Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: The Black + Blum Hot-Pot BBQ… a herb grower that also functions as a barbecue

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design, New Food and Packaging on Friday 30 January 2015

If you’ve always wanted a herb garden that did more than just sprout rosemary and sage, you’re going to love the Black + Blum Hot-Pot BBQ. This award-winning people-pleaser might look like a herb garden at first glance, but there’s a secret this herb garden is hiding. Underneath the pot’s top you’ll find a fully functioning BBQ griller.

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: Lightman: a night light, reading light, bike light, flash light all in one

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Since the smartphone was created, few people have had to carry around a flashlight for emergencies. Now, even when plumbers and electricians are called in for a job, they’re using their smartphones. But what if there was a gadget that replaced the traditional torch and worked better than your smartphone’s flashlight? Well, I’ve found it.

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Fun Products that are unexpectedly Versatile: Porthole Hat Bag, a hat that can also be used as a shopping bag

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 22 January 2015

A hat has one use, right? Protecting your head. Or, keeping you stylish. Maybe both, so in that case a hat has just two uses. Right? Wrong! If you’ve never come across the Porthole Hat Bag before, you’re in for a huge surprise.

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: The Kangaroo Light is a light pad that lights up the bottom of your purse and also acts as a night light and a placemat

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 20 January 2015

You can’t find your car keys. Your baby needs a light on to sleep. You need something to rest your dinner plate on. There’s one item that fits the bill for all three tasks: The Kangaroo Light. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, this cleverly-designed light has gone into production and brought convenience to thousands.

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: CorkNet, a cork trivet for hot pans that has versatility as a table tennis net

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 15 January 2015

You probably thought there was no way a slab of cork could become a versatile kitchen tool and an important piece of a table tennis set, but CorkNet has proved us all wrong. First, this 80cm cork piece is divided in two and used as a kitchen trivet for hot pans and dishes, absorbing the heat so your dining table or bench don’t have to. But when the trivet is not in use, this cork set uses its versatility to entertain the whole family.

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: The Monowalker is a shopping trolley, suitcase carrier and bicycle bag carrier

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Tuesday 13 January 2015

Cyclists have always had it tough when it comes to transporting luggage on their cross-country journeys. You can’t exactly wear an oversized backpack while cycling-it’s heavy, inconvenient and dangerous. That’s where the highly versatile Monowalker comes into play. This device is a bike trailer, hiking trailer, backpack, shopping trolling, and dinner table all in one.

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: A bed, a sofa, a chair, a puzzle … all in one!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 8 January 2015

If you’re looking to have versatility in that living room, you can’t go past the Yang sofa. Designed by Francois Bouchet for Ligne Roset, this furniture piece first looks like a comfy sofa with its beautiful curved design, but when it comes time to sleep, simply lock the different pieces together to form a cozy bed. When […]

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: The Niels Chair is also a reading nook and a place to do yoga

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Wednesday 7 January 2015

There’s a new chair on the block that can do so much more than any chair you and I own: The Niels Chair. Created by French designer Hugues Klein, this chair not only serves as a cozy place to sit, but also works as a private yoga space.

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: This pen, designed way back in 1911, splits into two halves when in use

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By Kenny Ong in New Products on Thursday 1 January 2015

In 1936, the first Quadretti Colorado, a prototype of a highly unusual double-nibbed fountain pen, was created by an Italian named Orlando Quadretti who was born in Bologna in 1911 in San Giovanni, Persiceto, in Bologna. He did not patent his pen until after WWII had ended, with the dates variously given as 1946 and 1949.

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: Unlike other 3D printing pens, this one uses UV light rather than dangerous heat

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Tuesday 30 December 2014

If you’re a fan of 3D printing pens, get ready for a 3D printing pen that doesn’t use dangerous heat at all. Called CreoPop, this 3D printing pen uses UV light to create liquid resin that solidifies as it cools. It’s cordless, too, and is safe for kids to use since it uses light-sensitive photopolymers instead of melting plastic.

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: The Fabric Pen lets you mend torn clothing by cloning and printing the fabric around the hole!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 25 December 2014

You’ve got an important job interview in 30 minutes and your dress just ripped on the corner of the bus as you were getting off. It’s the last thing you need to worry about. But there’s a really cool solution to get you out of this mess. It’s a fabric pen. This is where pens get awesome: the fabric pen actually prints a patch of the damaged fabric.

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: Digital music composition pen

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 23 December 2014

You’re humming a tune to yourself-one you’ve made up-and it sounds like it could totally be a hit on the radio. The next minute it’s completely gone from your mind. If only you’d recorded yourself! Well, there’s a pen for that. A concept pen that is so bizarre and unusual, you’ll be wondering how anyone ever came up with such an idea.

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The Co-Create Series: Mulga The Artist’s illustration inspired by a baby seal that was trying to surf on a surfboard

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By Lost At E Minor in New Illustration on Monday 22 December 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, illustrator and street artist Mulga The Artist took inspiration from the post about a baby seal that was trying to surf on some surfer’s surfboard. These are his words about the creative process. [see Mulga’s first two Microsoft Surface Pro 3 created works here, here, and here]

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: This pen will always be ready for action, remaining in a standing position wherever you leave it

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 18 December 2014

The Slända pen is unlike any other pen you’ve seen-or experienced-before. Developed by Gustav Widström and Marcus Heneen, this pen doesn’t need one of those old fashioned pen holders because it stands up all by itself.

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The Co-Create Series: Mulga The Artist’s illustration inspired by dudes that had animals sculptured into their beards

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By Lost At E Minor in New Illustration on Monday 15 December 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, illustrator and street artist Mulga The Artist took inspiration from the post about dudes that had animals sculptured into their beards. These are his words about the creative process. [see Mulga’s first two Microsoft Surface Pro 3 created works here and here]

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