If you watched early Dragon’s Den (UK), you’ll be familiar with Simon Woodroffe, one of the original (and personally my favourite) Dragons. An entrepreneur and motivational speaker, he is probably most known for his successful global chain of the almost ubiquitous sushi bars, Yo! Sushi. Since developing Yo! Company, he went onto launch Yo! Home, showcasing a prototype apartment which can be transformed in a multitude of ways.
Explaining how the city centre apartment has not been re-invented since its inception, he statesÂ “YO! Home is that new invention. Twelve moving parts drawing on the mechanics of stage scenery allow the transformation of an eighty square metre space (the size of a one bedroom apartment) into a much bigger home.â€
Wow. This has to be the first time I’ve purchased a kitchen gadget online on a whim, seriously. Obviously, I did the prudent price checking first, but I believe this nifty toast and egg toaster will change my life mornings. Featuring wide slots to toast your favourite bread, muffin or bagel to perfection (it has 8 toast settings), you can poach, boil or even scramble an egg to accompany it! The detachable stream tray can be exchanged to warm up slices of meat if you so wish. Being limited to cooking one egg is its only downside.
Unless your apartment has a verandah or an accessible outdoor area suitable for planting, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re limited when it comes to planting. Home Chunk however showcases a great selection of indoor planters from Boskke’s upside down Sky PlantersÂ to my favourite of the lot, theÂ Greenbook Library by Nautinox Living, showing that even the most extreme urbanites can surround and immerse themselves in greenery.
One of the biggest problems we have with our apartment is trying to find the perfect temperature. We need it comfortably warm but don’t want to waste money heating the place when we are not there. Sadly a timing system doesn’t work as we both work really random hours.
The TadoÂ° is a new iPhone app that allows you to control the thermostat from just a swipe of your phone. One of the best things is that the system will automatically detect when the last person leaves the house and will turn the heating down accordingly.
Let’s hope they bring out an Android version so I can use it on my HTC One X.
While there is a demographic of young urbanites moving around often, living in apartments and other temporary accommodation, there is also a need for temporary and affordable furniture. Introducing ‘Minji’, a collection of “collapsable, flat-packable, modular cardboard furniture” designed and created byÂ Phaedra Harder, Stephanie McDonell, Azalia Musa and Celeste Horgan.
The collection comprises of the Stickstack Shelf ($15), Zippak Stool ($20), X-Slot Table ($70) and the Telecomb Couch ($100) and was aimed at the urban nomads who regularly move around therefore choose cheaper furniture, typically IKEA. But while IKEA goods use materials of the permanent type; wood, metal and MDF, these simply cannot withstand constant moving and soon break.
Explaining that as urban nomads are treating furniture as disposable:
If you fancy yourself a bit of a Heston Blumenthal, or know someone who enjoys tinkering and experimenting in the kitchen, then this is the perfect Christmas gift.
The Molecular Gastronomy Kit available at John Lewis will be sure to bring out the culinary creativity in budding chefs and includes a selection of additives and tools to create an ensemble of dishes, including chocolate spaghetti, mint caviar beads and lemon foam!Â Also included is a DVD containing 50 recipes which will surely impress dinner guests!
Sometimes you have to make sacrifices to live in the perfect location but this architect lady, Valentina Maini shows you can create fully functional living space with just 269 st ft of space (25 sq mtr), as well as having a prime spot in the heart of Barcelona.
Watch how her dining table slides over matching benches to create additional room for guests. Or how the bench slides out to reveal a full sized bath tub, and much more! It’s simply creativity at its best. To save her from the daily routine of transforming a bed:
Valentina simply raised her mattress a few extra feet and set to work creating a closet below. Recycling three large cabinets from her former work place (her tiny pad is now also her home office),