British product designer and recent graduate Laura Nelson has come up with a hinged iron based on a set of hair straighteners.
The slimline iron has two hot surfaces that clamp the fabric to iron it flat, just as hair straighteners smooth down strands of hair.
"I'm acknowledging behavioural habits by focusing on panels and sections of garments, such as collars and sleeves," says Nelson. The angular shape of the iron makes it easy to use on small areas and narrow spaces between buttons.
Nelson recently graduated from the Product and Furniture Design course at Kingston University in London.
Here's some more text from the designer:
An iron that accommodates a busy lifestyle, eliminating the need for an ironing board.
Features include three heat settings in accordance with universal ironing symbols. Two aluminium plates apply pressure to both sides of the fabric through a hinging mechanism. A heat resistant sleeve allows the iron to be stored away neatly immediately after use.