Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Gone are the days when lighting designs were boring and typically designed objects that did nothing but add light to a living space. A well-designed lighting fixture should not only have the ability to illuminate any living space but also add that extra oomph factor! I mean, of course, we need them to see in the dark, but as highly functional as they should be, a lighting fixture also needs to be aesthetically pleasing, adding an attractive and visually soothing element to your home or office space. And if it manages to be portable – then well it’s everything you could ask for. From a Japanese lantern candle to a collapsible lighting design – these unique lighting designs are what you need to elevate your living or working space!

1. Japanese Lantern Candle

Inspired by a traditional Japanese ‘chouchin’ lantern, this Japanese lantern candle features a billowy pillar shape and emits an ambient and ethereal-looking glow. This lantern is a lighting design that can add some peace and calm to your hectic workday and is also easily moveable from one place to another.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The lantern candle is a modern and contemporary take on an iconic Japanese design. It has a minimalist design that is portable, allowing you to carry it with you. It creates a relaxing glow and is a handcrafted piece by artisans in Kurashiki, Japan. It is a prime specimen of accurate and meticulous craftsmanship.

What we like

  • The candle’s wax is non-melting, which provides a beautiful clarity on the candle

What we dislike

  • The lantern can be a fire hazard, so you need to place it carefully around pets and children

2. The Tomori Lantern Kit

The Tomori Lantern Kit is an innovative kit that lets you build your own lantern, and then put it aside once you’re done using it! It doesn’t function as a ready-made lantern, and once it collapses, it doesn’t occupy much space. You can also snugly fit a conventional flashlight inside it!

Click Here to Buy Now: $39

Why is it noteworthy?

A foldable cardboard piece functions as the base of the kit, as a flashlight holder, and as a stable structure for the lamp. The kit features an LED flashlight that you can use when it is not fitted inside the lantern. But the cardboard base can also accommodate any other cylindrical flashlight that is less than 30mm in diameter and 160mm in length.

What we like

  • The whole kit can be folded down into a flat A4-sized package which is ideal for stashing and packing away
  • A fun experience to put together and create your lantern

What we dislike

  • The lantern cannot withstand rain

3. Gingko Smart Diffuser Lamp

Called the Gingko Smart Diffuser Lamp, this quaint-looking lamp has a monolithic form that holds a fragrance diffuser in its upper half, and a well-designed ergonomic lamp in its lower half. The lamp works well for desks, but can also be used as a portable design to be carried anywhere with you.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Gingko Smart Diffuser Lamp is made from a combination of wood, copper, and frosted acrylic glass, providing it with an earthy and warm appearance which is one of the signature features of all Gingko’s products.

What we like

  • A portable and dual-functional device that you can carry with you with ease

What we dislike

  • Some people may not prefer wood as their material of choice for diffusers

4. Harmony Flame Fireplace

Coined the Harmony Flame Fireplace, this stunning brass lamp lets you enjoy a pretty and safe fire indoors. It uses eco-friendly bioethanol to spread light and warmth throughout your home. The technique used to build musical instruments was used to build the fireplace.

Click Here to Buy Now: $239

Why is it noteworthy?

The Harmony Flame Fireplace is created to uplift and enhance the mood of indoor spaces. The reflective surfaces of the fireplaces, and the vivid flames play around with shadows and light to form a decorative piece that is aesthetically appealing for your dining table or your patio!

What we like

  • You can enjoy a warm, pretty, and safe fire inside your home

What we dislike

  • The lamp is powered using bioethanol which is eco-friendly,  but needs to be purchased again for refilling, which in turn creates a fuel dependency
  • The lamp’s fuel capacity and compact size do not support long-term extended use

5. Anywhere-Use Lamp

The Anywhere-Use Lamp is a minimalist portable table lamp that is a relief in a world populated with harsh lighting and big glaring screens. The lamp offers a touch of tranquility and elegance when placed in a living space. It has a mushroom-inspired head emitting a soft and warm ambient glow.

Click Here to Buy Now: $149

Why is it noteworthy?

The lamp is powered by four AA batteries, and it has a modular modular that delivers amazing atmospheric enhancement wherever you decide to place it. The lamp features six high-color rendering LEDS, which radiates a soothing luminescence, transforming any space into an oasis of peace.

What we like

  • Feature 4 brightness level
  • Easy to disassemble, store in a bag, and carry anywhere with you

What we dislike

  • The lamp is not water-resistant
  • It utilizes four AA batteries

6. Madco Table Lamp

Dubbed the Madco Table Lamp, and designed by Italian designer Elisa Ossino for the Japanese brand Ambientec, this lamp is a subtle, minimalist, and delicate recreation of festive Japanese lanterns. They aim to bring Japanese culture to your home in a convenient and portable form.

Why is it noteworthy?

The lamp is designed to be portable, and it can be recharged using a UBC-C. The designer says that you should take the lamp outside, as it is waterproof, and will create a pretty and intriguing interplay with plants. It can be hung from its handle as well!

What we like

  • Features a portable and flexible form
  • Adds a pop of color and Japanese culture to your living space

What we dislike

  • The lamp seems to be a bit fragile and easily breakable, must be handled with care

7. Iyer’s Lamp Design

Designed by Shail Iyer, this sleek lamp design is an experiment on modern minimalism, to create a lighting fixture that is simple yet multifunctional. Iyer tried to present his take on modern minimalism, which entails taking up minimum space while doing maximum work – and this lighting design is the final result.

Why is it noteworthy?

The portable desk lamp looks much like a modern lamp light lantern, and it features a multi-shaped silhouette. The body has a large cylindrical shape, with a sturdy bottom for stability. What makes the lamp interesting is that it can be hung from a hook, or even rested on top of a flat surface.

What we like

  • Compact, easy-to-carry form
  • Multifunctional design that can be hooked or placed on a flat surface

What we dislike

  • It’s a conceptual design, so we don’t know how well it will translate into a tangible product

8. Stella

Called Stella, this exquisite-looking lighting design was created as a part of the 2023 New Collection lighting products by COG Design Studio x Bonakia. The ethereal-esque lighting design was built through a mix of multiple techniques – repetition and transforming, and by employing various geometric shapes.

Why is it noteworthy?

It features an interesting triangular intaglio shape and is built using acrylic material. The goal behind the design was to observe the sensibility of light when it is transmitted to a detailed intaglio pattern.

What we like

  • Stella radiates an ambient and seductive glow
  • Portable design that can be placed wherever you like

What we dislike

  • The lamp should be carefully cleaned and maintained, as it looks quite fragile
  • You should move the lamp around with caution, as it could fall and break

9. Z-Lamp

Dubbed the Z-lamp, this innovative lamp has a collapsible feature that makes it easy to carry around. It features a ridged silicone shade that lets the lamp expand or contract, letting you control the lamp’s overall brightness as well. It is equipped with a collapsible silicon clad that sits over the LED base.

Why is it noteworthy?

Once you expand the entire silicone cover, it functions as a large diffuser, that scatters more light in all directions. Once you compact it, the diffuser’s size reduces and dims the LED’s intensity. The lamp is simple, smart, and engaging!

What we like

  • Unique collapsible feature that converts it into an easy-to-carry design

What we dislike

10. Float

Called Float, this cute battery-powered design can create ambient restaurant lighting wherever you like. Designed by the Italian brand Axolight, this lighting design is a versatile product that can be placed on a desk, used as a lamp, or even fixed on a wall.

Why is it noteworthy?

Float has a minimal shape and form, that allows it to easily merge with both indoor and outdoor spaces – whether it is a home or a restaurant patio. You could also place the lighting design over an empty bottle, and create your own pretend-restaurant experience.

What we like

  • Battery lasts for 9 hours, you can use it wirelessly as well
  • Features a 5-step touch dimmer, allowing you to adjust the lighting

What we dislike

  • There seems to be no option for sizing

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Top 10 Pop Culture Designs To Help You Stay Relevant & Up-To-Date

If you are a lover of pop culture, and your personal space is adorned with Pokémon, Star Wars, Marvel, or Mario-themed products and devices, then, well you’re at the right spot. There’s something about pop culture designs that spreads a sense of joy and amusement through you, adding a whimsical quirkiness to even the most mundane of spaces. And, we’ve curated a collection of fun yet functional pop culture designs that cover some of your favorite movies, characters, and shows! From AI-generated Star Wars timepieces to furry Sonic The Hedgehog-themed controllers  – this list of adorable and playful products has something for all pop culture lovers out there!

1. Star Wars Timepieces

Designed by our Editor-In-Chief Sarang Sheth, these imaginary timepieces are inspired by various characters from the Star Wars Saga. Every year, the 4th of May is celebrated as Star Wars Day, and these watches were created on Midjourney’s AI art generator as an ode to this day. The first one is an homage to the Storm Trooper with its slightly cloudy transparency and ceramic surfaces, while another one has a Darth Vader theme featuring the iconic Sith lord’s helmet.

Why is it noteworthy?

All the timepieces were created using Midjourney’s latest versions 5 and 5.1, functioning as accurate and impressive homages to the Star Wars series. All the pieces perfectly represent certain characters and their trademark characteristics – ranging from Darth Vader and his helmet to Yoda with his green skin and brown cloak

What we like

  • There are various kinds of timepieces ranging from a wrist watch to pocket watch and even a table clock

What we dislike

  • They’re conceptual AI-generated designs, so we don’t know how well they will translate into tangible products

2. Brooklyn 99 LEGO Build

One of my all-time favorite shows is Brooklyn 99, and LEGO creator Ben Fankhauser has built an adorable build featuring the entire 99th precinct, amped with all the rooms and characters from the show. The detailed set includes almost everything from the bullpen to the captain’s office and even the printer room!

Why is it noteworthy?

