This Cup Keeps Your Coffee Hot with the Push of a Button
We take our coffee pretty seriously over here at Brit & Co. We look for new ways to get our jolt, search for new devices to get us our beverage quicker, and even swoon over high-speed photos of coffee spills. And while we love iced coffee as much as the next person, there’s nothing worse than a hot cup of coffee gone cold. Sure, you can microwave your drink, but what if you could just press a button on your mug and be ready to drink again anywhere, any time? Enter the “Burning Cup,” by designer Ryan Jongwoo Choi.
This concept simply harnesses basic chemistry to solve a ridiculously common consumer problem. The cup has an inner layer of sodium acetate. (For the non-chemistry literate, this is what is used in household heat packs!) This solution is disrupted by the small impact from a press of a button on the side of the mug. It then hardens to solid, emitting heat as it goes, warming your beverage to the perfect sipping temp.
This is no one-time use, short-term fix. Due to the nature of the chemical reaction, as you’re sipping your newly hot coffee, the compound will return to liquid form due to its contact with the heat from your beverage. It’ll then be ready for use when your drink cools off. That’s right: you can heat your coffee with your mug and this coffee, in turn, “recharges” your mug!
In short: hot coffee, no matter how long it takes you to drink it, with the push of a button. Now we just can’t wait until this is available commercially!
What do you think of the “Burning Cup”? Do you have any tricks for keeping your coffee warm? Let us know in the comments below or over on Twitter.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)