Ah, memories. We carry them around with us wherever we go. While best lived and relived inside our own noggins, sometimes a little external reminder is appreciated. At one time we carried pictures around with us in our wallets and purses. This practice has--for the most part--evolved to the point where we carry around pictures of family, friends, and all-around good times on all of our portable digital devices. However, our phones, laptops, pads, pods, and the occasional digital camera are not always at the ready, at least when it comes to picture viewing. Our coffee mugs, on the other … Read more
I've seen reusable straws in the past: plastic, curly straws that promised plenty of fun but actually wound up looking like something I wouldn't want to drink out of after a while. The Glass Straw, from Glass Dharma, however, is both environmentally friendly and something that I can keep clean to my satisfaction. The straw comes in a variety of sizes and decorations, from a "shorty" straw that is 6 1/4 inches long to a straw decorated with glass dots. Glass Dharma also offers each of its straws in different diameters; you don't have … Read more
Automation is a wonderful thing, and sometimes it can even be fun too. The kitchen is one area where one doesn't expect to see an automatic conveyance too often (including the pop-up toaster might be a stretch). While we wait for the future to arrive, with robots and automatic jetpacks supplying our food and cooking our meals, we can at least enjoy a little glimpse of the automated future right now--and savor a nice cup of tea while at it.
The Breville Gourmet Tea Brewer & Variable-Temperature Kettle provides entertainment while automatically brewing and steeping a pot of tea. … Read more
Everyone knows that carbonated drinks start going downhill immediately after you open them, at least in terms of fizziness. Putting the cap back on helps, but it's not a perfect solution: even if you screw it on as tightly as you can, you won't have a perfect seal. Carbonation will still move upward and out of the bottle. Jaeseok Han came up with a solution that ensures your bottles don't lose their carbonation: the Legcap. Rather than using the cap that comes with your bottles, cover them with the Legcap and turn them over. The design of … Read more
A couple of friends and a bottle of wine can make for a wonderful evening. But after a few glasses, it can be easy to lose track of who has been drinking out of which glass on the table. The Puzzle Wine Glass Markers were created to eliminate the guessing games. The markers, which come in a set of 12, are different colors and shapes so you can always tell which glass is yours. They're purple, yellow, blue, orange, red, and lime--you get two of each color. The Puzzle Wine Glass Markers fit together to form a complete puzzle, … Read more
All consumers want options; it is only natural to want what we want how we want it. When it comes to big-ticket items, the list of available options can sometimes be overwhelming. However, style, design and finishing touches mean nothing unless the appliance can deliver in performance. In the case of refrigerators, energy efficiency, capacity and temperature range mean absolutely nothing unless the basics are covered. Like having beer on tap.
The Northstar Brew Master Draft System integrates into the existing line of Northstar refrigerators, giving consumers the option they really want. The retro-style refrigerators come with a variety of … Read more
There's something quite satisfying about hitting a button and having a task accomplished automatically. In the kitchen this is especially true; nobody likes to wait around when hungry. When prepping foods, it can almost be like having an extra helping hand: hit a button, and suddenly you're multitasking. This convenience can be seen in all manner of countertop appliances, from the microwave to the toaster oven. But those aren't the only cooks' tools that offer that helping hand.
Collections of glasses available for purchase from Windy City Glass bear some very familiar names: Heineken, Stella Artois, and even IBC Root Beer. That's because those glasses used to be beer and soda bottles. The glass-blower behind the project, Nick Paul, takes empty bottles, cleans them, and then reshapes the necks of the bottles into a tumbler even with the rest of the bottle.
Paul notes that the glasses vary slightly in size and shape, due to the glass-blowing process. However, they're supposedly safe to drink from as well as to run through the dishwasher.
The glasses sold … Read more
When I first saw the Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus-Squeezer, I immediately thought of a spider. Its three long legs may support it nicely, but they also make it look as if it might be capable of putting itself away. Not surprisingly, the designer was actually thinking of a spider when he put it together. This juicer was designed by Philippe Starck and has even earned a place in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, making it just as much a conversation piece as a juicer.
The Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus-Squeezer is designed so that you can place a … Read more
While just about all soda and juice bottles are made with the trash can in mind, a new water bottle from designer Kisun Kim offers an opportunity to keep them out of the landfill. The Cumulus Bottle is, at first glance, a simple reusable water bottle. It's a little more elegant than some of the alternatives, but until you take a look at the cap, it doesn't seem to be unusual. Hidden within the cap is a juice concentrate dispenser. You can pop in a new flavor of juice, fill the bottle of water and screw on the … Read more