Bear with me… I’m having a bit of a moment with everyday items that have been re-incarnated through beautiful design. Yesterday Tom Dixons kitchenwares, today the Sweeper and Dustpan by Jan Kochanski.
Wow! Clever. Simple. Clean. (Pardon the pun!) Jan had the ingenious idea to use the handle of the dustpan as not only the brush holder, but also as a funnel to empty the contents through. This minor tweak of the classic dustpan design heightens its functionality. A huge light bulb moment of pure brilliance!
In fact, so much consideration has been invested in this deceivingly simple piece. The curved shape of the plastic dustpan prevents dust catching in corners, at the base of the beech brush handle is a loop for easy hanging and the bristles of natural horsehair were selected for their elite sweeping abilities.
This piece is really the perfect marriage of form, function and aesthetics. I bet you never thought you would be lusting after a dustpan and brush!
And another clever design that has really taken into consideration the way it functions, is the Cut and Slide Boards by Design For Use.
The wooden chopping board is nested within a boat shape ceramic dish. The elevated, curved end creates a scoop like section that acts like a dish that catches and contains food as you chop it. This simple addition means you keep your board space free for food preparation, you won’t have food rolling off the board onto the floor and the scoop shape aids transfer of the food from board to pan.
Now that’s one clever chopping board!
Cut and Slide Boards – Small $30, Medium $69.00 available through Design For Use.
You might remember the stunning Megaphone by en&is which Hermit featured a while back, well check out the new addition to the family, Megaphonemini!
A smaller, more compact version of the original, Megaphonemini is designed as a portable version of the initial design. It features the same gorgeous horn shape in ceramic, but is a fraction of the size making it perfect for bedside or outdoor adventures. As it requires no batteries or electrical supply, the Megaphonemini can be easily moved from here to there, wherever and whenever you need a little music to get down to.
The Megaphone mini is compatible to use with iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G/3GS, iPhone 4/4S iPhone 5/5C/5S and the iPod Touch, and is available for purchase now in Italy! Can’t wait for these to hit Australian shores, now I want both designs!
This just in! Dinosaur Designs has teamed up with Australian company Blue Willow Natural Products to create a range of delectable soaps and soap dishes!
There are five different scent combinations available in these handmade soaps which combine floral and citrus loveliness. The soaps are all natural and retail for $12 each, the soap dishes retail for $88 and come in three colour combinations, Magenta and Ivory, Navy and Turquoise and White Stripe. Available for purchase right now, shop the collection here.
Just another installment of lust worthy design from Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy for your viewing pleasure!
Just wanted to share with you all a super sweet collaboration between Donna Wilson and Mamas & Papas which has just hit the stores!
Donna has just designed a special edition of the Urbo² baby buggy which features her signature green and orange Foxleaf print. It is an adorable incarnation of the already popular stroller, and I just love the addition of the tan leather handle and bumper! To complete the set there is also a carrycot, footmuff, knitted fox blanket and of course a knitted little foxleaf toy, won’t your new bub be just the coolest kid in town! Check out the pics below and this short video that Mamas & Papas have put together to promote the collaboration.
If you adore Donna’s work as much as I do, take a peek at our recent “Meet Your Maker” Q&A with her!