When I was a kid my desk was a plank of wood on top of two milk crates. And the crates weren’t even the same size, I had to do all my work at a funky angle. Those were days. Kids today have it so much better with these sweet modern desk design by Philippe Starck. This kid’s desk called Le Chien Savant (which means the performing dog, or something like that) and it looks like a sweet pooch. Action shots:
Kids can sit right on the dog’s back and work on his head- something that we can’t recommend you do with a real dog. The desk is made of rotational-molded polyethylene and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Be forewarned kids who are not reading this blog, I’m not sure if you can use the “dog ate my homework” excuse with this desk. (via iihih)
This bookshelf is designed to skewer your perception of 3 dimensional space and volume. Created by Charles Kalpakian, the Rocky Bookshelf is a metallic brain bender of a storage unit. Depending upon your angle of viewing, the shelves will look different. These steel shelves are based on a 3D variation of a classic cabinet maker pattern. It’s hard to even tell where the openings are and what’s flat and what’s angled (based on the photos).
Side view above. The bookshelf comes in a few color choices made of lacquered steel and measures 55″ wide by 37″ high by 14″ deep. It’s almost like an optical illusion furniture piece.
Here’s a closeup. Get your head ready for yet another mind bender: the bookshelves run almost $5000. However, for that lofty price you get a really unique looking piece of furniture and a guaranteed conversation piece.
It’s a power flower! The ceramic Bloom Box is both an iPhone dock (also fits Android devices) and a planter. Your smartphone sits on top and there’s an opening to thread your charging cable in. The hollow center of the dock helps to amplify your music, while the bottom has room for you to place some small plants (or other small objects). The attractive minimalist design gives you a necessary functional piece for your modern technology without standing out. Measures 5″ by 5″.
Get multiple storage options in one clean modern design with Cubby. Designed by Materious and made of 100% recycled polypropylene plastic, the wall-mounted Cubby works as a giant hook with room inside to store smaller items like cellphones, wallets, gloves, glasses, change, etc. Measures 6.5″ square. Arrange them in groups, either in a line or randomly to create varied storage options for all members of your family.
A post about a landline phone?! Yes. Believe it or not, many folks still use landlines and cable companies are practically giving away the service as a bundled add-on. The wireless Swissvoice dect Handset Landline Telephone comes in either black or white and has an attractive modern design. It has a throwback iconic shape without all that old school bulk.
Despite the updated yet classic appearance, this phone has all the modern features you’d expect from a cordless landline phone: backlit LCD display, 10 hours of talk time, 150 hours on standby, alarm, ringtones, and auto answer. It can store 100 names and has a range of about 300 feet outdoors and 150 feet indoors. A stylish option for a home phone.
Tired of the birds in your neighborhood complaining about their old fashioned house-shaped birdhouses? Fly into the future with an 8 inch Geo Birdhouse, designed by Kelly Lamb. This dome-shaped birdhouse will attract wrens, finches, swallows, warblers and other small birds into it’s cozy modern confines. Throw in some tiny mid-century modern furnishings like an Eames lounge chair and a Noguchi table and those birds will never leave.
This is actually a pretty incredible idea- frame your growing plants on the wall. The Picture Frame Planter, designed by Chiaki Murata has a small planter on the bottom section of this frame to plant seeds and grow plants. The plants sprout into the frame as if they are a living work of art. You can hang these on a wall or place it on a desk. Comes in two sizes ~12″ square and ~15″ square. The photo shows it with grass, but flowers would probably look great too.