Impress In-Laws By The Perfect Rice Dish

Impress In-Laws By The Perfect Rice Dish

Paella, Biryani, Mexican Rice or Chahan; it doesn’t matter what you’re cooking, but if it’s for your in-laws you better get it right. For this, an investment in a good rice cooker is a must. However till you actually go out there and get yourself one, lets look at what Sang-Jang Lee is proposing. It’s a rice cooker that sports a touch interface lid and the promise of the perfect grain.

0 Designer: Sang-Jang Lee

Nigella Would Love This Ornate Blender

Nigella Would Love This Ornate Blender

“What is this, 1958? Give the little wife a blender?” Famous quote from the iconic Father of the Bride, but I’m sure little Annie wouldn’t have flipped so much had she received anything as ornate as this gilded beauty. This is just one of those eye-candy things that you get to decorate your kitchen with, not really industrious or something. Simple, elegant, leaf-inspired; you get the drift. Enjoy gilded pureed pea soup tonight Nigella!

0 Designer: Sang-Jang Lee

Smile Please! Shoot, It’s A Trashcan!

Smile Please! Shoot, It’s A Trashcan!

Dining at self-service has one major flaw, cleaning up your mess after you’re through with the meal. Inevitably the trashcan (front loading types seen in fastfoods) is ALWAYS full, or you spill the tray contents while shoving in the mess. Grrr! I hate it! And while I’m trashing trashcan designs, let me also tell you that only a bottle of Purell makes me want to touch those lidded thingies. On the flip side, something like this Click Hybrid Trashcan will make me want to use it pronto.

0 Designer: Hyejin Lee

Future Cup Alert! It has the V Shape.

Future Cup Alert! It has the V Shape.

Has this ever happened to you? *Cup ring on nose*

Well me too! Always with the cup ring on the nose from the wanting to get the liquid out of the cup. And not only that, designer AMINATION (aka Amin Saadat), has got a thing or two to say about all the “fats and bacteria from the edge of the glass.”

0 Designer: Amination, aka Amin Saadat

I Would Buy This Blender

I Would Buy This Blender

I’m no Paula Deen or Betty Crocker but I do like to cook and on occasion that calls for a blender. The UMIX Cordless Blender may be the ticket since it combines advantages of handheld and tabletop blenders. Rechargeable cordless? Check. Powerful motor? Check. Programmable blend cycles? Check. Squishy silicon sack? Check, check, check. I love this feature. They even act as storage containers. Haven’t seen that on the market.

0 Designer: Andrew Bezzina

Three Garbages in One Garbage

Three Garbages in One Garbage

Presenting… the Tri3. It will solve all your problems. It can do everything. The Tri3 is a garbage… that can open in three ways – DON’T FREAK OUT NOW! Stay with me here! It’s not some alien technology, some futuristic freakshow horror android, no; it’s just simple, straight up ergonomics.

0 Designers: Guisset Constance & Cid Grégory

Car Enthusiats Now Frugal with Water

Car Enthusiats Now Frugal with Water

Water conservation is still one of the easiest ways to save energy (yes energy!) and preserve our planet. Fresh water only accounts for 3% of all water on Earth but 1% of it is frozen so in that sense, it’s quite rare. The +Shifter faucet uses the perception of a car’s gearbox to change how much water we use. Instead of changing gear ratios, each position correlates to how much water flows out.

0 Designer: Shen Di

Affordable Water Kettle, Bad Economic Times

Affordable Water Kettle, Bad Economic Times

Almost everyone is feeling the economic pinch as our global economy goes straight to hell but consumers are at the tail end of this trickle down effect. Queue the modest product design company. They want to keep designing aesthetically pleasing products but people aren’t going to buy it. It’s clear utilitarianism will be making a comeback and the Kettle Qp is one of the firsts to embrace that trend.

0 Designer: Andrey Vostrikov

Environmentally Friendly Paper Plates

Environmentally Friendly Paper Plates

Made from reed pulp and bagasse (waste of sugarcane), these no-tree paper plates *and other tableware!* are the primary function of Wasara Co., Ltd.. Reeds, as you reed aficionados know, are in no danger of extinction (right?) and Wasara, with their full range of tableware coming soon, are in no danger of not having their concept being put into production.

0 Designer: Wasara Co., Ltd.

Hot Pebbles for Cold Fish

Hot Pebbles for Cold Fish

Use the ancient power of water-smoothed rocks with the stone-grill concept “Pebbles.” It will make your healthy fish-devouring ways a cinch! Just unroll the Pebbles grill, locate the knob which switches the grill on, use it once again to turn the temperature to the correct level, wait a bit, just a bit!, and take them fish outta there. Turn the pebbles off and eat them fishes!

0 Designers: Yongju Kwak, Dongbin Shin, Kukil Han & Young-Seok Kim

The World's Brightest Swizzle Stick

The World’s Brightest Swizzle Stick

While not explicitly intended as a swizzle stick, the Mahoo light from Stefano Pistilli uses the conduction of water to complete the circuit and power the light inside. Utilizing an interesting environmental trigger, these could also be great night time pool toys or even help see and identify other scuba divers on a night dive. Nevertheless, I’m drinking alone tonight and I’m hoping scotch and soda has enough electrolytes to power this friendly light on.

0 Designer: Stefano Pistilli

That's a Juicer?

That’s a Juicer?

Nothing like a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice to kick start the day. The Seed is product aimed to make that task easier without offending your minimalist aesthetic. It’s supposed to look like a seed pod of sorts, hence its name. Put an orange in and squeeze that clamshell shut time. Juice collects into a reservoir below. I won’t knock it but I’ve always thought juicing requires a twisting motion to be the most effective. Oh and about that cup of OJ in the morn; don’t drink it after you brush your teeth. Yuck!

0 Designer: Gray Goh Szjin

The Intensity of Small-Scale Weight

The Intensity of Small-Scale Weight

The simplest of devices need love, too. Here Emir Rifat Isik’s done some nice love for the kitchen scale. Three buttons, a flashy orange ring, and light, bright display screen. With so few features, each bit must be perfect and precise. Does this make the cut?

0 Designer: Emir Rifat Isik