Smart furniture idea hides clutter.

We do try to keep our entrance tidy, but it is not exactly easy. Cellphones, keys, wallets, sunglasses, bike pumps, you name it. At one time or another, they all end up on our hall table. Berlin designer Ralf Schmitz has made an effort to solve this problem with the Handschuhbox, (glove box), above. It has sliding lids or trays, is available in walnut or mahogany with accent colors and it is EUR 209:- (approx. USD 302:-) plus shipping.brbr

Automatic pet feeder no. 2.

We had hardly published the last post when we stumbled over this one. An automatic programmable pet feeding machine. It sports a digital programmable timer to make the four food trays open at the exact time you want your pet to eat. You can even record your own voice, thus allowing you to call Fido to dinner. The containers are good for both dry and wet food, and there is even room for a freezer block to keep the stuff from going stale. USD 90:-.brbr

Party plate no. 4.

It seems that good ideas always come with company. Either these ideas float around in the air like some kind of virus, just waiting to pounce on some unexpecting person. Or maybe the simple truth is that people rip each other off, and change them just a bit not to be too obvious. Anyway, we find it interesting enough to feature the forth party plate so far. This time in plastic and for sale in the US. It is USD 13:- for four of them. Available in red.brbr

Ottoman transformer turns into guest bed.

Couches with fold-out beds are commonplace, and so are the almost infinitely variable murphybeds. But tis is something new. The ottoman/bed is the first we have seen. The actual bed looks a bit narrow, since it has be folded into the ottoman, but if you have limited space and no room for another sofa, this must be a great solution. It is USD 399:- plus an additional USD 100:- for shipping.brbr

Butter cooler with built-in spreader.

This butter box has its own cooler that you freeze in the freezer. When you want to serve the butter you place one or two sticks of butter on the ice cold tray. There the butter is promised to keep cool for two hours. Maybe an idea for a real long and s-l-o-w sunday breakfast? Only USD 7:95 and then you get a special spreader that attaches to the lid.brbr

Drawing straight lines with a folding rule.

Of course any master carpenter with fingers like oak do this without any help. But for the rest of us who who have fingers soft as wieners, this could actually be a great help. The 90° ruler guide has a slot fitting the classic Swedish folding ruler, provides a firm grip and we are sure we could now draw straight lines without getting splinters in our fingers. From Kawator Produkter (no website, alas) in the Swedish town of Sandviken. We paid SEK 40:- (approx. USD 6:-) just because we could not resist owning one.brbr

Jar opener.

Most, if not all, glass jars of pickles, relish, cornichons, salsa or spaghetti sauce has a vacuum sealed metal lid. That lid has to come off if you want to enjoy the contents. Now, there are many techniques for achieving this. Bare hands, damp cloth, silicone trivet, knocking the the lid against the counter top, inserting a soon or knife under the edge of the lid… All of those may work fine, but here is another solution that employs a cleverly designed piece of steel. The Lee Valley Jar Opener. Simply insert the end of the instrument under the lid, apply gentle force, and pop goes the lid. Handles most lids known to man for the measly sum of USD 8:-.brbr

Wall cleat power cable organizer.

There seems to be an infinite demand for organizers in general, and cable organizers in particular. Our on-line lifestyle brings us more cables all the time, and naturally we must come up with ways to organize them. So why should your power cables collect dust devils on the floor when they can be neatly rolled up on a cleat like this. The concept and prototype comes from Karl Zahn and it is really very simple-. A new face plate to the old socket, and you are set to go. It is made for US plugs, but adapting it to European, Australian, UK or Japanese standards should be a cinch.brbr

Coffee table grows to double size.

The Hexa coffee table is the bigger brother of the smart Tetra coffee table, we have mentioned earlier. The Hexa version has six hidden extra table tops that can be pulled out to provide extra room for guests, snacks, and drinks. If you just need a regular size table, you just push all the extensions back in again. Design Bernard Vuarnesson. USD 1.543:-.brbr

At last in Sweden. Battery powered mobile power reserve.

Energizer are launching a mobile charger powered by ordinary size AA batteries. It is supposed to have adapters for Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Blackberry. Just our luck it does not come with an adapter for Palm. Beginning next week it will be available in grocery stores, and after that in gas stations and c-stores and the likes. It vill be around SEK 179:- (approx. USD 28:-) with batteries.brbr