durable, whimsical, practical products from dynomighty design

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At Dynomighty Design’s recent sneak preview of what’s new and popular, designer Terrence Kelleman shared his theory that the best product ideas are often the simplest. I thought these items all seemed to capitalize on that idea. –Sarah C.

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Bottle Cap Tripod, $10
My photos seem to fall into two categories: those that prominently feature people, and those that feature a close-up of the arm of the person taking the picture. While I love the coziness of a self-snapped shot, sometimes it’s nice to have a photo that is not taken at point-blank range. The Bottle Cap Tripod solves this problem in a simple twist of the wrist! A universal thread mount makes it compatible with most digital cameras. Just attach your camera to a standard bottle cap and you’re set to take photos from a distance that reminds you of the good times, not your last visit to the dermatologist.

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Lil Sprout Growth Chart, $20
I’m convinced that having kids thrusts your life into warp speed. I’m vacationing soon with good friends and their twin toddlers, and I swear these kids were sonograms ten seconds ago. That’s why I love the Lil Sprout by PA Design. Divided by increments of one inch, this growth chart has spaces for mini pictures of your kids as they grow so you’ll never forget how cute they were in those fleeting first years.

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Mighty Wallet, $15
I am always amazed at the state of affairs when it comes to the wallets of my male friends. Every one I see looks like it’s been thrown into a meat grinder with an encore in a washing machine. Which begs the question: Why won’t someone just make a more durable wallet? Enter the Mighty Wallet. Designed by Terrence Kelleman, the Mighty Wallet is made of Tyvek (the same stuff as priority mail envelopes), which makes it tear-resistant, water-resistant and (bonus!) recyclable. Its stitch-less, single fold design protects it from wear and also allows its 5/16” profile to expand to hold up to 16 credit cards. It’s available in 15 eclectic prints ranging from comic book art to a map of the New York City Subway System, so you’re guaranteed a sweet treat for your back pocket. And although its hardy construction will keep it with you for years, Dynomighty Design is a receiving center for Tyvek and will recycle your wallet for you when you choose to retire it!

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have you used the fur fighter?

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If I have one true love in this world, it’s Pomeranians — black, white, orange, yappy, quiet, skinny, or a tad overstuffed, I coo at all of them. Best of luck trying to walk your pet Pomeranian down the same sidewalk as me! I’ve been reluctant to commit to adopting my very own for a number of reasons, one of which is the fur issue — their long, lush coats shed and shed often. That’s why I’m so interested in the Fur Fighter Hair Remover. According to manufacturer Scotch, the Fur Fighter removes embedded pet fur that sneaks past the vacuum. There’s a version for upholstery and one for car interiors, both with money-back guarantees. Scotch is so sure they’ve created a miracle product, they’re offering a starter kit (worth $5.99) for the cost of shipping and handling alone.

So, how about it: Have you shaken paws with the Fur Fighter? Is it heaven-sent for humans or just another pet-related gimmick? –Katie D.

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kinda genius: elizabowl

Sarah K. O’Brien designed an amazing bowl that not only looks nifty, it helps keep fruit fresh. We’ll let the New York Times tell the story:

“Her Elizabowl is more honeycomb than basin, its shape-shifting white plastic folds resembling an Elizabethan ruff. The bowl’s petals expand to yield more than a dozen flexible, fist-sized compartments. Each holds one round fruit, keeping it visible and away from the other fruits’ discharge of ethylene gas, which speeds spoilage. When folded, the collar design can cradle one or two grapefruits.”

O’Brien has a patent for the Elizabowl, which won the 2008 International Home Housewares Student Design Competition. Now she’s competing for a James Dyson Award, and you can vote in the competition here. Here’s to seeing the Elizabowl in stores sooner rather than later!

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want it now: slipper genie cleaning slippers

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I’m a huge fan of the magical powers of microfiber cloths when it comes to cleaning: I use them as dish scrubbies, floor cleaners, stainless steel polishers, etc. So when I recently spotted these sweet microfiber slippers designed for cleaning floors, I just about lost it. Cleaning my hardwood floors while I scuff about the house in slippers? Imagine how easy it would be to tackle the pet hair tumbleweeds if you had these — immediately swished away with a flick of the toe! The chenille microfiber soles are removable and machine washable so you can get rid of the nasty stuff that you just picked up (thank goodness). Find them at Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99. –Megan B.

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charming summer diy: hanging jar chandeliers


My mission this summer has been to transform my tiny breadth of a patio into a backyard retreat by any means possible. The most successful element that I’ve added to my urban terrace has been these hanging jar chandeliers. It was an easy project that only took a little bit of time and less than $30.

I collected a handful of jars (some purchased for a dollar or two at thrift stores and some from chips-and-salsa marathons) and wrapped 20 gauge wires snugly around the lip of each jar with needle nose pliers. Then I attached a U-shaped hanging wire around the top of the jar. I straightened out a few paper clips to use to hang the jars. I bought a length of chain from a hardware store and attached it between two posts to hang the jars from. Drop a votive candle inside each jar and, as the sun sets in your backyard, enjoy the romantic glow. –Katie D.

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