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.
I have a soft spot for book-related furniture, and this piece definitely made me look. Created by German studio emform, it serves several purposes at once. A perfect companion to a reading chair or couch, the piece can hold your cuppa, glasses and other small things. It can also provide storage for books and magazines, and serve as a bookmark. Quite a looker too. Available in black and natural wood colors.
The thoughtful asceticism of this space simply made my day. Imagine, a young couple with two small children, residing in a 675 square-foot apartment, is able maintain a minimalist lifestyle. Gives hope to many of us, doesn’t it. A dark and outdated pre-war one bedroom apartment with an awkward nook, used as a second bedroom, was transformed by the architect David Bucovy into a serene and spacious pad. All beds here, children and adult, are murphy beds. All items have a clear purpose. Most spaces are multifunctional. Toys (including laptops) are stored away when not in use. I love how the neutral and calm tone of the apartment serves as a backdrop to the carefully curated mid-century furniture pieces (a separate swoon for the Wegner dining chairs). Check out the photos after the break for the full tour.
Photography by Matthew Williams.
Here is a clever and simple recycling solution for eco- and design conscious – RE.BIN. If you use paper bags for recycling and want to make this habit a little more aesthetically pleasing, this might be a good idea for you. Made in the US from 100% recycled plastic, RE.BIN is designed to be used with standard paper grocery bags for an easy, clean, sustainable recycling experience. Currently Kickstarting.
The Cabinet Plus kitchen drawers from Magnet made my wishlist instantaneously. How cool are they? Hiding behind upper cabinets, these drawers give an easy access to the items we need and use the most in the kitchen. Storage inside storage. Hell, yes.
This tiny 140 square-foot studio is a prototype of student housing, offered by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Thanks to the inventive use of space, the Nano Stuite includes all the essentials, such as a kitchen, bathroom, and sleep/study space. The main space-saver here is the bed, transforming into a desk. Very clever. Check out the video after the break to see a virtual tour of this apartment.