Thursday, 9 December 2010

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Kitchen Special – Only The Best Tools Will Do!

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 01:26 AM PST

The festive season is a time when your entire family comes together for the holidays. With a house full of hungry tummies to feed, the kitchen ends up being the hotspot for all to hang out. Here are some ideas to spice up your kitchen and make it feel warm, inviting and elegant. I bet you're cooking up a handsome feast for all!

Trinity Holder by Lisa Hilland

Having a bowl full of savories for the munchies is a very good idea. I usually have finger foods, candies and nuts put out so that anyone passing by can easily pickup a handful. The Trinity holder is perfect for this, simply because you can have a spread of three things in one go.

Colors: Black & White
Price: $59

Tom, Dick & Harry Thabto

Tea, coffee or me? Haha! With family around, let the third jar be sugar, just this once!

Price: $49

Pipette Vinegar Bottles by Camilla Kropp

This condiment container set presents a very scientific way of  flavoring your meal. I'm sure curious children will love to have it on the table.

Price: Set of 2 for $59

Magnetic Spice Stand by Zevro

Besides being a space saver, the Magnetic Spice Stand does your kitchen proud by displaying all the exotic spices you’ve invested in.

Price: $49.00

SmartSpace Food Dispenser by Zevro

This is such a clever way of holding grains and pasts or breakfast cereal. It can't get smarter than this…. save space and have something interesting adorning your kitchen wall.

Price: $47.00

Orb Pestle & Mortar by Joseph Joseph

This is a classy pestle & mortar that you can leave right on the countertop and ever so subtly get someone else to do the pounding and grinding. How wicked are we!

Price: $30

Nest 8 Nesting Set by Joseph Joseph

What's really attractive about this set are the colors and functionality. At one go you have bowls, sieves, measuring cups, strainers, etc. nestled together. They add a dash of vibrant energy to the room.

Price: $50

Elevate Utensils by Joseph Joseph

The Elevate Utensils set keeps countertops clean and food right where they should be, the pot and your stomach. There’s a tiny kick-up joint that elevates the tool-end. Hygiene makes food taste better.

Price: $40 for multicolor pack of 6

Bowlboard by Ute Australian Design

The Bowlboard has four cups embedded into the board and is quite convenient as a prep station.

Price: $69

Index Plus Chopping Board by Joseph Joseph

A set of color coded knives and chopping boards keep your foods from cross-contaminating. Every professional chef has something like this except the Index Chopping Board is better designed and looks really nice in the kitchen.

Price: $80

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Giant Robotic Dust Ball

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 01:16 AM PST

A giant dust ball that cleans dust balls? The idea is too weird and too good. I’m sold. The motor inside doubles as the dust bin and drives the unit by rotating on 2 axes to generate enough force to move. When full, it automatically returns to its starting point and glows. Again, LOVE IT but there’s a reason why most floor cleaning robots are short and squat.

Designer: Dave Hakkens

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Love Letter to Alex the Water Bottle

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 01:06 AM PST

Oh Alex, how you’ve become my favorite water bottle these past few months. I didn’t think much of you at first but then I found out former Oakley team manager Chris Hotell and pro snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler founded the company who made you and I become intrigued. You’re so special. You do a lot but there’s two things you do better than anyone else baby.

You’re BPA free – yadda yadda bladdie blah. You’re mostly made of metal anyways so already, you’re different but it’s how you open up to me that shows you really care. Your body unscrews from the middle making my life so much easier. No longer do I have to contort my hand into some weird shape to clean the farthest reaches of your corners and for that, I must thank you. Your streamline body is OH so sleek and makes it a snap for me to stack your cap, top and bottom half like a matryoshka. So compact, easy to store – so thoughtful of you to do that for me.

You adapt to my every need. Sometimes I want more water so I screw on a longer bottom. Sometimes I feel colorful and I mix-&-match. You’re easy on the eyes and go with the flow. I only have one request. Think you can get me a sippy-cup for a cap? Yes, I’m a grown man and I want a sippy-cup. That’s not as weird as me writing you this letter… is it?

P.S. I plan on revealing our love story tomorrow on my blog. I want everyone to know how awesome you are. Cheers!

P.P.S Congratulations on making the final cut in the 2011 Housewares Design Awards. I knew you could do it.

Designer: Nice Reusables (Buy it here)

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While You’re Waiting at a Stop Light

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 01:05 AM PST

Here’s an idea that’s almost there. The Droplet Traffic Light works like your standard fare but the opposite, inactive side displays the latest news blurbs and weather conditions. Okay WAIT A MINUTE. I need my thinking caps on because this must be designed for traffic systems that move in circular paradigms. Wouldn’t work in the States where traffic takes turns with cross-traffic. Novel idea though and love that it’s solar powered.

Designer: Psychic Factory

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It Holds Keys and Hangs Coats

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 12:30 AM PST

I’m usually pretty good about keeping my keys and travel chotchkies in one place. I’m ambivalent about tossing them in a bowl or hanging them by the door. Ugh, that’s the worse because it’s just a constant reminder of Los Angeles traffic every time I walk by. I digress. If I had something like the Blomp Coathanger – my issues would be alleviated. Love the receptacle to keep all your crap and hide them from view with a coat. Done and done. They look technical but it’s all handmade from poly-resin. Brills!

