Written by Katie on June 7, 2010. Permalink
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Better Living Through Design ™ — Your Design Guide to Home & Style.
Written by Katie on June 7, 2010. Permalink
Written by Katie on June 4, 2010. Permalink
How much do you want this tiny (super-cute) little speaker for your iPod or MP3 player? It has a rechargeable internal Lithium Polymer battery (with a USB connector) and a standard 35mm jack to connect to your audio source. There’s a telescoping antenna so you can listen to FM radio as well.
Made of apricot wood.
Written by Simon on May 30, 2010. Permalink
Devoid of any embellishment, the Tarpaulin Dry Dopp Kit is a rugged, waterproof toiletries bag in a simple and straightforward package, guranteed to take years of travel abuse.
Material: Industrial grade tarpaulin
Dimensions: 9.75″ x 5.75″ x 4″
Written by Simon on May 27, 2010. Permalink
Make from 100% recycled leather, Re-fill is a practical and stylish collection of small leather goods hand-crafted in Italy. Choose from wallet, credit card holder, or key case. I’d love to see these in person because from the picture it totally looks like felt.
Purchase Information:Price: €60.00
Written by Katie on May 26, 2010. Permalink
Written by Katie on May 24, 2010. Permalink
Utilitarian materials and a simple design set this sleeve apart from the pack. At first the no-zipper worried me a little, but upon further inspection the elastic bands seem to do the job just fine. It’s really the materials that stand out though- asphalt grey felt with a large vegetable-tanned leather pocket give a natural feel, which is a nice balance to the device they protect.
Also check out their other various cases at hardgraft.com, especially their iPad Case (59.00 EUR) and Phone Case (45.00 EUR). (I’m also sort of considering buying their kindle case, as most I’ve seen online are sort of boring.)
Purchase Information:Price: €79.00
Written by Troy on May 19, 2010. Permalink
Actually, it’s just the little pomegranate-colored thing plugged into the dock connector. And that combined with the free app turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a sleek little universal remote. The system is completely customizable to feature as many or as few buttons as you’d like (up to 100,000) and has the brain power to replace up to 1,000 individual remotes: TV, cable, DVR, etc.
Written by Katie on May 18, 2010. Permalink
You probably recognize this text from all the plastic bags you’ve seen it on, right? Well, now you can thank yourself for shopping each and every time you use this reusable tote. For anyone that is die-hard enough to care, the design is copied exactly as the original (the last “s” is upside down).
Made in the USA of natural organic Grade A canvas
16.5″ x 16.”
Written by Katie on May 14, 2010. Permalink
Okay, now that this thing is actually available for sale, I’m curious as to how well it works. Anyone know? It sounds almost too good to be true. It’s made from BPA-free recycled plastic (so it’s also recyclable) and has a carbon-based filter which lasts about the equivalent of 300 water bottles. There’s six different filter colors to choose from too.
Designer: Karim Rashid
Bottle comes with a single filter. Filter lasts for 50 gallons/300 bottles.
(Replacement filters are $7.00)
Purchase Information:Price: $10.00
Written by Katie on May 12, 2010. Permalink
Written by Katie on May 11, 2010. Permalink
Lovely simple watch from Uniform Wares with a 4 year battery life and precision Japanese quartz movement.
Available in 4 different colours.
Purchase Information:Price: $130.00
Written by Katie on May 10, 2010. Permalink
We’ve posted laptop sleeve envelope lookalikes before (see Undercover and Interoffice sleeves) but this leather version takes it up a notch. It certainly has a finer look to it than the previous noted sleeves, and will be a nod to the manila envelope without being mistaken for one. Call me crazy, but I almost prefer the other ones simply because they are more ‘undercover’ and affordable.
Small will fit the MacBook 13″ or MacBook Air, while Large fits the MacBook Pro 15″.
Designer: Shuk Yee
Purchase Information:Price: $149.00
Written by Katie on May 7, 2010. Permalink
This keychain fits four tools in one: Phillips Screwdriver #2, Flathead Screwdriver #2, 1/4 Hex. Nut Driver, and a Bottle Pop-Top Opener. Handy, right?
Material: Zinc Alloy (Body) & Tool Steel (Bit)
Size: 7/16″ x 1 3/8” x 1 7/8”
Purchase Information:Price: $4.95
Written by Katie on May 6, 2010. Permalink
MoMA Store’s new Destination Portugal collection has a quite a few gems, one of which is this tote made from recycled Portuguese milk cartons. (The silver finish comes from the milk containers’ interiors, just in case you were wondering.)
17h x 22″l
Purchase Information:Price: $48.00
Written by Katie on May 5, 2010. Permalink
If you’re wondering how this Paperwallet is different from the Mighty Wallet, you’re not alone. It’s made from Tyvek and is recyclable, same as the Mighty, but
fits just a tad more credit cards as it’s got has just a few extra pockets. Also, if you’re the solid-color type, there’s some saturated hues that you’ll like. (Mighty Wallet has solids, but they’re a little more on the pastel side.)
2 credit card slots, 2 contact card flaps ,2 easy access pockets & 1 cash compartment. Fits 12+ Credit Cards.
8 x 20 cm (open)
**Also, Paperwallet is offering 10% off any wallet for BLTD readers. Just enter “betterliving” in the coupon code box.
Purchase Information:Price: $14.99