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CableBox Mini

I just hate the moment when I have to clean under my home desk because this is where all the cables from my computer lie on the floor. And the more peripherals I get the more cables get clustered under my desk. In time the dust covers them and it’s insane to try and clean everything after two or three months. Then there’s the cable from the phone landline. The person who came and installed the line thought I would need to walk around the house with the phone in my hand so they let about 10 meters of cable attached to it. Yes, it’s a total chaos. But until I have enough money and find enough gadgets to have a totally wireless home, I am so glad I found the CableBox Mini.

It is a nice and colourful plastic box that is meant to keep all the cables secure in one place, having them stored away from water and dust and making your house look beautiful at the same time. The box has two openings on the sides, leaving both sides of the cables go their way – in the plug and in the computer or appliance. It can also hide router cords, adapters and small hubs . It is available in many colours and is very simple to use. You can buy now this gadget for just $29.95.

The Parsons audio end table

Part of the Parsons Collection this intriguing end table features the same simple and elegant lines as all the pieces from the same collection. The main idea behind this design was to combine the functionality of the end table with the utility of technology that we use every day.

Parsons Audio End Table
The result was the Parsons Audio End Table. It’s a simple piece of furniture that has an integrated docking station and speaker system that will allow you to use it with your iPod and other audio devices. The idea was very clever. The end table usually stays near the sofa or bed, somewhere where it’s reachable and it’s usually used to store practical items like the phone or the audio system for example. So why not integrate those into the table itself?

It’s actually very useful. You can charge your iPod or iPhone while listening to your favorite tunes. The Parsons Audio end Table is made of engineered wood with a lacquer finish. The front speaker is covered with fabric. The dimensions of the table are 20″sq. x 22″h. Minimal assembly will be required. You can buy the table for EUR313.03. Be sure to wipe it with a soft, dry cloth. Also, avoid the use of chemicals and household cleaners in order to protect the finish. And since hardware may loosen over time, be sure to check periodically that all connections are tight.

The Cocoon Fireplace by Federico Otero

If there’s anything that radically changed throughout the years, in terms of interior decorations, it’s not the furniture but the fireplace. This particular decoration and important part of the home has evolved from the old and traditional design that was actually built into the wall and extremely large to smaller designs and then to modular and even portable fireplaces that no longer use wood as a source of energy. One of the most flexible and modern fireplace designs is the one called “Cocoon”.

Cocoon Fireplace by Federico Otero

The Cocoon fireplace was designed by Federico Otero and it’s an update model of the classic modern fireplace. It features a very simple design and it has an oval shape similar to a cocoon, hence the name. It’s the shape and the design that make this fireplace so versatile and suitable for almost any type of interior.

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12 Clock by David Weatherhead

I wear a normal but very simple watch that has some nice small rubies instead of the usual numbers telling the time. I like these watches because they are a bit unusual and you need a bit more attention to realize what time it is. That is why my daughter hates my watch, as she is small and only knows the numbers. But since I like unusual stuff which don’t have be be easy to understand either, I loved the 12 Clock by David Weatherhead the minute I saw it. It is actually a normal clock, except the fact that it does not have numbers and has 12 sides instead.

12 Clock by David Weatherhead

What is amazing about the design of this clock is its simplicity. It’s nothing more than a black or colourful dodecagon with white arms that tell the time when they get to the sharp edges of the 12 sides. And since one day has 12 hours and the clock has 12 edges, it’s pretty simple. The clock looks great on any wall in any room and has a clock mechanism powered by an AA battery. It’s just as simple as that. It is made of plastic and can be bought for £25.00, directly from GOODD, the producer.

Ethno Tray from Alessi

Trays are very useful and I always keep one within reach, especially when I have guests. That is because trays are very easy to use for carrying different beverages, sweets and plates, even glasses without spilling the liquids everywhere and making a mess of your dining room. As a bonus, you can transport a bigger amount of everything when using a tray, which means fewer trips to the kitchen and back. When you do not use them, you can leave them on display as decorations or you can use them for storing fruit. Either way, trays are really useful and also great for the design of a room, especially if they are nice in design themselves. This Ethno Tray from Alessi is beautiful and delicate, nice and special.

Ethno Tray from Alessi

This Ethno Tray from Alessi is designed by Stefano Giovannoni and has a great, yet very simple design. It is made of polished metal with open work edge and the modern pattern on the sides leaves your mind see whatever your imagination wants to. You can see twisted people holding hands or a post-modernist pattern, looking amazing nonetheless. The tray is round and has a simple bottom, wide enough for holding fruit and everything else you might want to serve (12″ Diameter) and can be bought for $160.

Napa Wall Vase

I love flowers and I think all people do, too. They are nice and delicate and they bring a special perfume and look to your home. That is why I like having vases filled with flowers in my home in all seasons, even if I know they will eventually wither and dry. Any way, I normally place the flower vases on the table, just like any other sensitive person, except for the moments when my son plays football indoors and I have to remove all breakable things in sight. But today I have found something really interesting: there is a vase that can be placed on the wall, in a secure place where footballs can rarely go. I love it! It’s the Napa Wall Vase and it looks great.

Napa Wall Vase

The vase is made of borosilicate glass and is totally transparent, which is perfect since it will be hanging from the wall. This way your attention will be focused on the flower only and not on a colourful and strange shaped vase. It is supported by a zinc holder and hangs from a nail. The vase is handmade and it would be better to wash it by hand in order to avoid breaking it. You can choose small flowers with a colourful shade or even tall grasses for display in this unusual vase and this will add a plus of elegance to the design of your living room. You can purchase the item now for $28.50.

Ingenious beer bottle X lamp

When it comes to wall lamps and basically any other type of lamp, the existing designs are unlimited. Still, there are some designs that manage to stand out either by their shape, material or combination of colors. One of those intriguing models is what is known as the X lamp. The name is not very suggestive when it comes to anything other than the shape.

Ingenious beer bottle X lamp

The most interesting detail about the X lamp is not the shape but the materials used to create it. The X lamp is made of galvanized 3.4” plumbing fittings and four beer bottles. With a simple structure like this you could easily create your own version for your home. This particular lamp measures approximately 25 x 25 x 5″ but the dimensions could be adapted according to the space you have available or the fittings you can find.

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