Cooking is one of those rare areas where many ancient tools tend to hold up just as well as their modern counterparts—take, for example, bamboo steamers, wrapping fish in banana leaves, or—a slightly more modern innovation— the mushikamado, a predecessor to the modern rice cooker developed in the early 1900s.
Watching things being made in a factory is fun. Fanatical Japanese attention to detail is fun to watch too. In this series of short videos, we get to see both. Nestlé Japan has a factory in Ibaraki Prefecture, and this is where the KitKats are made. Here in Part 1
Apparently, well-heeled patrons of the Johnnie Walker House in Singapore--an invitation-only Scotch paradise--can "tap the expertise of a master blender flown in from Scotland, who can create a signature blend to suit their tastes." This master blender shows up with several cases containing dozens of high-end booze ingredients. Though his
By now, everyone is probably familiar with what we're calling the "Ice Cream Museum phenomenon"—you know, those outrageous environments designed strictly to look good on people's Instagram feeds. As our phone and social media obsessions grow, many artists and brands have been turning towards this form of immersive marketing to capture our attention, but London-based multi-sensory design studio Bompas & Parr has always aimed to do more since their founding in 2007. Their mission of actually educa
Dinara Kasko is a former architect who became interested in patisserie. Putting her 3D skills to use, Kasko began designing cakes with unlikely shapes--"I like sharp, straight lines," she writes--and using a 3D printer to create cakes molds to realize her visions. Eventually she ditched architecture altogether, and now
After you get the hang of 'em, chopsticks are pretty darned handy; and once you've eaten a salad with them, particularly a messy one, you'll never go back to using a fork and knife. Because the design is so simple and thousands of years old, you'd figure there's nothing you
This morning, Good Thing announced a new product in their lineup—a trio of food-safe vessels designed by Japanese product designer, Shinya Yoshida. As former car mechanic, Yoshida naturally took inspiration from the flowing curves and shapes found in the auto industry when designing the G3 Vessels. The result is a
Have you ever finished the day's work, cracked open a beer, then realized there was more work to do? You could either hop back onto the forklift with the beer in hand--they don't make the darn things with cupholders--or you could do the responsible thing and put the beer away.
In the 1800s, prior to the invention of refrigeration, some unknown French inventor figured out how to store butter while maximizing its freshness. The object's design is clever in that water is used as the seal, and the container for the butter is also used as the dispenser (with the
I'm skeptical of kitchen gadgets in general, but this one seems genuinely useful, at least if you're a frequent consumer of butter. Most of us store butter in a butter dish, and cut slices off of it with a knife. If you refrigerate your butter (a Northeastern America thing? I
Talk about niche: Lofty Pursuits is a Florida-based store that specializes in making "hard candies using equipment from the Victorian period. Much of our equipment was made between the 1850's and about 1910." When they got their hands on a rusted-out 19th-century machine with interchangeable rollers, they restored it to
This is my final week of living in NYC, and it's been nonstop packing. Yesterday I cleaned out my 'fridge, and wondered: What the hell does the crisper drawer actually do? The name would suggest it keeps things crisp, but how does a transparent plastic drawer do that? I poked
Forks, spoons, knives and chopsticks are designed to move food into our pie holes as efficiently as possible. For the most part, we all know how to use them–sometimes to the point where we don't even consider their existence as we shovel a plate of pasta down our throats. But
This doesn't exactly look like a food-safe facility, but I guess the laws are a little more relaxed in whatever country this was shot in. Here's a 12-mold ice cream cone making machine in action: While wafer cones like those are molded, the production methods for waffle cones and sugar
During NYCxDesign, we were lucky enough to snag a seat at Helsinki-based Restaurant Nolla's Zero Waste Bistro pop-up located in the halls of WantedDesign Manhattan. We typically don't cover the food space, but we were mystified by this pop-up's interior design. From the wall's recycled material to the thoughtful menu
I've had these Joseph Joseph measuring cups for a couple of years. I bought them because they take up very little space when not in use. However, I absolutely hate using them. I really have to squint to see the numbers of the sizes, they're practically invisible. I contrast,
