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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)

 
 

Phaidon Design Classics iPad App

We featured Phaidon Design Classics “a monstrous 3 volume set of books that covers the last 200 years of product design ” a few years back. Recently released is a digital version specifically for the iPad, taking full advantage of its gesture interface and gorgeous display. It’s quite a deal at just under 20 bucks, and well, you don’t need to spend any more money if you bought yourself an iPad to begin with. Non iPadders can purchase the original 3 book set for $175.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.99
Availability: Buy Phaidon Design Classics iPad App here

Newsworthy Recycled Wallpaper

Newsprint strips are handwoven on a loom and backed with paper to create these eco-friendly wall coverings. Definitely a clever use of recycled materials. I think what really makes it is the use of larger strips of paper which reveal hints of the paper’s former life, and of course, the colors! Available through many retailers, find your nearest one at Weitzner’s official website.

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Land Carpet

Designer Florian Pucher creates an aerial landscape with these new colorful rugs. Birds-eye-views of Europe, Africa, the Netherlands and the United States are captured in 100 percent New Zealand Wool. Currently available to purchase directly from the designer. Europe, Africa and USA are each $1200 and the Netherlands is $2100. A fair price for such a unique piece of furnishing.

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Alice in Wonderland Cabinet

Alice in Wonderland is an interesting mashup of materials and styles. Traditional elements are implemented in oak while much more angular and modern lines in white MDF. Oh wait, what is you say? Based on the description its a combination of a cabinet and writing desk. I’ll take the designer’s word for it. Regardless of what you want to call it, it certainly will add quite a visual punch to any room.
Designer: studio-ziben
Dimensions: Height 1190mm / Depth 840mm / Width 500 mm
Material: MDF glossy varnished, oak wood

Purchase Information:

Price: €3,200.00
Availability: Buy Alice in Wonderland Cabinet here

Geometry Post Its

Yeah I know, a rectangular stickie note makes the most sense in the squared-off world we live in. But whatever, these cool geometric shaped ones are just fun. Even if you don’t actually do work with them, they’d be great to have around for gifts and other crafty projects. Someone buy me a pack of hexagons.

2” x 3.75″

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Price: £4.75
Availability: Buy Geometry Post Its here

Jack Spade Tarpaulin Dry Dopp Kit

Devoid of any embellishment, the Tarpaulin Dry Dopp Kit is a rugged, waterproof toiletries bag in a simple and straightforward package, guranteed to take years of travel abuse.

Material: Industrial grade tarpaulin

Dimensions: 9.75″ x 5.75″ x 4″

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Availability: Buy Jack Spade Tarpaulin Dry Dopp Kit here

Source: Uncrate

Stanley Candlesticks

Inspired by the traditional matchbox, designer Simon Donald created the Stanley series of oak candle stick holders. What really makes it stand out is the bright block of yellow, which is actually sandpaper for use as a striking surface.

Materials: Solid oak, brass inserts and household sandpaper

Purchase Information:

Price: £15.00
Availability: Buy Stanley Candlesticks here

Regenesi Re-fill Leather Goods

Make from 100% recycled leather, Re-fill is a practical and stylish collection of small leather goods hand-crafted in Italy. Choose from wallet, credit card holder, or key case. I’d love to see these in person because from the picture it totally looks like felt.

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Price: €60.00
Availability: Buy Regenesi Re-fill Leather Goods here

Grow Frame

This is a pretty neat idea for a magnetic modular photo frame that is scaleable and adaptable to your use.

Check out the video of it in action here, and more pictures after the jump.

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Price: $19.95
Availability: Buy Grow Frame here

OXO Good Grips Pour & Store Watering Cans

The standard watering can gets the OXO Good Grips treatment with some added functionality and convenience. The spout rotates back for easier filling and efficient storage while easy measuring is made possible with a translucent spout. And of course, the grip is improved with a continuous non-slip handle for carrying and pouring at any height. Available in small, medium, and large sizes, priced at $9.99, $14.99 and $24.99 respectively.

Large 2 gallon, 13.9” x 7.6” x 9.7”
Medium 3 quart, 10″ x 4.5″ x 11″
Mini 1 quart, 8.0 x 3.5 x 3.5

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.99
Availability: Buy OXO Good Grips Pour & Store Watering Cans here

Xylobook Blank Books

Created from salvaged furniture production cutoffs, Xylobooks are handmade blank books with sturdy wood covers for the most important of memories.

Designer: Johnathan Nussbaum and Gary Robbins
Materials: high quality recycled archival paper, cotton twill tape, iron nails. Wood: Bigleaf Maple, White Oak, or Cherry

Specifications: 5.25″L x 4.25″W, 64 leaves, 128 pages.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Availability: Buy Xylobook Blank Books here

The Contact Sheet

The Contact Sheet by Steve Crist takes us into pre-iPhoto days with a behind the scenes tour of some of the most iconic images ever taken, and all the shots before and after that were taken to capture that one unforgettable moment. Film-nostalgic fans, photo buffs, and anyone who loves to know about the process just as much as the final product will definitely find this to be an interesting read.

Features over forty iconic photographers such as William Claxton, Chuck Close, Robert Doisneau, Nan Golding, Dorothea Lange, Julius Shulman, and Jeanloup Sieff.

192 pages
Dimensions: 10.2″ x 8.4″ x 0.9″
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Price: $26.37
Availability: Buy The Contact Sheet here

Civic Stack

The Civic Stack by Portland-based design studio Von Tundra is an eye popping stack of industrial-inspired drawers. Each one is made to order and available in a variety of color combinations. I highly recommend checking out their official website (Von Tundra) to see more of their great work.

Materials:plywood, pine, plastic laminate, pallet straps
Dimensions: 37.5″h x 37″w x 18″d

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Price: $2300.00
Availability: Buy Civic Stack here

Box for the Birds

We’ve featured a few birdhouses before, but this will be the first one where you will get the satisfaction of putting it together yourself. No tools are needed either, it snaps (and unsnaps) together in about a minute. Great for kids or ones not so confident in their hand skills.

Measures 10.5″h x 8.5″w x 9.35″d when assembled.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Availability: Buy Box for the Birds here

Ecolect Sustainable Materials Resource

Ecolect is an online resource of building materials for designers, re-modelers, builders, or anyone interested in using sustainable products. Each material has an overall summary as well as how it’s made, how it’s used, and where to buy it. Keep this one bookmarked for your next project.