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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)

 
 

Painted Wood Owl

Just came across these cute lil wooden owls by designer Matt Pugh. Perfect as a desk accessory, I’d say. Available in Oak or Walnut and a variety of colors.

Dimensions: 10cm x 5cm x 5cm
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Purchase Information:

Price: £25.00
Availability: Buy Painted Wood Owl here

Old Book Vintage Masking Tape

The Japanese certainly know how to do stationary right, and this Old Book Vintage Masking Tape is no exception. Amongst many other things, I see it being put to good use for all the vintage and DIY-themed weddings I’ve been seeing more and more of as of lately.

Made in Japan
Size: 15mm ×15m

Originally seen in Readymade magazine.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $15.99
Available from: Etsy

Pianotable

You may be inviting your musical friends and family over more often if you had this dining table with a built-in electric piano. I have a feeling that food and drink may not mix well with electronic equipment, so I’m hoping that that the internal keyboard mechanism is shielded from the inevitable spilled wine resulting from an impromptu post-dinner rock session. Of course, very few of you would have these worries once you look at the price tag.

The Pianotable is made to order, available by contacting the designer at [email protected].

Designer: George Bohle
Material: oakwood, electric piano
Dimensions: 75 x 115 x 230 cm
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Purchase Information:

Price: $6,000.00
Availability: Buy Pianotable here

Source: Behance

Food Map Container

What looks like a small bath tub on wheels is a growing space for an edible garden. It features a special contoured base that drains water quickly and evenly to prevent plants from over-soaking, but also has a central reservoir where a small amount of water collects to keep the soil moist longer. Comes in a Short or Tall configuration, and is priced at $150 and $160 respectively.

Manufactured in Los Angeles County.
Designer: Food Map
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: FoodMap Design

Indie Furniture

Indie Furniture certainly has hit a lot of the right targets with their new customizable furniture. Rather than selling a completed product, Indie Furniture provides universal shelving joints that ultimately require you to put together yourself with your own provided wood. The benefit of this is that you can customize your shelving to your exact needs, use any type of wood you desire, save a whole lot on shipping, and enjoy the task of putting together your own set of furniture. Customization is done through their online configurator which tells you final dimensions, how many connectors are needed, the cost of the connectors, and how many wood panels are needed—all in one convenient PDF! Brilliant I’d say.

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View Indie Furniture here

May 28th Watches

I’ve never been a fan out of watches without numbers but I’ll make an exception for these watches by Agni Tilla. Operating under the name May28th, she creates one-of-a-kind watches in so many different styles and colors that you won’t have any trouble finding one (or two, or three…) that fits your style. Prices range from $35-50.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy May 28th Watches here

Geo Planters

I really love these hand-cast planters by Kelly Lamb. It’s quite an interesting mix of materials and textures; they’re cast in concrete for an industrial feel but have a smooth finish to go well in interiors, and of course adding in plants gives it the final touch. Available in small and large sizes, priced at $80 and $125.

Small Geo Planter: 9.5″ diameter, 8lbs
Large Geo Planter: 15″ diameter, 25lbs

Image via Kelly Lamb

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Kelly Lamb

Foldschool DIY Cardboard Furniture

Foldschool is a project from designer Nicola Enrico Stäubli, which provides you with free downloadable patterns to create your own folding cardboard furniture for kids. Just follow the instructions and you’ll have a neat, recyclable alternative to purchasing furniture. Available patterns: stool, chair, and rocker.

Kiosk

Do Kiosk owners Alisa Grifo and Marco Romeny have one of the best jobs ever? They travel the world finding the most interesting and unique products and bring them back to sell in their New York store. Each trip they take results in a curated exhibition at the store, together with on-going products from previous exhibitions. Emphasis is placed on goods that are traditionally used and cultural-specific. High-priced “over-designed” products don’t make the cut. Kiosk is a must visit if you’re in New York, but you can always browse their online shop. There really is no store quite like it.

Official Kiosk website:

kioskkiosk.com

Address:

95 Spring Street, Second Floor
New York NY 10012
United States

More information:

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Lazer Urbanize Bicycle Helmet

Urban bicycle riders want to look good riding and be practical. Translation: no spandex, butt pads, and $4000 carbon fiber bikes. The rise of bicycle ridership has translated into a whole slew of new products catering to these needs including practical and low cost bicycles, fashionable riding clothes, and countless accessories. Traditionally known for their high performance helmets, Lazer has released a new urban-centric helmet which has a great look and features built-in lights, an absolutely necessary safety item for city riding.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100
Availability: Buy Lazer Urbanize Bicycle Helmet here

Source: Lost at E Minor

Loll COCO Chair

We previously mentioned Loll’s fantastic Adirondack Chair, and are quite happy to announce their new COCO chair, a very Eames-inspired modern lounge chair available in six different colors. It’s made from 100 percent post consumer recycled plastic and weatherproof, so don’t be afraid to bring it outside now that spring’s right around the corner.

Designer: Christopher Douglas
Colors: black, chocolate, sky, apple, leaf, white
Material: 100 post consumer recycled plastic, “made from 184 milk jugs”
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Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Availability: Buy Loll COCO Chair here

Tree Prints by Bryan Nash Gill

Woodcut prints will always fascinate me. The end results usually are impressive enough as it is, but knowing the time and patience to get there just adds to the appreciation. These tree prints by Bryan Nash Gill certainly offer a new kind of woodcut experience, by letting the trees speak for themselves.

Two prints are available, the Locust and the Hemlock, which are $800 and $4000 respectively.

Photo Credit: Ashes and Milk.

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

I was quite excited when the first one of these was released, though it was too expensive, had no viewfinder, and no flash. Wasn’t alone on these opinions and Olympus has thankfully addressed all of these issues. While my bank account still can’t afford it, at least it’s much closer to reality.

What’s to like about it? Micro four thirds, smaller body, interchangable lens. HD video. Way too many features too list right here, check out ‘em out at Amazon.

Check out dpReview‘s article comparing the original to the newer version.
Photo Credit: dpReview

Purchase Information:

Price: $600.00
Available from: Amazon.com

Source: Engadget

Lacie Sound2 USB Speakers

I swear by my Lacie Firewire Speakers. They’re self powered, sound good, and look like little smoke stacks. I won’t think twice about buying another set if they ever break.  But this new, updated version looks very tempting…

*has a built-in USB cable, so you won’t lose it, nor will you have a tangle of wires.
*dual power mode allows you to use the speakers with a USB cable or with the included power supply.
*30W power output
*Plug & play, driver-free for Mac and PC

Purchase Information:

Price: $100
Availability: Buy Lacie Sound2 USB Speakers here

Places on Earth World Map

A large map on a wall always adds a certain kind of charm to a room, especially ones that show personalized marks of travels. Artist Oliver Jeffers provides a hand-drawn map for those looking for something a bit more offbeat than typical maps available to purchase. Comes with pins too, to “chart your path to total global domination.”

*Created exclusively for the You and Me, The Royal We by Oliver Jeffers
*Each print comes with 202 pins.
*Dimensions: 34.5″ x 26.25″

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Gessato