Our options for using wall real estate to mount things are rather limited, hence the reason all our junk ends up strewn over our desk and floor. Gripstar’s one for ages, and might help us clean up, if but a little. These attractive oak or meranti clips mount to a wall using adhesives or screws (depending on the model), and securely hold objects from as thin as a sheet of paper up to 6 millimetres using a single steel ball bearing. Removing objects is as easy as pulling up and to the side, and each adhesive-held clip has been tested to grip objects that weigh up to 3.3 pounds.
Learn more at Kickstarter – two for roughly $15
Ever wished you could wrap yourself up head to toe in one of those super comfortable puffy jackets? You can with Rumpl, the first blanket made of the same stuff that’s used in sleeping bags and ultra warm winter wear. Rumpl features a soft but extremely durable rip-stop nylon with stain-resistant DWR coating, fluffy synthetic down as insulation, and an appealing natural flow pattern that spans its surface. They’re offered in four sizes – Twin, Queen, King, and Throw – each relatively lightweight and extremely compressible, packing away nicely inside their included cotton or nylon carry bags.
Learn more here – $81+
Remember playing foosball at the skating rink, school cafeteria, or arcade on a worn down greasy foosball table? This is not that same game – this foosball is sexy. Teckell has recreated a game that was reminiscent of sticky floored game rooms and made it look so good you don’t want to touch it. Forget the traditional blocky structure you’re familiar with; instead, the 90 Minuto is supported by a sleek, elegant wooden frame, creating a modern feel to this alluring table. Glass walls support the players while all the engineering and technology lay concealed in the Minuto’s enchanting lines. If there is such a thing as perfection in a foosball table, this is it.
He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. Not Santa; rather Chuck Norris, and the Tactical Holiday Stocking is just his kind of Christmas swag. It hangs by the fire thanks to a carabiner at the top, plus packs another at its ankle, just in case. Loaded with tactical features, it also has MOLLE straps on the outside for securing more gear, a bi-directional zipper that opens on a large pouch, plus two quick-release straps on the toe that allow you to deftly access cookies (or grenades) for Santa. There’s even a hook and loop patch at the top for an ID tag and a handle for convenient carry.
Find it at ThinkGeek – $20
We don’t often stop and appreciate the harmonious complexity of the machines that make up the modern automobile. Fabian Oefner’s Disintegrating Car Prints gives us a closer look at the inner workings of a car, seemingly frozen in time moments after a perfectly ordered detonation. Each half-photographed, half-digitized image was meticulously crafted by shooting individual, perfectly angled and lit parts, then digitally splicing them together over two months. Needless to say the result is absolutely stunning, and each of the series’ three classic sports cars – a 1954 Mercedes Gullwing, ’61 Jaguar E-Type, and ’67 Ferrari 330 P4 – is available for purchase as a very limited (25 total, each) 47- by 27-inch print. Even if you can’t afford to drop 21 bills, the high-res images they’re based on are available for free download here, and are probably far more worthy of your desktop’s background real estate than whatever default image you’re currently displaying.
Check out the series at MB&F – $2,100
We work best when we’re most comfortable. Unfortunately for us, then, that sitting at our desks means we won’t be getting much done. iSkelter’s Slate Mobile Airdesk harnesses the extreme comfort of couches and beds to boost productivity, letting you get to work on your notebook computer virtually anywhere. This large bamboo slate features drilled holes for ventilation, a hand-sanded and polished finish, a dock for your small tablet or smartphone, plus a built-in mousepad for those who prefer controlling their cursor the old fashioned way.
Smartphones are slowly replacing many of our portable electronics, and the latest one to go is the garage opener thanks to Garageio. This small black box installs in your garage, interfacing easily with your existing modern openers to control up to three doors. Then, using Garageio’s Android and iOS app, control of your garage doors is accessible from quite literally anywhere with an internet connection. Other appreciated features include push notifications if a door is accessed by others or forgotten open, the ability to share control with friends or family, and the not-insignificant fact that users will probably never need to buy those elusive button batteries ever again.
Learn more at Fundable – $130
From an acoustics perspective, a Bluetooth speaker can do better than sit on the nearest piece of furniture with a flat top surface. This concept, combined with the withholding of a battery, makes Proper Audio’s PA1 a little different than most Bluetooth units gracing these pages. Deceptively simple in style and function, PA1 sports just a single button to turn it on, off, and for Bluetooth pairing, with a memory that retains up to 5 devices. In terms of hardware, PA1 packs dual 20W drivers and a high pass tweeter – made possible thanks to the use of a power cord instead of batteries – all jammed within an attractive anodized aluminum housing. And, of course, we can’t overlook its selling point: it mounts securely to a wall or stand using the universal Wallee X-Lock mount disks, letting you install it in places optimal for filling a room with sound.
Hit up Kickstarter for deets – $150
Despite their name, placing a laptops on your lap isn’t really optimal for getting work done, and every lap desk we’ve seen to date in both brick and mortar stores and around the internet has disappointed aesthetically (and presumably would in terms of build quality, but we’ve never bothered to buy one). We’re always on the lookout for a good project to boost our DIY cred, and this wooden lap desk is the ideal candidate. All it takes to build one of these kickass desks is about $20 in raw materials (a good part of which you may already have at home) and a bit of elbow grease (more if you’re planning on painting the Triforce all over the fabric, which we’re pretty much sold on doing ourselves). A bit of staining plus a few staples later and you’ve got yourself an awesome lap desk to take to the couch.
While a wealth of nigh-crucial information awaits us within our devices at any given moment, taking it in without firing up our laptops or fidgeting through several apps is more than a little tricky. Quirky’s Nimbus helps with this thanks to a physical intermediate, equipped with 4 dashboard dials that track and display what’s important to us in real time. Nimbus connects to your home’s WiFi network and lets you personalize each dial using your Android or iOS devices with one of a variety of parameters, including traffic, calendar appointments, traffic levels, email, Facebook, Twitter, and much more.
Grab one at Quirky – $130