Top 10 Kitchen Tools To Make Healthy Cooking & Eating An Achievable Goal

If you’ve been slowly entering the culinary world, and are currently a novice chef on a mission to become an accomplished chef who can whip up delicious meals, then you’ve reached the right place. The key to preparing amazing dishes is having a streamlined and efficient cooking process, which can be achieved with the help of the right kitchen appliances and tools. With the perfect kitchen accessories, you can create fantastic meals within no time, and with minimum hassles. If you’re someone who likes quick and easy-to-fix meals, then we’ve curated the perfect collection of kitchen utensils for you. From an Iron Frying Plate that lets you cook and serve meals on it to a portable Japanese rice cooker – these top-notch kitchen products are for you.

1. Iron Frying Plate

Dubbed the Iron Frying Plate, this unique kitchen appliance is exactly what you need to prepare a quick, efficiently cooked and healthy meal. This kitchen tool not only prepares your meals for you, but it also serves it for you as well! This is all due to its handy removable handle.
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Why is it noteworthy?

The Iron Frying Plate functions as a frying pan and a serving plate, forming a kitchen tool that is not only unique but wholly functional. It allows direct-from-the-pan serving, and it is made using durable materials, which provides a novel new way of cooking.

What we like

  • The handle can be removed, and you can use the plate as a serving platter too

What we dislike

  • Since it is crafted from iron, it is quite heavy and tough to store and operate. You need to handle and store with care

2. Cheat Sheets

Called the Cheat Sheets, these non-stick silicone dividers are called Cheat Sheets, and they’re here to make healthy eating an achievable goal. It is designed to elevate oven cooking, by transforming a single baking tray into a multi-compartment cooking surface. This tool lets you make multiple dishes in one go!

Why is it noteworthy?

The Cheat Sheets segregate a single sheet pan into a multi-portion culinary canvas. It can accommodate six small or three large portions. The sheets are an excellent design for making healthy family meals, or to support your weekly meal planning.

What we like

  • Allows you to cook multiple dishes in one tray
  • You can prepare different portions according to your requirement

What we dislike

  • Since the sheets are made from silicone, they can easily get dirty

3. PrecisionGrip Chopstick Tongs

Called the PrecisionGrip Chopstick Tongs, these innovative tongs are shaped like chopsticks! You can utilize them to pick up small pieces of food, helping you with portion control, and ensuring you don’t overeat! You can turn them over on the pan with complete ease like a MasterChef!

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Why is it noteworthy?

The PrecisionGrip Chopstick Tongs can be used to prepare healthy lunch boxes or even to eat sushi which is a light and healthy meal. There is really no wrong way to hold and use the utensil.

What we like

  • The tongs are crafted from sustainable SUS821L1 stainless steel, which is procured from scraps and offcuts

What we dislike

  • Difficult to use for larger pieces and cuts, only ideal for smaller food items

4. Thanko Electric Bento Rice Cooker

Called the Thanko Electric Bento rice cooker, this portable cooker prepares a bowl of warm rice for you in no time. It makes rice an easily available and omnipresent food item irrespective of where you go. It prepares single-serve rice in a quick period of time.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Thanko Electric Bento rice cooker is great for those who travel or want fresh rice at the office instead of takeout or prepacked meals. The rice cooker can prepare 6 ounces of rice in one go. It even comes with a measuring cup for convenience!

What we like

  • Has a portable and easy-to-carry design
  • You can eat the rice from the container, don’t need a separate utensil for it

What we dislike

  • No variety of choices in terms of sizes and colors

5. Playful Palm Grater

Called the Playful Palm Grater, this tiny product will add some practical fun to your kitchen and dining experience. The grater neatly fits into the palm of your hand, and lets you grate fresh garnishes and ingredients into your food, adding a refreshing, clean and gourmet touch to your meals.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The little product resembles a curled piece of paper and is built from a single aluminum alloy play. The grater is available in a bunch of fun colors, and you can pick your favorite one.

What we like

  • Offers a firm grip, and is quite easy to use
  • Makes the act of grating fun and simple

What we dislike

  • Even though we adore its small and convenient size, this limits it from grating large amounts of food

6. SY10

This portable induction cooktop concept lets you prepare healthy meals almost anywhere! It helps you cook safely and smartly while featuring minimal, clean, and subtle aesthetics that remind you of the Braun brand. It is a sleek, lightweight, and portable cooking appliance, which is great for on-the-go situations.

Why is it noteworthy?

The SY10 features a built-in Smart Air Filter with carbon filters to not only eradicate harmful smoke but also odors. It ensures that the air indoors is clean, without making much noise. The filter is placed horizontally on the cooktop, and you can even rotate the filter to make it stand, in case you’re using a tall pot or cookware.

