It's A Barbecue! No, It's a Planter! No, It's A.....


Image credit Lloyd Alter
We're at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, looking at the latest in green and small space design.

A perennial favourite at ICFF is Black + Blum, a "a creative partnership steeped in innovation" that combines "ruthless practicality with a mischievous and intellectually-satisfying design aesthetic."

Their latest idea is the hot-pot bbq, designed for small spaces.

It is what we call a transformer, serving more than one purpose; by day, it is an herb garden planter. You lift off the garden top and have a small stainless steel charcoal barbecue. The handle lifts the grill or it turns the food. The ash from the charcoal is mixed into the soil for the herbs, providing additional nutrients. And it is reasonably priced at $124, a rarity at ICFF.

Even the packaging is minimal; Martin Blum notes that people who live in small spaces don't usually have cars, so he insists that their products be easy to carry on a bus or bike.

Martin Blum of Black + blum at ICFF from Lloyd Alter on Vimeo.

Martin explains how to use the hot-pot bbq. The sound quality in the Javits Center is awful, but you can hear Martin over the din. More information at Black + Blum
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Tags: ICFF/ New York Design Week | Transformer Furniture | United Kingdom