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The floating pool lights Cocoon and Lotus by RMJ International both provide energy-efficient LED lighting to your swimming pool and garden. With wireless technology and the ability to float on water, the Cocoon offers a convenient way to see during an evening or late night swim. The light is waterproof so neither rain, snow or the swimming pool will stop it from shining. Its resilient structure is nearly indestructible, and it boasts a burning time of up to 25 hours, after being charged for approximately six hours. The Cocoon is also UV and chlorine resistant so there’s really nothing to worry about. And it looks just like an alien cocoon.

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The Wave wellness and relaxation lounge by (IFC) International Friends Corporate automatically relieves stress with its euphoric surroundings. The lounge welcomes and embraces its occupants with serene settings and an opportunity to escape to a world of beauty, comfort and pleasure. The set includes a low-table, a few chairs and three large screens, which create a peaceful, stress-free atmosphere with the soothing sounds of nature. The Wave Lounge can be installed in private homes so you can unload all your burdens on a daily basis. Just sit back, relax and watch the captivating images as they roll by on the large screens that provide a panoramic view of the various elements: water, fire, land and air. It’s like drifting from reality into a fantasy world where your enjoyment, relaxation and fondest desires are free from interruption. Tasty sweets and Japanese organic specialties are offered along with soft and sweet perfume fragrances to enhance your experience. Exchange your stress for continual peace with the Wave lounge.

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Enjoy automatic bath filling with the Multiplex Trio E temperature and water level controller by Viega - it lets you take a bath under the perfect conditions. This complex, yet easy to use automatic controller fills your bathtub with the push of a button. The Multiplex Trio E also enables you to precisely adjust the level and temperature of the water while conserving natural resources and providing serene comfort. Press the button, step into the tub and let the water overlay your body. The circular control button can be placed on the wall or the edge of your tub while the compact mixer unit remains hidden beneath the floor of the tub. The Trio E controller also has a memory function that allows you to experience the perfect bath on a daily basis. All the functions are easy to use. Start the filling process by a light tap on the control, or, switch the settings to accommodate a hand shower by a long press on the button. It’s time to experience the bath of your dreams with the Multiplex Trio E. Check it out at Viega.

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The Melted Clock in bed sheet alarm clock by Florian Schaerfer offers a new and innovative way to wake up on time. Etched into the fabric of the bed sheet, the touch-sensitive alarm clock allows you to set or shut off the alarm without ever opening your eyes. Built-in speakers project the sound of music from the embedded radio so you can wake up to the news report or your favorite music station. Three control icons are embroidered on the sheet, enabling you to use each function as desired. The whole idea is to move your hand across the sheet’s surface to adjust the functions or feel the time. The clock components are made of silicone and impressed onto the sheet through a slat of EPS (electroactive polymer), which is activated by electricity. Once activated, the slat stretches and raises the silicone component, providing the imprinted numbers that can be felt on the clock. Now you can feel the time and decide whether or not to sleep longer. And, the silicone segment can be removed when you need to wash the sheets. Designer: Florian Schaerfer. via Yanko Design

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The Stella expandable and convertible table by Cecilia Olsson works best in small spaces. This charming table can convert from desk to dining table and back again, within seconds. The table bends and folds its way to suit your needs. If you need somewhere to place your laptop and do work, use the Stella. If you want more space at the table to entertain guests, expand the Stella. The table is ideal for small rooms but works just as well in larger rooms. It even factors in height adjustments, increasing height as a dining table but decreasing it as an office table. And, the Stella is light in weight and can easily be moved, made out of metal bars with a few screws, painted oak and laminate. Designer: Cecilia Olsson. via Yanko Design

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The space-saving furniture designed by Lucie Koldova presents multiple clever ideas for small spaces by combining fitness equipment with storage furniture. As a furniture unit, there are many shelves and compartments you can use to stack clothes. If you desire, you can also store books, photo albums and any other household item you think of. As a space saving fitness equipment, the unit permits a full body workout whenever you want. It comes equipped with multiple handlebars that allow for thorough stretching and pull-ups. Tone your muscles to perfection every morning, and then grab your work clothes from the storage shelf. There’s no need to buy weights; with resistance ropes and the built-in bars you can burn pounds, tighten the biceps or chisel the triceps. The items on this unit are characterized by geometric elements and simple primary forms. Check it out at Lucie Koldova.

