Designer Kim Keun Ae has added a groove running around the outside of a coffee mug to create a beverage container that catches small spills before they reach the table and become stains. The mug’s design requires a little extra work to get it clean but is otherwise simple to use.
The Bodum Bistro Blender is designed to stand out among kitchen appliances. The small appliance performs all the normal functions consumers would expect, featuring an icon setting dial and availability in bright colors.
Iconix Brand Group and JC Penney are working closely to establish the Royal Velvet brand as a major home products line. Iconix experienced a 4% decline in revenue in the first quarter as it shifted the brand to the JC Penney partnership but expects to see significant jumps moving into 2013 and beyond.
Designers and manufacturers are combining thermochromic technology with 'smart' materials that can react to various stimuli such as light, touch or temperature to create new products for the home. Electrically conductive paint and floor tiles that convert nitrogen dioxide into oxygen when exposed to light are among the products being developed.