The Click and Grow smart garden system is a godsend for people like me. I love plants aesthetically, but a green thumb hasn’t been part of my anatomic design. If you have a similar situation and want to reduce your track record of murdered greenery, you might want to check out this clever invention by Mattias Lepp. Inspired by NASA’s successful attempts to grow plans in outer space, he managed to combine nanotechnology and software in a single planter, that tracks all necessary components for a plant’s healthy growth. All this complexity is meant to make your role extremely easy. Just power up the device with four AA batteries, add water and watch a healthy plant emerging from the perforated lid. Check out the video after the break to see the planter in action.
This bike hanger by Latvia based designer Reinis Salins is a stunner. Handcrafted from solid oak, each piece is made to showcase the beauty of the wood grain from every viewing angle. And it only needs three standard screws for installation. The product is available in two tones – brown oak and chestnut; cold black oak and chestnut burl. Available for purchase here.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.
Noted Israeli metal designer Laura Cowan designed the plates in her Dune Seder sets with a distinctly curved profile to evoke the rolling dunes of the Sinai desert where, as the Passover story goes, the Israelites made their journey out of Egypt. There is also a travel version that comes in a metal box suitable for transport and compact storage.
Plates measure 4 x 4 inches, come 6 to a set and include a small round dish for the egg that attaches to the Beitsah tray by a hidden magnet to prevent the egg from rolling away. The tabletop version features a 13 x 9 inch Stainless Steel tray. Sets are available in two finishes: all Stainless Steel, or a mix of Stainless Steel and Anodized Aluminum. Each plate is hand-crafted and signed by the designer, whose collections include a modular matzah plate, interchangeable menorahs and dreidel sets.
There is a lot to love about the Stacking lamp by William McDonald – it’s fun, clever and beautifully customizable. The piece is composed of colorful stacking elements placed over a wooden dowel. By varying the four available components you can create a lamp, a coat hanger or a space saving combination of the two. You also have a choice between placing the lamps shades down for reading or up for ambient lighting.
Thse fun hooks are a creation of London based studio Thabto (which wittily stands for Two Heads Are Better Than One). They are merged with pegs for added storage, what an excellent idea. Even if you are not affected by the peg fetish (I so am…) – you’ll see many uses for these hooks. Put them in your entryway area and hang your coats while simultaneously storing your mail, or attach them to your fridge or any metal surface (each Jpaeg is fitted with magnets). Perfect for a tea towel and all those take-out menus. Available for purchase here.
A la carte kitchen by German brand Stadtnomaden breaks down traditional kitchen components into compact modules, making it easy to fit in any interior. Elegant and adaptable, A la carte can create stylish configurations of any shape and functional design. Creators of this kitchen really embraced the reality of space limitations. Even the groves between the modules can be used – thanks to the clever attachments they turn into storage or additional surfaces.
Designer Tim Defleur created these multifunctional tables, called simply ETC. The function of each of these items is meant to be defined by the user, designer doesn’t presume that you’ll use them only as side tables, desks, bedside tables or other. The ETC tables can be all that and more. The line consists of three lovely oak pieces that can be grouped or used individually in any room of the house for dining, working, storage etc. The tables feature tablet-friendly grooves, cord openings and leg-mounted platforms for computer adapters. Technology- and small space-friendly, ETC tables make a lot of sense for an urban apartment dweller.
When it comes to clutter – it’s all about the little things. Without a proper place they tend to accumulate and create visual frenzy. This little shelf by Icelandic architects Árný Þórarinsdóttir and Helga Guðrún Vilmundardóttir of studio Stáss can be just the thing to solve the problem. Thanks to its clever shape, Fold shelf is able to accommodate many different types of objects, which makes it useful for busy areas of the house – entryway, kitchen, home office. The piece is made from powder coated aluminum and comes in turquoise and gray.