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magnetic cup-holder

From Wired:

Alexandra Pulver has a mission: to turn the streets into a dining room, an impromptu spot for a quick lunch which has many of the conveniences of a real eating place. Exhibit-A, the magnetic cup holder.

Alexandra’s blog, Pop Up Lunch, features bento-boxes that fold out into lap-trays and gadgets to transform fire-hydrants into tables. But it’s the magnetic coffee holder that we like the most, comprising a simple felt sleeve loaded with strong, rare-earth magnets. The sleeve can thus clamp to any nearby ferrous surface and the cup can be kept safe while you munch on your bagel.

Leaving aside the problems with a society that treats eating an inconvenient fuel stop, something to be done on the run instead of having fast, no-nonsense service in cheap an ubiquitous bars, this is a rather neat hack, wonderfully simple and yet arguably more spill proof than a diner table.

It’s also practically free, and easy to make yourself. Although if you have the time and energy to remember to carry one of these with you, that time might be better spent sipping a small, flavorful espresso in a cafe rather than mindlessly slurping down a quart of tasteless brown water.

Check out the slideshow at Pop Up Lunch for some of Alexandra’s other ideas!



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.