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Hershey’s Chocolate, the Printed Kind

Categories: Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends
Hershey’s Chocolate, the Printed Kind

What’s better than buying chocolates? Printing them at home, presumably. That’s what Hershey’s hopes, anyway, as it teams up with a manufacturer of 3D printers to devise a printer capable of churning out chocolate treats. Both 3D Systems and Hershey’s have a vested interest in making printed chocolate a reality: — Continue reading

Toothpaste that Cleans Up With Water-Saving Awareness

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Sustainability
Toothpaste that Cleans Up With Water-Saving Awareness

Anyone accustomed to absently keeping water running whilst brushing teeth can count on a daily scolding from STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME!, a German brand of personal care cosmetics that aims to keep the issue of water conservation front and center. Organic ingredients and (pseudo) generic black-and-white packaging reinforce — Continue reading

A Key Moment from Kelly Wearstler

Categories: Fashion + Trends
A Key Moment from Kelly Wearstler

The next time we go rummaging around in a purse for those all-important keys, we’ll be thinking about this Key Hole Key Chain from interior designer Kelly Wearstler. A substantial 4.5 inches in length, its clever, linear shape is plated in 18k gold to give it luxury credentials, but we — Continue reading

J. Crew Stripes With Coffee To Go

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
J. Crew Stripes With Coffee To Go

Disposable cups are so 2013. J. Crew thinks so, anyway—and is offering this porcelain travel coffee mug as a smart alternative. Signature J.Crew tailored stripes in black and white, topped off with colored lid, may look like a standard disposable coffee cup, but will besmirch neither your eco consciousness nor — Continue reading

Goal-Oriented Jewelry from Nike

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Goal-Oriented Jewelry from Nike

As if selfies and food-centric Instagrams aren’t enough to keep us enmeshed in daily minutiae, Nike is doing its best to make us ever-conscious of each move we make—quite literally. The Nike+ Fuelband SE (SE, as in Second Edition) is the updated version of the company’s original wrist accessory, a — Continue reading

Less Plastic, More Coin

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Less Plastic, More Coin

Whether or not it turns out to be a revolutionary device, Coin has our tongues duly wagging. This credit card-sized invention renders obsolete the need to carry around a wallet full of plastic—by storing salient information from a slew of credit and debit cards within its slender profile. As the — Continue reading

Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

We won’t claim to have predicted it, but, naturally, we’d like to think our October Autumn Trend feature (below) influenced Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year decision. Calling it a color that “emanates great joy, love and health,” the color authority has designated 18-3224, or, more explicitly, Radiant Orchid the — Continue reading

Looking Good, Google Glass

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Looking Good, Google Glass

Never mind the dicey proposition of walking around with a computer wrapped around one’s head (and this, in an already attention-challenged age, thank you); it’s time to give Google Glass some attention for its elegant good looks. Industrial designer Isabelle Olsson, who was lured away by Google from Yves Behar’s — Continue reading

Autumn Trend: Purple Reign

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Fashion + Trends, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Autumn Trend: Purple Reign

Once summer makes its final exit, the nesting instinct takes over. Gone is the search for wide open spaces—in its place, the urge to cozy up inside, amidst warm tones and plush layers. Color, too, takes on a darker hue in the cooler months, and few colors are as deeply — Continue reading

For Food Aesthetes, Molecular Popsicles

Categories: Fashion + Trends
For Food Aesthetes, Molecular Popsicles

How does a simple popsicle become an “individual lifestyle food product?” By being whipped up in Berlin’s The Science Kitchen by a chef and “food scientist”—and yes, by looking like this! The brainchild of David Marx, The Science Kitchen, an experimental food lab born of the desire to create ice — Continue reading

3D Printing Gets Buttoned Up

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
3D Printing Gets Buttoned Up

A collaboration between, respectively, Dutch and German design studios Femke Roefs and Leoni Werle, 3D printing technology has been applied to the creation of decorative clothing buttons. These Spirograph-inspired designs were realized via a layered printing method that shows off the buttons’ intricate detailing. Comprised of a plastic composite derived — Continue reading

Baby Steps from Citizen Native

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Kids + Baby
Baby Steps from Citizen Native

We tried to, but just couldn’t get past these preposterously cute cloth moccasins from Citizen Native, which capitalize on the trendy chevron pattern craze. With faux suede sole and cozy faux shearling lining, these American-made little moccasins, which range in sizes from newborn to 2 years old, can be worn — Continue reading

A Backpack for True Modernists

Categories: Fashion + Trends
A Backpack for True Modernists

We like an arty gimmick, and L.A. backpack maker Harper Ave has one. Founded by architectural student Briana Anter, Harper Ave has a signature backpack design that’s meant to look fashionable with either casual or dressy attire.  “Simple, sleek, and always appropriate, we crafted a bag that will accompany you — Continue reading

Rain Flowers from Chooka

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Rain Flowers from Chooka

Dreary rain boots, be gone! Seattle-based fashion brand Chooka, which proclaims that “utility can be beautiful,” can’t be bothered with the business of purely functional rain boots, opting instead for having some serious fun with form. Giving rain gear the flashy treatment reserved for umbrellas and raincoats, Chooka douses its — Continue reading

A Wallet for the Wanderer

Categories: Fashion + Trends
A Wallet for the Wanderer

This authentic-looking Air Mail envelope is, in fact, a wallet made from Tyvek®, folded in origami fashion to create two interior pockets and space for credit cards and business cards. Part of a range of novelty wallets by Mighty Wallets, it’s water resistant, recyclable, and impervious to tears—and, to boot, — Continue reading

Trend Watch: Saffron!

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Trend Watch: Saffron!

Yellow is a natural for summer, of course, but saffron is a bit more…adventurous. A pinch of orange gives basic yellow a dash of, well, spice! Upholstered in the most luscious of saffrons, the Artek Armchair 402 is a revelation. Alvar Aalto’s 1933 masterwork is given a dazzling remake, colorfully — Continue reading

Graphic Bike Helmets from Nutcase

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Graphic Bike Helmets from Nutcase

Never mind the “Spin Dial at the back for a snug and comfortable fit, reflectivity on all sides and the revolutionary Nutcase magnetic buckle for one-hand operation and no pinching.” it’s the smart graphic statements made by these GEN2 bike helmets by Nutcase, the Portland, Oregon-based sports helmet maker, that — Continue reading

The Sunny Yellow Taschelino Bag

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Sustainability
The Sunny Yellow Taschelino Bag

Not that we need an excuse, but the moment we spotted this handbag, we found ourselves with a touch of, yes, yellow fever. Taschelino, is one in a series of bags designed by Italians Maria Christina Hamel & Alessandro Mendini for German brand Koziol, distinguished by their elegantly structured shape — Continue reading

La Lunette Magnifying Glass

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Uncategorized
La Lunette Magnifying Glass

Taking a whimsical approach to magnifying glass designs is French boutique Maison Martin Margiela, which has traded in the traditional elegance of arty magnifying glasses for something a bit more inspired and humorous. La Lunette is available in both “right” and “left” options, befitting both right-handed and left-handed users. Images: — Continue reading

Case Study

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Local + Travel
Case Study

  It’s true we have travel on our minds, this first day of summer, but who wouldn’t want to do some traveling with this lovely suitcase in tow? The result of luggage maker TUMI’s collaboration with fashion designer Anna Sui, Extended Trip Packing Case is an exceedingly pretty, lightweight suitcase, — Continue reading