I've always been a fan of thrift stores. I suppose it's a direct correlation to the fact that I absolutely hate shopping. That is, I hate shopping for specific things I need. It doesn't matter if it's clothes, electronics, furniture--or even kitchenware; shopping is a chore. I find that thrifting is a treasure hunt without that impending feeling of need hovering over my head. I could do just as well with or without that macram? owl, but when something I already own breaks, I know I have to go shop for a new one. Thrifting is … Read more
You know that future we're all waiting for? The one where magic happens on a day-to-day basis? It just got here a little bit early. Well, maybe. At least the design concepts keep pushing the envelope, making sure that the future will eventually get here.
The EPOS-lite by Allport is a design that the maker describes as "the world's lightest cash register". Of course, no "cash" is actually involved, as the EPOS-lite is a charge machine. By combining that function with a restaurant menu, future diners will have the ability to order and pay … Read more
Some people never outgrow the wonderful taste of Jell-O, and why should they? Every potluck seems to have a Jell-O mold. Whether it be speckled with marshmallows or odd bits of fruit, a Jell-O mold seems to always show up. Love it or hate it, it is one thing you can count on. Now, you can take that mold with you to work, without adding any calories to your diet.
The Sorapot is a minimalist, modern teapot. In its beautiful stainless steel and Pyrex form, the Sorapot only holds two cups. But this delicate teapot has plenty going for it. To use the Sorapot, you need to turn it vertically: the handle hinges backwards so you can add loose tea to the glass tube. From there, you put everything back together and fill the pot with water. It may seem a bit more complex than your average teapot, but with most teapots you need extra gizmos and gadgets to be able to brew with loose leaves. The Sorapot uses a … Read more
Broil King knows that warming pans like the ones my parents used give instant "host with the … Read more
I can't tell if I like this idea or not. I suppose since it involves the making of sushi, I'll just have to give it a thumbs up. However, I don't think it's quite sushi-sushi, if you don't have to roll it up.
Usually sushi is formed in a bamboo mat covered with plastic wrap. You place the vinegared rice--with or without sugar--and fish in a sheet of nori, add some vegetables if you like, then roll it up. And there you have sushi. I'm not sure why you need a device for handling … Read more
Who says you have to go to a bar to experience mixed drinks that come from a spout? Meet the Super SideBar, a countertop gadget that allows you to make drinks from up to five kinds of liquor without ever having to handle a bottle.
The visible part of the SideBar consists of a row of five buttons attached to a spout. This user interface sits on top of your counter, ready for you to dispense drinks. The bottles can be stored up to 10 feet away, under the counter, under your picnic table, or around the corner. The buttons … Read more
This is not your mom's dishware. It's not dainty, or pretty, or porcelain, or precious. When lifting one of these mugs to your lips, your pinky finger will not--I repeat, will not--be tempted to rise. No, these bowls, plates, and mugs are of the rougher variety. They are, after all, made of concrete.
What once was the humble material of sidewalks, or blocks a mobster might tie to a body to sink it to the depths of the ocean's floor, is now the inspiration for modern tableware. Want to infuse a little street into your dinner party? … Read more
Then, one year, in the wake of my first successful … Read more
In the design of dining sets, the cost of beauty too often comes at the cost of comfort. If you've ever been asked to sit on a chair covered in plastic, then you know what I'm talking about. My mom had a very dramatic, very pretty dining room set when I was growing up, but I have very few memories of actually eating on it. What I do remember is the annoying feeling of crinkly plastic under me during dinner. Is this the price we have to pay for a dining room table that's worth looking at? … Read more