If you are a neat freak, the smallest things can terrorize you. Crumbs, for example. How annoying and persistent they are!.. If this sounds familiar (and I envy you if it doesn’t) – this product will be a hit in your kitchen. The Scrap Trap is a tiny trash can that is attached to your counter. It comes with a handy sweeping brush and features handles on both sides. One of these handles can be attached to the top cabinet or a drawer. Close that compartment – and the receptacle will be positioned right underneath your counter. Now sweep/brush/whisk/wipe your mess directly into the container – and you can breathe again…
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.
Noted Israeli metal designer Laura Cowan designed the plates in her Dune Seder sets with a distinctly curved profile to evoke the rolling dunes of the Sinai desert where, as the Passover story goes, the Israelites made their journey out of Egypt. There is also a travel version that comes in a metal box suitable for transport and compact storage.
Plates measure 4 x 4 inches, come 6 to a set and include a small round dish for the egg that attaches to the Beitsah tray by a hidden magnet to prevent the egg from rolling away. The tabletop version features a 13 x 9 inch Stainless Steel tray. Sets are available in two finishes: all Stainless Steel, or a mix of Stainless Steel and Anodized Aluminum. Each plate is hand-crafted and signed by the designer, whose collections include a modular matzah plate, interchangeable menorahs and dreidel sets.
This fun and attractive hybrid between a clothing hook and a mirror has been designed by London based designer Kirsty Whyte for Danish brand Normann Copenhagen. The piece, called Ready, consists of a round frame made of steel and a round mirror. Not only this shape looks lovely on the wall, it is ergonomic and won’t deform collars of your clothing. Perfect for an entry area or a bathroom. The Ready hook comes in six colors.
Pools is a minimalist collection of stoneware by Vancouver based design studio Fleet Objects. The line consists of plates, bowls and other types of multifunctional vessels that can be combined or used separately in many different ways. The pieces can work equally well as tableware for serving food and drink, vases for displaying flowers, containers for storing things, or all of these purposes depending on the occasion. Minimalist and multifunctional – the two of my favorite m-words… Add to this a well-thought-out color scheme that allows you to mix and match these pieces and always strike a beautiful combination. They make a great gift too. Available for purchase here.
London based designer Paul Cocksedge, well known for his bold space installations, came up with an object of a smaller scale, but just as impressive as his other works. Invisible Bookend is a visual illusion, allowing you to display books without any additional support. A slightly tilted stack is all we see. He never reveals the trick, making our curiosity another selling point. ”I wanted to discover if other people would enjoy as much as I do seeing books displayed without any other object to distract attention from them. This is a design which is not about appearance, only function. That’s the beauty of it,” – says the designer. A great gift for all the book lovers on your list…
Wallpockets are clever cardboard storage clusters, designed by Cincinnati based studio Ampersand. Inspired by barnacles and simple geometric shapes, the pieces look like wall decorations. They beautifully occupy any underused wall space and thanks to their ingenious shape store a large variety of items inside. Perfect for worksplaces, Wallpockets can also be used in an entryway, living room, kitchen and other areas of the house. The product ships flat and comes in six reversible colors. It’s currently on sale at Fab.
Holiday season is in full swing, which requires a lot of gift-giving and serving of food. These Pantone trays will help you to execute these two activities in style. Both the 4-piece and the 11-piece sets work well for a variety of foods and occasions. Sushi or tapas, brunch or cocktails, these modular trays can be used in many different combinations. And the neutral design will make them a thoughtful and universally appropriate gift. I especially like the fact that the pieces interlock perfectly for compact storage. The 4-piece set comes in Indian Teal, Tangerine Tango, and Tea colors, and the 11-piece – in elegant Anthracite and Blanc de Blanc. Available for purchase here.
Holidays are fun. What’s not fun is storing away holiday paraphernalia in a small apartment. Luckily, there are solutions today that allow to combine holiday spirit with urban practicality. Portable menorahs from Israel-based company Agayof are a great example of such combination. The pieces are creatively made to ease the storing process. Each menorah either disappears into another item entirely, adding off-holiday usage to its list of duties. Or it folds so compactly – every space can accomodate it. The items are made of lightweight anodized aluminum, which makes the colors permanent and the finish very durable. Cleaning is easily done by pouring boiling water over the pieces or placing them in the dishwasher. They made a great gift too. Available for purchase here. (more…)
I believe in the virtue of flatpack design. And these beautiful plywood accessories have made me very happy. Japanese company Flat Packables specializes on practical and simple objects that can bring some eye-candy to our homes without bring any clutter. Here is how Yu Ito, the designer behind the brand, describes his vision: “As laser-cutting technology became increasingly accessible, I started to see a lot of poorly designed laser-cut products. That inspired me to introduce unique designs that are original in not only appearance but in how they interlock together.” Each piece is laser-cut from plywood, hand-sanded and finished with beeswax. Beautifully packaged too. Flat Packables products are available on Etsy.