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Vain Design

Complexity and modern aesthetic cater to the contemporary consumer

Implications - Basic home appliances like coffee makers and kettles are increasingly designed with complex features and modern aesthetics over simple functionality. Slick, high-tech design has become the basis for such products as consumers look for technology and luxury in ordinary situations like their daily caffeine fix.
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Tulip-Inspired Coffee Makers
Tulip-Inspired Coffee Makers
The Guillaume Garcia Nespresso Brings Beauty to Coffee-Making
Seeing how ritualized coffee time has become with guests and even without, there should be more to the process than simply brewing the coffee traditionally; the Guillaume Garcia Nespresso is a right step… MORE
Color-Changing Kettles
Color-Changing Kettles
The 'Creativi*tea Kettle' Fires Up With Heat
Spicing up the ordinary process of making tea, the Creativi*tea Kettle by Sarina Fiero ignites its color as the water heats within. Turning increasingly more luminous red, the intelligent teapot keeps… MORE
Wall-Mounted Kettles
Wall-Mounted Kettles
Diamantine
If you’ve mentally mapped out your futuristic dream kitchen, the Diamantine is a must-have to add to your list. The wall-mounted kettle was designed specifically for small-space living, eliminating the… MORE
Heat Activated Coffee Sleeves
Heat Activated Coffee Sleeves
The Air Shield Protects Your Fingers From Steaming Hot Coffee Cups
Most of us have learned the hard way that a coffee sleeve is an absolute must when drinking a hot cup of joe out of a paper cup. The coffee sleeve has become one of the greatest accessories for caffeine… MORE
Caffeine in Space
Caffeine in Space
On-Orbit Coffee Cup Is A Must-Have For Zero-Gravity Baristas
Since outer space is not the friendliest of environments, bold astronauts are always faced with a range of troubling issues to deal with. The most recent concern, raised by space invader Donald Pettit,… MORE
Precision Tea Pots
Precision Tea Pots
Bugatti Vera Kettle Makes the Perfect Cup on Demand
Some folks are religious about their tea and take great care in crafting the perfect cup. For folks who will only accept the best, the Bugatti Tea Kettle is arguably the best tea kettle on the market.… MORE
Digit-Stirred Drinks
Digit-Stirred Drinks
Finger Coffee by Li Cheng and Zhang Xun for Newplan Design
OK, I’m guilty of sticking a phalange or two in my hot drink to give it a good stir when in a tough bind (i.e. lack of a stirring tool), and it does the trick, hence, I back-up the Finger Coffee wholeheartedly.… MORE
Tipping Tea Cups
Tipping Tea Cups
The Jung Dae Hoon 't-Cup' Changes Stance for Optimal Tea Strength
OK, so I’m 100% one of those tea ‘connoisseurs’ who takes the way it is prepared very seriously—that being said, I think that the Jung Dae Hoon ‘T-cup’ definitely going in the right direction. As the… MORE
Double-Spout Kettles
Double-Spout Kettles
The Emotive Teapot Can Pour From Either End
The Emotive Teapot is by industrial designer and electrical engineer Jack Craig. Inspired by traditional Asian tea service Craig created a kettle that can serve its piping hot contents from either side.… MORE
Spherical Steamers
Spherical Steamers
A Coffee Mixer Kettle That Enriches Your Morning Brew
A kettle inside a circular Pyrex case should, by designer Behzad Hormoz’s estimation, further enrich your morning coffee. This coffee mixer kettle was inspired by the structure of shellfish. Powered… MORE
Automatic Caffeine Fixes
Automatic Caffeine Fixes
The Nespresso CitiZ Perks You Up at Home
Coffee is like the nectar of the gods, a thick black drinkable version of crude oil. And although you may enjoy a trip to your local, multi-national coffee conglomerate, waiting in massive queues can get… MORE
Kettles for the Impaired
Kettles for the Impaired
The Rotary Kettle by Adrian Lim is Designed for Those With Disabilities
Although I'm pretty sure I've seen something very similar before, the Rotary Kettle is still a unique design for the physically impaired. Featuring a modern design, I'm sure it would even appeal to those… MORE

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