Interview: Windmill Smart Air Conditioner CEO + Co-Founder Mike Mayer

Insight on the design-forward appliance that addresses air quality, energy consumption and efficiency

Whether through an industrial design lens or by a technical innovation angle, not much had happened regarding window air conditioning units until Windmill launched in 2020. In contrast to most AC brands, they did not buy a ready-made machine from one of the handful of factories that produce for most of the major players and slap a label on it. Instead, they designed, engineered and produced …

China’s Ningbo Fotile Kitchen Ware Co Reimagines the Dishwasher

With their Fotile 3-in-1 Sink Dishwasher, Chinese appliance company Ningbo Fotile Kitchen Ware Co embeds the unit right into the countertop, directly beside a complementary sink. Its name references the fact that the equipment doesn’t just wash dishes—it also safely cleans produce and seafood. One variation of the dishwasher features touch-sensitive controls on the lid, which were designed to respond to dry or wet hands. …

Ghetto Gastro + CRUX’s Collaborative CRUXGG Kitchen Appliance Line

Seven appliances in colors that reference the Pan-African flag

The Bronx-born Ghetto Gastro collective (made up of Jon Gray, Lester Walker and Pierre Serrão) uses food as a vehicle for storytelling, educating and—in the spirit of their party-hosting origins—celebrating. They’ve released merchandise and held virtual cooking experiences, almost always in the name of Black empowerment and for the sake of protecting Black joy. They draw direct lines from Black cuisine to the foundation of …