The Finnish home products maker Magisso has won Best Collection Design in the Global Innovation Awards at the International Home + Housewares Show, which wraps up tomorrow in Chicago. The company won for their Naturally Cooling Ceramics collection designed by Simon Steven. Naturally Cooling Ceramics was also a winner in the Fennia Prize 2014 design competition earlier this year. The beautiful collection, which includes a 1 liter carafe, wine cooler, champagne cooler, and ice bucket with integrated tongs, stays cool by simply soaking the pieces in cold water for a few minutes before filling it with food or drink. As an added bonus, you can also create your very own design or write a message on the side of the ceramics with chalk. I appreciate the simple but elegant forms of the pieces combined the low-tech way they stay cool. All images courtesy Magisso.
Most of us could use a bit more color in our lives. Pantone Universe is a collection of housewares, apparel, and accessories decked out in the most popular colors from the world-renowned color authority. New to the line is a collection of kitchen gear, tabletop, and food storage produced by Copenhagen-based Plast Team A/S and Room Copenhagen. The cutting boards are like giant color chips (you can have fun picking a different color for each type of food prep), while the chunky hangers will add color to your wardrobe even if you only wear black. A great gift idea for artists, designers, teachers, and design students, the line will be available from leading kitchen supply, design, and department stores this winter.