This packaging design knows the heart of every cheese (lover!)

Okay, I am going to cut straight to the chase…or shall I say let’s cut to the cheese? I apologize in advance for puns, I hope they stink less than blue cheese! This old Amsterdam cheese cover brie-longs with your cheese because it understands the matters of the heart. No, it literally does – this cover is built in a way that it showcases the heart of your cheese and also protects it. The conceptual cheese cover is appropriately named ‘El Corazon’ which translates into ‘the heart’.

The center of the old Amsterdam cheese is usually served as tapas or aperitif (small savory dishes that complement beverages) and therefore deserves to be displayed like the showstopper of the snack bar that it is. The case also prolongs the cheese’s life in the refrigerator while turning into a functional showcase when needed. The goal of designing this cheese cover was to keep it simple yet effective while preserving the contents and also showing them off. The concept was tested with a prototype made using SolidWorks, CAD, and 3D printing, ensuring that your cheese always feels gouda about itself!

Designers: Mike Broekman, Erik Veenstra and Smaac Agency.

Zero Waste Living is real with this food tracker that stores, tracks and replenishes your groceries!

Food wastage is something we all deal with it. In fact, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, one-third of the food produced in the world is wasted. This is primarily because we ourselves fail to understand how much food we consume. We buy more and consume less. It’s crucial for us to understand our food and grocery related needs and Bubble is here to help us out with that! Designed by Savin Dimov and Altino Alex, Bubble is a food tracker, that monitors our food consumption, in an attempt to encourage a healthier lifestyle and to reduce food wastage.

Designer: Savin Dimov and Altino Alex

Research shows that most of us don’t even know what food items we have in our kitchen! And a large number of us also don’t know what we exactly need to buy when we’re replenishing our groceries. Bubble promises to track, store, and replenish our food items in accordance with our needs.

The food tracker comes with an app compatible with your smartphone. You can either order your groceries via the app or physically visit a grocery store and do your shopping. Once you’re home, you can place your groceries such as fruits, vegetables, milk, sodas, etc within Bubble.

Bubble identifies and tracks all the items within. It directly sends updates to your smartphone, so you’re always aware of what’s in your kitchen! You can track which food products you consume the most, and what you consume the least. Bubble ensures all the storage data is at the tip of your fingers. If there’s a certain food item that’s almost over, Bubble immediately brings it to your notice. So the next time you go grocery shopping, you know exactly what to pick up!

The food tracker is also modular, so you can arrange it according to the number of perishables you have at the moment. Bubble is convenient, feasible and super useful. It ensures that the next time you’re cooking, you don’t have to rush off to buy tomatoes simply because you don’t have any! Bubble is here to keep your kitchen well stocked (as needed) always!

The Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid works as promised, but only for small batches

The Instant Pot has garnered a huge fan base in recent years, and for good reason. Yes, it replaces your slow cooker and you can make yogurt in it (in some models anyway) but its real claim to fame is as an electric pressure cooker that can significa...

Make authentic Japanese matcha like the ancient masters with just one button!

Gone are the days when you just picked between tea and coffee; now it is about matcha, kombucha, spirulina, and activated charcoal drinks! Yes, everything in my previous sentence is real – it is enough to fluster anyone going to a cafe and trying to order healthy. My mother rightfully said “Why to pay for it outside when you can make it at home?” which brings me to another CES 2020 innovation award honoree – the matcha tea maker for home.

This matcha maker is compact and sleek, making it perfect for homes, offices, any space with an outlet because it is portable. This matcha maker stays true to its Japanese roots and lets you enjoy an authentic cup every time by using freshly ground leaves from its ceramic mill for individual uses, just like the masters do. The movements of the traditional bamboo whisk are replicated by the magnetic whisker that mixes cold water with the tea for a frothy matcha-presso!

Matcha tea has been challenging coffee by providing lasting energy without jitters or caffeine crashes making it the hero for non-coffee drinkers. The all-in-one tea maker also comes with an aluminum canister to keep your leaves fresh and supports sustainable tea farming with eco-friendly packaging, they really mean green business in every sense. My personal tip on enjoying matcha is with steamed almond milk (oat milk if you have a nut allergy) for chilly days or with lemon sparkling water for summer – you will love it as matcha I do!

Designer: Cuzan Matcha

Annoyingly useless everyday products designed to make you squirm!

Most designers start out with one goal in mind, to create innovative and aesthetic designs that will totally blow our minds! However, industrial designer Katerina Kamprani had something else in mind. She took ordinary everyday products and decided to twist and tweak them, to create uncomfortable objects that would shock us, make us cringe, and eventually make us laugh! The Uncomfortable is a series of objects designed to, well, simply annoy us. Enjoy!

