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573. Bright Idea: the Fusion Dining Pool Table February 26, 2008

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Furniture, Game, Product.
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I don’t know about you folks, but my wife and I use our dining table about 3 times a year, when we get around to having a dinner party. Otherwise, we eat on our kitchenette every night.

So that is why I think this dining table, which converts into a pool table, is a Bright Idea. Finally use your dining room more frequently. Add a ping-pong tabletop addition, and you will use that room even more. Check all the versions out HERE; via BornRich.

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547. Bright Idea: Arrow Shelves October 1, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Furniture, Product.
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Colorful, modular, stackable, and they hold your books neatly, in an easy-to-read orientation, using gravity. Designer’s website HERE; via MoCoLoco.

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536. Bright Idea: the Dia Chair September 24, 2007

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This Dia Chair is made out of stainless steel and water-repellent fabric, making it perfect for indoors or outdoors. It is also stackable. And one simple tilt takes it from a high-seating position (for tableside) to a relaxing lounger. If you have money to burn, buy one HERE ($1,650).

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535. Bright Idea: the Tripp Trapp Chair September 24, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Baby, Furniture, Product.
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Made by the Dutch company Stokke, this chair’s name in English doesn’t have good connotations. But, the chair brilliantly adjusts as your child grows, always keeping your child at the perfect height at the family table. You can also purchase cushions, baby rails, and harnesses. Use it for 12 years, or more, for the same child. Stokke’s website HERE; buy it HERE ($199).

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524. Bright Idea: Bedside Table Gubi September 17, 2007

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Free standing or wall-mounted, this bedside table is a Bright Idea for three reasons:

  1. Neatly holds your magazines and bedside reading.
  2. Obscures the other clutter.
  3. Has no sharp corners to poke your head and eye against in the dark.

Good design can make life neater and safer. Buy it HERE (€400); via Freshome.

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517. Bright Idea: Angled Bookshelf September 15, 2007

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I am a sucker for angled bookshelves. I like the tidiness of it all, and not having to crane my neck too much. By David Ngo; Via Freshome.

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511. Bright Idea: Lampenserie 1.1/1.3 September 11, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Furniture, Product.
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This unique Bright Idea fills the dead and unused corners of rooms and provides light. By the Dutch group HUH; via JoshSpear.

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505. Bright Idea: the Chair Desk September 10, 2007

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This compact chair and desk hybrid actually provides solid ergonomic value since it is fully adjustable (find the perfect height and angle for you your laptop). It would be perfect for crowded places providing free WiFi (libraries and coffee shops). It is relatively inexpensive at $98, but I think you need Yen to buy it HERE; via UberGizmo.

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492. Bright Idea: Troja Arc Lamp September 5, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Furniture, Product.
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Here is something unique and elegant in lighting: the Troja Arc Lamp, by Hansandfranz. Via Freshome.

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491. Bright Idea: the Aquapub September 5, 2007

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This six-stool floating table-top can be used in the water, and on ground. The entire thing weighs only 85 lbs, and each seat fills with water and can support 250 lbs. Check out their website HERE; via Crave.

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483. Bright Idea: the Surface Tension Coffee Table August 31, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Audio, Furniture, Product, Video.
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This coffee table contains a PC and 19″ LCD under the surface, and has arcade controls, a trackball, and WiFi connectivity. Play movies, music, slideshows, or the preloaded 29 Taito arcade games with your guests without leaving your living room couch. It would be even better if the screen could tilt forward and the controls were removable and remote. Check more out HERE ($6600); via BornRich.

Below is a well-made 3.5 minute video with high production value and my type of music.


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475. Bright Idea: the Quad Shelf August 30, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Furniture, Product.
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This bookshelf is not exactly groundbreaking, but I like the looks, and would enjoy matching the varying sized compartments with similarly sized contents. Or I would rather save the $1800 it costs to buy one. Yes, $1800. And no, it is not made out of gold-laminated compressed dodo feathers. Via SwissMiss.

437. Bright Idea: the Trey Chair August 15, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Furniture, Product.
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The chair on the left separates into a lower rocker chair, and a rolling side table/foot stool/laptop desk/seating for a friend. Unique, and potentially useful for dorms and hip offices. But I still want my arm rests. The Trey Chair starts $240; their website HERE; via OhGizmo!

