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Good taste in kitchen bins

Posted by on 11/10/2016 to Interesting & Fun
Good taste in kitchen bins
We've been spotting more of our fab products on TV again!

Simplehuman stainless steel bins spotted on TV!

Posted by on 9/22/2016 to Interesting & Fun
As seen on TV: Simplehuman bin

Apparently TV program Great British Bake Off not only appreciates great baking, but also high quality Simplehuman kitchen bins!

Could you live in a house this size?

Posted by on 8/20/2013 to Interesting & Fun
Downsizing the size of your home can be a good choice at certain times of life or even a financial necessity at others, but is this taking it a little far or simply all you need for an ideal retirement pad? blog
Image © Kenneth K. Lam - Baltimore Sun - MCT (via

An American couple has decided that this mini house, which they purchased for the equivalent of approx. £12,500, will be ideal for moving across the US to a suitable location in the future and will meet their housing needs just fine in retirement. blog post
Image © Kenneth K. Lam - Baltimore Sun - MCT (via blog post
Image © Kenneth K. Lam - Baltimore Sun - MCT (via

It's cute but could you live in it as your permanent home? Let us know what you think?

Dining with no mobile phones - zip it tablecloth

Posted by on 7/24/2013 to Interesting & Fun
Mobile phones are an integral part of everyday life and it seems many of us are almost surgically attached to them! ;-)

But shouldn't the phones be put away during meals with friends & family so that we converse with and concentrate on each other?

This "Zip It Tablecloth" design idea (via could be one way to address that! Lol ;-)
dining with no mobile phones - blog post by
zip it tablecloth idea for dining without mobile phones - blog by
What do you think?

23 years of living in a 4x4 Merc!

Posted by on 8/16/2012 to Interesting & Fun
As you know, at we live, breath and love products that make our homes efficient and organised with a touch of style and design!

So, imagine our amazement when we learned that Gunther Holtorf has been living in his car for the last 23 years! We are not kidding! Not even sleeping in hotels or hostels.

We can't fathom how anyone could live and sleep in such a small space for all that time, but what is certain is that your storage would need to be super efficient, and well organised so that you could access what you need without having to unload the boot or the roofrack all the time.
Gunther Holtorf's 23-year road tripGunther Holtorf's 23-year road trip
Gunther Holtorf's 23-year road trip began back in 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell. Gunther and his late wife Christine set out on what was meant to be an 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G Wagen. Now, with more than 500,000 miles on the clock, Gunther is still going! The German former airline executive has travelled the equivalent of 20 times around the planet in the vehicle, which he calls Otto.
Gunther Holtorf's 23-year road tripGunther Holtorf's 23-year road trip
Recently in Vietnam, Canadian-born photographer David Lemke joined Gunther on one section of his epic journey.

All images subject to copyright. Photography by Gunther Holtorf and David Lemke.
Music by Fat Boy Slim, Tom Cochrane and KPM Music.
Slideshow production by Paul Kerley and Kate McGeown.

We all agree in the office that while we may not wish to live out of a vehicle for any length of time, the adventure looks amazing and we are awed by Gunther and Christine's courage and strength to live their lives exactly how they want to. :-)

The team

Art brings new life to Sao Paolo phone booths!

Posted by on 8/13/2012 to Interesting & Fun
Everyone in the office is suffering withdrawal symptoms following these last fabulous two weeks of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Now we must wait another four years for more wonderful, inspiring achievements by Team GB...and to enjoy the flamboyent, party atmosphere that the Brazil Rio games are promising.

If these artistic phone booths in São Paulo are anything to go by, then we should be in for some eye-catching treats!
Artistic phone box in Sao PaoloArty phone box in Sao Paolophone box transformed by art in Sao Paolo
Call Parade is a public art project in São Paulo sponsored by a Brazilian telecommunications company, which paired 100 artists with 100 on-street phone booths. The artists were given free rein to transform the phone hoods into anything imaginable. The exhibition has been extremely popular and Brazilian photographer Mariane Borgomani captured images of a number of the phones. (Via thisiscollosal)

View the gallery of all 100 phones.

Which phone booth is your favourite? team

Graffiti interior design in a French hotel room

Posted by on 3/2/2012 to Interesting & Fun
Here's an interior design experience to boggle your eyes on this fine Friday morning.

The Au Vieux Panier hotel in Marseille, France, has five rooms which it commissions artists and designers to redesign each year.

The room below entitled "Panic Room" (and we think you may just panic if you weren't expecting it) has been designed by graffiti artist Tilt. In this room, perfectly divided down the middle, we love the contrast between the crisp, stark, hotel white and the wild, colourful, intense graffiti.

graffiti interior design in a French hotel room

graffiti interior design in a French hotel room

graffiti interior design in a French hotel room

Photography by the Big Addict (via Colossal)

While staying in this room is unlikely to result in a peaceful night's sleep, it would probably be really good fun!

Would you stay here and why?

The team

If we had our own delivery lorry, it would probably look like this!

Posted by on 2/15/2012 to Interesting & Fun
It's a fun post today to share some great design skills that amazed and awed Laurent, our MD. Yep, this one is going to particularly appeal to boys who love toys.

Although the design subject has nothing to do with home interiors, the skill, thought and attention to detail that has gone into creating this remote controlled truck is simply stunning.

Paraphrasing the famous Carlsberg tagline, Laurent was heard to say, "If had its own delivery lorry, it would probably look like this"!

quarter-scale replica of an American truck by Luca Bordin
The truck is an exact, quarter-scale replica of a real American truck, a Peterbuilt 359. This remote-controlled machine was handbuilt in Italy by Luca Bordin.

Luca Bordin and his hand crafted American truck replica
The truck is the product of over 2,000 man hours of work on Luca's part, with most of the components specially created by hand. In total, the project took him nine months to complete.

Go on, who fancies a go with the remote control?

The team