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Experience Dessert in a New Way with Chocolate Pencils

These chocolate pencils were designed by Nendo, the Japanese studio that previously designed chocolate nails and chocolate paint tubes. Created for Tsujiguchi Hironobu in Tokyo, the pencils are made to be “sharpened” for the delicate, delicious chocolate shavings. Customers at the patisserie shave the chocolate themselves with the accompanying pencil sharpener, decorating their dessert as part of a creative if somewhat laborious experience. The pencils themselves are available in a ...

Nendo Holiday Ice Cream Cake for Häagen-Dazs

This edible creation by Nendo is the latest addition to Häagen-Dazs’ series of designer holiday ice cream cakes. The romantic design places milk chocolate houses atop a snowy white box cake. The sweet little homes represent a village and harken back to simpler times, just like a good holiday can. The cakes come in two flavors, caramel nut and mixed fruit. The cake will be on sale this winter only ...

Cooking Table For a Minimalist Kitchen Experience

Designed by Moritz Putzier, the Cooking Table is a multifunctional table with a bench and storage bowls. The table features a treated wooden tabletop with a gas burner in the middle. Built into either side are wire supports for hanging all sorts of kitchen supplies. A separate piece, the bench provides a small workspace and a place to sit when the meal is ready. The ceramic storage bowls are sealed ...

Chocolate LEGO Bricks by Akihiro Mizuuchi

This sweet design began as part of a Valentine’s Day tradition among Japanese designer Akihiro Mizuuchi and his friends. Every February fourteenth, the gang would make chocolates in the image of their favorite characters from Mobile Suit Gundam. This year, Mizuuchi decided to up the ante and make his manga-inspired chocolates from LEGO bricks. He designed the characters on his computer and then created molds using actual LEGO bricks. The ...

FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection

At the beginning of Allan Karl’s WorldRider adventure, his outwardly successful life is falling apart. He is divorced from his wife of seven years. He has abandoned his high-powered job at a media agency. He feels empty. The turn of events is the setup for a mid-life crisis, and maybe that is just what this book is about. But, Karl’s crazy idea is not some half-baked stunt; it’s a dream ...

Bake with Balance by Nadine Fumiko Schaub

Balance is an intuitive kitchen scale by Nadine Fumiko Schaub. The simple design helps the user bake precisely by the gram, balancing up to 1kg of ingredients with porcelain and lead granulate weights. Interaction with the design encourages the user to see the object as an heirloom rather than a disposable tool. Additionally, the natural materials—brass, local marble, porcelain, and wood—make Balance a valuable asset to one’s cooking arsenal and ...

Wrap-Genius Food Labeling for the Future

In its current incarnation, Wrap-Genius is one man’s journey to intuitive food labelling. Graduate student Sam Slover began tracking what he was eating, what was in it, where he bought it, and where it originated. Over the course of three months, he recorded details about his food and designed the Wrap-Genius dashboard to visualize his eating habits in an informative but not prescriptive way. He found that he consumed 3,548 ...

The Cap Coffee Cup

The Cap is a coffee cup specially designed for the New York Cafe, a restaurant and caffeination destination actually located in Curitiba, Brazil. Playing with the shape of a baseball cap, the easy-to-grip cup rocks Big Easy style and begs to be Instagrammed with or without #latteart. The sporty design was collaboratively developed by Rodrigo Brenner and Mauricio Noronha of Furf Design Studio and the New York Cafe’s chef, Luiz Santo. ...

Nambu Tekki Cast Iron Pans by Nobuho Miya

Designed and forged by master craftsman Nobuho Miya, this collection of Nambu tekki cast iron pans brings time-honored culinary style to any kitchen. Miya works in his family ironware studio, Kamasada, in the Iwate prefecture of Japan. With more than forty years of experience, he practices the art of traditional Nambu techniques, and his work is widely acclaimed. His commercial production of Nambu tekki cast iron includes a skillet and ...

Mon Oncle Portable Grill

Designed by RS Barcelona, Mon Oncle is a portable grill that resembles a vintage briefcase. The flameless grill is safe and easy to use and can be carried by the fabric and leather straps. Its stainless steel frame is perforated for efficient heating and comes painted in green, blue, or gray. Giving outdoor dining and camping an added touch of sophistication, Mon Oncle serves up adventure with whimsy and retro ...