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Cable grommet to hold cables in place.
We suppose you have seen those holes that some office desks are endowed with. Those that you are supposed to put your power and other cables through to minimize clutter. Well, we think this idea for a cable duct grommet beats everything we have seen in this area so far. Admit it, you have crawled on the floor to retrieve an unused cable, too. Or maybe you are in the habit of placing something heavy on them, when they are not in use? Cable grommet by Ram-hae Keum and Jung-Jin So. Love it. [Via]

4 February 2008




Waste basket that hides the unsightly plastic bag.
As smart as it is simple. Just the way we like it. The waste baskets have two parts; the inner one for putting the plastic bag (and the trash) in, and the outer cover to hide the plastic bag and make it appear more elegant. From Ideaco. Design by Ichiro Haba and Kazuya Koike. [Via]

4 February 2008






Unlocking roadside toilets via text message.
The highway authorities of Western Finland had had some problems with people vandalizing the public roadside restrooms they had installed for the urgent needs of travelers. And, one might surmise, to reduce the number of patches of yellow snow along the side of the roads. The solution was not closing down the restrooms altogether, or investing in video surveillance. No, instead the Finns decided to put in text message controlled locks. The cost of opening a restroom is nothing more than the regular text message, but the senders number is kept in a database for some time, allowing maintenance to track down vandals. The state of Swedish roadside restrooms is usually somewhere between "horrible" and "core melt down", so this idea might be something for Swedish Vägverket to study? From Helsingin Sanomat.
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