What we like

  • Features some good old-fashioned haptic feedback

What we dislike

  • It’s a concept, so we are unsure how the final product will turn out to be

7. The Panasonic HomeCHEF 7-in-1 Compact Oven

Named the Panasonic HomeCHEF 7-in-1 Compact Oven, this kitchen appliance features Steam and Steam Convection, making it a boon for healthy cooking! These two cooking technique ensure healthier food, as the nutrients are preserved way more in comparison to other cooking methods.

Why is it noteworthy?

The HomeCHEF is an excellent appliance as it reduces the number of cooking appliances you need to prepare your meals. This helps users in preparing healthy meals and keeps them on the right track to a healthier and more conscious life. It isn’t as time-consuming, and is also more efficient!

What we like

  • The Steam and Steam Convection functions preserve more nutrients compared to other cooking methods

What we dislike

  • Larger in size than its siblings, so it is not a very compact design

8. Plate Grater

Named the Plate Grater, this tiny grater is essentially a little plate, and you need to set it on the table to use it. The grater combines the functionality of a plate with the utility of a grater. This allows you to add fresh ingredients and garnishes to your mail, preparing healthier and cleaner meals.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The product has dual-functionality since you can use it as a grater and plate. It is quite aesthetically pleasing, and allows you to add fresh garnishes to your meals.

What we like

  • You can grate fresh ingredients onto your meal, taking it to a gourmet level

What we dislike

  • Since it has dual functionality, it may take users a while to adjust to it and learn to use it

9. Chao

Say hello to Chao – an AI-powered social cooking platform which is created to reduce the hassle of meal planning, and the difficulties we encounter while cooking. Chao is designed to make your daily cooking experience more accessible, easy, and enjoyable as well.

Why is it noteworthy?

Chao uses intelligent machine vision to ensure that all the utensils are used correctly, which is great for new cooks. It also attempts to make cooking a joyful social collaboration, where users can prepare and enjoy meals together.

What we like

  • Allows users from all corners of the globe to create and prepare meals, forming a global culinary community

What we dislike

  • It is currently a concept, so we are unsure how functional and user-friendly it will be in reality

10. STEAMIE

Called STEAMIE, this modern kitchen appliance is designed to introduce steam into mainstream cooking. It helps you prepare healthy meals, which is not only rich in nutrients but also quite delicious. The appliance can be placed on the table, allowing you to prep food anywhere.

Why is it noteworthy?

STEAMIE is equipped with a built-in scale that lets you measure your food before you cook it. It also features a bamboo-wood lid that functions as a cutting board for food prep. You can watch your food being prepared via the frosted-acrylic food bowl, while an intuitive display lets you input and check prep times.

What we like

  • Uses an innovative turbo convection method to steam-cook food

What we dislike

  • It has a bulky form which will occupy precious real estate on your counter or dining table

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Doriza Design transforms stone building into "imperfect" holiday home in Crete

Drakoni House by Doriza Design

Greek studio Doriza Design has converted a 19th-century stone building into Drakoni House, a holiday home in Crete with purposefully rough and imperfect details.

Located in the village of Pano Pines, Drakoni House occupies a structure made of local stone and owned by the same family for six decades. It has been uninhabited since 1920.

This long history led Doriza Design to keep any alterations to the traditional 45-square-metre building virtually unnoticeable from the outside and easily reversible in the future.

Exterior of Drakoni House by Doriza Design
Doriza Design has renovated a stone building in Crete

“We aimed to engage with the existing site and context in a way that respects the traditional settlement’s culture and architecture,” the studio told Dezeen.

“The least possible construction interventions were made, mainly focusing on the restoration and reinforcement of the stone masonry and the reconstruction of the parts that had collapsed.”

At the front of Drakoni House, a low wall wraps an entrance courtyard off the street, which features a bench and a hot tub.

Stone building in Crete
It has been transformed into a holiday home

The compact interior of the home is organised around a stone arch at its centre, which creates a threshold between the bedroom and the living, dining and kitchen areas.

In the living space, a bench-like seating area, a fireplace and a kitchen counter are tucked into the corners of the room.

Entrance to Drakoni House by Doriza Design
Its stone structure has been preserved

Next door in the bedroom, a bed is flanked by a toilet and a freestanding bath at either end of the room.

Deep-set window reveals frame views of the landscape, while a small internal opening provides a visual connection between the two spaces.

Living from of Cretan holiday home
The interior is organised around a stone arch

A slender staircase of weathered metal leads up to the roof of the home, where a lightweight pergola and perforated parapet, both made of metal, create an area to sit overlooking the surrounding village.

Exposed, weathered metal, rough plaster and irregular stone are all used throughout to create a feeling of “historical continuity” with the old fabric of the building.

“The signs of modernity arise punctually and naturally due to the inevitable functional readjustment,” said the studio.

“However, the project does not pursue to omit but rather to highlight these gestures as part of the historical continuity of the building,” it continued.

“An intentional deterioration and conscious imperfection are chosen in the construction materials bringing the whole into balance,” it added.

