Matthias Pliessnig: Capsule

Although strictly sculptural, those with a bit of imagination could use Capsule as one of the nicest note/cigar holders out there. Matthias Pliessnig designed Capsule to contain its own plans rolled up inside (above right inset). Made of ebonized walnut and steel, the box is held shut by a mechanism inside—pushing the metal button at the tip opens the lid. Better known for his furniture, …

Solatube

Solatube improves on the idea of using solar power for lighting, but unlike often outdated and ineffectual skylights, Solatube has the ability to light interiors not directly connected to the outdoors. That means that your dark closets, dimly lit bathrooms, windowless room, or basement apartments are capable of receiving natural light. This is accomplished by sunlight being transported through a highly reflective tube into interiors …

Franz Maurer: Vienna

For those of us who prefer to hold on to our CDs for one reason or another, the problem becomes where to store them without overwhelming your apartment. Franz Maurer designed this CD shelf, Vienna, a wall unit for the design collection Anthologie Quartett. To help contrast the unsightly crooked stacks of jewel cases, he adds a hint of sophistication by housing CDs in an …