Whether it was cars, refrigerators, houses, or people, there was once a day and age where everything seemed to be getting bigger. Nowadays, it’s shrinking appliances designed for shrinking living spaces kinda… it kinda makes you wonder if the next generation of people is going to start shrinking too! The latest in a trend of space-saving cooking systems, MACS (Micro Apartment Cooking System) merges everything you need to cook stovetop-style into one convenient in-counter package.
Beyond the valuable space savings, the design also makes the cooking process easier. The pots, pans, hobs, and even the exhaust hood are all there. Cooking vessels of different size are recessed into the countertop to save even more space and to round out the minimalistic look. Users no longer have to worry about knocking over a pan or grabbing something too hot to touch. Better yet, you can peer into the pan or pot without tiptoeing to see over the rim!
Designers: Aminreza Shokouhi, Saba Beizaei & Sasan Ghaffari
If you did a test to see what was floating around your bathroom, you might think twice about the way you clean your everyday items like toothbrushes, contact case, and razors! Designed to eliminate all those things you can’t see, the Sterilizable Razor does exactly as the name suggests. It features a built-in sterilizing system that utilizes UV light to kill potentially harmful microbes and bacteria. All you have to do is flip the razor section on the device and push it in to activate the UV. Perfect for traveling, it also keeps the delicate blades safely tucked out of harm’s way.
Designer Michael David Young calls the Auto Hammer his “mad scientist project” but we’re pretty sure it’s just pure genius! Imagined as an economical alternative to the nail gun, it’s highly portable, doesn’t require any electricity, and takes up a fraction of the space. Users can simply preload it with a nail strip, tap once to load, hammer once to set the nail, and continue driving the nail in. It features a nail-advancement mechanism that will prepare the next nail in line when the user is ready. Useful for everyone from construction workers to do-it-yourselfers, it’s a total time-saver and will help you avoid hitting your thumb!
Sometimes all you need is a little breeze to cool down during the hot summer months. For those times, Blossom has got you covered.
Inspired by the petals of a flower, this compact fan unit features flexible blades that can be safely tucked away when it’s not being used. To activate the fan, simply slide up on the trigger to reveal the soft blades. Rechargeable via lightning cable, it’s a super-convenient way to refresh that you can take anywhere. Better yet, it’s small and durable enough to throw in any backpack, bag, or even on a keychain.
Whether it’s holding it under water or leaving it upside down for 10 seconds, it seems like everybody has their own secret (and usually ineffective) way to open a jar. Well, toss your mama’s trick in the trash because now there’s one surefire way to get it open each time! It’s called Zip-Eat and it gives your muscles and grips the extra oomph they need.
Made of a flexible, gripping material and equipped with a unique zipper-lock mechanism, it can clasp on to any size jar lid. Simple affix it to the lid, tighten it up, and twist! The only downside is that you won’t be able to look like a tough guy because your significant other will be able to do it themselves!
Designers: Lior Rokah-Kor & Tali Deutsch for OTOTO
Take your fitness wearables to the next level with the Nokia Kitchen Mate – an all-new system that uses that information to inform your diet. Synced with your smartphone (which is in turn synced with your fitbit or other fitness monitoring device), it helps determine adjustments in your diet depending on your goals. Want to get down to a healthier weight? It reads your activity and makes suggestions accordingly with recipes and food amounts tailored to you. 3 wireless weight pads make it easy to measure your ingredients and ensure you stay on track!
Designer Sagan Park explores what we might expect if Android took a stab at the automotive industry. The autonomous vehicle aims to make city commuting a cinch by providing an all-access pass to subscribers who can utilize the system at central hubs located throughout the city.
A more personal answer to the city bus, it provides a private cabin with panoramic views. No loose change or physical passes required, users can order a car and input their destination all from the convince of their smartphone. Not only limited to users with cell phones, any individual can access the system from the scattered Android smart hubs. Inside, the minimalistic interior provides utilitarian seating and tray tables for users who want to work on the go. With hop-on-hop-off lines running throughout the day, it aims to reinvent the way we consider getting around our cities.
If you’re going to have indoor lighting, it might as well serve your plants too, right?! That’s the idea behind MILO, a creative illumination solution that doubles as a happy home for herbs, succulents, or your favorite flowers.
The handblown glass lampshade is molded with a cut-out section that provides access inside as well as a special spot for placing a plant. A metal container houses the vegetation or seedlings while a stylish sheath in wood, cork or white gloss rounds out the look. Available in both floor or pendant versions, the light source is located at the top. All you have to do is choose the lamp best suited for the kind of plant you want to grow!
Gamaru is a smart cargo solution that aims to take the middleman out of the equation. Drones get your package from the warhorse, you get your package from the drones. It’s that simple!
The system relies on tracking containers in the shape of barrels that house and protect packages of varying size as they make their way from the warehouse to consumer. The barrels are loaded on wheeled robotic platforms that can move autonomously throughout cities and neighborhoods. Users can track the location of their packages and visit a robot-drone to access it using their smartphone (as you would with Amazon locker) or wait for it to be delivered to their home. For security and to help with navigation, a flying drone accompanies and monitors each rover. Now, if only you could get it to toss packages over the fence too!
MZPA’s Planet chair just keeps getting better and better! The original and its big brother are followed by all-new innovative features that make it even more appropriate for the workplace.
Plants make people happy. Period. Designed with this in mind, new paneling options are available including ones with integrated planters for growing succulents, mosses, or other types of vegetation to uplift your mood and enhance your air quality. Other panels are now equipped with a white-board finish so you can doodle and brainstorm directly on the furniture the moment an idea pops in your head. Last but not least, an integrated light panel provides ambience and reading light when you need it. All are shaped in the same familiar triangular form. They’re proof that the possibilities are endless!