Ice-cool statements

Here's a fun example of the power of design: Turning something as simple as ice cubes into a political/environmental statement.

Monos' Polar Ice are two cups that act like ice-trays to produce blocks of ice in the shape of a polar bear or a pair of penguins standing on a glacier. Once floating in your drink, the mini glacier gradually melts away, which, according to Atsuhiro Hayashi, the designer, reflects an awareness of the world's growing global-warming concerns. The pair of tubs is priced at ¥1,575 and can be purchased online directly from Monos or at Tokyu Hands, as well as other Tokyo select shops.