The entire set was built with great attention to detail, and the most precise aspect of the precinct’s floor was recreated. Some secret details were added as well! Fankhauser says the set is full of Easter eggs! Holt’s office even has his pet corgi – Cheddar.

What we like

  • Accurate representation with hidden details for added excitement

What we dislike

  • The iconic briefing/meeting room is not included in the build

3. SmartAir Minions Routers

The SmartAir Minions Routers were one of the key highlights at CES 2024 for us. We didn’t go searching for them, but when we did come across them, we were completely floored, because at first glance they look like plush little toys, but only a further investigation reveals that they’re adorable WiFi routers!

Why is it noteworthy?

The WiFi routers are available in two models, and they resemble two main characters – short and cute Bob, and tall and goofy Kevin. The Bob-shaped router offers dual-band WiFi connectivity, while the taller Kevin provides triple-band internet – 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz.

What we like

  • The routers provide an excellent blend of wide coverage and high speeds
  • They eliminate dead zones, providing WiFi connectivity to every corner of your home

What we dislike

  • Kids may mistake them for toys and play with them, bringing down your home network

4. Squid Game Security Camera

Inspired by the dark South Korean series Squid Game, this security camera is the perfect addition to the home for every pop culture lover! It is designed after the workers who monitor the activities of the players on CCTV monitor. These creepy creatures can now be placed in your home, keeping your living space and you, safe and secure.

Why is it noteworthy?

The rotating lens of the camera is positioned where the eye would be, offering 180-degree views of the surroundings, ensuring complete security. The camera has a unique feature to ensure no hacking attempts can be made – it has a privacy mask that physically blocks the FOV when the camera is not being used.

What we like

  • Has its own light illumination that can be adjusted by the user

What we dislike

  • It is a conceptual design, so we’re unsure how well it would translate into a tangible one
  • The relevancy of the Squid Game theme may be in question, so may not resonate with users

5. Dune: Part 2 Xbox Controller

Microsoft unveiled a Dune edition controller in collaboration with Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures to promote the release of the movie. The unique controller has a levitating feature, which essentially means that the controller rests on a stand that floats, although we’re unsure how this is achieved, but we guess magnets were used.

Why is it noteworthy?

The controller features a custom finish accentuated by the movie logo and symbols. The controller is also partnered up with a Dune-themed Ornithopter Stand which offers a whole feel. It has an alluring and vibrant feel, making it a true collector’s item.

What we like

  • Gives off the impression that it is floating

What we dislike

  • It is a one-off collector’s piece, so need to get your hands on it quickly

6. Samsung Eco-Friends Collection

Samsung has patterned up with a South Korean accessory maker to create the Eco-Friends collection. The line is quite eco-friendly, in comparison to the usual plastic-based accessories that you find in the market. They’re designed for the new Samsung devices like the Galaxy S23 line, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, and the Galaxy Watch 5.

Why is it noteworthy?

The accessories are made from 40% Post Consumer Materials. These materials usually include recycled plastic and vegan leather. The designs feature popular characters and shows like Star Wars, Hello Kitty, Spongebob, The Simpsons, and Pokémon. There are also some fun designs by younger artists.

What we like

  • Eco-friendly alternative to the plastic-based accessories found today

What we dislike

  • Only limited to Samsung’s newer models

7. Elemental Coffee Machine

Meet the Elemental Coffee Machine – a unique coffee machine that combines the elements of Star Trek and Apple! The innovative coffee machine has a sleek silhouette featuring an espresso group head with an intuitive modern touch interface. The form of the machine is quite clean and minimalist, making it super easy to use.

Why is it noteworthy?

The coffee machine’s UI is a tribute to ‘okudagrams’ – a nickname given to the interactive displays found on control panels in 23rd and 24th-century starships as seen in Star Trek. The panel was added here to eliminate the long time it takes for filter coffee to brew, while also creating a fun experience.

What we like

  • Has a MacBook reference in the compartment as it looks much neater

What we dislike

  • Users may find the control panel unnecessary and may find it difficult to adjust to the machine’s form

8. Smart Minion Projector

This adorable Smart Minion Projector takes an otherwise mundane gadget to a whole new level. The geometric cylinder merges the elements of IP with the functionality of the product, while the yellow is the bright pop of color needed to transform the projector into complete Minion mode!

Why is it noteworthy?

The projector features a single camera, automatic focusing motor, and TOF feature face recognition which ensures the picture is clear at all times. A smart eye protection function can be added as well, making the project truly updated, and well-equipped to meet your movie-watching needs.

What we like

  • Compact and cute upgrade to the typical projector

What we dislike

9. Starfield Xbox Controller & Headset

Last year at the Xbox Games Showcases 2023, Microsoft launched the Starfield Xbox controller and Starfield headphones to promote its sci-fi RPG dubbed Starfield. The controller is inspired by the ship’s controls as seen in the game and amped with transparent pad triggers and bronze rumble motors. The headset also has similar accents.

Why is it noteworthy?

The devices have a retro aesthetic which is defined as NASA-Punk in the DNA. The designs are quite clean, with the controller’s side and back grips resembling the panels of the spaceship. The gamepad can be easily used for various devices like Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Windows PC, Android, and iOS.

What we like

  • Futuristic retro appeal combined with excellent functionality

What we dislike

  • The controller doesn’t come equipped with a rechargeable battery

10. Sonic The Hedgehog Xbox Controllers

A collaboration between Microsoft and Paramount Studios led to a Sonic the Hedgehog Xbox controller and the Xbox Series S which is embossed in a black hue with the big iconic golden ring around the vent. Sonic and Knuckles have been featured on the front, and the controllers are also super cute!

Why is it noteworthy?

The controllers are furry! They are covered by a layer of furry-colored hair, one is blue like Sonic’s hair, while the other is red, mimicking Knuckles’ fur, creating unique controllers, and honestly unlike anything we’ve seen on the market.

What we like

  • A must-have design for the Sonic fans
  • Innovative take on controllers

What we dislike

  • Not meant for people whose palms get sweaty easily

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Top 10 Cutlery & Table Setting Accessories You Need To Class Up Your Next Dinner Party

Sharing a meal with someone is truly an enriching and bonding experience. And, you always feel the need to create an enjoyable and comfortable environment for your dinner partner – especially if you’re hosting the dinner! The correct set of cutlery and tableware is exceptionally important to create a wonderful ambiance for a meal. They have the potential to completely transform your dining experience, taking away attention even from the food! Designers have been getting extremely creative when it comes to cutlery. Hence, we’ve curated a collection of innovative and exciting tableware designs that are sure to be the highlight of your next dinner party!

1. Hida-Cedar Bowls

These beautiful wooden bowls are designed by Higashi Shunkei, and are made using cedarwood sourced from the forest in Takayama. The bowls are sustainable, eco-friendly, renewable, and also quite gorgeous. The lovely bowls would make a wonderful addition to your dinner table for your next dinner party!

Why is it noteworthy?

Named the Hida-Cedar bowls, these pretty bowls are spun, finished, and lacquered within Higashi Shunkei’s workshop, and display a stunning dark finish with light-colored bands reminiscent of a tiger’s strip skin.

What we like

  • The bowls perfectly merge aesthetics and sustainability
  • Each bowl features a unique and distinctive distorted pattern

What we dislike

  • There don’t seem to be a lot of options to choose from in terms of color and size

2. Iron Frying Plate

The Iron Frying Plate is truly an ingenious creation. It is an innovative kitchen design that not only serves your food but also functions as a frying pan with a removable handle. The Iron Frying Plate is a new and refreshing way to combine cooking and eating, creating an enriching dining experience.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The Iron Frying Plate is pretty unique since it merges both a frying pan and a serving plate. The kitchen tool is made from durable materials and is intended to be a functional and elegant solution to cooking and serving. It facilitates direct-from-the-pan serving and brings a whole new cooking method to the table.

What we like

  • Multifunctional and easy-to-use design
  • The wooden handle can be attached and detached

What we dislike

  • Heavier and tougher to handle than traditional frying pans, since it is made from iron.
  • Tough to store in small kitchens

3. Sustainable Cutlery Set

The Sustainable Cutlery Set is a sustainable and guilt-free cutlery set made using Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymers or GFRP. The utensils are light and durable and presented in reusable and recyclable packaging. They’re made to last a long time, so you don’t have to worry about their usability and longevity.

Click Here to Buy Now: $49.00

Why is it noteworthy?

The cutlery set has a lot of mechanical strength, so the knife and fork won’t fall apart when your steak is tougher than you like it. The various components of the set can be split in half, so they’re easy to carry around. The parts are also easy to screw and unscrew, while also maintaining a sturdy connection.

What we like

  • Sustainable cutlery set that is also built to last
  • Easy to carry around wherever you go

What we dislike

  • Handles might be too thin for large hands

4. Electric Chopsticks

Electric Chopsticks

Electric Chopsticks Design

This project by Kirin Holdings and the Miyashita Laboratory (Meiji University Dr. Homei Miyashita Laboratory of the Department of Frontier Media Science, School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences) includes a chopstick device that features an electrical stimulation waveform that works to adjust and customize the taste of low-sodium food.

Why is it noteworthy?

These innovative chopsticks are designed to make low-sodium food tasty, you can enjoy food with low-sodium content, allowing you to take better care of your health. These chopsticks are an excellent option for those who need to go on a low-sodium diet.

What we like

  • Creates a sense of saltiness in low-sodium food
  • Utilizes a weak electrical current in transmitting sodium ions from the food to the mouth

What we dislike

  • It’s still in the prototype stage, not an actual product yet

5. Oku Knife

Scottish artist and metal worker Kathleen Reilly designed the ‘Oku Knife’. Inspired by Japanese table settings, the Oku knife features a rather intriguing handle that is folded 90 degrees from its blade. The design was informed by chopstick resets.

Why is it noteworthy?

