Diane Mehta

Ice Cream, You Scream

“I’m not an ice-cream guy,” says Jim Baxter, the technologist behind the design of the MooBella vending machine (www.moobella.com), which churns out a 4.5-ounce cup in 45 seconds. “But it’s fun to watch consumers at the machine. Before they touch a button they’re laughing. As they pick flavors and mix-ins they really laugh. When they get it they scream.” Operating…

New Feats of Felt

“The artists that inspire me blur the division between fine art and craft,” says Melina Raissnia, who has put a contemporary stamp on the ancient art of felt rug making. Passionate about industrial and organic shapes, the 36-year-old designs rugs that look more like details of Fortunato Depero’s Futurist paintings than traditional floor coverings. And she has found a growing…