Needs of fresh fruits and vegetables

31 01 2009

 

The AeroGarden is the world’s first indoor smart garden.

It’s really simple to use that anyone who doesn’t have a background of gardening experience can grow lush, beautiful gardens right in your home!

In fact the computerized AeroGarden tells you when to add water and nutrients. The built-in micro-processor automatically adjusts nutrient delivery and water flow and turns grow lights on and off to simulate the sun.

Hence now there is no need to worry about when is the right time to watering or when the plants should be under the sun because the AeroGarden will think and everything.

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The Automatic Vacuum Sealing Food Preserver: “This container automatically creates a vacuum when you close its lid, providing oxygen-free food storage that preserves the freshness, flavor, and nutrients of food by up to three weeks. By removing all of the oxygen, the container inhibits microorganism growth and slows the oxidation of fruits, vegetables, bread, and pastries to a fraction of its natural pace. The device automatically maintains 16mbar (the optimal pressure for preserving foodstuffs) and reduces air moisture that can encourage mold growth. The lid opens by lifting the latch, providing easy access to food, and the unit automatically reseals once the lid is closed. The container is large enough to hold up to 16 apples has a dial on top of the lid that allows you to mark the date food was first stored”.

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Automatic Vacuum Sealing Food Preserver

 

 Stop crying over chopped onions! These innovative Onion Goggles provide tear-free chopping, mincing, dicing and slicing. The innovative design of these useful kitchen gadgets contain a comfortable foam seal that protects your eyes from irritating onion vapors. The anti-fog lenses offer maximum clarity and eye protection.

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Onion Goggles







Interview

30 01 2009

Throughout my blog I always presented innovative tools in the kitchen, in fact the aim of this blog is to show how tools are changing thanks to technology. However, as I continuous to fill up the blog with all the most unbelievable objects I ask my self if people wouldn’t be too annoyed by all this technology and would prefer the simplicity of an old kitchen. Arriving at this point I decided to take an interview to an interior designer: Carlo Zedda. For simplicity I left the interview in Italian because there were too technical words hence I will sum up here his thoughts.

 So first of all I asked Carlo Zedda what were his experiences concerning the world of kitchen and he answered: he is working in the world of design for 15 years, and as you can read after in the interview, 30% of his works were about kitchen, so is a good percentage.

 My second question was how does his works proceed with all this innovations of materials, fantasy, and he answered that almost all his customers were well prepared to the latest innovations so he never find that many troubles once he has a budget.

Thirdly more than innovative objects, he thinks that the innovation in household appliance and their saving of energy and also the new materials in the kitchen are improving the aspect of the kitchen.

More over in his opinion the new technology with the new kitchen trends move along so if someone goes and buy a good kitchen he also has all the “decorum” (fridge, new tools etc..). Otherwise if you buy a low quality kitchen you already know what are you facing.

Also at the end when I ask him if he thinks that the innovative objects would ruin the simplicity of the kitchen, he said no at all because the most important things is the good designed of a kitchen, and after years of minimalism kitchen, people are choosing now the old style kitchen where the emotions and glow only that type of kitchen can give.

Interview

1)Qual é la sua esperienza nel campo dell’arredamento, in particolar modo in quello delle cucine?

E’ un’esperienza che dura da 15 anni e il settore delle cucine ha contribuito per un buon 30% sul totale dei miei progetti. Il mio lavoro di interior designer mi ha portato sempre alla risoluzione delle problematiche funzionali ed emotive degli spazi e di tutto ciò che riguarda l’interno degli stessi, per la soddisfazione delle molteplici esigenze di abitazione, lavoro e svago dell’uomo contemporaneo.

 

2)In termini di materiali, fantasie, nuove tecnologie, delle cucine, come imposta il suo lavoro di designer?

Nello specifico delle cucine, ho sempre trovato clienti abbastanza preparati e documentati sia sulle novità tecnologiche, che di materiali, finiture e accessori vari: il mio compito è riuscire a capire le esigenze e le specifiche richieste del mio committente, rispettando sempre e comunque un determinato budget imposto dallo stesso, e proporre di conseguenza una rosa di proposte che possa soddisfarlo.


