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The design of your bike is most likely to commensurate with your personal style, but is your method of bike storage commensurate with the style of your home? If not, this bike hanger might be of service.
The Elk Wooden Bike Hanger by WoodStick and designed by Latvian based industrial designer Reinis Salins, is extremely architectural in its aesthetic, but utilizes functional necessity to drive its angular form in such a way that most architects have yet to learn with their buildings. The method of hanging the bike is very simple – lift it up, tilt the rear upwards and your bike (combined with its hanger) is now a piece of art.
Constructed of solid oak with a contrasting chestnut interior and coming in a few color and wood combinations, this piece takes the bike rack game to a new level. Who knows, you may never take your bike down ‘cause it looks so good hanging there.
Here’s a simple-genius way to make use of all the extra plastic that 3-D printing wants to introduce into the world: Create accessories that enhance the functionality of household items that already exist. Aleksandar Dimitrov, a Bulgarian product designer and founder of the firm AD-3D, saw the easy potential to turn any standard kitchen water glass into a vase. “Both vessels collect water, hence one only needs support for the flower to convert a glass into vase”.
Dimitrov’s Clip On Vase isn’t his first foray into 3-D modeling and printing. In fact, it’s not even his first 3-D printed vase. He crafted Pencilvase first, which uses three pencils (with erasers) and a piece of plastic to create a teepee-shaped structure over a cup or coffee mug.
His Clip On vase is more refined, visually and technically, and creates a brand new product category–like a “vase convertor.” Now old jam jars, phased-out glassware, and forgotten coffee mugs can serve a new purpose. Just add water.
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German graphic-designer-turned-product-designer Christoffer Martens has simplified and re-worked everything we know about bookends. The clever designer decided to liberate books from bookshelves everywhere as his new raw oak and elastic combo, Book Binder, allows any collection of books to become freestanding. The kit consists of two end pieces of lacquered wood or raw oak that are fastened with an elastic band, stack the books between the ends – and voila – your books can stand freely on the floor, kitchen table – or wherever is most practical.
Straight out of Melbourne, industrial designer Luke Woodard has upcycled a set of old 50mm slide film into a slide lamp – hence, where the name SLDLMP came from. “The initial concept came from the idea of transferring some aspect of creativity to the user, achieved by presenting the lamp as a flat-pack puzzle inspired cardboard cut-out,” Woodard explained. The product is as raw and paper-like as the square bits of film themselves! The lamp isn’t only unique in construction, but also in the fact that each fixture tells its own story; maybe one of family holidays at the beach house, or giving lectures on the cardiovascular system in med school.
The final product complemented the raw and analogue nature of slide film, specifically by using recycled materials and amplified by the fibrous texture of the box-board. The lamp created a fun and practical solution for displaying your long lost dusty memories in a contemporary setting, without needing an overhead projector.
If you were going to put all your eggs in one basket, you’d want it to be this one. Part of the Quirky + GE line of products, the Egg Minder tells your Wink app the number of eggs left in your tray, and when the oldest one got there. You can check your egg tray while you’re at the store, so you’ll never be in a scramble for a good egg again. A light sensor detects when you open the fridge door, and an LED light highlights the oldest egg. Now that’s over-easy!
“I wanted to find a new way to highlight the qualities of mouth-blown glass, and ironically the best way was to combine it with a fairly high-tech light source. Traditional glass products like formal stemware and art glass are kept standing on the shelf for most of the year. I didn’t want to do that, I wanted to create a product that you can use every day.”
We were amazed the first time we saw Mattias Stenberg’s Demi Lamp at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February 2013. We had been looking for something new in Swedish Glass, and here it was. Mattias Stenberg has designed a glass sculpture illuminated from the inside, highlighting the brilliance of the mouth-blown glass and creating a warm ambient light. The two glass parts are made by hand using traditional methods. An aluminium ring connects the two glass parts, equipped with an array of LEDs directed towards the centre of the lamp, making the glass seem almost to glow by itself from the inside. The glass dome acts as a reflector, further enhancing the effect.
‘These grass leaf-shaped pens, called the Pooleaf, available in 3 different shade, give you the look of a natural plant when put together in a pen cup.’
Ready Made Curtain is an easy to install kit that contains everything you need to enhance the mood of your home. Inside the box is a curtain and its complete hanging system.
Fix the two mechanisms to your wall or ceiling, wind to create tension in the cord, cut your fabric to the correct length, attach the pegs to the fabric and hang your curtain.
Ready Made Curtain is available in two fabrics: a woollen and a non-woven textile. Both fabrics come in three colour variations from warm whites, deep and pale blues and a flaming red. By Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
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