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About Simon: Simon has worked in the fields of graphic design, multimedia and production. He has an obsession with objects and their relationships with people. He enjoys making things and sketching in notebooks. Simon is currently studying Industrial Design and rides his bike everywhere in Portland, Oregon. (View Profile)

 
 

Blu Dot 2d3d Catch-All Tray

Update: This is on sale for $7.95 from the MoMA Store… I’m sure the price is only good until it sells out, so hurry if you want one. (09/30/10)

This isn’t a new product, but good design always deserves mentioning. The Blu Dot 2d3d Catch-all Tray is a simple, steel tray that’s shipped flat. A few folds here and there and you have yourself a neat tray to keep your desk tidy. Available in gray, white, and red.

Material: Powdercoated steel.
Dimension: 9″ W x 1″ H x 13″ D
Colors: Gun Metal, White, Fire Engine Red

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Design Public

Shwood Sunglasses

Shwood is a designer and manufacturer of wooden framed sunglasses. Each pair is handcrafted in-house at their Portland-based workshop. Currently two styles are available: Canby and Govy, available in Maple, East Indian Rosewood (my favorite) or Zebrawood.  Each pair comes equipped with your choice of imported Carl Zeiss or polarized lenses. All their wood is sourced from authorized sustainably-harvested plantations.

At this point I’m sure you’re expecting some ridiculous prices for all these features, but they start at only $95. Very reasonable considering the quality and craftsmanship you’ll be receiving.

This makes me wants to wear contact lenses again just so I get a pair of these. Maybe I can put in prescription lenses? Hmm….

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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Availability: Buy Shwood Sunglasses here

Two Timer Clock

Multi-time zone clocks are certainly nothing new, but this is the first analog one I’ve seen in which both share the same numbers. Anyone see a bit of Persistence of Memory in this? Comes in Large and Small sizes, priced at $360 and $260, respectively.

Designer: Sam Hecht
Materials: glass, alumnium, abs plastic, quartz movement, battery powered.
Colors: white, black, red

Large: Diam. 23.6″ x D 2.6″
Small: Diam. 11.8″ x D 1.6″

Purchase Information:

Price: $260.00
Available from: MATTER

Viva Brass Bicycle Bell

As exciting as it is to come across new products and conceptual designs, more often that not it’s traditional and storied products that strike a chord with me. In this case, this bicycle bell was created by the Tokyo San-Esu Co in 1974 and is still in production today. When a product is so simple in function and perfect to begin with, it’s probably best to leave it alone. The brass bell and metal couplers have a level of timelessness and sophistication over today’s plasticky and cheap-feeling bicycle acessories. I may just have to pick one of these up at the Cooper Hewitt store while I’m still in New York this week…

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Viva Brass Bicycle Bell here

Straw Vase

This is a clever little vase based on those fun bendable straws. While not quite suitable for a bouquet, it will certainly add a nice floral highlight to a table. I’m wondering if makes that weird springy sound of the original straws.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Straw Vase here

Bent Basket

Designer Faris Elmasu couldn’t be more straightforward in his reasoning for creating the Bent Basket: “I was sick with what the market had to offer and thought that people deserve a better design”. I personally am in complete agreement with him. Bicycle accessories that are highly functional that are also stylish definitely are few and far in between. Anyways, the Bent Basket is a molded wood veneer bicycle basket/rack designed for 700c road bikes, and looks seriously cool. The carrying area measures 16 x 12.5”  and integrated nylon straps locks down your stuff during transport. No official price yet, contact the designer for purchasing info.

Material:
Handmade bent wood, aluminum frame, nylon straps.

Carrying Area:
16”L x 12.5W

Maximum weight:
“12 pack of beer”

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More information:

View Bent Basket here

Krv Kurva La.Ga Bags

I recently came across these awesome bags at the Moma Design Store in New York, but for some reason they’re not available at their online store. Luckily you can buy them directly from the designer. Anyways, the La.Ga is a Tyvek bag available in various custom prints. Tyvek feels like paper but is waterproof, tear-resistant, and because it’s plastic, recycleable. The large size of the bag and colourful graphics certainly make a bold statement. Be sure to check out their store to see the other styles.

