Designed in Gemany and made of stainless steel, the Signo Letter Box from Chiasso ($228) is the modern mailbox we've all been looking for. Letters are placed into the top slot and fall into a spacious key-locked box below. The mailbox, which is 16.5" square and 4" deep, is waterproof and can be mounted on any surface.
While there are plenty of things that we expect to find in cans — soup, Altoids, beer — we never thought of plantlife. The Bonsai Tree in a Can ($13) is, well, an aluminum can with black sand soil and bonsai black pine seeds inside. It's 3.5" diameter is perfect for your desk or cubicle shelf, and the tree can always be replanted in a larger pot or outdoors if you want to grow it larger.
There are several reasons why having a portable fireplace is cool, but unfortunately most of them really don't mix well with modern surroundings. The Plaza Fireplace ($3,350) changes all of that with an ultra-sleek design that uses tins of burning gel to create its flames, allowing you to place it anywhere around the home. The fireplace itself sits on an integrated base that keeps the heat off the floor, and allows for a greater heating radius or just another excuse to place a nice, cozy rug in front.
To a lot of people, "prefab home" is a dirty, dirty phrase — but architectural firm Marmol Radziner is trying to change that. Their well designed, modern Model 5 Home ($465,700) features 1960 square feet of floorspace, three bedrooms and three baths, and a spacious 670 square feet of deck. As for quality, the home is built with the best materials and appliances, including names such as Sub Zero and Bosch in the kitchen.
Admit it, you've always wanted a secret passageway with a hidden in room in your own house. Your dream can now become a reality thanks to Creative Home Engineering. The company offers fully automated solutions that will turn you into the Bruce Wayne of your neighborhood (from $10,000 installed; DIY kits from $1,500). What could be cooler than pulling on a book to open a secret door or twisting on a candlestick to rotate a fireplace entryway?