Winter is by far my favorite season of the year, as the temperature drops my excitement builds! Cool nights followed by a freezing morning, cozy naps in bed with blankets wrapped around me and cups of hot chocolate – it all sounds like heaven to me. As pleasant and beautiful as winter can be, it can also be harsh on our bodies and our lifestyles, if we don’t equip ourselves for it. So we’ve selected a bunch of super interesting and practical designs to help you get through this winter season… in style! From a coffee table that houses an electric fireplace to a super cute mug warmer that heats your drink and charges your smartphone – these innovative product designs are the ultimate winter essentials for you. They will turn this winter season into child’s play!
1. The AIRY Noori V02
Boasting an enameled steel construction, the Noori V02 AIRY is a multifunctional outdoor grill, pizza oven, rocket stove and fire pit – all in one! Not to mention this is probably one of the nicest grills I’ve seen in a long time, it will be the perfect visual accessory for your garden. The grid is made up of six internal refractory concrete plates. These plates + an AIRY cylinder constitute the innovative AIRY system of the grill (which also gives its name to the product). This basically means that to set up an open fire, you simply remove a few refractory plates from inside the AIRY cylinder, which instantly exposes the flames, creating the mesmerizing dance of flames we all love to watch in an open fire. ! Just like its predecessor, the Noori V02 AIRY also features a pizza disc, allowing you not only to bake pizza but also bread.
Designer Max Burton has designed a coffee table aptly named “Hearth”. At first glance, it looks like a sleek but normal table with a black top and a sash base. Even in this dormant state, it already functions as a beautiful centerpiece for people to gather around, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Turn this table clockwise like a giant dial, and the angled fins at the base swing open, revealing the electric heater within. The twisting motion might remind some of a more advanced thermostat, and it offers almost the same capability. When opened, the fireplace draws in air from hidden ducts on its underside, then blows heated air through the fins, warming the entire room evenly in all directions.
3. Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves
Designed to match the aesthetic of Mujjo’s leather iPhone cases, the gloves sport a similar all-leather look with a fold-over closure marked with the brand’s familiar oblique line, created by Mujjo co-founder Remy Nagelmaeker . The gloves sport a design that’s an instant classic, thanks to its use of full-grain Ethiopian lamb leather with a uniform bold black aesthetic. The snap closure around the wrist keeps the gloves stylishly on your hands, creating a snug fit while keeping cold air out so your hands stay warm at all times. A layer of cashmere helps keep your extremities warm while providing an unrivaled level of comfort, although the highlight is the nanotechnology-infused leather that works almost like a second skin, allowing you to use your phone as you would normally… with any part of your hand.
4. The Breez Desk Hand Warmer
If you’ve ever tried to text in the cold, you know that your fingers tend to get stuck in low temperatures…so imagine trying to type on a keyboard in the cold. Whether you’re working or playing, the Breez desktop hand warmer keeps your fingers toasty warm as you press keys on your USB or wireless keyboard. The horizontal radiator design evenly warms your hands as you type, covering the entire keyboard so there’s never a cold spot near the number pad.
005G is a neck warmer designed by Xiaoming for cold winter mornings when hitting the snooze button is too tempting. Over the seasons, our bodily needs also change. With winter fast approaching, the cold, dry air has us shopping for winter accessories like weighted blankets, moisturizers, and steam inhalers. Although the heater is fully on to keep out the chill, an extra blanket or a fluffy pair of socks still provide the right amount of comfort. Industrial designer Xiaoming brings comfort to this winter season with 005G, a neck warmer that drapes around your shoulders like a warm towel.
6. Quanta vici
With the ability to comfortably warm up to a wonderful 130°F, Quanta Vici’s gloves and socks help style any winter outfit perfectly, ensuring your extremities don’t end up feeling cold while that your body is hot. The garment is app-controlled, charges via USB-C, and has a battery life of between 6 and 50 hours. Additionally, the gloves feature capacitive touch sensitivity, so you can use your phone with the gloves on (obviously you won’t be able to use fingerprint unlock), while the socks have compression ribs, blister cushions, and arch support to keep them comfortable for long hours. The gloves and socks are also designed with a ventilation mesh, to promote breathability and comfort during prolonged wear, and are also designed to be non-slip.
7. Vollebak’s Indestructible Blower
Vollebak’s ‘Indestructible Puffer’ is exactly what the name suggests. And the puffer owes its indestructibility to the “strongest fiber known to man”, Dyneema. Dyneema is said to be 15 times stronger than steel. If you’re ever heading to the coldest place on earth, this jacket needs to be in your carry-on. The Indestructible Puffer can withstand temperatures as low as 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, the cold only tickles the puffer. When the temperature drops, the jacket goes into Hulk mode, gaining strength as it gets colder.
8. J Dadaism cup warmer
There is nothing that meets the pleasure of a hot coffee or tea while working. You get an extra kick to stay productive for a few more hours. However, there are times when you tend to forget and that hot drink is left to become a cold brew sitting on the table. That’s where a mug warmer like the one conceptualized by designer Dadaism J comes in. The functionality of this mug warmer is to keep your compatible mug heated from below to ensure the drink inside stays warm. a particular temperature. This ensures that you don’t have to sip a cold brew when your cup should have had a very hot drink.
9. The Delivery Jacket
With these winter months getting colder and more treacherous, keeping short-haired dogs and puppies warm is a top priority for dog owners. In fact, 40% of US-based dog owners have purchased clothing for their dog. If you’re looking to upgrade your pup’s wardrobe for the New Year, Between Two Naps’ collection of dog jackets has other fun options, like pillow-topped headpieces and plush racing helmets on the puppies theme. The delivery jacket, however, is their upcycled option, which is one of a kind, with a cropped body and elasticated underside. Their design features classic packaging tags embedded into the fabric of the jacket that include random words such as “sleep,” which help store owners track outgoing shipments.
10. The Flood
The flo is a portable desk fan by nature. The front of the fan is actually covered – no more hurting your finger from occasionally pushing into the blades. The fan can be adjusted using a temperature dial on the back of the flo, allowing you to easily switch between heating and cooling functionality. One of the best features of the design is the use of a filter, which cleans the air thrown at you, rather than having dust from your fan blades thrown at you. The fan also uses a simple USB-C cable to stay charged at all times. Flo’s aesthetic is simple, yet minimal, making it an easy piece to own and use over the years. And given its operation in all seasons, it reduces the storage space needed for the off seasons.