A new view on cooking


Kitchen Window incorporates a sink and a stove

Kitchen Window incorporates a sink and a stove

As we increasingly face a lack of space and our living quarters continue to get smaller, one of the main challenges we have is fitting everything we own and need into a smaller footprint.

This slightly wacky design was thought up by German designer Cornelius Comanns who entered it into the Electrolux Design Lab 2009 competition, which focussed on designs for the next 90 years.

The space saving kitchen module resembles a regular window with transparent glass, but can be folded down to reveal a sink and a stove.  How, one might ask, is this possible? Basically through the use of a special material named ‘power glass’ that can be heated to act like a regular hob. I’m still reserving judgement on this one.

Smart Space

Smart Space combines a shower, washing machine and dryer

Smart Space combines a shower, washing machine and dryer

Smart Space is an innovative space-saving design that combines a shower, a washing machine and a dryer. Designed in response to the depleting water resources  and lack of living space we face in the future, Smart Space is an eco-friendly design that occupies a mere 1 square metre of floor space, making it ideal for residences where space is at a premium.

This compact product, designed by Lithuanian designer Inesa Malafej as part of the Electrolux Design Lab 2009 competition, recycles the water used for washing and showering and the dryer can be used for either drying clothes or people.

Smart Space was voted one of the top 25 products in the competition.

The Art of Cooking

Campbell's soup can range hood

Campbell's soup can range hood

Earlier this year, US-based Metallo Arts came up with a new take on ventilation style in the form of four works of art that also happen to be working range hoods.

Christopher Plummer, Metallo Arts‘ CEO, has used his training as a fine artist to push a vision of interior design that is driven as much by the kind of social critique found in modern art as it is by the comfort of style.

Plummer described the Campbell’s Soup Can hood as both “a tribute and an insult” to Andy Warhol’s work. Other designs include a replica of a ’57 Chevy Bel Air, rangehoods based on ‘The Birth of Venus’ by Botticelli, and Jasper John’s controversial 1955 ‘Flag’ painting, and a Jackson Pollack-inspired hood.
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Badkamer sliding bathroom

Badkamer sliding bathroom

Badkamer sliding bathroom

The idea behind the Badkamer [Dutch for ‘bathroom’] is basically a sliding system that enables the user to make the most out of even the smallest bathroom space to create a fully functioning bathroom in a space no larger than 2m x 1m.

By sliding elements to the side a space for showering can be created, and by sliding the cabinets against each other, you prevent your appliances from getting wet. The shower features a large water surface and a 20cm-wide waterfall. Both the shower and the washbasin are operated with natural interaction fixtures. To set the volume you rotate it round it axe, and move it left or right for water temperature settings.

The toilet has a side cabinet which contains the paper-holder. Sliding the cabinet towards the toilet prevents it from getting wet while the shower is in use.

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The Ladybird Bathtub

Ladybird Bathtub

The Ladybird Bathtub

The compact and very much multi-function Ladybird is a freestanding Vanity and Bath unit, aimed at apartment and loft-style living where space is at a premium.

The vanity/lid of the Ladybird can be removed to reveal a tub within. The tub is a ‘sit’ style bath which is smaller in size than a typical bathtub and is an intimate space that holds less water. The unit also subtly integrates a step for ease of access into the bath, which retracts when not in use and opens out with a simple ‘push’ action when required.

This concept design is by Australia-based industrial design graduate Coco Reynolds.

Welcome to my new blog

The latest issue of Designer

The latest issue of Designer

I have taken the plunge and started my very own blog where I intend to post updates on my design spotting activities. The web is awash with fabulous design talent and a blog seems like the perfect place to keep track of all the innovate, inspirational, contemporary and cutting-edge design finds that I come across.

I was until recently employed as Staff Writer for a monthly B2B publication which focussed on a wide spectrum of design from architecture to interior design and product design. Working on Designer Magazine gave me the taste for all things design and since moving on from that job I desperately needed a place where I could channel my opinions of the latest happenings on the international design scene. And so here we are. Watch this space. Hopefully the things I will be posting up here will inspire you as much as they do me.

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