Why be caught out in a shower looking soggy and ill-prepared when you could be defying the drizzle by wielding one of these very fine umbrellas!
These come from Chicago-based designers Materious. Have a look at their other clever ideas here.
The Sky Planter from BOSKKE designed by Patrick Morris is definitely going on my wish list. It's a unique upside-down plant holder. You can grow any common plants or vegetables in it and hang them from your celling. They even give you a list of plants that thrive in the planter. I love the idea. They stock them here in ireland in my new favourite Dublin Shop, 'Designist,' on South Great Georges Street.
I heard about this product from some friends of mine while I was on holidays. So I checked out the Sugru site when I got home and it's really amazing stuff. Sugru is a silicon based material which looks like play doh is moldable by hand, heat proof, waterproof and sticks like super glue. Essentially what it does is allow you to fix and customise your stuff. Sugru is the brainchild of product designer Jane Ní Dholchaointigh. Ní Dholchaointigh worked with scientist for 6 years to develop the product and it recently made Time Magazines: 'The 50 Best Inventions of 2010'. If you go to the Sugru site you will see some the creative uses Sugru customers have found for this product. You can read more about the inventor and the product in this article from the Tribune and you can buy it from the Sugru site, just ordered some myself!