Xiral Watertower

Bring a French countryside landmark into your living room

As part of this year’s Maison et Objet design tradeshow during Paris Design Week, the exhibition “Now: Le Off!” served to showcase young, up-and-coming designers. We were drawn to the smartly conceived multipurpose pieces throughout the show. One particularly French item we spotted were Xiral‘s Watertower Tables. Made from heavy-duty concrete—the designer’s preferred material—the accent tables are meant to look like the traditional gray water …

SmartCrossBars

An intelligent roof rack solution for switching between gear

Thomas Vollbrecht knows gear. The self-professed “fun hog” lives in Park City, Utah, where a community of avid outdoorsmen creates a demand for functional equipment. Vollbrecht first thought of SmartCrossBars—the flagship product from his company, Wasatch Powder Monkeys—while eating with his family at the B&B Cafe in Castle Rock, Colorado. Vollbrecht kept staring out the window at the family car, unable to enjoy his meal …

Drobo Mini

Worry-free and dead simple photo and video storage on the go

A valuable solution for the traveling photo or video nerd, Drobo’s brand new Drobo Mini is the world’s smallest full-featured storage array that operates off combined disk and solid-state technologies, making it also one of the fastest. Like Drobo’s other products, the Mini has four hot-swappable drive bays that allow you to manage as much storage as you can afford to purchase. The sleek data-protecting …