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Placing food on the table of the Ikea Concept Kitchen 2025 calls up recommended dishes tha...

What will the world be like in 2025? How will the kitchen of the future adapt to that world? Those are the questions that Ikea's Concept Kitchen 2025 hopes to answer. Developed in collaboration with design firm IDEO London and students from Lund and Eindhoven universities, the Concept Kitchen is designed to make people more creative about food while nudging them toward a more eco-friendly lifestyle.  Read More

The SpillMate sucks liquids out of carpets

Cleaning up liquids spilled into carpets can be difficult – no matter how firmly you press a rag against them, you've always got to wonder how much of the liquid you're really soaking up. That's why the SpillMate was created. It attaches to the hose of a conventional vacuum cleaner, allowing it to actually suck liquid out of the carpet.  Read More

The Programmable Table pops into shape with a pull (Photo: Self-Assembly Lab, MIT + Wood-S...

Flatpack furniture is efficient to manufacture and inexpensive to transport, but it can also be a real hassle to put together. A collaboration between MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and Milan design firm Wood-Skin promises to make life easier in this regard with the Programmable Table: a small prototype table that can be easily moved from flatpack state to furniture, and back again, with a quick tug.  Read More

The Flyte lightbulb uses magnetic levitation and induction charging to hover wirelessly ab...

Need something to place alongside your levitating Bluetooth speaker? Or just sick of utilitarian lighting solutions anchored down by ghastly wires and fittings? It looks like progress in magnetic levitation, wireless charging and a particular product designer's brain have come together to save the day. Flyte is a globe that hovers freely above its base, offering a unique way to light up a room.  Read More

Oomi aims to make it easy to set up and control a smart home, with its Oomi Touch controll...

Let's face it, there's no shortage of smart home systems designed to connect everything in your home and make things easier to control. For example, both the Ninja Sphere and Revolv have recently made waves. With so many launching all the time, it takes a lot to make one stand out, but Oomi has found a way to make everyone stand up and take notice. It's promising to redefine the smart home by taking the smartphone out of the equation, and by making it quick and easy to set up and get going.  Read More

The new Philips 8.5-W LED bulb is equivalent to a 60-W incandescent bulb

If you've previously been put off LED bulbs by the price, now may be the time to reconsider. Philips, in partnership with The Home Depot, has announced that it will sell an A19 60-W LED equivalent bulb for just US$4.97. The firm says it's the most affordable LED bulb on the market.  Read More

Wakē uses targeted sound and light to spare your partner an early awakening (Photo: Lucera...

Lucera Labs isn't the first startup to mimic the natural sunrise for a more subtle start to the day, but by bringing highly targeted sounds into the mix it hopes to save your significant other some valuable shut-eye, and perhaps even your relationship.  Read More

The Dyson V6 Mattress is designed to remove dust mites and other microscopic particles

According to Dyson, bed mattresses contain anywhere between 10,000 and two million dust mites that churn out around 40 million droppings per day. To deal with the pesky critters and provide relief for allergy sufferers, the company has announced its handheld V6 Mattress cleaner, which packs HEPA filtration and is powered by the Dyson digital motor V6.  Read More

Potocco, Milan Design Week 2015 (Photo: Edoardo Campanale/Gizmag.com)

The doors have opened at the 54th Salone Internazionale Del Mobile. The epic event is showcasing a huge collection of the latest home-furnishing designs from Italy and around the globe, with over 2,000 exhibitors filling the 204,850 sq m (2.2 million sq ft) of the Rho Milan Fairgrounds in Italy. Along with some of the 300,000 visitors expected at the show, we've begun making our way through this maze in search of the most innovative and creative designs.  Read More

Brick Lamp is a minimalist lamp shaped like a brick

As its name suggests, Brick Lamp is a lamp shaped like a brick. This is minimalism brought to bear on the world of lighting, with Brick Lamp featuring "no switch, no shade, and no wires."  Read More

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