Plastic straws take a staggering 500 years to fully decompose, which is a lot for saying they are only used for around ten minutes at a time! But arguably something that is far worse than them ending their life on a landfill, is the fact that many find their way into our oceans and become a significant risk to our fishy friends and their sea-dwelling companions!
A solution for this is of course to use reusable straws, but unfortunately a lot of people are put off these due to their fiddly cleaning process; this is the issue that designers Chu Hiu Ching and Cheung Wa identified, and their solution came in the form of the rather ingenious Icicle Straw.
Icicle can be split into two separate parts when it comes to cleaning time; the extrusions in the metal body allow the user to easily slide the two parts apart and clean inside, without the need for cleaning tools!! And when it’s time to enjoy another beverage, simply snap the two back together!
Cheese is notoriously picky when it comes to being stored, under the wrong conditions it will begin to alter its texture, dry out and deteriorate, or it can even become the home to harmful bacteria. While storing it in a cool environment, such as a fridge is advised, when placed in such a thing, it can be lost and forgotten about. Cupola is here to assist in both the storage and service of cheese, and it does so in a neat way!
Cupola takes the cheese out of the fridge and onto the countertop, where it provides a cool, temperature regulated environment for the cheese to be stored. A small door with a quirky, asymmetrical handle can be found on top of the device, which is ideal for quick access to the cheese! Or alternatively the entire dome can be removed for sharing with a group!
Shateso’s Tea-Flip Brewer, although rather playful in its demeanor, has its roots in traditional Oriental tea brewing. The tea was brewed in a slender, long cup, and the brew was then transferred to a shorter, stouter cup by simply placing the overturned short cup above the tall cup, and flipping. The idea was to drink Oolong tea from the wide-mouthed cup, but have the lingering aroma emanate from the taller, slender vessel.
Tea-Flip uses a playful-yet-culturally-relevant flipping action to brew tea. In an effort to make loose-leaf tea brewing quite as easy as tea-bag brewing, the Tea-Flip vessel replaces the silken tea-bag, and acts as an infusion/brewing chamber. Armed with two mugs, the Tea-Flip lets you A. rinse your tea-leaves before brewing them (using the opaque, bamboo fiber mug), and sip your brew from a separate, transparent glass mug. All along, the tea-brewing chamber holds the leaves in it (after you empty the brew), giving you a nice wafting aroma of the tea, and making a significant olfactory upgrade to your brew.
Tea-bags are the fast-food equivalent of the art of tea-brewing. The leaves you find within the virtually opaque tea-bags are usually the refuse, the waste tea leaves that don’t find themselves passing the qualitative standards to be sold in loose-leaf boxes. Giving you the advantage of convenience, these tea-bags don’t taste anywhere close to what good tea should taste like, and the Tea-Flip wants to change that by extending that convenience to loose-leaf brewing.
Brewing tea in the Tea-Flip is almost as easy as dunking a tea-bag into water, and probably more fun too. The Tea-Flip comes with a brewing chamber (with a sieve-top) and two mugs. Put the leaves into the chamber and pour some cold water in and give it a slight stir. This opens up the leaves for proper brewing, as well as cleans out any impurities or dust. Place the opaque mug on top of the brewing container and flip it over, emptying the water out. Discard this water, and pour fresh hot water into the brewing chamber, this time allowing the hot water to get infused with the tea flavor. This time, use the second, transparent cup to transfer the brew, using the signature flip. Sip tea from the cup, while the brewing chamber instills the air with the aroma of your tea, elevating your tea experience, while keeping the process true to its heritage and culture!
Designers: Didier Quarroz, Luis Martinez, Camille Blin, Jean-Phillippe Bonzon & Anthony Guex
T_Flip is a new kind of teaware that helps anybody to make and explore loose leaf tea in a simple and playful way. Inspired by the concept of the tea ceremony, T_Flip makes brewing a performance, literally “ flip it” around to make a delicious tea.
T_Flip’s design creates a minimal neutral look to take away the stigma of “another culture”, being afraid of doing it wrong or “ it’s complicated to brew loose tea”. These are big factors that make people chose the “fast food” version of tea, tea bags.
Waking/Rinsing the tea is a central role in tea making, by cleaning the leaves of dust and small particles. This allows the leaves to unfold and open up the pores for the perfect flavor. Integrating this step in the design with the “Rinse” cup educates you on how to make the best use of your leaves. No other western tea ware design in the world has this unique feature.