It’s safe to say that The Engagement Mugs simply make me squirm! They make the perfect mugs for your partner and you, if you’re prepared to twist around, struggle and finally give up on your cup of morning tea or coffee!

The Triple Door is basically one door cut into three portions, each portion equipped with its own knob and keyhole. Have fun handling three keys, and unlocking three separate little doors!

The Uncomfortable Tea Set consists of a weirdly long teapot and teacup. Rectangular in shape, I can’t imagine pouring some tea out of this set, without spilling all of it!

The Concrete Umbrella is an umbrella made from concrete. Has any umbrella ever made you as uncomfortable as this one? I mean sure, it’ll protect you from the rain if you can manage to even lift it!

Kamprani really had something against a cup of tea or coffee, because all of her tea set utensils are completely ridiculous! The Uncomfortable Mug features a closed square-like handle that makes it impossible to hold. I would love to discover a comfy way to sip some tea from this mug!

In the mood for some champagne? Worry not, the Uncomfortable Champagne Glasses are here to your rescue…or not! To be honest, they look like a candleholder, but to some extent, I do find them useful. I mean, you could sip on two glasses of champagne in one go, and we all have days like that.

The Uncomfortable Fork lacks a sturdy handle completely, instead a not so dependable chain takes its place. This is one fork that’s hard to get a grip on!

The Thick Cutlery set doesn’t look so bad unless you’re prepared for a little weightlifting for your wrists. It’s hard to imagine how anybody could fit that bulky spoon into their mouth, alongside their food! Annoyed yet?

You could wait for hours, but you’d never get any salt and pepper out of the Hourglass Salt and Pepper Shakers! Cinched in the center like an hourglass, it would be impossible to sprinkle some seasoning onto your food with these.

The Uncomfortable Wine Glass is an egg-shaped glass, with a hole to sip your wine with…or spill it all over yourselves with. Wine Wednesdays are a goner with this wine glass!

The International Design Excellence Awards 2020 are open for entries – Here are a look at last year’s winners

The International Design Excellence Awards are considered to be the most prestigious design accolade in the world. The year 2020 marks the 40th edition of the award program, conducted by the Industrial Designers Society of America. Originally conceived to reward industrial design, the award has blossomed into one of the biggest interdisciplinary design awards with a 4-decade long, illustrious legacy. IDEA winners include both exceptional design students and designers from world-class brands like Google, Samsung, Logitech, LG, and many more.

Currently in its 40th year, IDEA 2020 aims to recognize and reward exemplary products and services that encourage, inspire, and push the industry forward. Each year, the awards program sees some of the most eminent figures in the design industry come together to form the IDEA jury. This year’s panel will be led by Jonah Becker, IDSA, VP of Design at Fitbit.

The International Design Excellence Awards have gradually branched out to cover all industries and aspects of design, from Automotive Design to Medical Design, Furniture, Consumer Technology, Packaging Design, Branding, Design for Social Impact, and even Service Design. IDEA also commits to rewarding student work with its Student Design category, putting young designers on par with top industry leaders and design studios. IDEA winners receive the highly coveted, puzzle-shaped IDEA trophy on stage at the IDEA Ceremony & Gala, this year in Seattle, WA on Sept. 14 as part of the International Design Conference. The winning works also are permanently housed in the Henry Ford Museum, where they remain ever-present symbols of ingenuity and mastery of craft. IDEA-winning designs are published in the annual Yearbook of Design Excellence issue of INNOVATION magazine, on IDSA’s website and social media channels, and on popular design blogs and websites (much like ours!). Above all, IDEA winners go on to become some of the most talked-about and shared designs around the world.

Head down to look at some of the top designs that won IDEAs in 2019. You can submit your own work to IDEA 2020 by visiting their website below. Entries are open until March 16, 2020. Hurry!

Submit your Design project for the International Design Excellence Awards 2020: Last Date – March 16, 2020

01. Essentia by Genesis Design Center

Best described as one of the most cutting-edge automotive designs we’ve seen in a while, the Genesis Essentia concept is an all-electric high-performance concept car that embodies “Athletic Elegance”. The car comes with a spectacular windshield that goes all the way from the hood to the front, over to the top, and right to the back, giving the riders on the inside a pristine, panoramic view of their surroundings. The car even comes with a carbon-fiber monocoque that uses a diamond-like infill pattern on the inside to add strength without weight. Designed to dominate roads and hearts, this all-electric stallion could go from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds.

02. MX Vertical Mouse by Logitech

Arguably one of the most iconic ergonomic mice (mouses?) of our time, the Logitech MX Vertical’s design is inspired by the handshake. Designed to be as comfortable as gripping someone’s hand, the MX Vertical’s form tilts at a precise 57° angle that’s both comfortable to use as well as productivity-boosting, allowing you to work for hours without feeling any strain whatsoever.

