The Moka Pot is one of the most time-honoured — yet often misunderstood — ways to make coffee. It's also one of the most recognisable kitchen gadgets, thanks to the ubiquitous Italian design left largely unchanged since 1933. A new collaboration between Blue Bottle Coffee and designer Joey Roth revamps the Moka Pot with a brand-new and pretty-dang-beautiful design.
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You know that disappointing feeling when you bite into a banana and there's nothing on the inside? Normally they can't compete with the likes of a caramel-packed tube of Rolos, but the DestapaBanana levels the playing field. It lets you inject bananas — still in their peel — with all kinds of fillings so you can (pretend to) eat healthy and enjoy your snack.
The design process is a many splendored thing full of trial and error, prototypes and practice runs. When your genius is ready to make its debut, filing a patent is a bureaucratic way to project your concept from idea-stealers — but it turns out the diagrammatical drawings are artworks in themselves.
Your average gingerbread cookie ends up looking a lot like da Vinci's Vitruvian Man with its limbs splayed out in every direction. But with this modular cookie cutter in your kitchen repertoire, you can create gingerbread cookies that are a little more lifelike and active.
Science hasn't gotten around to officially proving it just yet, but everyone knows it's all but impossible to hate Winnie the Pooh. Even though the yellow bear's admitted to stealing honey, harassing rabbits, promoting obesity and other antics — that the designers at Nendo have captured in this adorable glassware collection featuring sculpted silicone lids and coasters.
An origami-inspired purse sounds needlessly complex. Futzing around with folds when you're trying to find your keys in the abyss of a bag? No thanks. But! But: The reality of this Distortion clutch, designed by tech-friendly design icon Issey Miyake, is rad. Like, I-would-definitely-carry-the-hell-out-of-this rad.
By now, you've probably seen those Metal Earth foldable models in toy stores and at checkout stands all over the place. They're this generation's flat-packed foam gliders, but as you can see from this incredibly intricate Apollo Lunar Lander model, they require far more patience and skill to assemble.
If reading really is all you're in for, the Kindle Paperwhite is hands-down the best little e-reader around. But how do you improve on (near) perfection? Apparently, you waterproof the hell out of it.
The steady methodical flow of sand through an hourglass as it succumbs to the pull of gravity is a great way to kill time — but not a very productive one. This clever alternative hopes to change that, at least if you consider creating art a valuable use of one's time. It swaps boring old sand for fine magnetic filings the produce unique patterns and structures as they stack up on a magnet in the base.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why just feed your body after you've rolled out of bed in the morning? Feed your mind too, with ThinkGeek's heat-sensitive colour-changing Higgs Boson mug which enlightens you with details about the Large Hadron Collider and what it's hunting for.
Despite their remarkable ability to survive daily abuse, you still can't help but feel a little panicked when you've accidentally spilled a drink across your keyboard. Unless your keyboard's made from soft, flexible silicone and is specifically designed to be used as drink coasters, and not for typing.