November 21, 2014

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The adorableness of this concept is hard to pass by. The laser-engraved storage boxes by Karen Olze and Gisa Wilkens bring a new dimension to organizing small things. Photoprints on birchwood disclose the inhabitants of these storage boxes – and give a reference, what to put in there. Documents belong to the secretary, photos will be received by the gallery owner and the warehouse man will take care of all the bits and pieces tending to lounge around everywhere. A great gift idea. Available for purchase here.

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November 19, 2014

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If you like The Floyd Leg, you’re going to love this new addition to the line – The Floyd Shelf. The principle here is the same: a set of brackets holds a flat surface of your choice, instantly creating a shelf. Just attach the brackets to the wall and clamp them to the material. The piece comes in white, black, or red powder coat finish. It works with any surface up to 1 5/8″ (4 cm) thick. Available for purchase here.

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November 14, 2014

This amazing project has been completed by studio PKMN Architectures in Madrid. The single story 15-square-meter house was remodeled to accommodate one person and all of her belongings. Here is how the architects describe it: “All I Own House materialises the interior of Yolanda’s house through her personal belongings. But these objects, such as Yolanda, would never stand still, they move around with her, accompanying her way through the day.” Several functional zones are rotating essentially on the same spot, all thanks to the three custom made wooden, suspended, mobile and transformable containers. These containers are attached to the ceiling via a simple industrial railing system. Quite remarkable, isn’t it? See more photos after the break.

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November 12, 2014

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I am a big fan of Native Union‘s innovative designs. But my favorite, by far, is this charging solution, called Night Cable. The piece is a clever response to two problems we’ve all encountered with charging cables – length and slipperiness. This cable is long enough to give you range around your desk, bed, kitchen, and so forth. Another neat idea is a weighted knot that lets the Night Cable stay fixed at the given location. No more crawling under the table, no more dropped phones at night. Available for purchase here.

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November 3, 2014

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This aesthetically pleasing planter/desk organizer has been created by Italian design center Fabrica. Designers researched the ways our minds operate when we’re at our desks, and they concluded, that a healthy distraction is needed in order to stay productive. And plans are a natural and non-toxic way to create such a distraction. “The plants, nestled in ceramic pots, balance in a metal structure supported by a stone base, – designers explain, – The two halves represent the physical and mental wellbeing that make us whole. We think of it as a gentle reminder to keep balance in your working life.” The planter swings a little when touched, providing a simple way to switch focus. The indentations on the base can hold your pens, pencils, notes and other small objects.

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October 31, 2014

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– Possibly the best safety video out there.

– This dog acclimates kittens to dogs to increase their chances of adoption. Amazing!

– Bloombagz – a notable Kickstarter for urban gardeners.

Painting with fire and smoke. Beautiful effects.

Natural History museum announces the best wildlife photographer of 2014.

– It works! How to draw a perfect circle freehand.

Stunning handmade minimalist toys (check out the mesmerizing video).

Have a great weekend, folks!

October 30, 2014

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Dublin based power supply company MyVolts teamed up with product designer Paula O’Connor and created something quite special – Z-Charge. It is a long pouch with two charging pockets that hang on both sides of the bed, allowing you to juice all your devices at night, conveniently and securely. No more knocking down your phone from a nightstand or loosing it among pillows. Z-Charge keeps all your gismos handy, but out of the way. And, because it has only one cable, you eliminate cordage clutter next to your bed. Neat! The piece is compatible with most phones, readers and tablets and can charge up to six devices simultaneously. Watch the video after the break to see the product in action and visit Z-Charge Kickstarter campaign to preorder.

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October 29, 2014

This is by far the tiniest of dwellings I have ever seen. The 8 sqm (86 sqft) studio apartment, formally a maid’s room in an elegant Haussmann building, was remodeled by studio Kitoko to serve as an independent living space for one person. In spite of its confined dimensions, the apartment includes all the necessities: twin bed, dining table with two chairs, wardrobe, kitchenette, fully equipped bathroom and a decent amount of storage. And thanks to the clever built-ins, the elements slide out when you need them, and disappear, when you don’t. Check the floor plans after the break to see how the areas are nested to utilize every inch.

(thank you, Dragana)

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October 27, 2014

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Inspired by international travel, this unusual shelf blends the line between nomadic and permanent. Designed by Assaf Israel for Joynout, the piece consists of a number of modular components, which can be put together in a form of an open wardrobe, a bookcase, or a desk. The poles and the shelves are made of solid wood and the rings tying between the poles are made of Birch plywood. Most of the parts are produced using CNC cutting: a precise and rapid production and the structure is ready to be assembled, using 12 screws only. The storage baskets and planters can be added to customize Tipi shelf even further. Available for purchase here.

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October 24, 2014

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This exciting Kickstarter project made me look. New Zealand based studio Refold took the most understated material, cardboard, and turned it into something cool, useful and ergonomically advanced. Their cardboard standing desk is foldable, portable, affordable and 100% recyclable. “Weighing only 6.5kg’s our design adds a new dimension to hot desking and fluid workspaces, – designers say, – The portability facilitates a modern workflow, allowing flexibility and aiding collaboration.” Even at home, it makes a lot of sense. You can move it from room to room, fold it when extra space is needed or adjust its height and share it with another person. You can check out the campaign and make a pledge here.

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