Companies have been introducing some fun new products. See what appeals to you.
Castro Convertible's handsome Ottoman unfolds into a full-size twin bed.
OTTO-MATIC EXTRA BED
Relaunching the firm's emblematic hideaway beds, Castro Convertibles has come up with an ottoman that transforms into a single bed. Masquerading as a footstool or coffee table, the bed is available in two twin bed sizes. You can choose between the 29" by 33" or 39". The footstools open out transforming into full size, comfortable beds fitted with 5-inch thick latex-free Castropedic mattresses.
Sold on the internet and shipped fully assembled, each is provided with one free removable slipcover with a variety of additional covers available. Mounted on large locking castors, the beds are easily movable and can be folded up with the sheets inside.
Castro Convertible Ottoman, $699-$799. www.castroconvertibles.com
Bernardaud's delicate Anno Cup is ringed with a ribbon handle
With a handle that wraps around like a ribbon, Bernardaud's Anno cup protects fingertips from burning while drinking hot espresso, brandies or saki. Designed by French architect and artist Sylvain Dubuisson (who also created the light posts lining New York City's Columbus Circle fountain), the Limoges porcelain cups come with sashes in gold, silver and a range of pastels. Bernardaud Anno Cup, $180-$240 per set. www.bernardaud.fr/
B&O Play's BeoPlay V1 television combines superior performance and an attractive design
Hang it from the ceiling, stand it on the floor, hinge it to the wal—aiming to transform what can be an electronic eyesore into a beautiful multifunctional piece of furniture, Bang & Olufsen's new B&O Play brand has come up with Beoplay V1, a state of the art flat screen television.
Packaged in a rugged black or white steel cabinet that is powder coated to be soft to the touch (with interchangeable color panel options available) the 32 and 40 inch sets incorporate a sophisticated sound system and powerful video engine and LED screen to keep images sharp.
With easy connection to set-top boxes, gaming consoles, hard disks and simple graphic user interfaces, the sets are designed so that everything can be handled from a single remote control. "The BeoPlay V1 has been designed by studying the way people use televisions in their homes," says company CEO Tue Mantoni, "we want it to fit into people's lifestyles." B&O Play BeoPlay V1, $3,249. www.bangolufsen.dk
New Emerald paints from Sherwin-Williams claim superior finishes that are environmentally friendly.
PAINT THE TOWN GREEN
Described by the company as "the best paint money can buy," Sherwin-Williams has introduced new Emerald Interior and Exterior coatings. These products are described as washable, high hiding, long-lasting and eco-friendly. Besides offering maximum resistance to water streaking, staining, and spotting, the new formulations are self-priming and offer better indoor air quality than conventional paints by incorporating new ColorCast Eco Toners, which provide strong hues—more than 1,500 of them—without the addition of environmentally hazardous VOCs. Backed by a lifetime warranty, the new coatings promise long-lasting resistance to blistering, peeling, chalking, fading and mildew. Sherwin-Williams Emerald Interior and Exterior coatings, $60-$70 per gallon. www.sherwin-williams.com
NOT YOUR MOTHER'S TUPPERWARE
No longer merely translucent boxes with snap on lids, Tupperware has moved into the future with a full line of kitchen aids and accessories. "FridgeSmart" containers now feature adjustable vents to control airflow and help extend freshness. Flexible lids expand to fit odd-shaped foods, and pitchers com with a push-button seal and all feature bright new colors—neon green, lemon yellow, seashore aqua.
No longer confined to storage alone, the line offers steamers, rice makers, smooth choppers, garlic graters—and more—all durable and easy to clean. www.tupperware.com