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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

Tote to Tote

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Tote to Tote

Artek launched their ABC Collection at the New York International Gift Fair earlier this year, the Finnish furniture brand’s first foray into the home accessories market. Most prominent amongst the vintage textile patterns featured on the line’s offerings is Siena, a simple grid pattern designed by Alvar Aalto, the company’s — Continue reading

Shoe Color

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Shoe Color

Doing their cheerful best to add a spring to our steps is Marimekko, which has partnered with sports shoe maker Converse to produce this line of happy canvas sneakers bearing their famously vibrant textile patterns. The Converse Marimekko Collection offers a dozen prints in a range of colors, and in — Continue reading

Father Time

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Father Time

Nothing says summer quite like yellow, and if the search for a Father’s Day present is causing its usual conundrum, Achille Castiglioni’s Record watch should provide some clarity. Originally, designed for Alessi in 2000, Record always was a bold graphic statement, with its oversized face and easy-to-read numbers. The new Record — Continue reading

Twice As Nice

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Twice As Nice

We’re all for multi-purposed products. The Mix Match Bag-Backpack by Milan-based Japanese designer Makio Hasuike, is a shoulder bag which can be converted to backpack mode quickly and easily with the aid of a few swappable straps. Manufactured in Italy, it’s made from an eco-friendly material that’s light, soft, and waterproof; and — Continue reading

Head Master

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Head Master

It’s safe to say that that this colorful leather skull cap, bearing a geometric design by the late artist Sol LeWitt, may be amongst his most unusual limited edition works of art. The Star of David design was one LeWitt created for an installation at the Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek — Continue reading

Trend Alert: Oversized Lighting

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2013
Trend Alert: Oversized Lighting

One of the more talked about lighting stories at ICFF 2013 last week was Tom Dixon’s giant laser-cut Punch Ball XL pendant globe, which hung at something like 6 ft in diameter suspended above his booth, keeping watch over the laser cutting equipment that gave birth to it. Technology notwithstanding, the truth — Continue reading

Jazz Trio

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Jazz Trio

Art Deco jewelry was distinguished by its geometric settings, and these 1920′s-inspired arrow bobby pins from Los Angeles jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer continue the tradition. Meyer, who happens to be married to the actor Tobey McGuire, was taken with the lavish Tiffany jewelry gracing the Jazz Age set of The Great Gatsby, — Continue reading

Bagging Rights

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Bagging Rights

Admittedly an item based on such a melancholy image (never mind that woeful copy) wouldn’t have much to recommend it, but if wearing your arty credentials on your sleeve (or shoulder) counts for anything, we can’t quite imagine a more excellent bag to tote around this summer than this one. — Continue reading

Polished Concrete

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Polished Concrete

We’ll admit to liking concrete in most any application—floors, countertops, desk accessories; even a concrete ping pong table gets our undivided attention. But actually wearing concrete would seem akin to sporting, well, a ball and chain. Which is why we can’t wait to get our hands on this new line of concrete — Continue reading

Walking Proud

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Walking Proud

“Most canes today are clinical and generic items of utility that do little to inspire the self-confidence of those who use them. We realised there was a need for a more personable cane, so we decided to design one.” Top & Derby, a Winnipeg-based studio run by product designers Matthew — Continue reading

Rubber Soul

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Rubber Soul

When the description of a shoe goes something like, “The graphic element is the result of the work of taking away in which the vowels are eliminated from the nouns,” you know something’s up. That something—or someone—is Jean Nouvel, the French architect, who has now ventured into the world of fashion — Continue reading

New Dimension

Categories: Fashion + Trends
New Dimension

Applying new meaning to the term 3D glasses is British designer Ron Arad, who has used the occasion of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan this week to introduce a new line of eye glasses created entirely through 3D printing technology. “The brand wanted to advertise the fact that — Continue reading

Flower Girl

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Flower Girl

Lilly Pulitzer’s textile designs, it’s safe to say, were not for everyone. The fashion iconoclast, who died this week, presided over an empire of flowery motifs that, even in retrospect, pale beside the visual panache of fellow 60′s and 70′s brands like Marimekko and Missoni. Pulitzer creations weren’t for the — Continue reading

Clear Winner

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Clear Winner

No, this is not an impeccably drafted pencil drawing or perfectly composed pictogram. This photogenic concoction is a new acrylic chain-link necklace by Michael Kors, and it stopped us dead in our tracks for both its striking, graduated arrangement of links and its perfect-for-summer visual lightness. Though, truthfully, we’re more — Continue reading

Heart of Hearing

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Heart of Hearing

Okay, we admit these Diane von Furstenberg Heart-Print ear buds are a bit too adorable for full-fledged adults, but frankly, we’ll go to great lengths to scout out a set that may actually manage to stay put for hours without causing pain. Whether or not this design fits the (functional) — Continue reading

Line Dance

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Line Dance

How could we not be impressed by the fool-the-eye construction of these bags by the Taiwanese company Jump From Paper, founded by the young designers Chay Su and Rika Lin? It’s one thing to want to turn a cartoonish drawing into a three-dimensional object, but another altogether to have it — Continue reading