We bump into all sorts of wireless charging solutions these days and we test all sorts of methods, in order to improve the life battery of our smartphones and tablets. We’ve seen it all, from green technologies to fashionable gadgets that cost a fortune, that remarkably boost the life of our precious tech companion, yet we haven’t seen something functional and minimalist that charges your favourite gadget without even noticing. Until now. Meet DuPont Corian countertops, a unique and ingenious way to charge your gadget wirelessly without cables or plugs. The smart solution was designed by DuPont together with the PMA (power matters alliance) in order to make life easier and public spaces friendlier.
The DuPont Corian solution was already implemented in various public and commercial spaces around New York. Starbucks, Regis Hair Salons, Delta Airlines terminals, Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn already use it. The process goes like this: you simply let your smartphone on any DuPont Corian surface and your mobile devices gets charged. The whole concept was envisioned also as a practical and efficient solution for households.
Don’t worry about making your shelf picture-perfect. Displaying a collection of toys is a simple, eye-catching solution, and the resulting vignette just might double as wall art! Below we see the Radial Wall Shelf from The Land of Nod. To cut down on the cluttered look, try grouping items by color! These Color Bar Ledges from The Land of Nod make the job easy. Use the shelves themselves to create an artful wall vignette, especially if you purchase intriguing pieces like these Shape Shifter Wall Shelves. This Land of Nod hinged metal shelving allows for a range of configurations, from rectangles to arrows. And don’t forget about creative ideas such as placing patterned paper at the back of your shelving to create a vibrant backdrop. These Honeycomb Wall Shelves are styled with shades of turquoise. Do you have any shelf styling tips to share? Leave a comment below.
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.