17 April 2015

Conveying a Concept

In 1955, a ball bearing producer released a series of ads that speculated about the kitchen ten years hence. It should come as no surprise that all of the imaginings turn, if you will, on the use of little steel spheres. In this scenario, meals roll out of a contraption that is equal parts refrigerator and oven, streamlining food prep and putting a whole new spin on appliances.

16 April 2015

Room for Reflection

In my experience, bathroom mirrors fall into one of two categories: ultra plain or overwrought. This refined design avoids those extremes. Mixing a dash of Danish modern with a soupçon of steampunk,  a pair of brass clamps holds the mirror off the wall, giving the normally flat plane a three-dimensional presence. kbhsnedkeri.dk

15 April 2015

Appliance as Art

The always-engaging process of food preparation is a favorite subject for artists. It's a topic familiar to all, and lends itself to limitless conceptual and occasionally functional interpretation. Offered in a limited edition, the Juice Wind Mill takes an ecological approach to producing the breakfast beverage, letting prevailing breezes power the squeezing. Standing just over thirteen feet tall, the three-piece ensemble was created by Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema. tjep.com

14 April 2015

A Breath of Fresh Air

The Nuage hood is truly a seamless design [an overused and abused phrase if there ever was one, but in this case, a literal truth]. It can be plastered, tiled, or painted to appear like it's peeling out of the wall, much like this sink variant. Designed by Fabrizio Crisa, the hood would be quite at home in an open-plan kitchen that is free of wall cabinets. elica.com

13 April 2015

A Little Sparkle

Here's a dreamy little number to ease the ache that is Monday. The drab, cabinet-free walls, the battered floor...and the gold-washed drawers. A calculated incongruity, of course, and one that might raise some socio-political hackles, but I look at it as a simple experiment in finishes and materials. It's another example of green-meets-glitter, a color combo that I see as successful, but with a bit of texture thrown into the mix. 'Tenement chic', anyone?

10 April 2015

Future Schlock

I'm afraid I can't attribute this bizarre image to a specific source; the fashions and the color of the appliances date it as being from the early 1960s. The blueprint-like flooring and floating cooktop suggest a dream kitchen in the literal sense. The ladies—mother and daughter, to be sure—are certainly enjoying their stroll through their not-yet-real room. Two particular aspects of this curious scenario catch my eye: the handbag conspicuously placed on the counter, and the uncanny resemblance of the older woman to the Queen Mother.

09 April 2015

Lemonade, Anyone?

The Play vanity takes the design obstacle posed by pipes in stride. With a detail that's sure to please plumbers, the 'missing' drawer also adds a bit of asymmetric panache to an otherwise ho-hum piece of furniture—without sacrificing storage capacity. royogroup.com