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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

5 Ways to Keep the “Fall Back” Blues Away


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While I love the extra hour of sleep in the morning after the fall time change, I really struggle with how early it gets dark out. It’s too dark to get outside for exercise after work and I start to feel like I need one of those little anti-depressive head lamps to keep my mood up. But there are plenty of ways to deal with the early sunsets that don’t involve cumbersome headgear. Use those hours around dinnertime to lighten up your home and perk yourselves up. 08342_lighthink_box_03

1) Lighten things up. Literally. When the natural light tucks itself away for the night, it’s up to you to create layers of light to create a mood. Having one overhead light and nothing else is depressing. Bring out the floor lamps, table lamps, heck, maybe even install some sconces or pendants. Don’t forget spots you may not have thought of, like a small lamp on a shelf or mantel. I like these Lighthink Boxes from Seletti because they have happy messages. They even come with three different panels so you can switch up the colors and words.


2) Bring the life indoors. If you go through gardening withdrawal after that last harvest, do a little bit of indoor gardening. Whether it’s succulents, a large fiddlehead fig, herbs or even those low-maintenance air plants, get some life going on indoors.


3) Swap stuff around. I do this twice a year. If your surroundings are feeling stale, you’ll feel blah. It’s easy to switch things up. Trade some lamps, rugs, side tables/nightstands, objects and artwork around from room to room. Get a few new pillow covers. Put a cheery tablecloth on the table. Create a cool new centerpiece.


4) Just go with it. Use the time inside as an excuse for a little hibernation with those books you haven’t opened up in awhile. Put your PJs or not-so-activewear on, grab a coffee, tea or cocoa and pull down different books for the coffee table on a regular schedule so that you can enjoy them and get re-inspired by them. Go to bed early and get up early to make the most of the earlier sunrise.


5) Crank some tunes. Get your music set up so it’s accessible and easy to get going. Enjoy those songs you forgot you had by putting on random mode or running though your entire music library in alphabetical order, explore some new genres on Pandora, or go old-school and check out this thing you have called local FM radio.

What do you do to keep the fall back blues away? Please let us know in the comments section.


Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Designer Interview with Marcell Faller of sonoro audio


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I have a transistor radio in my apartment. Yes, an AM only transistor radio. Beyond my computer speakers and my coveted transistor radio, I don’t have any quality sound device to play my my favorite tunes which more often than not tend to be of the German “oompah” sort (no joke). Coincidentally enough, the following interview is with Marcell Faller of sonoro audio, a German based audio designer who creates amazing sound systems out of wood casings the size of a toaster. I think I am convinced it is time to upgrade… Enjoy the Q&A!

First comes first, we want to know about your background! Where are from? What sort of passions did you have prior to starting sonoro audio?

I’m was born and raised in Neuss, Germany. sonoro audio was first started in my hometown but shortly after the introduction of cubo, our first product, we moved the company to the near-by vibrant city of Cologne. I’m a gadget guy and products with flare have always caught my eye and my wallet. I have an interest in all things global. I have traveled around the world for adventure, education and work. I especially love the USA and lived there off and on for over 10 years.

How did you get into the electronic/audio/design world? What sparked the need to begin sonoro and create such quality audio pieces that also have such a refined and thoughtful design element?

Prior to starting sonoro audio, I was the international product and purchasing manager for Medion, Germany. The company has been very successful at developing consumer electronic products under their own brand and distributing them through a number of middle to low-cost distribution chains such as grocery stores. Medion is a well-established player in this market area, yet there is a lot of competition as well.

While working with manufactures in China, I saw a niche that was going unmet. There are plenty of low cost products in the market on one end of the spectrum and a number of well known, high-end manufacturers of top quality stereo systems and components on the other end. Yet that middle market – high quality compact audio solutions, while being addressed by some key players, still had a lot of room for growth. I saw a chance to develop a line of tabletop audio products that are of exceptional quality, and equally important, unique design.

How has the German market impacted your designs? Additionally, how has opening the line up to the rest of Europe, the US and the world impacted your designs?

I’d like to think our designs are universal. They’re modern and streamline. Our cubo line is colorful and fun, while our elements family is high tech and sleek. The beauty of all our products is that they look great in any interior: from a classic setting to a minimalist environment. The German aspect of sonoro products comes through in Read the rest of this entry »


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