3D printed ceramic cooling tower takes inspiration from termite mounds

They say everything in nature has a purpose for existing, even if their existence is a nuisance to us humans. Scavengers, for example, are nature’s janitors and recyclers, putting dead things to good use. Even termites, whose presence is often a death sentence for homes and structures, are important to the ecosystem, and they can apparently serve as artful inspiration as well. Maybe not the termites themselves but the complex tunnels they create inside their mounds. These patterns are actually meant to facilitate airflow, which makes it the perfect reference for a man-made cooling solution that brings natural design and technology together to create a more sustainable solution to hot temperatures.

Designer: Rameshwari Jonnalagedda

There has been some interest in alternative cooling solutions, especially those that don’t consume too much electricity or none at all. Traditional techniques, particularly evaporative cooling that makes use of clay pots or pipes, have gained a lot of traction, especially because they can become decorative pieces inside modern homes. That said, the old methods don’t exactly scale well to today’s climate, room sizes, and needs, so designers have to think a bit outside the box to come up with a better solution to fit modern needs.

TerraMound looks to termites for one part of the solution, particularly how their shapes exemplify high surface-area-to-volume ratios, meaning how much surface area there is in a compact space. Surface area is one of two critical elements in an evaporative cooler, and that is made possible by utilizing complex geometric patterns that look like artistic versions of termite mounds. Such a design would be impossible to do en masse by hand, which is where 3D printing comes in and where the project’s uniqueness really shines.

The other critical element to this type of cooling solution is porosity, which is why clay is the preferred material for this kind of cooler. Clay is also not a typical 3D printing material, which is what makes this ceramic cooler design even more special. This method can eventually be extended to large-scale 3D printing technologies, allowing the quick and easy production of facade panels, walls, and other structures that not only look beautiful but can also help improve airflow in buildings.

As a cooler, TerraMound isn’t completely passive, as it has a fan at the bottom to draw air upwards. A planter sits on top as a source of water that trickles down the desktop cooling tower, utilizing the absorbent properties of the terracotta clay to help the evaporation process. It also acts as a distinctive and beautiful piece of table decoration, one that you wouldn’t have guessed was inspired by something we humans consider to be pests.

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Fieldbar Drinks Box keeps your drinks cool and the Earth healthy at the same time

It’s almost too easy to take for granted how even the small things can have big effects, so this cooler box demonstrates how thoughtful design can help make the world a better place for everyone.

For decades, humans have enjoyed conveniences without much thought to their costs. Today’s generation and the future, however, are now reaping what our ancestors have sown, and not all of them have born good fruit. Fortunately, people are becoming more aware of the impact that modern products have on the environment and are taking steps to minimize and eventually eliminate those adverse side effects. Case in point is the handcrafted cooler boxes from Fieldbar that look exquisite and are built to last. Oh, and yes, they keep your wines chilled, too.

Designer: Corban Warrington

Sustainable design can have different meanings for different people and companies, but Fieldbar settles for “immortality.” With each of the 58 different parts designed to be removed, repaired, and replaced so that the drinks box will last forever, or at least until there are replacement parts available. That said, it doesn’t speak well of a product’s design if it breaks easily, so the Fieldbar boxes are designed to be tough and even carry a three-year warranty for good measure.

Although it sounds like it’s built like a tank, the Fieldbar looks like it was designed to blend inside the cabin of a luxury yacht or stand out on top of the sands of an exclusive beach resort. Suffice it to say, the cooler box has class, and you won’t be surprised if it held bottles of fine wine inside instead of cheap beer cans. That said, the materials it uses aren’t just for show. The extra comfy leather handles are made off-cut materials, for example, while the reflective paint gives the box a luxurious sheen while also reducing heat absorption.

The Fieldbar cooler has a distinct old-fashioned appearance that hints at the craftsmanship behind the boxes. Although it uses modern materials, the outfit makes each box with as much care and dedication as artisans did more than half a century ago. Rather than a mass-produced consumer product, each Fieldbar is handcrafted in small batches to give proper attention to every single box. The Fielbar is made to last forever, so its designers and creators put as much effort and love into a product they hope owners will cherish just as much.

