These so-called 'Prototypes' from designer Patrick Strattner aren't necessarily the most useful creations, but they're also not the least useful! In his Prototype series, Strattner delights in the absurdist nature of the possibilties in product design, meaning that anything can be combined, collated, and created to produce a Frankenstein-ian product, like all the ones you'll see here.
The coffee lovers behind Cold Bruer have created a relatively simple slow drip brew process, inspired by Chemex, that is much more reasonably priced alternative to other cold brew machines currently on the market. Depending on the drip rate you prefer, the whole process can take between three and twelve hours. The Cold Bruer is designed to make up to five cups at a time, so hopefully you think a minimum of three hours is worth it. If you just can't be without your iced coffee in the morning, you can support this Kickstarter campaign here.
A collaboration between Moleskine and Fiftythree has brought the technological and literary innovation of 'Book,' an on-demand publishing system that allows you to make your digital ideas into a hardcover notebook. Using the dedicated iPad app, you can now self-publish with the click of a button, onto a gorgeous Moleskine. More information in the video below!
The Tree Snake House Retreats of Pedras Salgadas Park are a series of modular living structures within the park that boast serious committment to eco-friendly practices, like solar panels, recycling water, and low consumption LED lights. Each unit has a bathroom, kitchen, and studio space, and bedrooms come with a skylight so visitors can be woken up by the sunrise, and go to sleep beneath the stars evey night.
Alexander Waterworth Interiors brings LA sunshine to Hally's Parson Green, a quaint little deli in London. Pale pastels, wooden furniture, and open shelves contribute to a 'beachy' vibe, and potted herbs are placed throughout the room for the feel of an intimate kitchen. Lastly, the back room of deli is painted in white wood shiplap, inspired by a summery beach hut.
These cute chalk illustrations come to you from the "slightly bent mind" of David Zinn, an illustrator whose mediums range from cake frosting to sidewalk chalk to digital pixel art. The Ann Arbor resident puts a lot of love into his sidewalk scenery, full of little tiny creatures with lots of character, and covering both earthly animals and extraterrestrial aliens. Zinn's artwork "artwork has been reproduced in Canada, England, Scotland, South Korea, Japan, and Australia, and can also be found on the inside of dumpsters in Ann Arbor and the outside of buses in Anchorage."
Designer Alain Berneau brings us this clever, multi-functional accessory: part timeless and simple keyring, part iPhone stand. For those of us who actually view video content on our smartphones, the key ring offers an elegant solution that works especially well for Skype and Facetime sessions, so you don't have to hold your phone so close to your face. It's such a simple innovation and yet so useful, and best of all, it's made from leather so you never feel as though it's just another cheap iPhone accessory.
Happy Sundog! This wonderful puppy patiently prodded a little boy with Down syndrome into engaging with a series of adorable nudges, nose presses, and careful paw placements. Your heart might explode but that's okay, because dogs are the best. Friends forever! Hooray!
This weekend's recipes all feature feta, a crumbly, aged cheese that can be something of an acquired taste – but when you do, there are so many possibilities! Feta is traditionally made in Greece and the process is quite scientific, with specific fat content and pH levels. You can bake it into both savory or sweet foods for a rich, smooth and slightly tangy bite, or sprinkle it onto salads, pizzas, tarts, pastas, and lots of other things, for its signature kick.
It's Caturday, and these cats are waiting patiently for the festivities to begin. Actually, the one on the far left doesn't have a chair, but seems to be enjoying his box just fine. Hopefully the sight of all these calm cats will put you in a similarly zen mood.
From Austrian luxury designers Marchi Mobile, the eleMMent Palazzo mobile home is a decadently luxurious abode on wheels. The mobile home boasts a master bedroom, a rainfall shower, and a motorized upper deck. The cockpit has a touchscreen that allows access to all of the ride's ammenities. It can all be yours, for a cool three million.
Photographer Peter Menzel traveled all over the world and photographed a week's worth of groceries for families of different sizes in different countries. It's a truly fascinating look at how different cultures use their resources, as well as each culture's committment to healthy eating. In his book, Hungry Planet, Menzel cataloged thirty families from different countries by their food purchases in USD and some details about their purchases. Menzel's photography subjects covered families from a range of socio-economic positions, so it's rather important to note that each family doesn't represent any particular 'average' of consumption.