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Newspaper print laptop bag

If you read your news online, this laptop bag might be a good way to give tradition a nod while camouflaging your laptop. Designed to look like a newspaper folded in half, it’s fully lined in black satin so it’ll keep your laptop nicely protected. It’s maybe a bit more expensive than a plan ol’ laptop case, but good tech ‘fashion’ is hardly ever cheap.

By mitemite
Each newspaper print is unique to each bag.
(for Macbook Pro)

Also available through mitemite’s online shop for 60.

Purchase Information:

Price: 120.00
Availability: Buy Newspaper print laptop bag here

Cork Umbrella

Yes, an umbrella made from cork. Really. Cork is naturally water-resistant and eco-friendly (as it is a sustainable resource), so it’ll keep you dry and happy.

Designer: Sandra Correia
Made in Portugal.
Cork with cotton lining, a metal frame, and a wooden handle.

Purchase Information:

Price: $162.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Green Boy

Cute. While Green Boy does a great job of organizing that jangling mess of keys you have, to me, it seems like he’s being quite assertive and telling me to remember to keep work and home life separate. Funny how a piece of green plastic could have so much emotion.

Designer: Vadim Kibardi

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Green Boy here

Joby Gorillapod Magnetic

Joby adds one more to the family on their innovative flexible, attach-to-anything Gorillapod tripods. This magnetic version has the added benefit of being able to stick to any ferrous surface. If you’re in an urban environment you certainly won’t have any trouble finding a place to perch this tripod for an impromptu portrait.

Weight: 45.3g (1.6oz)
Material: High quality Japanese ABS plastic, Durable German TPE grip rings, stainless steel camera screw

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Availability: Buy Joby Gorillapod Magnetic here

Source: Engadget

ZipShot Tripod

Wow, you’re going to have to watch the video here to understand how awesome this tripod is. In a matter of seconds the legs spring out to a full standing tripod. The compromise for the added convenience is that the legs are not individually adjustable. Certainly not for the serious photographer crowd, but should work well for everyone else. Now how long does it take to refold it? Hmm…

Specifications:

11 oz. (312g).
Folded Size: 15� (38cm) when
Standing Size:� 44� (112cm) tall.
Material: Heavy-duty, metal ball-head with strong aluminum legs.
Max Weight Load: 3 lbs (1361g).

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.95
Available from: BHphoto

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Baldessari Boring Art Bag

Repeat it to yourself everyday in hopes that it’ll make a difference. Who knows, maybe it will. Also, if it doesn’t sink in, you can use the Baldessari Boring Art Ruler (�1) to hit yourself over the head with until it does.

43 x 35cm

This tote bag features John Baldessari’s lithograph ‘I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art’, 1971. For more info on the artist: John Baldessari

Purchase Information:

Price: �16.50
Available from: Tate Online Shop

Paint Can Pinhole Camera

I just saw this at a local store. You can always make your own pinhole camera out of materials laying around the house, but if you haven’t got the time this could be a fun gift to buy for yourself. Plus, you have to appreciate that the packaging is the product itself.

The Paint Can Pinhole Camera was developed and patented by Jim Kosinski.

For more, visit Paint Can Camera.
Also, here’s Step by Step Instructions.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.45
Available from: brooklyn5and10

Cristian Zuzunaga Colour Chart Bag

If you can’t afford (or find) Cristian Zuzunaga’s artwork, maybe this colourful tote bag will give you enough of a fix. If you’re not familiar with his work, take a look at his site (you’ve probably seen the results of his collaborations with Moroso and Ligne Roset).

100% Cotton.
Cristian Zuzunaga’s website

Purchase Information:

Price: 30.00
Available from: Tate Online Shop

Mix Tape USB Hub

Triple your USB port-age with this casette-shaped USB hub from Urban Outfitter’s, a den of cool for city slickers and country bumpkins alike.

Available in black and white
4 foot USB cable
Mac and PC compatible
4 x 0.5 x 2.5 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Urban Outfitter's

Pentagon and Hexagon Watches

Nice, eh? Not sure if you guessed already, but these two watches were inspired by a soccer ball. Score!

Made of an ABS plastic case, an acrylic crystal, and a polyurethane band.
& design, 2007

Hexagon White, $75.00 ($67.50 Members)
Pentagon Black, $75.00 ($67.50 Members)

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Vapur Bottle

The Vapur Bottle is a collapsible water bottle that folds flat when emptied. Perfect for traveling and commuting, reasonably priced too. I’m curious to see how durable it is and how well it stands up on its own.� It’s dishwasher safe, comes with a carabiner for carrying, freezable, and has a writable text area for personalization.

Capacity: 16 oz (473 ml)
Material: Ultra-durable BPA-Free polymer
Colors: green, pink, blue, smoke, purple.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.95
Availability: Buy Vapur Bottle here

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Polaroid Scarves

Alright, this is quite expensive for a scarf but I gotta say, it looks seriously awesome. They’re made in 100% silk and come in seven different style prints, with this lush foresty scene being my favorite.

Purchase Information:

Price: $449.00
Availability: Buy Polaroid Scarves here

Dahon Vitesse D7HG Folding Bicycle

$700 seems like a lot for a folding bicycle, but this one sure doesn’t skimp on features: a light-weight aluminum frame, great name-brand components, full fenders, and rack. And I must point my absolute favorite which is the full size air pump built into the seat post! Brilliant!

The Vitesse D7HG is for those who are looking for a great bike for urban commuting at a good value. We took our award-winning Vitesse D7, added an internal gear hub and tried and true components from top component suppliers. Then we topped it off with mudguards, a rack and even a trouser saving chainguard so you can ride in any weather. Available in 3-speed model for general use, and a 7-speed model for more demanding riders.

Speeds: 7
Weight: 11.9 kg (26.2 lb)
Folding Time: 15 sec
Folding Size: 29 x 80 x 66 cm (11.3″ x 31.2″ x 25.7″)

Check out the full specs here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00
Availability: Buy Dahon Vitesse D7HG Folding Bicycle here

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PowerFilm Rollable Solar Charger

You know, for when you’re lost in the desert (or camping, as the case most likely will be). Or maybe you’ll use it daily if you get enough sunshine through your window. Either way, it’s paper thin and ‘monolithically integrated’, which means less damage-prone.

Provides power to your cellphone, GPS, MPS, and other devices.

Power/Current: 5 Watts, 15.4 Volts, 0.3 Amps
11.5″ x 21″ (unrolled). 11.5″ x 4″ diameter (rolled)
Weight: 0.6 lbs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95
Availability: Buy PowerFilm Rollable Solar Charger here

Worldbike

Whoa. With increased cargo capacity, this bike has the potential to change the lives of many, many people. Originally prototyped as an extension, it’s now available for preorder as an original longtail bike. Proceeds from all purchases support bike distribution efforts in Kenya, or if you’re not in need of a bicycle, you can give a (tax-deductable) donation to help support the cause. (“A contribution of just $150 helps underwrite a cargo bike that quadruples the income of a small farmer in Africa.”)

What started as a thesis project a decade ago guides everything Worldbike does today. It’s centered on the belief that a low-cost, durable and “longtail” bicycle with integrated cargo capacity – a cargo bike – can change the life of someone living in rural poverty by connecting them to markets, schools and clinics. This bike was first conceivd on a trip to Nicaragua, where it was originally prototyped as a transport solution for local farmers. Since then, it’s taken the form of bolt-on extensions, modified mountain bikes and today, an original longtail bike frame manufactured overseas and assembled locally.

Worldbike was included in the Design for the other 90% exhibition by the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

Inquire about preorders at [email protected].

More information:

View Worldbike here

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