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Kiri Watch by Masayuki Kurokawa

I really, really don’t like wearing watches. They all seem so “look at me”, but I wouldn’t mind wearing this one…it seems so shy and apologetic in a way; even the lens is frosted. Issey Miyake’s Twelze comes close to achieveing the same effect, but Kurokawa’s is even more humble (the clear strap almost disappears against your skin), less designer label, and a fraction of the Miyake price.

Designer: Masayuki Kurokawa
Watchface: 1.33 inches
Length: 7 to 8.5 inches (from first to last hole)
Zinc alloy, glass, and silicone

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Availability: Buy Kiri Watch by Masayuki Kurokawa here

Wonder Thunder Muslin Produce Bags

Not a whole lot to say except that this is a set of four ridiculously awesome looking muslin produce bags, handmade in Seattle.

Material: Unbleached cotton muslin with organic cotton drawstring
Dimensions: Large 10″ x 12″-Medium 6″ x 10″-Small 6″ x 5.5″-Herb 3.5″ x 5

[via Daily Candy]

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Wonder Thunder Muslin Produce Bags here

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AO OR Organizer by Nooka

The vivid colors and simple form definitely attracted me to this product initially. I have a feeling that silicone may not be an ideal material for a wallet cause of its inherit “stickyness”, and wouldn’t be suited well to be constantly taken in and out of pockets, but it should be able to handle anything else you can throw at it. I’m thinking iPod or passport case.

The Nooka Asset Organizer (AO) is a system of containers that can be adapted to their needs of the user – whether it is for cards, cash, licenses, or photos. They are made from a soft silicone rubber-like substance that is comfortable to sit on, expandable, and water resistant.

Size Open: 199mm x 66mm
Closed: 96mm x 66mm

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy AO OR Organizer by Nooka here

Singgih Kartono Compass

There’s a lot to like about this compass. It’s made with sustainable wood and fair trade labor, beautiful, and quite inexpensive. We’ve previously written about his incredible Wooden Radio before, which uses similar materials and socially responsible labor.

Hand-crafted in an Indonesian farming village, the Singgih Kartono compass follows the best sustainable practices in terms of materials and production. Kartono’s use of T-shape joints insures strength and adds a beautiful design detail.

Designer: Singgih Kartono
Materials: Naturally harvested mahogany and sonokeling wood
Dimensions: 1” W x 2” H x 2IA” D

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Singgih Kartono Compass here

KimKim Papr Hand Bag

KimKim’s leather ‘paper’ bag joins the club of look-a-likes (see MyPaperBag) as well as offering a few smaller sized options.

By staying close to the original designs, inspiration, and basic construction methods, we pay homage to the honesty in ordinary products. At first glance, the identical proportions and symmetry more than elude to everyday products. The result is not homespun or designer kitsch, but a discerning elegance that is modest, yet exceptional. Our products are not used for praise or display, but adheres to a certain virtuosity which contemporary fashion lacks. Accordingly, our products transcend the elements of fashion by outclassing the test of facetious trends.

(thanks john for the email)

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Availability: Buy KimKim Papr Hand Bag here

Bilbao C Tote

Warning for fans of Issey Miyake: this latest addition to the Bilbao series might make your heart all aflutter.

The latest addition to the Bilbao series, this bag has a triangular pattern printed in high-density ink on a cotton canvas base, creating a casual, durable, and versatile bag. One interior pocket. Made of cotton and nylon. Hand-wash only.

Size: 14.25″sq; Strap: 16.5l x 1.25″w

Purchase Information:

Price: $190.00
Availability: Buy Bilbao C Tote here

Cell Phone Telephoto Lens

Hmm. Sometimes I wish my phone would take better pictures, but as to whether I would go to the trouble to carry this around and put it on when I want to take (better) pictures, I just don’t know. I’m curious as to how well it would work.

“Simply and easily top the camera on your cell phone, iPhone or any other smart phone with this external lens, sure to upgrade your phone’s camera to create high-quality photos. Coated optical lens for magnifying objects up to 8 times; clear focus; adjustable clamp for fitting most phones.”

Adjusts from approx 1.5″w to 2.75″w.

[via Incredible Things]

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Cell Phone Telephoto Lens here

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Billykirk Passport Wallet and Card Case

Brothers Chris and Kirk Bray create handmade leathergoods under the name Billykirk, a company they started ten years ago by making watchbands. They have since flourished into other offerings that consists of bags, belts, shoes, wallets, hats and other accessories. There’s a whole lot to like out of their collection but I’ve got to pick out the Card Case and Passport Wallet as my two favorites.

