Archive for the ‘wish i'd thought of that’ Category

postcarden by A Studio for Design

March 10, 2010

Designed by London designer Aimée Furnival of A Studio for Design, the postcarden is just awe-inspiring.  You simply open, grow, and admire.  I didn’t think anything can make pop-up cards better, I stand corrected.

via Dezeen


wish i’d thought of that – kitchen utensils

January 8, 2010

“The Elevate™ range of kitchen tools are designed to improve hygiene and minimize the mess made by placing mucky utensils onto kitchen surfaces.

An innovative weighted handle with an integrated tool rest ensures that when an Elevate™ utensil is placed down, the head is always raised off the work surface.

The Elevate™ range comprises of 6 essential tools, available individually or as a boxed gift set.”

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when a barcode is not just a barcode

November 11, 2009

Barcodes can be found on just about everything we buy today, and from what Hayley tells me, they are always a pain to incorporate into the packaging design.  Well, why not turn that eyesore into something of an eye candy.  Design Barcode has been doing this for years, mainly with Japanese clientele.  Designs start at $1,500 for a ready made design, plus a licensing fee of $200 per year.  A custom and exclusive design will cost you $4,000.  This might not be much for major retail products, but for things like limited-print-books, the pricing can be a bit steep.  Plus, I don’t think that it would be that hard to do.


via swissmiss

wish i’d thought of that – felt wine rack

November 3, 2009

Simple.  Elegant.  Felty.  What more could one ask for?

Hayley, this could me something that you can make from that sweater that I accidentally dried.


Supermarket via swissmiss

inspiration – Gama-Go

October 9, 2009

I’ve never heard of Gama-Go before, but instantly fell in love with their quirky products.  Some of my favourites are:



Cassette Tape Measure


wish i’d thought of that – ‘natural’ hangers

October 5, 2009

The simplicity and elegant of this makes me want to take a trip to the hardware store on the way to the woods.  I think in my version, I will try to strip the barks of.  Nothing is sexier then naked wood.

livtte la suissette via swissmiss


wish i’d thought of that – coffee cuff

September 25, 2009

I love coffee, and I love bent-ply, and Contexture Design’s Coffee Cuff is a hit on both fronts.  Too bad I can’t rock a cuff.  Hayley is not a hot-drink drinker or else she would be all over it.

Contexture Design via swissmiss



wish i’d thought of that – StairCASE

September 18, 2009

We were talking the other day about what to do around the staircase in our new house.  Hayley wants a bookcase of sort around the staircase while I wanted to keep it airy and open.  A simple google search for “staircase bookcase” shows up many great examples, including Danny Kuo‘s StairCASE.  Two things I would like to wish for: to have this in my home, and to have a home with a ceiling tall enough that this would be essential.


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wish i’d thought of that – split-ring-key

September 14, 2009

I was getting extra sets of keys for the new home cut the other day.  As I clumsily fumble through my key chain, I wished I had a better solution for my keys.  Scott Amron’s Split-Ring-Key is by far one of the best example of palm on forehead solutions I’ve seen for this.  At only $3.50, it’s a steal, the only catch is that it only comes in a couple of varieties at the moment, and you still have to get the keys cut to match your own.


wish i’d thought of that – sun jars

September 11, 2009

The urbanization of a very suburban product.

Ever want to capture the sun for your own use? “But Hai, that’s what solar lights are for!” You proclaim. Yes, but what if you want it to be pretty, or if you want your sun in a jar? Then, you can buy one for $40.00, or better yet, make your own with easy to follow instructions at Lifehacker or Indestructible. I am looking forward to making a bunch of these for our backyard.