Remember those clumsy timer plugs used for sprinklers, heaters, and thwarting would-be burglars by scheduling when the lights would go on? WeMo’s Mini Smart Plug is like those, only better in every possible way. The single-outlet plug simply sits between your appliance and the wall, and the WeMo app controls power delivery live from anywhere with internet access, whether at home or on the other side of the planet. Of course you can set up simple or complex schedules within the app too, protecting your home even better than old school mechanical timer plugs thanks to randomized power delivery to your lights, turning them on and off to make it look like somebody’s actually home. Since it’s slim two can be plugged into the same one outlet and it also takes voice commands to Alexa on your Amazon Echo for seamless control around the house without having to whip out your phone every time.
Grab one at Amazon – $35
Time is seemingly infinite, but most calendars and date-tracking apparatus aren’t, instead relegated to recycling once full. But as its name suggests the Perpetuum Calendar isn’t going to run out or wear down in any foreseeable future. Made of a minimal three parts, its sawtooth roof-inspired base — with month and day markings — is 3D-printed of a fabric-like plastic in either grey or jet black that almost looks like it’s made of concrete, and the two timepieces are plated with 14 karat gold. Of course you’ll need to move the timepieces yourself but maybe pulling your attention away from your computer for a few seconds every day isn’t so bad.
Find it at Othr – $510
Think of Milwaukee’s M18 Compact Vacuum like your typical handheld vacuum, only one that won’t clog up or fail when sucking up fine drywall dust, sawdust, and other waste created on the job site. The M18 boasts a high performance motor that nabs it best in class suction at 40 cubic feet per minute and couples this to a removable HEPA filter to ensure you’re not blowing fine particulate matter back into the air. It’s also powered by the same batteries as Milwaukee’s other M18 tools, lasting up to 43 minutes on a charge with the bigger High Demand 9.0 battery pack, and includes a variety of accessories like a crevice tool to reach tight spaces and extension wands to elongate the vacuum into a full-sized handheld.
Find it at Milwaukee – $150
Lounging around on the sofa isn’t truly lazy if you need to reach far and grab your drink off of a side table or, worse, the floor, every time you want a sip. The CouchCoaster guarantees you won’t need to — and also that the drink in question won’t accidentally spill while resting someplace on the uneven sofa surface — by adding a cup holder to the arms of your couch, regardless of their shape. It does this by using silicone “wings” with weighted ends that add stability and that won’t slip much on fabric. An included adapter fits smaller drinks like narrow glasses or aluminum cans while a cutout on the silicone accommodates mugs with handles, too.
Find it at The Grommet – $20
Timeless and gravity defying, the Roche Bobois Furtif Desk is a magnet for flattering adjectives, though we’re fairly certain its price isn’t. Conceived by acclaimed French designer Daniel Rode, the desk’s cantilevered form is far more stable than it looks and can handle anything a four-legged desk could. Though somewhat voluminous the Furtif makes use of its hollow structure with a cable hole that lets your wires pass through the desk itself on their way to a surge protector, cleaning up your setup. Available in two sizes and fifteen lacquered colors or with an oak Alpi veneer.
Some garbage cans open when you wave a hand above the lid. The upcoming Simplehuman Voice Control Sensor Can does even better, opening up with the words Open Can or Open Sesame. The stainless steel garbage bin also has an infrared sensor near its lid so you can wave to open if you’d prefer but when your hands are occupied words are more natural. Tell it to close and it will oblige; tell it to stay open and it’ll do that, too. It helps that the bin is super sleek and runs (i.e. opens and closes) whisper quietly at just 52 dB, though with Simplehuman’s record so far — and this can’s price — we’d expect nothing but the best.
Available mid-March. Until then check out Simplehuman – $180+
If your idea of cozy is sleeping in a small closed-off space, you’ll fully appreciate the Privacy Pop Bed Tent. As you’d expect it’s basically a tent that fits your mattress and sits on most traditional bed frames, providing an oasis of privacy while also reducing ambient light. Openings on either side fitted with double-sided zippers make getting in and out (and even letting in more light) easy and two zippable mesh windows, at the head and foot of the tent, provide airflow if it’s getting stuffy in there. Available for a range of mattress sizes and in a range of colors — not to mention a Bug Tent version.
Pick one up at Amazon – $130 to $160
Nothing says manly like liquor and smoke. Northern Lights’ Whiskey & Tobacco Candle sets aside the flowery scents normally associated with candles and instead delves into something that’s closer to a cigar lounge, albeit subtler and without the unwelcome stench. The 5 ounce candle also comes in a handsome tinted glass jar topped with a large natural cork that burns for a total of 35 hours. Probably best enjoyed with a drink and a lit cigar in hand.
Find it at Amazon – $14