The formal language and style originated from Camille Blin, head of Industrial design at ECAL and Anthony Guex. During further design process Jean-Philippe Bonzon, a former ECAL Student that works and lives in Shanghai adapted and refined certain design parts of the object. For the final stage of testing and prototyping, Mexican Industrial designer Luis Martinez was contributing knowledge and finalized the design for the working and fit for production object.
Elegant and elegantly different, Nendo’s minimal cutlery design looks the way it does for a reason. The eye-catching scoop detail not only gives the cutlery visual character, it also helps you rest/dock your spoons, forks, and knives easily on a rack, stand, or even against other cutlery.
Designed for Belgian furniture and home accessories brand Valerie Objects, the cutlery series is aptly titled ‘skelton’, after its bony, skeletal appearance. It comes PVD coated in four different colours, silver, black, copper and gold to provide an anti-scratch and dirt-repellent surface.
If I am to say to you that a product was “Inspired by pizza boxes”, it quite possibly isn’t going to cause you to picture an alluring and minimalistic product. However, after seeing this design you may just change your mind!
This is the wonderfully designed 2D:3D range, and its form changes dramatically once it reaches the user! Manufactured out of a single piece of steel that features very specifically positioned perforations and finished in an array of bold yet relevant colors, when the product is first delivered it looks little more than a regular item of mail. To achieve the end result the user must follow the neatly illustrated directions and carefully bend the steel.
The final products each vary in form, but what they share between them are a stunning design and unique assembly process!
Built on the idea of a rubber spatula, but with OTOTO’s unique brand of playful storytelling, the Splatypus is a spatula modeled on the duck-billed platypus. With a body meant for gripping, and a silicone beak that’s great for spreading jams, pastes, and spreads, the Splatypus is almost like a modern day interpretation of a product you could find in the Flintstones.
The rubber bill of the platypus is perfect for spreading, as well as cleaning jars out, allowing you to scoop out every bit of goodness from jars containing jams and spreads like Nutella, making sure there isn’t a single ounce of wastage! Additional points to the packaging for being so comically to-the-point!
The challenge with washing a knife is cleaning the blade without cutting anything. I’ve spoiled a hundred sponges and scouring pads trying to scrub a knife blade only to have the blade actually slice across the sponge, leaving a cut in it. Within twenty washes, your sponge is a fine shredded mince.
Joseph Joseph’s BladeBrush tackles the problem with the company’s signature innovative style. The U-shaped brush comes with bristles on both ends, strong enough to scrub any grime off the blade, even getting in between serrations. The bristles make a perfect choice not only because they do a remarkable job cleaning the blade, but also because the blade doesn’t really slice through them, since they flex. The BladeBrush works perfectly with any sort of blade and even with cutlery, making the cleaning process easier… and it keeps your hands clean too, since you’re holding a textured rubber grip around a plastic frame, and not a soapy sponge!
It’s quite poetic that Jaro Kose integrated the vase with a table clock, because both are, in their own ways, indicators of the passing of time. One’s more calculated, while the other one isn’t The clock tells you of each second passing by, while the vase holds flowers that, with time, grow and die, giving you a sense of the passing of time and the fragile, ephemeral nature of life.
The Clock Vase comes crafted out of ceramic, with gold-plated hands and an overall minimalist, modernist style. Its white design complements most spaces (white ones too), while the greenery you choose to put in one of its two openings gives the clock an absolute pop of color. Captivating, isn’t it?!
According to the Red Dot Award-winning designers at LÚCID, “Magnòlia is a cutlery set with soft and classical ergonomics that are combined with an artist’s touch that makes it even more modern, its style lines break flowing surfaces creating changes in its plans which directly affect the usability and function of the pieces,” which is just a fancy way of saying this flatware set is freaking awesome.
Quite simply, it’s very attractive. But, it’s also thoughtfully imagined. It takes inspiration from the agricultural tools of our not-so-distant ancestors and grandparents. Imagined for use with consumption of red meat, it combines the shapes of some of these traditional farm tools to achieve an all-new, sharp shape with a nod to a pastoral past.
Part decor, part appliance, the Sonora is an adorable little piece of faux greenery to liven up the place… and it juices citrus fruits too! By the virtue of its shape (and a pretty neat observation on the part of the designers), the ceramic cactus not only serves as pretty neat decor, sitting rather well on a countertop or a table, but it also makes a pretty incredible juicer, allowing you to extract juice from citrus fruits thanks to the cactus shape, and collect the juice in its planter-esque receptacle that can then be poured out into a glass or a jug. The ceramic build doesn’t stain or react to the citric acids, and is dishwasher friendly too!