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

The Simplest Hammer Clock

The Simplest Hammer Clock

The simplest lockdown. The perfect form. What kind of minimalism are you into? I’m listening to one of the music mixtapes released in honor of Michael Jackson: this one has a vocals-only track of “Rock with You.” Perfect, wonderful, simple. In the clock you see here, we’ve got a companion in time. The colored circle, the giant nail marking the 12 and holding the clock to the wall, and the two hands of father time. Ow!

0 Designer: Paul Loebach

Retro Pipes For The Kitchen Sink

Retro Pipes For The Kitchen Sink

Reminding us of the 1930s’ Industrial American Era is the latest collection of Steam Valve Faucets from Jaclo. The retro steamline style is quite evident in the line-up and I quite like it! The collection includes Faucets, Spouts, and Pot Fillers. The most interesting one of course is the Pull-off Spray that unwinds from the bridge mixer (both wall and deck mounted) to be used as a handy hose. The green brigade will love the fact that this collection complies with WaterSense criteria.

0 Designer: Jaclo

The Oven Re-constructed

The Oven Re-constructed

There’s been a trend to separate ovens and cooktop surfaces but Ciprian Frunzeanu thinks that’s the wrong way to go. For maximum space and energy efficiency, he presents the Oven Re-Constructed. The cooktop surface is made of a series of plates. You cook on them like any other induction surface but they can also be arranged into a cube to form an oven. Snazzy.

0 Designer: Ciprian Frunzeanu

The Big Giant Chaos Table

The Big Giant Chaos Table

Table leaves. Where do you keep yours? Mine are behind the door in the study. I’ve got a 50-year-old table that uses one leaf to double it’s size. Here we’ve got a giant oval of a table that, upon pulling apart, becomes rather large and abstract indeed. The leaves that fit in the openings are made up of the pieces of wood cut off the boards used to make the table. Little teeny tiny waste!

0 Designer: Peter Marigold

Lucky Russian Trolly Ticket Cookies

Lucky Russian Trolly Ticket Cookies

Mouthful! Believe it! These cookies were designed by returning Yanko champions at Art Lebedev Studio for the Russian Ministry of Transport. In Russia where bus, train, and trolley tickets run rampant, superstition also flows freely. The Russian ticket trick is the following: when the first three digits added up equal the last three digits, the holder should eat the ticket for good luck! Design has made this luck devouring much less ink-intensive. Yummy lucky cookies!

0 Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

Specialized Kitchen-Dining For The Physically Challenged

Specialized Kitchen-Dining For The Physically Challenged

Coox is a specialized kitchen plus dining area meant for those who use wheelchairs; however able-bodied people can use it comfortably as well. Sporting a circular form, the table is divided into two areas, the cooking and the dining. The cooking side hosts a fridge, microwave oven, induction cooker, armature, dish rack and drawers. A wheelchair-bound person’s basic anthropometric measurements have been taken into consideration while designing it.

0 Designer: Fatih Can Sarioz

Tulip Toaster Is Really Warm

Tulip Toaster Is Really Warm

I’m sure you will recollect the showcasing of Toasters we did on YD recently. While those were the flamboyant, futuristic sorts that bordered on unrealistic strategies, the Tulip Toaster we see here is quite contrary to the. It redefines the cold steel lines with ballistic black finishes that we see in the markets these days. The Tulip tries to break traditional norms by incorporating some warmth into the design. This is achieved by adding a wooden frame inspired by the namesake flower.

0 Designers: Sergej Kuckir, Hayley Powell, Katherine Whiting, Minas Patsalos & Varun Gujral

Mix Some Sound Patterns In The Batter

Mix Some Sound Patterns In The Batter

The physical patterns produced through the interaction of sound waves in a medium, best describes Cymatics. The Electrolux Re-mix concept seen here mixes food by using the vibrations emitted by sound frequency. It’s like mixing a batter of pancakes to the beats Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony or making sauce to the pulse of AC/DC. Simply hook on the digital music player to the Re-mix device and enjoy the visual treat. I guess you’ll get a clearer picture after you see the awesome video after the jump.

0 Designer: Kenny Hopper

How Smart A Chef Are You?

How Smart A Chef Are You?

Really Smart eh? Can you recall all your recipes by heart; tell me exactly how many calories are there in the dish that you are preparing; the amount of protein, cholesterol in it; are the ingredients fresh enough? NO!! NO!! You’re not a SMART Chef then. Actually you never can be, coz then you’d be this computer with an intelligent cutting board and integrated scale. The wise guy here can connect with local farmers and farmer’s markets to help you procure the seasonal produce.

0 Designer: Kaiju Studios