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430. Bright Idea: the Kaboost August 7, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Baby, Furniture, Product.
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Use Kaboost to raise any chair for your child. Cooler than your average booster seat, this product folds up to be a little more compact, has two heights, snaps on quickly, has non-slip feet, holds up to 300 lbs, and costs $40 (check it out HERE). Via Inventorspot.

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424. Bright Idea: the Trailer Hitch Chairs August 5, 2007

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Chill out on these chairs at your next tailgate or camping trip. Each chair supports up to 250 lbs, and the system costs $200 and assembles with ease. Buy them HERE.

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421. Bright Idea: Rocking Wheelchair August 3, 2007

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It is hard to make a rocking chair that looks cool, but I think this one gets pretty close. Seems like it has a bonus reading light, but the chair loses points for not having arm rests. Via MoCoLoco.

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418. Bright Idea: Lift Top Coffee Table August 2, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Furniture, Product.
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There are many versions of lift top coffee tables out there, all of which are Bright Ideas. Not only can you access the hidden internal storage without having to clear off the top, but you have an instant chest-high surface to eat off of. These two pictured tables are stylish as well (above is $580; buy it HERE; below is $800; buy it HERE; via Freshome).

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388. Bright Idea: the Articulating Chair July 19, 2007

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One simple flip changes the lounger on the left to the chair on the right. By Spore (their website HERE); via Core77.

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386. Bright Idea: My Pod Chair July 18, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Furniture, Product.
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The My Pod is a chair for anywhere, and is $23. Folding flat for convenience, it has a durable steel frame, and is covered by a rugged polyester fabric. Buy it HERE.

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385. Bright Idea?: the Beach Backrest July 18, 2007

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A somewhat Bright Idea, but it looks like a weapon (The Dual-Spear Shield), and is expensive ($50). Buy it HERE; via SciFiTech.

IdeaSpark*: have the backrest be made out of fabric. It will be more comfortable, and the entire thing can roll up like a scroll for easy carrying. And have the spikes of death retract into the supporting poles, for safety and increased portability.

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368. Bright Idea: Bumbo Baby Seat July 11, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Baby, Furniture, Product, Video.
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This award-winning chair is for 6 week – 14 month old babies. However, since it is only one size, it won’t always be a snug fit (my friend has one). It is also pricey for a piece of foam ($40).

IdeaSpark*: They should make another inflatable version, with a solid base. This way, it will always provide a cozy fit, and can continue to accommodate your growing child.

Buy one HERE. To see one in action, check out this amusing video stop-motion clip. Via RGS.


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362. Bright Idea: Mirror, Mirror July 10, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Furniture, Product.
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These two mirrors happen to be quite stylish and visually appealing. But what makes them a Bright Idea is that they are cut from the same piece of wood. With a little planning, Paul Loebach was able to double his production and limit his waste. Good for him, good for us, and good for the earth. Check out his website HERE; via MoCoLoCo.

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361. Bright Idea: Tete-a-Tete Rocker June 26, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Furniture, Product.
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Perfect for couples; now you can have good coversation while rocking, staying in sync with solid eye-contact and sharing a drink.

This rocker should also have attached footrests, so individuals can alternate who is rocking, and who is kickin’ back and chilling, being rocked like a baby.

Buy it HERE (price not listed; i.e. crazy expensive). Via ProductDose.

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360. Bright Idea: Stair Squares June 26, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Furniture, Product.
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People sit on stairs all the time, especially on nice days. Mark Reigelman’s art installation in front of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall adds colorful aesthetic appeal to the drab monotony of this building’s facade and steps, and gives you and your friend a place to put down your lunches. Another person can even use it as a back rest. I think most large public staircases should have permanent similar additions. Via Core77.

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357. Bright Idea: Culla Belly Sleeper June 25, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Baby, Furniture, Product.
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The second best thing about one day having a baby is finding great baby gadgets like this Culla Baby Sleeper. From Italy, find it HERE; via Swissmiss.

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345. Bright Idea: KEWB Furniture June 14, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Furniture, Product.
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Here is some multifunctional and modular furniture. Put two of these sets in your spare room, and you have a pleasant sitting room, which is easily convertible to a guest room with two beds, or, um, a Japanese style tea room. Buy it HERE (UK – £ 319 each set); via Freshome.

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