A Clever Pot Holder That Disappears Before Your Eyes

A kitchen gadget is only as useful as it's easily accessible while you're cooking. So with that in mind, designer Chih Ching Yang created this adorable Gasper pot holder that's designed to forever haunt your kitchen counters.

When not in use, Gasper looks like a cartoon ghost floating next to your stove. But since he's made from soft, heat-resistant silicone, when you place a pot on him he'll easily flatten into a safe place to put your hot cookware. So in addition to protecting your countertops, he takes up a minimal amount of counter space when not in use. A brilliant idea that we hope can one day escape the concept design purgatory. [Chih Ching Yang via designboom]