These patterned paint rollers made me look. Clare Bosanquet, the artist behind The Painted House Etsy store, created a number of beautiful retro designs, resembling old sun-bleached wallpaper. It’s still rather unclear how to do corners evenly with these textured rollers, but I love the idea overall. Everything that frees us from applying (or, more importantly, removing!) wallpaper gets thumbs up from me. Check out Clare’s website for more ways to use these rollers.
I’m quite taken by the elegant simplicity of this object – Tilt by London-based design studio SmithMatthias. This beautifully crafted timber ladder is designed to store and display things. Thanks to various attachments – shelves, bags, hooks, caddies – it is easy to change the look and functionality of the piece. The bars are perfect for storing shoes, clothes, towels and other garments, making Tilt wonderfully useful in bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens and entry rooms.
There is one European habit I can never give up, no matter how long I live in the U.S. – and that is the need for espresso. A day just isn’t complete without this fragrant heart accelerator. That’s why I understand every bit of thinking behind Piamo – a portable espresso maker by Lunar. This clever piece is envisioned to work in the microwave, which makes it a perfect contender for travel, office and, yes, tiny apartments with limited counter space. The principle is simple – just fill in water and insert an espresso pad or ground coffee, stack it, flip it and place it in your microwave for 30 seconds. The pressure from the steam will extract the flavor, filling the cup with strong espresso. Watch the video after the break to see the product in action.
Spinny cabinet, created by Joe Colombo for the furniture brand B-Line, adds a new twist to a familiar idea. Each of the twelve drawers of this piece can spin 180° (hence the product name). The drawers range in height, allowing the piece to fit many different storing needs. And thanks to the swiveling mechanism, you can see the contents of each drawer easily. No more clutter, festering in the dark corners! Spinny comes in the variety of colors and two versions – one with steel framework and base on swivel wheels and the other anchored to the wall.
There is a lot to love about this modular shelving system by Norman Hadler. It is lightweight, easy to install and made to fit any space, big or small. Innovative lap joints create stable, aesthetically-pleasing configurations of horizontal and vertical plywood panels. The shelf is just as easy to take apart for moving and storage. And if your space requirements change you can purchase additional panels to accommodate it. The panels come in different sizes, which lets your to expand the variety of design and planning possibilities. Watch the video after the break to see Skalor in action.
Loopits are handy storage straps that allow you to secure almost any object to any surface, instantly turning it into a storage solution. Perfect for small items, these handy little things can be used virtually in any room of the house to reduce clutter. Their combination of wall-mountable disks and stretchy elastic bands allow for ultimate customization, enabling you to craft a setup to suit your exact needs. They are easy to install and remove.
This multifunctional desk that doubles as a compact bed has been created by Athanasia Leivaditou of Studio NL. Designer says that the piece was inspired by her “experiences while studying and working in New York.” Ha! In its desk form, the item looks like a rather traditional 6’5″ workspace. When unfolded into a bed – the front facade comes down to form the base and mattress. The right facade drops to create a headrest. Here is how Athanasia describes the project: “The main concept was to comment the fact that our lives are shrinking in order to fit into the confined space of our office. Eventually I realized that each civilization may have a very different perception of things depending on its social context. For example this desk could be used for a siesta or for a few hours of sleeping at night between deadlines.” This sleeping nook under the desk can also brighten the day of any busy professional working long hours. I sure can use one right now…
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.
Coil Lamp by Chicago designer Craighton Berman blurs the traditionally distinct elements of shade, stand and wiring by enveloping the entire fixture in a continuously wrapped, 100 foot long power cord. The cord, which is draped over a lasercut clear acrylic frame, makes the lamp appear to float in space, endowing it with a quality of weightlessness suggestive of light itself.
The standard kit comes with the acrylic lamp stand and a socket. You can either provide your own power cord in the color of your choice, or purchase a kit with an orange, green, yellow or white cord here.
Coil Lamp is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Architects David Pou van den Bossche and Estel Ortega (partners in life and in work with their firm Cubus Taller d’Arquitectura) created this unexpected small home in a 16-century hayloft David’s family owned as part of their estate. The space is tiny (only 60 square meters), but rather tall, so the only way to go was up. The architects created a two-story functional cube that houses all important living components – kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and storage. There is even a long desk that is used by both occupants as a joined home office. The architects wanted to leave the stone walls untouched so they didn’t mount anything to the walls (the only closed room in the home is the bathroom). The result: the small space feels larger because of unobstructed views from any corner of the house. I also quite like the contrast between the old and the new that is so tastefully done in this project. Check out the video by Fair Companies after the break for the tour of this unusual home.