Oku features a unique folded shape that lets the handle be placed on a surface, with the blade sitting perpendicularly away from that particular surface. You can even rest the knife’s blade along the edge of a cutting board or plate.

What we like

  • The knife can be hooked onto the rim of a plate, creating intimacy between the two objects whilst improving cleanliness and maintaining stability

What we dislike

  • The design may seem pointless or unnecessary to some people

6. Mount Fuji Cutlery Rest

These Itadaki cutlery rests offer a lavish metal accessory that combines both simple forms and intricate engravings. These stunning rests function as luxurious tableware accents, while also serving as testaments to fine craftsmanship. The cutlery rest’s unique form is inspired by the country’s most iconic summit – Mt. Fuji.

Click Here to Buy Now: $219

Why is it noteworthy?

This Japanese-inspired cutlery rest isn’t just a flat block of metal, it slopes upwards toward the middle, creating a flat stump at the peak. This brings to mind the image of Mt.Fuji. The curves of the rest are ideal for holding forks, knives, chopsticks, or spoons.

What we like

  • The cutlery rests also represent Japan’s seasons that yield cherry blossoms
  • Designed to be an homage to Japanese craftsmanship

What we dislike

  • Can only accommodate two (2) utensils

7. Plate Grater

The Plate Grater is a revolutionary piece of tableware as it merges a plate’s functionality with a grater’s practicality. This innovative product lets you grate fresh ingredients directly onto your plate, adding a fresh and unique touch to every meal, as you can elevate ordinary dishes with an assortment of garnishes on the dining table.

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Why is it noteworthy?

This unique tableware is distinctive because of its dual functionality, which lets it function as a stylish plate and an effective grater. Not only is the tool visually appealing, but it is also useful for grating fresh ingredients on the table, adding a fine gourmet touch to your meals.

What we like

  • Lets you grate fresh garnishes and ingredients directly onto dishes
  • Adds a gourmet touch to ordinary meals

What we dislike

  • Users who aren’t accustomed to the grater’s dual purpose may need a certain period of adjustment

8. Joseph Joseph Salad Bowl & Servers Set

Joseph Joseph and Element Studio collaborated to create this thoughtfully designed and minimal salad bowl and servers set. It’s an intelligent space-saving design since both products can be merged into one convenient product, seamlessly integrating functionality and form.

Why is it noteworthy?

It occupies a tiny amount of space on your dinner table or kitchen drawers, and it is also quite aesthetically pleasing. It adds a twist and exciting change to an ordinary salad bowl, and mundane servers set. It makes preparing and serving salads a fun affair.

What we like

  • Combines two products into one
  • Space-saving design

What we dislike

  • There seem to be no options in colors and sizes

9. Walnut Shell Tableware

When you mix walnut shells, pine resin, and Canauva Powder you get NOS, which creates new CMFs with a wide range of colors, patterns, and light transmissions, as it includes grinding large volumes of walnut shells into varied sizes. This is used to create utensils!

Why is it noteworthy?

Pine resin is utilized to bind the NOS, and once the shell of the walnut is removed from the kernel, it is thrown away as waste. This waste was transformed into plates by designer SooA Choi. The unique plates are eco-friendly and sustainable.

What we like

  • Eco-friendly design that makes for a great alternative to ceramics

What we dislike

  • Since the plates aren’t very visually appealing, they won’t make a pretty addition to your dining table

10. Veark Carving Knife

 

Designed by Veark, the CK20 Chef Knife is inspired by the manufacturing process of workshop tools. It is made using the drop-forge method, which converts the humble knife into an expert culinary tool. The knife is designed to give your mundane meal an exciting upgrade.

Why is it noteworthy?

Each Chef Knife is forged from a single piece of stainless steel and then hand-finished to provide the knife with a razor-sharp edge. The knife is reliable, well-balanced, and reliable with a sturdy wrench-inspired grip that lets your thumb naturally rest in its groove for maximum stability and maneuverability.

What we like

  • The knife is quit easy to maintain and clean
  • Versatile and innovative product that is excellent for slicing fruits, veggies, meats, and herb

What we dislike

  • Instead of a wooden handle, it has a steel one, which may not be comfy for everyone to use

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Top 10 Stationery Designs That Are The Best School Supplies For You

If you’re currently in school or university, then you know how important the right set of stationery designs is. You need to have a collection of stationery designs that provide you with value and make your everyday tasks easy to complete with efficiency. These are the objects that are gonna help you get through your day, and directly or indirectly affect your productivity. It’s imperative to have a collection that lets you work easily, efficiently, and effectively. From an everlasting all-metal pencil to minimal Japanese drawing pads – these are the modern stationery designs you need to meet your modern stationery needs at school.

1. Pen Fan

Called the Pen Fan, this nifty and unique stationery design is a must-have school supply. It is designed to be a cross between a Pantone shade card, and a stationery set, accommodating 8 different flat-head sketch pens in a nifty, compact, and pretty easy-to-carry set.

Why is it noteworthy?

The various flat pens are interconnected, creating a cute little Japanese-fan-style layout that proudly showcases all 8 colors, letting you pick and choose from them. The pens are detachable, and you can easily snap on and off the pens, to create a palette that caters to you.

What we like

  • Easy-to-carry portable set
  • Reduces the risk of losing any of the pens

What we dislike

  • There are only 8 colors to pick from, which can be limiting. There could have been more color options

2. Everlasting Metal Pencil

If you’re looking for a pencil to carry to school, you could consider the Everlasting Metal Pencil. It is a Wacom-like style with a tip that doesn’t need to be sharpened or replaced. It is a unique and one-of-a-kind pen that lets you focus on the task at hand – whether it is writing, drawing, sketching, etc.

Click Here to Buy Now: $19.95

Why is it noteworthy?

The pencil’s octagonal shaft is built from aluminum, and it has a special alloy core. This may make you feel that it might just leave heavy grooves on your paper, but it draws like a real pencil, without the tip getting worn down, even after dozens of marks. It’s a great tool for school, where you constantly need to be scrolling or sketching something away.

What we like

  • Features a metal core, not a clay or charcoal one, so it wears away quite slowly, and might even outlive you

What we dislike

  • If you’re someone who uses smudging techniques at school, this pencil isn’t recommended, as it doesn’t smear or smudge like normal graphite

3. Japanese Drawing Pad

If you’re a true stationery connoisseur, then you are well aware of the value and beauty of Japanese paper. It’s a wonderful material that has been revered by artists and designers for its quality. And if you want to take some lovely Japanese paper to school with you, then you could get your hands on the Japanese Drawing Pad.

Click Here to Buy Now: $26

Why is it noteworthy?

The Japanese Drawing Pad is a premium-quality pad that freely lets you jot down your thoughts, and sketch out your innovative ideas without the worry of accidentally damaging the durable paper fibers. The Drawing Pad is a catalyst for the explosion and outpouring of your exciting and vivid ideas. It creates a smooth, cohesive, and engaging writing/sketching experience for you.

What we like

  • The Drawing Pad is microperforated, making the sheets of paper easy to tear and separate from the pad
  • It is available in different sizes and colors, letting you pick the pad that meets your stationery needs

What we dislike

  • The aesthetics of the pad are quite simple, and it seems like an ordinary pad with no USP. But its high quality and value can only be experienced, not simply seen

4. Bowl Sharpener

Designed by Jiachun LV, this adorable Bowl Sharpener is shaped like a cute little soup bowl. The base of the bowl includes a sharper opening, through which you can slip in the pencil, and sharpen it. As you sharpen the pencil, the pencil shavings and residue are collected in the bowl, creating an interesting visual.

Why is it noteworthy?

If you sharpen colored pencils in the bowl, then the multicolored shavings create a beautiful visual. Since all the shavings and residue are collected in the bowl, it is quite easy to throw them away, and they don’t fall or scatter anywhere, causing a little mess.

What we like

  • Collects the shavings in one place, and no shavings go astray
  • Minimalist form and pastel color options add an adorable touch to your desk

What we dislike

  • It is larger than typical sharpeners and isn’t an easy design to carry around

5. Gravity Pen

Called the Gravity Pen, this unique pen is the perfect sidekick to carry to school with you. It places the center of gravity closer to your fingers, creating a cohesive writing experience for you, where the pen is easy to hold and easy to make agile strokes with. It has a larger grip than the barrel, creating more space for a comfortable hold.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The grip has a faceted form, making the pen easy to hold, while providing a more stable grip. The Gravity Pen has a super ergonomic design since it was designed using the smart application of physics and minimalist design principles. It is a no-fuss and no-nonsense stationery design!

What we like

  • Ergonomic design that is easy to hold with a sturdy grip
  • A durable and lightweight body that is easy to carry around

What we dislike

  • There isn’t a variety of color options to choose from, limited choice of product

6. Serenity Pen Stand

A pen is one of the essentials we need to carry when we’re at school. However, a pen can be quite easy to lose, and if you’re always losing track of your prized pen, then you could procure the Serenity Pen Stand. It is a minimal design with a metallic hint designed to hold your pen upright, keeping it ready for you to use!

Click Here to Buy Now: $39

Why is it noteworthy?

The Serenity pen stand ensures you always have easy access to your pen, safeguarding it, and ensuring you never lose it. Made using aluminum and copper, it forms a well-balanced cylinder, that adds a pop of subtle color and character to your study desk.

What we like

  • Features a heavy copper bottom that lowers the center of gravity, offering it a stable form
  • Sleek minimal design that is easy to carry and set up

What we dislike

  • The pen stand is quite small in size and could be easily misplaced if not handled carefully
  • There isn’t availability in different color options, you are limited

7. ForeverPen

Dubbed the ForeverPen, this pen is made of Ti + Ag, and it sits neatly on your keys! It resolves the issue of you needing a pen and never being able to find one. It is said to be the world’s smallest inkless pen, and it never needs refilling. In fact, it is not just a simple pen, you can even write underwater with it, or open boxes!

