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Pakiet

Imagine creating furniture from just plywood and steel clips. You can do just that with Zieta’s Pakiet line of modular tables and benches. Their production is precise. Plywood is cut to size. Slots are cut for the clips that will hold the parts together. Grooves are added for boards to form a tight assembly. Your complete kit arrives in a neat cardboard package. Assembly is quick and requires no tools. That’s right, no screw drivers, no hammers, no drill, and no Allen keys are necessary. And its simple assembly is just one fine feature. Continue reading

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Siva Atom

If you are an environmentally conscious person, then every little step you can take to help mother earth is important to you. The Siva Atom is definitely a step (or pedal) in the right direction. The Siva Atom is a device that attaches to the back wheel of your bicycle and as you pedal it charges a portable battery. The battery has a USB port and you can use it to charge your iPhone, Android, GPS, GoPro, rechargeable lights and more. With the Siva Atom you will never run out of juice and best of all, you will be creating clean energy using your own body! Continue reading

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Kyokkyo Kyokukyo Kyokkyo

A multi-level family home at the foot of Mount Hiei in Kyoto, Japan, embraces tradition with modern twists. Designed by UZU Architects, the modern house rambles over four levels. The scheme is familiar: a steep gable roof with deep overhangs supported by vertical timber-clad walls. The forms are traditional, yet the materials and colors are contemporary. In bright sunlight, the wooden entry walls glow mustard yellow. Together with a dove grey door, it is a quietly warm and inviting entrance. A narrow horizontal ribbon window pierces the introverted and respectful public side. Small square skylights puncture the coal grey standing seam metal roof. Continue reading

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Upcycle Lamps

These unique pieces of lighting fixtures are actually recycled lamps made from birch plywood. What makes them especially appealing is their beautiful play of shadow and light that changes with daylight. Each upcycle lamp is handmade in the Netherlands by Dutch artist Benjamin Spöth. He takes recycled birch plywood and cuts it into millimeter thin pieces. The pieces are then softened using steam. Afterwards, the treated strips are delicately manipulated to create a pattern. Continue reading

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The Galley Sink Workstation 7

If you fancy yourself a cook, as I do, then this is a dream come true. The Galley Sink Workstation 7 is a prep and serving station that exceeds every culinary wish you’ve ever made. At seven feet in length, the stainless steel recessed sink is perfect for a singular cook or cooking with friends. Continue reading

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Buddy’s House

Simple forms become complex jewels when artfully defined by materials. This modern sleek home, designed by Sergey Makhno architectural workshop, is rich in contrast and light. The larger upper floor, wrapped in ebony steel and black brick, overhangs the lower level walls of natural concrete. A two-story rectangle is framed again in steel, pierced with sheets of glass, and its end walls wear sliced rounds of oak. The wood is a natural unifying element that bridges the highly contrasting hues of brick, steel, concrete, and glass. A separate building with faces of brick, concrete, and timber rings is centered within two steel roofed open areas. One acts as a carport and the opposite an outside living place. Continue reading

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Archilume Chandelier

The evolution of LED products continues to excite with designs that go above and beyond merely replacing the incandescent lamps of old fixtures with LEDs. Saleem Khattak’s designs for Archilume are fresh, original, and born from the infinite possibilities of light emitting diodes. Continue reading

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Glowpear Urban Garden

There is nothing like freshly cut herbs from the garden or home grown vegetables. If you have a green thumb, you don’t have to neglect your talent simply because you live in the city. The Glowpear Urban Garden is an advanced modular self-watering planter with a built-in water reservoir that will help you grow any vegetable, indoors or out. The Glowpear has a contemporary design and you can choose to have a singular system or connect multiple system for added flower power. Continue reading

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Sao Victor Lofts

Ah, triangular buildings! This one in Oporto, Portugal was constructed in the 19th century with a footprint of 52 sq.m. A2Office molded the original structure in to a building with four modern studio apartments. Stripping it down to its remaining viable components was the first step. These included the solid log floor joists, which were given a boost in strength. The top floor corner construction was removed, as it did not meet today’s standards. Historic documents guided the creation of facade colors, interior shutters, and new windows. A new timber stair resides where the former narrow and dilapidated once traveled the four levels. Continue reading

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Go-Go Speaker

The Go-Go Speaker from Stelle Audio is perfect for those who want to hear great music anywhere, anytime. It’s compact in size, Bluetooth enabled and water-resistant. It also has advanced wireless sound capabilities and comes with three separate add-ons which enable you to hang, mount and attach the speaker. With soft round curves and a delicate combination of gold and white finish, this compact speaker looks like a piece of jewelry. Continue reading