This Smart Lamp Tells People Where You Are
It’s happened again. You head out for summer vacation without turning on your out-of-office notification… or the very second you walked out the door for lunch is the same moment your boss drops by with an urgent question about that big presentation you’re putting together… or you ran into the break room to grab a cup of coffee just as a colleague dropped by to invite you out for Friday night happy hour.
Sounds like you need a Place Lamp. It functions as a regular desk lamp, but also syncs up with a GPS-enabled smartphone to change color and brightness based on your current location. The lamp connects to your office’s WiFi network, while a corresponding app allows you to set up digital geofences around it.
Traveling outside the country? A blue glow can let others know. Still in the office, but just stepped away to grab a leftover donut from the conference room? Let an orange hue tell cube-mates you’re in the building and will be back to the grind ASAP. And for those mad mornings when you happen to be running late? The lamp’s increasing brightness can indicate when you’re nearing the office and spare you from having to dash off a desperate email while racing down the block.
Because Place Lamp’s hardware is open source, you can make it do other unique things too, like keep you informed! It can “wink” when your sweetie shoots you a text or turn red when an urgent email pops up in your inbox. Hospitals, the deaf community and parents who want to keep track of their children’s whereabouts could also make great use of Place Lamp, customizing its features to suit their needs.
Sound like something that would help streamline your own busy life? Created by designer Samuel Stubblefield, the invention is still a prototype, but given its attractive design and amazing versatility, we can only hope we see these innovative smart lamps in a cubicle near us very soon.
Would you use Place Lamp? Let us know what you think below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)