Bedroom of Drakoni House by Doriza Design
The bedroom has a free-standing bath

Another home in Crete featured on Dezeen is a blocky, stone-clad dwelling by Block722 that steps down a sloping site in the foothills of Mount Thryptis.

Elsewhere, KRAK Architects conceptualised an angular underground house on the south coast of Crete with semi-open living spaces and an infinity pool.

The photography is by Giorgos Sfakianakis.

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Eight bathrooms that confidently combine colour and pattern

City Beach Residence, Australia, by Design Theory

From decorative tiles to maximalist wallpaper, our latest lookbook explores bathrooms where striking patterned surfaces are paired with bold colours to make a statement.

Offering an alternative to the trend for minimalist or colour-blocked bathrooms, this approach uses a mix of different tones and motifs to create a multi-layered aesthetic.

Patterned surfaces can be created with wallpapers, ceramic tiles, marble or paint effects.

Block colours, in either matching or contrasting hues, are then used to offer a visual counterpoint.

The most eye-catching examples have the feel of a boutique hotel, with colour and pattern across almost every surface. But the effect can also be applied with restraint to suit a more pared-back home setting.

We’ve rounded up eight examples, from a hotel bathroom with marble-effect walls to a family washroom featuring two different applications of mosaic tiles.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring minimalist kitchens and converted-barn interiors.


NOLA children's asylum revived as Hotel Saint Vincent by Lambert McGuire Design
Photo by by Douglas Friedman

Hotel Saint Vincent, USA, by Lambert McGuire Design

A selection of guest rooms in this hotel in New Orleans feature psychedelic marbled wallpaper.

Other surfaces in the room match a red shade that can be picked out of the marble pattern. These include the square wall tiles, the mosaic flooring, the mirror frame and the architrave paintwork.

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Tsubo House designed by Fraher & Findlay
Photo by by Adam Scott

Tsubo House, UK, by Fraher & Findlay

Graphic floor tiles feature throughout this renovated south London home, with a mix of both contemporary and classic designs.

For the family bathroom, architects Fraher & Findlay and their clients, the designers behind Studio XAG, selected a monochromatic tile that offers a 3D optical illusion. These are paired with a deep shade of green.

Find out more about Tsubo House ›


City Beach residence in Perth by Design Theory
Photo by Jack Lovel

City Beach Residence, Australia, by Design Theory

Mosaic tiles were chosen for the bathroom of this renovated home in Perth, designed by Design Theory, to reference the property’s mid-century heritage.

The bath features an irregular pattern, created in shades of red, grey and pastel pink, contrasting with the mint-green tone of the surrounding walls.

Find out more about City Beach Residence ›


Maroma hotel interiors by Tara Bernerd
Photo is courtesy of Belmond

Maroma, Mexico, by Tara Bernerd

Ceramicist José Noé Suro created the hand-crafted tiles that feature throughout the rooms of this hotel in Riviera Maya.

Tiles chosen for the bathrooms include a mix of square and octagonal shapes, which create a two-tone pattern. A contrasting shade of forest green colours the lower walls, topped by delicate painted motifs.

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Every bathroom is different
Photo by Ambroise Tézenas

Vermelho, Portugal, by Christian Louboutin and Madalena Caiado

Christian Louboutin‘s first hospitality project is named after the French designer’s signature colour, Vermelho, which is Portuguese for red.

One of the bathrooms in the 13-room hotel uses this colour to great effect. Two varieties of Alentejo tile feature alongside one another, offering a playful mix of geometric and organic patterns.

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Hotel Rosalie by Marion Mailaender
Photo by Christophe Coenon

Hotel Rosalie, France, by Marion Mailaender

Colour can be found on the ceilings rather than the walls in this 60-room hotel in Paris, styled by French interior designer Marion Mailaender.

This allows extra emphasis to the wall tiles, which form stripes of nude and soft pink, and the dotted sink counters made from terrazzo-style recycled plastic.

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Ember Locke hotel in Kensington by Atelier Ochre and House of Dré
Photo by Kensington Leverne

Ember Locke, UK, by Atelier Ochre and House of Dré

Striped shower curtains in humbug-style shades of brown provide a subtle addition of pattern in the bathrooms of this aparthotel located in London‘s Kensington neighbourhood.

The rest of the interior design palette includes peach-painted walls and pale-toned tiles.

Find out more about Ember Locke ›


Louisville Road house designed by 2LG
Photo by Megan Taylor

Louisville Road, UK, by 2LG Studio

Design duo 2LG Studio created a surprising colour effect in the bathroom of this renovated London house by combining subtly patterned marble tiles with baby-blue mosaic tiles.

The same shade features on the bathroom fittings, while the sink counter brings a pop of red to the room.

Find out more about Louisville Road ›

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring minimalist kitchens and converted-barn interiors.

