Thus far, LED bulbs don’t usually look much like normal incandescent bulbs due to the need for large heat sinks to cool their light source. Cree’s latest finally does away with these unsightly contraptions, instead employing cross-flow ventilation to passively cool the LED within. It’s also dimmable (without buzzing), emits omnidirectional light, and costs just about nothing to operate compared to traditional bulbs. And with a lightweight, shatterproof design and 25,000 hour rating — or 20+ years at 3 hours a day — a small investment in a few of these bulbs is bound to pay off.
Not since the Death Star has a sphere packed so much utility. The ability to destroy a planet may be insignificant next to the power of the Force, but the ability to utilize all your pneumatic tools, top off your tires air, or inflate just about anything without a tangled mess following you around has to be a close second. RoboReel is a cutting edge automatic air hose reel designed for portability and/or out of the way mounting. Use RoboReel as a portable system, mount it to your bench, or mount it at any angle on your ceiling or wall. Unlike traditional spring loaded reels, the Robo utilizes a two-speed retraction system combined with smart engineering and industrial grade material for a hassle free, long lasting system. Just push a button and up to 40 feet of ¼” hose retracts. Forget lesser hoses that can handle 100 psi; RoboReel provides up to 300psi of force where you need it, in your hand and out of the way. To add to the convenience, RoboReel comes ready for use right out of the box. Had Admiral Motti not choked on his words, he would have owned one.
Coming home from your favorite coffee shop in the turn of the century building on the corner, it’s normal to feel inspired about creating a brick enclave inside of your own apartment. Problem is laying bricks is pricy, not to mention impractical for smaller living spaces. Enter Murals Wallpapers’ realistic-looking brick effect wallpapers and wall textures, printed on light, medium, or heavy weight paper depending on desired durability. Ranging from weathered brick to modern concrete in look, they can be custom made to fit your wall size and add just the right amount of urban hipster coolness — from a distance — without damaging your wallet (too much).
Learn more at Murals Wallpaper – roughly $30 per square meter
Induction stove tops come with a handful of advantages over gas burners, including improved safety, energy efficiency, and faster heating. Regardless, there’s something whimsical about cooking with a ring of flames around your pots and pans, not to mention the fact that it gives off a clue as to how hot you’ve got it. And while it’s not quite the same, Samsung’s latest Chef Collection Induction Range comes close with its set of virtual flames, shone upon your cookware using LEDs that grow brighter as temperatures are turned up. The oven itself also boasts their Flex Duo system with Smart Divider that lets you cook two separate dishes at two distinct temperatures without transferring aromas thanks to its dual convection fans. Otherwise, an intuitive (but possibly intimidating) control panel guides you through selecting cooking options one step at a time, its Chef Bake mode keeps temperatures consistently even for nailing those tricky dishes, and a gliding rack with ball bearing mounts that lets you slide large, heavy items in and out of the oven without herniating a disk.
Ikea’s Bekant obviously isn’t the first (or last) hybrid sit/stand desk, but it is the furniture giant’s first foray into this market segment, and soon, the likely go-to option for the masses. This 63-inch wide particleboard desk comes in a wide range of colors, boasts a steel powder coated frame, and also adjusts in height from a minimum of 22″ to a maximum of 48″ at the push of a button. Of course, you’ll still have to put it together yourself, but isn’t that half the fun?
Rearranging a room shouldn’t start and end with the furniture. The Avi-on movable light switch greatly simplifies the task of moving or adding additional switches as it pairs wirelessly with all Avi-on powered products, including their Bluetooth smart bulb, GE’s plug-in smart dimmer, and many more. Pair a switch to a bulb or dimmer in just a few clicks using their mobile app, stick it to a wall within 100 feet, and Avi-on is ready to use. Other features include dimming functionality straight from the switch, the option to set timers or schedules from the Android & iOS app, and a battery life of three years.
Check it out at Avi-on – $60
If your tables are worth protecting, step up your game with Desu Design’s Leather Coasters. These 4″ x 4″ coasters are cut from thick, heavy-duty vegetable-tanned bridle leather, adding raw appeal that goes hand in hand with a glass of well-aged whiskey. Custom monogram yours with up to three letters that are hand-stamped onto each coaster at no extra charge.
Granted, it won’t arrive in time to stave off dryness this winter, but we’re still excited for Dyson’s first stab at the humidifier market. This sleek, gorgeous device uses the company’s Air Multiplier technology to quickly and, more importantly, quietly project humidified air through a room size of up to 172 square feet. Unlike many of its competitors that disperse microbes in the air, Dyson’s employs Ultraviolet Cleanse technology that exposes each drop of water exiting the machine to sterilizing UV light, killing 99.9% of bacteria within. It also doubles as a high-velocity fan sans humidification to get you through the hotter, wetter months, avoids over-humidifying by compensating for temperature, and works for up to 18 hours on a single tank of water.
Coming in fall 2015. Learn more at Dyson – $TBA
With a ridge in its carpet that shouldn’t — and can’t — be flattened, Alessandro Isola’s Stumble Upon Sofa kills two birds with one stone in that it’s at once a couch and carpet. This uniquely designed piece features carbon fibre-reinforced undulations to create a large, asymmetrical seating area on one side and a casual lying space on the other, otherwise extending to cover a downright massive amount of floor with carpet. It also boasts a small shelf on the larger open end of the sofa for stashing books, and, fortunately, padding over the hard frame comfort.
It’s like wet shiatsu. The Horizontal Shower is the world’s first (only?) reclined shower. Six Water Bars controlled by a single eTOOL panel respond at the push of a button. These wide Water Bars are set above the user and feature three pre-programmed water therapy “sessions” designed for balancing, energizing (alternating warm and cold), and de-stressing effects. The result is an almost meditative, sense-harmonizing, soul-cleansing experience. Towel not included. Neither is a bathroom big enough to house one.
Learn more at Dornbracht – $35,000