A slender cordless cleaner with more suction than ever before
by Evan Orensten in Design on 01 September 2014
Our old Dyson handhelds have been put to good use in CH HQ for the last several years. When Dyson Design Engineer Rob Green stopped by recently to show us the next generation we were eager to put it to the test. On the outside the cordless Digital Slim handheld vacuum looks nearly identical to the model it replaces—a refresh equally colorful, bulbous and modern. It now comes with a bright pink handle, allowing you to use it like a broom, making it an ideal size for lighter duty tasks when a full-size upright is overkill. Inside, however, the Digital Slim is all new, featuring Dyson's sixth generation motor capable of 110,000 RPM and offering as much suction as its upright siblings. It also includes a handy new feature, the "Max" button, allowing you to turbo charge the vacuum for tasks that demand it.
The new 350 Watt direct-drive motor features two Tier Radial cyclones and a re-engineered nickel manganese cobalt battery—all of which sends more power directly to the motorized head. It's the most powerful handheld, cordless vacuum on the market, and it's been put to good use in our new office, which is still under construction around us. We've been able to put the Digital Slim to the test and found it to be just as effective at picking up the finest dust as it was with sucking up larger bits. It's many attachments suit just about any job. We've found the small brush ideal for getting construction dust off our furniture, and the soft brush perfect for gently sucking up the dust from our computers, keyboards, phones and desks.
Rob shared Dyson's plans on bringing a greater focus to cordless goods, something they are bringing to their whole vacuum line. With the Digital Slim that translates to 24 continuous minutes of cleaning per charge, impressive considering the amount of power the machine unleashes.
You can purchase the Dyson Digital Slim vacuum Dyson Digital Slim for $450.
Images by Cool Hunting
A colorful collaboration unites Australia's premier coffee culture
by CH Contributor in Food + Drink on 01 September 2014
by Chérmelle Edwards
Consuming takeaway coffee is a daily ritual for many. Though the experience of sipping such high quality coffee out of a paper cup leaves much to be desired. With this in mind, a group of Australian design (and coffee) enthusiasts created UPPERCUP, a simple, elegant and reusable alternative that both improves on, and references conventional disposable cup designs in silhouette and lid design. While sharing a cup of joe with one of their first stockists Coffee Supreme—a famed roaster in New Zealand and Australia—the UPPERCUP team conceived the idea of a collaboration cup celebrating Coffee Supreme's signature red color.
As part of a series of collaborations with artists, the limited releases are intended to “build community around design, sustainability and global coffee culture,” says James McKay of UPPERCUP. The BPA-free cup uses a clean energy process called ultrasonic welding and comes packaged in 100% post-consumer waste material with vegetable based inks. By using high-density plastic all issues of bacteria absorption are erased, minimizing the eventual issue of a non-pleasurable coffee smell and taste.
Fans of the brand and its eco-features can enjoy the red cups now and expect future releases including hand-illustrated cups and designs inspired by street art, sneaker culture and coffee culture. The cups can be found exclusively at Coffee Supreme's Gertrude Steins and The Abbotsford Club, while other colors can be found from UPPERCUP online for $25 AUD.
Images courtesy of UpperCup
Eight items to help you ease into the daily grind after a beautifully carefree summer
by CH Editors in Design on 01 September 2014
Another summer has come and gone for those living north of the equator. In the States, Labor Day sadly signals the end of weekends at the beach, long lunches in the park, carefree bike rides and any other casual outdoor activity in which bare skin is almost the only rule one needs to abide by. To help embrace the daily routine that winter so unfairly lends us, we've pulled a few items from the Cool Hunting Gift Guide that fulfill that "back to school shopping" excitement for adults. With a little primp, polish and some new supplies, you'll be back at it in no time.
Murray's Original Pomade
The pomade of choice for music legend DJ Harvey when he's going for a "Jewish gangster" hairstyle, Murray's Original Pomade was developed in 1926 by Chicago barber C.D. Murray, who wanted to make a high-quality but inexpensive wax-like grooming aid. ($3)
Wood and Flower Soaps
Brooklyn floral and garden design firm Fox Fodder Farm may be city-based, but they've got their two signature outdoor scents—wood and flower—down pat. Organic soaps are hand-poured containing palm and olive oils, with walnut powder and white willow bark in the wood scent and rose and clover in the flower variety. ($12)
Designers—or, really, anyone who uses a variety of gadgets and doodads throughout the day—will live a life of stylish organization once the Mod by This is Ground lands in their hands. The handsome leather folio disguises a magnetic spine which allows for customization of pockets and straps to hold your erasers, rulers, notebooks or other essential tools. ($260)
Happy Food Notebooks
Pizza, ice cream and a convenient place to write your thoughts—the Happy Food Notebooks from Yellow Owl Workshop bring you all three. The pair of pocket-sized pads come emblazoned with artist Christine Schmidt's characteristically whimsical renditions of a triple cone and a slice topped with the works. Inside are 32 perforated, 100% recycled pages. ($8)
Oon Power Outlet
Oon is a handsome take on the multi-outlet power cord. With a playful yet unobtrusive aesthetic, the functional cord replaces the unsightly standard orange color commonly found under desks and behind appliances. Designed and manufactured in the USA by emerging designer David Okum, the flexible power cord uses wood, metal, plastic and woven fibers for a cord you'll actually want to show off. ($79)
Counting the days until your next well-deserved vacation is decidedly more fun with Fruitsuper Design's Perpetual Calendar. The handcrafted solid maple structure is accented by porcelain time-keeping beads which indicate the month, day and date. Form and function happily meet in this elegant desktop accessory. ($120)
Glass Food Storage
Lifefactory's BPA-, BPS- and phthalate-free glass food containers come in a variety of sizes, each with its own colorful silicone sleeve that uses button tabs to secure on the lid. They’re safe to use in the oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher, making lunches and leftovers easier and more attractive than ever before. ($15+)
If This Isn't Nice, What Is?
One of the most influential voices in contemporary literary history also happened to be pitch-perfect with advice. "If This Isn't Nice, What Is?" compiles Kurt Vonnegut's graduation speech wisdom in a collection of enduring missives capable of inspiration at any stage of life. ($17)
Images courtesy of respective brands