There was a couple of stand out items at the show this year that I really thought deserved their own post. They really struck me because they all worked on a number of different levels; really ‘smart’ concepts that integrated great design with creativity and function. Functional design is becoming huge and these are three very different but very cool examples. Check them out.
I loved this first idea. This takes the very utilitarian walkway, something we all take for granted and builds in an element of reflexology. This idea is amazing! This is so easy to build into a walkway, patio, driveway or yard in your own home. A quick DIY, it uses different sizes and textures of patio stones that you walk over in your bare feet, stimulating different acupuncture and reflexology points. It makes a great feature element in any outdoor area. Popular in Asia, you would not believe how incredible you will feel after walking over these.
Another great item we came across was this crazy cool Scandinavian outdoor grill house. Yup that’s what I said, a grill house! The perfect place to congregate and socialize while you grill up some fresh food. Apparently these are big in Scandinavia and have been recently introduced to North America.
The structures are fairly small (they can sit 6-12 pple depending on size) but packed with intelligent and thoughtful design.
This one comes installed, with it’s own grill, adjustable hood, pivoting griddles, fish boards and all accessories; dinnerware, flatware and pelts. Keep an eye out for these babies.
Lastly, here is a furniture demo our friend Michael at casalife walked us through. This is a seriously gorgeous piece of furniture which is so functional and versatile. Inspired by some designs originally developed for the military, the modular options allow you to customize based on your needs. This one is a bed to desk conversion, but there are a slew of others. This solves the guest room you only use twice a year dilemma. It comes in various finishes and with different accessories; lighting, technology accessories, a tv, wow!