We’re not saying it’s the first or only desk organizer and gadget tamer that’s graced these pages, but Deskpal does a good job at cleaning up the working areas of people with, frankly, lots of stuff. Starting with a solid block of timber, Deskpal takes shape via CNC machining and then hand sanding and polishing for a finish that brings out the beautiful grain of either the Tasmanian oak (shown) or Torrified Ash. Dual rear-positioned slots hold most any smartphone and tablet, a wool felt sandwich grips your favorite pen in upright position, and two shallow trays swallow up everything else.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – roughly $27
Grasse- and New York-based Le Labo is a company that specializes in simple, modern scents and designs that make a statement. Their latest, the Santal 26 Concrete Candle, isn’t your standard run-of-the-mill candle. It’s GMO-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. Each concrete shell is handcrafted in California before hand-pouring Mississippi. The smooth, smoky, leathery scent it dissipates is formulated using a mix of ingredients blended in 100% soy wax, and burns for over 150 hours with proper maintenance. And while the same scent can be had at a fraction of the cost in glass, there’s something about concrete that might just have us consider dropping half a month’s rent on a candle.
We mightn’t be inclined to place our scalding hot coffee on it, but the truth is Ideum’s USA-built Multitouch Coffee Table can take it thanks to a bezel-less design that has the surface spill proof and water resistant. And if your iPad’s half dozen or so touch points seemed half decent, consider that Ideum’s tables support a whopping 60, meaning even a crowd won’t throw it off its game. Available in 32- and 42-inch sizes, these coffee tables ship with Windows 8 which grants access to thousands of touch-centric apps, all powered by a small form factor computer with an Intel Quad Core i7 at the helm. Other niceties include palm rejection technology (a must at this level), a variety of connectivity routes including Bluetooth, HDMI, WiFi, WiDi, and USB 2.0, plus a rugged vandal-proof design of chemically strengthened glass coupled to aircraft-grade aluminum.
Read more at Ideum – $7,000+
The world’s not flat, so why should the map used to document your travels be made of paper? Suck UK’s Cork Globe is, as its name suggests, a 10-inch diameter globe made of cork, meaning it’s perfect for leaving trails of pins in your post-travels wake. Color code to represent places visited versus those next on the menu, stick on notes, or perfect your world domination plot – the choice is yours.
Out of sight, out of mind is an understatement when it comes to Resource Furniture’s Stealth Kitchen. This modular and highly customizable kitchen fits most standard amenities in as little as 6 feet of space, including a microwave, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, cooktop, microwave, sink, plus plenty of storage. Need of more? Add in a full-sized fridge, double ovens, pop-up table, plus more pantry real estate, as needed.
We’re not gonna lie – we’ve thought about hiding weapons under our pillows on particularly paranoid nights, our sleep hindered by a startlingly scary movie or the like. But doing so just isn’t practical; shift around a little and it’s bound to fall off the bed, or worse. And that’s where Privacy Pillow comes in. Thanks to a sneaky leather compartment this pillow doubles as a stash for pretty much anything that fits, including valuables, stacks of cash, a flashlight, or a few rubbers. A clasping mechanism keeps the compartment shut until consciously opened and its thick poly fill lets you sleep comfortably, its contents imperceptible to your touch.
Throw big get-togethers on the regular? As long as they’re rarely dry, chances are that investing in a Reclaimed Tequila Barrel Ice Chest would be a wise move. This downright massive booze-cooling drum started its life as a 60 gallon French Oak wine barrel before retirement and conversion, making it the perfect receptacle given its alcoholic roots. Each barrel holds up to 100 pounds of combined bottles and ice, and includes both a stand and a drain with accompanying plug. Of course, you could always instead fill it with blankets and the like, but then you’ll miss out on the exceptional pleasure of showing it off.
Learn more at Wine Enthusiast – $600
Rapid advancements in technology have a way of making our devices seem obsolete, and quick. But it doesn’t help that most weren’t built with longevity in mind to begin with. Rather than use inexpensive, scratch- and scuff-prone plastics, Raw Induction’s Concrete Charger employs a hefty slab of high-strength concrete veneered with cork, a contrasting unity of two resilient, sustainable materials that’s several cuts above what we’ve grown to expect from consumer electronics. Underneath the cork lies three standardized Qi-based charging hearts for simultaneously charging a triad of Qi certified devices, plus their NFC smartcork for changing ring profiles during charging or the like. Its distinct aspect and elegant charge status-conveying lightblade are just icing on the cake.
Learn more at Raw Induction – $495
If you’ve got invaluable treasures worth securing, it’s only fitting to stash them in an exorbitant, elaborate vault worth more than the average home. The Connoisseur’s Vault is made by German safe manufacturer Döttling and is chock full of dedicated storage compartments including accessible dual triple-watch winders, a Spanish cedar-lined humidor drawer fitted with Wempe humidifier and hygrometer systems, plus a main safe with eight individually programmable watch winders and a suede lined jewelry drawer. Keeping intruders out of the main vault are two 3/4-inch steel walls, eight 1-inch hardened steel locking bolts, and alarm connectivity, ensuring your valuables aren’t going anywhere, even in case of flood or fire. Though we’re not so sure the supple Italian calfskin lining this fortress would pull through assuming the latter.
Personally, we prefer to furnish our pads with frames that have a little more backstory than the flimsy particleboard ones that are so prevalent in our local home decor stores. And backstory, Mill Creek Supply Co’s Barnwood Frames have got. Salvaged from barns on an orchard in Cincinnati, the lumber used in these frames boasts an appealing complexion that reflects the countless seasons weathered in its previous life. Between original saw markings, imperfections, and a patina that shines through the light stain or paint, these frames’ distinct style will warm up any room for decades to come.