended portions in a specified sequence while discouraging indulgence and shifting the user’s idea of satisfaction from excess consumption to task completion.

0 Designer: Petra Schmidt

Inflatable Furnishings

Inflatable Furnishings

The Bojaki collection of inflatable, foldable, flat-pack housewares & furniture aims to integrate the user into the manufacturing process, strengthening the user’s bond to the piece while easing on transportation & production costs. Though the fabric looks soft & squishy, it is very rigid making it sturdy enough to hang or hold the weight of a sitting person. Consistent use of buckles, strings, & eyelets to bind the unique fabric ensure aesthetic continuity though shapes & purposes vary from piece to piece.

0 Designer: Jy-Yeon Suh

The Science of Food

The Science of Food

When we sit down to eat we rarely consider the actual physical & chemical processes that occur in order to make our food as tasty as it is. If you think about it, a kitchen isn’t all that different from a laboratory. With this concept in mind, the Eating Objects series of “tableware tools” encourages diners to interact with their food on a multi-sensory level. Used in combination with an animation guided table, the user is instructed step by step to create their unique dish, creating a more in depth & challenging eating experience.

0 Designer: DesignGoat

New Store Promotes Post Graduate Design

New Store Promotes Post Graduate Design

Itchin’ for something new and different instead of the mass produced stuff on the market? Check out ContemporaryLab, an online store dedicated to promoting the very best post-graduate design. All of the products are unique and most are sustainably produced. The online concept was set up by Emma Brocklesby; an undergraduate, who worried about how she and other undergraduates, could work in design if employment opportunities remained scarce. With this in mind, she took the decision to start up her own business. Smart Girl!

0 Designers: Various