Category Archives: LIVING

zipping up for a neat and tidy day – Zip Bed

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(photo source: florida.it) Florida Zip Bed | US$tbc | www.florida.it

not everything we post here will touch everyone’s heart. agree? example: not everyone uses an iPad, therefore iPad’s accessories mean nothing to this group. however, we think this product will be different and in fact, we think it will get the nods from everyone – making your bed every morning. a seemingly minute task that can be such a dread especially when you are rushing to work.

Florida Furniture has a bed that will make making your bed in the morning a thing of the past. it’s a bed with zipper, aptly named ‘Zip Bed‘. how’s that for easy understanding? you can’t zip and keep the bed per say but you can zip up the bed.. oh what i am talking. basically, you wake up and zip up the bed with a cover (keeping the mess underneath) and when it’s time to hit the bed, just unzip it and hop on to the cozy bed that comes complete with comforter, sheets and pillow.

the Zip Bed comes in white, gray or navy blue options for the base, and you have a choice of colors for the interior as well. hmmm, but wouldn’t we be zipping up already?

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via Trendir and Gizmag

lighting up with a bang: Bang! table lamp

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Bang! Table Lamp | US$NA (concept) | www.bitplayinteract.com

it’s not a fantasy to shoot to turn on and off your light. the Bitplay’s Bang! table lamp let you do just that, less the gunpowder smell and there’s no need to register your firearm. don’t worry, you won’t break anything here.

operation is simple: just aim the “gun” at the lamp and pull the trigger. the light goes out and the lampshade tilts to the side – a way of telling you that it’s been hit (though you probably already know when the light goes out). fire the “gun” again at the lamp will turn the lamp back on, putting the shade to its normal position.

talk about ending your day with a bang. but unfortunately, Bang! is just a concept. doh!

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(image source: www.bitplayinteract.com)

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Brasso GadgetCare – ‘cosmetic’ for your gadgets

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(screenshot: brasso.co.uk) Brasso GadgetCare | £5.99 | brasso.co.uk

anything we touches, we leave fingerprints, dirt and grimes on it. i think it’s about time someone come up with something to protect the gadgets we all love and easily smeared with the aforementioned. lucky for us, Brasso (remember them? the good old brass polisher? does Mr. Brasso rings any bell for you?) have a solution for all of the gadget lovers.

the new GadgetCare promise to “clean and shines any tarnished metal and plastic, removing smudges and fingerprints, leaving a highly polished finish.” the GadgetCare, when applied, leaves a invisible anti-static layer that repels particles from your gadgets. there’s also a protective silicone layer that prevent smears.

seriously, this is a good news to me. especially we are assured that it is safe to use on all kinds of gadgets. you have any idea how much dust my MacBook screen gathers?

quick auto-loading Autoloader Screwdriver

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(photo source: firebox.com)
i cannot imagine there’s still room for improvement for basic stuff such a screwdriver – until i saw this. this isn’t exactly new to the market but i am sure many have not heard of this either. it’s called the Autoloader Screwdriver which has a patented pump-action bit change mechanism to get your screwdriver bit lock & loaded. ‘operation’ of the screwdriver is easy: simply pull back the handle, twist until you find the right bit for the job and out it pops (i mean the bit), locked in place and good to go.

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(photo source: autoloaderscrewdriver.com)
there are a total of six magnetized nickel-plated Phillips and flathead bits to choose from and you can even customise the Autoloader by preloading it with the bits you use the most often. simple and effective. but as a fan (almost to the point of obsessed) of tools, i’m not sure i am going turn and pop to get my bits. i guess it’s up to individual but the video may have just sucked me in. gosh.

check out the video:

visit Autoloader website.

new old vintage of the week: trimPhone

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(photo source: bloomsburystore.com)
yet another new old vintage. this time round it’s a home phone. flash back to the 70s with the Bloomsbury 70s trimPhone, which comes in 6 different hues of the 70s. the only difference is, the numbers are press buttons instead of the classic dial wheel. really, there’s nothing to talk about this fixed line home phone except for it’s retro-chic factor. coolness factor 11 out 10. what more can you ask for? even if you hardly use you home phone, this could be a perfect addition to your retro-themed home.

check it @ Bloomsbury Store.

Candy Grand’O Space Saver washing machine

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(photo source: candy-domestic.co.uk)
these days apartments/houses are getting smaller, especially in city areas. perhaps, this Candy Grand’O space saver washing machine, from the Italy, can help in conserving some of your precious estate in your service area. with just a depth of 40cm (that’s less than 16 inches), it will saves you an average of 10cm of space which could make your service area a little bit roomier. even with it’s slim depth, the Grand’O still manages a 6kg and 7Kg (depending on the model) capacity wash.

there’s a side benefit for a slim depth washing machine, in terms of interior decoration perspective. some people design cabinets around the washing machine and to accommodate the washing machine, the cabinet usually ended with the same depth as the washing machine (averaging 50cm, usually more) i.e. making the already tiny space even smaller. well, you can always choose not to build the cabinets to the machine depth, but that would mean an awkward protruding washing machine that will sticks out like a sore thumb, not to mention the occasional accidental bumps into the protruding machine. now with the slim depth, you can build your cabinet to a slimmer depth – thus saving space overall. home improvement, anyone?

visit Candy UK website.