Designer: David Cathro

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Think Japanese Minimalism

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 12:10 AM PST

I’m enamored with two products by Japanese studio h220430. The Tokonoma is a display shelf of sorts that puts Japanese minimalism front and center. It’s different from the minimalism we’re used to seeing from the west which is often described as stark and cold. There’s something intrinsically warm about the Japanese variant. It’s subtle and enriches anything placed on top.

The Larsen C pays homage to one of the largest ice shelves in Antarctica (which is rapidly melting). Think of it as a mini glacier that can be used as a toothbrush holder or a vessel for a flower. The replica is finished to really look like the real thing when wet, though no where near as big.

W 90 × D 90 × H 80

Photos: Ikunori Yamamoto

Designer: h220430 Studio

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It Sat in Space!

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 12:03 AM PST

One extraterrestrial seat, that’s what we’ve got here. This is the “Oddbod Chair” by designer Javier Alejandre, a designer straight out of Madrid. This seat was selected to be shown at the Spanish Design Awards INJUVE 2010. In this chair Alejandre hopes to push the bounday between inert object and the outer limits of the imagination, especially along the lines of space exploration. Science fiction, futuristic, organic and lovely.

This chair is made of rotomoulded PE while the legs are a simple pine. Take a look at the wild video presented below to get a real taste of what this chair is really all about.

Designer: Javier Alejandre Design

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Electro Ambient Wall Coverings

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 12:03 AM PST

Here’s something rather spectacular. A very simple concept when it comes down to it, a rather long explanation if you’d like to take the time to understand the intricacy. What you’ve got here is a project called Inconspicuous Matter, a project involving electro reactive wallpaper. What does that mean in a nutshell? Wallpaper that LIGHTS UP!

In an effort to visualize electrical energy flows, this project shows just that through responsive materials set up to be fabulous ambient displays, reacting to energy blasted through their veins, reacting with fabulous colors galore! This project takes material design and uses it to demand users attention (quite well I’d imagine) generating in them awareness. Awareness of what, you might ask? Well first the magical innovation displayed in this project, of course, look it’s amazing! Then in the actual visual flow or energy that’d otherwise be invisible. Feel free to read these paragraphs that act as a sort of manifesto behind this project, then take a peek at the gallery and video presentation below:

Design Rationale

Can the visualization of electrical energy flows lead to textile and material innovation?

Energy is an invisible and yet incredibly valuable resource. The ways in which we consume energy, and the amount that we use, is highly unsustainable and industries are now dealing with issues surrounding energy overconsumption, origins and uses. It is important that we consider not only how we are using energy, but also where it comes from. In a world driven by innovation but struggling with sustainable concerns, the emergence of research and applications available in clean energy resources is significant, but the use of it is still not really spread from industries to individuals. Moreover, considerable development of new energy resources or technologies to noticeably increase their production and uses would take several decades.1

In the domestic environment, electricity is the first named energy manifestation. However, hidden within the design of unappealing appliances and mechanisms that minimize energy's real importance and significance, electrical energy access is, for most people, taken for granted. Moreover, because the current market in electronic / electric appliances for domestic environment promises convenience and comfort aplenty, saving energy is still seen as something negative that make everyday life less comfortable. 2

Notes :

[1] : Wagner H J (2007) in Wagner, H.J., [Foreword by Wiegandt, K. ] (2007) ENERGY, The world's race for ressources in the 21st century, The sustainability project, Haus Publishing.

[2] : Beaux Art editions, (2007) So Watt! Du design dans l'energie [So Watt! Design in energy], Paris : EDF espace Electra.

Designer: Celine Marcq

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Providing of Garden Access

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 12:02 AM PST

Who loves alterations? We love alterations. Especially when they turn a Victorian house in a conservative area with access to the backyard garden only through a utility room between the basement and ground floors. It was just silly! Now it’s spectacular. Architect Tamir Addadi, quickly becoming a favorite of mine, took this space and transformed it into a modern masterpiece.

To turn this home into one where nature plays a significant part in the daily activities of the family, the entire back garden was excavated and the basement floor was extended into it. A new lounge area was created, the stone floor of the garden extending directly into it. In the lounge is a wooden bar table that continues the garden’s floor level, a horizontal storage unit forming an additional level between the basement floor and the garden.

Eventually climbing plants will grow to surround the new extension of the garden, the entire new area working together to create a single transitional space. A new bathroom and utility area were also added around this area, and changes were made throughout the house to tie the entire living space into one whole.

Work included the design of bespoke carpentry units, kitchen, landscape design and project management.

Client: private 
General contractor: Clean Living e: building@cleanliving.co.uk

Carpentry at the extension: Folde e: info@folde.co.uk

Structural engineer: HPS, e: david@hpsstructural.fsnet.co.uk

Garden: Joan Scanlon, e: joan@towngardens.co.uk

Design: Tamir Addadi, Raphael Cohen
Photography and sketches by Tamir Addadi

Designer: Tamir Addadi

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