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This week IKEA launched its first pet range

Cat with IKEA pet home

This week on Dezeen, furniture brand IKEA unveiled Utsådd, a pet collection based on the “four most common activities that cats and dogs do in the home.”

The collection, which IKEA said focused on “eating, sleeping, playing and hiding”, contains 29 pieces and was released in collaboration with rehoming centre Woodgreen Pets Charity.

It is being showcased in two catalogues – the “Cat-alogue” and “Dog-alogue” – and includes cat and dog beds, scratching posts, blankets, pet bowls and toys.

Collection of lamps during Head Hi show in Soho Loft
The Head Hi Lamp Show featured 54 designers

Annual design week NYCxDesign took place in New York this week, with showrooms and venues across the city displaying furniture, product design and craft pieces.

Among them was the Head Hi Lamp Show (above), which showed lamps by 54 different designers, and an exhibition of inflatable seating informed by slime mold.

Baguette stamps by La Poste
La Poste unveiled scratch-and-sniff stamps with a baguette scent

In other design news, France’s post office La Poste launched a collection of stamps that contain an encapsulated scent in their ink and smell like baguettes when scratched.

The stamps, which were designed by illustrator Stéphane Humbert-Basset, celebrate the baguette as the “bread of our daily life, symbol of our gastronomy, jewel of our culture,” La Poste said.

Portland North American Design graphic
Our North American Design 2024 series focused on Portland

We continued our North American Design 2024 series by looking at eight independent design studios you need to know in Portland.

“I don’t think there is a dominating scope of design, it’s siloed and really spread out depending on where you focus,” American Institute of Graphic Arts president Ron Bronson told Dezeen.

“There is a strong maker and craft culture that is unique to PDX in scale relative to other places, there are so many niches and subcultures and ways it manifests, especially for the size of city,” he continued.

Lantern building in Detroit illuminated at night
OMA transformed a derelict Detroit bakery into an arts centre

Architecture studio OMA unveiled two new projects this week. In Detroit, USA, it turned a derelict bakery into the Lantern arts centre, which is punctuated by 1,000 windows.

The studio also designed the Klymax nightclub at the Potato Head resort in Seminyak, Bali. OMA, which is also behind the Potato Head resort itself, added a sprung dancefloor and optimised the acoustics for the nightclub interior.

Museum of London on the Barbican estate
The Museum of London is set to be demolished

British levelling up minister Michael Gove announced that he would not call in the proposal for the Museum of London and Bastion House.

This means the buildings, designed in the 1970s by architecture studio Powell & Moya, will be demolished to give way for the London Wall West project by architecture studios Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Sheppard Robson.

Edition Riviera Maya
Edition Riviera is located on a nature reserve close to Playa del Carmen

Popular projects this week include an Edition hotel set over a mangrove riviera in Mexico, an Indian home with a lantern-like roof and a Parisian townhouse with a rammed-earth wall.

Our latest lookbooks featured compact micro interiors and converted barns.

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This $13 Tactical EDC Knife Packs Multiple Life-saving Features In A Beautifully Rustic Design

I assure you you’ve never seen a tactical knife so beautifully rustic as this.

Most tactical EDC tend to go for either a minimalist design with slick surfaces, a cutting-edge all-metal design that’s made to intimidate, or a gentlemanly design with prim details and classic materials. The Mossy Oak Mini Folding Pocket Knife is none of those. With an aesthetic that looks like nature took over the design process somewhere down the middle, the Mossy Oak Mini is an EDC knife that looks rough around the edges, but is a sophisticated flipper that packs a deadly punch. Aside from being a folding knife, the Mossy Oak Mini also has a bottle opener, a seatbelt cutter, and a glass breaker, all woven into its salt-of-the-earth homespun-ish aesthetic.

Designer: Mossy Oak

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The knife’s beauty lies in its imperfections. It doesn’t opt for glossy handles and polished blades. The blade sports a gorgeous stonewashed finish, while the handle itself is hand-made from walnut wood, with its gorgeous wood-grain that shines through beautifully thanks to the lack of a polish or varnish coating. The result is a knife that FEELS natural to the touch. Your eyes fall in love first, then your hands, resulting in an EDC whose appeal lies on a multisensorial level.

The blade itself comes with a clip-point style, sporting an edge with a curved belly and a pronounced tip that makes the Mossy Oak Mini great for cutting, piercing, slashing, scraping, whittling, etc. The curved edge allows you to rock your knife while you cut, making it easier to chop items against a surface. A groove at the rear end of the edge lets you comfortably rest your index finger, while jimping on the top gives you a place to rest your thumb.

However, that isn’t all that the Mossy Oak Mini is good for. A scalloped edge on top of the blade gives you the perfect detail to cut ropes, tough paracord, or even a car seatbelt, making the Mossy Oak Mini great for emergencies. Need to get out of a pickle, the base of the handle also has a glass-breaker tip, allowing you to strike your Mossy Oak against any glass surface, causing it to shatter – a feature that, when combined with the seatbelt cutter, makes the Mossy Oak quite the life-saver. When all’s said and done, you can celebrate your new lease on life with a drink by using the knife’s built-in bottle opener.

