The Mini Tea Set is a combination of culture and compact design

Quite wonderfully balancing the need to remain traditional and authentic as well as be modern and space-saving, the Mini Tea Set from Pertouch fits a tea brewing set into its small form factor, with quaint, authentic vessels that allow you to brew tea in keeping with oriental culture and norms. The casing comes with 2 kettles and 4 sipping glasses stacked-on/nestled-within one another in a shock-proof case that carries them snugly, protecting them from breakage. The case comes with a decorative lid that serves as a tray too, allowing you to brew, present, and serve your tea with flair.

Its design also comes backed by a great deal of design thinking. The kettles come without any handles (that would otherwise occupy space) and instead opt for a dual-walled construction near where your fingers would grip it, for effective insulation and heat-prevention. The cups and kettles are all made from ceramic, while the tray is made from ABS, giving it impact-resistance and resistance to high temperatures. Moreover, the ridges on it, aside from providing a calming effect of resembling ripples, act as drainage outlets for any water/tea that may accidentally spill on the tray. The design details are tied together wonderfully with cultural sensitivity, to create a tea set that looks authentic, but is, in fact, incredibly well designed!

The T1 Mini Tea Set is a winner of the Design Intelligence Awards for the year 2018.

Designer: Pertouch

Coca-Cola’s newest drinks come packaged in the company’s historic 1894 bottle

They say the soft-drink brand’s success didn’t begin until their adoption of the famous hourglass bottle and the iconic red and white cursive logo, but this bottle right here represent’s Coca-Cola’s humble beginnings. In a way, this is a long-overdue throwback that spans over a century of good times with the cola-based carbonated beverage. Its latest release? a series of cocktail mixers packaged in Coca-Cola’s first ever bottle design, a combination of the past and the future, in one glorious bottle!

Referred to as the Hutchinson bottle (designed way back in 1894), the straight-sided bottle with a bulbous neck is now being reissued as the packaging for Coca-Cola’s series of mixers. The bottle design possesses an aesthetic that complements its bar-friendly category, making it the perfect choice. Available in four distinct flavor profiles, Woody, Spicy, Herbal, and Smoky, and designed to be used with dark spirits like whisky and dark rum, the bottles come with a white label and a taped cap, quite a deviation from the soft-drink’s otherwise red-heavy design, but more of a hat-tip to the drink’s association with mixology. We can’t wait to see more of these bottles (and probably taste the mixers too)… you know, for strictly design-appreciation purposes!

Designer: Coca-Cola

This hip flask design is reinventing the classics

Hear the word hip-flask and you immediately picture a curved, rectangular metal container with a lid. The hip-flask’s design is surely archetypal, and most would say that it isn’t a design to be reinvented or toyed with, but that’s not how the design industry works. Deciding that it’s time to give the trusty old hipflask a functional and aesthetic facelift, Alasdair MacLaine created the 100ml Hip by Wingback, a novel-looking flask that opts for a more secure, machined-to-perfection cylindrical design. The redesigned flask – designed and manufactured in the UK – brings new features to the table. It sports a wider neck that’s easier to fill liquids into, as compared to the thin-mouthed generic hipflasks. It also makes the Wingback easier to clean, thanks to its cylindrical build.

Its wide cylinder design is the perfect combination of function and portability. It’s aptly sized to comfortably sip from or fill into, and the perfect width to carry around too… whether in your hand, or your pocket. The 316 Stainless Steel construction gives it its strength, and its CNC milled design means that the Wingback has a higher wall thickness than those flimsy sheet-metal flasks, and comes made out of a single billet of steel, rather than being soldered and welded like most flasks. Its design is the result of a fine set of processes and materials, and they in turn result in a product that looks unique, feels reliable, lasts longer, and is absolutely a class above the rest.

The hipflask comes crafted from aerospace grade stainless steel, and was built with the purpose of being a healthier, food-grade alternative to your granddad’s silver or pewter flasks (which often contained traces of lead), and was made to hold its shape and last longer. Unlike regular broad hipflask designs that can’t be cleaned, Wingback even built a removable base into its cylindrical design, giving you the ability to clean inside and out, keeping your hipflask as good as new (because the last thing you want is for your alcohol to mix with traces from the previous batch.) For personalization, Wingback even offers custom laser engraving on the base of every flask, making it an ideal keepsake for yourself, or a gift for someone special.

“Our aim is to create iconic designs that will last as long as you do,” says designer and Wingback founder Alasdair MacLaine. “And we believe good design includes minimizing the impact our products have on the environment. We source the highest quality materials from trusted local suppliers in the UK and Europe and all our packaging is 100% recyclable.”

