Designed by Romin Heide and Hanna Litwin of design studio Büro Famos for Czech company TON, the Logs coat hanger has a simple and playful design allowing multiple rods to be grouped together mimicking the look of a pile of logs in a fire. Made from beech and oak wood offcuts, and shipping in boxes constructed from recycled cardboard in a workshop employing people with disabilities, the hanger supports the designers’ always present approach to sustainability and ecological thinking. By partnering with Heide and Litwin, TON is carrying on their function of working with ideas from other Czech or foreign designers who create beautiful manual work as well as link to technology.
K-Design Award winner Yeo Jaewon’s RADAR Router sets to solve that most urgent and modern day of challenges: alleviating a poor wi-fi signal caused by walls and other elements within an interior space.
Referencing well established designs already used to amplify light, alongside video and audio signals, the RADAR Router’s circular dish-like design is shaped to maximize and concentrate wi-fi signal, albeit in a pleasant form factor more suitable for the catalog of HAY rather than Best Buy.
While the RADAR Router is currently only a design competition winning concept, network manufacturers like Google, Amplifi, and Asus are increasingly improving wi-fi router designs to be openly adopted as part of a room’s aesthetic, rather than hidden away.
An electric kettle is an essential piece of equipment in any tea or coffee lover’s repertoire, with the temperature of water playing an important part in the eventual flavor in both the realm of leaf or roasted bean. But while there are many fine quick brewing kettles available today, few, if any, would warrant notice for their design or technology. The Korean-designed SiDO Bon Kettle stands out as the exception, an IoT electric kettle with its very own Bluetooth-enabled app offering precise temperature control delivered with a pleasing modern aesthetic.
Available in a pleasant trio of color options – Cherry Blossom Pink, Natural Ivory, and Smoky Gray – the minimalist two-piece design comprises a tall-handled kettle with subtle nozzle designed to produce a gentle pour. An induction power tray for charging and Internet of Things connectivity operate as a slim stand and holder.
A customary cup of coffee or tea comes in around 118ml, which makes the 700ml capacity of the SiDO Bon Kettle capacious enough to serve several drinkers at once… or one very avid coffee drinker.
The SiDO Bon Kettle’s single button design exemplifies the appliance designers’ focus on simplicity, while its compatible SiDO Life app extends features further for those more particular with their coffee or tea desires, allowing an additional level of experimentation with brewing temperatures. The app gives users the ability to adjust the kettle from 40 to 100⁰C, in 5⁰C increments using an easy-to-use app interface.
Unfortunately those outside of Korea are unable to order this attractive and innovative electric kettle design, as the appliance is regionally limited. But with a second SiDO series in the works, one hopes global availability is in the cards for this and any future designs.