With the exception of this week’s major snowstorm, it has been a pretty mild winter. And while we appreciate the respite in the context of last year’s seemingly endless snow season, we still aren’t out playing in the dirt or taking those long, out-of-doors hikes through our backwoods like we do in summer. These days are largely reserved for catching up on indoor stuff.
Well, that got us thinking: what if we could bring a little of the outdoors in? We started poking around the interweb and found a collection of super-cool housewares to do that. Enjoy!
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
The team at Rustik fell in love with OGE CreativeGroup’s Giant Birdsnest. We want one desperately – a small one and a big one – for our offices. We can’t think of a cooler way to hold staff meetings or catch up on our reading.
What do you get when you cross a hibernating bear with a comfy bean bag chair? You get this super-cool Big Sleeping Grizzly Bear Bean Bag from the folks at ChicSinDesignCo.
Go ahead and sit on it, cuddle up to it or use it as a backrest. This is one bear that won’t mind a bit.
In Atlantic Canada, barnacles can be pesky things. They form on the bottom of boats and on pilings of docks and cribwork. But, as the inspiration for a porcelain vase, like this one from Uncommon Goods, they’re a lot more beautiful than you might think. And in this form, totally usable, too.
Transform that old, boring, burnt almond-coloured refrigerator in your kitchen into your dream vacation or nature escape. How about Paris by moonlight? Or some rugged North Atlantic coast and lighthouse (might even be Peggy’s Cove!) Or the turquoise waters of the Caribbean? The folks at Kudu can help.
FRESH FISH TO FINISHED LAMP
A lot of people decorate their homes with the ‘sea shanty’ motif. You know: weathered rowboat oars hanging on the wall; brightly-coloured antique bouys from lobster traps; wooden models of old sailboats. It can be all a bit too cutesy.
Still, you like the sea. And you want something unique, super-cool and completely sustainable. No problem – check out this dried, fish-skin pendant lamp from Uggi Lights. No one else will have it and it’s the perfect cutesy antidote.
Too often, people neglect thinking about the trees that gave of themselves so freely to build furniture, or construct homes, or become floors. But the Tree Shadow Chair from designer Christopher Duffy won’t let you forget. It’s actually made from powder-coated steel, with a thin skin of sustainably-sourced walnut veneer, and a trailing felt ‘tree’ rug. It’s a great statement and a great reminder, too.
This oddly named Aster Papposus frameless sofa is what a giant octopus would look like if it were a sofa. We love it – it looks so comfy and enveloping.
Now, there are folks out there – personally, we don’t know them – who are part of the 1 per cent. You know, those multi-gazillionaires for whom purchasing this would be an impulse buy. At more than $75,000 USD, however, it won’t be in our budget. Ever. Still, we appreciate the aesthetic and could imagine seeing it in a high-end boutique hotel or exclusive spa… yes, probably for the 1 per cent.
SLEEPING IN THE POOL
The geniuses at Snurk (their slogan: “for horizontal living”) in the Netherlands combined two things we love to do: swim and sleep. The result is called Pool – a set of bedsheets that mimics the exact look of a swimming pool. Go ahead and take a deep dive into the shallow or deep end, then curl up for a great night’s rest. Lifeguard not included.
Those clever Dutch have done it again.
It’s a boat. No, it’s a bathtub.
Actually, it’s both. Designer Wieki Somers designed and built 30 examples of the Bath Boat back in 2005 from oak and cedar. The staff at Rustik can’t think of a more inspiring and clever mashup for the boat builders in Atlantic Canada. Lunenburg Dory bathtub, anyone?
There are lots of beaches around the Maritimes with a host of large and small rocks, rendered smooth from the relentless tides and movement of sand and water. One thing they are not, however, is comfortable to sit on. They’re hard. And they’re cold.
South African textile designer, Ronel Jordaan, came up with a solution. The lovely boulders she makes are hand constructed of fine merino wool felt with either a 100 per cent polyester stuffing, or wool, if desired. We don’t know if (like our Octopus sofa above) they are intended for the 1 per cent, but we suspect they’re probably more affordable. Either way, they’re bespoke boulders you can sit on and enjoy around the house.