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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

29-10-2010 High Fashion Kitchen Utensils

Italian designer Alberto Alessi believes that ‘a true work of design must be able to move people…to go against the + '/park.js">' grain’. Following in the + '<\/script>' footsteps of his mantra, the Alessi brand is iconic for everyday items that inspire, surprise, trigger memories and convey feelings. Alessi is known for taking ordinary tools and objects, specialising in kitchen utensils, and designing them in a way that elevates the objects to a level of high fashion. The popular spiderlike lemon squeezer is a must-have item for its clever ingenuity. Alessi flagship stores are expanding around the world, so keep an eye out for this iconic brand.

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28-10-2010 Hidden Spaces

Modern day living is a challenge, particularly when our living spaces are getting smaller. Minimalist and space saving furniture designs are often expensive alternatives. University students in Sweden have come up with the concept of Matroshka (inspired by the Russian dolls which are placed inside each other) creating a collection of furniture which, when compacted, is only 4 m2, yet has room for a bookshelf, double bed, sofa, dinner table, foot stools and seating for 12, workspace, wardrobe, cleaning products box and dog bed made entirely of tennis balls. Both are constructed in a sustainable manner using recycled tennis balls. Surprisingly, the tennis balls create a very ergonomic experience. He has since gone on to create handbags, a raining cloud tennis ball cupcake in the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Brooklyn and much more!

 

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15-10-2010 Flo Rider

We do love single devices with multiple functions. Enter the Flo Water Deflector and Faucet Cover from Boon Inc, which diverts the flow of water from the faucet for a gentle water flow. Handily enough it also comes with a protective covering to help guard against injury. Its third function is to dispense bubble bath! It’s easy to attach, inexpensive and fun to use. Simply watch the water extend to create a gentle waterfall effect, making rinsing hair easy. Go with the Flo! 

 

 

 

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14-10-2010 Getting Jiggy with the App-enings

There’s nothing quite like being able to impress friends with all the latest happenings around town. So strike me down when I can’t remember that place, on that corner, somewhere in that suburb that just might have that stuff called food. So what to do? You can’t lug the yellow pages around (well you can, but it’s not a pleasant or trendy experience). Cue worldwide popular online city guides like the European Spotted by Locals and the Australian ‘Thousands’. The Thousands now provide nifty little iPhone applications that point out where the best nearby restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries, shops and events are at with the ‘Near Me’ function. The good news for non-iPhone users is that Blackberries and Smartphones will soon be sporting these bad boys. 

 

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13-10-2010 Edible Drinking Cups

Take the simple act of drinking to a whole new level with Jelloware cups from The Way we see the World, innovative product design consultancy in New York. The Jelloware cups look like real cups but are made of agar agar, with different flavours to complement your drink like lemon-basil, ginger-mint or rosemary-beet. Nibble on your cup as you go and when you’re done, any left over parts are composted, so it won’t leave any harmful imprints on the environment. Absolut are developing a concept of Jelloware cups that complement different vodka cocktails like a pepper celery cup for a bloody Mary or a garlic olive cup for a dirty martini. What a delicious and fun way to keep the environment out of harm’s way!

 

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This trend was submitted by Sheree from Sydney, thank you for that!

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12-10-2010 We Love Pico!

Meet Pico. He has a camera for one eye and

a projector for another. He smiles alright, but his smile serves the dual purpose of being a microphone as well. But wait! There’s more! Pico also comes with fold-out feet so he can stand on his own. Plug a tripod in him (in an questionably placed port) so he can feel special and