Weighing a mere 180g, the Wingback has a capacity of 100ml, and boasts of a design that helps reinvent the century-old pocketable-flask design. Oh, and it even packs a bottle opener on its base to keep the good times rolling!!

Designer: Alasdair MacLaine of Wingback

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The 100ml Hip is the reinvention of the traditional hip flask. This 100ml / 3.4 fl.oz. cylindrical stainless steel flask celebrates its contents in a more user-friendly, less leaky, easier to clean, more durable way.

At a 100ml capacity, it’s the ultimate travel companion, designed to serve you on any journey as well it does at home.

Manufactured to aerospace standards in the UK, from food grade 316 Stainless Steel, sourced from Europe, that will not alter the flavor of its contents.

Include personalized message of up to 50 characters. Non-personalized flasks will read “For your journey”.

A large lid and removable base makes filling and pouring mess-free, and every nook and cranny can be easily cleaned.

The lip detail has been designed to give the perfect pour. Whether for a drip to taste or to pour a decent measure, you won’t get any spillage.

Includes a lip detail on the base of the flask that serves as a handy bottle opener.

Unbroken cylindrical design to eliminate risk of leakage and seam splitting.

Hermetically sealed with a silicone washer and a bespoke dual contact seal to eliminate leaks.

Click Here To Buy Now: $104 $157 (33% off). Hurry, less than 48 hours left!

Wingback’s hip-flask explores a radically different pocketable form

Hear the word hip-flask and you immediately picture a curved, rectangular metal container with a lid. The hip-flask’s design is surely archetypal, and most would say that it isn’t a design to be reinvented or toyed with, but that’s not how the design industry works. Deciding that it’s time to give the trusty old hipflask a functional and aesthetic facelift, Alasdair MacLaine created the 100ml Hip by Wingback, a novel-looking flask that opts for a more secure, machined-to-perfection cylindrical design. The redesigned flask – designed and manufactured in the UK – brings new features to the table. It sports a wider neck that’s easier to fill liquids into, as compared to the thin-mouthed generic hipflasks. It also makes the Wingback easier to clean, thanks to its cylindrical build.

Its wide cylinder design is the perfect combination of function and portability. It’s aptly sized to comfortably sip from or fill into, and the perfect width to carry around too… whether in your hand, or your pocket. The 316 Stainless Steel construction gives it its strength, and its CNC milled design means that the Wingback has a higher wall thickness than those flimsy sheet-metal flasks, and comes made out of a single billet of steel, rather than being soldered and welded like most flasks. Its design is the result of a fine set of processes and materials, and they in turn result in a product that looks unique, feels reliable, lasts longer, and is absolutely a class above the rest.

The hipflask comes crafted from aerospace grade stainless steel, and was built with the purpose of being a healthier, food-grade alternative to your granddad’s silver or pewter flasks (which often contained traces of lead), and was made to hold its shape and last longer. Unlike regular broad hipflask designs that can’t be cleaned, Wingback even built a removable base into its cylindrical design, giving you the ability to clean inside and out, keeping your hipflask as good as new (because the last thing you want is for your alcohol to mix with traces from the previous batch.) For personalization, Wingback even offers custom laser engraving on the base of every flask, making it an ideal keepsake for yourself, or a gift for someone special.

“Our aim is to create iconic designs that will last as long as you do,” says designer and Wingback founder Alasdair MacLaine. “And we believe good design includes minimizing the impact our products have on the environment. We source the highest quality materials from trusted local suppliers in the UK and Europe and all our packaging is 100% recyclable.”

Weighing a mere 180g, the Wingback has a capacity of 100ml, and boasts of a design that helps reinvent the century-old pocketable-flask design. Oh, and it even packs a bottle opener on its base to keep the good times rolling!!

Designer: Alasdair MacLaine of Wingback

Click Here To Buy Now: $92 $157 (42% off). Hurry, Early Bird Offer Ends in 48 Hours!

The 100ml Hip is the reinvention of the traditional hip flask. This 100ml / 3.4 fl.oz. cylindrical stainless steel flask celebrates its contents in a more user-friendly, less leaky, easier to clean, more durable way.

At a 100ml capacity, it’s the ultimate travel companion, designed to serve you on any journey as well it does at home.

Manufactured to aerospace standards in the UK, from food grade 316 Stainless Steel, sourced from Europe, that will not alter the flavor of its contents.

Include personalized message of up to 50 characters. Non-personalized flasks will read “For your journey”.

A large lid and removable base makes filling and pouring mess-free, and every nook and cranny can be easily cleaned.

