Industrial design houses are like cars. Once you notice a certain brand you'll see it everywhere. We've previously featured j-me's Big Head Coasters and a readling lamp that incorporates a slot for the book in question. These quirky little designs were simple and marvelous, and their newest piece is no exception.
The newest offering from j-me is a cool negative space to slide your shoes. The redundantly named "Shoe Rack", is a single piece of bent stainless steel that grabs a toe hold on a pair of sneakers or boots. Cantilevered over a half shelf the balancing act gives a floating appearance, and turns shoe storage into an aesthetically pleasing part of the living space.
Via our friends at Big Perk. Available in three and six pair lengths, the shoe rack retails for ~$125 and $180 USD.
ToRead is a unique email based bookmarking service that lets you bookmark complete pages that you might want to read up at your leisure. Bookmarking is already available with web browsers, so what's new, you ask? Here's the answer - with toRead, all your bookmarks are delivered free of charge to your inbox. Which means, it eliminates the need to store your favourite bookmarks on your web browser.
The idea is very simple Ė register at the site with your email address and add the toRead bookmarklet to your browser. Whenever you want to bookmark a web page, just click on the bookmarklet and you will have the entire article delivered to your inbox instantly.
Sounds pretty cool Ė I am glad I donít have to backup all my favorite bookmarks on my browser everytime I clean out my system, thanks toRead.
Summer has arrived. What better way to relax and beat the heat than getting into the ocean or finding a shady coconut tree to lie under? No coconut trees in Hong Kong? No matter, just as long as you brought some cool tunes, thatíll do for now.
Okay, so this may not be a real turntable, but you sure canít bring a turntable to the beach! This bag has amplified stereo speakers on the outside to play from the radio or the tunes from your iPod or music player. Thereís also an inside pouch to hold your player or cell phone. Volume controls are located conveniently on the outside of the bag so you wonít have to dig. Itís also roomy enough for a towel and sunscreen, or other essentials that you may need.
Available at Uncommon Goods for $60 USD.
I know that this is about as low tech as it comes, but I couldn't resist a chance to link up an adorable white haired woman. The lovely Natalie Zee made a killer post on the Make blog pointing to a tutorial on making your own shoes. It seems that Mary Wales Loomis started wondering what it took to make a pair of shoes, and she tore into a pair of pumps with a tack hammer and pliers. After teaching herself the art of cobbling she wrote a book to teach the rest of us.
I know a bit about custom made shoes, and I can say that Mary's book uses some of the same methods that high end shoemakers do. She walks the crafter through creating a plaster cast of the foot and shaping a permanent last around which to make perfectly fit shoes. The tighter fit and lighter construction of women's formal shoes lend themselves well to craft room replication. Tear apart a few pairs of flats, and you'll find that most are only held together by glue!
Pink, according to Wikipedia is a "color made by mixing red and white and sometimes described as being a light red, but it is more accurately a bright undersaturated red." The DS Lite, as described by the same source, is a "dual-screen handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo." Therefore a Pink DS Lite is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo, which has the color made by mixing red and white that is sometimes described as being a light red, but it is more accurately a bright undersaturated red. This article writes itself!
The "Noble Pink" DS Lite will be released in Japan at the end of July. Japan is an "island located in the Pacific Ocean"...ah, forget it. Unfortunately no word on an international release.
Donít mind being a walking clock yourself ? Or desperately looking for some attention ? Then dress-up for the occasion with the digital clock T-shirt. This amusing unisex T-shirt has 4 AAA batteries that are within a hidden, washable battery compartment. The batteries last from 12-36 hours depending on whether you are operating in the digital clock or stop-watch mode. The clock itself can be switched on/off through a small button located on the pack.
It is highly likely you will catch a few stares wearing this T-shirt. It might also be a good idea to wear one when you want to get across a not-so-subtle message to people who never seem to get to places on time.
Available from latestbuy.com.au at $59.95 a piece. Buy only if you are looking for some pricey fun.
While browsing the Nikkei wire service last night I came across an interesting fact: 90% of the Mickey Mouse representations sold in Japan are purchased by women. Toy manufacturer Tomy holds an exclusive license to produce Disney products for Japan, and the company has set their sights on capturing the male market that they have so far missed.
Three redesigned Mickeys are being released late this summer as a gamble that a pop culture image will encourage new sales. The twelve inch vinyl Mickey dolls are designed to appeal to Japanese men in their late teens to early thirties. Apparently the red pants and the milquetoast image just weren't getting Mickey the cold hard Yen that he needs to support his hobbies as a punk rocker, a surf bum, and hip-hop producer.
Pass Da M.I.C - Rap Mickey is decked out in the fashionable clothes of hip suburban schoolchildren: Baggy blue jeans, an over length short sleeve black t-shirt, a white hairnet under a baseball cap. Just like the MTV hip-hop kings Mickey is not without a massive piece of golden Mousekateer bling to show the kind of scrilla he brings in.
If youíre the paranoid type, you may have already installed a nanny-cam in your home to keep an eye on the sitter. But, did you ever think about who might be watching you?
The Spyfinder hidden camera detector finds any wired or wireless camera, active or not. Using LED technology and advanced principles of light refraction, this little wonder will keep prying eyes off of you. [Editorial note: Iím somehow feeling the urge to reference that oh-so-appropriate Daryl Hall and John Oates song here, but I wonít!]
Available at many spy shops, this unit is comparatively a great value at about $100. Most Ďprofessionalí models go for at least five times that. Makes a perfect gift for your favorite babysitter who talks on the phone too long or has her boyfriend over when she shouldn't.
Here's an interesting twist, a cell phone without the whiz-bang-camera-mp3-pda-video-blinky light extras. Stripped down to its bare minimum, product developers in India have developed the Mini Mobile. Designed with young children and the elderly in mind, as these users do not require or cannot use all the complicated features that are increasingly packed into phones. Without hard to read screens or hard to press keypads, it has just 3 buttons for placing calls to pre-programmed phone numbers. The Mini Mobile brings back simplicity and functionality into the usual one-up-manship of mobile phone design.