Last month, we checked out wholesale home good and lifestyle product trade show NY NOW. The twice-annual event takes place on four floors of the Javits Center, packed with the coolest and newest products about to come on the market.
Below are some of the coolest — and most space-efficient — goodies we found... coming to a store (and maybe even an apartment) near you:
Umbra Shift’s Hanger Chair by Philip Malouin ($200 each) is compact and lightweight enough for easy storage. This whimsical take on a practicaly classic can easily hang from nearly any hook, too.
Keep your pens organized without taking up any extra space, with Umbra Shift’s Cup Lamp ($180) by Paul Loebach. It also happens to be an LED lamp, dimmer, and integrated USB all in one.
This doorwedge does double duty as a shoehorn. The Umbra Shift Wedge Shoehorn by Umbra Studio is $50.
Talk about multi-tasking. Sagegreenlife's Ambienta ($270) is a table lamp that can support six plants. And with two types of LEDs—ambient and grow light—it's just right for sun-deprived apartments. It even has three timer settings, based on plant requirements, so you don't have to worry about them while you're away on vacation.
The company's Edelwhite, which launches this month for $59.95, is a lightweight "living frame" that can be hung from the wall or propped up. (Sagegreenlife started with “patent-pending soil-free (hydroponic) growth medium for interior and exterior living wall systems.” Previously sold only to commercial spaces, they’ve brought that technology into the home goods market.)
Place & Stick Tiles by Triluc, a Japanese company that's bringing their mats to this country for the first time, lay flat and stick to the floor without leaving residue—a major plus for rentals. They're sold in 4- and 8-pack for $16 and $30, respectively.
Bee’s Wrap's sustainable food storage wraps (the ones above are available in 3-packs for $16) come in different sizes, and are applied using only the warmth and pressure of your hands. They can also be used as a work or place mat. The company's trying to do a big thing: replace bulky, expensive roll and boxes of saran wrap and sandwich bags with an environmentally sustainable substitute, that's reusable, biodegradable and compostable.