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Venti Fan

With summer fast approaching (or already here, depending where you are), this particular fan is a perfect home accessory that looks good and does the important job of keeping rooms cooler.

“To ensure reliability and durability, the fan uses the highest quality components and finishes available. All body components are made from aluminium or steel. Each blade is individually balanced for perfect performance. The oscillation function can spread a fresh breeze through large spaces. 3 speeds cover the full spectrum from silent and gentle to a windy storm. Controlled from an aluminium remote control or through the rear cone of the motor.”

Free standing or wall mounted.

Purchase Information:

Price: $599.00
Availability: Buy Venti Fan here

Durat Sustainable Tubs and Sinks

Durat makes solid surface sinks, tubs and shower trays from 50% recycled content which is 100% recyclable.

Comes in 64 colors.

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.

Purchase Information:

Price: $861.60
Availability: Buy Wall Mount Verso Toilet here

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.

Bulthaup B3

I LOVE the new Bulthaup kitchen.

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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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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?

Custom sizes available

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Solitude Shower Set

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

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WET VC60 Cube Collection Above Counter Basin

Available in matte or glossy white, this one piece-dual sink unit is an above counter installation which can be either installed with faucets integrated in the unit or wall mounted.

60″ wide.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,070
Availability: Buy WET VC60 Cube Collection Above Counter Basin here

Float Towel Holders

These towel holders suspend from your ceiling to add a towel bar anywhere you need one. Perfect for keeping your walls clutter free.

height: wires extend up to 70″

$98.00 for the towel holder measuring 14.5″ x 15.75″
$140 for the towel holder measuring 26.5″ x 14.5″

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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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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.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60
Availability: Buy Heavenly Scales by Richard Lee here

Soft Washbowl by Hella Jongerius

I seriously doubt you’d run across this in your local hardware store, and I suppose that’s one of the reasons it’s so intriguing.

“This design classic was designed by Hella Jongerius for droog design.
The oval shape was generated by gently pushing the round basic shape inwards and the shape was “frozen” by manipulating the thickness of the skin.”

16″ x 12″ x 8″
Materials: Soft Polyurethane

Purchase Information:

Price: $533.00
Availability: Buy Soft Washbowl by Hella Jongerius here

CHIMO Fireplace

This just went to the top of my personal wishlist:

“Blomus’ indoor fireplace is a breakthrough in indoor ambience that mounts on any wall with no need for a chimney, gas line or professional installation. The fireplace installs in minutes by mounting to any wall in your home. Now, you can easily create a comforting atmosphere for your living room, bedroom, bathroom or dining room. Simply mount to the wall, fill the reservoir, light it up and enjoy.

The secret is that the flame is generated from Ethanol which is a safe, clean burning fuel that is completely organic and made from renewable resources like corn, potatoes, wheat and other vegetables. Furthermore, Ethanol is green since it is not a fossil-fuel and burning it does not increase the greenhouse effect like other fuels.

Dimensions: 27.55″ W x 27.55″ H x 6.29″ D.

Correction: One of our chemistry-minded readers told us that the retailer’s statement that ethanol is a “green” resource is not correct. While it is a renewable resource, it does increase the greenhouse effect, because any combustion reaction involving a hydrocarbon creates carbon dioxide. So while ethanol does burn cleaner than traditional fuels, it is not 100% green.

Thanks Matt!

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,565.00
Availability: Buy CHIMO Fireplace here

Bam Bam Door Knocker

Looking for that certain je ne se qua for your front door? Try this nickel plated, cast zinc door knocker.

Mounting hardware is included.
Free shipping

Size: 7.5″ H x 4″ W x 2″ D

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Availability: Buy Bam Bam Door Knocker here