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Multi-Purpose Hot Plates

The Folding Iron Acts as a Clothes Press and Portable Heater

— May 17, 2011 — Art & Design
The name 'Folding Iron' narrows the playing field of what this baby can actually do; it is more than just an iron. A handy, multi-purpose concept, it can also convert into a portable hot plate to reheat your cup of coffee or even your bowl of soup.

Designed by Cai Ze Zhou and Wu Wenjun, the Folding Iron is currently only a concept. Entered as a 2011 iF concept design, it is both simple and clever. With its portable heating system and clothes-pressing functionality, this multi-purpose design would work on college campus settings and vacation trips alike. It is also great for small spaces that benefit from dual purpose products.

I especially like the sleek form that the Folding Iron takes on.
Trend Themes
1. Multi-purpose Appliances - The Folding Iron demonstrates the growing trend towards multi-purpose appliances that serve multiple functions.
2. Portable Heating - The Folding Iron showcases the trend of portable heating solutions that can be used to reheat food or beverages on the go.
3. Dual Purpose Products - The Folding Iron exemplifies the demand for dual purpose products that save space and provide multiple functionalities.
Industry Implications
1. Home Appliances - The home appliances industry can explore opportunities in developing more versatile and multi-functional products like the Folding Iron.
2. Travel Accessories - The travel accessories industry can tap into the trend of portable heating solutions, providing travelers with convenient options like the Folding Iron.
3. Home Furnishings - The home furnishings industry can innovate by creating more dual purpose products like the Folding Iron that maximize space and functionality.
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