The knife comes with an ergonomic walnut handle that feels wonderfully grippy during use, but the ergonomic details also allow you to easily open the knife by using your nails or fingertips to pry the blade open. Once open, the blade gets locked in place using a liner-lock, so that it doesn’t ever accidentally shut on you during use.

The Mossy Oak Mini’s blade measures just 2.5 inches, putting it in the small-blade category but not by a lot. A medium-length blade is said to start around the 3-inch mark, so the Mossy Oak Mini’s blade still feels usable with zero compromise (in fact, the inclusion of the rope/cord cutter on the top makes it even more functional). The blade sits inside the knife’s 3.5-inch handle, which is the perfect balance between compact and ergonomic. The entire knife weighs just 3.1 ounces (87 grams), and despite its pleasantly low $12.99 price tag, also packs a pocket clip along with a lanyard hole located within the glass-breaker detail.

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This Timber Tiny House Is The Ideal Space-Saving Yet Comfy Home For Two

Designed by Portugal’s Madeiguincho, the Brava is a wonderful specimen of timber expertise and woodworking. It is a compact and well-designed home with a space-saving layout that fits two people into a home that simply measures 12 square meters. Brava is one of Madeiguincho’s latest models, and it truly captures the company’s expertise and talent with woodwork. It was founded by a family of carpenters, and over the years of experience is perfectly reflected in Brava.

Designer: Madeiguincho

The Brava tiny home is located on a lovely spot on a farm in the Portuguese courtyside. This home functions as a peaceful retreat for an artist and her daughter. The home measures five meters in length, making it quite compact in comparison to other North American models. The tiny home has a pleasant finishing of wood, and it features a porch area which can extend the living space a bit. This area includes a table and chairs, as well as some storage, which lets the residents eat outdoors. The interior can be entered via double glass doors, and it features a rustic and subtle decor. Plywood finish and distressed furniture work together to highlight the farm location well.

The ground floor includes a raised double bed, and it serves as a bedroom and day bed, as there is no other seating placed in the space. The room has space constraints, and hence certain compromises had to be made. The bed also includes integrated storage space. The kitchen is located closely, and it includes a sink, cabinetry and basic cooking facilities.

The kitchen of the tiny home is also connected to the bathroom, which includes a toilet, sink and shower. All these facilities are positioned on the main level. Brava also includes one loft-style bedroom, and you can access it via a storage-integrated staircase. The bedroom is like most bedrooms seen in tiny homes, and it features a low ceiling as well as a double bed. Currently, we have no idea on how Brava is priced.

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Reimagining elegance through the artful design of the BMW Concept Skytop

The BMW Concept Skytop highlights the blend of heritage and innovation, pushing the boundaries of contemporary automotive design. This concept vehicle features the distinctive shark-nose grille, which is illuminated to emphasize its assertive presence, and incorporates ultra-slim LED headlights mounted on milled aluminum carriers. Its side profile reveals an athletic stance with sculpted surfaces and sharp lines, further enhanced by unique gill-inspired wheels. The rear design, characterized by a prominent spline and a gradient transitioning from reddish-brown to muted silver, illustrates exceptional craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail. Let’s explore the various aspects of this design in greater detail, focusing particularly on the interior from a top-down perspective.

Designer: BMW

Front and Side Design

The BMW Concept Skytop’s front design is dominated by the signature shark-nose grille, illuminated to emphasize the vehicle’s sleek and aggressive stance. This design choice reflects BMW’s rich heritage while seamlessly integrating with the contemporary LED headlights on milled aluminum carriers. The headlights’ slim profile contributes to the car’s aerodynamic efficiency and modern aesthetic.

The side profile reveals an athletic and muscular form, with taut surfaces defined by precise lines that draw attention towards the rear. The absence of conventional door handles, replaced by discreet winglets integrated into the door shoulders, enhances the car’s streamlined look. With their gill-like features, the wheels add a unique touch to the car’s silhouette, further enhancing its dynamic appearance.

The shark-nose grille, a signature BMW element, evokes a sense of heritage while integrating modern technology. The illuminated grille adds a high-tech aura to the vehicle, immediately recognizable even in low-light conditions. This illumination emphasizes the grille’s contours, adding depth and enhancing the car’s aggressive stance. Flanking the shark-nose grille are the ultra-slim LED headlights, custom-developed for the BMW Concept Skytop. Featuring a sleek design with milled aluminum carriers, the slim profile of the headlights contributes to the car’s aerodynamic efficiency and gives the front end a sharp, precise look. The headlights blend seamlessly into the bodywork, highlighting the design’s clean lines and uninterrupted flow.

