December 19, 2016

This mirror designed by Hunting & Narud and produced by New Works is a delight for the senses. Elegant and simple, it strikes a perfect balance between form and function. Counterbalanced by a weight, it can be adjusted to various heights. The piece comes in two finishes: natural oak with solid brass weight and burned oak with steel weight. Available for purchase here.

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December 14, 2016

I absolutely love this bluetooth speaker. Created by Muemma, the ARiNA speaker blends with any environment seamlessly. And a bowl-like shape is a nice touch too because it allows the speaker to be used as a catch-all vessel. The piece features a charger, and when charged it lasts for ten hours of music playing, with no wires hanging down the side. Awesome gift. Available for purchase here.

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December 8, 2016

Speaking of clever planters (or Kickstarter projects for that matter) here is another beautiful one. Designed by Click and Grow, this foolproof self-growing system houses 9 plants in a single space-saving unit. Perfect for city dwellers with limited counter space. And the setup and upkeep are minimal: all you have to do is fill the water tank, plug the garden in and the Smart Garden 9 takes it from there. This Kickstarter campaign expires in 8 days.

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December 7, 2016

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This cool and helpful planter by Studio Lorier is Kickstarting (only 5 days to go). Aptly called Natural Balance, the planter demystifies and automates the watering process. The reservoir on the side supplies water to the plant gradually, so you don’t have to worry about overwatering your plants. And when the water runs out, the planter tips over to alert you. Low tech and brilliant. Watch the video after the break for details. Pledge to get yours here.

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November 19, 2016

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Comics for book lovers. Lovely.

– I consider trying this protein bar because of its awesome packaging.

Newly redesigned Teuxdeux app has many great features.

– Some solid office gifts here.

– Yes! I knew this all along. Running Is The Worst Way to Get Fit.

– These modernist sandcastles are fantastic.

– Compelling. 10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings.

– Easily the best cat vid of the month.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everybody!

November 18, 2016

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Speaking of amazing Kickstarter campaigns, here is one that is about to be funded – ECLIPSE. It is a minimalist and designy USB hub you wouldn’t want to hide away. With its compact and round form, it can live on your nightstand, desk, and even your wall using the included wall mount. Up to three of your USB cables are wound into their own precision-engineered channel, so you’ll never have to worry about them tangling or overlapping. And, my favorite little touch, it emits a subtle glow when open. So, there’s no need to turn on the light to look for a cable. Brilliant little piece from the guys who obviously know their cables. You can pledge for it on Kickstarter, if you’re quick.

November 17, 2016

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This fantastic project is currently Kickstarting. LIMINAL is a minimal adaptable lighting unit that provides multifunctional usage scenarios. Rather than providing a single way of use, LIMINAL transforms itself via its kinetic joints and adjustable lighting modules. Inspired by a single line, the piece has a plain form and a compact design. With its foldable body, LIMINAL can be easily packed and does not take up too much space. Watch the video after the break to see it in action.

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November 16, 2016

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This little house, designed by Mint Tiny House Company, is a thing of brilliant engineering. Although only 310 square feet in size, it packs all the attributes of a much larger home. Two staircases in the middle of the room lead to two symmetrical lofts. A sizable kitchen on the ground floor is joined by a pull-out couch. And there is also a small bedroom tucked next to the bathroom/laundry area. So, potentially, you can have 8 people sleeping comfortably here, which is quite a fit for any home. Another lovely detail is a big porch that allows you to soak in the outdoors in full (which is one of the biggest reasons to buy a tiny house on wheels). Check out more photos after the break.

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November 15, 2016

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STACK is a modular surge protector, designed by serial inventor Michael Ma. It snaps together (hence the name) to charge and protect exactly the number—and type—of devices you have. Simply add or remove modules depending on how many devices you need to charge. You start with a power base that has three or more outlet modules and an additional end connector piece. Add different modules to it—from circuit breakers to USB chargers and even Ethernet adapters. Each module type is color-coded to make it easy to identify. They all have enough surface area so you can fill up the whole strip and your devices won’t have to compete for space. Watch the video after the break for more details. Available for purchase here.

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November 14, 2016

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This delightful product has been brought to my attention by Erika and Maria, the founders of Be-elastic. SNAP is a clever assembly system for furniture that allows you to design endless one-of-a-kind tables, TV stands, shelves, and more. You don’t need tools or complicated instructions to use SNAP. Just find a surface that pleases you, and attach the SNAP pieces to it to see an instant result. Watch the video after the break to observe this product in action.

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