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Here's a nice little piece of concept art that's both functional and pleasing to the eye, which is a bit of a rarity. Dubbed the Microwave Vase by designer Woo Seokmoon, it's a combination microwave and vase that's supposedly going to be all the rage with those young urban professionals out there. In its default setting, the Microwave Vase looks like nothing more than a regular vase; once food is placed inside and the top knob is adjusted for time, then it becomes an actual microwave, cooking your food in a heartbeat. When the food is finished, the little green leaf on top lights up to let you know that your meal is ready. Wasn't this an accessory in the The Sims? (Hint: Check inside to see what it looks like as just an everyday vase.)

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I like it. My apartment is so tiny that it's difficult to simultaneously fit three fully grown adults inside it. Now I can save a precious extra six inches of space. Rock on, Woo, rock on. Now whether or not it'll actually see the light of day is another matter entirely.

Microwave Vase [Yanko Design]