January 29, 2016

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– If you are a Lovecraft geek (I am), you’ll be pleased by this. Arkham recreated with toy trains.

Alton Brown reviews the most useless kitchen gadgets.

– I’ve always loved this leaning minimalist console. Perfect shoebox dweller’s item!

– These air bonsais are fantastic.

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– Interesting article. Your Life Is Tetris. Stop Playing It Like Chess.

Nat Geo’s best photos of 2015. Feast your eyes.

– If you haven’t seen this video of a dog enjoying a hot tub, I think it’s important that you do.

Have a wonderful weekend, guys!

January 28, 2016

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I am very excited about this Kickstarter (which is already fully funded, which comes as no surprise). Prept Pack is a clever lunch system, comprised of a lunch box and an app. The box holds your meals in a series of modular leak-proof containers, and the app provides recipes measured ideally for these containers, plus it tracks your eating habits. The attractive wooden box, complete with the silicon mat and magnetic utensils, make up the last touch to the lunching experience. They seem to have thought this through. Check out the video after the break to see the product in action.

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This small apartment in San Francisco has been designed by studio ICOSA, who created a custom space-saving loft to accommodate many functions inside a limited space. Custom designed and pre-fabricated, this project combines a guest bed, dining room, full-size closet, spacious bedroom, and dynamic workspace in a single compact unit. There is even some storage incorporated underneath the ladder leading to the elevated bed. And of course, most pieces are pulling a double shift – dining table works as a desk, murphy bed doubles as a whiteboard, loft bed’s base provides a surface for lighting. Beautiful idea and execution. See more photos after the break for details.

Photography by Brian Flaherty

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January 20, 2016

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This inventive little apartment has been designed by Bucharest based architects Bogdan Ciocodeica and Diana Rosu. The place consists of a living/dining room, bedroom, bathroom, and an office. All these rooms are very compact. But instead of breaking the walls to create a more spacious layout, the architects created multifunctional furniture to salvage more room. My favorite piece is a murphy dining table, which can fit into the wall like a puzzle, when not in use. The custom built shelving unit next to the dining area expands beyond the wall, visually lengthening the view of the room. Another beautiful idea is the built-in storage boxes inside the elevated floor panels in the office. See more photos of this creative apartment after the break.

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January 19, 2016

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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.

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January 12, 2016

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.

January 9, 2016

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– Amazing photo of pouring a thermos of hot tea through the air in -40°C weather.

– Awesome gag gift. Coloring for Grown-Ups: The Adult Activity Book.

– Interesting look at writing. George Saunders: On Story.

– The 7 best train tips in the world.

Cat calendar. Instant want!

– Fascinating. The incredible thing we do during conversations.

– Wow science. What happens if two planets collide.

Raccoon steals a doughnut. Enough said.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

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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.

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January 5, 2016

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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.

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December 28, 2015

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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.

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