A Japanese charm redesigned to keep you healthy by syncing with the earth!

Omamori (お守り) are traditional good luck charms in Japanese culture that protect the wearer of the charm. The Japanese word “mamori” (守り) means protection, while prefix “o” gives the word an external movent connotation, transforming it to “your protection” and there are Omamoris for every area of life: love, health, luck, trips, success, protection. The concept of Kenkō is a futuristic take on the traditional Omamori, it does not cure illnesses or ward off evil spirits but it helps you stay healthy by being in sync with the earth’s electromagnetic frequencies. It is ergonomic, travel-friendly and minimal while still being a powerful force.

The earth is constantly emitting 7,83 Hz (also known as the earth’s breath, who knew that?!) along its surface which is believed to allow living beings to regulate their physiological functions. Scientific studies show that the earth’s natural magnetic fields have a positive influence on our brains. With the rapid development of electronic communication technologies, our bodies are getting confused between the natural and artificial frequencies which are dwindling our inherent ability to be in sync with nature. This concept device is aimed at increasing focus, coordinated neural activities, improve sleep and circadian rhythms, stabilize blood pressure and stimulate osteoblasts. Kenkō will be created to produce a 7,83Hz signal, reproducing the natural frequency using technology which will help human bodies re-establish their intrinsic relationship with being healthy naturally. It will have an LED light strip that glows when you switch on the device. Electrosmog caused by Wi-Fi and smartphone frequencies can no longer disturb the sync between the natural rhythm and your brain with Kenkō’s 1.5m protection radius around you. It is also designed to be pocket-sized so you can carry it everywhere like the traditional Omamori is meant to be but with a sleek touch of tech!

Designer: Daniele Peruzzo

Tiny homes made of shipping containers for the millennial home owners

Tiny homes are a fast-growing trench in the architectural world and why wouldn’t they be? The upcoming consumer is the millennial generation and tiny homes are perfect given the skyrocketing prices for real estate and avocados. Handcrafted Movement is a company that is here to bridge that gap between homes and budgets, in their words they have been created to create – what better motto when you build beautiful spaces right?

One of their projects that I absolutely loved was the Pacific Harbor model. The details truly show the team’s wanderlust and craftsmanship. It is built on a 30’x8.5’ triple axel Iron Eagle trailer – compact, convenient and classy. The interiors are kept light and breezy to manifest the feeling of spaciousness. The tiny home includes a downstairs flex area that can be turned into a bedroom or home office, a sleeping loft in the back, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and a Mini-Split System for air conditioning and heating. The exterior features Board & Batt, black-framed windows, cedar accents, a cedar post & deck system.

The house has lots of natural sunlight given the wide windows and a charming little table for sharing food on. The colors perfectly compliment the structure and make is inviting. It is a perfect set up for one or two people with enough space while saving space. Tiny houses always amaze me because they showcase the maximum optimization of every corner without ever giving you the feeling of “small” – in fact, they always make the heart feel bigger because of how thoughtfully they are made.

Designer: Handcrafted Movement

Modular headphones that mix your sound to match your space

Imagine having a sound system so versatile that you can actually play Lego with it! DE-MO, which stands for Detachable and Modular, is exactly that – an ecosystem of replaceable speakers, cables and headband accessories that you can use to create an audio experience based on your needs. It has a minimal aesthetic and a sleek build so you’ll never look like Tarzan with the cords – DE-MO is built for the minimal millennial.

DE-MO adapts to your needs so instead of having to keep a track of different headphones and cables for different situations, it offers a single set that can be expanded over time. It even gives you the option of adding a microphone and volume control clip – now you can finally go on that run and not be compelled to answer any phone calls!

This modular audio system was made keeping YOU in mind – there is something for everyone who uses DE-MO. If you are working out and want your headphones to be lighter, just strip away some accessories and you’re good to go. If you’re at the office and want to focus, but make sure you hear your boss call out to you – there is a set up for that too. By the riverside and enjoying a quiet moment for yourself? You can have a completely immersive experience with your favorite songs and savor that me-time with DE-MO. Now you have a playlist for every mood and a headset for every playlist!

Designer: Hans van Sinderen

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The Light Phone 2 wants to save our world from a Black Mirror future

After raising a staggering $3.5 million dollars on Indiegogo to fund its production, the Light Phone 2 is here to fight the good fight against bad tech. There isn’t any conclusive proof that being incredibly digitally connected makes humans happier in any way. The technology that was designed to serve us is now in control of us, and like any uncontrollable addiction, the Light Phone’s remedy is simple… detoxify yourself.

