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Europe: The Continent's Best


Silver

KNIRPS X1

Designer: Knirps, Germany

The world's smallest umbrella, designed to withstand winds in excess of 80 kilometers per hour, constructed from a material that dries faster than the competition's. $60.

Gold

ARGUS 3 CAMERA

Designers: Alloy; e2v technologies, Britain

Two handles make it easy for firefighters to hold and pass this thermal-imaging camera while wearing gloves. Used to see through smoke, the Argus 3 can be worn on a strap around the neck, freeing hands. $9,000.

Gold

VODAFONE INTERACTIVE CUBE

Designer: IDEO; BCA, Britain; Y-Dreams, Portugal

This four-meter cube on the surface of a shallow lake at the entrance to Vodafone's Lisbon headquarters expresses Vodafone's brand by displaying art, writing, and games called up by visitors using their cell phones.

Silver

ELEGANZIA

Designer: Tupperware, Belgium

You would never guess that it's Tupperware. Taking food storage to a whole new level, this container looks like high-end Italian glass. A watertight seal preserves food in refrigerators. $16.


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