Eraser with 28 corners.

It’s called Kado-Keshi and it’s an unusually smart eraser. It has an abundance of what is most often lacking in ordinary erasers. Sharp corners. The Kado-Keshi has no less than 28 corners, which should be enough for most applications. The eraser won the Kokuyo Design Award in 2002. (BTW, Kado means corner and eraser is keshigomu in Japanese). It’s USD 2:50 on J-list.brbr

Door mounted cat climbing device.

Anybody with a feline in the house knows that the little critter likes to occupy the high ground. There it can look down on the rest of the world. Shelves, closets and other in-house heights are usually popular places, but many pet shops also sell dedicated cat climbing furniture. A new take on these is the idea for this door mounted cat climber by Angela and Jeremy Moser. The only question is what kitty thinks of anyone opening the door… It is also pretty costly; USD 200:- at CatLivin.brbr

Deja vu. Knife stand box with bamboo skewers.

Good ideas seldom come alone. Or maybe they serve as inspiration for other designers and inventors. Look at this knife stand. A wooden box with a bunch of bamboo skewers, that allows knives to be placed at will. The first time we laid eyes on this idea was back in August 2005 when we stumbled upon Martin Robitsch’s design. A little later we found Jörg Gätjens’ interpretation that was even more minimalistic. And now we have encountered the Mikoto knife stand from French design firm Ekobo. It is available in three different sizes at USD 150:-, 95:- and 55:- respectively but they look very much like Martin Robitsch’ design from 2005.brbr

Shower and shower curtain rod all in one.

If this concept could actually be made to work, it would be pretty smart, don’t you think? The less holes drilled in the bathroom walls, the better, we say. We don’t really understand how the pipe is supposed to support the wet shower curtain, though, but we trust they’ll work that out in time. From Matteo Thun Partners. brbr

Power strip with room for more AC adapters.

Contrary to many smart power strip concepts we’ve seen, this one looks like it could go into production. Albeit just for American plugs, alas. Tributaries’ PWRS-T10 sports five regular sockets plus five that can be turned to accommodate five AC adapters. Nothing on price, though. How hard would it be for someone to make a thing like this for Euro standard plugs? Please. brbr

The famous kik-step turns fifty.

Cramer, the company that makes the classic and famous Kik-Step step stools, have made a special edition of the step stool to celebrate it’s first fifty years. The celebratory model is topped with a unique pattern with quotes from classic literature, and available in black or silver. Cramer charges the same for the anniversary model as for the ordinary ones, but the regular line is available in more colors. USD 65:- at the Cramer web shop, or USD 51:- on Amazon. Our favorite, the stainless one, is USD 93:-, also on Amazon. brbr

The Economist: Debating Simplicity

I am debating on The Economist this weekend on the proposition, This house believes that if the promise of technology is to simplify our lives, it is failing. Initially I had wanted to be on the PRO side, but ended…

Step stool in a drawer.

We spotted another idea much like this one a while back. That one was meant to be used in the kitchen. If we remember correctly, the step drawer was removable so it could be used anywhere in the kitchen. This step drawer is just as smart, and it can stay in the same place all the time. And when the kids are big enough to reach the mirror without help, you can just forget about the drawer. Or maybe remove the top and use it as a regular drawer.brbr

Picture hanging tool.

You place the picture’s wire over the hook, and move the picture around until you have found the perfect place for it. After that it seems to be an easy thing to twist the tool and make a small indentation in the wall. The indentation will appear at the exact place where you should hammer in your nail to hang the picture just right. Think we’re going to have to get one of these, especially since they are just USD 4:-.brbr

Build you own bike hanger from Ikea stuff for around EUR 40:-.

The folks on IKEA Hacker blog has a neat description how to make a bike hanger for two bikes for a fraction of the cost of a similar bike rack. Using a Stolmen post, two end fixtures and four hooks, plus a couple of pieces of square profile aluminum tubing and some nuts and bolts, you can make this hanger. Should not take more than an hour to build. We might add that your ceiling must be somewhere between 210 and 330 cm (83 – 130). And that the top bike should be reasonably lightweight to allow anybody to put it up. But we do like the idea. Check the description on Ikea Hacker.brbr