Card Case: 3×4 inches.� $85.00
Passport Case: 4 x 5.75 inches. $120.00

Bonus! Check out this great video for a more in-depth look at Billykirk.

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Availability: Buy Billykirk Passport Wallet and Card Case here

Pentax Optio H90

I love this little camera. It’s specs are perfectly competitive: 12 Megapixels, HD video recording and it’s designed to be compatible with the Eye-fi wireless memory cards which mean you can connect to your computer and upload your pictures without a cable. The best thing about it though are the colours and the styling. It’s very minimal with a distinctly Japanese look and the colours are very refreshing. Orange if you’re bold or clean black and white if you’re more conservative.

Available from February 2010 for $179.95

Purchase Information:

Price: $179.95
Availability: Buy Pentax Optio H90 here

iPad

Is it overkill to post this? Maybe, considering everyone’s abuzz about it. It does look enticing… I’ll reserve judgement until reviews are out. Visit Apple site for technical specs.

16GB: $499.00
32GB: $599.00
64GB: $699.00

Wi-Fi models shipping in late March.
3G models shipping in April.

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Availability: Buy iPad here

Sugru Hack and Mend DIY Silicone

Fix it! Hack it!

Sugru is a new silicone material that lets consumers “hack” products themselves to make them more comfortable and useful for a longer time. It can be moulded by hand or with simple tools. It sticks to things and cures at room temperature to a tough and durable yet soft-touch silicone. Available in a wide range of colours, Sugru is waterproof, flexible and dishwasher-safe once it’s cured; it’s also temperature resistant between -60 and 180 degrees C.

I’m a firm believer in open-source, so products that are open ended and empower consumers like this really quite inspire me. I just hope this stuff works as good as it sounds.

[via Springwise]

Purchase Information:

Price: $11.18
Availability: Buy Sugru Hack and Mend DIY Silicone here

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Bamford Travel Wallet

OK, so I need a wallet for my tickets, a cover for my passport, something for my credit cards and where am I going to put all those Zambian Kwacha notes? Bamford has made something that has you covered:

Calf Leather travel set by Bamford & Sons. 3 piece set in supple calf leather with 23 cm long ticket wallet with 3 full length slots, sections for cards and holders for the passport holder and card wallet. A beautiful and well thought through set to organise your documents, money and tickets.

Great – that’s that sorted. Now to find those Zambian Kwachas.

Purchase Information:

Price: 175.00
Availability: Buy Bamford Travel Wallet here

Jenny Holzer Temporary Tattoo Set

Just for fun, and, just in case you want to be like Tobias Wong except without the permanence. (If I had the guts, I would ask Tobias to write the same thing on my own arm and then have that tattooed. I’m serious, if I had the guts…)

The Whitney Museum’s Jenny Holzer Temporary Tattoos were produced for the exhibition Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT in collaboration with the artist’s studio. Designed using select tattoo fonts by Whitney designers, the 12 text pieces were chosen from Holzer’s Survival series and produced in a print run of 200 by Temptu, a professional cosmetic firm in NYC. Laid out on a single sheet of transfer paper, they are as collectible as Holzer’s pieces of printed ephemera, such as her early sticker and newsprint projects.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy Jenny Holzer Temporary Tattoo Set here

Card Speaker

Hmm, is this perhaps a viable option for a portable speaker? Sound quality reviews, anyone?

No bigger than a credit card and as thick as a blister pack of chewing gum, the Card Speaker puts most every mp3 accessory to shame with its good looks and crisp fidelity. Designed by IDEA International, this little speaker is ideally suited for trips to the park, the beach, or anywhere you�d like to share a little music on the fly. It comes in either black or silver, with a mirror-polished back, and includes a protective carrying case, a 3.5 mm connection plug, and a USB battery charge cable. The speaker has an operating time of approximately five hours on a two-hour charge

Black or Silver.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Availability: Buy Card Speaker here

One Language Label

Ba-nan-nas. Cute, right?… and then, whaaat?! $110 for a canvas bag? Yes, that’s not a typo, these bags have some extras that classifies them as more than just a grocery tote. For instance:

-Several pockets in different sizes
-Covered flap opening to protect belongings
-Comes with a laptop sleeve that can also function as a smaller version of the canvas bag
-L 15″ x W 20″ x H 12″ dimensions

And… each bag is lined with handwritten inspirational quotes. Well, there you go. Explains everything, doesn’t it?

[via Design Milk]

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Availability: Buy One Language Label here

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