The Skytop’s hood is another key element of the front end, featuring a pronounced central spine that extends from the grille towards the windshield. This spine directs airflow over the car, enhancing its aerodynamic properties. The hood’s tight and muscular surfaces reflect the vehicle’s performance capabilities, adding to its sporty character. Below the grille, the front bumper incorporates large air intakes essential for cooling the engine and brakes. These intakes also enhance the vehicle’s aggressive look, framed by sharp lines that give the front bumper a dynamic and purposeful appearance. Complementing the prominent grille is a lower grille that spans the width of the front bumper. This lower grille balances the visual weight of the front end and integrates with the overall aerodynamic design. Its mesh pattern adds a sporty touch to the front fascia.

The front end of the BMW Concept Skytop is distinguished by the seamless integration of its various elements. The illuminated shark-nose grille, slim LED headlights, and pronounced hood spine work together to create a cohesive and harmonious design. The sharp lines and precise detailing ensure that each component enhances the others, contributing to the vehicle’s overall aesthetic and functional performance.

Rear Design

The rear of the BMW Concept Skytop continues the theme of sculpted elegance, blending form and function to define the car’s overall aesthetic. Clean, sculpted lines emphasize the car’s wide and stable stance. The slim, horizontal rear lights extend across the vehicle’s width, creating a visual connection that enhances the perception of width and stability. These lights seamlessly integrate with the bodywork, maintaining the clean, uninterrupted lines that define the car’s design.

The pronounced spline running from the hood through the interior and onto the trunk lid emphasizes the car’s dynamic flow, creating visual continuity and guiding the eye smoothly along the vehicle’s length. The rear quarter panels extend the athletic and muscular form in the side profile. They flow smoothly from the front, tapering towards the rear while maintaining the car’s tight surfaces and precise lines. This continuity ensures the design remains cohesive, with the rear quarter panels contributing to the overall dynamic look.

The rear quarter panels extend the athletic and muscular form in the side profile. They flow smoothly from the front, tapering towards the rear while maintaining the car’s tight surfaces and precise lines. This continuity ensures the design remains cohesive, with the rear quarter panels contributing to the overall dynamic look. The subtle lip on the trunk lid and the integrated rear spoiler add sporty touches and improve aerodynamics, ensuring optimal performance. The color gradient from a reddish-brown roof to a muted silver exterior with a chrome shadow effect showcases meticulous craftsmanship and intricate paintwork, enhancing the car’s luxurious feel. Every detail, from the lighting elements to the color transitions, is thoughtfully executed to create a cohesive and harmonious design that complements the BMW Concept Skytop’s dynamic character.

Interior and Top-Down Perspective

The BMW Concept Skytop’s interior meticulously combines luxury and functionality. Its reddish-brown leather surfaces, adorned with brogue-style accents, create a unified and luxurious atmosphere. The leather-finished sports bar behind the seats, the side fins on the B-pillar, and a fully retractable rear window contribute to the car’s sporty and elegant aura.

The dashboard exemplifies modern automotive design, featuring crystal applications seamlessly embedded into the cockpit. These elements enhance the overall aesthetic appeal and showcase BMW’s craftsmanship in blending contemporary design elements. The center console, with its sleek design and intuitive layout, ensures all controls are easily accessible to the driver, further enhancing the driving experience. The steering wheel, wrapped in the same reddish-brown leather as the seats, features a modern design that integrates seamlessly with the rest of the interior. The digital display behind the wheel provides the driver with all necessary information clearly and concisely, ensuring that the focus remains on the road.

Viewing the BMW Concept Skytop from a top-down perspective offers a clear insight into the car’s cohesive design. This perspective showcases the seamless integration of exterior and interior elements, with the pronounced spline running the length of the vehicle, reinforcing the unified and continuous design language. The two removable roof parts, finished in leather, can be stored in a special compartment in the luggage space, showcasing BMW’s attention to practicality without compromising style. The retractable rear window further enhances the open-air experience, allowing for an unobstructed view of the surroundings.

Roof Design

The roof of the BMW Concept Skytop is a crucial element in its design, both when on and off. When the roof is on, it maintains the car’s sleek silhouette, with the reddish-brown tone flowing into the muted silver of the body. This color gradient, crafted by BMW’s master painters, ensures a smooth transition that enhances the vehicle’s visual appeal. The roof’s design also includes a central spine that aligns with the hood’s spine, maintaining the design’s continuity from front to back.

When the roof is off, the BMW Concept Skytop transforms into an open-top roadster, emphasizing its luxurious and sporty nature. The interior’s reddish-brown leather, visible with the roof off, complements the exterior color scheme, ensuring that the car remains visually appealing from all angles. The fully retractable rear window and the storage compartment for the roof parts are designed for practicality without compromising the car’s aesthetic.

