Margins are thin in the restaurant business, and most of them survive on volume. As a server I learned that turning tables over is both art and science; in addition to subtle interpersonal machinations enacted by the waiter, the chairs provided are not too comfortable and the background music isn't
SGW Designworks was engaged by “GIR: Get It Right” to develop and prototype a mobile smart grinder for coffee enthusiasts. Primary challenges included development of a small, efficient drive able to manage the high torque required for grinding, as well as development of an intuitive user interface with rotary encoder. This project required a lot of iteration and testing from our mechanical team as well as our embedded systems group. The addition of cloud connectivity and freshness detection in t
Halfway between my obsession with over engineered mundane products and my hardened vulgar-marxist heart, is an overriding appreciation for satire. And somehow McDonald's has my number—probably yours too. Whether you enjoy their disgustingly sweet slurries or shy away from that corporate BS maaan, this new video (and yeah the product)
Local Roots has finally made a mini farm that correctly combines the structural benefits of shipping containers with the difficulties of urban farming. Shipping containers are a beloved source of reengineering inspiration, but their reuse is often un-green and impractical. Similarly, there are so many fancifully farm-filled architecture concepts out
Pourover coffee is about as simple as coffee can get, but thoughtful tweaks are always welcomed. The newly released Twin Carafe by John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong Arndt at Studio Gorm takes the familiar funnel-plus-vessel set up and adds some nice material angles. The body is a borosilicate carafe
Nostalgia Electrics makes this 1950s-styled Family Breakfast Station machine: I was about to slam it--what need for this thing could there possibly be?--but headed over to Amazon first to read the reviews on it. The majority of them are positive, with three out of five people giving it five
Taphandles is a high energy and collaborative award winning design and manufacturing company based in downtown Seattle. We are the leader in supporting the beer industry with the most innovative and unique product marketing available. Our products consist of tap handles, lighted signage, and custom point-of-purchase items for breweries
This sounds too good to be true: The folks over at Whirlpool's skunkworks, WLabs, have apparently developed a machine that can turn food waste into fertilizer in just 24 hours. Composting by conventional means ordinarily takes weeks or months; and Naturemill, a company that once made indoor composting machines, stopped
Just in time for Nintendo's anxiously awaited (and slightly confusing) new Switch presentation, product designer Avichai Tadmor is here to serve us some refreshing OG Mario style. His product, the Ravanello, spins sharp and tangy radishes into cool power-up mushrooms with a few quick twists. The tool shaves the
Are you one of those people that tastes every single beer offered at the bar before ordering? Do you make sure to hit every local brewery within a 20 mile radius while on vacation? Here's a real test of your beer loyalty—would you or someone you know go this far?
'Tis the season for Disney space operas, and while doing relevant "research" I discovered this vitally useful how-to for a gingerbread AT-AT. While considerably smaller than the homemade AT-ATC from earlier this month, this one is better for most budgets and attention spans and you can eat it. Plus it
Japanese eaters have demonstrated a pretty intense hankering for fried chicken, and millions celebrate holidays like Christmas by sharing a steamy bucket of the good stuff with their loved ones. But with fried chicken comes fried chicken fingers, and good old Col. Sanders is here to help. KFC Japan has
TempehSure™ is designed to make making tempeh, a traditional soy product originating from Indonesia, much easier. The device is a patented system that removes the mystery and guesswork from making tempeh. Pulse developed both the product design (consumer and professional models) and the user interface.
Despite my shitshow of a writing desk, I'm a big fan of knolling and prep stations in my other work. Kitchens and workshops are safer, cleaner, and more satisfying to use when tools and materials are clearly available and ergonomically ordered. For that reason, I've always been interested that home
Meet June, the intelligent oven that really wants to enhance your meals and baked goods. It/she (?) aims to erase the popular AI 'taking over the world' stigma brought to us by the likes of our friends LipNet and the painting AI system. Even though June is in fact an
Design plays a major role when it comes to sustainability and global welfare. Everything from building efficient refugee tents and sustainable cities to recyclable batteries requires design thinking. But have you ever thought about the role design plays when it comes to food waste? Food waste is actually one of
The social and political landscape may be murky these days, and the hectic holiday season is only just underway, but here's a glimmering greasy beacon of hope: the Fondoodler. This slightly heinous contraption takes your grated cheese of choice and melts it into a spreadable stream. It's like a hot
As I write this it's 8:15am in Manhattan on Thanksgiving morning, and it's dead quiet. But I know what's coming: By mid-afternoon I'll start hearing fire truck sirens. Each Thanksgiving a subset of families take their eyes off of the ball and experience turkey fires like this one: If it's
Rikki USA is a Seattle based manufacturer of sauces, marinades and dressings, with clients in the private label category as well as their own retail product offering. In partnership with Rikki's parent company Yamasa, designojo completed a rebranding for Rikki USA. The redesign encompassed visual positioning, logo, retail packaging and a B2B focused website. The positioning of the new design was to reflect a more contemporary, healthy and natural brand without the typical visual cues.