Shown La.Ga Bags: NYC, Marilyn, Letraset

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Purchase Information:

Price: €50.00
Availability: Buy Krv Kurva La.Ga Bags here

Matrix Table

From designer Andrew Tye is this wonderful plywood coffee table. The wood sections stack and intersect (without the use of any other hardware) to create the base of the table, and is finished with a hardened glass top.

Small: 31.5 “W x 31.5″D x 10.43″ H
Large: 43.31″W x 31.5″ D x 10.43″H

Materials: Plywood and glass

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,479.00
Available from: gnr8

Freedom of Creation iPhone Cases

High technology meets high fashion in this new line of iPhone cases. The intricate and stylish surface patterns are formed through the use of 3d printing (selective laser sintering to be exact), which also helps absorb shock and increase grip. Additionally, the air channels enable your iPhone to stay cool. Four models are available: Weave, Double Mesh, Maille, and Plaid Armour.

Designer: Janne Kyttänen 2009
Material: Laser Sintered Polyamide
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Purchase Information:

Price: €42.01
Availability: Buy Freedom of Creation iPhone Cases here

Whistler Cork Teapot

The Whistler Cork Teapot is part of Moma’s exclusive highlight of Portugese products. Made with traditional materials, this charming and quite affordable teapot has a large opening at the top for easy filling. Also, check out the Sugar and Creamer containers and Tea Cups that go along with the cork teapot.

Designer: Raquel Castro, 2009
Material: ceramic earthenware, cork.
Size: 7h x 5l x 5.5”w, 3.5 cups

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy Whistler Cork Teapot here

Papyrus Chair

Fantastic plastic! The Papyrus Chair is a new chair from Kartell made in polycarbonate. It takes visual and structural cues from vintage chairs but what really stands out is the inherit beauty of the material: colorful, transparent, and glossy.  They’re stackable and suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Designer: Bouroullec Brothers for KartellMaterials
Dimensions: 23.6″W x 31.1″H x 19.3″D; Seat 17.3″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $349.00
Availability: Buy Papyrus Chair here

Chalkboard Globe

We’ve posted plenty of map-themed items before; Haptic Lab Quilts, Magnetic Future Map, Places on Earth, but this will be the first where you can literally create your own world. The outlines of the continents are painted on, leaving you  on your own to create the division lines and territories. Undo the Louisiana Purchase. Create Jeff Land. Or draw some sea monsters. You get the idea.

Dimensions:

30″ tall, 19” diameter globe.

On a side note, this could easily be a weekend diy project; buy a globe at a flea market and paint it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Availability: Buy Chalkboard Globe here

Source: The Awesomer

Objectivity: A Designer’s Book of Curious Tools

I only had a brief moment to skim through this at the bookstore, but yeah, it’s definitely a must-have for any design enthusiast. Objectivity: A Designer’s Book of Curious Tools is a new illustrated book highlighting over 400 tools and objects ranging from everyday objects to the more exotic and highly specialized. In my opinion, this book is much more interesting and educational than the Objectified movie, which I only found to be so-so.

20.80 x 20.80 cm
192 pages

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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.47
Availability: Buy Objectivity: A Designer’s Book of Curious Tools here

Totem Cups

Check out this awesome set of ceramic stacking cups based on the traditional Native American Totem Pole. Comes in a set of four and available in white, gold and silver. Buy multiple sets and make a totem tower. Just be careful not to topple them over.

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Availability: Buy Totem Cups here

3D Puzzle Furniture

3D Puzzle is a children’s table, shelf, and chair furniture set that is easily assembled without the use of any tools or fastners. It also doesn’t come with any instructions. So it’s to you and your child to figure out what pieces go where and complete the puzzle. You can choose between a normal chair or a rocking chair and 1% of the sales goes to “Save the children”.

Designer: Elin Basander Lundin
Colors: black, white.
Suitable for ages 2-6 years.

Table: width: 32 cm, height: 28,5 cm, depth: 40 cm.
Chair: width: 40 cm, height: 36,5 cm.
Rockingchair: width: 40 cm, height: 39 cm.
Wall shelf: width: 25 cm, height: 25 cm.

Purchase Information:

Price: $177.22
Availability: Buy 3D Puzzle Furniture here