03. Helm Personal Server by New Deal Design

This small custom-built server gives you autonomy over your data. Designed to sit within your own home, the Helm is a private server that connects to a user’s home or small-office network and sends, receives, and manages email, contacts, and calendars, and even photos. Designed by New Deal Design for Helm, the showpiece-worthy server looks nothing like a piece of tech, but is a powerful privacy-protecting tool. It takes a mere 3 minutes to set up, and even features a stackable design that lets you add more servers to the mix. Besides, it literally looks like a roof, echoing its message of security and privacy, and acting as a home for all your data.

04. Tetra Dishwasher by Frog Design for Heatworks

Meet Tetra… a dishwasher that looks more like an aquarium for your crockery! Its unique 3D printer-inspired aesthetic (and countertop-worthy size) makes the Tetra a truly delightful appliance that demystifies the process of washing your dishes. Just lift the clear hood, add your utensils in, close the hood, and get washing. In just 10 minutes, the Tetra can wash anything from dishes, to glassware, to baby bottles, to even food ingredients! Extra points for that beautiful water-inspired detail on the top of the clear hood!

05. EDGE Travel kit by Cho Yonghun, Lee Taekkyung, Park Chanhong

Combining a hairdryer and an iron into a single product is, in itself, an idea worthy of an award! The EDGE uses a single air-heating electrical component in two ways, allowing you to dry your hair as well as swiftly iron your clothes by simply switching attachments. How incredibly ingenious!

06. Zip-Top Reusable Containers by Rebecca Finell

Arguably the biggest food-storage innovation since Tupperware, the Zip-Top is a zip-lock bag made out of silicone. This simple but revolutionary material-swap makes it infinitely reusable, non-toxic, fridge-safe, dishwasher-safe, oven-safe, microwave-friendly, and that flat base lets you use the Zip-Top to store everything from snacks to soups. You could literally use the product to sous-vide food too… and here’s the cherry on the cake. The Zip-Tops with the circular base are size-optimized to fit right into the cup-holder in your car!

07. Coat+ by Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute

This regular jacket has an inner expansion mechanism for pregnant women! Realizing that fashion should be more accommodating for women in their maternity period, the designers decided to reinvent the coat so it fits women who are pregnant as well as even after pregnancy. It doesn’t make sense having to buy separate clothes just because you’re expecting a child, only to throw those clothes away after the child is born, right? Coat+ is a coat that women can wear all through their lives! An extra fabric attachment zips to the coat allowing you to expand it… when you don’t need the expandable attachment, you can wear it as a scarf!

08. Molded Pulp Packaging by BenQ

BenQ’s molded pulp packaging tackles multiple problems headfirst. Designed to house delicate appliances like BenQ’s projectors, the molded-pulp packaging does a significantly better job of protecting the items inside than most regular boxes. Made from non-composite molded pulp, the packaging is environmentally-friendly, easy to recycle, and utilizes waste rather than creating any.

09. Lava Me Pro Guitar by Lava Music

The Lava Me Pro guitar comes crafted in single piece, entirely out of carbon fiber. With a curved single-piece construction that goes from body to fretboard without breaking continuity, the Lava Me Pro is undoubtedly strong as well as lightweight. The carbon fiber construction also lends a very unique set of features to a guitar. Aside from making it practically unbreakable and possibly quadrupling its lifespan, it lends a unique timbre to the guitar. Carbon-fiber’s all-graphite construction brings a crystalline and detailed tone to the guitar while also allowing the instrument to have greater acoustic volume.

10. Microplastics Sensing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle by Draper and Sprout Studios

I’ve always maintained that drones should be designed to do what humans either should not do, like rescuing people or fighting fire, or cannot do, like scanning vast bodies of water for microplastic particles that are too small for the human eye to detect. When the Draper is deployed, it skims the top nine meters of the water where most microplastics are located. It then scans for microplastics, tests the water for specific types of particles, and ultimately relays GPS coordinates to its hub, which enables scientists to understand where they are originating from.

IDEA 2020 Trophy

Submit your Design project for the International Design Excellence Awards 2020: Last Date – March 16, 2020

A portable glass grill for a clean safe cooking experience!

Everyone loves pulling out their grills to cook up some delicious barbecue! However, traditional grills tend to be messy and cumbersome. They’re not the easiest to carry around, are also difficult to clean and dealing with the smoke and high temperatures can be harmful to our health. I mean nobody likes to burn themselves while grilling a hearty steak! Hence product designer Burak Keseci designed Magma Glass. As its name implies Magma Glass is a glass grill, a truly one-of-a-kind portable grill.

