If the minimalist aesthetic in your kitchen is cramping your ability to brew up a cup of joe whenever you need a caffeine boost, Scanomat’s Top Brewer keeps all the grinding and brewing hardware under the counter, out of sight.
In fact all that’s visible is a gooseneck dispenser sticking out of the top of the counter, a small grate for catching spills and sprays, and an LCD touchscreen UI that serves as an alternate way to order up your beverage if an iPhone or iPad isn’t readily available. While some drinks require longer brewing times than others, on average the Top Brewer can produce up to four cups of coffee per minute, and is self-cleaning so you can walk away and enjoy your brew right away.
It even has what it boasts to be the smallest milk foamer in the industry, installed at the very tip of the dispenser where it heats and foams to the required texture as needed. And if coffee isn’t your thing, the Top Brewer can be configured to dispense hot and cold water, milk, fruit juices or even just steam for blanching vegetables. Pricing is still TBA, but you can expect it to cater to those who don’t mind paying a premium for a great cup of coffee.
Imagine boarding a tram in Manhattan, which then leaves the city to connect with a high-speed train. You leave the tram for the train, and next thing you know you’re in downtown San Francisco…all without ever stopping at a station.
That’s the basic idea behind Moving Platforms, which wants to take high-speed trains and remove the part where they stop at stations. Instead, the trains would simply slow down as they passed by cities, and a tram would rendezvous alongside it and extend walkways so that passengers could move from one to the other. The tram would then uncouple and return to the city while the train speeds back up again. You can see how it works in the video below.
We aren’t typically ones to geek out on furniture, but this warrants an exception to the rule. Phillips Collection has worked up a coffee table perfect for any BMW fan. From the side, the piece simply looks to be three tilted boxes, but view the table from above and it becomes clear that it’s actually a physical manifestation of the BMW M logo. Made from cold-pressed steel and powder coated in the exact hues used by the BMW go-fast division, the table is sure to last for years and years. If you want one as badly as we do, you’ll have to contact Phillips Collection for more information. Designer Jason Phillips is based in Greensboro, North Carolina and has crafted a number of innovative tables and chairs. You can check out his full portfolio by heading over to his Behance page.
While Porsche styles its own sports cars, SUVs and sedans, its consumer goods division, Porsche Design, styles all manner of goods: watches, phones, yachts, bars, appliances, tools, toys, clothing and accessories… even condominium buildings. At least it does now as a new project on Miami Beach prepares for construction.
Called Porsche Design Tower, the project is a joint effort between the design studio and real estate developer Gil Dezer. The 57-story block on 2.2 acres of prime Collins Avenue real estate is set to incorporate 132 housing units, each with its own parking spaces. That bit is straightforward enough, but it’s where the slots are situated that is the novelty.
Rather than have residents park downstairs and take elevators up to their condos, the project includes three robotic car elevators that allow residents to take their cars right up to their pads. It’s not the first project that incorporates car elevators, but is the first planned by Porsche Design, and could lead to similar projects across the United States, or even other parts of the world. So even if you don’t want to live in your Cayenne, you can still live with it.
With tons of new smartphones coming out every month, it certainly isn’t too often that a company comes out with an innovative design that blows other phones away. Concept phones on the other hand can come in all sorts of different shapes sizes and styles that a consumer could only dream of. This Samsung B&O concept is the perfect example, combining the successful Samsung Galaxy line with the slick style and performance of Bang & Olufsen.
Designed by Antoine Brieux, the Samsung B&O concept features an incredibly thin and sleek design with a slight curve. Some of the dreamed p specifications reveal a modest 1.5 ghz dual-core processor, 4.3 inch super AMOLED screen, 64 GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera complete with LED flash as well as a 2MP front-facing camera, which looks completely legit and not over ambitious for a concept phone.
The specifications are certainly reasonable and similar to upcoming phones, as we’ve seen HTC already having a Sensation XE that’s loaded with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, but the one thing that makes the Samsung B&O concept incredible is its docking station. The Samsung B&O docking station not only charges the phone but also doubles up as a functional Bang & Olufsen speaker. Manufacturers these days are so in-the-box that they don’t make good accessories for their products anymore.
Of course all of this is just a concept but since HTC got together with Beats, maybe a Samsung and B&O partnership might not be out of the picture. Samsung has got to make this phone!
Designed by Florent Mennechet in collaboration with 3E-oeil Studio and Renault Design, the Renault Hydroplane concept is a futuristic vehicle that appears to have come straight from the Star Fox series. Unfortunately this plane won’t be doing any epic barrel rolls in space, but it will be able to cruise around on the water.
I initially thought this apartment building, designed by Japanese firm Eastern Design Office, is a big ass cupboard. But really, the On-The-Corner house has a triangular wedge design that, when viewed at just the right angle, nearly makes it look two-dimensional.
As varied as the cars that James Bond has driven in the various 007 movies, few have proven as inseparable from the Bond image as Aston Martin. But what of the boats? Bond’s watercraft have ranged from hovercraft to submarines, Sunseeker speed boats to megayachts and even naval ships. But one designer has sought to bridge the gap with the Aston Martin speed boat you see here.
Called the Voyage, this 55-foot speedboat design is the vision of naval architect and Aston Martin owner Luiz de Basto, who has several Magnum yacht designs to his credit. The name follows traditional Aston Martin nomenclature evident in the Vantage, Virage, Vanquish and Volante models, but goes far beyond semantics with a raft of design elements familiar to the British automaker’s svelte GTs: the grille shape has been interpreted into the windshield, the side vents into hull portals, the center console into a cabin access hatch.
The result isn’t just a boat inspired by Aston Martins, but an Aston Martin designed for the water. We’re already imagining Daniel Craig pulling up in San Tropez or Monte Carlo in this bad boy for a future flick.
Toilet paper isn’t exactly the most versatile of napkin products, seeing as how it is mostly just used to wipe our bottoms and blow our noses. It’s difficult to write on, so you can’t exactly use it for cute little memo notes or anything. Well, unless you happen to have Mario Lukas’ Toilet Paper Printer that is.
An entry for the hardware hacking contest, “Mach Flott Den Schrott” held by German technology magazine c’t, the Toilet Paper Printer uses a roll of toilet paper to print small sheets of text. At first it may not seem like the most practical of ideas, but designer Mario Lukas has gone one step further by integrating an Ethernet port into the printer.
The networking support allows Lukas to print internet content such as Tweets, Facebook posts and even RSS feeds. So if you’d like to create an art project with a toilet paper roll filled with tweets and Facebook posts, head on over to Lukas’ page and make your very own! (If you can read German) Of course, never use it when you’re in an emergency.
It’s not often that cars and whiskey cross paths on these pages, but it does happen. One distillery manager began charging his EV off of spent barley. Another blended special bottles for Formula One drivers. Now Porsche Design has teamed with Johnnie Walker for the exclusive scotch packages you see here.