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HOME + GARDEN OUTDOOR space

Romotow: An Awesome Compact Travel Trailer

romotow caravan

Romotow caught my eye for several reasons. First, it looks cool! Second, it is built around delivering spacious and convenient mobile living area in a compact box. Third, it is versatile. You could use a Romotow as a caravan for your vacation. The rest of the year it could become your backyard office. Companies could find many uses for a design like this at trade shows or outdoor events. Continue Reading

FAMILY KIDS products

My New Faves: Boon’s Snack Boxes and the Coolest Bottle Feeding Gears

boon snack boxes :: cargo and trunk

Being a stylish modern mom means that my son’s gears can’t be an eyesore and they must perform well. But more importantly, it teaches my son about good design.

Snack Boxes

I bet that your kids won’t complain about eating the healthy food inside these tidy snack boxes. Boon cutely named them Trunk (the elephant) and Cargo (the snail). Assuming that my son likes it as much as his Hippo backpack, he would proudly carry it around. The neat compartments and the snap-seal lid will keep food fresh while we travel. Plus, it is easy to clean everything in the dishwasher.

The Coolest Baby Bottle Warmer and Drying Rack Accessories


photo credits: Boon Orb Baby Bottle Warmer

Zack was formula-fed from the day he arrived home. The futuristic design of the Orb Baby Bottle Warmer has look and feel that I was looking for when we bought our bottle warmer almost 2 years ago. It would have look sharp against my mamaRoo and Fresco high chair. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

I Love This: A Modern Wine Credenza for the Dining Room

modern wine cellar furniture

It’s no secret that I enjoy a glass of wine at dinner. But, as a city dweller, I can’t justify the real estate to keep wine for years and decades before I drink it. I am more a wine fridge and wine rack person. I prefer to keep my wine supply next to my dining room.

modern wine credenza

Although Vancouver-based Vin de Garde specializes in high-end custom wine cellars, the reason why they caught my eye are for their mid-century inspired wine credenza. I am a fan of a sideboard in the dining room because it is so helpful for serving food and drinks. Vin de Garde can integrate their wine wall series into the drawers and design wine glass storage into their sideboards. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME office

Looking Back at the Modern Office

office dated from 1935

office dated from 1935

If we were turning back the clock 75 years ago, these are the desk accessories that you will want in your office. This 1935-40’s office was way before Mad Men. It is so funny to look at how things have changed.

globe cigarette holder from 1935-1945

For one thing, smoking used to be a big industry not just for the cigarette sales but also through the variety of smoking accessories. Look at this fancy globe cigarette holder. There were a floor ash tray table plus an ask tray on the desk.

lamp and intercom system

At one time, the Amplicall was a state of the art intercom system. It is made of bakelite, plastic, rubber and glass. Its style is similar to the executive lamp manufactured by Polaroid. An interesting fact is that the Amplicall was produced by another company, Rauland-Borg Corporation.

old typewriter

Look at how tall was the telephone.

thermos pitcher from 1935

I like the shape of the light green Thermos insulated pitcher and tray. If I had one, I would still use it.

You can admire this office of a past era by visiting the Decorative Arts and Design collection at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

DESIGN and style LIVING

Lean On Me Umbrella

lean on me umbrella designed by Cheol Woong Seo and Jae Hee Park

lean on me umbrella designed by Cheol Woong Seo and Jae Hee Park

Nine times out of ten, when I try to lean my umbrella against a wall at a restaurant or a coffee shop it ends up on the floor. I usually gave up after a few attempts. This could be a thing of the past.

Cheol Woong Seo and Jae Hee Park solved this old problem by redesigning the handle. They add a non-slip silicon pad to the shorten curved handle. It is simple when you think about it that you wonder why it took that long to create one. Now, we have to wait until an umbrella manufacturer brings this concept to a store near you.