3)Andando ancor più nel dettaglio, come possono gli oggetti innovativi all’interno della cucina migliorare l’aspetto?

Più che di oggetti innovativi, parlerei piuttosto di innovazione negli elettrodomestici, alle loro funzioni/prestazioni e al risparmio energetico degli stessi (di cui le normative cee sono molto ferree), di materiali usati per la cucina (frontali di ante e cassetti, piani di lavoro e maniglie) che, oltre ad essere non impegnativi economicamente, devono essere di facile pulizia e resistenti al tempo e all’usura.


4)A parer suo le nuove technologie, i nuovi trend, portano la clientela a scegliere cucine scadenti per investire poi in accessori innovativi quali frullatori, frighi, utensili…?

I nuovi trend sono strettamente correlati alle nuove tecnologie che hanno portato ad usare materiali alternativi che, nonostante siano meno “nobili”, hanno spesso caratteristiche più efficienti e a prezzi molto più convenienti (il laminato a poro aperto alternativo al legno, il polimerico, specialmente nella finitura lucida, alternativo al laccato lucido, l’agglomerato che è composto da sostanze minerali e da resine acriliche alternativo al marmo e al granito: tutti materiali che, oltre ad essere alla portata di tutte le tasche, presentano caratteristiche funzionali e pratiche che li portano ad avere poca manutenzione e quindi ad essere facilmente lavabili, a non cambiare tonalità nel tempo, a non essere porosi e ad avere una durata molto più lunga).

Per quanto riguarda le cucine “scadenti”, lì c’è già una selezione di partenza del cliente che vuole, comunque, un prodotto molto economico e, di conseguenza, sa cosa si porta a casa.

 

5)Cosa viene richiesto maggiormente per la cucina?  La cucina: futuristica o “old style”

Dopo tanti anni di cucine minimaliste, c’è un grande ritorno al gusto del passato inteso come un classico rivisitato, sdrammatizzato, dove il calore e l’emozione che solo una cucina del genere può dare.

 

6)Cosa pensa di tutte questi strumenti innovativi in cucina? Possono in qualche modo compensare al fascino della semplicità?

Le innovazioni introdotte nelle cucine (come per es. i cassetti e le ante a chiusura ammortizzata, l’illuminazione sottopensile ad incasso, gli elettrodomestici di ultima generazione polifunzionali e a risparmio energetico, i nuovi materiali di rivestimento succitati) non vanno assolutamente ad intaccare quello che può essere il fascino della semplicità delle stesse che è dato, invece, da una ottimale progettazione e, non da ultimo, da una buona dose di buon gusto.  





Uselful helps in the Kitchen!

30 01 2009

Salt and pepper in the right place: how many times did we ask ourselves if we putted the right dose of salt and pepper because we didn’t see? This really useful accessorizes can help us because it illuminates the right direction while we milled salt, pepper or other spices.

 

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Teatoaster: Why do we have to waste energy and space when we can do two things in one time using the same gadget? This tools uses the necessary heating needed for the toaster to heat the tea or the milk thanks to a cavity that surround the tools. So from now one the “clack” of the ready toaster will indicate also that our tea is ready. Hence once we took off the bread from the toaster we just pour the drink into the cup and the breakfast is ready!

 

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Teatoaster

The future kettle: what happens if we use a modern object with an old one like a mobile phone and a kettle? So imagine that when you finish work and you’re ready to go home and outside is freezing the only thing you wish is a cup of hot tea, well you can actually get it ready when you go home. How? Well the only thing you have to do is to send a text to your kettle and that’s it. Funny eh? So once the kettle have received the text, in just few minutes will make the water boil. So in every situation in which you feel really lazy, for example if you are laying in the couch, with just a text you’ve got your cup of hot tea! 

 

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The future Kettle





Cona coffee maker

29 01 2009

The Cona coffee maker is not a very innovative instrument for the kitchen because of   its old story but anyway I thought was good to included in my blog because of its shape and strange way to make coffee. 


