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
The Floyd Leg lets you transform any interesting slab of wood (or any material that will fit, really) into a fully functional table, so it was only logical that their next piece of work would be The Floyd Shelf. This two-bracket set comes in either red, white, or black, and bolts to your wall, clamping down on any flat material up to 1 and 5/8 inches thick to form a shelf of virtually any width. Each shelf is Detroid-made and rated to a combined load of 50 pounds, including the shelf material.
Find it at The Floyd Leg – $85
Forget unsightly hooks or giving up valuable drawer space for your oven mitts. Instead, keep them at hand and in plain sight by swapping your pair out for Suck UK’s Magnetic Oven Glove. Predictably, this 100% cotton glove boasts strong magnets that let it stick to the metal on your oven or fridge, always ready to take some heat. Try pairing it with the brand’s magnetic towel ($10) to rid your kitchen of its towel rack, too.
Need a nightlight but have no intention of polluting your otherwise clean hallway with a gaudy gadget sticking out of a socket? Try SnapRays Guidelight instead. This plug-and-play wall socket cover replacement installs in seconds — no fiddling around with wires required — and packs a light sensor along with three downward-facing LEDs. Come night, the lights turn on to give a base level of visibility in a hallway, kitchen, bathroom, or other socket-equipped room. Best of all its LEDs are incredibly efficient, rated for 25+ years of use, at a price of about 5 cents per year per guide light in electricity.
With what appears to be no wall attachment points, MAKR’s folded shelf is simple, attractive, and understated — basically the definition of the stuff with which we aim to adorn our pads. This folded, white powder coated steel wall shelf offers a 30- by 8-inch surface area to load with stuff, including books already read (or books you’ll never get around to reading), and covers up its 5 unsightly screw holes with a magnetically fixated wood panel.
Our home bar’s turnover rate is through the roof. Still, we’d rather show off the few unfinished bottles still in stock than leave them hidden behind an opaque door. And with its iron frame and shelf constructed from hand-picked reclaimed wood, JM&Sons’ Wall Bottle Rack is a solid way to do so. With a 4-inch deep surface, this shelf provides ample space to stash six liquor bottles, or other kitchen staples in a pinch. Granted, it might not help your dry spell, but it’ll definitely incite and encourage you to keep it fully stocked.
Find it at JM&Sons – $135
Safe Zone Maps ensure you and your buddies know where to regroup when the zombie infestation inevitably spreads to your state. But if they’re already knocking on your door it’s probably too late. As a last resort, there’s In Case Of cabinets. These solid, sheet metal cabinets are chock full of all the necessary gear to give your foes a run for their money, whether they be zombies (12 gauge shotgun, hunting knife, hand grenade, etc), vampires (stake hammer, two stakes, three garlic heads, etc), werewolves (musket with silver bullets, protective amulet, black powder flask, etc), or demons (large cross, holy water, bible, etc). Mount one near a crucial, defendable choke point in your home, forget about it, and pray you’ll never see the day where you break that glass.
Check out the lineup at In Case Of – roughly $180
Properly managing a household is all about the tricky little details. Notion Smart Sensors can help with a wide range of such tasks thanks to their extensive array of sensors — all present on every single Notion — that include detecting moisture, sound, temperature, light, orientation, proximity, movement, and more. These features all add up to form a versatile device that can detect if a smoke alarm goes off, a door is opened, how full your propane tank is, if a light was left on, if your gun safe or liquor cabinet was tampered with, and much, much more. Alerts can also be set to send off SMS message or email notifications upon specific triggers, creating a potential for extremely powerful home monitoring. And each Notion lasts two years before requiring a change of batteries, which, surprisingly, are actually user-replaceable.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $129
The advent of the Smartlock has given lockmakers ample opportunity to boost security, but so far they’ve continued to base their designs on the traditional in-door lock that’s susceptible to picking and brute force attacks thanks to its accessibility and relatively weak anchor points. The Haven Smartlock instead bolts to your floor, moving a solid wedge in place using torque servo motors to firmly keep your door closed impenetrably tight. This slim, tapered device sits at just 0.8-inches tall and locks/unlocks remotely using nothing but a smartphone. It also integrates with home automation systems like Apple HomeKit and Nest Developer Program, boasts Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, a backup battery in case of power failure, manual release to exit in emergencies, and both detects and alerts you to forced entry attempts thanks to an integrated accelerometer.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $269