Appliances

The TAC Air Filter Stacks it Up

This morning while poking around on Behance I came across a really nice piece of design work for an air purifier system by junku jung. The TAC system is a minimalist cube with stackable filters that are placed on top of the unit in order to control the quality of air purification based on the environmental conditions. The unit is designed with 7 filters each taking care of a specific type of air pollutant. Pet allergies, Pollen, Dust, Oil/Mist, Smog, New House particulates,  and Coal.

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The minimalist white box allows each color coded filter to be stacked in a specific order to achieve the best results, and allow anyone familiar with the system to see what is being filtered with a quick glance. The unit looks to be a prototype, and there is very little technical information on how it works, how many filters can be used in conjunction with each other before the effectiveness is minimized, potential pricing or any other info.

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As a proof of concept, this is a great idea. Clean discreet design with a few bands of color at the top. It also appears to be a well thought out system allowing for the unit to expand and adapt based on the location, changes in air quality and an individual’s needs. I love the look. It reminds me of Stadler Form’s Oskar humidifier which I proudly display in my house all winter long.

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The Look Of This Espresso Machine Slays Me.

I love a good espresso, and I love good industrial design, and when you put the two together you get the latest creation from Slayer. Almost 10 years after launching, the Slayer Steam is one beautiful piece of coffee making hardware, and I am seriously lusting after this right now. This is seriously a stunning piece of coffee making hardware. I think I might be afraid to use it because I wouldn’t want it to get all smudged and dirty. All that stainless steel, and turned wood… Love.

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Almost 10 years in to the Slayer story, were sharing the biggest news since our launch. We invite you to experience the second machine series in our growing catalog. This is Slayer Steam. SLAYER STEAM Our pursuit of flavor potential began with Slayer Espresso and the technology that we developed in 2007.

Today, we continue to provoke innovation with a completely new machine, a second series that gives you the ability to transform your milk game and focus on a quality-driven, high-volume business. EVOLVING MILK Slayer Steam is our answer to the unasked, yet crucial, questions about steaming milk. With exclusive technology, baristas take control of steam temperature and flow rate, ultimately improving flavor in the milk beverages ordered by the majority of their customers.

UNLOCKED POTENTIAL

The Vaporizer is a compact super-heater that boosts the temperature of steam and creates a dry, invisible vapor. By simultaneously increasing temperature and decreasing dilution, Slayer Steam promotes full flavor development in all milk varieties. Even low-fat dairy and alternative milks display extraordinary gloss, sweetness, and complexity when heated with the Vaporizer.

TAKE COMPLETE CONTROL

Multiple actuation stages add a new level of customization and efficiency. Accu-Flow steam actuators feature two positions per wand, each with programmable presets for temperature and flow rate. Now, every session can be personalized for the preparation of a specific beverage. Reserving one setting for restricted flow makes it even easier to steam small volumes of milk for macchiatos and cortados.

MASTERY WITHIN REACH

Steam is designed to produce excellent milk drinks for high-volume business and is our first machine with automatic-volumetric operation. Shot volumes, brew temperatures, and steam settings are quickly adjusted in the digital Barista Dashboard. New brew actuators offer access to two volumetric doses, in concert with shot timers. An adjustable-height drip tray provides 50% more workspace than most espresso machines. Every interactive element has been optimized for efficiency.

These features, combined with many considerations for workflow, ergonomics, and durability, make Slayer Steam the most efficient espresso machine on the market and the top performer for businesses that rely on milk drinks as a major revenue stream.

Slayer Research and Development is led by CEO and Founder Jason Prefontaine, Industrial Designer Chris Flechtner, and Product Development Engineer Devin Walker, three innovators who have helped to define our roots from the very beginning. Slayer Steam is the result of a creative collaboration between this team and many talented friends in the industry. From everyone involved, we cant wait to see what you do with this machine.

 

Plug In to the Adorne Pop-Out.

For the most part wall outlets and light switches are just plain ugly. With a few exceptions the design hasn’t changed much in the last 80 years. I understand that thanks to ISO standards, the part that you actually plug into won’t change, and thats good. Design standards make life easier right? Here’s the thing though, wall outlets don’t have to look bad, boring, and dated. They also don’t have to hold the same old 20th century functionality that they used to.