The “Cona” method of coffee making has been world famous for more than a half century.  These unique and beautiful brewing devices perform wonderful results when properly done.  Manufactured in England and available in different finishes, these ultimate coffee brewers denote quality with remarkable results.  Its main feature is that the coffee is prepared entirely in glass where coffee has no contact with metal parts, or paper filters that would otherwise taint the full coffee flavor- giving you only a clean smooth taste.Because Cona uses the vacuum method of brewing , the coffee is automatically infused at the correct temperature, thus insuring the perfect extractions of oils and caffeine which give coffee its full taste.  This method insures no bitter taste from over-extraction.

 

Instructions for Using the Yama Coffee Siphons:

 – Drop the washable, reusable cloth covered filter into the funnel (glass 

infusion chamber) with the chain hanging down into the glass tube.

 – Pull the chain down until you can hook it to the bottom of the siphon tube. 

 -Stand the funnel onto its holder. Add one heaping measure of ground 

coffee per “cup”. 

 -Fill the bottom carafe with fresh, cool water up to the maximum capacity 

mark (5 or 8 “cup”). 

 -Place the funnel onto the bottom carafe and gently twist to fit the rubber 

stopper and tube into the opening. 

 -Place on stove, low to medium heat. 

-As the water boils, it will be siphoned to the top funnel chamber, where it 

will infuse with the coffee grounds. 

 -You may now stir the mixture a bit. 

 -It is normal for a little water to remain in the bottom carafe. 

 -Let brew about 60 seconds, then remove the coffeemaker from the heat 

source. 

 -The coffee will then filter back down into the carafe, leaving the grounds at 

the top. 

 -Gently rock the funnel back and forth to loosen it from the carafe, lift off and 

stand it onto its holder. 

 Pour and enjoy the coffee! 

This instructions were taken by this site: 

http://www.coffeestorehouse.com/PDF/Yama_Instructions.pdf

 

 

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Cona coffee





Energy from ideas

28 01 2009

The key point is here is the energy that is one of the most emerging themes in those days. This was an exposition that took place in Venice Rome and Hong Kong dedicated to the new kitchen technology. This exposition was called “Energy from idea”. 

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The project above won the Dyson Design Award in 2007. Is a kitchen place developed in order to create the maximum results with the minimum waste of energy. This thanks to the special containers that goes inside the depressions.


The cue points were very interesting because the major issue here was to dedicate a whole sector to innovative solutions for the production of heating and system kitchen always maintaining colors and cheerfulness. Particular attention was dedicated to the renewable energy by considering them as an opportunity instead of limits. 

 





Alessi

23 01 2009

Alberto Alessi, the head of Alessi Company, when talking about Alessi history he says that the brand is how we see it today. He mentioned about Carlo Alessi, his dad, that with his skills of industrial designer, created almost all the objects published from 1935 to 1945. The difference in this company comparing to Bugatti is that even if the products are being realized with the help of the machines, the aim of them is always to keep holding on craftsmanship. In fact craftsmanship has always been the aim of the company. Their focus is on the industry as the sense of the research on the arts and tradition.

Some of their products:

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Sapper, a german designer, has designed this grater. He created one of the most innovative objects for Alessi and he has been inspired by the everyday job he has in his family that is grate the cheese. Todo, the name of this particular grater, allow, thank to his long body, to have a great quantity of cheese in less time compared to the usual ones. Also is an amazing objects to show and have inside the kitchen or even in the table due to his great shape.

 

 

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                    Todo

Steel Kettle with bird whistle, in fact when the water boil, the bird whistle. This product was a great success in 1985 when it first came out. For Alessi this represents the point of great design and production in large scale. This product was specificallt made by Micheal Graves applying his taste fir art Deco to Pop art obtaining at the and Cartoons language.

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                                                           Steel Kettle with bird whistle

 

This pressure cooker has valve with double pressure.  Stefano Giovannoni designed this cooker. He created this sophisticate product technological evolved and aesthetically beautiful.

 

 

 





Casa Bugatti

21 01 2009

A little bit of history: the Bugatti company was first founded in 1923. The first articles for the house that they produced were handmade, but soon everything changed. In fact in 1926 there were the first machines to being used. Their experience and ability enable them to take advantage of the latest technology. In 1930 the company start the first chromated brass cutlery production and in 1940 they start to export their product all around the world. 