The lip detail has been designed to give the perfect pour. Whether for a drip to taste or to pour a decent measure, you won’t get any spillage.

Includes a lip detail on the base of the flask that serves as a handy bottle opener.

Unbroken cylindrical design to eliminate risk of leakage and seam splitting.

Hermetically sealed with a silicone washer and a bespoke dual contact seal to eliminate leaks.

Click Here To Buy Now: $92 $157 (42% off). Hurry, Early Bird Offer Ends in 48 Hours!

The Twist Press brings joy to the process of coffee-brewing

Twisting is a pretty common interaction that we’ve sort of taken for granted. You can use it for any sort of secure tightening (or loosening) action, or even for compression and expansion, especially given that it requires much lesser effort… take the car-jack for instance.

The twisting action is a fun and functional one, and it found its way into this Joseph Joseph Lemon Juicer, and consequently into the Twist Press, a hand-operated espresso maker that can rival a state-of-the-art, expensive, espresso machine. The Twist uses a container with a helical guide, and a plunger that twists downwards, forcing the liquid through the coffee powder. It creates a high-pressure that’s effortless and powerful enough to churn out a thick coffee concentrate that you most definitely wouldn’t get with a french-press or a pour-over.

80% of the fun is in operating the Twist (the remaining 20% is in drinking your coffee, duh!) With the simple, effortless interaction that is a whole lot easier than applying vertical pressure (as you probably would with an aeropress), the Twist allows you to brew the coffee you desire. Just by regulating the amount of water and the brew time, you can make yourself anything from an intense, thick shot of espresso, to a tall, irresistible glass of black coffee. With just three cylindrical parts that can easily be rinsed under running water or placed in a dishwasher, maintaining the Twist is as simple as operating it is… Be careful though, you may find yourself making too many cups of coffee!

Designer: Barista & Co.

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The Twist Press brings joy to the process of coffee-brewing

The Twist Press brings joy to the process of coffee-brewing

The Twist Press brings joy to the process of coffee-brewing

The Twist Press brings joy to the process of coffee-brewing

The Twist Press brings joy to the process of coffee-brewing

The Twist Press brings joy to the process of coffee-brewing

The Twist Press brings joy to the process of coffee-brewing

The Twist Press brings joy to the process of coffee-brewing

The Twist Press brings joy to the process of coffee-brewing

The Hydro Flask Cooler Cup is a life-saver for those hot summer picnics

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I imagine that there are just a few things that are worse than drinking lukewarm beverages in the heat. Imagine cracking open a chilled can of soda, taking a sip, and then forgetting about it for a minute only to find that the soda is now at room temperature. It doesn’t taste the same, does it? Certain drinks are best served chilled, but the minute you’re outdoors, you’re left with a very small window of time before those drinks ‘lose their cool’.

The Hydro Flask Cooler Cup greatly expands that window of time. Designed to keep your chilled beverages frosty (or even keep hot drinks hot), the Hydro Flask Cooler Cup is a versatile little holder for your bottle/can that allows the drinks within them to maintain their temperature for longer. A silicone sleeve allows you to snugly and securely fit your drink can or bottle into the Cooler Cup, letting your drink stay refreshingly cool for longer.

The Hydro Flask Cooler Cup comes made from recycled stainless steel, and with a proprietary construction that insulates liquids you put inside it. In fact, aside from using it as a holder for your bottle or can, you can directly use the Cooler Cup as a tumbler/glass by directly pouring drinks into it! Basically anything to escape drinking room-temperature beverages again…

The Hydro Flask Cooler Cup is a winner of the iF Gold Award for the year 2019

Designer: Hydro Flask

Insulated sleeve to keep your beverages chilled - Hydro Flask Cooler Cup

Insulated sleeve to keep your beverages chilled - Hydro Flask Cooler Cup

Insulated sleeve to keep your beverages chilled - Hydro Flask Cooler Cup

Insulated sleeve to keep your beverages chilled - Hydro Flask Cooler Cup

Insulated sleeve to keep your beverages chilled - Hydro Flask Cooler Cup

A Less-Messy Way to Make Tea!

Making a cup of tea with a tea diffuser can sometimes get a little messy, with spills and drips showering the surrounding work surface. However, this no longer has to be the case, with the rather ingenious Lippa Tea Diffuser!

This floating stainless-steel diffuser can be carefully lifted out of the hot beverage and turned upside-down on the table, where the silicone lid catches any run-away drips! Its use doesn’t end there… when a second brew is desired, Lippa can be re-inserted for a second time. This leads to the reduction of wasted tea leaves and tea bags… brilliant!