The Adorne Pop-Out Outlet from Legrand has reinvented this common everyday fixture by streamlining the surface via a pop out multi-socket outlet. Since you can’t do away with outlets, at least you can now hide them in a minimalist package that recesses into the wall behind a smooth faceplate.

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Adorne wall plates that come in a wide variety of colors and materials allowing you to match your wall surfaces and decor. When you need an outlet, simply push on the box and the outlets pop out. Now, if it only had built in USB sockets as well I could lose all of my charging bricks.

A Spark of Genius.

Over the last few years there has been a steady growth in home automation, and smartphone connected solutions to help you control energy waste in your home. For the most part while innovative, they have been cost prohibitive. If I were to replace every lightbulb in my home with GE’s smart bulbs I would drop about 1800 bucks on them, and when the bulb goes in a few years I have to replace it.

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This KickStarter solution from Scot Herbst is something that I can get behind because it turns any light socket in your house into a smartphone controlled one. The Spark Socket runs $59.00 dollars, is Wifi enabled, controlled by your smartphone, and allows you to manage the lighting in your home from anywhere in the world. Spark goes beyond simply turning lights on and off though. The smartphone app is designed to allow you program the lights to do thins like blink when you receive an email, or slowly fade up to function as a gentle alarm clock.

One thing that I love about this product though, is the practicality of the design itself. The fact that it removes the lightbulb from the solution is brilliant. (no pun intended) By removing the bulb, you open the door to using any lightbulb in any lamp for starters. Beyond that though, you open the door to any other kind of controller that can be screwed into the socket. This opens the door to a larger audience of devices that could be controlled by your phone from anywhere, at any time.

Brionvega Algol Portable TV. A Classic Reborn.

As anyone who reads my posts will attest, I am a design geek, and I do love my media gadgets. This morning I came across the Brionvega Algol portable TV, which has been updated and reissued for the 21st century. I remember seeing this TV set back in the 70’s and thinking how cool it was then with its bright orange case, chrome details, and amazing 8 inch black and white screen. Algol today combines new technologies with the nostalgic memories of a classic design, and memories of portability.

The original design by Richard Sapper and Marco Zanuso Algol was quirky with a  bright orange color, and upturned nose. Today’s version looks like the original but is offered in a bright grass green instead of orange. It has the same chrome handle, rounded edges and retro styling that made the original an instant classic. In a period of silver black ginormous flat screen  TVs Algol is a breath of fresh air.

The new set features a 10 inch PAL color screen, with a hyper band OTA tuner, multi-function remote, and an aluminum case. To bad it doesn’t have Wifi, for sharing with your home computer/media library. The Algol is being produced in a Limited Edition run, with a total of 199 pieces in military green with a rubberised matte finish. Because of the limited run, the set will cost you 2500.00 Euro. That breaks down to $3500.00.
The original design is exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Arts.

About the designers

Marco Zanuso was born in Milan in 1916 and died in 2001. He acted as architect, designer and town planner and graduated in 1939 in architecture.

 

 

The German Richard Sapper, living in Italy, is one of the most significant designers and university professors of the past 30 years.

Behold the iToilet.

Apple has a funny way of subtly influencing the industrial design world with the products it releases. I doubt the intention of the designer of the Monolith toilet for Geberit was to create the iToilet, but like it or not, this really does look like an iPhone 4. That black glass slab, banded in brushed aluminum while not a direct knock off, definitely bares a stricking resemblance to John Ive’s masterpiece from Cupertino. If it had an illuminated touch screen face, it really would be the iToilet. I wonder if Steve Jobs has one of these in his house?

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Norwegian Wood.

Sometimes a new twist on an age-old product is just what the world needs, and leave it to the Scandinavians to take an object so steeped in Italian culture, and subtly update it in a new and unique way.

The Linje Espressomaker is a prototype originally created by Husby, Audun Grimstad, Åsne Kydland and Mariko Kurioka Rohde as an assignment for their design school. Thinking about what distinguishes Scandinavia, they decided to design the machine using wood. A natural choice for them. The result is this strikingly beautiful espresso machine that is not only a wonderful, functional design, but an object that is softened by the choice of materials used to produce it.

For a complete read on the design and construction process, go here.