Why is it noteworthy?

The pen is made from specialist Silver composite, combined with the choice of material you choose. It is only one inch in length, but strong enough to jot down all your notes, while also letting you slide open packages and boxes, and prying open lids.

What we like

  • Portable and easy-to-carry design
  • Multifunctional tool that can be used as much more than just a pen

What we dislike

  • Not well-suited for users with big hands, can be difficult for them to hold and use it
  • Since it is quite tiny, you can easily lose or misplace it

8. The Horizon Helvetica®

If you’ve come across the Horizon Helvetica®, then you know that it is an artist-oriented piece of EDC that is designed to be an interesting alternative to conventional stationery kits. It is said to be one of the most creative-oriented EDC multitools on the market!

Why is it noteworthy?

It has a credit-card-shaped form that lets you sketch and doodle, form grids and circles for drawings, measure distances, and angles, and even feature a dedicated measuring scale for pixels and picas! It is also an excellent tool for graphic and interface designers who can utilize it to create UI sketch prototypes on paper.

What we like

  • Using the tool you can sketch, ideate, plan, and measure anywhere
  • Portable and easy-to-carry design

What we dislike

  • It is only available in metal, there are no other material options

9. ColorPik Pen

Meet the ColorPik Pen – a super cool and extraordinary pen that accommodates 16 million colors! With the ColorPik Pen, you don’t need to buy different pens, you can simply use it and have fun with an unlimited number of colors. You simply need to scan the item whose color you want to imitate, and then doodle with it.

Why is it noteworthy?

The ColorPik Pen uses a smart color, that is light fast, and water resistant, and can’t just be weathered away. You can control the texture and dimension for writing by selecting any of the multiple tips, allowing you to beautifully and write as well as draw.

What we like

  • Combines 16 million colors into one nifty pen
  • Features re-fillable smart cartridges

What we dislike

10. World Clock

Do you ever find yourself lagging in school, not able to complete your tasks in the expected duration?! Well, this is where this unique clock design comes in, but with a twist. The World Clock isn’t your typical desk clock, and has a dodecagonal shape, with only one hand on its clean minimalist face.

Click Here to Buy Now: $49

Why is it noteworthy?

The design and form of the World Clock is intentional, as it gives you the right information about your country, but also some additional and fun details on the time in other parts of the world. One quick look and you can instantly tell the hour, while a closer inspection will tell you which quarter of the hour it is.

What we like

  • The 12 sides of the clock have individual markings for a city that represents a particular timezone

What we dislike

  • The  World Clock has only 12 set time zones

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10 Best Smartwatches Designed To Up Your Wearable Game

An exceptional smartwatch can really transform your everyday life. Since we can honestly use them for everything – sometimes for everything except telling the time! They go beyond simply telling the time, these multifunctional timepieces can now keep a check on our health, update us on the weather, function as an alarm clock, give reminders, cater to the blind, and even function as a case for your AirPods?! Designers are coming up with smartwatches that not only provide perfect form and functionality but also manage to look super smart when we wear them. The options are endless, so to help you pick a smartwatch that works best for you, we’ve curated a collection of innovative and cutting-edge smartwatches that will cater to everyone’s unique time-telling needs and requirements, and also totally deserve to be on your wrists.

1. MSI Gaming PC Watch

It looks like a watch from afar. Come close, however, and it looks like a gaming PC. What is it? Well, it’s both! The MSI Gaming Watch is a concept that pays homage to the detailed innards of most advanced gaming rigs. They say watches have complicated internals, which is why the transposition is perfect! Instead of a tourbillon and movement, you’ve got fans, graphics cards, and a motherboard, all scaled down to a size small enough to fit into a chunky wristwatch. Look closely at the fans and you’ll see tiny hands telling the time too. After all, the MSI Gaming Watch isn’t all show and no tell. However, it is a LOT of show! Just look at it! I dare you to look away!

Why is it noteworthy?

You’re likely to have one of two reactions to the MSI Gaming Watch – either you think it’s functionally useless, if you’re looking for an active timepiece… or you think it’s the most awesome thing you could wear on your wrist since those nixie tube watches we saw a few years ago. If you’re a gaming nerd or a PC builder, chances are you’re a part of the latter school of thought.

What we like

  • Hyper-cool design gives you gaming memorabilia on your wrist
  • Those components look very intricate, with tiny graphics cards, fans, etc.

What we dislike

  • It isn’t really a watch as much as it’s a really cool-looking wrist wearable. Time forms a very small part of what the MSI Gaming Watch is all about.

2. Rabbit R1 AI Watch

Named the R1, a walk-talkie-esque device was designed by Rabbit in collaboration with Teenage Engineering, and displayed at CES 2024. It is an AI-assisted smartphone alternative amped with a screen, camera, and scroll wheel. And, designer Alisher Ashimov has transformed it into a compact AI watch.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Rabbit R1 AI Watch is designed to eliminate the need to carry an extra device in your pocket. It functions as a wearable with enhanced portability, allowing you to carry it around without compromising on the uniqueness and utility of the original design.

What we like

  • Portable and easy-to-carry-design
  • Reduces dependency on smartphones

What we dislike

  • There is no information on the specifications of the AI Watch, so we’re unaware of its capabilities

3. Wrist (1)

Dubbed the Wrist(1), this innovative smartwatch reminds you of the high-end skeletal watches or the niche transparent watches that have their insides all exposed, where you can quite literally watch the watch movement. The Wrist(1) has a crystal-clear transparent case that reveals its internal component.

Why is it noteworthy?

The transparent case exposes the raw beauty of the accurate engineering, making it a unique and interesting-looking watch. The smartwatch also has health and fitness-centric features like a heart rate monitor and step counter. The LED and photodiodes work together with AI algorithms to provide accurate measurements.

What we like

  • Showcases the raw and real beauty of the complicated inner mechanism of the smartwatch
  • Gives the feel of a high end watch which a skeleton design

What we dislike

  • Watches are exposed to more wear and tear than a smartphone as we can easily bump our hand, however we don’t know how the clear material will fare. Also wearing a case will take away the appeal of the transparent design.

4. JUSTWATCH

Dubbed the JUSTWACH, this stunning smartwatch is a smooth amalgamation of the old and new. It is designed for individuals who prefer a futuristic smartwatch integrated with style and functionality. It is marked by clean lines, and a sleek profile, creating a smartwatch defined by classic beauty.

Why is it noteworthy?

The smartwatch is inspired by the icons of the past, and it has a delicate and subtle vintage vibe combined with modern functionality. It lets you take a trip down memory lane, where modern utility meets with the analog dial amped with a monochrome display.

What we like

  • Has a comfortable fit for all-day wear
  • Equipped with a rectangular digital watch display

What we dislike

  • It’s a conceptual design, so we don’t know how well it will translate into a tangible product

5. Polar Vantage V3

Polar’s latest Vantage V3 smartwatch is a much classier successor to its 2020 Vantage V2. The new smartwatch is designed for athletes and is equipped with exciting features like the Polar Elixir biosensing tech and a bigger aluminum bezel that provides support for 22mm wristbands.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Polar Elixir biosensing suite has an improved OHR tracking sensor, wrist-ECG, skin temperature sensor to track body temperature, and an oxygen saturation monitor as well. These various elements deliver accurate biometric readings, offering you updated information about your body.

What we like

  • Has an almost Nordic look, giving the sports watch a fancy appearance
  • Gives you data-driven information on your body, letting you customize your fitness plan

What we dislike

  • Doesn’t have the best battery, could have a longer battery life
  • Doesn’t have a lot of scope for customization

6. VOIXATCH

Called the VOIXATCH, this is the first smartwatch ever to have its own built-in Bluetooth headset. The VOIXATCH is creating a world where watches and earphones exist in a close-knit ecosystem, with one single product carrying out all the functions your phone usually would, without you needing to even pull your smartphone out!

Why is it noteworthy?

The smartwatch features LTE and GPS, alongside its own SIM card slot, Google voice assistant, a battery life of 48 hours, a heartbeat sensor, and a gyroscope. Within the VOIXATCH’s bezel is a detachable ring that can transform into a Bluetooth headset.

What we like

  •  Only smartwatch to effortlessly combine a Bluetooth headset into its design

What we dislike

  • The battery life may not be long enough for some users

7. M O S KI T O

Meet M O S KI T O – a Swiss analog smartwatch and bike speedometer! It combines precision chronograph and smart bike computer into one sleek and aesthetic design. It is the ultimate design piece for gadget lovers! It merges a classic design, long battery life, and smart notifications.

Why is it noteworthy?

With the M O S KI T O, you’ll never miss another important call, message, or e-mail. It informs you immediately if you have an important notification incoming – all you need to do is take one glance at the dial! It has a charging function which means you’ll never have to change its batteries.

What we like

  • Compatible with Strava and Garmin
  • Available in a variety of color options

What we dislike

  • Functionality is a bit limited in comparison to other smartwatch designs on the market

8. Nubia

Dubbed the Nubia, this smartwatch has an impressive 4-inch display that smoothly wraps around the upper section of your wrist. It is supposed to have a pretty large display in comparison to other smartwatches. It is designed to present information in a way that is easy to see and access, irrespective of the angle.

Why is it noteworthy?

Nubia has a visually appealing vertical display, and it is long enough to ensure you don’t need to scroll away on a little screen. It features a real-time heart-rate tracker, 4 fitness tracking modes, a find your phone feature, and the ability to accept and reject calls.

What we like

  • The battery runs for a week in power-saving mode
  • Resistant and durable display

What we dislike

  • It doesn’t let you reply to messages from certain apps, or even read messages from some

9. TIME OFF!

“Time

Meet the TIME OFF! watch –  a smartwatch that is designed to mute those pesky smartphone notifications. The TIME OFF! has a companion app like most smartwatches, and you can control the settings through it. Using the app you can pick which apps to mute during your “time off” or resting mode.

