Jellyfish Barge

Just add nothing


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This mutant green-house-boat, AKA Jellyfish Barge, is a floating crop cultivator that doesn’t rely on soil, fresh water or chemical energy. Say what? Yep, this beauty purifies salt and/or polluted water thanks to desalination units that produce up to 150L of clean H2O per day. But wait, there’s so much more. Did you want Jellyfish Barge to float on recycled plastic drums? It does. Did you want to monitor and control your Jellyfish Barge remotely? Of course you can. Were you wondering how it’s all powered?

With solar panels, duh. We’re pretty sure the only thing Jellyfish Barge doesn’t do is chop up your crops and pop them in the frypan. Designed and built by Studiomobile (with development help from Pnat), this self-sufficient floating garden was born after the Studiomobile team heard the World Bank’s nerve-racking prediction that by 2050, our demand for food will be 60-70% higher than today. So now, in our utopia, Jellyfish Barges are everywhere.


Selyak

A home run


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When done right, there’s a beauty in tie-dye that’s quite charming, quite calming. Hell, when done wrong it still puts a smile on our faces. So when our beloved syrup-making friends Morris Kitchen recently announced a collaboration with Selyak – purveyors of lovely, natural hand-dyed linens – we were excited beyond belief. Selected, folded and bound by textile mastermind Karina Seljak, all Selyak napkins are dyed using an ancient Japanese technique called Shibori.

Seljak likens the process to cooking since there’s a recipe, but intuition is key. With fibres like tumeric and indigo to add colour, it also makes for a delicious-smelling workspace. Made in Brooklyn the Selyak napkins are probably the warmest addition to any kitchen. And as we’re all aware, it’s the little things that help make a house a home.


Cabane

Going the distance


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Toys rule. But as every parent knows, it’s too easy to obtain too many, too quickly. That’s what we love about Cabane – made-to-order, eco-friendly plush toys stitched by hand. They’re downright adorable but with double-stitching, they’re also super durable – making each creation something special that’ll go the distance.

Based in Montreal, Cabane is the brainchild of “a girl, a boy and a cat” (who we’d love to know more about). With sweet sewing skills and upcycled fabrics, the trio’s plushies are a gentle reminder that sometimes, there’s nothing better than handmade or second-hand – or both! Plus, all Cabanes are filled with a non-allergenic fibre. Cabane plushies FTW.


Makoko Floating School

Floating ideas


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In the Nigerian city of Lagos resides water community Makoko, where majority of the dwellers live in stilt structures above a polluted lagoon. To meet the educational needs of their growing population as well as help alleviate the risk of floods, urban planning company NLE built the Makoko Floating School – a structure built with a flotation platform at its base, which adapts to tidal changes and varying water levels.

With no need to worry about the damage that flooding and/or storm surges usually cause, the people of Makoko can concentrate on what’s important – educating their youth. The awesomeness of Makoko’s Floating School doesn’t stop there. It’s also been designed to use renewable energy, to recycle organic waste and to harvest rainwater. Yep, we’re hella impressed too.


The Floyd Leg

Limber up


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Legs. They’re beautiful things. Short, long, wide, skinny or strong, legs get you places and we’ve come across some we think you’ll really like. Meet The Floyd Leg. Like pins, Floyd can hold onto pretty much anything thanks to its simple clamping mechanism. Encouraging people to salvage materials and curate a table to their taste is an offering that’s pretty damn hard to resist. Just think of all the things you could turn into a table! Doors, windows, or just random bits of wood that are easy on the eye.

Designed and made in Detroit, Floyd was born from the desire to make moving house a little easier, as tables can be a biatch to juggle about. The studio behind these beloved legs strive to create products that fuse design and manufacturing by working hand-in-hand with local factories to create long-lasting, functional products. They’ve also just brought out a nifty shelf option – thanks guys – which looks like the perfect friend for our Floyd Leg.