The Wheat Grass Machine

The Transform Bar, by Hong Kong-based artist Kacey Wong, is a recycled wood hawker booth where you can grow wheat grass and Wong will make you healthy juices from fresh produce.

The Transform Bar footprint is only 3ft by 4ft (0.9m x1.2m), with wheat grass planters mounted on the exterior walls. The planters can be moved outside to provide more space inside the booth, display the wheat grass or to take advantage of sunlight to grow faster.

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June 19, 2012

Baguette Furniture

Is there anything worse than a stale baguette? Only when it ends up in the garbage! Polish designers Gosia and Tomek Rygalik (Studio Rygalik) upcycled old baguettes to create tables dubbed the Bread Experience. The unusual table were made for the Vienna Design Week Laboratory.

In a world where food wastage is so high in many countries, taking a little of that food garbage and upcycling it is a great idea for repurpousing uneaten food.

April 10, 2012

New Purple Strawberries

The Purple Wonder strawberry, from Cornell University horticulturists, recently impressed everyone at the Philadelphia International Flower Show with its color and taste.

Purple Wonder is sweet and aromatic, with outstanding strawberry flavor,” according to Courtney Weber, a small fruits breeder and associate professor of horticulture at Cornell. “But the color is something you won’t be able to find in any grocery store.”

“The color develops all the way through the fruit, which might surprise consumers accustomed to supermarket fruit with color mostly on the surface,” Weber explained. “And letting the fruit ripen on the plant just makes the berries sweeter.”

The Purple Wonder has few runners and so is ideal for pot growing, suiting backyard and city strawberry growers alike.  Apart from looking good and tasting good, they are also full of antioxidants, are insect and disease resistant, and can be grown in most temperature zones across the US. Cornell is going to file a plant patent for the Purple Wonder later this year.

The Philadelphia International Flower Show runs March 4th-11th, 2012, but Cornell has an exclusive licensing agreement with seed company W. Atlee Burpee Co. to sell their Purple Wonder seeds.

March 11, 2012

World’s Largest Coffee Cup

Although I think the last thing our jacked-up, over-stimulated society needs is larger portions of java, the folks at McPhee’s Products seem to think bigger is better – particularly when it comes to caffeine.

The 6inch (15.3cm) tall, 10inch (25.4cm) diameter porcelain cup allows you to drink 20 cups in one sitting from what is probably the world’s largest coffee cup. The coffee cup sells for US$47.50 (€37.2).

January 10, 2012

Versatile Lunch Kit

To help promote healthier living, and encourage people to bring their own food to the office, the Sabine Staggl designed food kit includes a plate, cutting board and a bowl, which can also be used as food containers. The carrier bag also doubles as a tablecloth.

The flexible bowl can be inflated to protect the food contents, and later can be squished flat for easier storage.

“With this kit I want to support the philosophy of bringing food from home, and providing a healthy alternative for all those who consume non-fresh and heavy food in fast-food restaurants,” explains the artist.

December 30, 2011

Transformed Teapots

UK-based silversmith David Clarke is world-renowned for his innovative approach to creating highly unusual works of silver art. Using a process of combining old and new items of silver, the artist works to juxtapose the various pieces into surprisingly zany combinations.

His recent series Yeaha, which debuted at the Ornamentum Gallery during Miami Week 2011, is an exhibit of transformed teapots that have been reconstructed and re-welded into new representative shapes including  a wood stove and even the female form.

December 23, 2011