Why is it noteworthy?

After you’re done saving those settings, you can simply silence notifications from those apps by pressing the red button on your TIME OFF! watch, you don’t even need to pick up or use your phone. It has a simple minimalist design with a solid-colored band and a face with a small LED sliver.

What we like

  • Lets you take time off from apps and social media
  • Minimalist design that complements all outfits and looks

What we dislike

  • It’s a conceptual design, so we don’t know how well it will translate into a tangible product

10.  SuperCharger2

Meet the world’s first self-charing smartwatch! Called the SuperCharger2, this innovative smartwatch stores and tracks all your activities automatically, keeping them ready to sync anytime you want. It features various interesting elements such as Personal Health Coach, Step Counting, and Sport Tracking!

Why is it noteworthy?

The SuperCharger has its own automatic self-charing mechanism, which provides it with complete autonomy. Besides charging itself, it also records your heart rate, workout, sleep, and Blood Oxygen Levels.

What we like

  • Stylish and long-lasting design
  • Eco-friendly design made from ocean materials

What we dislike

  • No vibrate mode to alert you to important notifications

The post 10 Best Smartwatches Designed To Up Your Wearable Game first appeared on Yanko Design.

Top 10 Cooking Supplies To Bring True Japanese Aesthetics, Functionality & Style To Your Kitchen

Japanese design is just so quintessentially functional, thoughtful, and pretty-looking too! I have a soft spot for Japanese product designs as they always manage to be – simple, sophisticated, and high-value. I love incorporating Japanese products in my home space, they have such a soothing effect and can add an elegant touch to any home. I also enjoy using Japanese kitchen appliances and tools. Not only are they adorable to look at and gentle to use, but they’re also high on functionality and very rarely give you any trouble. They’re foolproof designs that you can depend on to tackle your cooking prep and other kitchen tasks, and we’ve curated some top-notch Japanese kitchen tools for you!

1. Mitsubishi Bread Oven

Mitsubishi’s Bread Oven is created to serve you the perfect toast! Looking like an adorable waffle maker, the toaster features a veneer brown look that seems to be straight out of the ’80s. It has a sealed thermal-insulated structure and can toast your bread without releasing any moisture, preparing a soft and fluffy toast for you!

Why is it noteworthy?

The Bread Oven is equipped with two plates that can go up to temperatures as high as even 500 degrees Fahrenheit. These nifty plates seal the piece of bread, transferring heat to it, and creating a slice of toast that is anything but dry.

What we like

  • It has four cooking settings – Toast, Frozen Toast, Topping, and French Toast
  • Sleek good looks, making it a great fit for your dining table

What we dislike

  • You can only toast one slice of bread at a time, which can be inconvenient
  • It takes longer to toast bread with low sugar content

2. Slim Fold Dish Rack

Named the Slim Fold Dish Rack, this innovative dish rack has a portable design, allowing you to carry it anywhere with you. It features a patent-pending spring mechanism, that lets you adjust and shrink the rack from 14″ to 1.2″ in no time. The rack can be easily deployed, making it quick to set up and use.

Click Here to Buy Now: $75.00

Why is it noteworthy?

The Slim Fold Dish Rack has a minimalist yet durable design, perfectly capturing the highlights of Japanese design. It ensures adequate ventilation and offers plenty of space for cookware, utensils, and plates of any shape and size. Since it has a convenient portable form, it is great for camping outdoors too.

What we like

  • Collapsible and flexible form that ensures clean and dry utensils in the nick of time
  • Portable design that is easy to clean and dishwasher friendly

What we dislike

  • Since the rack has slim wires, it’s not the best option to hold heavy utensils like pots and plans

3. Black Kitchen Knives

These Black Kitchen Knives are fashionable and sophisticated featuring a sleek black blade that makes them stand out from other typical knives. The black sheen offers the knives a refined look, adding a touch of Japanese class to your kitchen and cooking process. They’re the upgrade you need from your mundane knives.

Click Here to Buy Now: $99

Why is it noteworthy?

The Black Kitchen Knives feature a clean and sleek form, with only a subtle “i” logo, ensuring there are no loud distractions on its body. The knives remind you of a ninja in the shadows, which goes straight for the kill, cutting your ingredients with stealth, grace, and deadly precision.

What we like

  • The knives are crafted from molybdenum vanadium steel, making them quite durable and sharp
  • They’ve been coated with titanium to provide increased wear resistance

What we dislike

  • The knives are only available in black, with one uniform design, so there aren’t a lot of colors to choose from to match our kitchen

4. Rassen Chopsticks

Designed by Nendo for Hashikura Matsukan, the Rassen (spiral chopsticks), perfectly marry fun and functionality, to create a product that is quintessentially Japanese. The pair of chopsticks can be attached together to form one convenient single unit, and they can be separated whenever you need to use them.

Why is it noteworthy?

Bringing the chopsticks together and then separating them feels like you’re playing with a jigsaw puzzle. Using the chopsticks becomes a fun and interactive experience, bringing joy to your daily meal. And since you can easily combine the pair, you never have to live in fear of losing one!

What we like

  • The perfect culmination of fun and functionality
  • Handmade by artisans

What we dislike

  • May not be preferred by those who like traditional chopsticks, and could take a while for them to get used to the product’s unique form

5. Iron Frying Plate

If I had to pick one kitchen product that truly captures the sensible yet interesting Japanese design philosophy – I would pick the Iron Frying Plate. This unique kitchen design doubles as a serving plate and a frying pan, all thanks to its innovative removable handle, which allows the product to change forms.

Click Here to Buy Now: $69

Why is it noteworthy?

The Iron Frying Plate marries both a frying pan and a serving plate to create a functional and unique kitchen tool. Made using durable materials, the plate cooks and serves, while facilitating direct-from-the-pan serving. It introduces an ingenious and novel new way of cooking and serving.

What we like

  • The plate’s wooden handle can be attached and detached, allowing it to double up as a frying pan and serving platter

What we dislike

  • It’s made from iron, making it quite a heavy pan in comparison to traditional frying pans. Hence it could be difficult to store and handle in small kitchens

6. Magemono Tumbler and Bread Tray

The Magemono Tumbler and Bread Tray are beautiful Japanese-style serving dishes. The tumbler features a Hasamiyaki porcelain inner vessel and a Magemono Japanese cedar wood sleeve on the outside. The bread tray is a thin tray crafted from a fir tree and is available in two sizes.

Why is it noteworthy?

The bread tray is perfect for serving those breakfast sandwiches, while the tumbler can hold a brewed cup of coffee. Both the dishes represent the serene and untouched perfection of Japanese craftsmanship, while also providing sustenance to the craftsmen and their families, and also allowing this art to be passed down to younger generations.

What we like

  • Preserves and boasts Japanese craftsmanship
  • The bread tray can even toast the bread for longer according to the designer

What we dislike

  • Available in a single colorway only

7. Precision Chef Kitchen Scissors

Named the Precision Chef Kitchen Scissors, sleek black kitchen shears feature a curved serrated blade that slices through your food in a quick and easy manner. The precise scissors are excellent for cutting up some steak on the dining table, allowing you to showcase your meat-cutting skills.

Click Here to Buy Now: $99

Why is it noteworthy?

The Precision Chef Kitchen Scissors have an aura and image of power and style, owing to their jet-black shade. The position they’ll occupy in your kitchen will be impressive and intimidating, while skillfully chopping through veggies, pizza, steak, and more.

What we like

  • The scissors are equipped with a curved serrated blade that cuts meat safely, effortlessly, and swiftly
  • Makes cutting an easy and hassle-free step of the food prep process

What we dislike

  • The scissors are only available in black, so there aren’t many color options to choose from and match with our kitchens

8. Playful Palm Grater

The Playful Palm Grater is what you need to add some Japanese functionality and whimsical fun to your kitchen or dining table. The little grater can fit perfectly into the palm of your hand, marrying fun and functionality to create a product that is lightweight, full of value, and transforms a simple cooking process into an interesting experience.
Click Here to Buy Now: $25

Why is it noteworthy?

The Playful Palm Grater is a charming and functional product that resembles a curled piece of paper. It is made from a single aluminum alloy plate and is available in different color options. You have a wide range of colors to pick from, allowing you to add a pop of color and sparkle to your boring old kitchen and dinner table.

What we like

  • Has a unique and ergonomic form that offers a strong and sturdy grip
  • Transforms the simple of act grating into a fun and playful experience, while also making it easier

What we dislike

  • The Playful Palm Grater has a tiny size, which isn’t suitable for grating large amounts of food or larger food items

9. PARTAYAKI

The PARTAYAKI is an innovative tabletop grill designed to bring the flavors and experience of a Japanese Steakhouse to your kitchen table. It lets you be the chef, and cook up your own steaks for your friends and family. You don’t need to step out of your home to experience a Japanese Steakhouse.

Why is it noteworthy?

The PARTAYAKI is modeled after the same professional grills that you see in Japanese Steakhouses. It lets you prepare delicious meals and create a Japanese Steakhouse-like experience for your family and friends in the comfort of your own home and kitchen.

What we like

  • Equipped with dipping sauce trays and one-quart hot pots to prepare traditional Chinese-style Hot Pots
  • Features molded chopstick holders

What we dislike

  • It is quite a space-consuming design, so you’ll need sufficient space in your kitchen
  • It does seem a bit difficult to clean and maintain

10. Thanko Electric Bento Rice Cooker

Meet the Thanko Electric Bento rice cooker – a portable cooker that lets you prepare a bowl of warm rice wherever you are. This little cooker is designed to make rice an omnipresent food item no matter where you go. It is excellent for cooking single-serve rice in a short period of time. The LED light glows once the rice is ready!

