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Screw It…With a Wink and a Smile

Screw Smile

Sometimes, even the smallest of details make all the difference. Take these screws that are aptly called the Screw:), for example. They look just like your average screw except for the head, which has a smiley face imprinted right on it. That means conventional screwdrivers won’t work with it either, because you can’t exactly jam it into the smiley face’s eye to screw it in. Instead, you’ll need a custom screwdriver with a protruding smiley face to be able to screw the Screw:) in tightly.

The Screw:) was designed by Studio Yumakano in collaboration with Japan-based screw factory Komuro Manufacturing.Continue Reading

They Don’t Stand a Chance: Pow! Splat! Fly Swatters

Pow Splat Fly Swatter

 

You can go for one of those electric fly swatters to zap those pesky flies and mosquitoes out of your face and into kingdom come–or you can go for these comic-inspired Pow! and Splat! fly swatters. Granted, it’s easier to get that insect, specially the fast flyers, with the tennis racket-shaped electric swatters. But if you’re out of juice and really need to get that thing out of the air, then this will have to do.

The expressions featured on the bubbles are pretty apt for their purpose too: Pow! to hit that bug in order to make it go Splat! Yowza!

The fly swatters are available online for $10.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ The Green Head ]

Endless Calendar Goes On and On and On

Endless Calendar

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The Endless Calendar is a modular calendar of sorts that you can put on display and use and re-use for the months, years, and decades to come. It’s relatively simple, but it gets the job done. Each of the calendar’s components are printed by hand using wood types, which are then positioned and stored in a display unit that sort of looks like a napkin holder.

It won’t alert you to any meetings or special events, but it’ll let you know the date and what day of the week it is, and that should be more than enough for most people. The best part? No need to replace your calendar on a yearly basis anymore, obviously.

The Endless Calendar is available for $42.

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Just Make Sure No One Else Sees: Birdhouse Key Hider

Birdhouse Key Hider

 

Running out of rocks and welcome mats and garden gnomes to stuff your keys under? Maybe it’s time to find a completely different hiding place that most people won’t even think of looking, like somewhere overhead, for example. You can do exactly this with this Hide-a-Key Birdhouse, which is exactly what it’s name implies it is.

It’s an actual birdhouse that has a discrete magnetic trap door underneath where you can hang your keys. So you get to give birds shelter from the elements while hiding your keys in a place where most burglars won’t really think to look at (unless they’ve read this post and recognize that the same birdhouse is hanging in your garden or porch, that is.) Now isn’t that nice?

The Hide-a-Key Birdhouse retails for $20.

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Hue Bulbs Finally Get A Switch

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In case you haven’t seen them, Philips makes a popular set of LED lightbulbs called Hue, that wirelessly connect to your network and allow you to control them via your smartphone. You can change their colour, intensity, etc. at the touch of a button from just about anywhere. Well, now they’re getting an actual physical switch called the Tap, and that’s a good thing. Think about it, smartphone connectivity is cool and gee-whiz and all that, but when you enter a room you want to turn the lights on immediately. You don’t want to futz around in your pockets, take your phone out, unlock the screen, find the app, and press a button. Tap is a puck-shaped device that sticks to any surface and charges through kinetic action; this means that every time you press a button you’re also charging the battery, effectively requiring no other external input of power. It’s due to come out after this summer, for $60.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

The Only Staircase You’ll Need: Comes With Shelves, a Cupboard, and a Desk

Haasnot Stairs Shelves Cupboard

 

Cities are getting more overcrowded by the minute. That means increased rent, smaller spaces, and more cramped apartments all throughout. It’s probably with this in mind that inspired Dutch design studio Mieke Meijer to come up with this four-in-one piece of furniture, as it combines a staircase, storage shelves, a cupboard, and even a desk.

The work was commissioned by designer Just Haasnoot and it’s definitely a huge space-saver, I’ll give it that. While it’s not the safest staircase in the world (no handrails and it’s pretty narrow), it makes the most out of limited space that plain old staircases typically occupy.

You can find out more info about it HERE.

VIA [ Neatorama ]

Literal Branding: Jeans Label Carpet

Jeans Label Carpet

 

How many brands of jeans do you have in your closet? Probably not more brands than the ones on the Jeans Label carpet, which is exactly what its name implies it is. You won’t find a carpet quite like this one in stores. Sold by Kings of Sweden, these carpets are sown patch by batch using labels from discarded jeans. They probably aren’t the softest or most comfortable carpets to step on, but they’ll definitely bring a different vibe to whatever your room you decide to put it in.

The Jeans Label carpet is available in two sizes, 140x200cm and 160x240cm, and costs $560 and $760, respectively.

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Not Bigger On the Inside, But Still Awesome: Stand-Up TARDIS Cardboard

Doctor Who Box

 

If you have two hundred bucks to spare and are a die-hard Whovian who would give anything to have his own TARDIS, then this cardboard stand-up that looks just like the one the Doctor has might just be the thing for you. The exterior features the time machine’s signature blue hue with the familiar “police box” sign painted right on top.

The cardboard stand-up measures 55-inches square by 180-inches tall and is big enough to fit a fully-grown man (and several more–although you shouldn’t expect it to magically expand to fit your entire gang!).

It’s available from Urban Collector for $225. Alternatively, you can just go and get some paint from Home Depot and paint over an empty refrigerator box.

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Nespresso Vertuo Line Now Makes American Style Cup Of Joe

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Nespresso machines make some pretty delicious espresso, but if you’re the kind that likes to drink their coffee in industrial quantities, American-style, then these toys aren’t for you. That’s until now, since the company’s new Vertuo line is also able to churn out an 8 oz. cup of coffee in addition to its traditional 1.35 oz. shots. Sure, 8oz. doesn’t even come close to a Starbuck Venti, but this is sure to become a welcome addition nonetheless. It’s $300.

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