The problem so far with robotic vacuums it that, frankly, they've been terrible vacuums. The challenge is jamming enough cleaning power into a small form factor, so much so that it has taken Dyson 16 years and tens of millions of dollars to achieve a solution. This is where the Dyson 360 Eye (~$1200) comes in. Dyson has developed their own unique digital motor to accommodate power demands and the company hasn't stopped at just power. The bot has a full 360 degree sensor system that maps your rooms and uses key points to guide its tank track driven self around your abode in the most efficient pattern - even if that requires driving over a change in surfaces. The only issue is that you'll have to sack your cleaning service just to pay for it.Read More
Magnetic Kitchen is a small laser cutting and design studio based out of Brooklyn NY. The group has always done laser cut skate decks on the side and have just released their newest line of decks via Kickstarter ($70). The engraving quality is immaculate, highly improved over one-off renditions we have seen elsewhere. For those unfamiliar to the unique process they describe it as, "...using super powerful light (a laser) to apply art to the board instead of the conventional method of laminating the board with a printed graphic. To accomplish this the laser burns away a small layer of wood that creates an awesome embossed effect that you can see and feel while allowing the grain of the board to show through." Possibly the coolest part of this campaign is the fact that they are inviting backers to put their own art on the boards using the process... we're already dreaming up designs for ditmak HQ. As with any kickstarter campaign support and most importantly share. Peep the video here.
Chuck ($TBA) by Natascha Harra-Frischkorn takes modular storage to an entirely new level. Comprised of six 4mm thick bendable wood floor panels housed by steel brackets, this unique "Storage Element" (shelf) can be manipulated to house your books or goodies in an almost infante assortment to create an art form from within its constraints. Watch the video below for an active demonstration:
No matter your DJing abilities, you will look like a pro spinning behind Heroboard's Spin Age ($3000+); the third creation of their beautiful and minimalistic DJ workstations. The laser cut metal frame houses a slightly curved main platform that encases a variety of inlays for your specific DJ hardware setup. Hoerboard offers several glossy or matt colors and connection options to fit your desired look and function.
Laser cutting has been used to make three dimensional topographic maps for quite some time now, but Bellow the Boat charts ($140+) are something unique. Starting with a bathymetric chart (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), the depth contours are laser-cut into sheets of Baltic birch and assembled to create a powerful visual depth. Select layers are hand-colored, major byways are etched into the land, and then the whole thing's framed in a custom solid-wood frame and encased with a sheet of ultra-transparent Plexiglas. Way more interesting than a topographic map, the wood charts reveal what you cannot see and did not know existed. Represent that favorite aquatic destination.
Worker's Soap ($14.50) by Hudson Made, Brooklyn NY, is hand crafted and elegantly packaged in the Western Adirondacks, a place where the hands go rough from the daily ruggedness of the outdoors. Not only for the hands of outdoors-man/woman, Worker's packs natural pumice and organic oils to exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize, crucial for taking care of your hands and body, all while enjoying the 'hardy & strapping' scent of cedar wood, patchouli and tobacco.
Utilizing a generous wood to metal ratio, The Maple Knife Set ($TBA) by The Federal will add a warm touch to cutting in the kitchen. The Maple wood is sealed and attached to a thin section of polished steel, perfectly balanced for use by any caliber of chef.
Hand made in the USA, the Symbol Tabletop Hifi ($1800) may be the next audio accessory you will crave to save up for. Housing two 4" drivers with titanium cones and a downward facing 5.25 subwoofer allowing this retro looking unit to produce some very modern sound. The Tabletop Hifi comes with 4 cabinet finish options and 4 speaker finish options. Connect any audio device through a 1/8" audio jack sit back and enjoy.
Even though fixa means fixed in Latin, the FIXA bike shelf ($140) is the perfect accessory for any style of bike or decoration for your wall. Whether space is an issue or you want to display your bike like it won you the Tour de France, this wall mounted shelf by Chrome Ltd. transforms any bike into a work of art. The shelf also has a storage space accessible from the top to hide your most sacred belongings.
Designed with history in mind, the Bulbrite Nostalgic (~$5 - $15) series is meticulously handcrafted to preserve the look of antique incandescent lightbulbs. Thin incandescent filaments are cased inside glass with a distinctive steeple, giving off a warm, amber glow prefect for indoor or outdoor fixtures. The family owned New Jersey lighting company celebrates their 40th Anniversary and amongst many energy efficient lighting solutions, Bulbrite have eight different styles of the Nostalgic series to choose from.
Let's face it. Everyone has their own opinion on the modern office and what it its, where it is actually located, and what it may become in the future. One thing that won't change however, is the need for personal time in the work day. Too often all you hear is how essential collaborative work is and how we need special spaces to accommodate it. While this is very true, when you think about it most of the work actually ends up getting completed in that elusive personal time. To honor this time Coalesse has produced the Hosu ($2000) through Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. The Hosu features a unique feature of having two distinct working heights by using a top seat cushion that folds out to transform the piece from a comfy chair into and even more comfy lounger. The Hosu is likely to fit in quite well anywhere work likes to move around and spread out whether that be at home, creative business environments, university libraries, or even hotels.
Show off you culinary mastery with Agrovim olive oil ($tba). This oil is so legit it is actually grown and produced in Kalamata, Greece. It doesn't get any more authentic than that, not to mention the company has a slew of international awards. On top of a world class oil, you get some really awesome branding which lets it stand out and makes using it that more enjoyable.