Designer: Burak Keseci

Featuring stainless steel and glass, the usual metallic grill plate or grid has been replaced with a glass surface. The unique transparent surface provides a very modern look to the product, something that could merge perfectly with your kitchen. The patented nano carbon-coated glass allows it to act as a homogenous heating source while consuming an impressively low amount of energy. Not to mention the grilling grid is thermochromic, so its color changes to red once it gets too hot! No more burning or stinging yourself due to high temperatures! A piezo-controlled touch interface on one side of the grill allows you to choose from four different grilling modes, enabling you to customize the temperature and cooking duration according to the food item you’re preparing.

Unlike the conventional grates on a grill, the glass surface prevents any food from sticking on to it, so cleaning and maintaining your barbecue grill has never been easier! You can easily detach the cooking surface, and clean it in your dishwasher. The excessive oil accumulated while cooking escapes through a drain, and is automatically stored in a container. So you can discard the oil with ease as well. While designing Magma Glass, Keseci took everything into consideration creating an easy to use, convenient and not to mention good looking grill! We cant wait to get our hands on this someday.

OTOTO’s tipsy bottle-stopper knows how to have a good time!

Almost like a before-and-after of every Friday-night done well, Ototo’s bottle-stopper features an adorable wino perched on the stopper with a glass, who immediately goes limp when you press the stopper down. Place the stopper on the bottle and Wasted stays upright. Try to take the stopper off and he becomes a dazed heap! Inspired by a popular wooden toy that uses elastic tautness to keep toy-characters upright and immediately have them collapse when the elastic running through them stops being taut, the bottle-stopper, aptly named Wasted uses the similar principle, but in a fun, socially-apt product… and let Wasted be a reminder that you never want to be that guy!

Designers: Nadav Goldenberg and OTOTO

Your zero-waste lifestyle dream comes true with this modular compact composter!

Research shows that almost 1.3 billion tons of food end up in landfills every year, that’s 1/3rd of the total production of food itself. This is simply because we buy and produce too much, and fail to consume it all. Food wastage has become a serious issue, and zero waste is something we should all aim for. One option to reduce food wastage is composting. Composting helps to manage and reduce kitchen and garden waste while producing ecological fertilizers for plants. In an attempt to encourage composting, designer Adam Szczyrba created Orre, a modular composter. Orre is a compact composter that is ideal for everyday use in our homes. In fact, it’s so compact, that you can easily carry it around from one room to another! Featuring a matte black finish and a quirky cork stand, Orre is visually attractive and inviting. One look at it, and you would want to try your hand at composting!

Designer: Adam Szczyrba

Orre basically comprises of three parts or modules, the containers for composting, a cork stand and a sturdy lid. First, you place the base container or containers in the kitchen, wherein you place all the fresh organic waste into it. There are basically three containers in different heights and sizes, you can arrange them according to your need and requirement. The bottom container is covered with multiple holes, allowing increased air circulation. Retractable handles make it easy to carry and handle the containers. The first stage of decomposition takes place at this point in time. A cylindrical chimney runs through the containers, which supports the aeration of the waste. This enables the mold fungi to produce antibiotic substances and destroy pathogenic microorganisms, leading to the creation of the fertilizer.

Once the container or containers have been filled, the various modules of the composter can be stacked up. It is suitable to do so in a larger space such as a balcony, terrace or basement. The containers are placed upon the cork stand. The stand has been equipped with a motor-powered turbine, which pushes air into the composter, ensuring the oxygenation of the compost. Oxygen is vital to remove any excess amount of water. The stand also features a reservoir to collect the liquid produced during the composting process and a tap that allows you to discard the liquid. A lid with multiple openings and a carbon filter to absorb any unpleasant odor is placed upon the first container. You then simply leave the composter, allowing nature to run its organic course, resulting in fertilizers that support the growth of plants, while you live a zero-waste lifestyle.


An automated composting bin that makes living sustainably easy

Want to join the reuse, reduce, recycle gang but overwhelmed about managing trash? Fear not, Sepura’s Home Food Waste device is here to make your 2020 more sustainable! This is currently the only sustainable food waste disposing device on the market that does it all to make food waste management an effortless experience – municipality authorized, septic friendly and self-cleaning!

The waste can fit all kitchen sinks and spaces also providing a connection to built-in dishwasher drains that separate food from liquid waste. It takes it one step further by also collecting the food waste from the dishwasher and a safer alternative to the traditional garbage disposal. You can store your food waste for up to 4 weeks without any odors and reduce the usage of plastic garbage bags.

Sepura Home includes features such as flood detection, autostop, and it even cleans itself quietly so you can now run it at night too – could composting be easier than this? You can use your sink to discard all foods now without stressing and let the device do the job for you – push one button and it will separate the waste into an odorless, sealed collection center in a few seconds. There is a light indicator tells you how full the collection center is, just slide out the inner compartment and dispose of the organics in your compost or curbside collection bin.

Let the composting begin!

Designer: Sepura