The LawnBott is a clever little thing. It cuts your lawn day or night, virtually in silence, and leaves no emissions in its wake. It can cover up to 33,000 square feet, climb 30 degree slopes, and returns to its little docking station when it feels its battery is running low, returning to its work when recharged. And if it rains? Well, the LawnBott comes equipped with a rain sensor; at the first drops it returns to its little house to wait out… Continue Reading
A few years back, Herman Miller launched their "Get Real" campaign in an effort to "promote the genuine articles." It’s completely understandable that designers and artists go to great lengths trying to prevent others from profiting off their intellectual property.
However, the world being what it is, we probably all know where we can buy knock-off Ray-Bans, Rolex, and Louis Vuitton handbags. But the question is, should we buy them? And if… Continue Reading
Everything must simply be better when its small, and/or under glass. Cats are selfish; kittens? ADORable! Likewise, boats are totally boring, but a ship-in-a-bottle?! None cooler.
Set atop a more aesthetically pleasing 'cradle', a series of these 'greenhouses' would look delightful along a windowsill- perfectly playful and exuding life.
(Instructions and photos via tearsoffire.org)
1. Hollow out a lightbulb,… Continue Reading
Got flat doors? Want a little enhancement? Check out Ron Hazelton’s tutorial on DIY door augmentation. It’s a relatively simple process that gives slab doors a recessed panel look. Note: Ron assumes some woodworking ability for the DIYer; however, it’s still a nice tutorial.
An alternative to Ron's molding idea is to apply (with finish nails) recessed door panels directly to the flat door for a dimensional look.… Continue Reading
B & B Italia’s Soft Wall, designed by Gerhards & Glücker, is a room divider, space definer, sculpture and storage unit. How’s that for multi-functionalism? Crafted of felt on a metal frame, the wall provides pockets for all those magazines, brochures, invitations and such. An added bit of news: B & B Italia has taken up shop in the U.S. in SoHo at 138 Greene Street as of March 07.
In an effort to prevent identity theft, we all know that we shouldn’t deposit our outgoing mail in residential mailboxes. No biggie. A quick trip to the local P.O. or collection box takes care of that problem, but what about the mail our letter carrier drops off for us? Any thief could follow her around the neighborhood, picking up a plethora of sensitive information.
To prevent such nefarious activity, it might be time to install a… Continue Reading
A few weeks ago we had puzzle carpet, now we have puzzle wood flooring. Puzzle Floor™ pieces are made of 5/8" solid northern hardwood which ‘is precision-manufactured...to allow for perfect alignment and fit.” The 13" x 13" squares are available in 13 different colors, and according to the company’s website, installation sounds DIY-able. I just have one question about this sudden influx of puzzle flooring. Why just floor… Continue Reading
With colors the name of Chilli Pepper, Burnt Ochre and Purple Wine, it’s not surprising the pallette is a robust one. What’s interesting about this collection of colors is their unexpected couplings. Carafe with Casmere Rose? Why not?
For… Continue Reading
Just in time for Earth Day is the Global Warming Mug. Fill the mug, which is adorned with a map of the world, with your favorite hot beverage and watch land masses disappear before your very eyes. It’s a great and obvious depiction of the effects of global warming. Design-wise, it’s clever, funny and completely frightening. Bye-bye Florida.