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Chairless

You’ve probably seen this around on some of the design sites lately, but now you can buy it at Design Museum Shop. For those of you that are scratching your head, it’s a sturdy strap ‘seating device’ that allows you to sit down and rest without a normal seat or backrest. So, uh, in other words, it’s a strap. Could be handy to have, maybe?

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Purchase Information:

Price: £35.00
Available from: Design Museum Shop

Garment Hideaway

Here’s a smart way to hide valuables when you’re away from home or your hotel. This zippered pocket ‘garment’ is meant to be hung in a closet under a shirt so your important documents and jewelry are safely hidden when you’re out and about.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.85
Available from: Magellan's Travel Supplies

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Planetbox Lunchbox

The fear of plastic chemicals leaching into our foods has resulted in some interesting new products these past few years, and a return to more traditional materials like stainless steel, glass, and ceramics to carry and transport food. Looking out for the younger crowd, these Planetbox lunchboxes are made from high quality stainless steel for a a clean, safe, reusable, and really cool looking lunchbox. In the case your kids don’t think their lunchboxes are cool enough as they are, they can decorate them with fun magnets.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.95
Availability: Buy Planetbox Lunchbox here

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Aluminum Card Cases

You’d be surprised at how difficult finding a simple card case can be. Of course, I say that and then do a search and I find these other ones (below) that are in line with similar colors in a matte finish as well (though a little more expensive).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00
Available from: Kikkerland Shop

Bike Shelf

Chris Brigham is right. There aren’t too many options for elegant bike storage. So, what did he do? He went to his workshop and made something that fit his needs, and now he’s selling it to friends and strangers. Lucky us.

Made from solid wood and suspended by a solid steel square rod mount.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $270.00
Available from: knife&saw

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Block22 iPad Stand

Yet another iPad stand for you to choose from… this one is crafted by hand from a solid block of FCS-certified kiln-dried Ipe wood and has a 100% wool felt padding along the bottom. A slight indention provides a place for headphones or other small things.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Sherwood+Meister

Cornucopia Bag

Cheeky San Francisco-based Betabrand inject a bit of style and added practicality to farmer’s market bags. The Cornucopia converts from an over-the-shoulder tote for shopping to a backpack for hauling everything home. Instead of one large void, the bag features separate zippered compartments to keep your foods tidy and organized. A bit pricey for what it is, but I’m sure it can be used for other carrying tasks besides trips to the market.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Availability: Buy Cornucopia Bag here

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Travelteq Trip

Back in March Travelteq’s first product made a pretty impressive debut. Their Trash Bag is a great laptop/office/overnight bag to carry everything you need.

Now they have brought out a bigger bag and it’s a beauty. It’s small enough to fit onboard yet will carry plenty of your kit for a short trip or a long weekend away. It has a ‘kangaroo pocket’ for the stuff you want to get to: laptop, magazine, phone, it has fold-out legs to turn it into a seat when you’ve had enough of traipsing round duty free and with the slightly more expensive Trip Sound you get speakers and an iPhone/Blackberry charger – incredible. It seems like they’ve thought of everything.

Buy yours now for the introductory rate of €595 or €650 for the Trip Sound before it goes back up. Later on they’ll introduce an Italian leather version. Seriously people you’ve got it all.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €595.00 or 650.00 for Trip Sound
Availability: Buy Travelteq Trip here

Voltaic Switch and Amp Solar Chargers

Votaic Systems just launched two new solar chargers that seem handy enough to give a try. The Switch (on left, $129) is a small bag that can carry a day’s essentials while the Amp ($99) is a smaller case that fits into a bag or purse. Both, of course, have solar panels to provide power to your gadgets. For reference, either can charge an iPhone in under 5 hours. Specifications below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00 and up
Available from: Voltaic Systems

iErnest iPhone wallets

iPhone owners, take note, a new case/wallet has entered the picture. A leather moleskine-like outside plus an aluminium mounting device equals subdued cool protection. The outside flap could be handy in deterring any prying eyes next to you on the train or subway too.

Several nice colors to choose from… some shown below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €35
Available from: iErnest

Galileo’s Telescope

Inspired by Galileo’s first telescope made in 1609, this little guy has the same focal length of 1 meter, yet is appropriately updated with ‘modern optical technology’ and a contemporary design. Now, whether you use it to for astronomical observations as Galileo did or neighborly spying is completely up to you.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $390.00
Available from: GSelect

Fatboy Metallic Soul Bag

Liking the look of this Metallic Fatboy Bag? Available in either a small ($139) or medium size ($169), it’s got that utilitarian look that might be perfect for your day to day needs. Plus, with its shoe sole bottom, you can probably afford to throw it around some without worrying about minor scuffing.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: 2modern

Box Appetit Lunch Box Bag

So, sure, you have your Box Appetit, but sticking it straight in your bag is for suckers. This bag is made to carry the Box Appetit, plus there’s room for a drink and a piece of fruit (should you so desire). When open, the waterproof bag can act as a ‘mini blanket’ or placemat.

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.99
Available from: Popdeluxe

London Undercover Umbrellas

If you plan your outfit right down to your weather accessories, you might have heard of London Undercover. Established by designer Jamie Milestone in 2008, they offer a fair selection of stylish umbrellas to keep you dry, and perhaps best of all, all the umbrellas are made using recycled materials and minimal waste.

Recycled canvas fabric, recycled metal shafts & frames, recycled and biodegradeable handles and recycled packaging and tags.

Purchase Information:

Price: £50.00
Available from: London Undercover

Vers Shellcase for iPad

I had an opportunity to play around with an iPad this weekend (nevermind it was at this place looking at this stuff) and besides being generally taken with how it works and looks, I came away with a vague dissatisfaction with the plastic case that it was protected by. Now, a plastic case may suit your iPad just fine, but if yours starts showing its age with cracks along the spine (as did the one I saw), please consider a wooden case as a longer lasting alternative. This Shellcase has a metal foot that gives you a stand or angled keyboard option, and though the wood seems to add a bit more heft and size, it certainly provides a welcome warmth to balance out the technology.

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.99
Available from: Vers Cases