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Traditionally fruit gets stored in a bowl leaving them to get bruised and moldy as you forget about them over time. Now there’s Fruit-Wall, a minimal wall shelf that takes your fruit from the bowl and displays and stores it neatly on the wall. The Fruit-Wall gives you unlimited options and space to lay everything out so not only can your fruit breathe, it can add a beautiful bit of natural color to your kitchen.
The simple shelves give you and your family easy access to healthy fruits and veggies because they’re at eye level and easy to grab. It also makes it easy to see at a glance what you’re out of and might need to stock up on. As much as I love how handy and functional it is, I must admit I really love the ways you can display your food having all the vibrant colors arranged neatly. It’s like a constantly changing art piece for your kitchen!
Thirsty beachgoers in Colombia may now avail themselves of the ultimate in chilled beverages–and no messy plastic left over! Coca-Cola has undertaken another bit of stunt bottling with the Botello de Hielo, or bottle of ice.
We reported on Coke’s recent split-can idea–bringing the brand’s happy vibe to life with a sharable package. That idea seemed a little more practical than this one–a bottle made entirely of ice. Sure, it has a nice live-for-now message built in (wait . . . isn’t that Pepsi’s line?), but it can’t be comfortable to hold (even with the rubber band that encircles the bottle) or to drink or generally to be around. But as a promo on a steamy Colombian beach, it’ll do for a summer warm-up.
Fruit may no longer come with sticky labels thanks to an EU ruling approving the use of chemicals applied with a laser to brand fresh produce.
The European Union has approved the use of iron oxides and hydroxides on the skin of fruit, which are used to make laser markings stand out more clearly without penetrating the peel. Alongside company branding and information on country of origin, the tattoos could include barcodes or QR codes that shoppers would scan to access more details about the produce.
Spanish company Laser Food, which has developed a machine that can apply laser logos to as many as 54,000 pieces of fruit an hour, has been campaigning for the ban on the chemicals to be lifted since 2009. The company claims the technique could have environmental benefits by reducing the paper, plastic and glue used in stickers, as well as preventing fruit being sold on without details of its supply chain.
Pizza margherita, apple cake, minestrone soup, and salmon. They’re all delicious. And thanks to the endless patience of stylist Elena Mora and photographer Karsten Wegener, they’re all part of a balanced diet. Literally.
Because to produce their photography series Ricettario: A Balanced Diet, the duo spent upwards of 12 hours per shot, meticulously deconstructing dishes into their respective ingredients, then stacking and counterweighting lemons, tomatoes, eggs, and raw fish into borderline surreal food art. The result is a series of dishes that seem to float in defiance of gravity yet appear so fragile that you’ll hold your breath even looking through your computer screen.
This orange battery was built by photographer Caleb Charland as part of his ongoing alternative energy photographs using fruit, vegetables, and other objects to create light for his long-exposure photographs. The electricity powering the lightbulb inside the orange is generated through a chemical reaction between citric acid and the zinc nails inserted into each wedge. I think this is by far the most lovely piece he’s done in the series, but before you start work on a bunch of orange lights to keep on the nightstand, the light generated was so dim this particular photograph required a 14 hour exposure.
The PURE Water Company is a Norwegian company, established in 1997 with its head-office in Norway. In addition to our business activities in Norway, we also provide our products and services in the UK and the rest of the Scandinavian countries.
PURE Water has developed a special system that utilises the municipal water supply network to give our customers drinking water of the highest quality.
The technology behind the PURE Water system was developed in close cooperation with global leading suppliers to the breweries and beverages industry.
Haagen Dazs invited Doshi Levien to design an ice-cream cake for Christmas 201, ICE MOON.
Your collaboration with Häagen-Dazs : why did you choose to work with Häagen-Dazs?
Nipa and I have a particular love for materials and processes, so the idea of working with moulded ice cream was irresistible. We love the ephemeral nature of ice cream and design to be eaten. It’s something that appeals to the senses. The proposal from Haagen Dazs to design an ice-cream cake immediately caught our imagination.
What were the difficulties? How did you work with them?
Our concept is almost spherical so the ice cream has to be moulded in two separate parts and then put together without seeing the join. This has never been attempted before by Haagen-Dazs. The second difficulty involves releasing the ice-cream from the moulds without handling or destroying the shape.
What did you keep in your mind? The funny moments:
We never had a design meeting before in which we ate the prototype.
Why did you choose this shape? Why did you choose a moon?
We imagined the shape and texture of an ice cream scoop being like the moon as in a famous childhood Bollywood song. We were reminded of the stop frame movie Le Voyage dans la Lune by Georges Méliès. We were inspired by Armenian surrealist Léon Tutundjian’s relief work of 1929. We found some early examples of the ‘Bombes’ ice-cream that are near spherical. The moon idea came from many different places and has elements of fantasy, adventure, imagination, it makes us dream and it’s delicious.
Have you ever had a meal so good, you wanted to lick your plate at the end? Well now you have your meal and eat the plate too.
Sure, we’ve all seen bread bowls but low-carb diets are all the rage and who wants to fill up on bread before dessert? That’s why we’re excited to discover that designers are making some gorgeous edible bowls, plates and even forks. And even if they’re not entirely edible like Diane Bisson and Vita Gionatan’s “Food Nests” made of tomatoes, they’re made of biodegradeable material like orange peels! The only downside is that they’re a little too pretty to eat.
The Edible Container invites us to reflect upon overconsumption and its impact on global pollution. To establish a sound sustainable practice around edible plates – a practice that could permeate our everyday lives – the objective is to create a strong and successful variety of products for diverse usage contexts, and a new material typology of shapes, colors and flavours that meet with high nutritional standards and sustainability.
Premiering in Milan on April 13 at the Salone del Mobile 2011, this project is a collaboration between Diane Bisson and Vito Gionatan Lassandro. “Food Nests” is an exploration into edible container forms that use the tomato as principal food material in different forms – crunchy, soft, jelly-like and a range of tastes.
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