The Jean Hanger is a brilliant invention by Toronto based designer Steven Sal Debus. It is meant to do one thing, and it does it well. Specifically dedicated to hanging jeans, the hanger will save space and simplify the process of caring for your precious denim. It’s great for drying jeans as well. Made from solid wood. Currently Kickstarting.
This lovely renovation of the 161-square-foot apartment is a proof that there is hope for any space, however tiny, to be livable and chic. Studio Batiik transformed a dingy old attic into a light and beautiful pad, inventive in its flexibility. The kitchen is raised above the main level, providing an ample space to hide the bed and free the room for dining and entertaining. When the bed is away, the kitchen counter unfolds to fit four guests comfortably. It is even possible to hide the bed half the way, add pillows, and turn it into a lounging spot. Every bit of non-slanted wall is used for storage. The tiny space next to the bathroom houses a small desk, with the natural light coming from the window. See the photos after the break for a full tour.
Speaking of clever tech, this little device called Knocki, developed by Texas based designers Jake Boshernitzan and Ohad Nezer, can help you smarten up your home in many different ways. The discreet disc, attached to any vertical or horizontal surface, turns this surface into a remote control for a wide range of tasks, from turning the lights to controlling your security alarm, tapping into your favorite tunes, setting or snoozing an alarm, even brewing your coffee right from your bed. The list goes on and on. And all this goodness can be achieved without the wiring, installation, complexity and expense of many alternative smart home control systems. Yay! Currently Kickstarting.
This 309-square-foot apartment in Hong Kong is astonishing. Designed by studio LAAB, it utilizes clever tech to maximize space and nest functionality virtually on the same spot. The tiny dwelling features such amenities as full size kitchen, bedroom, full bathtub, guest bedroom, home cinema, gym, and even catwalk and lounging areas for the three feline occupants. The place can be fully transformed based on the time of the day, thanks to clever smart home technologies. Watch the video after the break for the mind-blowing tour.
This new Kickstarter made my week. Hangbird is a hanging drying rack that frees your living space by drying your clothes beneath the ceiling. A godsend for a small apartment. The product was born out of necessity. After several dialogues with his wife, Hangbird creator Samuel Kutter found a functional solution for drying his family’s laundry: a hanging drying rack. Interest soon spread for this unusual design among friends and family. Many wanted one too. He therefore decided to develop a real product inspired by an old Victorian model and started his own venture. Practical, appealing, and sustainably produced. I especially love the fact that you can choose the piece in different sizes to fit whatever crazy space you have. Pledge here to get buy.
This beautiful hydroponic garden system, called Foop, has been developed by the Japanese company Barakan Design. I love how compact an unobtrusive the piece is, blending beautifully with any surroundings. And as someone who has a very curious cat, I appreciate the closure, allowing the greens grow undisturbed. The Foop garden communicates with an app on your device, allowing you to track the growing cycle of the plans and add more water as needed. Available for purchase here.
As surprising as it sounds, a Dutch design company Fiction Factory creates modular, compact, and lightweight prefabs from nothing other than large rolls of recycled corrugated cardboard. Called Wikkelhouses, these stylish and eco-friendly dwellings, are comprised of modular elements that you can add, mix, and adopt to your unique needs and desired setting. How timely is this? Each Wikkelhouse is build in a workshop in Amsterdam, and when all the elements are ready, it can be assembled on location in only one day. Each Wikkelhouse is finished with waterproof coating and wood panelling to protect it from all weather conditions. A fantastic idea, beautifully designed.
This product will delight anyone who has ever been frustrated with the traditional thin cork bulletin boards. Designers John Harrington and Noel Batt teamed up with the well established Portugal-based cork manufacturer to create an ultimate cork bulletin board experience, called CorkFrame. Thick and well adjusted to the wall, this board allows you to pin your important items in style. It even has a small shelf for organizing your pushpins and other small items. CorkFrame comes in three sizes, all of which are currently Kickstarting. Attractive and well-made, as a cork board should be. Pledge to get yours.
In a small space we are limited to a sparse number of furniture items. Which is why each piece has to work harder to deserve its place. The Hybrid Chair by Studio Lorier is a perfect example of a hard-working furniture piece. Thanks to its adjustable height, it can perform three roles at once and serve as a desk, dining, and lounge chair. The strong textile cord allows for a change of height, and the wooden locking mechanism completes the construction of this ingenious object.