Given my soft spot for bike storage and multifunctional design, I was delighted to encounter BH #2 – a beautiful bike stand by French designer Thibaut Malet. Minimalist and lightweight, the piece is a thing of visual beauty. It requires no screws and wall mounting efforts. You simply lean BH #2 against any sturdy vertical surface – and the installation is complete. Based on a ladder principle the bike stand is foldable to ensure easy moving and storage. The piece features additional shelves for your riding gear, entryway items or any small objects. The absence of metal hardware (the bike stand is made entirely of wood) adds to the clean simplicity of the design.
If your space is too tiny for a coffee table (happens a lot in NY) – here is a convenient and space-saving alternative: Couch Arm Wrap by Blisscraft&Brazen. The piece is made of solid wood and elegantly fits any standard sofa armrest. A perfect spot for a beverage, book or a tablet. And if your sofa is not a standard size – the arm wrap can be custom made to fit your particular dimensions. Beautiful idea well executed.
This Mondrian inspired vase by Danish designer Frank Kerdil is a real gem for artsy people living in small quarters. Aside from being high on visual impact, the piece breaks down into three individual parts. These containers can be conveniently grouped in different ways to suit your setting or tastes, or to accommodate differently sized flower arrangements. You can also use them separately. Brilliant! The vase is made of acrylic, which makes it a lightweight durable accessory. Available for purchase here.
The Kitchen Farming collection by Swedish brand Cult Design has been recently unveiled at the International Housewares Show in Chicago. The line of terracotta and ceramic pots was created specifically for growing eatable produce indoors. The pot designs include self-watering Evergreen herb pot and Grow Green – a box to grow shoots and sprouts in (perfect for healthy salads). The pieces vary in size, so you can build your kitchen counter garden as small or big as you like or as your space allows.
Swedish design studio Karl Andersson & Söner created this casual and stylish storage ladder, called Plisado. The piece consists of a wooden frame and canvas slings that can hold anything from papers and magazines to items of clothing, toys, accessories and more. Plisado is one of those ingenious storage solutions that provide extra space while taking none of it by themselves. The fabric comes in red or charcoal; and the frames, made of solid ash, can be finished in clear lacquer or brushed in gray.
Catissa is a four storey cat house designed by Russian design studio mojorno. The piece combines all the features cats and humans desire: it is attached to the wall, freeing the floor space, provides height and safety, allowing the cats to do their important thinking in peace, and the fun geometry and multiple color options make it a notable object in the room. Catissa is ideal for high and otherwise unusable corners. Small ladder is mounted between the cat house and human furniture to give cats easy access to their quarters. Catissa is made of solid wood and features cushions that can be easily removed and washed.
I’m very impressed with this clever invention – Space Bar desk organizer. This elegantly-designed accessory minimizes clutter while providing additional USB ports for your gizmos. Who wouldn’t want that! And after the work is done – simply slide the keyboard into the designated space below the shelf and store your office miscellany — keys, phones, camera, chachkies, etc. — up top. The piece is made from brushed aluminum with white plastic accents. Available for purchase here.
Super-Light is a witty fixture, created by German designers Yvonne Fehling and Jennie Peiz. The idea of it is extremely simple: a bare light bulb and an extra long electrical cord wrapped around it. The result is a very cool, low key pendant lamp that can fit in any room of any style. You can be as creative with the piece as you like, cover the bulb with the cord or leave it open, adjust the length of the pendant… the choice is yours. Super-Light is handmade in Caritas Workshop for disabled adults. Sold here.
If you are a neat freak, the smallest things can terrorize you. Crumbs, for example. How annoying and persistent they are!.. If this sounds familiar (and I envy you if it doesn’t) – this product will be a hit in your kitchen. The Scrap Trap is a tiny trash can that is attached to your counter. It comes with a handy sweeping brush and features handles on both sides. One of these handles can be attached to the top cabinet or a drawer. Close that compartment – and the receptacle will be positioned right underneath your counter. Now sweep/brush/whisk/wipe your mess directly into the container – and you can breathe again…