Designed to promote communication in a way that is respectful to humans, the Light Phone 2 is a simple, minimal device that gives you the tools you need to stay in touch with the people you truly care about. Enabling you to call and text through an interface that feels familiar and minimal at the same time, the Light Phone 2 doesn’t consume you with notifications from apps, instant social gratification, or worrisome trolls who just want to make others feel bad about themselves. The phone comes with a black and white e-ink touchscreen interface that’s easy to use and comfortable on the eyes and mind. It doesn’t have a camera, or access to social media, mails, or endless news feeds (basically it removes the possibility of information overload), but it retains the important stuff, like a music player, a calendar, calculator, notepad, as well as complete essentials like a map service and a taxi-hailing service… giving you a phone that’s quite literally good for your wellbeing. It promotes a healthier happier life while giving you the tools you need to go about your day, and the absence of an app-market means nobody can ever track your information!

Designer: Light

Wonderfully muted wooden products designed to add trendiness to your space

Wood has been and remains one of the primary materials we use for products in our everyday life.  What has changed over the years is our treatment of the wood! Moving away from the loud, heavy antique furniture designs, modern-day technologies have brought us wood for the refined taste. This collection has been specifically curated to address this modern version of wood as we see it in the uber-trendy minimalism and Japanese inspired trend. Just like the wooden peg used to hold the cushion in place in the design above to the knife made from 97% wood and only 3% alloyed carbon steel, this collection will bring unique and modern wooden objects to your everyday life.

During the day, the NightLanding lamp gives the visual impression of a detailed 3D city map. At night, the lamp comes to life, illuminating a fabulous city light view.

Meet SKID, the Wooden Chef Knife made from 97% wood and 3% high alloyed carbon steel by LIGNUM  

Koda Light Float is a waterfront house on pontoons, attached to the shore. It is a space-efficient movable house created by Kodasema 

SIXtematic BELLE is a 2 in 1 make up stand  & writing desk by Sixay Furniture 

The RCK (Retro Compact Keyboard), where modern technologies and retro styling collide and create a nostalgic piece of kit by Azio Corp 

North hanger table or the Bookhanger Table is a wooden desk specifically designed for reading books and easily hang those are halfway read by the Korean Studio B.U.S. Architecture 

The Woodieful Chair is a minimal and multifunctional furniture design made of high-quality beech wood by Klavdija Jarc 

Royal System® Workstation consists of wall-mounted wooden rails, shelves with hangers and cabinets, drawers, and desks, which can be customized in multiple individual combinations designed in 1948 by legendary Danish designer and manufacturer Poul Cadovius available  now through Skandium 

Wooden Grater designed by The Kitchen Shop 

Sliabh is series of a sculptural chest of drawers and sideboard built-in solid Oak by John Lee 

The Pocket Chair comes with a leather pocket built right into the side of the chair that can be used for either storing tools and equipment by Kewey Loke 

Add a touch of Japanese innovation to your life with these product designs!

The land of sushi, sake, and ramen has slowly and steadily created an impact on our daily lives. With minimalism becoming a huge hit, we have always been inspired and enchanted by what makes the Japanese style of design and architecture so unique, in a way that it can be easily identified, yet carry all the functionalities we ever needed and then some! The Japanese design style has evolved and the products curated here today aim to bring a small slice of that wonderful culture into your everyday life with these innovative designs.

Japanese studio Nendo presents a collection of black wire furniture with Phillips de Pury & Company  

Japanese minimalism gets a geometric spin with German-influenced Bauhaus design in this timeless unisex shoes by THEY New York. Japanese Sneakers 

Gerardo Osio created a series of transportable objects that were inspired by Japanese culture and traditional crafts designed to be taken from place to place, as a way of always having something familiar with you

Arc coffee table designed by Ditte Vad and Julie Begtrup for Woud Design 

The SAND clock’s hand creates ripples in the sand as it moves along in the first 12 hours of the day, and then erases them over the next 12 hours, by Studio Ayaskan 

Kuroi Hana is the fusion of London design with premium Japanese AUS-10 steel with a dark floral pattern that is unique to each blade by Edge of Belgravia

The Babu Chair comes inspired by the traditional floor-sitting arrangement by TORU

Miniature Cat Furniture produced by Okawa city hopes to promote the area in Fukuoka, a hub for professional craftsmen specializing in traditional crafts such as woodworking, hardware, glass, and cutlery 

The Omotenasino Otomo are disposable paper plates employ an Origami-esque pattern, and their innovation lies in the treatment of the paper, which makes it washable and reusable by Otomoshikki 

The Magemono tumbler comes made with a Hasamiyaki porcelain inner vessel, and a Magemono Japanese cedar wood sleeve around the outside, in signature fashion by Tomoya Nasuda 

The Wabi lounge by Guilherme Torres

The Sushi Shopper by Ben Liu of The Daydreamer Studio 

Tiny Home setup’s that prove why microliving will be the next big trend

Sometimes when I get done with my day, there is a moment when I stop and wonder how much simpler life would be if I did not have so many things lying around! As we get more materialistic, we get caught in this cycle of storing and maintaining these possessions by buying more of them. It’s a wicked cycle! Enter the phase of minimal micro-living also known as tiny homes. A simple, elegant place where each belonging has a place for itself and a purpose to it because you simply cannot store anything more than essentials! So from luxury campers, simple caravan style homes or even tree houses, we have a microliving setup to woo you.

