Wednesday, July 31, 2013

battery chargers & co.

I have to answer the first request of an affectionate reader (editor's note: my friend Barbara) that asked me a true “design” question:
where can you place all the cables/ battery chargers/ headphones etc. other than in the classic junk drawer where they all tangle up?
Actually the problem is remarkable, you could spend all the time you waste untangling the cables, reading the paper or relaxing in the tub!

Of course if you were a talented cable artist you wouldn't dislike to find universal coils as an infinite inspiration source; Kasey McMahon, for example, has a real passion for entangling, but from his hands, bionic and futuristic creatures originate, such as the beautiful “Wire woman of digital Culture”.

But for his cleverness with coils my favorite artist certainly remains Seung Mo Park. His ability to create wonderful portraits with metal threads is really amazing.

Going back to our cables, I'm glad to inform you that designers very quickly catch and satisfy the most disparate needs, so the problem is already widely faced! And speaking about technology, definitely you'd better start from Japanese designers; technological and futuristic, they are always the first to use new equipment, tools, devices.

First of all we understand how affectionate you can be to the junk drawer; if your tie is strong and you only need to tie up the cables so that they don't tangle up, there are plenty of solutions that can satisfy your needs:

a strip with leaves, a fish bone, spring flowers, a mouse, etc.

On the website you can find a lot of ideas.
And if you don't like to see the cables, this fantastic flying saucer can hide everything!

I found them on But if your Japanese isn't very fluent, alternatively you can also find them on
Anyway the drawer doensn't remain a real solution, therefore I found different systems for every personality.

You are hopeless and like to see the effect of your conduct?
Here's a plugged lamp/vase that leaves the connection free and tangles up all the cables lighting them up!

You are a very tidy person that needs an absolute purity of lines?
A box with a cloth support is surely the most suitable solution.

You are longing for original elements with an eco-green touch?
This mini-lawn to lean all the devices on, hiding the cables, is just what you need!
You can find it on

Of course it's also my favorite solution: romantic and amusing!
Dear reader, are you satisfied with your new solution?

Stay tuned!

it's raining

It's raining and raining, and we are not prepared; when you get home, everywhere would be soaked, unless you leave your shoes or boots outside, where they'd get frozen until the next day, when, as you wear them, you feel as if you were walking barefoot on the fresh Greenland sands.

A question: is it possible to find a more intelligent solution than a mop inside or the risk of frozen shoes outside? You have to admit it isn't the kind of problem that can spoil your life, but if it rains for two months, it gets a little annoying! And besides, my curiosity makes me wonder how the problem is faced around the world.

First a hint on the focal point of domestic flood: rain boots. Their exact name is “Wellington boots”, from the name of their inventor as well as their first user, great fashion icon, the first Duke of Wellington. They were conceived to keep soldiers' feet dry and were used for the first time at Waterloo in 1815! I don't know if their use led to the victory on the battlefield, but the idea is interesting! But if you find them a little too traditional, you must know they are also used as a “musical instrument”; in the south of Africa there's a kind of music and dance where the “Wellington boots” are used for the musical sound they produce when you walk and dance.

Going back to the problem of flood, the Spanish blog “casa-deseƱo” suggests to create a tiny wet weather station composed of a shoe tray –an umbrella stand – a mini drying rack –a super absorbent rug, but a room dedicated to rainy days is probably too cumbersome for our small houses, unless you live in Ireland, where your days are always wet!!

The Chinese aim to a basic solution of the problem, with a “healthy” consumeristic attitude; their shoes don't get soaked! The solution is disposable shoe covers that you throw away at the end of the day!! But, unless they are made with highly biodegradable materials that would melt after a few steps, I don't think it's an acceptable solution!!

It isn't the solving of the domestic problem, but certainly the Canadians propose a very stylish way of facing rain! These shoes are really on sale! found them!

The website dedicates a section to storage! And definitely it wins my personal prize: a zen garden with white stones that can change into a tray for wet boots!!!

stay tuned!


design for a better life

 Today I woke up refreshed and happy, wrapped in my soft sheets and protected by the white mosquito net over my bed. This sensation of well being made me reflect upon design.

Can design make your life better? As an architect, can I put my hand on my heart and say it makes your life better? Yes, I can.

You just have to know what is better for you, how to use the tons of information and offers we are given constantly, and to discover that you need a mix of an architect, a life coach and a stylist with the right advice for any situation.

Design for a better life by Deepp is this; a mix of experiences, to feel a little better, everyday. The skills of an architect and art designer, lived everyday and shared with passion.

And here we have to go back to sheets and mosquito nets. Why do these things make me happy?
Well, it's easy... the mosquito net is linked to my wish for adventure and exotic. In all the movies set in distant sites there's a mosquito net ; in all the most exclusive resorts, overlooking wonderful seas or luxurious forests there's a mosquito net; in any design magazine there's at least one. So, I use a mosquito net, and when I wake in the morning and see the sunshine filter through the curtains, I can think that beyond that thin fabric there's an adventurous world waiting for me.

Besides there's also the practical detail that in Milan mosquitoes are the toughest, the most long-lived and insistent in the history of mosquitoes and keeping them outside of my bed is not bad at all.

Actually it doesn't keep them away only from my bed but from millions of people's; consider that such a simple object is the most important instrument to fight malaria in many areas all over the world and can generate thousands of publications and dedicated sites; even Cleopatra used it for her blissful sleep; there's also the Unicef “malaria day” where you can donate a mosquito net to save a child!

Of course you have to choose the right one, suited to your needs and tastes. You needn't change the bed, though a model with a floating bed, if you have enough room, is a dream.
Even a simple model is beautiful, you only have to choose the right details; white or colored, with plain or lace borders?

If you are fond of control and optional on the website you can choose any tiny detail. While if you have a lively imagination you can find anything on

I chose a white plain one with a pale wooden spacer; white is perfect to induce a good sleep and serene dreams.

Ah... I didn't forget the sheets, I'll talk about them next time!
Stay tuned!

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