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Bottlass Designers Respond, Claiming Product Does Work and Is In Production

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Last week, we published a piece on the Bottlass packaging design in which I was critical of the concept. We were since contacted by Kyung Kook, the Vice President of Bellevue-based Innovative Design Service Inc., the company that produced the design. In his response, Kyung rebutts several of the points made in the original entry, and has included photographs showing that the Bottlass is, in fact, in production. Kyung’s response is printed below.

Frankly, I was very excited to see the [Core77] post about our design, “Bottlass” and am pleased that someone was interested enough to share his take on our design. I believe this is a valuable opportunity to look at our design from a different perspective.

First and foremost, the design phase I of Bottlass is actually being manufactured and sold in South Korea at this moment.


The product based on our design was made available to the public in Korea since April of this year. The material used is called eco-zen, a type of enhanced plastic.


Secondly, I am aware that opening the container may cause a bit of hassle. But this can be easily fixed. If we print instructions on the container, informing the drinker to set up the container before holding it in place and pulling off the seal, this should bypass the inconvenience. It may take a bit more steps than the conventional bottles or cans, but the excitement and satisfaction gained from Bottlass’s unique design will do more than justice.

As I have mentioned before, Bottlass is already being produced and sold in [the] Korean market. It has been proven to be stable enough. Take a look at the pictures of our first edition.


They are standing securely on their own. Many improvements are being made to produce the most efficient design. So far, we have created up to five different designs and we are currently in the process of making more enhancements.

Bottlass was created as a two-piece design so it can accommodate its look of a bottle and a glass. It was not created to break down in size like those cheap screw-stem plastic wineglasses. The objective of this design is to make this product as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Anyone who wishes to enjoy a glass of wine or beer can do so, while maintaining that feel of drinking from a real wine glass for less than half of the price without having to be stuck only where they are available.


Another reason for making this specific design was to allow drinkers to gain control of the amount they wish to consume. Buying an entire bottle of wine means it has to be finished within a day or two of having opened the bottle. Bottlass is designed to be convenient for drinkers who desire to drink one or two glasses without needing to buy an entire bottle.


If the bottles were to be made out of plastic, they will not be so fragile that they have to be shipped like glass wine bottles. If they were to be made out of glass, they would indeed need to be packaged more carefully. Nevertheless, Bottlass’ pointy top design should not cause too much hindrance. If they were to be pallet-stacked, the cardboards in between the packages should distribute the weight of the stacked packages. The picture that Mr. Noe has posted is a packaging of water bottles. If our design was to be implemented in wine products, it should indeed be treated like one. We have no boundaries in terms of what it will be used for and what material it will be made out of, depending on what manufactures want.

As for filling the containers, the manufacturers may need to build some type of holders without having to change the entire product factory line. The cost, I believe, will be minimal in comparison to the overall manufacturing expense. There are different ways of packaging differently shaped bottles, but we are confident that the industry itself can come up with an ideal way to make it more feasible and economical.


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Digital magazine helps those with learning difficulties to cook their own meals

This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

People with developmental disorders can often learn to perform difficult tasks, but they need special help in order to do so, and instructions designed for non-disabled readers can be confusing. We’ve already seen Match use color-coded equipment to help those with autism make sense of the kitchen, and now a new interactive magazine called Look, Cook and Eat is designed especially to teach those with learning difficulties to cook for themselves.

Created by Sue Hoss, a coffeeshop owners who works with intellectually disadvantaged people, the magazine aims to be an alternative to existing cooking publications and online recipes that can be difficult to follow. Using images, video and audio voiceovers, the magazine will present recipes in an easy-to-understand format which cuts out the more complicated tasks and recommends equipment and foods that work well for those with conditions such as autism, Down’s syndrome and other learning difficulties. The recipes use a standard format with repetitive elements that help reinforce basic cooking skills. The meals are designed to be healthy and — although they require a helper or supervisor — aim to give users some sense of independence in the kitchen.

Watch the video below to learn more about the project:

Those signing up for the magazine will pay around USD 20 to 25 for a yearly subscription and will receive new recipes every month. The magazine is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, and the campaign will run until 28 August. Are there other instructional apps or websites that could be designed for the less able?


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Pharrell’s Grammys Hat Now a Work of Art

The hat that launched a thousand tweets is now going on temporary display at the Newseum, the museum of news and journalism, in Washington D.C. The Vivienne Westwood hat, made famous by Pharrell Williams, and now owned by fast food chain Arby’s, will be on display in the New York Times Great Hall of News as a testament to the power of social media.

When Pharrell debuted the hat at the Grammy’s back in February, the musician was sure to know that it would set Twitter alight with commentary. Many noted the similarities between the designer hat and the logo of Arby’s, the fast food company known for their roast beef sandwichs. Arby’s then took the opportunity to jump on the conversation with an unexpected, yet rather amusing tweet, which received over 80,000 retweets.


After wearing the hat out and about at a couple events, Pharrell grew tired of the cumbersome headgear, and decided to auction it off on eBay for to raise money for From One Hand to Another, his charity that develops learning programs for underserved youth in at-risk communities. He continued the Twitter conversation with Arby’s, promising them they could get their hat back if they put their money where their mouth is.


And Arby’s did just that, bidding $44,100 for the hat, and later revealing on Twitter that it was them that did so. The entire hat saga may not have happened were it not for the unique public, conversational format of Twitter.


The Newseum is one of the country’s premier museums dedicated to news and journalism. The loan of the hat by Arby’s is particularly fitting to the 2014 news moment, where news is broken, followed and regurgitated on social media. Indeed, in this case, a newsworthy story was created through the social media interaction between Pharrell, Arby’s and their respective followers. Cathy Trost, senior vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum explains the reason behind displaying the hat:

This newsmaking hat represents the power of social media to connect people around the globe to events as they are happening.

Pharrell’s – ahem – Arby’s hat will be on display until October 26th. Fittingly, the chain announced the loan to the museum via social media platforms Twitter and Vine.



[h/t] Washingtonian

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IKEA Death Star Lamp Inspired by the Empire

As part of the upcoming IKEA PS Collection 2014, Stockholm-based product designer David Wahl has designed an “exploding” pendant lamp that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Death Star found in Star Wars. Apart from how good the lamp looks, it can also be transformed from a tightly bundled ball of light into an exploded series of panels with one pull of a drawstring. That means a built-in dimmer switch, and a great way to protect your investment if you want to move it from one place to another.

The idea behind IKEA PS 2014 pendant lamp is to be able to dim the light manually by changing the shape of the shade, Wahl says. When the lamp is closed it resembles a ball of fire, with the color of the arms creating an exciting light. When you pull the string the lamp opens up and releases all the light.

In line with other lights that make up the IKEA PS Collection 2014, the “Death Star” lamp makes use of LED lights, which last longer than traditional bulbs, and also use 85% less energy. The exploding panels are made with a white polypropylene plastic, while the internal rods are available in either turquoise or orange.

While it might be easy to dismiss the Star Wars themed nature of the lamp as coincidence, the designer was happy to admit where he got the inspiration:

“My inspiration came from science fiction movies and video games, which I like a lot. And even if the lamp stands out visually, it doesn’t take much room – perfect for anyone who lives in a small space.”

So, if you want to infuse your home with a sic-fi element, IKEA’s latest offering might be the perfect choice. It oozes style, projects a cool pattern on the wall, and has a simple built-in dimmer mechanism, what more could you want? The lamp is available on IKEA’s website for $69.99, just remember that it doesn’t include a bulb.

David Wahl

[h/t] Homeli

Images by IKEA

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