Fresh ice in summertime drinks is a necessity, but it can be a royal pain in the rear to deal with ice cube trays. The solution? The Ice Cube Cooler from eva solo ($76). Its black lid serves as the tray when you are freezing your cubes, then simply twist the top to have them fall into the serving bowl when they’re ready — oh, and the included tongs fit neatly in the center.
We don't normally feature products that you can't immediately buy, but Whirlpool's new all-in-one concept kitchens look to be so innovative that we just had to share. The company's industrial design team studied all aspects of how people used kitchens and then rethought the 1960s era built-in kitchens to create four ultra-modern prefab prototypes. The Transformer-like In.Kitchens are mostly white and silver (hey, you can't go wrong with the iPod look) and offer features such as integrated, futuristic appliances, drop-down counters, and other hide-away goodies. And the future is nearly here. Whirlpool said the concepts are "not distant product hopes: they are glimpses of possible domestic experiences that could be achieved in the near future through well orchestrated partnerships."
For those of us in living in a household of one or two people, making an entire pot of coffee can be a real waste. The SENSEO Coffee Maker ($75) alleviates this problem by making perfectly brewed coffee one cup at a time. Using the same amount of water and a pod each time, the system delivers consistent cups with a frothy layer again and again. While it’s not Starbucks, it does use coffee pods Douwe Egberts, one of Europe’s premiere coffee brands — plus, you won’t be getting tempted by mega-calorie White Chocolate Mochas or Frappucinos.