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Privacy Glass

I was in the amazing Herzog & De Meuron designed Prada store in Tokyo last year, design-gawking. The dressing room was just off to the side with the only walls made of transparent glass. I went in, and unable to easily ask for assistance, fumbled around for a bit until I saw a button on the floor, which I stepped on, causing the glass to appear to immediately fog-up. I now know, of course, that it was not fog but instead polymer liquid-crystal optics. In the natural state, liquid crystal droplets are aligned randomly in the polymer and the reflective index of liquid crystal does not match that of polymer (np ? ne), so the incident lights are scattered, resulting in a translucent state. When an electrical field is applied, the liquid crystal droplets reorient so their extraordinary relective index matches that of polymer (np = ne), resulting in a transparent state.

What are the implications for those of us who didn’t really like science class? Well, in residential applications it means that you can have rooms that transform from public to private spaces with the flick of a switch.

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Wall Mount Verso Toilet

Never in my days did I think I’d see a wall mounting toilet. I would definitely consider this in my next bath remodel.

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Price: $861.60
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Tech House Numbers

If you’ve been eying numbers in hopes of updating your house facade, now is your chance to get them for almost half off.

“Tech numbers evoke the lettering Hollywood designers have used on spaceships, or numbers on the backs of big trucks. This type is simply shaped, without diagonals or intricate serifs.”

All mounting hardware is included.
$45.00 $19.98

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Price: $19.98
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Omvivo Washplane

This amazing sink is designed so that the water disappears when it hits the surface and goes down the drain hidden in the back. Who ever fills up a sink anymore anyway?

Corian
Custom sizes available

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Erika Kitchen System

You might have seen this in the recent Dwell magazine, but if you haven’t, take a look. You can put the different pieces together any which way you want.

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Recycled Glass Terrazzo

Terrazzo was originally invented by the Romans by mixing small pieces of marble in a cement mixture of lime, clay and water. Today, EnviroGLAS uses 100% post-consumer recycled glass instead of going to the quarry.

Can be used for flooring and countertops.
Available in an assortment of colored glass and epoxy.

Wallpaper Peep Show

The Wallpaper Peep Show, from the endlessly clever design house Droog, is white wallpaper with cut outs to give little glimses of the previous wall decor.

designer: Bakker, Gijs, 1992

measures 20.85″ width x 126″ length
delivery time: 8-12 weeks

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Price: $58.00
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Flor Carpets

I love these Flor carpet tiles. The best thing is, if you stain a tile, you can just replace one without having to replace the whole carpet.

Tiles measure 19.5″ x 19.5″.

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Price: $8.99
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Solitude Shower Set

This piece is a multi function sink/shower/storage unit in one.

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Bespoke Wallpaper by Duffy London

These wallpapers entice the eye and delight the senses. The 70s guns image (orange) takes the cake as far as I’m concerned. You can choose from many images on their website or you can supply your own.

Digitally printed, high-quality, fibre wallpaper.
Standard designs include chandelier print, green semi-circles and blossom image.
55cm wide
approx. $100.00 per printed meter

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Price: $100.00
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Columbia Heights Wallpaper

I love it when designers go out on their own with a handful of products and sell them online. This husband and wife team were unsatisfied with the selection of textiles and wall coverings available and decided to do just that. They hand screen the wallpaper and also do custom colors.

The caveat: In design school, estimating wall paper was my least favorite task. It involves fairly complicated formulas depending on the repeat of the pattern and number of windows you have in your room, double roll/triple roll…Then there’s the installation. And if you don’t purchase the rolls from the same dye-lot, the colors can vary slightly and ruin the entire effect. It’s not a nice process. Anyway, this is not a great DIY project unless you really know what you’re doing. It’s best to find a professional and they can end up saving you money in the long run. Especially if they get you a discount on the purchase.

(Thanks Amanda!)

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Price: $148
Availability: Buy Columbia Heights Wallpaper here

Hide-away Door

Have you ever wanted a secret hiding place in your home? Now’s your chance. This door poses as a book-shelf, making it possible to conceal an entire section of your home. If your house is small, maybe you could make your closet into a meth-lab. just kidding.

Available in several different sizes, styles and shelf widths.

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Price: $700.00
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By Hanna Wallpaper

Amazing prints from Swedish sensation Hanna. Buy several “posters” and use like wallpaper.
Several styles to choose from.

150 Swedish Kronors per sheet. (Roughly $20 a sheet)

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Price: $20
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Heavenly Scales by Richard Lee

The creative director of Naked and Angry contacted us about their line of short-run designer wallpapers which you can vote on to determine whether they will be produced. The designs are distinctive and powerful and would work well to highlight one wall or section of your house.

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Price: $60
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Wallpaper-By-Numbers™, Hammerhead Sharks

So, maybe you’ve noticed that it’s hard to not come across some wallpaper pattern on all the sites nowadays. But- this one is of hammerhead sharks, so that makes it slightly more interesting. Whether you color them in or not is completely up to you…

20.5″ x 33′

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Price: $95.00
Availability: Buy Wallpaper-By-Numbers™, Hammerhead Sharks here