The Douwes Pendant&Socket Proves Sockets Don’t Have to Be Hidden

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The Douwes Pendant&Socket is designed to offer light and electricity over a kitchen table or desk while proving that sockets don’t have to be unattractive. Designed by Studio Lotte Douwes for Menu, the pair (available separately as the Pendant Lamp and Socket) is crafted from sustainably-produced, light grey porcelain that’s minimalist and neutral enough to work in just about any setting that’s in need of overhead light and/or a convenient place to plug-in. With the popularity of open workspaces these days, they’d work great hung above a long co-working table alternating between the two to provide both light and a place to charge laptops. With freestanding desks and even kitchen tables, outlets aren’t readily available making it hard to plug things in. The Douwes Socket brings an attractive flexibility that helps to enhance your work or personal life with additional freedom.
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2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover

2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover To be honest, when I was asked to compile a tech gift guide for the holidays, I felt a little hesitant. Despite being Design Milk’s technology editor and enjoying the role of investigating the latest digital and data designs, I don’t really permit very many devices into my own home (review devices live a migratory nature here). Or maybe it’s more accurate to say I’m apt to only accept technologies which I can seamlessly incorporate into the home, always asking first whether the device, appliance, or accessory will truly benefit my everyday life. I often discover only a select few are sine qua non, as solution and/or design. Here are a few devices which are on my personal wish list, either for one day soon or for one day “in your dreams, dude”… 2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover in technology main home furnishings Category Samsung UHD 4K HU9000 Series Curved Smart TV \ $3800
Once I calibrated the set for our living room, this 4K completely reset my expectations of what a home television’s picture quality should look like, regardless of source run through it. Admittedly the curved display itself proved neither distracting nor necessarily beneficiary (I’d say there’s an ever so slight immersive sensation with certain programming), but the set’s sleek design is satisfyingly minimalist and modern, blending into the home rather than imposing itself even in a small apartment like mine (well, until it’s turned on). 2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover in technology main home furnishings Category Oon Power Outlet \ $79
I hate visible cables and wires, but this strip outlet’s playful electronics-meets-Memphis-Group aesthetic offsets my distaste enough I could actually envision displaying this prominently where I need to plug-in regularly. A true embodiment of plug-and-play design. 2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover in technology main home furnishings Category PETLY \ ¥31,860
As any pet owner well knows well, accessories for our furry friends tend to lean toward garish and cheap. It’s great to see a home automation device in the pet category with more sophisticated industrial design befitting of a modern home. 2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover in technology main home furnishings Category Lomo’Instant Sanremo \ $139
It might be perplexing I’m including a non-digital camera amongst my tech picks, but a recent birthday shindig reminded me instant film cameras still exhibit an undeniable gravitational pull in social settings, and this Lomo’Instant Sanremo Camera shares some of the customizable features of a mirrorless camera with the aesthetic of a vintage Leica… 2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover in technology main home furnishings Category Nikon 1 J4 \ $500
…but, if I were to recommend a travel digital camera for the everyday person, I’d recommend the J4 due to it’s scaled-down design and interface, alongside the compact and lightweight aluminum and magnesium alloy construction able to withstand travel use. The camera has a slew of features, but it’s one of those devices designed to be pulled out at a moment’s notice and used without fuss and worry…there’s something admirable about uncomplicated tools, digital or otherwise. 2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover in technology main home furnishings Category Bob Grillson 2014 Premium \ $4990
Smoker, grill, pizza oven, AND it looks like no other outdoor barbecue grill. Oh, and one more thing: you can control it using your smartphone. Ridiculous. 2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover in technology main home furnishings Category Adobe Ink & Slide \ $200
There’s always been valid criticism that the iPad is primarily a consumption device, which admittedly rings true in my life. Jaime’s time with the pressure sensitive pen and digital ruler combo convinced me creatives have yet to tap into all the things we can do untethered from our laptops. 2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover in technology main home furnishings Category Microsoft Band \ $200
Pardon the pun, but I’ve been watching the emerging smartphone category pretty closely, hoping to find a wearable device which straddles the fitness realm with my info/data serving needs. The band is probably the closest wearable I can imagine wearing all day as a runner and someone who would benefit from keeping his phone put away, but also have email and calendar alerts there at a glance. 2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover in technology main home furnishings Category HAY Computer Brush \ $54
I’m a bit of a neat freak, but I also find myself eating from my desk more often than I’d want to admit. A brush like this would get all the little crumbs, dust, human and pet hair, and unidentifiable particles out in a few sweeps. 2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover in technology main home furnishings Category HiRise Deluxe for iPhone & iPad \ $35
TwelveSouth’s newest desktop dock for the iPhone and iPad mini is all about the small details, the sum of many satisfying parts: a machined dial for securing devices to spec with or without a case, the subtle chamfer edges running all along the base (the spirit of Jobs approves!), and even an integrated MFi-certified Lightning cable. It’s also an ergonomic design, elevating the phone to eye level; when notifications pop up, you’ll only have to glance across, and not downward, converting the iPhone into a miniature secondary display.






MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces

MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces It’s ironic something so old as the power outlet has become so important…a necessity…in this era of digital devices. But how many of us are regularly caught crouching, reaching under or around furniture (especially bedside), or crawling around to find a free outlet? Our devices have evolved, but the design of power outlets is now only beginning to change to match the needs of our continual plug+charge habits. MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces in technology main Category The MOS Reach is an evolutionary upgrade to the traditional wall outlet, an extension outlet with flexible placement capability, and a design recognizing “how” and “where” we reach to recharge digital devices can be cumbersome. Specifically, the Reach is designed to be used with hard to reach outlets hidden in tight quarters behind couches, desks, entertainment centers, nightstands, and other larger pieces of furniture. MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces in technology main Category A slim 90 degree angle power plug reduces the protrusion from the outlet, and the option to place the MOS Reach on both flat and vertical surfaces using either AirStick micro-suction tape or removable adhesive tape makes the design seem ideal for nightstand duty, a place where many of us leave our phones to charge overnight. A hidden, but ingenious cable cluttering busting feature: the inclusion of Neodymium magnets inside the Reach’s outlet casing, which means users can neatly magnetically stick USB and Lightning cables while unplugged instead of fallen onto the floor. The compact and fairly unobtrusive design offers a single 3-prong electrical outlet with the addition of two USB 5V 3.1A ports capable of charging an iPad. Though not a replacement for a true surge protector, the Reach does offer a modest 175 Joule surge protection, and the 3-foot power cable means it can extend over and around corners both at home and for travel needs (imagine, one airport electrical outlet turns into two USB ports to share and one for the laptop). MOS designer Andrew Adams also notes their team made the more expensive decision to encase the Reach using ABS/Polycarbonate combination for the head unit — the same polymer most commonly used in the automobile industry – for both durability and feel. MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces in technology main Category MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces in technology main Category The MOS Reach will be available for $25 for early bird Kickstarter investors, in either black or white finish, then eventually offered for $30 once production ramps up with full funding. Further details of the project available here.






oon: A Modern & Logical Update to the Power Strip

oon: A Modern & Logical Update to the Power Strip Those old plastic and metal power strips haven’t changed design since they first came out – they’re still those unsightly long, solid strips you see on everyone’s floors. Los Angeles-based OKUM, headed by furniture designer David Okum, designed oon, a new type of multi-outlet power cord that merges function with a smart design. oon: A Modern & Logical Update to the Power Strip in technology main Category Three electrical outlets are fitted within wooden blocks that are strung on a cloth cord and separated by wooden balls. The best part about it is that because it’s on a cord, the oon can bend and flex around different situations, like furniture. Besides looking a thousand times better than power strips, the oon has plenty of space for those large adaptors to fit without wasting a nearby outlet. oon: A Modern & Logical Update to the Power Strip in technology main Category oon: A Modern & Logical Update to the Power Strip in technology main Category oon: A Modern & Logical Update to the Power Strip in technology main Category