Home Depot has partnered with the Arnell Group to develop a new range of innovative products under the label "Orange Works" The first one you see above is a fire extinguisher meant to be more ergonomic and stylish than your traditional extinguisher.
Two thoughts on this product: 1) Is it just me or is every product that you see getting a ton of press lately meant to be proudly displayed on your counter or coffee table instead of being relegated to the closet? This trend is single-handedly turning our homes into department stores and decimating the closet industry.
2) In their PR statement Home Depot brags that this breaks away from the traditional red fire extinguisher... That seems like a kind of a bad thing right? Kudos for wanting to improve the design of a fire extinguisher and make it more ergonomic and cool looking, but the traditional red fire extinguisher is a design icon in its own right and a recognizable one at that. I hope in an emergency that someone who isn't familiar with this new version will know that it is in fact, a fire extinguisher and will think to look on the counter for it instead of in the closet.
Don Lehman is a Chicago-based industrial designer and the founder of More/Real, a startup focused on making technology feel invisible. More/Realâ€™s first product, Stylus Caps, turns common pens and markers into touchscreen styluses.
Don has been honored by the IDSA, featured in the CES Innovation Showcase, and his design for the Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the 50 Coolest Designs of the 21st Century. He has contributed to Core since 2001, first with his column, "The Student Life", documenting his design school years at RIT, and since then posting news and columns.