Portable Barista

Portable Barista

Huddle around coffee drinkers coz I bring to you this unique esPRESSivo Portable Espresso Coffee Maker. The trouble with brewing espresso outdoors is the dynamics of pressing coffee beans and of course the relevant equipments, so thermosflasks is the way to go. Until this brainwave of hand-pressing the beans using the esPRESSivo machine comes to life! The all-in-one-unit allows you to press the beans, light up a small flame at the base of the unit to brew your cuppa, and stores the surplus! Brilliant!

0 Designer: Shao-Lun Chao

Take In The Whole 180 Degree View

Take In The Whole 180 Degree View

Adding a new dimension to photography is the Intel Capture180 Camera. Taking a tangent from the mega-pixel war, and data storage issues, the Capture180 Camera brings in the news with its Virtual Reality imaging proposal. It uses a 180 degree fish-eye lens to capture 180 degree hemisphere and stores the information as meta-data within each shot, allowing the camera’s viewfinder, a digital picture frame, or your computer screen to come alive with the images.

0 Designer: Lucas Ainsworth

Pledge For Domestic Can Crushers

Pledge For Domestic Can Crushers

The Automatic Aluminum Can Crusher is designed as a battery operated, automatic, aluminum, can crusher for domestic purposes. It’s a nifty recycler that works on an 18vdc power tool battery (and/or an AC adapter), and chomps on 40 cans on a full charge and yet hungry for more! Cans get crushed to 40% their original volume, and that’s quite neat. Although what we see in the video is a very rough cut of what’s to be expected, the project has made its way to Kickstarter and a pledge is going around for it. Maybe you want to chip in.

0 Designer: Doug Wehrly For Zertronix

Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds That Actually Work!

Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds That Actually Work!

Sony approached me a few months ago about a stereo bluetooth headset. I had my doubts because I’ve used my share and the declarations never meet up with experience. The Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800 however are all that and a bag of chips provided you have a fully compatible device. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Sony Ericsson ( Buy it here )

Glassy French Press

Glassy French Press

If you’ve seen one french press, you’ve seen them all right? The art of the french press is in its simplicity. No complicated machinery or doo-dads. This french press is different because it’s molded out of a single piece of glass framed in metal. It’s not just a design aesthetic but for durability too. A single solid piece of glass is far more shatter resistant.

0 Designer: Chris Woodward

The Ultimate Flat Iron, KQC Turbo Review

The Ultimate Flat Iron, KQC Turbo Review

A flat iron review? Are you serious? Yes I’m TOTALLY FOR SERIOUS. The KQC Turbo Generation II isn’t just any flat iron. It comes with a slew of promises from faster, safer heating to protecting your hair while straightening it. Any of you privy to the experience of professional irons know there is a huge difference between a $200+ iron and a $30+ iron. Hit the jump and I’ll explain why this $200+ iron is a must have for anyone who regularly straightens their hair.

0 Designer: KQC ( Buy it here )

Dancing Vases

Dancing Vases

I like these vases. They are an exploration of the latest laser sintering technology and illicit childhood memories of spinning tops. Each of the 5 vases is a snapshot of a top from the point of spin to a wobbling stand still. I love the design and what it stands for. They’re currently on exhibition at the London Design Festival but I’m crossing my fingers that these will go into production.

0 Designer: Robin van Hontem

Volcanic Ash Furniture

Volcanic Ash Furniture

As I’m sure you’re already aware, the word “tephra” derives from a Greek word meaning “ash.” The title of this project is Tephra Formations so I’m sure you can see where this is headed already. I hope you’re gonna like going there. We’re about to totally go there. An armchair, pouf, low-table and the mother or all chairs, the Irregular Bomb.

0 Designer: Studio Robert Stadler

Another Glass of Bombay 2009

Another Glass of Bombay 2009

Oh you’re empty? Perhaps you’d like another sip. A few weeks ago we published the finalists for the 2009 Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass Competition. After you look at that again, come back and take a peek at these followup videos of the big time event at the London Design Festival!

0 Designer: Bombay Sapphire

Glasses That Don’t Tipple

Glasses That Don’t Tipple

Downing those umpteen shots of Vodka or Tequila, you may tipple over my friend, but these Cordial Glasses won’t topple! Tipple-Topple; get it? Tip-less Cordial Glasses are clever coz they got an indent at their bottom that fit snugly into the bobs in their ceramic tray. Six glasses to a tray that won’t tip, but if you drop ‘em, they do go crash!

0 Designer: Scott Denison

Boy Are You Stressed

Boy Are You Stressed

I wouldn’t have realized if your watch hadn’t indicted that you’re all stressed up. Like the stress lines on your forehead or the outbreak of pimples are NO indications at ALL! Ok, I’m KIDDING! But really, do we need gadgets and gimmicks to inform of us of our stress levels? Ya-ha, coz we are too reliant on gizmos! My word won’t suffice, so you’re gonna countercheck my claims on something like the StressWatch! A watch that reports the Biofeedback of several body functions.

0 Designers: Michael Mathis & Gerda Hopfgartner

10 Designs for Kitty, Puppy, Fishy, and Birdy

10 Designs for Kitty, Puppy, Fishy, and Birdy

Everybody loves puppies! And if they don’t, they’re terrible! What this post is all about is the people who are completely devoted to bringing their entire life into the future, the design-conscious future! One that includes not only us humanoids, but out pets too! This is today’s top 10!

0 Designer: Pet Lovers Galore

Absolutely Basic Chair

Absolutely Basic Chair

Sometimes design gets so breathtakingly simple, it really makes no sense to mention it at all, as it’s seamlessly integrated into the everyday lives of us everyday people. Sometimes, however, items are so simple beyond the call of duty, further than they’d ever reasonably have to go, they’ve just gotta have a few words published about them. Enter “Chair?” by designer M Scherpenisse.

0 Designer: Maarten Scherpenisse