House & Home (128)
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Paint brand Histor have 1250 different colours to offer. To help consumers find the right colour for a particular job, they developed the Colours Studio app. So you can see your photographs in a different colour.
Why it matters
The most difficult part of a decorating painting job is the search for the perfect colour. Paint brands have acknowledged this with customised paint colours but this new app Histor allows you to actually see it. How can other brands where wide choice is a necessity offer a tailored choice through multimedia applications?
American homeowners are increasingly sectioning off parts of their larger garages to use as a mudroom (utility room ). In fact, The American Institute of Architects found that adding mudrooms is ranked third (following home offices and games rooms) on the list of what’s important in newly constructed homes. They’re even more desirable than a media room or home theatre. Mudroom designs now feature things like built-in shoe cubbies and hooks for backpacks - aimed at helping kids get out the door faster. Features like a bar-height table for sorting mail help parents get organised before they get in the door, and power strips give phones a place to charge that you can grab on your way out of the door.
Active Furniture, a project by Spanish designers Virginia Pol, Ferran Lajara and Cristina Guardiola, uses counter-intuitive design as an antidote to our increasingly sedentary lives. They require a level of exertion on the user's part to function, like the too-high coat hanger, which has climbing holds imbedded into the wall to reach it.