Category Archives: Industrial Design

5 Top Picks for Best Designed Kitchen Tools

Whatever the time of year, we love our holidays. When they’re upon us, our thoughts naturally turn to the traditional meals that take center stage. Whoever is doing the cooking, well-designed kitchen tools can make all the difference.

The truth is, not all kitchen tools are made equal. It’s not always about price either, but it is about design. So, here’s a round-up of my top 5 kitchen tools designed to make someone’s kitchen duty a whole lot smoother.

1. Magnetic Measuring Spoons

Magnetic Measuring Spoons

These measuring spoons made the cut not only because they stay together in the drawer. Each spoon has three outstanding design features: an oval side to fit into narrow spice jars, a round side for measuring liquids and all have a flat base for resting on the counter without spilling the contents. Genius.  Prepworks by Progressive Magnetic Measuring Spoons, Stainless Steel – Set of 5

2. The Garject Garlic Press

The Garject Garlic Press

Photo Credit: Dreamfarm

The Garject takes the concept of the self-cleaning garlic press two steps further with its ability to press unpeeled garlic, as well as a built-in lever to eject the peel. It also comes in several colors.  Dreamfarm Garject – Self-Cleaning Garlic Press with Peel Eject (Red)

3. The CO2  Wine Bottle Opener

CO2 Propelled Wine Bottle Opener

Photo Credit: Cork Pops

CO2 is carbon dioxide, the same stuff we exhale with every breath and apparently, it also makes opening wine bottles really easy. This bottle opener is designed with two small blades on the inside that you turn around the top of the bottle to slice the foil off the top. The needle then pokes through the cork. Then, you push the top to add a blast of pressurized CO2 into the bottle. This makes the cork pop out. Amazing.  Cork Pops CO2 Propelled Wine Bottle Opener, Giovanni Collection

4.The All-Clad Immersion Blender 

All-Clad Immersion Blender

Aside from wattage and function controls, the basic design for immersion blenders has remained essentially unchanged. The money feature in this design is the longer shaft that works with deeper pots and bowls. Less mess is always best.  All-Clad KZ750D Stainless Steel Immersion Blender with Detachable Shaft and Variable Speed Control Dial, 600-Watts, Silver

5. The Williams-Sonoma Ultimate Carving Board

The Williams-Sonoma Ultimate Carving Board

Photo Credit: Williams-Sonoma

With a price tag that’s over $200, this one’s a bit pricey, not gonna lie. But when you can take the roast beast straight from the oven to the carving board without even having to lift it off the roasting rack, that’s impressive.  Made of American black walnut with a custom-fitted stainless steel rack. Exclusively at

Cooking and feeding others is a noble act. Show some love for the cook in your life, especially if that cook is you!


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Aviation Style? Yes, It’s A Thing

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Fuselage Clock – Photo credit: Fallen Furniture


So, let’s say you’ve got a room just begging for some punch. You know it needs something unique. You know it has to coexist nicely with what’s already there.

For decades, the go-to solution for this has often been to add something exotic. Moroccan, African or some form of Chinoiserie has often been the solution.

In recent years, industrial warehouse-style pieces, repurposed from reclaimed materials have also been used to serve this need.

The reclaimed goods trend in recent years has evolved into a full-blown, legit style. One that now includes repurposed airplane parts. The biggest difference with the industrial aviation style is in the finishes. Highly polished metals and powder-coated colors. These finishes are a clear departure from the rough-hewn look of the industrial warehouse style.

We found two companies that specialize in aviation salvage furniture and accessories.

Fallen Furniture

Fallen Furniture is a company from the UK that designs a line of furniture and accessories from reclaimed aircraft parts – both commercial and military.

747 wheel coffee table

Coffee Table – Photo credit: Fallen Furniture


Motorart is a company based out of California with showrooms on both U.S. coasts, Australia, China and the Czech Republic. The company has been around since 2001. Motoart manufactures an extensive array of furnishings made from repurposed airplane parts. These include everything from conference tables to desk clocks.

Alleron Coffee Table

Alleron Coffee Table – Photo credit: Motoart

The pieces are as intriguing as they are sturdy. Though the design elements have a distinct flavor, it’s easy to see they’d work well across modern residential, as well as corporate and commercial applications.

Twin Tail Beech Desk

Twin Tail Beech Desk – Photo credit: Motoart

Avation has been part of our society for many decades. It’s design elements are recognizable to most modern cultures. This makes them acceptable and even desirable.

Bamboo Biplane Conference Table

Bamboo Biplane Conference Table – Photo credit: Motoart

What likely began as a quirky product line appealing to aviation geeks, is now a style that fits neatly with current design that span the globe.

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