A Planter with the Charisma of a Bookshelf

The Plantashelf brings the beauty and inherent pleasure of being around greenery, along with the simplicity and minimalism of a wall-mounted shelf. Designed to be as easy as installing a bookshelf, the Plantashelf puts flora on your wall in a way that gives it an appeal vastly different from other indoor planters.

It’s important that you view the Plantashelf not as a planter, but almost as a bookshelf-esque piece of decor that you would install around your home. It’s this perception-crossover that makes the Plantashelf the breakthrough product it is. Made to be modular, clean, and nothing like any planter we’ve ever seen, the Plantashelf mounts on your wall in any configuration you choose. Its interlocking pieces allow you to build a planter shelf the way you want/need. The shelves fix against the wall using concealed fixing points and independent modules can be joined to one another using the mortise and tenon joints built into the sides of the planter. What you’re left with is planter shelves that integrate with each other seamlessly and sit against a wall almost magically with no ugly fixtures or screws showing in any way.

The Plantashelf brings the greenery indoors but retains the elegance of a shelf. The shelf’s ABS construction follows a linear design, and the planters get integrated into the spaces created by the U-shaped bends in the shelf. A transparent panel on the front closes off the design, while showing you the soil level and the plant growing out of it, with a transparency that looks intriguing, almost like a cross-section in a biology text-book. Underneath the soil bed sits a reservoir that drains off the excess water poured into the plant, only to be used by the plant later on. The Plantashelf is perfect for any room indoors. It gives your living room a neat splash of green while also allowing it to be used as a mantelpiece. Put it in a bedroom and the Plantashelf can be used as a bookshelf that adds a touch of flora to your decor. You can even use the Plantashelf in the kitchen, turning any empty wall you have into a herb-garden that adds beauty not just to your decor but also on your plate!

Designer: Prieto Studio

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Jedi of the Jungle!

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The world is going Star Wars crazy this year, and they have every reason to be. With the franchise getting better and better (and with the new movie coming out in just a week), it’s no surprise that we keep getting an excitingly diverse range of Star Wars inspired goodies – this one in the form of Animal Stormtrooper Helmets by William Kang. Gorgeously fabricated, the helmets are given a rigorous process from sketches to CAD to quick renders, to sketches to CAD to quick renders and again until the design is ready to be physically constructed. Each helmet can take a couple of months to make but so delicately and intricately detailed it’s hard to believe these helmets are not renders. The materials and finishing choices here make these helmets a work of art, something worthy of a museum piece.

Designer: William Kang

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The camera that’s always on you

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They say the camera that’s with you is the most valuable one, but trust me, there have been moments where the 3 seconds it takes to whip out a phone, unlock it, and power the camera has resulted in me missing the moment… which raises the question. Is this a problem the smartphone can ever overcome? No amount of processing power or fast-unlocking can ever compensate for the fact that the phone always sits in your pocket, and in order to trigger the camera, it needs to be taken out and aimed.

The Theia Pro is a wearable that retrofits to your existing pair of spectacles (especially a boon for people with prescription eyewear). Sitting on the front of the Theia is a 3 megapixel Full HD camera that records in 1080p. Designed to instantly capture what you see the way you see it, the Theia Pro makes your eyeball the viewfinder. If the picture’s composition looks good to you, then the Theia Pro captures just that. It also makes creating POV videos much easier than strapping a camera to your face or temple. The camera comes with storage of its own (expandable to 32gb), and can even trigger wirelessly, meaning you don’t need to be tapping your spectacles every time you want a shot. Your phone’s camera may be the most popularly used camera, but the Theia Pro is the most accessible. Plus, with the fact that it sits on your temple, filming what your eyes see… it doesn’t capture images. It captures memories!

Designer: Seventh Sense

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The lamp that’s de-light-ful

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Following the lines of the highly interactive and endlessly entertaining Quetzal Chair is the Quetzal Lamp, a light that invites you to interact with it… almost like a fidget toy of sorts. The Quetzal Lamp takes inspiration from the South American Quetzal bird’s plumage. Just like in the chair, the lamp comes with dual-colored individual paper members that can be fanned out or inwards in either clockwise or anti-clockwise directions. The double colored members end up allowing you to dim the light when closed completely, and when opened out, cast a beautiful pattern of light against the walls and the floor.

The entire lamp comprises a simple base, two mounting rings, and a set of 30 dual-colored Arjowiggins heavy-weight textured paper fins. Easy to assemble, and delightful to interact with, the Quetzal Lamp is the kind that brightens not just the room, but your life too!

Designer: Marc Venot for Missana

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Mesmerizing Furniture, Courtesy of Mexico.

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Felix is a miniature sofa with a mesmerizing canopy that takes inspiration from Mexican architectural designs of the 1950s in which paraboloid structures and arches defined the country’s identity. Its pergola-style cover provides visual separation to the user without restricting visibility. This visual lightness is a perfect contrast to its robust frame. Its skeleton is made of tough tubular steel while the cushion is fashioned from polyurethane foam and polyester, making it ideal for either indoor or outdoor use.

This contemporary interpretation not only pays homage to this landmark in architectural history in a fun, modern way, but it also part of a larger effort by designer Christian Vivanco to conceive, produce and market his products in Mexico and in collaboration with Mexican companies like Los Patrones.

Designer: Christian Vivanco

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