GPS Shoes; no place like home

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Like Dorothy, from Wizard of Oz, all you have to do is click these shoes to go home. Even better, this pair will guide you to any given destination in the world, isn’t that amazing?

The left shoe points in the desired direction, the right shoe acts as a progress bar to show how close you are to the destination. But first you have to upload that place to the shoes with a piece of mapping software and a USB. The GPS is embedded in the heel and activated by (here it comes;-)) a heel click!! You can check out which way you need to go by looking at the direction of the LED lights. Check out this clip to see how it works. I love it;-)

Dominic Wilcox has created this fully functional prototype pair of shoes as a commission for the Global Footprint project in Northhamptonshire, a place traditionally famous for it’s shoe making industry. He called it: No place like home;-)

Coffee Mug Iron

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Ahhh… ironing a shirt, isn’t that one of the worst things you can imagine to do in the morning;-)? I hate it when I have an early meeting and need to fix up a blouse before I can run off. With this coffee mug iron it’s probably a bit more bearable.

In simple terms, the heat from your hot coffee-filled mug can be used to iron out a few creases of your shirt. I just love the idea and design, this is the perfect iron for me;-). Thanks Studio Lebedev!

Light

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“Light is the most mesmerizing metaphor in human civilization. It is about the joy of truth, benevolence, enlightenment as well ass the epiphany of wisdom and talent. This is also about the things that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Light does not exist in a tangible, material world. It is a beacon guiding the relentless pursuit of meaning.” – Quote Paper museum Taipei

These cool jellyfish lamps (Medusae collection) are designed by Roxy Russel

Sharpening this pencil produces rainbows

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I really like to browse through Kickstarter projects… you find gems like this; Duncan Shotton’s Rainbow-pencil. The Tokyo based designer came up with a pencil dat makes rainbows when you sharpen it. Each pencil has a 6-layer rainbow core of recycled paper. I love the way in which waste is transformed into the most beautiful part of this product… the little rainbows you make each time you sharpen the pencil. Something to encourage a depressed co-worker with;-)

The World Around Your Finger

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When I see Clive Roddy’s work, I wish I could choose a wedding ring all over again. I would probably hand-pick a combination of his awesome wooden rings! Don’t you think they are just the perfect symbol of ‘building a life together’;-)? You can purchase them here. (via thisiscolossal.com)

Tandem Umbrella

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We had a hugh rainstorm in Hong Kong yesterday. Which alway reminds me of rainy cosy, snug afternoons in the Netherlands. And THAT got me thinking about this photo (I knew I still had somewhere) of the tandem Umbrella. An umbrella for the inseparable;-). Great idea of Marc Owens and Jasmine Raznahan.

Blueberries in blisterpack

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These products made me look twice;-). Chinese designer Daizi Zheng created a range of healthy snacks, packaged to look like drugs and junk food. The project is called Stereotype, and it includes carrot sticks packaged like cigarettes, blueberries in a blister pack and celery sticks in a french fry carton.

Can clever packaging design encourage people to rethink their relationship with healthy food and gain a balanced diet? I’m not sure if this is the way to go (too much waste materials after eating) but I do like the attempt.

Grass Flip Flops

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Summer in the city is not always ideal. The heat, the smells, the smog… but this footwear can make you forget, you’re stuck in urban surroundings. It features fake turf stitched into flip flop soles, so owners get the same sensation as strolling barefoot on a freshly mowed lawn! Nice!!

I’m not at all surprised that KUSA (the brand behind these grassy flip flops) is Australian. Because one of the funny things I recall from my trip to Perth, is that people sometimes just walked barefoot in supermarkets or shopping mall;-) Loved this down-to-earth-ness!

And… so you know: customers have been advised not to mow the grass inside to avoid damaging the product;-).