Why is it noteworthy?

The Thanko Electric Bento rice cooker is great for those who travel or want fresh rice at the office instead of takeout or repacked meals. The rice cooker can prepare 6 ounces of rice in one go. It even comes with a measuring cup for convenience!

What we like

  • Depending on the ounces of rice, it will be cooked between 14-20 minutes
  • Portable, easy-to-carry design
  • Lets you eat rice straight from the container

What we dislike

  • There doesn’t seem to be variety in sizes and colors

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10 Best Audio Innovations That Make For Incredible Gifts For Music Lovers

If you’re a true blue audiophile, or you have a few true blue audiophiles in your life, then you know that all they need are a couple of awesome audio devices to set their mood. All they require is an arsenal of excellent audio devices to blast out some groovy music at their parties or to sing along to their favorite tunes alone in the comfort of their room. Whatever your musical need may be, it is integral to own clear, distortion-free, nifty, and interactive audio devices. And, we’ve curated a collection of unique and innovative audio designs to cater to people’s diverse range of diverse audio requirements. From an invisible turntable to a Nothing-inspired resurrected iPod – there’s an ideal audio device in here for everyone!

1. Nothing x AIAIAI Headphones

The Nothing x AIAIAI’s headphones is a conceptual design that displays how two company’s visions can be merged to create one beautiful and functional product. The headphones feature individual details as seen in the AirPods Max, but they also have the transparent flair and beauty of Nothing.

Why is it noteworthy?

The headphone concept is made up of modular parts that can be easily replaced and swapped out on the fly. They feature stunning transparent housing on the cans, on the ear stem, and on the ear cushions as well. This transparent cushioning on the headrest truly makes the headphones stand out.

What we like

  • Equipped with slide-out cans, removable ear-cups, and detachable aux cable

What we dislike

  • There are only two color options – the usual black and white. Since it is a conceptual design, would have been fun if they’d experimented with different colors

2. Black Wheel

Called the Black Wheel, this unique innovation is the latest version of the Wheel design by Miniot. It smartly hides the electronic and mechanical components beneath the record, which seats all the different parts within a thin circular body, which disappears, the second you put a record on.

Why is it noteworthy?

When the Black Wheel is placed upright, the illusion created by it becomes quite obvious. It has a minimalist charm that pulls you in, even if it is placed horizontally. The Black Wheel also has a unique control system, that is felt but not really seen.

What we like

  • Features an incredibly thin and subtle body without compromising the audio quality
  • Space-saving design, that doesn’t occupy too much space

What we dislike

  • The Black Wheel has an old-fashioned charm which may not be preferred by those who like modern aesthetics and contemporary style

3. Wall Hanging CD Cover Player

Meet the Wall Hanging CD Cover Player – a minimalist CD player with an innovative retro design that offers you a distinguished listening experience combined with the beauty of visual art. You don’t need to hide away the CD jacket, you just need to slip it inside the specially-designed pocket, and put it on display!

Click Here to Buy Now: $199

Why is it noteworthy?

What makes the Wall Hanging CD Cover Player so unique, is that showcasing this CD player equates to physically displaying digital album art. It also lets you show off the fact that you have your own physical original CD!

What we like

  • Portable design that you can carry around with you, which also boasts a 40mm full-range speaker and woofer unit
  • Has a 1800mAh battery that provides 7-8 hours of excellent audio experience

What we dislike

  • Only offers an analog style of listening to music, it does not facilitate syncing music or playlists with any digital medium

4. Battery-Free Amplifying iSpeaker

Meet the Battery-Free Amplifying iSpeakers – this portable battery-free iPhone speaker is an innovative and unique version of the typical no-power smartphone speaker. It is made using metal, and offers a product with enhanced functionality and value, unlike other typical speakers on the market.

Click Here to Buy Now: $179

Why is it noteworthy?

The Battery-free Amplifying iSpeakers are made using Duralumin – a type of aluminum alloy that is used in aviation and aerospace industries, as it has vibration-resistant properties. All you need to do is insert the smartphone into the speaker and let the sound completely envelop you.

What we like

  • The speaker is electricity-free and doesn’t need any power
  • Features a minimalist and unique aesthetic that is quite captivating to look at

What we dislike

  • Will not fit with bulky smartphone cases

5. ERA

This retro-modern portable cassette tape player features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 3.5mm jack that can you plug into your headphones of choice. Called ERA, this unique device features a retro aesthetic with modern functionality, and it truly merges the best of both worlds.

Why is it noteworthy?

The ERA is equipped with a small display beside the physical play/pause and track change buttons. This display adds modern functionality to the device. But, on the other hand, the volume knob looks like the knobs from radio sets of the past.

What we like

  • ERA can by synced to your smartphone via Bluetooth
  • Merges modern functionality with old-school aesthetics

What we dislike

  • It isn’t designed for users who have a bias towards the medium they’re currently consuming music on

6. Ultra Open Earbuds

Bose teamed up with Kith – a fashion and lifestyle brand to create the Ultra Open earbuds. The earbuds were launched at CES 2024, and they mark the integration of Ronnie Fieg, the founder of Kith with Bose – where he will be responsible for merging fashion, culture, and sound to create interesting products.

Why is it noteworthy?

The earbuds are open-style, and they feature a distinctive design amped by a clip-on configuration which is not at all intrusive if you put on glasses or sport sunglasses on a hot day. The buds are cuff-shaped and can be easily hooked onto the outer ear for all-day-long comfort wear.

What we like

  • Has an easy on-and-off fit for active individuals
  • Designed to be a “breakthrough audio wearable” for enjoying music while “still hearing the world around you.”

What we dislike

  • Technical specifications are limited at the moment

7. Urbanista Second Gen Headphones & Earbuds

Urbanista has launched the second edition of their Los Angeles headphones, and Phoenix TWS earbuds. Both the audio designs are currently in production and are expected to be launched in mid-2024. And what’s even better is that they are going to cost slightly less than their first-generation variants.

Why is it noteworthy?

The devices absorb natural sunlight, as well as light from artificial sources to charge the battery. The amount they are charged depends on the intensity and duration of exposure to light. But if exposed to a good share of sunlight, they can offer a week of non-stop listening.

What we like

  • Feature better-designed components for improved efficiency so they can stay charged for longer

What we dislike

  • They are still in production, so we are unsure how the actual products will turn out to be

8. Nothing Npod (1)

Named the Nothing Npod (1), this resurrected iPod by Shreyansh Onial and Aditya Pandharpure is designed as a tribute to Apple’s iconic iPod Shuffle and Nothing’s signature transparent aesthetic and glyph interaction. The design signifies how Nothing could transform the music industry by employing tech and nostalgia.

Why is it noteworthy?

It features a signature control panel on the front, as well as a matching circular glyph interface on the back, truly functioning as a fan-made reinterpretation of the iPod Shuffle. It also has a wireless charging coil on the back, as well as a USB-C charger on the bottom.

What we like

  • The concept perfectly merges the design language of Apple and Nothing, to build an innovative audio device

What we dislike

  • Lacks a pocket clip that you could attach to your clothes for easy use and control

9. CD Jacket Player

Meet the CD Jacket Player – a new minimalist CD player that merges functionality with visual appeal, creating an innovative product that provides users the freedom to listen to and enjoy their CDs anytime anywhere. It is a true blue portable design, that gives you access to your favorite tunes wherever you are.

Click Here to Buy Now: $159

Why is it noteworthy?

The CD Jacket Player serves as a minimalist piece of art, which looks like a picture frame or an oversized Polaroid photo owing to its boxy shape. It also features a transparent middle section. The transparent component unveils the CD’s spinning body, which is an excellent spot to place the CD’s cover jacket.

What we like

  • Besides being a CD player, it also functions as a decorative element
  • Portable and easy-to-carry design

What we dislike

10. The Earbugs

Called the Earbugs, this innovative audio accessory offers a unique audio experience, where the goodness of in-ear sound isolation of wireless earbuds is combined with the abilities of bone conduction technology to create a comfy and excellent listening experience for users.

Why is it noteworthy?

Bone conduction teams up with the earbuds’ dynamic drivers to form a 3D soundscape that offers a never-before audio delivery. The earbuds are ergonomically shaped are excellent for fitness and outdoor enthusiasts, and have a decent water-resistant rating.

What we like

  • Equipped with bone conducting technology, offering superior transparency mode

What we dislike

  • The Earbugs aren’t great for bedtime listening, as they don’t seem comfortable to use while lying on your side or sleeping

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Top 10 E-Scooters That Are Designed To Transform & Improve Urban Commuting

E-scooters are like the e-bike’s friendly little brother! They are easier to ride, sleek, and also seem more approachable. Weaving through traffic is super easy with them, letting you finally bid adieu to traffic jams. And if you choose an electric scooter as your preferred means of transportation, then you’re also cutting down on fossil-fuel consumption, and being a major support to planet Earth. In an ode to scooters and their immense functionality, we’ve curated a collection of innovative and nifty scooter designs that seem to be slowly taking over the automotive industry. Ride on!

1. S32 EV

Say hello to the S32 EV, an electric scooter that transforms into an e-rikshaw and vice versa! This innovative automotive is designed for the Indian subcontinent, and it has an interchangeable body frame which is truly a first for the industry. The transition takes less than three minutes, owing to the specially engineered spring-loaded mechanism, which transforms the three-wheeled e-rickshaw into an electric scooter.

2. The Infinite Machine P1 Electric Scooter

Dubbed the Infinite Machine P1 Electric Scooter, this Cybertruck-inspired E-scooter by techie brothers Eddie and Joseph Cohen is made out of anodized aluminum and steel composition. It has integrated Apple CarPlay which allows turn-by-turn navigation alerts or lets you play your favorite tunes on the go. The scooter’s GPS and remote locking capability eliminate all chances of theft, as the culprit can be quickly tracked down. It is a future-proof automotive, that resonates with the emotions and likings of Gen-Z.

