Phone chargers – not the sexiest of items, are they? Mine hides away beside my dressing table, almost apologetically, looking functional rather than fabulous. Which is why these ‘booksi’ chargers from Rich Neeley Designs on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RichNeeleyDesigns) are such a clever idea. Fashioned from real new leather or cloth bound versions of classic novels (or one-off vintage books), a charging dock is built into the pages, so that when you plug in…

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I love a good competition – and this one is particularly brilliant. Brabantia, makers of upmarket pedal bins and kitchen accessories, have┬álaunched a contest to create a new design for their tea/coffee/sugar canisters. The prize is a VIP trip for two to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan (a swanky design show); but even more excitingly, you get to see your design adorning everything from biscuit tins to bread bins all…

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