It’s easy to downplay the value of such a drinks cooler box, but it is actually a fine example of thoughtful and sustainable design. Beautifully handcrafted to last the test of time, the Fieldbar demonstrates how a product that cares for nature as much as its owners can very well be worth its price, especially if it pays for that cost in years rather than just months.

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Dyson Award-winning tower-cooler sports a monolithic design and cools rooms using evaporation





Evaporative cooling isn’t new. We humans have been using a similar mechanism for millions of years to stay cool – perspiration. The way evaporative cooling works is pretty simple. Thermal energy in the air causes water to evaporate into vapor. That reaction consumes a certain amount of thermal energy, making the air around it cooler… just like you sweat to feel cooler. The VAYU is a tower-shaped evaporative cooler designed by Sumeet Singh and Jatin Bamane, relying on an energy-efficient way to keep rooms cool in the hot Indian summers.

The James Dyson National Award-winning VAYU cooler sports a slick, tower-shaped monolithic design (fitting well in with Dyson’s form language). The cooler comes with a water tank on the inside, and a fan that operates at 5-speed settings. It works much quieter than a traditional air-conditioner and consumes a fraction of the energy too. Water is poured into the tank using an inlet at the top, and an impeller and DC brushless motor help distribute the cool air throughout the room (while purifying it by passing it through a filter too). An angled air deflector rotates up to 250° to help distribute cool air all around the room, quite like the swinging vents on an air-conditioner would. Caster wheels on the base of the VAYU make it easy to wheel around the house too, giving it an element of in-house portability.

Even though the VAYU is currently just a concept, designers Sumeet and Jatin are working on building a functioning prototype, along with an app and a remote to control the cooler’s functions. The app will allow users to control the fan’s speed, switch between Eco and Night modes, toggle the deflector’s rotation, and even see the VAYU’s filter lifespan + order new filters when the old ones need replacing.

A National Winner of the James Dyson Award, VAYU now progresses to the international round of the award program, with the results being announced on October 13th.

Designers: Sumeet Singh & Jatin Bamane

These cooler designs keep your drinks chilled, helping you stay cool this summer + end it with a bang!

Summertime is almost coming to an end, and it’s imperative that we end it with a bang! It’s time to soak up the sun as much as we can, and sip our final Pina Coladas by the beach. If you’re anything like me, then one of your major pet peeves during summer is also – unchilled drinks! In an attempt to ensure that your beer is always as cool as your mood this summer, we’ve curated a collection of super handy coolers! These cooler designs are a far cry from the traditional bulky coolers we are so accustomed to. These are innovative, portable, and super easy to carry around as well! And most importantly they promise to always keep your beverage of choice chilled at all times! Enjoy!

The Ondago goes where your party goes. With a tire-inspired rubber exterior, it rolls around wherever you want, and it’ll float on water too, for the ultimate pool/riverside party! The Ondago cooler is best described as a cooler that “encourages adventure instead of limiting it”, according to Kelly Custer from Knack. It ditches that cuboidal form factor for something more cylindrical (inspired by balloon tires), and a handle built into the cooler’s design lets you easily pull it around like a trolley. The fact that the entire cooler is basically wheel-shaped means it rolls equally well on gravel, sand, and on rocks. Once you reach your destination, the handle folds inwards and you can simply tip the Ondago over to stand vertically.

The theory on which an outdoor cooler is built, that the insulated box melts ice at a very slow rate, and in turn chills your beverages and food. GoSun Chill Solar Cooler ditches ice completely and instead uses Solar Powered energy to keep the inside compartment cool – in many ways making it an ‘outdoor fridge’. To keep it going efficiently, GoSun Chill charges via multiple power source options. This includes Powerbank, AC Adapter, 12 Volt Cord (carport charger), Solar Table, or Flexible Solar Panels. Choose the most convenient power source, based on what’s available to you at that point. I like the fact that it can keep food frozen for hours, and keeps food items from getting soggy.

Meet the Wooly Eco-Friendly Cooler, an outdoor cooler that uses eco-friendly wool (as opposed to chemical insulants) to keep your cool drinks cool… and as an added bonus, it comes with a lid that doubles up as a charcuterie board so you can pair your wine with a few cold cuts of meat and some eclectic cheeses, or your beers with some chips and dip and a couple of cocktail nuts too! The Wooly is touted to be one of the only recyclable coolers available today, made from an outer casing of aluminum and stainless steel instead of plastic. It’s also the first consumer-grade cooler to use wool as an insulating material, instead of synthetic foam.