+ via Yanko Design

FAMILY KIDS rooms

Modern Mobiles from Puka Puka

mobile modern nursery colorful

mobile modern nursery colorful

Art doesn’t need to hang on the wall to impact your space, and these handcrafted mobiles from Australia’s Puka Puka Design are a perfect example.

Handmade from ethically sourced, high quality materials, each mobile is unique and designed to bring a bit of nature into your space, with designs inspired by the sky and sea.

We love the organic shapes and contemporary color pairings, and that the mobiles add visual interest without adding visual clutter. We can see these in almost any room of the home – from the corner of the living room to an entryway or office – so think beyond the nursery (though they’d look lovely there, too).

SOURCING:

+ Puka Puka Modern Mobiles, $80 and up

 

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Cool Kitchen Tools: Deglon Meeting Knife Set

deglon meeting knife set

deglon meeting knife set

Counter space at a premium? Bulky knife blocks can be part of the problem, but this one slices through the kitchen clutter (though we think it would be equally at home on a gallery wall).

Designed by Mia Schmallenbach, the Deglon Meeting Knife Set is ergonomically designed and appears to be created from a single piece of stainless steel. The set includes a paring knife, a utility knife, a chef knife and a slicer cozily nested together.

deglon meeting knife set individual

Removing the knife you need is as easy as pressing near the tip of the blade to raise the handle for safe removal from the set.

Beautiful as it is, one can’t help but think the knife set’s hefty price tag may be better used to invest in a kitchen renovation to get the counter space you need.

SOURCING:
+ Deglon Meeting Knife Set, $740 USD, Amazon.com
+ Via Mmminimal.com

HOME + GARDEN OUTDOOR space

Umbra Bird Cafe and Fish Condo

umbra bird house feeder design condo

umbra bird house feeder design condo

Leave it to Umbra to give “pet paradise” a whole new meaning. Made from durable white ABS plastic, these smart designs are modern and sophisticated with their simple square shape and graphic cutouts.

It’s easy to imagine the bird cafe in an urban backyard, and what fish wouldn’t want to live a long life inside the fish condo? Chances are humans will love them too – they’d make a great gift option for the pet or animal lover in your life.

umbra fish bowl aquarium condo design

SOURCING:
+ Bird Cafe Feeder from Umbra, $30
+ Fish Condo from Umbra, $35

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Link by Studio Dreinmann is a Space-Saving Serving Ware

link by studio dreimann

link by studio dreimann

Here is a clever, space saving idea. Link uses your existing cutlery and transforms it into a handy pair of tongs, salad servers. It looks great for outdoor entertaining. This nifty silicone connector is also practical for a picnic since you could only carry Link and use your utensils for serving before you eat.

It is designed by Studio Dreimann, a German studio who creates and designs consumer goods, industrial goods and furniture.

SOURCING:
+  Link by Studio Dreinmann £9.90 at Theo

 

DESIGN and style LIVING

Tools at Schools Taught Eight Graders about Good Design

tools for school desk chair locker

tools for school desk chair locker

I believe that design should be a part of every step of our daily life. Therefore, I can only applaud this initiative by Design studio aruliden and Bernhardt Design. They conceived Tools at Schools to teach the eighth graders at The School at Columbia University the value of design as a problem-solving tool.

tools for school study desk

The project involved designing a student locker, chair and desk. I think that they did a brilliant job. They addressed the needs of the different classes through a set of accessories. This is a cost-effective and practical solution since the core of the desk stays the same for all classes.

tools for school art desk

Each locker is identified with the kid’s name. The inside of the locker contains multiple storage units for books and school supplies, a message board, hooks for clothes and a large bottom drawer.

tools for school lockers

The students have been taught what is design but most importantly, they experienced the process on a concrete manner. Good design enhances our life at many levels. It provides comfort since it is fitted for a task and it should be aesthetically pleasing. We are never too young to appreciate good design.

If you wish to learn more about this fabulously inspiring project, watch the 6 videos that cover the processes.

SOURCING:
+ Tools for School