Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • Fancy something a bit different for Christmas?

    Posted on 20th December 2013 by Ben.

    Got some last minute Christmas shopping to do and you’re desperate for ideas? Here’s a few clever options that will give you something to talk about around the Christmas tree:

    The water-proof pool table

    Waterproof Pool Table

    If you’ve ever been lounging in your pool and thought how great it would be to play a game of pool then this waterproof pool table is aimed squarely at you. It’s fully weatherproof, so you can leave it out all year round and, at $6,500, you probably don’t have to worry about spilling your drink on the baize either.

    http://www.opulentitems.com/gifts/unusualgifts/waterproof-pooltable.html

    Fire Escape Shelves

    Fire Escape Wall Shelf

    These cool Fire Escape shelves from Urban Outfitter’s US webstore bring an iconic feature of countless American apartment blocks and cop shows to your home. Though they might not be the most practical of shelves they are great to look at and are a unique reminder of your time stateside.

    http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=28366847

    Astronaut duvet set

    Astronaut Duvet

    If space is a problem in your home then you’ll the right equipment for exploring it. This brilliant duvet and pillow set from Dutch designers Snurk comes in both single and double sizes so big and little kids can both indulge their dreams of being an astronaut.

    https://www.snurkbeddengoed.nl/nl/product/astronaut-1

    Classic videogame table

    Arcane Arcade Table

    The Arcane Arcade Table takes it’s inspiration from old videogame tables that were briefly popular back in the Eighties, so you’ve always got somewhere to rest your drink while you’re playing. The Arcane table updates it with a simple, stylish cabinet and over 100 classic 8-bit videogames, including Bubble Bobble and Dungeon Crawl.

    http://www.firebox.com/product/5448/Arcane-Arcade-Table

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with arcane, Christmas, gifts, pool

  • The chair that defies gravity

    Posted on 18th December 2013 by Ben.

    The Gravity Balans Chair

    When it comes down to it we all want great pieces of furniture to do two things: look fantastic and be luxuriously comfortable. Designer of innovative furniture, Varier, has created a wide range of chairs that tick both of these boxes combining elegantly sculptural forms with the more practical considerations for comfort and posture.

    The Gravity Balans Chair is a great example of this, it’s large gravity-defying form providing a beautifully balanced cradle for resting and napping. The recliner allows you to put it into four positions, so you can take pressure off your spine, while it improves blood flow by having your heart lower than your head and feet.

    The incredible design is sure to be a talking point as well as providing a welcoming rest at the end of a hectic day.

    Find out more here: http://www.varierfurniture.co.uk/Products/Relax/Gravity-balans-R

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with chair, furniture, Gravity balans, Varier

  • Setting the tone for 2014

    Posted on 17th December 2013 by Ben.

    Pantone-2014

    For the past few years the internationally recognised arbiter of all things colour oriented, Pantone, has announced a colour that it believes will dominate art and design in the year ahead. Pantone use a number of sources to gauge what will be among the dominant colours of the year ahead, from the catwalk to the red carpet. Scrutinizing trends as they develop across art and entertainment to produce a complementary colour palette that will influence the creative industries in 2014. The colour for 2013 was Emerald 17-5641, a strong turquoise colour that it described as ‘a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity’. However, next year Pantone has revealed that the colour will be Radiant Orchid 18-3224, which it described as: ‘An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, that inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.’

    Pantone Colour of the Year 2014

    If you like the look of Radiant Orchid then Pantone recommends pairing it with olive, turquoise, teal and light yellows. Or you could use it as an accent colour beside more neutral tones like grey, beige and taupe.

    Find out more here:  http://www.pantone.co.uk/pages/index.aspx?pg=21129

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with colour, Pantone, radiant orchid

  • The easy way to an automated home

    Posted on 6th December 2013 by Ben.

    Belkin-WeMo-Home-Automation

    Tech accessory manufacturer Belkin’s WeMo range is designed to be a quick and simple route to home automation. It basically consists of a series of plug adaptors that can be switched on and off via an app on your tablet or smartphone and your home wifi. You can also schedule when appliances come on, while a motion detector can also be added to trigger the lights in a room when someone enters. Because you only need a WeMo adaptor, the system is scalable to whatever range of lights and appliances you need. Making it a cheaper way to get your home automated.

    The latest version of WeMo also allows you to monitor energy consumption through the adaptors so you can keep you bills down even when you’re away from home. While the WeMo Baby is a smart addition to the range using the same technology to turn your mobile device into a baby monitor. Find out more: http://www.belkin.com/uk/Products/home-automation/c/wemo-home-automation/

    This Post was posted in Home Automation and was tagged with Belkin, Home Automation, WeMo

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