Six tech wonders that every smart home needs

Discover our selection of what’s new and notable in the world of consumer technology, from flexible plugs to purifying pitchers

Briiv air filter
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Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. Here’s our selection of what’s new and notable in the world of consumer technology, from flexible plugs to purifying pitchers, smart storage, and new ways of brewing up. 

01. Barisieur Grande

Barisieur Grande coffee machine

Barisieur Grande, from £395

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02. Mieum UC01 Universal Charger

Mieum UC01 Universal Charger

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Mieum’s UC01 charger

Mieum UC01, from $99.

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Mieum’s UC01 is the answer to the frequent traveller’s prayers, an all-in-one universal charger that has been carefully thought out and isn’t as big as a brick. The UC01 is a Rams-esque 50mm cube of plastic with a set of sliding prongs that make it suitable for charging in over 190 countries around the world. 

03. Toneoptic rpm record cabinet

Toneoptic rpm record cabinet

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Toneoptic rpm record cabinet

Toneoptic rpm cabinet, $3,700,

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For some collectors, vinyl storage and display is almost as important as playing the records themselves. California-based company Toneoptic have devised a mechanical solution that’ll satisfy the needs of display and function. The rpm cabinet is a wall-mounted unit designed to house between 60 and 75 records (with internal dividers that allow for 7”, 10”, and 12” to be stored). The vinyl is displayed spine outwards, placed upon a drawer with a rotating mechanism that spins the discs round through 90 degrees when you pull it open. Then you can flick through the discs to your heart’s content, before pushing them back into storage. 

04. DustMagnet by Blueair

DustMagnet by Blueair

DustMagnet, from £379

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The latest domestic device from Swedish manufacturer Blueair is the DustMagnet, a boosted air filter that not just strains out allergens like pollen, but actually cuts down on the amount of airborne dust in your house. Designed to double up as an occasional table, the DustMagnet is for anyone who sees little spiralling galaxies of cat hair every time a ray of sunshine enters a room. Voice and app control come as standard. 

05. LARQ water pitcher

The LARQ Pitcher is a great way to cut down on plastic use. 

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LARQ water pitcher

LARQ Pitcher, £125.00

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The LARQ Pitcher is a water jug with built-in ultra-violet filtration (UV-C LED). Building on the company’s established sustainable water bottles, the Pitcher has a two-stage system that also includes a plant-based replaceable filter to transform tap water into ultra-healthy drinking water. Water quality varies dramatically all over the world, as does the size of refrigerators. If the latter is large enough – and your plumbing is in a bit of a state – the LARQ Pitcher is a great way to cut down on plastic use. 

06. Briiv Air Filter

briiv air filter

Briiv Air Filter, £299

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The new Briiv air filter ticks every box in the contemporary tech sapace; quirky spelling, sharp design, and bold claims. Resembling a compact desktop biome, the Briiv is a three-stage air filter that uses a combination of moss, coconut and carbon silk to trap all sizes of airborne particulate. Made from 90% recycled materials, including the filters themselves, briiv’s makers claim it has filtering abilities that are ‘as powerful as 3,043 medium size houseplants.’

Jonathan Bell has written for Wallpaper* magazine since 1999, covering everything from architecture and transport design to books, tech and graphic design. He is now the magazine’s Transport and Technology Editor. Jonathan has written and edited 15 books, including Concept Car Design, 21st Century House, and The New Modern House. He is also the host of Wallpaper’s first podcast.