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The Gorenie Ora-Ito kitchen by Morabito blends advanced technology with simple functionality and allows you to put your kitchen wherever you want it. This freestanding, transportable kitchen can be placed inside or outside, upstairs or downstairs, and if you move, you can bring it with you. Made from a single block of composite material, the four-ton prototype offers a sturdy yet elegantly designed haven for cooking, dining, or relaxing. And, the material is resistant to the various weather conditions, so cooking outdoors is a daily option. It also comes fully loaded with appliances that make your kitchen experience convenient and pleasurable. The collection includes ovens, refrigerators, extractor hoods, ceramic hobs, microwaves and dishwashers. The kitchen has a unique, iPod-white structure and exquisite appliances made of black glass, brushed aluminum surfaces and aluminum handles; truly a beauty to behold. This is the kitchen of the 21st century. Via Apartment Therapy.

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With the intriguing appearance of outer space objects, the unusual Sense table lamp by Lo Studio and Shandy pendant lamp by Archirivolto and G. Scarselli bring brand new concepts and designs to the lighting fixtures. Made out of lacquered ceramic material, the Sense table lamp will add tasteful diversity to any room you place it in. The lamp will also attract constant attention due to its unusual shape and design. When you look at it, the most notable feature is the curved surfaces, which give the lamp a unique sense of identity. The bright ceramic material produces a shiny diffuser that is decorated with a cluster of darker cracks by applying the “craquelé” technique. The light shines from under the diffuser allowing for more concentrated light. Plus, a hole in the fixture contains a small glass vial used to release sweet-smelling aromas.

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The Seasons Cooktop Ventware by RKS Design offers retractable kitchen vent systems with fun customizability options. Every kitchen needs a vent system to suck the air, smoke and moisture out of the room but many systems have dull and lifeless vent plates that drain the kitchen of aesthetic appeal. The Ventware system shatters the monotonous mould, offering decorative and colorful replaceable vent plates. In this innovative system, the ceramic face and the filter behind the vent divide into modular pieces that are about the size of dinner plates. The convenient size of Ventware plates and filters allows you to place them in the dishwasher for easy and regular cleaning. Ventware plates come in various colors and designs, allowing you to change the plates with the “seasons”. Use a Christmas design for the holiday season or a bright-colored design for the summer; it’s your choice. Infuse your kitchen with designs that reflect your personality by purchasing the Season Cooktop Ventware. Visit RKS Design.

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The Chumby One multifunctional alarm clock by Chumby keeps you connected and up-to-date with the latest of everything you keep tabs on from day to day. From the most recent news and weather forecasts, to stock quotes, to video clips, photos, games and much more, Chumby puts it all at your finger tips. You can place the device beside your bed to wake up in the morning, then take it to the kitchen for the daily news and browse your favorite websites throughout the day. It also has a FM tuner, blending the traditional use of an alarm clock with interactive web-based functions. By connecting to your wireless network, Chumby provides an instant portal to your Internet. It also boats a high-speed CPU with large amounts of storage space. And, with over 1,500 widgets you’ll always have something to keep you entertained. If that's not multifunctional then what is ... Currently, you can purchase a Chumby One for only $100. Via Unplggd.

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The High Fidelity canopy bed is an automated bed by Hi-Can that gives “comfort” a brand new meaning. This exclusive set comes fully loaded with functions and gadgets that will keep you happy, morning, noon or night. A specific control allows you to activate lighting blinds that close up, giving you the privacy that you deserve. If you’re not comfortable in bed, adjust the bedding controls, which move your bed into the-just-right position. The Hi-Can comes with a state-of-the-art sound system and a theatre screen that slides down to the foot of the bed. No need to leave home, you can have dinner and a movie in bed, or simply play the music that suits your mood. Plus, a built-in PC allows you to surf the web or do work while you relax. The Hi-Can canopy bed also boasts a full multimedia system with a game and entertainment console that connects to a projector and shows up on the theatre screen. This is truly a multifunctional bedroom. Visit Hi-Can.

