Designchain is New Zealander Alan Hucks's take on a multi-functional storage solution that also simply looks good as a home decor piece. Though the design's based on the stylings of a bicycle or motorcycle chain, there's little to suggest its mechanistic origins in this clean, fresh approach.
The modular shelving/storage system is made of a strong polycarbonate which makes it safe for kids too. It can be used safely for anything from a wine rack to a spice-jar holder to a stationery organizer. The pieces can be stacked just about any which way, or separated into smaller sets, depending on your needs.
The Designchain also sits pretty by itself, which is what I really like about it. No storage solution is permanent, after all, especially for keeping track of household odds and ends. The Designchain can be used in all sorts of configurations to perk up a room -- then if you need a couple of containers urgently, disassemble parts of it to rescue a messy corner of the house, or just play around with it when your mood changes.
Views of more Designchain arrangements and uses after the jump.
First there was the hidden pocket travel sock, then the not-so-hidden fanny pack, the money in the belt, ducets in the tie compartment, all of which looked silly and impractical to me. Then I discovered these flip flops with a hidden compartment. Now we're talking! Inside the sole there is a tray you can use to hide credit cards, keys, money, anything flat basically. All you need at the beach is a place for your car key and some margarita moola for after you hit the waves. Genius!
Available at Spyder Surf for $45.99.
Via Smart Stuff.
Here we have the Donut Clock, the cutest albeit cruelest form of torture for the likes of Homer Simpson and other donut fanatics (my dad and brother-in-law included).
See the glazed donut at 12 o'clock? The apple turnover at 11? The cheese and strawberry danish at 7? The chocolate bar at 6? All fake. Yes, delicious as they look, adorning the perimeter of that 8.9" diameter plastic tray are actually nothing more than painted and varnished pieces of polymer clay.
Handmade by Noriko Kuwabara and available for $36.
If we ever needed proof that we live in a disposable society, here it is: the Feed and Toss (the bowls, not the pet). We've reviewed a number of Bamboo's worthy inventions in the past, namely the seatbelt leash for dogs (my absolute favorite), and the adorable sleeping bag for pups, but this makes me wonder about pet owners.
Bamboo purports that using a disposable bowl liner cuts down on bacteria and "brings convenience, cleanliness and healthy benefits for you and your pet." Haven't they ever heard of dishwashers? But I'm for anything that makes life easier and if this means you have a few more minutes in the morning to play fetch, then you have my blessing. And you have to admit that they're darn cute.
Also, you've got to love a company that gives so much $ and donates so much product to rescue groups.
Feed and Toss bowls and liners are available nationally at PetSmart, PetSmart.com and select PetCo locations. Bamboo has a store locator that can tell you where they are sold (you cannot buy product from Bamboo's website).
For a relatively inexpensive trip down memory lane (or the memory lane belonging to and underappreciated by your parents), Fredflare offers several models of retro 35mm and medium format cameras with fun features that might unlock reserves of cheesy creativity you didn't even know you had. They're made of lightweight plastic and aim to charm you with their old tricks, as well as all the modern features they lack.
The LOMO Oktomat 8 lens camera, which sells for $40, lets you shoot 8 photos in rapid succession so that you can make a tiny photo vignette like the one above. There's no built-in flash, but these would be a fun alternative to those disposable cameras provided at some parties (proms, weddings, Bat Mitzvahs) for guests to snap photos of one another.
The LOMO fish eye camera sells for $50, and creates those distorted, dizzying fish eye images that you've been missing all these years. This one has a flash, and runs on one AA battery.
One more after the jump.
Need to welcome guests and offer them drinks at the same time? The one-handed serving tray will come in handy. With a handle that flexes out at a 55-degree angle, the tray's designed to always remain in a balanced position when the handle's in use. The tray's surface also has a non-slip rubberized surface for extra stability and, apparently, can be used to carry not only drinks and food but even a full bottle of wine.
I've never been very good with trays myself, so this sounds like a godsend, even though the angle of the tray handle looks a little awkward to carry around at a party. But I guess physics can't always be stylish. At least the handle can be folded away when it's not in use, so that the tray can be stored flat.
Available for $69.96 from Hammacher Schlemmer.
For those of you who need a TV in every room (like my husband), Envirovision races to the rescue. Featuring integral waterproof speakers, digital TV and radio stations, and digital/analogue multi region tuner, the company recently updated its waterproof digital bathroom television line with their latest HD-Ready 19″ Freeview Waterproof Bathroom Television.
The big diff, from what I can tell from the press release, is that the the 19" model is available now with separate waterproof ceiling mounted speakers .
These models are available in a range of high quality finishes including mirror polished stainless steel, brush polished stainless steel, black, gold or mirror screened.
They also make a "budget line" for kitchens. Good to know since I need to run out RIGHT NOW and buy TVs for the two rooms that currently do not have visual entertainment.
Via Born Rich.
Aluratek gives the digital photo frame a little something extra: 256 MB flash memory that can be used to not only play photos, but also movies or MP3 files. You could have your very own little home movie running on the photo frame, or set the summer vacation photos to an appropriate soundtrack.
Aluratek promises video and audio of near HD quality and 1024x768 video resolution, which is pretty neat for a 10.5" photo frame. Image, music and video files can be directly downloaded from other devices or thumb drives onto the photo frame (or "digital lifestyle device", as they like to call it), and all sorts of settings like volume, zoom and other options are accessible through a remote control. Another way to think of it might be as of a very small TV, then?
Elsewhere in the photo frame world, Photojojo offers a 4-step tutorial on giving your favourite 7" x 5" photograph that Etch A Sketch look - the better to suit the Etch A Sketch that will double up as a photo frame. All you need is a photograph, an Etch A Sketch and a copy of Photoshop. Well, and a decent printer too.
Dahlink, you're using last years boring black trash liners? How very . . . last year. What will the trash collector think? Use these new designer chic patterned liners in 5 different designs. Only $14.95 for a packaage of 80 at firebox.