Last week we looked at Robert Brunner/Ammunition's design for Fuego Grills, a low-hassle, easy-to-use product. This week we're looking at Batavia's 4Grill Barrel Barbecue, which in addition to grilling, can also be used as a smoker or a slow cooker. (The manufacturer cites "fireplace" as a fourth function, but we're
On Kickstarter, it feels as if designers are constantly coming up with new ways to redesign a device to brew your coffee or a product in which you can enjoy your beverage. In a world rife with likely unnecessary coffee products, it's hard to imagine something that actually creates new
It's almost the season to start roasting meat outdoors, which reminds me that barbecue grills are a product category in desperate need of some UX attention. Happily, veteran industrial designer Robert Brunner has stepped up with his Fuego Professional grill design. The wheels on most grills I've used are a
Before today, the closest I had gotten to associating the NYC Subway with appetizing food was Pizza Rat and that time my friend told me she saw a man eating plastic on the E train. I'm happy to see the French have a more refined experience on their Paris Métro,
Facebook user Michael Kang posted this snippet of a candymaking video, which caught my eye: Shiba Inus! I'm partial because I own two, one resembling the one in the candy. But the editing and fast-motion of the video above left out too many manufacturing steps for me; how the
As a practicing designer I worked in "structural package design," i.e. bottles. I had zero leeway in volume control; if I was tasked to CAD up a 500mL bottle, the internal displacement had to be precisely 500mL up to the fill line. And the folks in Marketing often determined the
Having people over for the holidays? Maybe you can step up your hosting game with some designey table settings. First off, here are the three levels of proper table settings: CasualInformalFormalOf course those are just rules, and rules are meant to be broken. I poked around to find some designey-looking
This here combines two of our favorite things: German engineering and bacon, delicious bacon. Here's the Textor TS750 high-speed slicer in action: That's their Einzelscheiben ("single slice") machine. But how do they slice them into those neatly-nested packages we buy at the supermarket? Using their TS700, which can do
Operating under the motto "When all hell bakes loose," Seattle-based Lauren Ko creates pun-captioned pies that look like they should be in a design museum. Incredibly, 30-year-old Ko only began baking a year ago, and she's not a designer by training; her day job is at Seattle Colleges, where she's
Nissin, the manufacturer of Cup of Noodles, has been putting their designers to work in order solve various food issues related to Japanese culture. The first product released from the series is Otohiko—a massive electronic fork trained to recognize and combat slurping noises Japanese eaters tend to make while consuming
For many, an ice cube is simply a tool to help keep your drinks cool, but to professional and passionate home mixologists it can be a creative opportunity. This is one of the reasons why four years ago, brothers Chris & Pat Little started prototyping models for the perfect ice
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
Engineer Nigel Gifford, who has completed over 1,000 parachute jumps, had a job you've probably never heard of: As a Captain in the British Army Catering Corps, his job was to feed soldiers in hostile environments. Given his specialty, after retirement he was approached by the British military and asked
As we recently learned, much of our planet's supply of drinking water is infested with plastic microfibers. Single-use plastic items like shopping bags and drinking straws are some of the culprits. To combat the impact of discarded plastic bags on the environment, an Indonesian company called Avani has created
A fellow named Gualberto Elizondo recently attended the Grill Master Campeonato Nacional de Parrilladas (Grill Master National Barbecue Championship) in Monterrey, Mexico, spotted one entrant's crazy contraption and posted it to his Instagram: It's a pity that we're coming across this only now, when barbecuing season is about to end.
David Rockwell is one of America's most acclaimed interior designers. His firm, Rockwell Group, has designed large-scale immersive environments for hotels and restaurants around the world, not to mention its sets for the Academy Awards and several Broadway musicals. But Rockwell's latest project is one of his smallest yet, and not something typically associated with high-end hospitality—a grill.
Ford and Domino's have collaborated on the Self-Driving Delivery Vehicle, an autonomous hybrid Fusion that will deliver pizzas to customers in a trial in Ann Arbor in the next few weeks. What's different about this, compared to other autonomous vehicle trials, is that the tests are meant to see how
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