Tag Archives: Household

Smart cooker

The Electrolux Cooik is a gadget that practically does the cooking for you. The flexible cooking appliance combines an induction charger base, cutting board, casserole dish, oven and hotplate with a touchscreen interface on top. Intuitive programming and a WiFi connection allow users to upload and download recipes that walk them through the process of preparing any meal. The Cooik even stores information on how to make a variety of dishes, eliminating the need for a cookbook and automatically heating your dinner to perfection.

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The real man revolution

Man of the House is the real man’s magazine, a guide for men trying to be better – at work, at home, as a father and as a husband. Men’s roles have changed in a generation. Fatherhood is different. Marriage is different. Careers and finances are different. Even the oil your dad taught you to change is different. Man of the House is about men helping other men become better men. (Thanks, Elliot, no excuses now!)

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Laundromat café

Wash & Coffee is a German enterprise that aims to ease the boredom of doing laundry.

Next to the washing machines and dryers is a cozy lounge where visitors can enjoy free wifi and entertainment events. A range of snacks and coffees are for sale, with special combo deals for anyone buying both laundry service and refreshments.

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Bright futures

The Kimberly-Clark Foundation, the charitable arm of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, recently announced the recipients of its Bright Futures program.

Established in 1993, the Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to children of Kimberly-Clark employees in the US and Canada. Each scholarship is worth up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year for up to four years) for full-time students studying at accredited colleges and universities. Since its inception, the program has distributed nearly $32 million in scholarships to more than 1,550 students.

This year’s 64 recipients were chosen based on academic achievement, leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities.

 

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Dishy design

Forget smelly dishcloths lying around the kitchen. The famous design innovators of kitchen essentials, Eva Solo, have transformed the common dishcloth. (Many thanks to Natasha, Elveden Estate).

Using modern microfibre technology and a sculptural third dimension, the Eva Solo Dishcloth combines cleaning power with contemporary style. The Dishcloth is sewn into a sturdy tube with an absorbent foam core that stands up so the cloth can properly dry between use (preventing mould growth and nasty odours). It even comes with a small conical steel stand to catch drips. 

Via. http://www.kitchencritic.co.uk/2008/08/eva_solo_dishcloth.html

 

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Don’t wipe out the planet

The average person uses around 3,000 paper towels each year – and that’s just at work. So it’s no real surprise that more than 3,000 tons of paper towel waste are produced every day in the U.S. alone. Hoping to reduce that mountain of methane-producing trash, PeopleTowels has developed a very simple solution: personal hand towels that can be reused again and again.

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Blooming all over

Replace the flower buckets of Romanian florists with bottle-shaped buckets, emphasizing the flower fragrances of your fabric softener in a free of charge and you’ve got an outdoor promotion for a new Lenor flower  scented laundry softener!
The flower buckets from most Romanian flower shops are neutral and kind of dull. The simple action of replacing them, offered the brand free media space with great exposure, highlighting the product benefit in a fresh way. The idea came to life in the flower shops all across Magheru Avenue, one of Bucharest’s most circulated street; between 15.000-20.000 pedestrians per day.

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Really clean and really green

 Method has just unveiled their next generation of laundry detergent. Using smartclean technology™, the patent-pending highly concentrated formula claims to wash ‘50 loads’. That’s quadruple the loads of most standard detergents.

Method’s Director of Sustainability, Drummond Lawson, explains some of the eco benefits, ‘The biggest problem is that the majority of the liquid in regular detergents isn’t actually detergent. It’s water. Which is a pretty silly thing to buy, carry around and pour into a washing machine.’

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Making (radio)waves in the bathroom

Japanese no-brand retailer Muji have created the innovative Muji Bath Radio using the language of the shampoo bottle. You adjust the volume by turning the cap. Ingenious.

 

 

 

Ref. http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/07/21/switch-the-shampoo-to-get-a-radio/

 

Redesigning the downturn

 

Last spring, as retail sales were tanking worldwide, Italian design firm Alessi ramped things up. And recently, at its flagship NY Soho store, the company announced that it would unveil three collections in 2010 instead of the usual two, so as to accommodate the firm’s record number of products.

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