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Best designs from SaloneSatellite 2016

Running alongside the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (aka Milan Design Week 2016), the SaloneSatellite has celebrated its 19th edition. This special event showcased innovative projects from young designers from around the world, with a special emphasis on new materials. Showcasing the work of 650 emerging young designers under the age of 35, this year's event was filled with designs made from innovative materials that paid homage to classical materials, such as wood, plastic, glass, metal, fabric and marble.Read More

Hanging garden puts nature in the frame

Few works of art are as beautiful as nature, so why not frame nature and hang it on your wall at home? That's the premise behind the Wall Garden, a new aeroponic planter that is designed to hang like a picture and grow herbs, flowers and vegetables.Read More

Portable decanter deftly preserves wine with airtight insert

Either alone or with company, those able to polish off a bottle every few days probably don't give wine freshness too much extra thought. It's the drinkers who prefer to enjoy a glass or two a week that must carefully consider when to pop a new cork. The Wine Squirrel decanter is designed with an inflatable sealing mechanism that helps to maintain taste and eliminate wasted wine.Read More

SeeNote drags the sticky note into the digital age

Considering the number of connected devices popping up around the home, it's surprising no-one has tried to reinvent the sticky note until now. The SeeNote has a compact, front-lit ePaper display and gives you reminders based on live traffic information, provides access to a range of smart-home features and, of course, lets you leave notes for your housemates. Read More


In style: Highlights from Milan Design Week 2016

Sprawling over 204,850 m2 (2.2 million ft2) of the Rho Milan Fairgrounds in Italy, the 55th Salone Internazionale Del Mobile (aka Milan Design Week) this year showcased the latest home-furnishing designs of more than 2,400 exhibitors from Italy and around the globe. The huge range of products on display combined quality craftsmanship with technology and innovative solutions for a diverse range of spaces and lifestyles. After wandering through the maze of design houses amid the staggering 372,151 total attendees, we've put together a photo gallery of the highlights.Read More

Window-mounted air conditioning with a view

With record-breaking temperatures looming ahead like rippling walls of heat from sun-baked asphalt, it behooves one to check that air conditioning units are in proper working condition ahead of time. For those considering an upgrade, Philadelphia-based Likuma Labs has unveiled a new product that addresses the frustrations experienced with many window air conditioners. Noria is designed to be smaller, lighter, and quieter, while offering full-room circulation and smart connectivity.Read More


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