The Heineken B.O.T. (Beer Outdoor Transporter) is a notorious Wall-E with fancy branding to always be by your side, delivering your brew chilled to the perfect temperature. On first look, you can mistake this one for a mini John Deere mower with a missing front half. However, it can haul 12 chilled beers on its big wheels that virtually follow anywhere you go – giving the machine a charming personality. The tiny robot features four wheels, two big wheels, sensors, a brain running AI, and the capacity to hold a dozen cans in addition to ice. Owning this one will surely make you popular among buddies for its pure chill factor, literally.

The Yeti V Series might just be the first vacuum insulated cooler we have seen. Vacuum chambers are considered to be the best insulators, as they don’t allow heat or cold to be transferred by conduction, hence isolating the hot or cold substance, and sustaining the substance’s temperature for hours on end. Created from kitchen-grade stainless steel, the vacuum insulated cooler will age gracefully over years of usage. Yeti had to forfeit its trusted manufacturing and design philosophy to create the V series. “We’ve made a name, in part, by doing these really big rotationally molded pieces of plastic with lots of insulation inside them,” said Rob Murdock, who led the development of the V series, “and it’s really effective, but you can’t put a vacuum panel inside of a rotational mold because in effect you’re molding the whole thing at once.”

Whether you’re all set to go camping, on a fishing trip, or on a picnic in a park, a handy cooler is always a necessity. However, slugging giant coolers around can become quite cumbersome, and a downright pain on your mini-getaway! Pelican’s Dayventure Sling Cooler promises to be anything but that. A staple in any explorer’s entourage, the Sling cooler as its name implies comes with a lengthy padded shoulder strap, allowing you to carry it everywhere with ease. With a wide opening at the top, it lets you fish out your favorite beverage in a matter of moments.

REVO’s Cooler collection is basically a cool gang of party tubs with insulation for unlimited iced displays of food and beverages! The collection basically consists of three kinds of coolers, which can be used to store almost anything – from mimosas to party food. They form an elegant bar station and food display, making the food and drinks accessible and easy to serve!

The Vericool Ohana Cooler Recyclable and Biodegradable Cooler is the perfect replacement for single-use Styrofoam coolers. Made from 100% recycled post-consumer paper waste, the Verticool eliminates and reduces the creation of fresh waste. This eco-friendly cooler can support up to 100 pounds of weight, and can hold water for up to 30 days, as well!

Kuan and Seah recognized the urgency felt around keeping perishable food items cool in hot and dry climates with limited access to electricity. With over 16% of the world’s population, approximately 192 million people, without access to electricity, Kuno was designed for those in need of a cooling system requiring zero electrical power. Furthermore, Kuno was designed to help reduce our larger carbon footprint that led us to the problem of limited electricity in the first place. Designed using traditional clay-making methods and natural resources, Kuno solves modern needs through local ancient practices. Kuno’s zero-electricity cooling is achieved by utilizing double-wall potting. Sand fills the area in between the two clay pots, which is then watered in order to create a cooling effect by removing latent heat through evaporation. The sand’s cooling effect works in tandem with Kuno’s outer clay wall, which is kept porous so that it can draw additional latent heat from the inner chamber. Simply, the evaporation of water between the two pots draws heat away from the inner chamber, which stores perishable food items like fruits and vegetables. In order to keep the sand moist Kuno comes equipped with a soil planter which, when watered, distributes cool water to the sand, drawing more heat away from the inner chamber, maintaining the evaporation cycle for continued use.

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.

This outdoor recyclable cooler uses wool insulation to keep your drinks cool, and comes with its own charcuterie board lid!




Wool has a pretty good reputation as an insulating material, but you don’t instantly think of wool being used to keep something cool. Sure, woolen sweaters, mitts, socks, caps, they’re all used to trap your body heat and keep you warm, but with insulation, the inverse is true too! Meet the Wooly Eco-Friendly Cooler, an outdoor cooler that uses eco-friendly wool (as opposed to chemical insulants) to keep your cool drinks cool… and as an added bonus, it comes with a lid that doubles up as a charcuterie board so you can pair your wine with a few cold cuts of meat and some eclectic cheeses, or your beers with some chips and dip and a couple of cocktail nuts too!

