Thursday, October 23, 2014

Drop-A Brick Water Saver


If there is one commodity that we take for granted, it is water. Did you know that, by 2025, 1.8 billion people will experience absolute water shortage, and two thirds of the world population will be living under water-stressed conditions? The message that we are sending here is that we need to start saving water. Immediately! And here is a fun and efficient way of doing it. Drop-a-Brick is an environmentally friendly innovation which is based on a rather old trick of putting a brick in a toilet’s tank to conserve water.


Of course, Drop-a-Brick is not a real brick and it will not destroy your toilet’s tank but rather improve the flushing performance while saving up to 50 gallons (or 189 litres) of water a week. More people use it, more water we can save. Of course, you will save money on your water bill too. Drop-a-Brick is actually a non-toxic pliable rubber brick filled with hydro-gel powder, a soft super-absorbent material commonly used in agriculture and baby diapers. It weighs only 9 ounces, but once expanded (when water is added) it reaches the weight of 4lbs. Drop-a-Brick suits almost any toilet tank, regardless of its size.


The Drop-a-Brick project was launched in an effort to fight the ongoing record-breaking drought in California which destroyed almost half a million acres of cropland, threatening fish hatcheries and depleting drinking water supplies for local communities. This is a non-profit grassroots project that can save up to 200 million gallons of water per day. Considering that toilets are some of the biggest water wasters in homes, Drop-a-Brick makes even more sense.


The Drop-a-Brick designers are currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and are seeking a total of $80,000 in funding. They have decided to run a so-called flexible funding campaign which means that the campaign will not succeed or fail. Any money that they raise will go towards the project. Pitch in! This is a really worthy cause.

Menu Blade Wine Decanter


Being fans of everything and anything hedonistic, including consuming good wine, we have featured quite a few wine decanters in the past but none like the one we are about to show you. It is called Menu Blade and it is a very efficient and rather unconventional decanting pourer, judging from the design. Eurofins, the globally renowned product testing laboratory, has named it the new winner among the world’s best decanters.


So, what is so special about Menu Blade Decanter? First of all, thanks to its well-designed blade, this decanter adds 43% more oxygen to the wine than usual decanters. It has four small holes in the front (replicating the patented Venturi principle) which allow the wine to come in contact with more air which, in turn, immeasurably improves its flavour and bouquet. This wine aerator is compact, since it measures only 4 x 3 x 8 inches (10 x 7.6 x 20.3 cm), incredibly practical and ergonomic, making it very easy to mount onto the bottle.


Menu Blade is also drip-free decanter which filters, splits and oxygenates your wine as your pour bringing the bouquet and taste to the forefront. The decanter has a wide stream so that wine is properly aerated while its fins ensure even flow into your glass without spilling the contents of the bottle. Designed by the brothers Wright of Studio Designwright, based in London, Menu Blade is simple, sleek and elegant yet incredibly innovative.

Get it from Amazon here: Menu Blade Wine Decanter

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mother of Pearl Bathtub for Complete Relaxation


Expressing sensuality, this bathtub soothes you and stimulates all your senses, invites you to escape and meditate, away from the cares and stress. The uniqueness of this luxury bathtub is its form and function. Lines and organic shapes are made by the company DesignLibero Milan.


The inspiration came from shells that produce pearls, so it received the name – Mother of Pearl. The bathtub allows you to create your own combination of light, sound and aromatherapy. You can select one of the wellness program – relaxation, energy, entertainment, tropical pleasure – or you decide for your program that can be saved.


Integrated pots enables planting flowers in any combination you want, and in this way you can enjoy a piece of nature. Faucets and shower are hidden. This all-in-one structure provides a sense of perfection.


Mother of pearl is an invitation to relaxation and reflection, rest for the body and soul.


Puls “Smart Cuff” By Will.i.am And Zaha Hadid


At Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, American musician and entrepreneur Will.i.am unveiled a voice-controlled wristband smartphone named Puls, featuring special edition designs created by architect Zaha Hadid. This is Will.i.am’s first wearable technology product, which he insisted was not a watch but his own “smart cuff“. “I think watch is an overused word and it’s a very limited space to create in when it come to crossing genders,” he said.


“To expect a female to wear the same watch a guy does… It’s hard to try and consider. But I can wear a cuff and a girl can wear a cuff and the way it fits me is totally different to the way girls have been wearing cuffs forever.”


This standalone smartphone on a wristband will require its own SIM card and mobile connection, but lets you call and text – it sports GSM 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a pedometer and accelerometer.
Its main body, which looks like a chunky squared bracelet, is made from plastic and will be available in a number of colours.


“We welcome these collaborations that add something to our work and we always want to engage with things we don’t know much about,” said Hadid.
“We work on the idea of striation, and how it could also have deflections. From a very large object to a very small object, you can interpret this as a very nice piece to touch. But it also operates as a device.”


A range of clothing and accessories that can interact with the device are also being developed in the future grouped together under the header of “Fashionology”, including a jacket with inbuilt battery for charging, a backpack with speakers, shoes that count your steps for fitness tracking, and glasses that can take photos.

Lulu Frost x Clicquot Mailbox


Veuve Clicquot Champagne introduced the Re-Creation Awards – a competition open to the public, which invites emerging designers to design their very own Clicquot Mailbox. Clicquot Mail is a chic gift offering for Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label that is fashioned in the shape of a modern day mailbox to celebrate Veuve Clicquot’s rich heritage of correspondence. This fall, Veuve Clicquot invites designers and novices alike to submit their own Clicquot Mailbox designs in an international online competition launching on October 1, 2014. The winning design will be reproduced and sold worldwide in 2015.


To kick off the competition, acclaimed jewelry designers Lulu Frost and Pamela Love have created their very own Clicquot Mailboxes. The proceeds from the sale will benefit Parsons The New School for Design as Veuve Clicquot celebrates and supports young designers in the U.S.


“I’ve been a long-time fan of Veuve Clicquot, so to partner with such an iconic brand for this creative competition is a joy and really represents a celebration of fashion,” says Lisa Salzer, designer and founder of Lulu Frost jewelry. “Adding my signature vintage Plaza letters — to spell out ‘LULU LOVES VC,’ of course! -to something as unique as the Clicquot Mailbox shows how jewelry can truly push past the boundaries of the expected, and I hope that this inspires designers around the world to tap into their creativity and participate in this exciting challenge.”


The competition which began on October 1 has a submission deadline for November 15. The design and winner will be unveiled at a ceremony on April 9, 2015, and also at Milan Design Week, starting on April 14, 2015. The winner will also receive $13,000 in prize money and international recognition as their creation will be used as the official design for the 2015 Clicquot Mailbox.


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