Designer: Brian Khouw for Magisso

Coffee is as complex as wine. Kruve’s coffee glasses help you appreciate it.

Designed with the elegance of a fluted wine or champagne glass, and with a double-walled construction that allows you to appreciate your caffeinated beverage without burning your fingers, the Kruve EQ helps turn your quick morning fix into a multi-sensory gourmet experience.

Available in a set along with an elegant double-walled carafe you can directly brew in, Kruve EQ’s glasses help activate every single one of your sense, allowing you to appreciate the golden elixir the way it was meant to. Designed by Kruve, who are all too passionate about their cups of coffee (they even designed this coffee sifter to bring consistency to your coffee grounds) the EQ glasses come in two designs that are the inverse of each other. Each glass, however, contains an inner container/wall that is either narrow and long, or wide and short. These two inner container variations are almost akin to the ones we’d see between glasses for red and white wines. The transparent, thin borosilicate construction allows you to admire the color of the brew (the brew’s hue, if you will), while the wide and narrow inner walls control the degree of oxidation, affecting the intensity of the coffee’s taste brought about by its acidity. A wider glass brings about more acidity, working well with chocolatey/nutty roasts, while a narrower glass prevents oxidization, making it apt for already acidic light-roasts that have a more fruity/citrusy flavor.

The wide and narrow glasses are further complemented by wide and narrow rims that allow the coffee to interact with larger or smaller areas on your tongue. They’re also designed to either trap or focus the aroma of the coffee, while the glasses themselves need to be held at a more horizontal angle in order to drink your coffee, allowing your nose to pick up on all the aromas as the coffee tantalizes each sense… because drinking coffee can be an incredibly nuanced gourmet experience too!

Designer: Kruve

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Turn any mug into a travel mug

The PortaVia Universal To-Go Lid does something quite marvelous. It retrofits onto the top of any drinking vessel (mugs, cups, glasses, usually have roughly the same diameter at the lip) and instantly turns it into a travel cup that you can carry around with you without splashing your drink. It covers the mouth of the drinking vessel almost entirely, not only creating a nice seal that prevents spills, but it also helps in retaining your drink’s overall temperature, keeping your beverage hot and piping for longer, and if any of this wasn’t good enough, the PortaVia lid even comes with an integrated sipper that lets you use the cup and lid together like a travel mug with a sipper lid.

The PortaVia Universal To-Go Lid is made from food-grade BPA-free silicone. It can withstand hot temperatures, it’s dishwasher-safe, and most importantly, it grips particularly well, creating a robust seal around the edge of your mug. Designed for most mugs between the 12-20 fluid ounces, the PortaVia sits snugly on top, almost like a Tupperware lid, turning a regular cup into a cup you can walk (or even run) around with, without worrying about your drink going cold, or worse, spilling. It also makes sipping your drink on the go easier, and is a much better alternative to disposable plastic lids. Plus, the fact that the PortaVia sits so wonderfully on ceramic and glass mugs also helps reduce your dependency on plastic or paper cups. The PortaVia, with its silicone construction, can be used and reused multiple times across almost all cups, mugs, and tumblers. It’s dishwasher-safe, food-grade, stain and odor-free, and also a boon for the planet!

Designer: Louis Dombowsky

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A rare occasion where geometry and alcohol pair well together

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On a scale of one to ten, ten being the most popular, and one being the least, it’s safe to say that most humans would score geometric solids on the lower side, while scoring fine alcoholic spirits an average of a 9 or a 10. That being said, combining the two isn’t something that really sounds like a winning idea, but Restoration Hardware seems to have pulled it off with their Polyhedron Bar Cart.

Designed as a modernist sculptural element that adds flair to any drinking room, the Polyhedron Bar Cart is a hat-tip to mid-century Italian design principals, utilizing a faceted, geometric shape and a matte black wooden construction to complement any sort of interior space. The cabinet comes in the shape that one would technically refer to a Pentakis dodecahedron, or a dodecahedron where each pentagonal face comprises 5 isosceles triangles. The geometric minibar comes with a smoked-mirror-lined internal storage and built-in platforms/racks, while the 3 topmost pentagonal faces open outwards to reveal the libations within. The pentagonal lids also double up as countertops for pouring, mixing, and display purposes. This design layout means that the Polyhedron Bar Cart doesn’t have a front or a back. It can virtually be oriented in any way, looking identical (and remarkably eye-catching) from most angles. I hear it looks even better after you’ve had a couple of drinks…

Designer: Restoration Hardware

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