Laëtitia Dupé of Tiny House Baluchon is designed for a French couple, this new abode finds itself in the French Alps, offering great views and ample space to live in

School bus turns into an adventure-mobile as converted by Mande and Ben Tucker of Fern the Bus

A45 project is an iteration of the traditional A-frame cabin, known for its pitched roof and angled walls with a customizable micro-home that can be built within a rapid time-frame in any location by bjarke ingels group (BIG)

Architect Gerardo Broissin designed a transparent treehouse that floats among the trees and vegetation in a Mexico City backyard

Banjo, unique Tiny Homes, handcrafted in Byron Bay by Little Byron Co

The Ecological Living Module, or EDM comes with a “micro-farming wall” and a roof covered in photovoltaics by Gray Organschi Architecture and Yale’s Center for Ecosystems in Architecture

The Hutte Hut Camper by Sprouting Sprocket Studio 

Forest House 02 by Chu Văn Đông of D12 Design 

Droompark Buitenhuizen gives your option of stay in the Netherlands by Tiny Houses Droomparken 

Cabin No.2 designed by Espen Surnevik for PAN Treetop Cabin in Norway 

Ryan Zimmer’s cabin in Sagle, Idaho

The Puro watch is a no-frills, minimalist, time-telling piece of art on your wrist

With its pristine, bubble-like aesthetic, Puro’s quite literally calming to look at. “Free of superfluous and decorative elements. Evocative of the essential geometry of the solar sundial, in which the time is indicated by the shadow, that a stylus exposed to the sun projects on a suitably designed dial”, say the designers behind the Puro and they couldn’t have been more accurate.

Puro looks like plastic and minimalism met the sundial. With its bubble-esque form and the glass that sits on top of it, and pastel-ish color scheme, Puro is meditative and instantly evaporates any tension you may feel as you nervously glance at your watch. It only features an hour hand, because it doesn’t want you counting the minutes and seconds, and does a decent job of telling you the time, while absolutely melting away the stress of a busy day.

Designers: Fabio Verdelli, Manuel Frasson, Alice dal Verme, Hande Ozuysal & Sofia Citton.

Get inspired to declutter with our collection of minimal designs: Part 2

Whether we agree to this in public or not, but all of us have spent some time watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and promising we will declutter just after the next episode! My personal experience was that I have too many items that ‘spark joy’ for me. Keeping this aside, minimalism is a trend that took the world by storm some time back. Be it Scandinavian, Danish or Japanese, there is something very unique and calming to see a design with clean, simple lines placed in a clutter-free environment. And as we did with the Part 1 of this series, we are sure this collection of minimally designed products will inspire you to enter this zen space.

The Stretch Board by Taijiro Ishiko 

Helios Lights by James Vanderpant 

The Brick Light from Paolo Rizzatto 

Personality TV stand by Blond Creative for Samsung TV 

Usetool Toothbrush holds a complete sterilization center, by Jiyoun Kim Studio

Hive View Smart Indoor Camera by fuseproject for Hive 

Outdoor seating designed by Patrick Norguet and Alias Design for McDonalds

Minimal Jewelry by Mara Paris

The field minimal shelving system by Dmitri Kozinenko 

The storm tray from 24d-Studio 

Respiro Light by Philippe Nigro 

Loved these designs? Discover more minimal designs with our Part 1 of this series.

Get inspired to declutter with our collection of Minimal Designs

Whether we agree to this in public or not, but all of us have spent some time watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and promising we will declutter just after the next episode! My personal experience was that I have too many items that ‘spark joy’ for me. Keeping this aside, minimalism is a trend that took the world by storm some time back. Be it Scandinavian, Danish or Japanese, there is something very unique and calming to see a design with clean, simple lines placed in a clutter-free environment, and we are sure this collection of minimally designed products will inspire you to enter this zen space.

The Little Apricot Dresser by Tsing Hang

Bluetooth Speaker Table designed by Victrola

Amble Hanging Seat from Tom Raffield

Two-toned spoon and bowl by Luke Hope of Hope in the Woods

Pin Wall Light by Ichiro Iwasaki for Vibia 

Classy Sunday sofa tray by Studio Sanna Volker for Bolia

Twist Shelf from Lawa Design

The AU_34 plant Halo Lamp by Massimo Cappella Studio⁣ 

The Duo ceiling lamps from Ramos Bassols

Flota Trays designed by LaSelva Studi