Hardwood Rug



Yes, you read the title correctly. Hardwood Rug. I thought it strange too, but this unique Hardwood Rug is made from a thin combination of beechwood and cork. Easily rolled up for portability and storage, it covers a 30×59-inch area.

Available at Generate Home for $249.

(Via Luxist)

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Foam Party, anyone?



Looking to add some additional flare and excitement to your next party? Do you already have a great sound system, dj, bar and bartender, disco ball, and a bevy of crazy friends just ready to get out on the floor and dance? Why not add some foam to your party?

The Foam Factory is a portable foam maker that can create up to 55 cubic feet of foam in less than three minutes! Simply pour in some tear-free shampoo (supplied), add water, plug it in and watch as the suds emerge.

This isn’t a cheap toy, available for approximately $125, it has already sold out from the UK vendor. You can place a pre-order for the next shipment of the Foam Factory, scheduled to be available May 8, 2006.

(Via Random Good Stuff)

Uono Cocoon Coffin



Death and taxes are two certain things in life. Well, you can possibly manage to escape taxes for a while, but death is a certain thing. Not meant as a morbid thought, Uono has created a completely different type of coffin.

This sleek oval casket was launched last spring with a business plan as unique as its aesthetic. “My strategy is to convince people to buy the Cocoon before they get to the funeral home,” says Uono founder Spiegel. A fundamental problem in the funeral industry is that mourning families will buy just about any casket on the spot, making for an extremely stable but stale market. Uono addresses that issue by branding the $3,500 Cocoon as a premium product, marketing it both to funeral directors and to consumers. “It’s a piece of furniture with a high design standard—the last piece of furniture they’ll ever buy,” Spiegel says. In fact, he came up with the idea after having to bury his design-loving father in a tacky brass-handled box. To broaden its appeal, he also made the Cocoon biodegradable: It’s molded from an inexpensive plant fiber called jute and coated with a water-based varnish. “People who shop at Whole Foods would buy this coffin,” says juror Harley Manning, VP for customer experience at Forrester Research. Spiegel hopes to introduce the coffin in the United States by year’s end.

The Uono Cocoon Coffin is available in an array of fourteen colors. If that isn’t enough, individual colors are available through Uono’s Haute Couture Service, as well.

(Via The 2006 Bottom Line Design Awards)

Foam Party, anyone?



Looking to add some additional flare and excitement to your next party? Do you already have a great sound system, dj, bar and bartender, disco ball, and a bevy of crazy friends just ready to get out on the floor and dance? Why not add some foam to your party?

The Foam Factory is a portable foam maker that can create up to 55 cubic feet of foam in less than three minutes! Simply pour in some tear-free shampoo (supplied), add water, plug it in and watch as the suds emerge.

This isn’t a cheap toy, available for approximately $125, it has already sold out from the UK vendor. You can place a pre-order for the next shipment of the Foam Factory, scheduled to be available May 8, 2006.

(Via Random Good Stuff)

Uono Cocoon Coffin



Death and taxes are two certain things in life. Well, you can possibly manage to escape taxes for a while, but death is a certain thing. Not meant as a morbid thought, Uono has created a completely different type of coffin.

This sleek oval casket was launched last spring with a business plan as unique as its aesthetic. “My strategy is to convince people to buy the Cocoon before they get to the funeral home,” says Uono founder Spiegel. A fundamental problem in the funeral industry is that mourning families will buy just about any casket on the spot, making for an extremely stable but stale market. Uono addresses that issue by branding the $3,500 Cocoon as a premium product, marketing it both to funeral directors and to consumers. “It’s a piece of furniture with a high design standard—the last piece of furniture they’ll ever buy,” Spiegel says. In fact, he came up with the idea after having to bury his design-loving father in a tacky brass-handled box. To broaden its appeal, he also made the Cocoon biodegradable: It’s molded from an inexpensive plant fiber called jute and coated with a water-based varnish. “People who shop at Whole Foods would buy this coffin,” says juror Harley Manning, VP for customer experience at Forrester Research. Spiegel hopes to introduce the coffin in the United States by year’s end.

The Uono Cocoon Coffin is available in an array of fourteen colors. If that isn’t enough, individual colors are available through Uono’s Haute Couture Service, as well.

(Via The 2006 Bottom Line Design Awards)