Design Cohesion and Final Thoughts

Integrating the rear design elements with the rest of the BMW Concept Skytop is masterful. The rear lights, quarter panels, and roof design all contribute to the car’s overall aesthetic, creating a harmonious blend of traditional and modern elements. The design ensures that the Skytop maintains its elegant and dynamic appearance, whether the roof is on or off.

My final thought of the BMW Concept Skytop is that it’s a vision of the future that honors the past. With every detail precisely crafted, from the illuminated shark-nose grille to the brogue-style leather accents in the interior, BMW demonstrates its dedication to superior design and craftsmanship. The Skytop’s seamless blend of aesthetics and functionality makes it a remarkable example of automotive design. Whether admired for its innovative engineering or luxurious finishes, the BMW Concept Skytop is a realization of the brand’s enduring legacy and forward-thinking approach.

 

 

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Game Boy-like Handheld Console Concept features a Massive Display and Rotating Controllers

It’s like if a Game Boy Classic and an iPad had a baby…

In the 80s, the Game Boy changed how we saw gaming. It condensed an entire gaming setup down into something small enough to fit in your hands – remember that game consoles and TVs were massive back then. However, 40 years later, not much has changed. The Nintendo Switch is still a small game console, albeit with better graphics. Designed to bring a more immersive gaming experience to those 90s kids who loved the Game Boy era, the PlayFusion is a concept handheld that offers a larger iPad-esque format with a bigger display and some interesting controls. Embodying an aesthetic that is retro yet minimalist, the PlayFusion is slick, evocative of a golden gaming era, and instead of conventional buttons and joysticks, has rotating controller modules that you can flip to choose between analog buttons, touch surfaces, and joypads.

Designer: Alex Casabo

The PlayFusion, as its name suggests, is a combination of old and new, classic and revolutionary. Designed for 90s kids who pretty much saw some of the best games life could offer, from Super Mario and Pokemon to NFS and Maro Kart, the PlayFusion is a console meant to revisit that glorious past, in the format of a device that also lets you explore the future of games. It’s a gaming-console way of saying “look how far we’ve come.”

The large display is quite a welcome change, with a 4:3 aspect ratio reminiscent of handheld consoles from the past, but also a hat-tip to the iPad, which Apple has been positioning as a great gaming-ready device. The large display is housed within a slim body (although not as slim as the iPad Pro) that feels great to hold and use, but by far the most interesting part of the PlayFusion is its controls.

Nothing captures the essence of ‘fusion’ more than the shapeshifting controllers on the PlayFusion console. Casabo’s attempt with the PlayFusion was to provide an experience that is simultaneously futuristic yet classic. The controllers exist as two discs on the base of the PlayFusion, that rotate on a horizontal axis. On one side, you’ve got cutting-edge touch-sensitive backlit controls. On the other, however, you’ve got NES-inspired red action buttons and a D-pad that gives you the old-school gaming experience.

The modern controls are sleek and reminiscent of the on-screen controls you’d find on mobile or tablet games.

The retro controls, on the other hand, are as NES as they get, with the familiar shape and color associated with the famed gaming console.

The overall PlayFusion concept is a slick, rectangular number that has a distinct Atari-ish aesthetic when you see the back. The front is dominated by that screen of course, which evokes the sense of a larger-than-life Game Boy with how the controllers are located right below the screen. The name PlayFusion feels almost like a call-out to Sony’s PlayStation, but I assure you that’s purely coincidental at this point.

The best part of the PlayFusion lies probably in its wishful thinking. It’s designed as an all-in-one device that features the best of gaming companies like Nintendo, Sony, and Xbox, all combined in one singular device (you can even see the various logos on the back). There’s really no way such a device could exist with the blessings of Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft (given how trigger-happy their legal departments are), so the only hope is of a PlayFusion that runs an emulator, bringing nostalgia to gamers across the world… with a touch of whimsy and a massive immersive screen!

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Callum Skye is a boxy crossover SUV coupe with impressive off-roading capabilities

Ian Callum, the legendary designer of sports cars like Jaguar C-X75 and Aston Martin Vanquish is bringing his first ever vehicle under the brand name Callum to the world. The lightweight and stylish off-road electric vehicle prototype finally got revealed at the Concours on Saville Row, London and it doesn’t disappoint.

Unlike his earlier creations, the Callum Skye has a Baja off-road vehicle influence with a distinct form that’s bound to put the Tesla Cybertruck in a tough spot. This maiden electric vehicle will be powered by four independent motors on each axle for better control on tough terrains. The ultra-fast charging 42-kWh battery pack will feed the drivetrain that can manage a range of 170 miles on a single charge. The tough EV can be charged in just under ten minutes which is mind-boggling.

Designer: Callum Designs

According to David Fairbairn, managing director, Callum, “The CALLUM SKYE is bold, beautifully engineered and crafted with refinement and craftsmanship. The same can be said for the world-leading bespoke tailoring that exists on Savile Row. Compact, capable and extremely beautiful, we’re confident that this representation of the SKYE exterior will turn heads.” Measuring 4,047mm in length and 1,900mm in width, and weighing just 1,150kg, the performance-oriented off-roader is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in just under four seconds. The lightweight chassis and electric motors make the vehicle have 247bhp and 221 lb-ft of torque.

