Bottleship Mark 2 is a midcentury classic by renown Ernest Race and a reminder that well-designed things don’t age. A witty little hybrid between a mini-bar and a magazine rack has all the potential to be a shoebox hit. It is compact, multifunctional, and packs lots of character. Available for purchase here.
If you need help with those resolutions, here is an idea – Ruggie Alarm Clock, a clever memory foam mat that won’t stop beeping, unless you put both feet and some body weight on it. And by the time you have done that, you are out of bed and awake – mission accomplished. No more snoozing and subsequent rushing in the morning. As an extra perk, Ruggie gives you fun inspirational pep talk to send you on your way for a better, more positive day. The product is currently Kickstarting.
The central heat is on, and we need all the ammunition we can get to fight dryness and respiratory infections. And with this stunningly minimalist aroma diffuser by 11+ and Cloud and Co, you can do that in style. The piece utilizes the vibration of ultrasonic waves to distribute the mist around the room. And when the oil runs out, the diffuser automatically shuts off. Clever. Available for purchase here.
Here is one unorthodox way to lift your greenery off your counters – sculpturesque planters. SEED by Taeg Nishimoto of studio TN/MOS created these beautiful wall mounted objects that can hold and showcase small house plants. Inspired by river stones, the pieces are made of fast drying cast concrete using the crumpled Tyvek as the mold. Impressive as single pieces, SEED planters can also be combined into various clusters, melting the line between utility and wall art.
Sugr Cube is a smart Wifi speaker that takes virtually no space and packs a lot of power for such a small device. It supports AirPlay, features built-in Spotify connect and allows you to enjoy all your streaming music apps out loud. Intuitive controls make Sugr Cube easy to use by even the most technically impaired. Tap the top of Cube for PLAY/STOP. Tilt Cube left/right 45° for PREVIOUS/ NEXT. It’s that easy. And because it is made of solid wood, it provides a decent sound quality too. Watch the video after the break to see Sugr Cube in action. Available for purchase here.
If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you probably know about my obsession with trash. I believe that the search for the ultimate waste system never ends in one’s life. That being said, I just encountered a solid contender for the title – Totem by Joseph Joseph. This tall trashcan is comprised of two compartments, which in turn can be divided further to fit all of your recycling needs in one sleek object. Space-saving OCD heaven! Available for purchase here.
Le Valet has been designed by the French studio La Fonction. With its refined frame, it divides space, which is already useful in a small apartment. In addition to that, the piece holds small items, provides a mirror (elegantly attached by two leather straps) and three hooks for clothing or bathrobe. It is also a lovely item to give to a house guest, allowing for privacy and a bit of organization. Le Valet is made of solid wood and comes in eight finishes. Available for purchase here.
Batea is an auxiliary table, designed by Daniel García and María J. Vargas for Woodendot. The piece features a slick serving tray that can make your entertaining, lounging with a drink, or an occasional TV dinner that much more elegant. Batea is composed of a tray, a lacquered metal structure, and three solid wooden legs easy to assembly. Solid natural ash wood has been used for color finishes and solid oak wood for the natural ones. The piece comes in 7 different finishes, so you can either match the colors or go for a contrast. Beautiful design and execution.
Procrastinators, rejoice! There is still time to pick a few extra special items for someone you have forgotten to put on your list (there are always folks we never remember until the last nanosecond). Another vital point is that the gift-giving does not always end at the Crimbo morning (in my experience, anyway). There’ll be parties, office gatherings, drinks with friends and colleagues, you name it. So, if you need to stock up on some universally lovable items, there is no better place to search for them than Uncommon Goods. After the break I go over my picks and personal favorites.