Smart Equals Sustainable – Barclays survey shows that people are into saving energy [SPOTLIGHT]

In the future, all of our homes will be smart homes and one day they will be built with the smart user in mind but today, it’s up to us to turn the homes we have into smart homes. The Internet of Things, where most of our smart devices “live” in the digital sense, may give some people pause due to security reasons but according to this Barclays’ survey, people still want that sweet sustainable lifestyle that smart homes can provide.

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Flying Machines of the Wrist

Watch lovers will agree, that there is something quite inspiring and innovative about a timepiece that pays homage to aviation cues. From the first functional Pilot Watches of the early 1900s to current enigmatic Commander Series by CJR – the goal is to dress your wrist with an exceptional timepiece that signifies travel and airplanes.

For example, if we look at the 24-hour indicator, it appeals to all trendy jetsetters who easily lose track of day and night. By showing the hour of the day, CJR Commander does away with the AM / PM concept, thus keeping you informed about the right time.

On the other hand, this beauty does away a seconds hand and replaces it with a seconds wheel. Entrancing you with movement akin to that of a plane’s turbine, time ‘propels’ forward and keeps you engaged. Interestingly, the custom-cut hour and minutes hands are fashioned with contrasting, colored tips for clarity and look pretty much like the those found on instruments in the cockpit. They also feature Super Luminous coating that make them glow in the dark.

Detailing like aerodynamic features of a dome-shaped casing that mimic the cockpit canopy of an aircraft to intricate, mechanical parts that beat to the rhythm of a Miyota 82S7 movement, the Commander Series gives us a view of the magical mechanics that remind us of the exposed engines of vintage aircrafts.

For me, the most fascinating part of this aviation watch is the open-dial. The little glimpses of Geneva stripes, the hexagonal grillwork on the top and bottom of the watch face and the overall aviation cues, are sufficient enough to transport me into the cockpit of a fighter plane!

What I like about the watch is the transparent mineral glass case-back featuring a screw-back design. This is to give you easy access to the mechanics, should you require to self-service the watch. The customizable strap compliments the timepiece in colors and styles (options) that make this aviation watch look even more dynamic.

The Commander Series is a well-designed complex timepiece and follows an unconventional layout. This adds to the character of an aviation watch.

Designer: CJR Watches

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Jet stream Blue (left) and Molten Red (right)


Storm Grey (left) and Frost White (right)


Curved Mineral Glass Case.


24-hour Indicator.


Second Wheel.


Custom-cut Hands.


Japanese Movement (Miyota 82S7)


Super Luminous Markers.


The no-paste-waste brush!


How simply convenient! The Squeeze toothbrush by Kevin Clarridge allows you to extract every bit of toothpaste from that dang tube… because if you can’t design a better tube, design a better toothbrush!

Changing a toothpaste tube is a massive market exercise because toothpastes are heavily tied with brands, and no brand really has the eagerness to experiment with something that works (the if-it-ain’t-broke syndrome). The Squeeze toothbrush however provides a rather wonderful solution. With its peg-like base, it allows you to manually steamroll each and every ounce of toothpaste from your tube. The toothbrush comes in two components, so you can retain the base and just switch the bristled top every couple of months! What’s more, the peg-shaped base even helps to dock the toothbrush on the rim of any tumbler, or on a line, need be.

Designer: Kevin Clarridge










Facetime taken literally

These clocks are a little uncomfortable to look at, although they are backed by a rather interesting concept. Named Patience, this series of clocks uses the human face as a time-keeping device. The left and right eyes act as hands, looking in the direction the hand would face. The mouth acts as a seconds counter, periodically smacking to help you count the seconds while also making the sound of a clock’s ticks.

The clock is literally a screen that displays a human face. Japan based creative studio We+ made this quirky clock by video-recording real human faces in three different parts (each eye and the mouth) and merged them seamlessly together in a 24 hour looped video. I wonder what it would be like if it had an alarm feature!

Designer: We+








Flexible, Eco-Friendly, 3D Knitted Footwear!


Last year, JS Shoes introduced the world’s first ever 3D knitted driving shoe for men and now they’ve released a version just for the girls that features a clear sole to highlight the colorful knit! They’re made using an award winning 3-dimensional method to produce the exact amount of materials for each shoe. This significantly reduces their carbon footprint, labor costs, and results in almost no material loss. Perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle, they’re featherweight, formfitting, marrying comfort and style you’ll appreciate in the car or exploring outside. They’re also super bendy so you can easily throw them in a suitcase or bag and save space!

Designer: Xiaoxi Shi for JS Shoes