What the Pho?

What the Pho?

What is Pho? Pho is food. Pho is: “Phở (fuh) n.Traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.” Find out more from, where else, Pho Fever! Now that you know what’s up, you’ve also got to know that our head editor Long Tran is master of Pho. Pho master Long has allowed his approval of this particular Pho design befo’ it’s even in his hands! That means it’s Photastic.

0 Designer: Omid Sadri

Lights, Camera…Projector, But In A Kitchen

Lights, Camera…Projector, But In A Kitchen

I wonder what else we will be seeing in futuristic kitchens, but for the moment let’s stick to what Nelly has for us. Since my French is no-good I’m going to do my best to explain what she is trying to convey. Oniris is the kitchen for the future that integrates technology to its advantage. The central working unit doubles up as a dining, washing, cooking and storage area. There is a chandelier on top of the unit that houses LED lights, a motion-sensor camera and a projector as well. You guessed it, the projector displays recipes/images on the countertop.

0 Designer: Nelly De Macedo

Colonel Kebabs Anyone?

Colonel Kebabs Anyone?

One of my fav hangouts cooks the kebabs straight on the table. It’s got a live charcoal grill embedded into the center of the table and skewers of semi-cooked veggies and meats slowly grill over the embers. An enjoyable experience, it can be replicated at home with the Danté Table Top Cooking Platter. Altho Idan doesn’t specifically mention it, I assume he intends to heat/cook the bite-sized portions over a charcoal grill (or similar), enclosed within the ceramic base.

0 Designer: Idan Arbel

What Breaks in Two Then Becomes Two

What Breaks in Two Then Becomes Two

What happens to your plate when you drop it on the ground? It breaks! -what about plastic? -QUIET YOU! — Alexander Hulme has got the solution to this dilemma! A design concept which he dubs so un-recklessly “Breakable.” It’s one plate with two more built in. Drop the single plate and two more come out!

Watch for chips.

0 Designer: Alexander Hulme

Shape Changing Plate Washer and Drier

Shape Changing Plate Washer and Drier

This thing right here is a rollercoaster for plates. Not only does it catch plates on a conveyer belt, wash, and dry them, it converts them to whatever shape you wish – plate, bowl, whatever! Using Electrostatic Flocking, the shapes of these dishes can be changed. Each plate changes shape via electrostatic contact points and can thus they can be washed and stacked with supreme simplicity.

0 Designer: Teo Kai Qiang

Getting Wasted with Jeong Min Kim!

Getting Wasted with Jeong Min Kim!

It’s the “FOODOO!” In Korea, food waste cannot be tossed out with the rest of the garbage. The food must be collected in a separate bag, kept together until garbage day when it’s handed to the garbage people. During this time it gets YUCKY. And you know what happens when things yet YUCKY: things also get real SMELLY. What Jeong Min Kim has here is a device that both heats and dries the food waste into a solid block. Don’t put your puppy in there!

0 Designer: Jeong Min Kim

Better Than The Innovention’s Dream Home Kitchen

Better Than The Innovention’s Dream Home Kitchen

Wishful thinking for a home like the Disney Innovention is futile coz Neverland brought Michael only grief! It’s safer to sit on the fence and review similar concepts while hoping technology will sustain the efforts one day. For example, this N1 Robot Table 2012 (farfetched?) can give the kitchen table found in the Innoventions home a run for its money. It’s got stuff like touchscreen, built-in camera, internet connectivity, speed dial, music, recipes, screens, energy consumption meter, etc.

0 Designer: Doyeop Kim

Social Media at its Apex

Social Media at its Apex

No need to be mean now! It’s not insane to collect one’s tears, is it? No way! How about droplets of nose-liquid, sweat, urine, and stomach contents? It is this collection of body contents that the project called “Native Commodities” aims to measure. It aims to test the limits. The limits of “sharing, manufacturing, and interacting with biological data from our bodies.” HOOARF – barfing included. Three spittoon-type objects made for capturing disgusting data.

0 Designer: Will Carey

Black, White Or Combo

Black, White Or Combo

Veteran at YD, designer Mac Funamizu has given us many techie ideas to dwell on in the past. This time around he’s come up with a non-techie solution for those who are fussy about the kinda pepper they use. There is a difference in the Black and White peppercorns, which is why this Black & White Peppermill. Color-coded as the namesake, just load the peppercorns into their respective compartments and use one hand to grind the seasoning over your food.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Rain God Inspires

Rain God Inspires

It always intrigues me what inspires designers when they do their thing. So when I hear a good solid story behind-the-scenes, I like to share it. Like the Whirlpool Chaac Water Dispenser, it’s been inspired by the Mayan Water God and modern Mexican society. Apparently Chaac (the Maya rain deity) strikes the clouds and produces thunder and rain. On a not-so-dramatic-note, the carbon filter of this system purifies tap water and the inbuilt-sensor dispenses the appropriate amount of water by judging the size of the glass.

0 Designers: Alfredo Ruiz and Rolando Hdz

Pre-historic Knives

Pre-historic Knives

Bring back memories of Night At The Museum, the NeoLithic Ceramic Cooking Knives reflect the Neolithic age accurately. Fashioned as the stone implements used by our ancestors, this set of knives are made from ceramic stone and bring us back to the basics of chopping, cutting, scraping, mincing and scooping as done in the Stone Age. The utilitarian shape of a flat stone with a sharp blade on one edge and blunt blade on the other is a winner. As Matt puts it, “the modern refinement of stone gives the NeoLithic Knives and edge over their Bronze Age cousins.”

0 Designer: Matthias Kaeding

5 Favorite Spices, Mago5 Spice Rack Review

5 Favorite Spices, Mago5 Spice Rack Review

I’m a vegetarian and sometimes it’s challenging to whip up something quick and tasty. No time to slave over the stove waiting for the flavors of garlic, celery, onion, and carrots to meld. That means all my flavors need to come from spices and there are 5 I use most often when I make my favorite type of food; soups. Enter the Mago5 magnetic spice rack.

0 Designer: OHM for Modenn [ Buy it here ]

Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

Flamboyance in prepping the food, presenting and entertaining guests from the kitchen space is an art in itself. Pelago Kitchen Island is for those who like to show-off their cooking skills but have limited space. The workstation features multiple counter surfaces that slide away to reveal the sink and has drawers for specific tasks. Granite countertops and aluminum sinks are the obvious choice of materials as they are easy to maintain. It even has a niche space for 2 people to sit while you do the cooking.

0 Designer: Curtis Ma