using a standard shovel to do your shoveling chore tends to hurt your back after sometime. whether you are shoveling snow or sands, it’s literally a backbreaking chore. luckily we have inventor like Howard Rosenshine who came up with the idea of Shovel Master. Shovel Master is an add-on handle attachment that attaches to your existing shovel, giving you the extra leverage while enabling you to keep your back straighter. made out of bent oak with plastic grip, Shovel Master features a stainless leaf spring mechanism which provides an added power to your shoveling action. Continue reading Shovel Master makes shoveling a less backbreaking chore→
we continue our worship for beautifully designed faucet with the Kross Faucet by ISMA Creative Faucets. on the first glance, the Kross Faucet doesn’t look anything close to faucet but it is one and function like one complete with a matching square handle for temperature and volume adjustment. we just wonder how the stream would look like, would it be a rectangular stream? nah. we are just kidding. anyway, it looks pretty awesome and it will definitely feel at home in any contemporary interior. the Kross Faucet is available in black, nickel and white. colors that speaks of contemporary.
the sign of luxury doesn’t necessary means gold, diamonds and all sparkling stuff (sparkling wine included), it could very well be crocodile skins. why not? croc skins has been used for making bags, so how about porting its use in the form of crocodile textured bathroom tiles? the Savana collection from Italian firm, Petracer has just that for you and perhaps more. well, you don’t need to restrict yourself to just croc skin textured tiles, perhaps you like to consider the authentic looking zebra tiles or maybe for the wild-at-heart, the leopard print tiles? once you don up your bath with such a savanna-them, it is time to get some real savanna plants and flowers to go with it. we have a particular love for the orange crocodile skin textured tiles, cos we think they look really wild – just like us.
we are not even sure if this is available commercially yet, due to our lack of knowledge in Swedish language. but one thing we do know is this beautiful bathtub was showcased along with a series of mosaics for floors and walls in the recent Stockholm Furniture Fair. nevertheless, this is one exquisite bathtub that embodies the elegance and sophistication of the old world charm. this standalone bathtub with lion’s feet as its footings, has its exterior covered in mosaic pattern conjured up by Swedish designers Emily Solklippa & Hanna Wsetin-Skogh. captured in the mosaic pattern is the Swedish summer flowers as the main theme and “was based in the desired for a pattern associated with happiness and joy,” says Emily & Hannah.
click on the image after the break to view a bigger image of this wonderful bathtub as well as a sample of mosaic patterns from Mosaic Sweden.
we are a huge fan of everything beautiful, and this beautiful and somewhat futuristic bathtub designed by Michael Samoriz for Umbra Design, had us in an instant. if only all things in life is as beautiful as this. inspired by the oral cavity of the magnificent predator of the sea and aptly named the Shark Bath, the cradle with handle-like tub features an overhead shower system and additional jet sprays situated on the inside of the ‘handle’. we are totally captivated by the Shark Bath not withstanding the fear we still have 36-years after JAWS. build it please! Continue reading imagine bathing with sharks with this elegant Shark Bath→
how to educate people to conserve water? you can spend hundreds of thousands to campaign for water conservation or install the One Liter Limited faucet. designed by Yonggu Do, Dohyung Kim and Sewon Oh, the One Liter Limited faucet’s curvature form has an upper glass tube-like contraption that limits a person usage to the amount of water within it, which is of course, 1-liter.
if you have big hands and used up the 1-liter, you have to turn off the tap and wait for the glass tube to refill with water. indeed very troublesome but we will learn to adapt and our children will grow up with the notion that faucets only dispense 1-liter on each use. perhaps that’s how our future would be: having a faucet that would enforce a ‘everyday is a water rationing day’ lifestyle.
not everyone has the luxury of space at home, especially city dwellers. increasing population in the city results in smaller homes, hence everything else within has to downsize, including our bathrooms. having small bathroom doesn’t mean you have to live without the good old bathtub. what if you can summon a bathtub when you fancy and stow it away when you are not using it?
this is exactly what designer Piotr Pyrtek has in mind for the Tulip Bathtub and Shower Unit. designed with small bathrooms in mind, this unit sits compactly upright as a shower unit with a silhouette resembling a tulip flower. when you feel like a good bath, a portion of the unit flips down and you have a glass bathtub complete with underwater jets, hydromassager and programmable sequences to take the stress of your day away.
though the unit was inspired by nature, but it look unmistakably futuristic. we love it. we say built it. it is a fresh change to see ‘futuristic’ design for our everyday stuff other than vehicles. don’t you think so? we will need a tulip-inspired wash basin to go with this.
i bet you didn’t think there are other ways of using a bar soap. i, for one, didn’t even think it exist anymore. we are more acquainted with liquid soap these days, but then there is the Soap Flakes. Soap Flakes are, what do you know, flakes resulting from either grating the soap like a cheese or grind it like what you would do with a pepper mill.
there are two designs that creates Soap Flakes, the first being a pepper mill-like hand held device and the other, a wall-mounted soap flakes dispenser. the hand held version has circular grates at its bottom and turning motion results in shredding the bar soap contained within (see images below). on the hand, wall-mounted version involves pumping action which grates the bar soap inserted in the device.
the brain behind the Soap Flakes, is design grad Nathalie Stampfli. so why Soap Flakes? well, Nathalie has these to say:
Today, most of the soap we use is liquid soap, which contains a lot of water. Block soap instead is more concentrated and therefore has some ecological benefits: You don’t transport unnecessary water around. In place of plastic bottles you can simply use paper for packaging. The solid blocks can easily be piled and allow a greater space efficiency in a truck.
But what about the usage of soap bars? I don’t like the weird slippery feeling when I use them. It gives me goose bumps. And under the shower, it always slides out of your fingers. Hand soap also often gets dirty and accumulates bacteria when more than one person is using it.
according to Nathalie, the dispensed flakes falling into your hands evoke a comfortable sensation and the flakes will dissolved in water readily. sounds like a novel idea a geek like me would want to give it a go. however, i do have a couple of concerns. firstly, bar soap size may differ from country to country and secondly, i notice the weight of the bar soap works in tandem with the grating but if the bar soap becomes lesser, would grating be an issue?
i am sure most of us are familiar with robotic vacuum cleaner, iRobot Roomba which takes the chore of vacuuming the floor off our hands. but the Roomba is big and it doesn’t cover wet area such as the laundry area and bathroom, so in comes the Scooba, the newest and smallest cleaning robot from iRobot.
measuring just 3.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches in diameter, the petite Scooba not only differ in size from the Roomba but also its capability. the robot cleans your floor with its three-stage system which washes, scrubs and squeegees your floors. being tiny, means it is able to reach those hard to reach places, including under the furniture.
asides from the sensors and electronics, inside the machine is an active-reservoir that separating the fresh cleaning solution and dirty water. as the robot cleans, the fresh cleaning solution reservoir shrinks, while making room for dirty water collected during the cleaning process.
i am tired of mopping even though i have only a small area to cover. in any case, i would love to have of these.
carbon fiber has a wide range of applications. being light and strong it is extensively used in race cars and most notably, in the concept Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. however, we are not going there today (the car department)… now you can add that little strength to your bathroom in the form of the Carbon Fiber Toilet Seat. believe it. for $279 you can seat on a lightweight and yet strong material, for whatever the reasons you need light and strong material underneath your butt…
this item would probably go into the category of “things-you-buy-when-you-already-have-everything-else”. perhaps, if you are in this category, the $279 price tag probably isn’t going to be a issue. oh, make sure you have a matching black toilet bowl to go with it. we figured that it will look pretty ridiculous on a white or pink item.