Ever had a butter dish that didn't fit your butter? Not to put too fine a point on it, but it might be a territorial thing. East coast butter sticks are long and thin and West coast sticks are thick and stout. They each clock in at 4oz., but the
I'm not terribly attached to roasted chestnuts or other romantic/dubious street food, but man I love good paper goods. Hongyang Sun and Xiuhua Zhang, students at Henan University of Technology in Zhengzhou, China, came up with a satisfyingly simple solution for messy snacks. Their 'Double Food Bag' simply adds an
I've been on a mission to discover the best new kitchen products on the market through my own rigorous baking tests. This week, I put the Kickstarter smash hit, WHISK WIPER, through the Core77 Test Kitchen: Cornbread Challenge. WHISK WIPER has raked in over $67,000 on Kickstarter, blowing way past
As part of Dutch Design Week 2016, food designer Chloé Rutzerveld created a modern take on the classic Dutch stroopwaffle treat. For those who aren't familiar, the stroopwaffle—translation "syrup waffle"—is a popular delicacy in the Netherlands made from two thin layers of waffle cookie sandwiched around a caramel-like syrup filling.
We’re looking for an experienced and creative mechanical engineer to design, optimize and execute hardware development. The work will require highly integrated and innovative design with the likelihood of generating IP along the way. You must have experience in consumer electronics (handheld an advantage) and a solid knowledge of the iterative product development cycle. Expertise in plastic part manufacturing, injection molding and tooling design essential.
Leaning into our tendency toward nostalgia and love for vintage goods, we're happy to add Hand-Eye Glass Mugs and Bowls to our selection. The mugs and bowls will likely remind you of something you first laid eyes on in your grandmother's kitchen, at a sweet flea market or diner, or
Designers love companies that love design. And Tovolo LOVES design—from the top down. So A2 and Tovolo blissfully stroll through the world of product development, hand in hand, whispering sweet-nothings and growing their family of awesome stuff—including popsicle, ice cube and ice tray molds.
Everyone who keeps some wine on hand, whether it's just a few bottles or a full cellar, needs some way to stash those bottles. And I keep finding more interesting designs for meeting that need. There's a lot to like about the modular Nook wine racks, which are sold in
Farming is Filled with Emotions For the over two million American families who farm professionally, their work is toil and struggle, risk and fear. It is also joy and love, commitment and loyalty. Farm stories are generational, passing down both knowledge and lore from one generation to the next—from tales
If there is one thought every design entrepreneur shares, it is this: "I often find product categories where I can't find an offering that meets my standards for function/design/quality/cost." This then drives them to see if they can do better by producing and selling their own design. In the case
Most toast lovers have a butter spreading system they're okay with, but it's often a good-enough situation at best. Having soft butter at hand usually means either messy melting or a barely-covered counter top dish that welcomes in bacteria and funk if you don't use it fast enough. And if
This lightweight #8 skillet is our first product for startup, the Field Company.. It is the result of a comprehensive research and design project which culminated in an extremely successful launch on Kickstarter. It mixes classic details and a contemporary form and utilizes traditional American manufacturing knowledge.
There's major buzz around the soon-to-be-funded Kickstarter measuring spoon, Polygons, for good reasons—the spoon's innovative design lies flat when not in use and, with the help of carefully placed creases, folds into four different tablespoon/teaspoon measurements similar to origami. Here at Core77, we've been excited about the Polygons concept
It's every pizza lover's dream to have a wood-fired brick oven in their kitchen. So far Jimmy Kimmel's the only guy I've heard of to install one. He's got the money to do that. Most of us don't. A team of designers in Slovenia looked at pizza-making as a problem
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