3. Omni Scooter

Called the Omni Scooter, this electric scooter is centered around the likes, preferences, and aspirations of Generation Z. It was designed in close collaboration with BMW Designworks Munich, Germany. The commuter was constructed with a bottom-up approach, and it caters to the communication element with this scooter, offering the tools to shape their own unique culture. What makes this scooter even more interesting and unique, is that it changes colors and graphics in real-time.

4. The Stilride 1 Electric Scooter

The Stilride 1 electric scooter is created by folding a single piece of stainless steel. It is a unique two-wheeler that looks like a piece of art, while also being environmentally conscious owing to its sustainable construction process. No pieces have been welded together to create the final shape, which makes the scooter ultra-lightweight, ensuring it only weighs 286 pounds including the battery. Since there are fewer parts, the Stilride 1 electric scooter is easily recyclable.

5. Yamaev’s Scooter Concept

This innovative eye-catching tricycle scooter concept features a unique rectangular side profile that slices through the air the same way a credit card would swipe through a payment machine. It also has a different wheel setup feature with a massive front wheel that surrounds the scooter’s transparent bubble-shaped cockpit and two rear wheels that separate for stability at lower speeds, and connect at higher speeds for maneuverability.

6. Nano & Nano+ Model

This electric scooter is made from Rolex Steel, and it is polished in an attractive silver finish, giving the scooter an appealing and lasting impression. The designers created two variants of the electric scooter – the Nano variant which has a max speed of 45 km/h, and the Nano+ model which can go at a speed of 75 km/h. The range on both the variants is the same as they both can clock 60 miles on a full charge of 4.2 kWh battery, which can be charged in four hours.

7. Rena Max E-scooter

Called the Rena Max e-scooter, this fully electric scooter is designed for Middle-Eastern and North African delivery personnel.  Since the scooter is designed for delivery services, it features a digitally lockable carry box that has temperature control, modular shelving, and insulation. It has a climate-controlled environment which ensures that the food or beverage being delivered is fresh and in good condition.

8. Gyro Canopy e

Honda’s Gyro Canopy e is a revamp of its popular Gyro three-wheeled business scooter line. The scooter looks quite similar to a concept Honda introduced back at the 2011 Motor Show. The Canopy e features an electric powertrain, as well as swappable batteries that enable the delivery personnel using them (targetted for delivery systems), to easily and efficiently swap them out, instead of waiting for them to recharge.

9. Scootility

Called the Scootility, this e-scooter with its compact size and narrow footprint in traffic is designed to deliver medication or supplies in affected areas where other forms of transport cannot find access. The Scootility has full suspension and wheels that measure 16 inches on the front and 13 inches on the back. It has a smaller wheel size which creates more space for a cargo box on this scooter with utility as its priority.

10. BeoSpeed

The BeoSpeed has a polished, clean exterior that has a durable hefty weight with a stainless steel coat. The BeoSpeed mixes the modern and classic and has natural leather seating and handlebars that are inspired by Bang & Olufsen’s headphone cushions. The electric scooter is equipped with smooth edges, minimal wheels, and stripped-back leather accents that give it a retro personality.

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10 Best Kitchen Tools For Brewing The Ultimate Cup Of Coffee, Tea & Espresso

Everyone has a beverage of choice that they need in the morning to wake them up – usually, it is coffee or tea. For me personally it is coffee!  I love coffee, I need it to start my day, or else I simply refuse to start my day! It’s the boost of energy, dose of motivation, and rush of serotonin that I need every morning. And, I’m pretty sure that’s the case for most of us. We all need our cup of tea or coffee. There is a different satisfaction and pleasure in sipping caffeine that you know is the result of your hard work, something precariously prepared with your personal touch to it. And if you’re someone who’s chasing that feeling, then a unique, innovative, and interactive coffee machine or tea brewer is all you need, and ninety-five percent of the battle is won (the other five percent is you setting aside your laziness and operating the machine)! From a smart teapot to the Tesla of coffee machines – this collection of super cool and easy-to-use tools will start you off on your coffee/tea brewing journey. Cheers!

1. xBloom

Meet the futuristic xBloom – the Tesla of Coffee Machines. It is the first coffee machine with an Autopilot feature, making it quite an innovative and unique one. This makes preparing coffee super easy and efficient, almost transforming it into an art. The coffee machine is quite sleek and pristine, and looks like it jumped straight out of a sci-fi movie!

Why is it noteworthy?

The xBloom was designed by ex-Apple employees, and it identifies, grinds, dispenses, brews, and pours your coffee for you. The machine uses the finest beans sourced from the top roasters worldwide, offering you the finest cup of coffee to enjoy!

What we like

  • With the xBloom, it feels as if a professional barista is making you a cup of coffee, creating an elevated coffee-drinking experience
  • Features the power of NFC technology

What we dislike

  • It does not accommodate instant coffee, which can be a hassle for some coffee drinkers

2. Smart Tea Pot

If you prefer tea over coffee, then you need to get your hands on the Smart Tea Pot. This connected teapot lets you brew yourself a cup of tea with the help of technology, creating the perfect brew for you. You can prepare a delicious brew based on the kind of tea you like, depending on your mood and needs.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The Smart Tea Pot features advanced brewing adjustments that are influenced by the kind of tea you need, and your tea-drinking requirements. It has a “Golden Drop” rotating infuser, which is a perfect example of Japanese minimalism, and it merges technology with simplicity.

What we like

  • Has a compact size, and clean minimal aesthetics allowing it to perfectly fuse with your kitchen and dining space

What we dislike

  • The Smart Tea Pot employs technology for brewing customizations, which can be complicated for those who prefer traditional, simple tea-making processes

3. Ceramic Cup

This minimalist-looking mug is finely crafted, and is a true meeting of the earth and wood in a unique and subtle symphony of texture. It is designed to be a lovely treat for your sensitive lips as well as your fingers. As you drink from it, you are invited into a sensory experience where you can truly enjoy sipping your tea.

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Why is it noteworthy?

When we’re sipping a drink, our lips come into contact with the surface of a glass or mug, and this impression sets the mood for the entire experience. This beautiful mug intends to create that kind of engagement in the form of a design with intriguing contrasts.

What we like

  • Crafted from quality Japanese ceramic

What we dislike

  • You cannot put the mug into a microwave
  • The aesthetics can be considered a bit simple and boring

4. Brewster

This battery-powered coffee machine is called the Brewster, and it is designed for the future. It will satisfy your random coffee cravings with complete convenience and precision, allowing you to enjoy the perfect cup of joe everywhere you like. It is a portable design providing you with coffee anytime, anywhere.

Why is it noteworthy?

Brewster is more than just a coffee machine, it is a lifestyle innovation designed for the future. It features a convenient compact design, that makes it super easy to carry around.

What we like

  • Features a battery-powered design that doesn’t really need to be tethered to a chord
  • It has an intuitive design that offers a hassle-free coffee-making experience

What we dislike

  • It’s a conceptual design, so we’re not sure how functional and practical it will be as a real product

5. Earth-friendly Stacking Cup

Enjoy your favorite beverage with this Earth-friendly stacking cup. It is a stylish and minimal stacking cup that helps you save the environment. It is built from eco-friendly synthetic materials and has a unique texture which contributes to a distinctive and sensory tea-drinking experience.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The texture of the stacking cup is unique and resembles ceramic and wood. It provides a distinctive sensory experience to your mouth and lips, while also embodying minimal aesthetics and eco-friendly practices, forming a soul-enriching drinking experience that you won’t forget.

What we like

  • Made from plant-derived biodegradable resin
  • The material biodegrades into water and carbon dioxide through natural microbial action

What we dislike

  • Aesthetically quite common to other cups on the market, nothing to set it apart

6. Earth-friendly Tumbler

Have you ever heard of PAPLUS? It is a new kind of thermoplastic resin that can be mixed with biodegradable paper to add durability, heat resistance, and moldability which normal PLA often tacks. This unique earth-friendly tumbler is made using PAPLUS, making it a sustainable and stylish drinking tumbler for your coffee or tea.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The earth-friendly tumbler is made using an eco-friendly material to add a unique texture that is similar to the surface of ceramic or wooden cups. As you take a sip from this tumbler, a wonderful flavor is brought to your tongue, which creates an engaging sensation for your lips.

What we like

  • Uplifts the act of drinking beverages to a new sensory experience for your tongue and lips
  • Has a heat resistance of 120°, allowing you to enjoy piping hot as well as ice-cold drinks

What we dislike

  • The natural color of the tumbler can fade or become uneven with use, which may not be appreciated by users

7. F1 Coffee Grinder

Dubbed the F1, this portable and sleek wireless coffee grinder works automatically and manually. It features industrial-grade conical burrs, and a motor that provides 100 grind settings, allowing you to prepare fresh coffee when you’re at home or even out camping!

Why is it noteworthy?

Features a built-in fold-out collection tray, and allows you to hot-swap for one-button electric grinding or a hank-crank for a more hands-on grinding experience. The grinder is the size of a small thermos, and can easily fit into bags and suitcases.

What we like

  • Travel-friendly grinder with Scandinavian minimalism

What we dislike

  • You need to remove the motor, before washing it in the dishwasher

8. Slim Fold Dish Rack

This unique and innovative dish rack can be carried anywhere with you. It has a patent pending spring mechanism, that you can adjust and shrink from 14″ to 1.2″ within seconds. Deployment of the dish rack is also just as fast, making it quite easy to set up and use.

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Why is it noteworthy?

