Samsung’s Serif is one unconventional TV design that stood out from the spartan slim-framed black rectangles we’re used to. Now the Samsung The Frame television is another. While most sets strive for thin or nigh-nonexistent bezels, The Frame embraces its, well, frame, to look more like a work of art, and adds to this with an “Art Mode” that displays custom-designed art to liven up your living room. It also boasts Samsung’s Invisible Connection (a thin, partially transparent cable that separates the TV and its inputs/power) and No Gap Wall mount so you can hang it nearly flush with the wall just about anywhere without cables mussing up the view.
Coming sometime in spring. Read more of Samsung’s press release here – $TBA
Shinola’s Runwell moniker is having a good run: it’s a watch, a turntable, and now a series of clocks. Realized in collaboration with General Electric, the Shinola Runwell Clock looks not unlike an oversized version of their wrist-candy, with an all-metal polished chrome case and domed glass over the luminescent hands. They’ll sell you a gorgeous handcrafted oak clock stand for setting the piece in sight, though an opening along the back makes wall-hanging possible as well. Comes with matte black, white, or navy dials, or as an all-black variant that trades a bit of readability for a very unique style.
Learn more at Shinola – $395+
You don’t need a ton of counter space to stash your ever growing spirit collection. Sean Woolsey Studio’s Libation Station mounted to a wall will take care of that. This circular shelving system is built of powder-coated high-grade aluminum and offers four high compartments for taller bottles, several slots for wine bottles and/or glasses, and a oil-finished slide-out walnut drawer on which to prepare drinks. Compact it may be but it’s got room for up to 45 bottles total, including wine, making it an elegant choice for bolstering your home’s compact bar.
Learn more at Sean Woolsey Studio – $1,250
Tanner Goods is synonymous with quality leather goods. But they’ve been distinguishing themselves from traditional brands in other categories of late, and Tanner Goods’ Tekio Modular Shelving is just another fine example of this. These USA-made storage systems are crafted of quality hardwoods, steel, and aluminum, fitting nicely into modern spaces such as a home, office, or even retail shop. They ship flat packed and build up easily like would ubiquitous Swedish wares. Once the extruded aluminum frame is set up the shelves and cabinets can be moved up and down and configured as needed for the job at hand. And as your space grows and changes so can the system, combining together with additional units to store more stuff and fill larger walls.
A new kind of collapsible chair, the Ollie combines a unique articulated aluminum body that’s contoured with a flexible slatted wood tambour to form a chair resembling a small bench of sorts. Ollie unfurls from its 2.25-inch thin folded form to a full-sized, comfortable chair in an instant, and collapses back down with a pull of the handle and string on its back, eliminating the slight hassle of folding and making it straightforward to store or even hang on a wall. Its tambour defaults to plain teak but can be customized with felt, distressed paint, or with WhIsBe’s Vandal Gummy Bear art in four colors. And perhaps best of all the chair doesn’t compromise on ergonomics despite its foldability, with a lumbar-supporting contour that makes prolonged sitting, dare we say, pleasurable.
Find it at Kickstarter – $300
If you’re anything like us, you’re glued to a desk for an unhealthy amount of time each day. One fix is to find a job suited to your skill sets that won’t have you working on a computer most of the day. Good luck with that. A less drastic solution is the standing desk, and Flexispot sent over one of their best-selling Standing Desk Risers (to be placed on top of your existing, non-standing desk) for us play and work with. As of this writing four sizes (27-inch, 35-inch, 41-inch, and 47-inch widths) accommodate different-sized desks and setups, though we got a 35-inch model that was ample big to fit our dual-screen rig. Read on for our full take.
The cells in your body (as well as virtually ever other living thing) store their blueprints in a double helix. So stashing your books in its image was inevitable. The appeal of the slender, steel DNA Bookcase is more than just aesthetic since this free-standing bookcase begs to be set in the middle of a room or beside a cozy reading spot without having to be placed against a wall like most traditional units. With 13 shelves on each side it’ll hold a fair bit of books, though it looks best when completely filled so better put some time aside for reading.
They may not be as lively as goldfish but jellyfish are nicer to look at, and the JellyTank Jellyfish Aquarium houses a few in your very home. Despite its clean looks the acrylic tank features a safely concealed pump to simulate water flow in their natural environment, a mechanical/biological filtration system to keep the water fresh for your delicate, translucent friends, and an RGB LED that can be set to any color. All you’ll need to do is feed them once a day — or twice, to increase their size — and replace a fifth of the water weekly.
Find it in black and white at Kickstarter – $175