Designers: Dave Nomura & Brook McLeod

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The Wooly is touted to be one of the only recyclable coolers available today, made from an outer casing of aluminum and stainless steel instead of plastic. It’s also the first consumer-grade cooler to use wool as an insulating material, instead of synthetic foam.

Also equipped with bamboo handles and a charcuterie-board on the top, every material used in the Wooly is either recyclable or biodegradable, allowing it to be broken down or repurposed when you’re done with it, with little to no waste generated in the process.

The idea for the Wooly comes from a rather adorably named Milwaukee company called Wool Street. Founded by husband & wife duo Dave Nomura and Brook McLeod, Wool Street focuses on enhancing a product experience through sustainability. Right off the bat, the Wooly Eco-Friendly Cooler definitely looks like an upgrade to the regular plastic coolers, with a slick matte aluminum body that’s reminiscent of high-tech gadgets (Apple and the like), with precise tolerances in the moving parts, and wood accents to provide a contrast against all that metal.

Opening the Wooly is a sheer pleasure, as its parallel linkage mechanism allows the lid to stay perfectly horizontal while it opens. This means you can place food/beverages on the lid and still open it, without worrying about stuff falling over. The Wooly’s metal body ensures that the center of gravity doesn’t shift as the lid opens outwards, ensuring everything always stays upright.

Each Wooly has an internal capacity of 52 quarts (perfectly fitting 78 regular cans of your favorite beverage), and even comes with optional accessories like a sandwich tray to preserve food too. The cooler’s double-wall insulation is filled with wool on the inside, and a rubber gasket around the edge of the lid creates an airtight seal along with the rotating handles that lock your Wooly shut, keeping your stuff icy-cold for 3 full days.

When the ice melts over, a drain-outlet on the side of the Wooly lets you flush out your cooler. Wooly accepts standard American garden hoses too, so you can drain the liquid out into a distant receptacle or drainage-hole if you like.

The design integrates the latch directly into the top of the handle and functions with an intuitive turn and lock motion.

Sandwich tray for those who’d like to keep their perishables high and dry.

The patent-pending Wooly comes at a special early-bird price of $175 for the silver aluminum variant, or $280 if you want it in anodized black aluminum. While being almost entirely recyclable or biodegradable, the Wooly’s still built to last. The aluminum is naturally corrosion-resistant, and the food-grade bamboo lid on top can last years with proper maintenance. To maximize your product’s life-cycle, Wool Street even plans on selling replacement parts on their website so you can get the most out of your eco-friendly cooler!

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Wheelbarrow-inspired drinks-cooler is easy to pull around, and can float on water too!





The Ondago goes where your party goes. With a tire-inspired rubber exterior, it rolls around wherever you want, and it’ll float on water too, for the ultimate pool/riverside party!

Close your eyes and imagine a drinks cooler. Chances are you thought of something boxy, with a blue or red base and a white lid. Sure, a boxy cooler makes sense because it provides more internal storage space for your cylindrical drink-cans, but that’s about all it’s good for. It isn’t really easy to transport (imagine having to lift that box around with you wherever you go), and it really turns a pool party into a by-the-pool party because your cooler can’t float on water. Clearly annoyed by these limitations, our friends at Knack Design Studio and DERRK decided to go back to the drawing board with the drink cooler and see if they could make it, well, better.

The Ondago cooler is best described as a cooler that “encourages adventure instead of limiting it”, according to Kelly Custer from Knack Design Studio. It ditches that cuboidal form factor for something more cylindrical (inspired by balloon tires), and a handle built into the cooler’s design lets you easily pull it around like a trolley. The fact that the entire cooler is basically wheel-shaped means it rolls equally well on gravel, sand, and on rocks. Once you reach your destination, the handle folds inwards and you can simply tip the Ondago over to stand vertically (to stop it from rolling as well as to access the contents of your cooler). The entire outside of the cooler comes made from recycled rubber that lets the cooler roll on rough terrain, and the rest of the cooler uses recycled plastic too, allowing it to have somewhat of minimized carbon footprint!