Called the Slim Fold Dish Rack, this product has a minimalist yet durable design, which ensures adequate ventilation, and has plenty of space for plates, utensils, and cookware of any size. It is an excellent design for your kitchen or for camping outdoors.

What we like

  • Flexible collapsible form that will clean and dry your utensils in no time
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher-friendly

What we dislike

  • The slim wires will find it difficult to hold heavy utensils (pots and pans)

9. Steampunk Espresso Machine

Called the Steampunk Espresso Machine, this unique espresso machine was designed by Ahmet Kemal Daşhan for Steam Espresso. It is adorned with brass fittings that take you on an exciting and surreal journey through time. It has a distinctive appearance, that makes it stand apart from boxy and typical coffee machines on the market.

Why is it noteworthy?

The espresso machine features exposed gears that are reminiscent of a bygone era’ mechanical marvels, which besides serving a functional purpose, also add a touch of authenticity to the entire espresso-making experience. The machine features vintage aesthetics which take you back in time.

What we like

  • Helps you embark on a visual journey through time

What we dislike

  • It’s a concept, so we are unsure how it will translate into a tangible product

10. DOTS

Called DOTS, this portable coffee machine is an excellent fit for automated vehicles, but it can also be used for other on-the-go scenarios as well. It is a great option for those long car journeys, where you need to get somewhere in a jiffy, and cannot stop for a much-needed coffee break.

Why is it noteworthy?

The DOTS coffee machine has a removable bottom, so it can be adapted for whatever use you have for it. It utilizes coffee capsules instead of the usual brewing method to make it easier to use.

What we like

  • A control or lever lets you adjust the intensity of the extraction method from the capsule

What we dislike

  • It has a lid to place a straw on it, but sipping hot coffee with a straw seems weird and uncomfortable

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Top 10 Cat-Friendly Designs To Keep Your Feline Friends Content, Cozy & Occupied

I love spending time and canoodling with my cats, but as much as I love being around them, cats are pretty quick-witted creatures, and they require constant entertainment and stimulation, which often times can be pretty difficult to keep up with. If you’re pretty much in the same precarious situation as me and are always looking for new ways to keep your pet entertained, productive, and happy, then this collection of pet products promises to come to your rescue! From a modular pet-friendly sofa to a pet-friendly console – these product designs will take good care of your pet, and keep them active and content. You can take a little breather, while they wrestle around with these newfound fun products! These are the cat-friendly products you need in your home!

1. CONNECT Tree

Dubbed the CONNECT Tree, this sophisticated and functional cat tree is a literal haven for the kitties. Designed by Vazken Karageozian, the tree was inspired by the needs and requirements of his two cats – Gray and Ella. The CONNET Collection takes a modular and innovative approach to constructing and designing a cat tree.

Why is it noteworthy?

The cat tree is designed to be a multi-level system that can be customized using attachable accessories. It creates a cozy, comfy, and fun recreational activity for your cats, allowing them to engage in unique activities besides scratching and climbing your couch. The tree is the centerpiece of the multi-accessory system.

What we like

  • Supported by elements such as a scratching pad, cushion, tray platform, and hanging toy
  • Great replacement for cheaply-made cat furniture

What we dislike

  • No option for customization in material and color

2. Quarter Sofa

Called the Quarter Sofa, this modular and pet-friendly sofa is made using wood and fabrics, including various circular and square modules. The various modules can be assembled and disassembled and moved around to build different configurations. It’s a furniture design that meets the needs of both humans and cats!

Why is it noteworthy?

The innovative configurations you can make using the modules serve as a cat playground. They can jump around, and move enabling them to play together, even if you have multiple cats.

What we like

  • The various modules can be arranged to accommodate different numbers of people
  • The empty spaces can be used to store and display items such as books, magazines, and tidbits

What we dislike

  • If your cat poops or pees in the hollow spaces, it could be difficult to clean them up, or even reach those corners

3. The Mocats Multifunctional Cat Furniture

The Mocats Multifunctional Cat Furniture allows indoor cats to experience the outside world, without stepping out of their home. The cat furniture is shaped like a city skyline, and it is quite adaptable and modular, providing cats with their own apartments, buildings, and roofs to explore.

Why is it noteworthy?

This modular and interesting design lets you build the sort of toy that will perfectly fit your home. It features undulating rooftops, which add a nice touch to your home, and interior design, while also functioning as a unique piece of furniture for your cat to explore, and pass time in.

What we like

  • Functions as an adaptable space that meets the ever-changing needs of cats
  • Assembling the modules also creates a bonding experience between cats and their owners

What we dislike

4. Tesla Cybertruck Corrugated Cat House

On the Chinese version of the Tesla website, you may come across a $13 Tesla Cybertruck Corrugated Cat House, and this little invention certainly took the internet by storm. It got everyone wondering if  Tesla has really decided to get into the pet product industry, and is the Cat House just the start of a whole new onslaught of pet products?!

Why is it noteworthy?

The unique-looking cat tray is inspired by the angular shape of Tesla’s electric pickup truck. It measures 56x41x25cm and has a futuristic shape, unlike typical cat trays on the market. It is embedded with thick corrugated paper, and it is designed to be a multifunctional product.

What we like

  • Serves as a multifunctional space for your cat
  • It can support up to 15kgs, so it accommodates cats of different breeds and sizes

What we dislike

  • Essentially it is a simple cardboard box, there’s nothing really cyber/techy about it
  • The real utility of the tray is still unknown, and people can’t decipher whether it is a cat bed or litter box

5. Cat Box

This adorable little box-shaped shelter looks like a shipping container home for cats! It is made using stiff paper boards, building lightweight yet durable boxes for kitties to play in, rest in, paw at, or engage with. It is made using sustainable materials, and the boxes stack up one on top of the other, creating the ultimate haven for cats.

Why is it noteworthy?

The shelter has multiple entry points to elevated vantage points, as well as a hanging toy to keep the kitties entertained. What makes the Cat Box unique, is the use of honeycomb board – a sturdy material that merges a core and honeycomb structure between plywood layers. Using a honeycomb board is an environmentally friendly decision, which also takes into consideration the well-being of our pets.

What we like

  • Features elevated viewpoints in vertical spaces which is quite important for cats

What we dislike

  • There doesn’t seem to be any scope for customization

6. Triangle Toy

Dubbed the Triangle Toy, this unique pet toy entertains your furry friends, while also doubling up as a work of art. This one-of-a-kind pet toy isn’t just about play, it’s also about providing a visual experience that is inspired by the beauty of nature.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Triangle Toy shows how pet products can be made super creative. It functions as a canvas for the motifs of clouds, the sun, and the mountains. The huge mountains are represented by the triangular structure, while the gentle flow of the clouds is shown by the rolling ball.

What we like

  • Seems more like an objet d’art that seamlessly integrates into any space, than a pet toy

What we dislike

  • It’s a concept, so we don’t know how well it will translate into an actual product

7. Choo Choo Console

Named the Choo Choo, this console is a rather unique and innovative creation in the arena of pet-friendly furniture. The Choo Cho console is a dedicated space built from natural materials like wood and cane webbing, and it attempts to build a solid connection between cats and humans.

Why is it noteworthy?

When you look at the console, you are reminded of a bullet train, and it has a contemporary vibe to it that also represents a sense of speed and efficiency. The Choo Choo console perfectly encapsulates the concept of high-speed transportation with the utility of a pet-friendly design.

What we like

  • Features a discreet compartment that hides a litter box for your cat
  • Perfectly marries aesthetics with functionality and practicality

What we dislike

  • Space-consuming design that will occupy a substantial amount of space in your home
  • The interior section of the console looks tough to reach and clean

8. Snowhouse Sofa

The Snowhouse Sofa perfectly captures the pretty image of snow falling daintily and leaving an impression on whatever it falls upon. The Snowhouse Sofa is what a wooden sofa would look like if it experienced some snowfall! And, what makes the furniture design even more unique is that it perfectly caters to the needs of humans and pets.

Why is it noteworthy?

The wooden sofa is covered with cushy white cushions that give the idyllic impression of fallen snow. The edges of the Snowhouse Sofa are rounded, which adds a depth of softness to the furniture piece, while the ends are hollow with empty spaces inside for your pets to lounge about in.

What we like

  • The empty spaces on top function as passages for your cats, where they can play or rest

What we dislike

  • It’s currently a concept, so we don’t know how the actual product will turn out to be
  • The empty spaces seem difficult to reach and clean

9. Lift Stool

Dubbed the Lift Stool, this furniture design has a stunning translucent texture that will completely mesmerize you. It also has two lifted ends that truly make the entire design, and as you peep into the two lifted ends you can see empty space for your cats! It is truly unlike any stool I’ve ever come across.

Why is it noteworthy?

The stool is hollow from within, which makes it an excellent lounging spot for your cat. If your cat doesn’t want to sit inside, you can slide in your favorite books and other souvenirs, allowing you to store them away, concealing them from curious eyes.

What we like

  • Features a second little entrance/exit at the back of the stool, so your pet has an exit strategy in place if they want to sneakily away

What we dislike

  • It could be difficult to get your pet out if they decide to hide before visits to the vet or at feeding times

10. Travel Habitat Carrier

Called the Travel Habitat Carrier, this adorable cat shelter is like a mini RV for your pet. You can carry it around on your back wherever you go, letting your pet chill and relax with you, as you move about and complete your tasks.

Why is it noteworthy?

The carrier doubles up in size when taken off your shoulders, making it a unique and expandable product. It can transform into a large and spacious home for your cat with an integrated litter box, ample ventilation, and a space for a kibble and water bowl.

What we like

  • Functions as a modular tent for your furry friend, allowing them to move around comfortable
  • Has a clear window for viewing and breathable meshed walls that provide comfort to your pet while being transported

What we dislike

  • Pets of larger sizes may feel uncomfortable in this design, better suited for smaller cats

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