Some of their products:

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The Gym Pizza Cutter from Casa Bugatti.

 Funky and fun with an air of designer style describes this pizza cutter from Casa Bugatti.

Sure to bring admiring comments at the dining table or when simply strutting his stuff sat in the kitchen

 

 

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The Gym Fruit and Vegetable Peeler from Casa Bugatti. Funky and fun with an air of designer style describes this vegetable or fruit peeler from Casa Bugatti.

 

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The Gym Bottle Opener from Casa Bugatti. Funky and fun with an air of designer style describes this bottle opener from Casa Bugatti. Looks great and feels at home in the kitchen, bar or dining room.

 

 

 

 

                                           What else can we find at Casa Bugatti?


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These are other products, in particularly kitchen household appliances from casa bugatti. As you can see the aim is new design, technology and colors. Obviously not to mentioned the good quality and functionality of these tools. As the picture already shows, we’ve got a toaster, a coffee machine, a mixer and a kitchen scales.

 





Aluminium: the great conductor

20 01 2009

Based to a research made by Ballarini company we can appreciate how important is the role of aluminium. 

 

Heat Conduction:

Aluminium is an excellent heat conductor. It’s three times better than cast iron, iron and nine times more than steel. Hence the aluminum can reach high temperature with less time compared to the others.

 

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Heat radiating:

 Thanks to its conduction, the aluminium saucepan distributes heat equally. This is good for a homogeneous cooking of food no matter the shape and the position in which they are.

 

Energy saving:

For this same reason the no stick sauce aluminium saucepan is energy saving. This is due to the fact that the heat spread in a homogeneous way all around the saucepan with less time.

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Performance and duration:

Always with the same characteristics of homogenous diffusion of heat, the aluminium avoids exposure at high temperature and this is good because the materials in which the saucepan is made won’t be ruined. 


Lightness and resistance

 The weight of aluminium is really low and this is connect to a high resistance that is equal to material that is more heavy and more expensive.








Macef: Ballarini

17 01 2009

One of the companies that were at Macef was Ballarini.

Ballarini is a very important brand when we talk about kitchen tools non-stick.

The aim is the strong relation with the Italian culture and also international, and moreover the technological innovation and creation of the product.

Brand communication is the latest project of Ballarini and the aim is to strengthen the interpretation of the kitchen as a sign of quality. 

 This is the reason why Ballarini is convinced that is necessary to invest in research in order to improve the quality of a product. There are two main aspect: environment and technical.

Especially today that the market is so focusing at health and well being. For example the consumer is progressively orientating towards biological products. 

To this new demand, the collection Bio was born. Ballarini realized this kitchen tools with new method of working and a high level of security both for man and environment.  





International home show: Macef

16 01 2009

Macef, International home show, is an exhibition that it’s dedicated to the entire world and is based on the table and kitchen world, interior design and decoration, bijoux, gold and accessories.

It’s taking place in Milan from the 16th of January till the 19th . To mention that it’s the biggest event in term of exhibition in Milan considering the number of persons and the surface area occupied. For more than 40 years is one of the most important and rich event for the people involved in this area.

Below there are some of the innovative objects that you can easily find at Macef

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Fourteen thousand Swarovsky’s crystals cover the coffee machine of Bugatti home, it was especially created by Andreas Seegatz.

 

“Quite simply the most beautiful way to make coffee. 

Enjoy the real taste of espresso coffee, authentically prepared at home. With Diva’s innovative technology, you can make your coffee just the way you like it, whether you use ground coffee or coffee pods, whether you want cappuccino or latte macchiato. Heat cups on the warm plate on the top of the machine, just like in Italian coffee bars. Bugatti’s unique Drop System ensures fresh water flows from the integrated reservoir to guarantee a perfect cup, every time”.

 

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Another interesting objects is the “Red Collection” of steel stainless colored, patent by Lagostina. Thanks to it’s technology steel&color, it is consider on of the 10 most innovative objects of 2009.

 

 

        Lagostina red collection cooker