It's no secret that we're fans of London's Black+Blum: year in, year out, the design duo always seems to have something new up their collective sleeve. The recent NYIGF was no exception, as it was occasion for the official unveiling of three new designs.
First up, the "Eau Good" water bottle is a clever take on a water bottle with a natural filter.
The bottle uses a filter system with binchotan active charcoal, which has been used in Japan as a water purifier since the 17th century. It reduces chlorine, balances the pH and adds minerals to the water. Most importantly, it makes tap water taste clean and delicious.
The design of the eau good combines the vintage feel of the cork stopper with the unique clear, blow-molded bottle and the utilitarian aspect of the centuries-old filtering system.
The filter takes roughly 6–8 hours to work its magic and after its six-month lifetime, the charcoal can be used as an odor absorber for refrigerators.
The "Lunch Pot" (center) is a new offering in their line of tupperware containers: a pair of pots that neatly snap together, a handy solution for those of us who often bring multi-part meals for lunch. The watertight, BPA-free, microwave- and dishwasher-safe pots also feature an unique threadless enclosure for added convenience. Meanwhile, the strap remains secure even when the "Lunch Pot" is inverted or otherwise subject to the abuse of transit.
However, as Dan Black noted, the containers are not thermally insulated; that feature is the basis of the third new product, the "Thermo Pot":
The stainless steel vacuum flood flask has a cork top and stainless steel spoon which magnetically attaches onto the side of the thermo pot. It will keep food and drinks hot for 6 hours. It is ideal for picnics, bringing lunch or coffee to work, saving leftovers for later and more.