Practically defying the laws of physics, the Millo is perhaps the most futuristic blender I’ve seen. For starters, it’s sleek, and is dominated by aesthetic, flat surfaces, with absolutely no exposed mechanical parts. The blender is divided into two units. The base, a pristine, flat dock with no control panel or even a driving socket (that black bit that locks into the blade and rotates it); and its second part, the glass, a stylish Nutribullet-esque container made from BPA free Tritan, with yet again, a flat top.
Designed like something out of Apple’s or Dyson’s design studio, the Millo is a smart, sophisticated, and silent blender, that makes 4x lesser noise than your conventional blender, generates twice as less heat, and 2x more energy efficient. Moreover, using it is bafflingly futuristic. Just load your smoothie ingredients into the Millo, screw the top on, and rest it inverted on the base… and just like a phone starts charging the moment you rest it on a wireless-charging surface, the Millo begins whirring and blitzing all your ingredients into a fine smoothie. You can control the Millo’s intensity by sliding your finger around the rim of the base, as lights under the surface come to life, letting you see what power you’re running the blender at. When you’re done, lift the blender up and the blade magically stops spinning. It’s a sight to absolutely admire!
Millo’s design breaks new ground for quite a few reasons. Unlike most smoothie-makers on the market, Millo is relatively quiet, and absolutely wireless. The smoothie-maker’s base has a built-in battery (capable of making 10 smoothies on a full charge), which means you could literally make your smoothie outside the supermarket, fresh after buying your fruits, or in your car as you drive to work. Its wireless nature means the blender works without interference, or interlocking parts that whirr together to move the blade. Both the motor in the base, and the blade in the upper compartment, are driven magnetically, drastically cutting down on the cacophony that blenders usually make. Millo’s design is even made to operate remotely. The container snaps securely to the base via magnets, so you don’t need to hold it down, or in place as it blends. In fact, the designers and engineers at Millo have so much confidence in the blender’s abilities, it can be remote-controlled through your phone via Bluetooth! Yes, this blender is everything Jonathan Ive would love. It’s sleek, wireless, quiet, and removes any ugly mechanical details that would blemish the blender’s pristine design. Oh, and the base is made out of Aluminium too!!
Designer: Moses Kang & Ruslanas Adam Trakselis for Millo
Rather sardonically titled “Not Just Another Black Pencil”, Matteo Ercole’s pencil design is everything a stationery-lover wants. Bringing an avant-garde design to mechanical lead pencils, Ercole’s concept is as luxurious and desirable as most state-of-the-art collector-edition fountain pens are. With a thick, robust metal body, complete with an anodized finish and a matching-tone speckle (just like you’d see in professional camera bodies), Not Just Another Black Pencil is a delight to look at, as the light gently bounces off its satin-finish body, and I imagine it’s a pleasure to grip too, with the cold metal feeling just great against your fingertips.
The pencil comes with a standard 3.15mm lead inside it, secured with a rose-gold crown that rotates to tighten or loosen its grip on the lead. The lead exits the metal body early, and is then held in place with an additional metal clip, giving the pen its unique silhouette, while creating that bit of intrigue and reveal that makes you absolutely fall in love with this incredibly alluring piece of stationery!
Designer: Matteo Ercole