Homes are places where function and fashion must coexist. That’s why we’re so excited to deviate from our usual home-focused headline roundup this week and tell you about some nifty things for the home that we’ve recently come across. Get ready to experience a serious shopping itch.
Looking for fabulous furnishings that will make all of your guests envious? Check out Zurich-based design studio Zalaba Design. This family business has been in the design arena for more than 30 years, and now a member of the third generation of the family, Ginger Zalaba, is taking the reigns and kicking things off with her first furniture assemblage, the Otto Kolb furniture collection, in honor of her grandfather. We spoke to some Zalaba representatives at the Fuori Salone exhibitions in Milan, and fell in love with the uber-comfortable Kolb chair, which features oh-so-soft leather along with a bit of the studio’s signature mid-century inspiration.
And while you’re checking out unique things for your home, pop by Kickstarter and take a look at Tableau, by Amsterdam-based greenery lovers Pikaplant. Industrial designers Daniel Sutjahjo and Joost van Uden are behind Pikaplant, and they know how tough it is to remember to water those houseplants you love so much. They’re seeking funding for Tableau, a super chic automatic plant watering tray that mimics nature to deliver optimal moisture to houseplants in an eco-friendly way. Check out the video on their Kickstarter page, then try to tell us you don’t want one (but hurry, you’ve only got a little more than 20 days to help fund the future of plant watering).
Speaking of eco-friendliness and futuristic house accessories, have you heard about the Powerwall from Tesla (yes, the same company that makes super cool cars)? Famous energy dude Elon Musk details how the sleek rechargeable lithium-ion home battery works in a YouTube video that’s already nearing 2 million views and has more than 2,100 comments. According to Tesla’s press page, the world currently consumes 20 trillion kWh of energy each year, and the Tesla Powerwall is “designed to store energy at a residential level for load shifting, backup power and self-consumption of solar power generation.” The Powerwall will be available for delivery beginning late this summer, and runs from $3,000 to $3,500 (and yes, you’ll need a pro to install it).
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