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To stay on the safe side, the Coral thermochromic pot by William Spiga and Juliana Martins changes colors to indicate the temperature of the pot. It’s easy to burn a finger when the stove is unlit but the pot is still hot. Sometimes one quick touch can trigger a severe burn. That’s why a thermochromic pot, one that changes color when the temperature changes, is the safest and most practical way to go. While the pot is on the stove, you can watch it transition from cold to warm and from warm to hot. When the pot is boiling hot its outer frame will be covered with red spots, which signify the intensity of heat. If the pot is cool, you will see blue spots dotted around the frame. Now, you will know when to turn the stove up or down. And, the handles on the side of the pot slide off easily, enabling you to serve food in a more efficient manner. This also allows you to store the pot in tight spaces without being bothered by the length and inconvenience of the handle. The thermochromic pot will transform your cooking experience forever. Via Yanko Design.

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The BIY flat lamp by the Luis Eslava Studio brings a whole new concept and design to small space, table lighting. At a first glance, the lamp’s flat, one-dimensional shape seems dull and simple but “looks are deceiving”; this flat lamp transforms into a three-dimensional, energy-efficient, source of light. The BIY is the silhouette of a conventional lamp die-cut onto a stainless steel sheet. By bending the flexible steel structure, you can mold the flat silhouette into a three-dimensional table lamp. An easy-to-maneuver cord allows the light bulb to be screwed in or out with ease, this convenient feature makes it easy to assemble and dissemble the light bulb when traveling. If you decide to switch rooms while studying or want to take your lamp with you on vacation, pull the BIY apart, lift the cord and light bulb out of the slot and take it to your desired destination. Just call it the mobile table lamp. Check it out via Almerich.

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The Bemoved automatic coffee machine by Douwe Egberts gives coffee making a new look and feel. Operated by an interactive touch screen, the Bemoved allows users to make coffee without tearing packages or boiling kettles. The machine has a motion sensitive camera that detects user movements and reacts accordingly. Intelligent interfaces enable users to create their coffee from scratch by one finger. Users can drag and drop the ingredients into the cup and recall used program preferences. Another function called Shoot-Em-up, allows you to earn your coffee by jumping. The Bemoved also comes with different coffee flavours such as caramel and hazelnut. And, due to its Internet function, the machine allows you to check the stock market and share prices, real-time traffic reports, weather forecasts and updated news on the fly. Check it out at Douwe Egberts.

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Fuelled by the power of Information technology (IT), the SieMatic S1-Grid by SieMatic gives the kitchen a virtual face-lift. This multifunctional system presents an interactive touch screen that allows you to surf the web, listen to Internet Radio and iPods, watch DVD and TV programs and learn new recipes while you cook or eat your favorite meal. Say hello to the multimedia kitchen. Built-in applications include the Internet, e-mail, RSS feeds, photographs and video from your home network and weather forecasts. This system, developed together with Microsoft WPF for Windows Embedded systems, gives each S1-Grid owner their own personalized website called the “myS1 web site”. By the swipe of a finger, you can activate your Miele kitchen appliances - part of the Miele@home series - which then transmit information back to the SieMatic S1-Grid. For example, if the settings are adjusted a certain way, you can receive a progress report of the status of the dishwasher while you eat and watch the news. This stylish infotainment user interface can also be controlled from a remote control or an Air Mouse. In addition, the S1 kitchen's numerous multimedia functions such as iPod and the HiFi system can be operated via the built-in touchscreen SmartBoard where controls are positioned at a comfortable eye-level and totally child-safe. Make your kitchen Internet and home network-ready with the S1-Grid. Visit SieMatic.

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