From the makers of PancakeBot comes a creation that’s just as inventive: the Sobro Coffee Table Cooler. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a tempered glass-topped coffee table with a refrigerated drawer. This completely eliminates the need to get up to grab another brew or soda or brick of cheese while watching your programs — handy, considering Netflix doesn’t have commercials. Otherwise features include integrated Bluetooth speakers, two USB charge ports to keep your tablets and phones fuelled up, underside LED mood lights, and touch controls integrated right into the glass up top to control it all.
Find it at Indiegogo – $500
The name is particularly self explanatory but it’s worth delving into a bit of detail nonetheless. Anodized Aluminum Engraved Blueprint Art puts highly detailed blueprints, drawn digitally and perfected by the company’s two owners, onto large plates of anodized 5251 aluminum by way of a laser engraver. The aluminum sheet come in your choice of three colors including black (shown), blue, and red, and they give you a carte blanche to pick the model, make and year of the automobile, plane, ship, helicopter, or firearm you’d like on yours. If you’re so inclined they’ll even include custom tidbits of information alongside the art, like a particular VIN number or other miscellaneous specs, making these truly custom pieces of wall art worth of a highly prominently spot on your walls.
Gaudy holiday decorations not doing it for you? Pantone Christmas Ornaments by Italian designer Seletti puts the brand’s unique colors on a classic ball ornament, the top half dipped in color — with a matching hook and cap — and the bottom half white, bearing Pantone’s logo as well as the color’s number in case you’d like to buy a can or two of the matching paint. Each handmade glass ball is about 3-inches in diameter and work as well on a tree as in a large bowl.
Hoerboard’s Com.Four is about as minimal as DJ Table’s come. The retro-styled piece of furniture combines an upper surface that integrates flush-fitting DJ equipment (not included) with three compartments good for storing a solid vinyl collection of about 350 records. Its inserts can be swapped out with one that accommodates CD players instead, and other accessories can be added to the Com.Four including a sleek laptop clip and chrome speaker stands to make more room for your sound system. Comes in either Night Black or Traffic White.
Find it at Hoerboard – roughly $1,975
Cameras are attached to everything and just about everybody is snap-happy. This results in a deluge of digital photos, the most of which you’ll likely never print and nor revisit. And that’s exactly what the Aura Smart Picture Frame addresses. You won’t ever need to physically load it with photos: Aura instead pulls them from a photo album that you’ve synced with its app, updating automatically and curating photos by filtering out duplicates and the like to show your best work (it needs to be said that nudity detection blocks potentially embarrassing photos from ever being displayed). It’s otherwise got an ultra-high density 2048×1536 display, auto-dimming, and no buttons to speak of — skipping to the next photo takes just a wave of your hand.
Find it at Amazon – $400
Fabian Oefner’s three Disintegrating Car Prints made quite a splash for its originality back in 2013. He’s back with five more cars, exploded as with the first series, with Disintegrating Part II. And no, they’re not computer-generated: each image was instead created over a painstaking two month period by photographing individual components, piece by piece, at specific angles to imaginatively represent what the car’s insides would look like caught on camera should beautifully explode out. Automobiles in the second series include, in order in our slider, a 1982 Porsche 956, a 1936 Auto Union Type C, a Ford GT40 from 1969, a Bugatti 57 SC, and a 1957 Maserati 250F, available in limited edition prints at 55″ by 27.5″ or 90.5″ by 45.25″ starting at the price listed below. Or you can download the high res images here, which make great desktop backgrounds.
It’s not as static as a print, nor is it as overly bright and glossy as a modern television screen. Instead, the Electric Objects EO1 is perfectly suited to displaying art — and lots of it. The EO1 boasts a unique matte display with a viewing angle of about 179°, showing off images and GIFs (either your own, or found via Electric Objects’ Art Club) set using a matching iOS or Android app at a 1080×1920 resolution. It’s got no speakers, audio output, or even buttons really, other than a single on switch, meaning a viewer can’t switch the art displayed any quicker than one could switch a framed painting — or at least not without the controlling smartphone. And since it only uses 35 watts of power while running (or about as much as a standard lightbulb) and boasts programmable sleep schedules to save energy when it wouldn’t be seen, for instance at night, operating one is cheap as well.
Learn more at Electric Objects – $300 (or $270, with 10% off using code gearhungry)
Got a good book list ready for the rest of the summer? If not, this one’s more likely to last you through to the fall, and maybe a couple more years after that. You’ll want to leave Pop Chart Lab’s 100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart in a glass-less frame, though, for full access to its scratchable gold foil partially covering the covers of the hundred classics included in the print. The books span 1605 to today and each hides a narrative-specific design element to be revealed when scratched. So get to it, those books aren’t going to read themselves.
Grab one at Pop Chart Lab – $35