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.
This invention would make any cook instantly happy. Poggenpohl‘s Plinth is a great compromise between a standalone vacuum cleaner and a central vacuum system. It is incorporated into the kitchen unit itself, ready to pick up any crumbs or scraps falling on the floor. No dustpans, no bending. Just sweep your schmutz towards the discreet vent, and the powerful suction will do the rest. The vacuum bags need to be changed, though, just like in a traditional vacuum cleaner. The only wish now is to have this product in a cabinet that is a tag less pricey.
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Here is another noteworthy Kickstarter campaign – Grasslamp. The Grasslamp is an elegant combination of a grass planter and an ambient LED light. The piece will let you grow wheatgrass without soil and fertilizers and display it beautifully inside a lighting fixture. You can also grow up to 40 different micro-greens, including wheatgrass, micro-salads and edible flowers. And if you have a cat, Grasslamp can be a nice lasting alternative to the sad disposable grass containers you buy at a pet store.
If you love tech as much as I do, you can probably also relate to the cordage problem. Cables and wires can easily dominate your workspace, if you don’t show them who’s boss. This clever product by Poketo allows you to do just that, without spending a fortune. Thanks to its grid structure and flexible nobs, this organizer can hold a wide variety of cables. And the adhesive back allows you to easily attach it to any surface, vertical or horizontal. Poketo organizer comes in a set of two and can be purchased here.
Glance is a cool take on a pegboard principle, created by designer Navid Akbarnejad. The sleek looking backboards are easily mounted on the wall and can house various attachments, anything from a cup holder to shelving and planters. Glance’s slotted design promises more stability than an average pegboard does. Watch the video after the break to see the product in action.
Remember Lumio? It is now available in a portable mini version, perfect for carrying it around and having your reading light with you at all times. It recharges from any USB portal, and can even charge your phone. A perfect gift for anyone on your list. Available for purchase here.
If you remember the Floyd Leg or Floyd Shelf, you will appreciate the idea behind this new project by the same creators – The Floyd Platform Bed. The principle of modularity and DIY exists here as well. You attach your surface to the brackets, and the piece of furniture is born. The Floyd bed comes in three sizes, king, queen or tween, or, you can only purchase the hardware and use your own surface material. The project is currently Kickstarting.
While prefab houses are rapidly becoming a thing, designers create more and more reasons to consider this type of living arrangement. I was really pleased to see this beauty by Australian company Archiblox, aptly titled Carbon Positive House. The building evolved from being just carbon neutral to producing more energy than it requires. It is achieved by tech, architectural, and gardening tricks, such as the buffer zone that allows the house to “breathe”, green roof for better insulation, vertical garden that also blocks sunlight, and more. This little building is a looker too, both inside and out. Very promising and exciting. See more photos after the break.