Some of you designers work in consultancies where you get to work on a variety of project types. Others among you have developed narrow specialities, where you essentially design the same class of object over and over again. It would be easy for the former to assume the latter's gig
Cooking is a crucial part of life, and in the right hands it's a tough art form. The newest Hand-Eye aprons are an homage to caring cooks of all types, whether you work in a state of the art kitchen or a simple studio. Because the kitchen is a particular
Those of you that do modelmaking work know this stress: You've got to precisely epoxy this part into place, and you've only got one shot to get it right. You also know the agony of getting it wrong, and having to back up several steps to start again with a
On Friday, February 12th, in Los Angeles, Design Observer is producing a design conference on food —entitled TASTE—a subject that deeply touches everything from agrarian economics to supply chain resources, dry farming, water harvesting, and rethinking the way we source, manage and plan for the future. (Core77's Managing Editor LinYee
When it comes to newfangled cutting board designs, I'm a fan of the Mocubo, which we covered here. But there's still plenty of room in this market for innovative designs, as evidenced by this Canadian design for the Ultimate Cutting Board: While I'm not completely sold on this design,
When it comes to product design, you've got your standalone items that provide great utility: Think flashlights, cutting boards or washing machines. But there's another class of product that we could call, for lack of a better term, holistic. These objects are meant to be part of a larger system
We know that lumberyards can burn their sawdust to run the drying kilns. But let's say someone invents an efficient large-scale solar kiln in the future and the boilers are no longer needed. What else could we use all of that sawdust for? In addition to firing barbecue grills, another
You can get food everywhere these days, at the bookshop, at train stations, at airports, etc. It seems like anywhere you go, someone is trying to sell you food. Even if you aren't hungry at all, the irresistible smells of fresh baked bread, fries, pizza...(I could go on and on!)
I can't help but wonder if our current visions of the future are wildly limited in imagination, or if resolutions in our time are akin to the retro futuristic aesthetic of the 1950s as demonstrated in The Jetsons or Streamline Moderne. Either way, we can't help but be held back
For those of you that celebrate Christmas, what traditional meal will you be tucking into today? If you're American, it's undoubtedly turkey, ham or maybe Hot Pockets if the cook of the family started hitting the sauce a bit early. But not all of the Christmas-celebrating world hews to our
For every handy smartphone app that we often use, there's another two with functionality so narrow and specific that we rarely touch them. That's fine because apps are just bytes. But in the realm of physical products, this kind of extraneousness is more damning: Designers and engineers put in hours,
What most people don't realize is that using your drone to surveil your neighbors is hard work. Making constant passes over their house, then bringing the drone back to dump the footage, one can work up a thirst; a smoothie or protein shake might be nice, but who wants to
Here's a concept I'm surprised didn't come from America: A drive-in supermarket. It's another fascinating patent application from Semenov Dahir Kurmanbievich, the Russian inventor behind the in-mouth CNC mill. The video could definitely use some editing, but if you stick it out to the end, you'll see the floors above
With the amount of waste produced in the US, the goal of this project was to design a product platform that demonstrates product longevity by empowering consumers to take an active role in prolonging the life of their products. Through research I found that people aren't willing to service or
As someone with three boring-but-functional wall-mounted spice racks—and with clients who often struggle with spice storage—I'm always intrigued by spice storage options which are a bit out of the ordinary. Some of those involve clever ways of using the cabinets, but others make use of walls, counter space and drawers.
So maybe it's not the production method you working industrial designers have been searching for, but at some point you must have asked yourself: How do they get those printed-looking colored patterns onto individual pieces of chocolate? And how the hell do they get those delicious nuts and gross, creamy
Countertop and wall-mounted spice racks abound, but a cook who wants or needs something different can find many designs that are somewhat out of the ordinary. Herbs and spices are best stored away from heat and light, and many cooks lack counter space, anyway—so good cabinet storage options are helpful.
Depending on the time of year, responsibilities will fluctuate between design and development with overseas manufacturers. You should have a bachelor’s in Industrial or Fashion Design, a demonstrated commitment to a career in design, along with 1-4 years experience working with soft goods. Strong illustrator capabilities will be necessary.
FINEX Cast Iron holds a special place in the kitchen and in our hearts. What began as a wingnutty labor of design love has burgeoned into a line of cool, practical and seriously well-made modern cookware. As regular readers might remember, FINEX started as a passion project undertaken by Mike
"Dripo" is an elegant iced-drip coffee maker designed to make the process of cold brewing coffee easier. It's a 3-in-1 iced-drip coffee maker that can also be used as a cold-brew coffee maker or coffee tumbler. All parts are assembled together allowing for overall easy transportability. In addition, it can
Iwachu cast iron pans fold modern thinking into simple, age-old technology. They are minimal, elegant, and easily one of our favorite new kitchen staples. The Iwachu Omelette Pan comes in two sizes, 22cm and 24cm, and features gently sloped sides, a long loop handle, and a pre-seasoned finish. From sautés
When Ikea rolled out their line of wireless charging furniture and objects, it essentially established that the technology is now mainstream. But as revolutionary as these affordable objects are, they still need to be plugged into the wall, drawing their power from the mains. Interior designer Vihanga Gore and interaction
Knife storage can be a challenge for many home cooks. Since I last wrote about knife blocks and wall racks back in February 2014, a number of additional designs have caught my eye. The Index with Knives from Joseph Joseph allows the knives to be stored along with the chopping
The Auroma One is a coffee science machine that controls the parameters involved in making the perfect cup of coffee. The Auroma One learns your taste preference over time and adjusts brewing parameters to craft a cup tailored to each individual.
Snifters are designed with inwardly-tapered rims to concentrate the vapors; a good Scotch is always better when you "drink" it with your nose before the fluid actually hits your lips. But the scent delivery is only part of the whisky-drinking experience, and a new design called the Norlan Whisky Glass
Yesterday Domino’s Pizza pulled the sheets off of their DXP, a vehicle whose sole purpose is to deliver pizzas. Built from modified Chevy Sparks, the DXP (from “delivery expert,” which is what Domino’s calls their mobile army of pizza deliverypeople) has had its interior modified to carry 80 pizzas on
There's just over ten days left until Halloween, which should give you plenty of time to practice this trick: The always-entertaining Crazy Russian Hacker has devised a way to make a seemingly normal pumpkin spontaneously pop into a jack-o'-lantern—with some help from you, a carving knife, and some dried ice.
In the two years since the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) created the report called, "Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security," there's been an onslaught of new insects-as-food products. From cricket flour to protein bars, entrepreneurs are having a field day coming up
I suck at cooking, make a mess while doing it, and frequently screw recipes up. Whenever something calls for adding a teaspoon or tablespoon of liquid into something, I always spill while attempting to measure it out. Trying to pour a precise amount of liquid into a spoon requires the
Last summer, my little company launched a Kickstarter campaign for a Bluetooth successor to our Range smartphone thermometer. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, our campaign failed and everyone went home empty-handed. Failing is part of the process of creating, of course. And if you can handle direct, public interaction with your
When Dan Black—who recently bought out business partner Martin Blum to take on sole ownership of renowned UK industrial design house Black+Blum—launched a dishrack inspired by the skeletal shapes of Calatravan architecture, he knew he'd hit on a new niche. With so many folks investing heavily in their dream luxury
If all cooks had large kitchens with plenty of storage, they might well store their pot lids right on the pots. But that's not reality; many end users need to nest their pots and pans or hang them from pot racks. And then they need to find a way to
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