It's an ironic reality that simple industrial design is actually the hardest to come by, especially in the realm of home appliances. For many, more means more, so manufacturers slap on extra buttons, lights, dials and plastic when we'd all be best served with devices that do what they're supposed to well, without the bells and whistles. In the tradition of ±0 and Muji, New York design firm, DBA, takes the approach of subtracting everything down to a form that follows function.
The lightweight, recycled aluminum DBA electric space heater is designed for easy shipping, with a spooling cord storage feature that makes it inconspicuous when put away. The heating panels warm a room from each side, doubling it's heating surface area and reminding us a bit of a squashed TIE-Fighter.
The DBA Humidifier is cool-mist humidification appliance which is rated up to 540 square feet. Operating it is as simple as filling a bucket and turning on the ultrasonic evaporation system to cool and humidify a room.
There's a few more designs from the DBA studio unrelated to home technology, but which all share the aesthetic attention to minimalist details that make them a company to watch out for.
[via Fast Company]