I do like clever design – even better when it is not only clever but attractive. So I was entranced by Lizi’s cereals new take-away-and-make-on-the-hoof cereal portions.
The cereals come in small sachets, complete with folding plastic spoon. You push them open, unfold the spoon, use it to add a little water, leave to brew for a minute – and then eat….
So, here are the sachets as you would buy them…
Then you push the top in with your thumbs where it says ‘push here’. See the plastic spoon stuck on the bottom of the sachet.
And here is the sachet, open, with the spoon unfolded and ready to add the water.
And finally, here is the sachet with the granola moistened and ready to eat! How neat is that?….
Oh and, by the way, the granolas are jolly tasty too! And, for those who really like a milky breakfast cereal but are lactose intolerant, they are made with lactose-free dried milk powder!
A totally different bit of design lives on our kitchen counter. And, despite several visitors’ anguished pleas that it should be in the V&A and not being abused daily by impatient breakfasters, it continues to do sterling service, with just the occasional bout of maintenance.
It is a Russell Hobbs toaster which has been toasting (and burning) slices of bread since the 1960s and still seems to do a much better job of it than the many trendier, more modern versions.But just look at its wonderful ‘guts’! Genuinely Victorian.
However, the great joy of our toaster (rather like those wonderful Fiat 500s which were so simple that they could be rebuilt – and often were – by any roadside garage in Italy) is that it is totally repairable! Which is why, no doubt, it is still toasting on a daily basis!
And finally……. This was sent to me by the wonderful Resource Centre for Development Alternatives in Pakistan. They do not have a website but if you want to receive their mailings email them here.
This is a recycled cardboard desk which can be folded up to be carried and rebuilt anywhere as either a sitting or a standing desk. Possibly not quite appropriate for Canary Wharf but what a dandy bit of design and I can think of lots of occasions when I could have put one to good use. Click into WonderfulEngineering for more.