Generally, when we think of going to the post office, we don’t expect any inventiveness or inspired designs. Everything inside is devised to be practical and organized and to most efficiently serve postal users.
So, it is funny that this envelope-shaped floor tiling ended up on the floor at the National Postal Museum.
This design innovation is far from intuitive. We don’t expect to see a fireplace suspended from the ceiling and dropping in on any random place in the room. The hanging fireplace is not, however, a new concept. The first one was designed by Dominique Imbert in 1967 in France.
Today, they look just as sleek and modern. If mounted securely and properly, it is totally safe.
Padlock Bike Rack
Where is the bike rack? No one has to ask that question if they are in the vicinity of these artsy bike lockers. High profile and creative use of space, the padlock design is the result of an art installation. The artist was commissioned by the city in 2010.
It is free for anyone to use and is located across from the public library in Nashville at Church Street Park.
Look Ma, No Hands
This hands-free umbrella could really come in handy on rainy days for that mom scooter. But a hands-free umbrella is great for just about anyone. If tinted, it can be used for a sunshade too. With a push of a button, it retracts or opens automatically.
Withstanding 40 mph winds, gone are the days the umbrella rips inside-out by a freezing gust. The whole contraption is securely mounted like a backpack.
A Stable Ladle
Leaving a ladle in the pot can cause it to fall over and into whatever soup you're making. It’s a mess. But this clever soup ladle stands upright and ready for the next scoop or serving. Plus, it’s cute.
The Loch Ness design makes the stable ladle as practical as it is adorable with little legs to hold it steady.