The fact that Skye has the ground clearance of a SUV and the form of a coupe with the semblance of a beach buggy, makes it stand out from the rest. On the inside, it is equally impressive with a 2+2 layout with sporty seats for the front passengers and a rear bench seat for smaller riders or to store essentials. There’s a three-spoke steering wheel, big infotainment touchscreen (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible) and a vertical arrangement of other small touchscreens on the central stack. The latter will house the tactile dials to control the HVAC and other key features.

Callum is taking orders for the Skye with prices ranging from anywhere between $101,000 to $127,000. To start off the production numbers will be limited and more variants will come in by the end of 2024. Some of them will be more focused on off-road capabilities while others are going to be more oriented towards normal city driving with tuned on-road dynamics. The deliveries for the sporty off-road EV will commence in summer 2026.

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Daniel Arsham’s Moët & Chandon Collection Impériale Creation No. 1 Collaboration

85 limited edition sculptural “over-bottles” and one monumental piece in the cellars of Épernay, France to honor an exquisite new champagne

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Daniel Arsham’s Moët & Chandon Collection Impériale Creation No. 1 Collaboration

85 limited edition sculptural “over-bottles” and one monumental piece in the cellars of Épernay, France to honor an exquisite new champagne

The inaugural champagne in Moët & Chandon‘s milestone Collection Impériale range, aptly entitled Creation No. 1, has finally entered the US market after a splashy, sought after European debut. The effervescent liquid, a distinct blend of seven hand-selected vintages overseen by esteemed cellar master Benoît Gouez, aims to epitomize the maison’s majesty through the concept of “haute oenologie.” It’s merely a first sip of what’s to come as Moët & Chandon plans for their 300th anniversary. To accompany the release, conceptual artist and longtime COOL HUNTING favorite Daniel Arsham designed 85 limited edition, oversized bottles (which can encase an entire bottle of Collection Impériale Creation No. 1) and one unique sculptral work that now adorns the walls of the Galerie Impériale in Moët & Chandon’s historic cellars.

Courtesy of Moët & Chandon

This spectacular one-of-one work is visible, at the end of a long, low-lit tunnel, to those lucky enough to explore the cellars of Moët & Chandon—surrounded by corridors filled with champagne bottles quietly awaiting their time to emerge. “The artwork was created specifically for Moët. It’s now permanently installed in the cellar,” Arsham tells us in his SoHo living room. “When I went to Moët for the first time, I walked through the vineyard with Benoît and then toured the cellars. There are miles of tunnels beneath the ground. When you enter, there’s a staircase that descends. You pass underneath a big stained-glass artwork that’s probably 150 years old. In that piece, there is a view of the original house, Château de Saran, and there are these cherubs and rolling vineyard hills.” Arsham looked to this for inspiration, transforming the image and sculpting it in relief.

Courtesy of Moët & Chandon

“I wanted to nod to something that was part of the brand that hadn’t been talked about yet or shown by a large group of people,” Arsham continues. “Benoît said that he’d walked under the original work thousands of times but over the years he stopped paying attention to it. It just became part of the cellar. I wanted to give it new life.”

Courtesy of Moët & Chandon

Not all Moët collectors will find their way to the maison’s cellars in Épernay, France. As such, the scope of Arsham’s collaboration included the oversized bottles. “They’re basically a case for a bottle that’s also a sculpture of a bottle. A bottle slots into it from below. Then the bottom screws on,” Arsham says. “I also knew I wanted to do the case. Every time that I’ve done a project, I think a lot about the packaging. The case here is almost part of the piece. In fact, there’s a secondary crate on the outside of the art case because people don’t want it damaged.” For the first case, Arsham created a shallow relief thart was then cast in bronze. It’s inset into the exterior of the case.

Courtesy of Moët & Chandon

Arsham himself decided to unveil the limited edition collaboration to the US market in his private SoHo residence—a wonderland of mesmerizing, often playful art and design—complete with near endless Collection Impériale Creation No. 1. “When we first launched this project, we did it in Paris with a series of intimate dinners instead of one giant dinner where you don’t get to talk to anyone. It was split up over a couple of nights,” he explains. “We’ve done the same thing here, keeping the group to 18 people so that I get to speak to everyone and demonstrate that there’s a different feeling around this collaboration.”

Courtesy of Moët & Chandon

“It’s so nice to be in my home,” Arsham says, glass in hand (with a Hublot watch featuring a green sapphire glass case on his wrist). “All of my artwork is already here. Everyone can understand the context. It was a nice gesture because this project has been so easy and so rewarding. It’s not just that it’s Moët, a global brand, but it’s been a personal experience working with Benoît to create something meaningful.”