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The N.Y. Public Library collection available for download

public domain nypl

public domain nypl

On January 2016, The New York Public Library made over 187.000 digital items in the public domain, available for high resolution download. Great collection of photographs, old menus, maps, prints, engravings, postcards, music sheets, lithographs, letters, documents, drawings, watercolors etc, from as early as 11th century until more recent years.

But what is amazing is the visualization tool, that groups ALL these images chronologically, or by genre, collection or even color.


Wörther mechanical pencil

worthier wooden mechanical pencil

These mechanical pencils are gorgeous. You can find them, together with other beautiful stuff at Ode to things.

The School of Life books

How_To_Find_Fulfilling_Work How_To_Live_in_the_City How_To_Make_a_Home

How To Change The World

Some very interesting topics covered by The School of Life, in their series of new guides for everyday living. Except having great cover designs, I think these look like they are genuinely helpful and thoughtful self-help books.

Other titles include: How to Stay Sane How to Worry Less about Money How to Thrive in the Digital Age, How to AgeHow To Develop Emotional Health

Using LEGO to build math concepts



I always loved Lego as a kid but Alycia Zimmerman, a 3rd-grade teacher in New York, takes it to a new educational level. She uses LEGO bricks to explain fractions, squares and other mathematical concepts to her students. What a great idea!

She has also written an article about the full potential of LEGO and about her experience in using them in class.


Chunky wool products for humans & pets

Ohhio11 pet bedOhhio5 yarnOhhio7 blanketOhhio3 blanket

The pet-beds by Anna Mo look sooo soft. Her online shop Ohhio also sells gorgeous thick blankets and wraps, all with giant 3 inches-wide stitches and made from 100% merino wool. I can imagine a cosy bed for our cat and a matching blanket for me!


The keyboard waffle iron

Keyboard Waffle Iron1 Keyboard Waffle Iron2

Oh, these keyboard-shaped waffles look great! Attention, computer nerds and waffle lovers of the world, this is for you! Imagine putting all that maple syrup in Shift and Enter buttons…

If you are interested, the Keyboard Waffle Iron even has its own website!  CTRL+ALT+DELicious!

The hidden risks of sitting

“Bodies are built for motion — not for stillness”. As someone who sits for long hours while working on the computer, this video touches a nerve with me personally. It actually explains what happens to our body and our health when we sit all the time.


Desk convertible to bed

Studio NL Desk Convertible to bed1 Studio NL Desk Convertible to bed2

Studio NL, Desk Convertible to bed3

I love it when designers get imaginative. This is a smart desk that converts to a bed, from Athens-based Studio NL. Useful for those late working hours.

The future table for living from Ikea


A table that tells you what you can make with various ingredients and also heats your food, no stove required? “A Table for Living” is a concept from Ikea for the future kitchen of 2025.

Ikea made an impression in this year’s EXPO Milan 2015, where they presented their prototype for a concept table that helps you decide what to prepare, suggests recipes, but also weighs and heats the food. All that, besides being a regular kitchen table! The designers see the concept table as a “preparation surface, hob, dining table, work bench and children’s play area”. How cool is that?

A garden igloo

Garden Igloo Dome

Garden Igloo 360-inside

Garden Igloo 360-open

A great idea if you have a garden: a multipurpose igloo designed both as a winter garden and a summer sitting or playing area. Oh, I know my kids would go crazy with this! Of course you could just turn it into a storage room or a garden shelter, but it’s a shame because it looks too good.

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