2nd series Lightsaber Chopsticks: Star Wars Darth Maul & Mace Windu Lightsaber Chopsticks Set

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yet another item from the ever popular Star Wars franchise. following up to the popular Lightsaber Chopsticks series (remember Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Yoda Lightsaber Chopsticks?), Kotobukiya introduces the 2nd series which has 2 sets: the Darth Maul & Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Chopsticks set and the Darth Maul & Mace Windu’s Lightsaber Chopsticks set. with Lightsaber you can eat your sushi in the Jedi way while defending the galaxy from the rebel forces or the Imperial troopers – depending on which sides you chose.

the chopsticks’ lightsaber blades are casted in translucent material and measures 9 inches long. the Darth Maul chopsticks comes with a special bonus connector which lets you convert the Darth Maul chopsticks into a doubled-bladed lightsaber, just like in the movie. i’m not sure what you going to do with the chopsticks when you do that. each chopsticks include a translucent Star Wars logo chopsticks rest. may the force be with you (when are eating your sushi)…

the new Star Wars Lightsaber Chopsticks set will be available in November @ US$19.90 a set.

check it out @ KotoUS.

sculptured illumination: Hulger Plumen 001

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(photo source: plumenshop.com)
there are artists who uses light and the darkness to express their art. and then there are those who make light bulbs into art. well, in the art world, nothing is impossible. so here comes the world first designer bulb. you heard it right. it is a bulb. if you are like me who make every attempt to cover up those ugly energy saving bulbs, even if they weren’t installed, then this is the (expensive) solution. you have to tell yourself, you are buying an art – which is true – and lighting up is just a bonus it offers. frankly, i am tempted. by the way, this is a energy saving bulb, so it is capable of shaving up to 80% off your energy bills. with these good looking designer bulbs, who needs lamp shade?

visit Plumen Shop.

the Sensor can – trash can goes high tech

simplehuman - The Sensor Can(photo source: simplehuman.com)
simplehuman designs and manufactures sleek household wares such as trash can. yeah, trash can need not be monotonous looking object hidden away in some inconspicuous corner of your house. simplehuman takes the simple task of discarding trash a step further – introducing the sensor can. it is a trash can, but with a built-in advance sensor that senses your intention to use it, opens up and closes after you are done. no, you need not flip the lid or step on the paddle. the sensor can uses an adaptive sensor technology called multi-sense™ which syncs the can with your motion. what makes it so special is the sensor changes its sensing behavior to suit different situation. basically, the one sensor has 3 modes: the ready mode, the task mode and the stay-open mode.

in ready mode, there’s a focused space above the sensor (i.e. directly above the lid) known as the trigger zone, ready for you to throw your trash. the sensor in this mode does not ‘spill out’ of the front of the can, avoiding false triggering when people walks past the can. when an action of discarding moves over the sensor, the sensor changes to ‘task mode’ where the trigger zone extends and becomes more sensitive to activity. this mode prevents the can from closing on you (i mean your hand) while you are still discarding the trash (seriously, does it take so long to discard something?). time to clear the can? no worries. after more than 3 seconds of continual activity, the can switches to ‘stay-open mode’ where it stays open for 30-seconds, in the event that you turn your back to get a fresh liner – it stays open. very smart indeed.

asides from the multi-sense™ technology, the sensor can also incorporates feature such as odor removal, robust motor (for the lid), nylon discs under its based (gentle on your flooring) and custom extra strength fit liners, fingerprint-proof stainless steel exterior. the sensor can uses 6 x C-size batteries which can last up to a full year. for a handsome amount of US$225.00, you can add this 40 liter high-tech trash can to your growing list of high tech products in your house. i said ‘handsome’ because that’s quite an amount for trash can, regardless. i want one, but i suspect my wife wouldn’t let me have one.

visit simplehuman website.

Solar Sun Jar & Touch Sensitive Dog Lamp

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green heads out there rejoice, cos’ here’s another cool stuff to show your love for the planet. comes Solar Sun Jar, a lamp made out with traditional mason jar (you know those jars that your mum use to store your favorite cookies?) with high-efficiency solar cell, rechargeable battery and low energy LED lamps. placed the jar under the sun and it charges up the battery over a few hours. this energy is stored and can be use at night to power three LED lamps inside the jar. the jar is frosted, so the LED lights emitted is diffused and making it appears like sunlight. the Solar Sun Jar has no switch, cos’ in-built sensor will do the job of detecting darkness and lights up. there’s no paranormal activity but work of the sensor. being a mason jar, it is completely water tight. so there’s no need to worry about weather condition when you leave outside to charge. this also means you can add a touch of mystic coolness to your garden by deploying the Solar Sun Jar as a garden light or simply use it as a night light.

Touch Sensitive Dog Lampyou asked your dog to sit, paw, roll over. how do you like to ask him to light up your study table? now you can with the Touch Sensitive Dog Lamp. well, not a real dog though. i assure you that no animals will be harm in the process. with just a pat on the touch sensitive ‘head’, the lamp can be switched on and off, and brightness can be adjusted through 3 distinct level. the Touch Sensitive Dog Lamp is made of solid acrylic plastic body and uses a 40W (Max) E27 bulb. did i mention that the ‘head’ is adjustable? very cool.

available @ UrbanCubes.com.