Famed Japanese studio Nendo made a minimalist take on dog products, by creating an elegant, toned down, and yet very pet-friendly collection. Cubic Pet Goods line consists of a dog house, soft toy, a line of ceramic bowls, and a ball. Each piece corresponds to both the dog’s needs and the human’s aesthetic desires. “The majority of pet products for dogs are roundish and cute, – designers say. – However, they aren’t often suited to interior spaces with walls, floors, ceilings, windows and furniture designed mostly in a linear manner. With this issue in mind, pet products are designed with a variety of functions, emphasizing compatibility with interior elements.” These pieces are also great gifts to a design-conscious dog owner.
IKEA introduces its own take on the hydroponic indoor gardening idea. The KRYDDA/VÄXER series can let you grow herbs and veggies on your windowsill, with the help of a few simple tools. The process has four steps: first get the seeds started in the absorbent natural sponges, then transfer the young plants into the containers with water-resistant pumice stones, set them up under a bright light in the gardening station, and add water until your garden has grown enough for harvest. Done. I can’t wait for the product to hit the shelves. Watch the video after the break to see it in action.
Japanese studio Moku Woodware created the Desktop Stool. The piece is a laptop stand that can do several things: it holds your portable computer in style, frees extra space on your desk, and allows you to have a better posture while working. All and all, an impressive attempt at a more holistic workspace. The piece is especially useful if you are working with several items of tech at the same time. The Desktop Stool comes in two finishes, white basswood and brown walnut. Available for purchase here.
This clever and chic little apartment is a reincarnation of the awkward attic, redesigned by Prisca Pellerin. To maximize the space and make a good use of the natural light, the architect removed doors and created a unified flow between the living room, kitchen and bathroom. The only truly private spots here are the toilet and the small bedroom, which is minimalist and serene. The color scheme of the entire project explores combinations of white and grey, guiding the eye through different textures of the same two colors (another trick to visually expand the space). Check out the floor plan and more photos after the break.
Little things, if they are designed right, can make big impact. The Exclamation cup holder by CKIE is a soaring example. It is good for your home, office, desk, or even a baby high chair. It fits various-sized containers such as a standard cup with handle, juice boxes and cans, coffee cups, etc. Just clip it on, and the function is achieved. Great for holding small planters too. Or keys. You get the point. See the video after the break. Available for purchase here.
It’s easy to think that if we live in a tiny space, everything in it should be tiny as well. Not necessarily true. Take this planter, for example. Bigger than an average windowsill option, it stands on the floor and does require a bit of square footage (although, if you have room for a floor plant, you’ll have enough space for this planter). Think how much you can grow in it! Designed for a wide variety of herbs, fruits, and veggies, the Glowpear planter actually makes a lot of sense for the urban gardener. And, the best part, it waters itself. Just fill the reservoir, and you’re done. Watch the videos after the break, to see the piece in action.
This beautiful and eco-friendly concept from EBS Block made me look. Based on a lowly shipping container, these houses expand to accommodate comfortable and, I must say, quite stylish living. The principle is as simple as a murphy bad, only it contains an entire home. The building is folded inside a shipping container, which can be easily transported. It is opened via remote control using the integrated mechanical and electrical systems. It takes approximately 5 minutes to complete the process of opening or folding up your EBS Block home. As the opening process is fully automated, the assembling becomes extremely simple without the need for construction, thus reducing the cost of building a house of similar size by a faction of the cost compared to traditional methods. Very impressive idea. Watch the video to see it in action.
This tiny studio apartment in Shanghai has been transformed by designers at MoreDesignOffice. What was previously one boxy space, became a beautiful pad with great flow and light. My favorite feature of the place is an elevated sleeping area. It creates an effect of another room, the steps leading to the bed work as seating during parties, and the room below the bed serves as much needed storage. Instead of a coffee table, designers opted for a proper dining table and utilized the large couch as dining seating. The small corridor leading to the kitchen features flow-to-ceiling built-in storage. The opposite wall of the corridor is clad with a full height mirror, which reflect the light and makes the space look even more spacious.