The Ondago’s unique design wasn’t envisioned to just conquer terrain… it was designed to float too! The drinks-cooler doubles up as a floating beer caddy, so you can have pool parties unencumbered. Ace 3D Designer and YouTuber Derek Elliot (also known by his internet moniker DERRK) even conjured up a video to show the Ondago in action as it goes from sand to soil to water without breaking a sweat, and while keeping your brewskis cool! Let’s see your ugly, bulky, heavy drink cooler do that? Or in other words, they see the Ondago rollin’… they hatin’.

Designer: Knack Design Studio and DERRK

This sleek blade-free desk fan is your portable companion in summers as well as winters!

Sharing office space, the biggest problem, after having to listen to my co-working space neighbor aka my husband speaking on a call is trying to regulate a temperature that works for us. I love staying warm – the AC temperature goes lower than 20 and my fingers start freezing whereas my husband sweats bullets while staying in a 25-degree temperature. That sweet spot, it’s almost a myth for us! What I need is a solution that works for both of us depending on the season – and flo, by designer Soyoung An seems to be an apt design for my needs!

The flo is a desk fan that is portable by nature. The fan’s facade is actually covered – no more hurting your finger by occasionally poking into the blades. The fan can be regulated using a temperature dial at the back of flo – allowing you to easily switch between heating and cooling functionalities. One of the better functionality of the design is the use of a filter, that purifies the air being thrown at you, rather than having the dust from your fan blades being thrown at you. The fan also uses a simple USB-C cable to stay charged at all times. Flo’s aesthetics are simple, yet minimal, making it an easy to own and use piece over the years. And given how it works for all seasons – it reduces the storage space required for the off-seasons.

Muted colors of the flo elevate this design from an ordinary accessory to a statement piece in your setup. The design is also simple, almost intuitive to use with an upgraded functionality – isn’t that what great product design is all about!

Designer: Soyoung An





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VW Microbus Igloo Coolers: The Party Bus Has Arrived!

Inspired by the classic look of vintage Volkswagen Type 2 microbuses, Igloo has released three limited edition coolers, each resembling one of the 1950s and ’60s vehicles. Available on Amazon in red and orange large sizes and a blue mini size (affiliate links), they’re the perfect coolers for bringing a few cold drinks to the beach. I mean, provided your actual VW bus makes it without breaking down on the side of the road.

The larger red and orange coolers hold around twelve cans, and the smaller blue bus around six, although both carry a few less with ice added. Granted they’re not this over-the-top VW microbus cooler, but they’re also not $500. That means there’s a lot of money left over for keeping the coolers stocked with cold drinks. Shoot, if I spent $500 on a cooler I wouldn’t even be able to afford drinks until next year.

I remember my uncle had an old VW microbus he used to haul all us cousins around in on weekend car trips. I also vividly remember the engine catching fire one morning while he was trying to get it started in his yard. It still got us to the river that day though. Didn’t get us back, but it got us there.

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A badass sling cooler for your next outdoor adventure!

Whether you’re all set to go camping, on a fishing trip or on a picnic to a park, a handy cooler is always a necessity. However, slugging giant coolers around can become quite cumbersome, and a downright pain on your mini-getaway! Pelican’s Dayventure Sling Cooler promises to be anything but that. A staple in any explorer’s entourage, the Sling cooler as its name implies comes with a lengthy padded shoulder strap, allowing you to carry it everywhere with ease. With a wide opening at the top, it lets you fish out your favorite beverage in a matter of moments. As lightweight and portable as it may be, the Cooler can hold up to 4 wine bottles, 12 beer cans or 8.5 total liters! If you’re afraid of a bit of beer dripping out, fear not, it comes along with a leak-resistant waterproof zipper, eliminating all possibilities of a minor or major leak! A high-density closed-cell foam ensures your drinks stay chilled throughout your trip. The cooler works with ice, though it was designed to be used with it’s trusty sidekick, the Pelican Ice Pack.

Available in a beautiful Coyote Tan and Light Gray, the Pelican Dayventure Sling Cooler is sure to be the perfect accompaniment on any outdoorsy trip. I’m sure all the adventurers cannot wait to get their hands on it!

Designer: Pelican Cases

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