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Hybrid Folding Kick Scooters

Launching on Kickstarter today, the OLAF hybrid kick scooter and bag. The transportation design features a patented folding mechanism, a customizable steering column, and multiple options for use. The OLAF comes in Business and Urban models, available for $316 and $270 respectively. The Business edition is a 3-in-1 kick scooter, suitcase, and trolley. Made to travel, the design is airline-approved, spacious enough for a weekend trip, and lightweight as can ...

Vintage-Inspired Soundbox Desk

The Soundbox Desk by Jina U is a furniture design with vintage leanings and a musical special feature. Made of Acacia wood, copper, and steel, the desk is finished in a retro combination of white, turquoise, and natural shades of brown. The design comes with a built-in, low-tech amplifier that looks more like a phonograph horn than a modern-day speaker system. Intended for use with a smartphone, the handsome copper ...

Experience Dessert in a New Way with Chocolate Pencils

These chocolate pencils were designed by Nendo, the Japanese studio that previously designed chocolate nails and chocolate paint tubes. Created for Tsujiguchi Hironobu in Tokyo, the pencils are made to be “sharpened” for the delicate, delicious chocolate shavings. Customers at the patisserie shave the chocolate themselves with the accompanying pencil sharpener, decorating their dessert as part of a creative if somewhat laborious experience. The pencils themselves are available in a ...

Catch-All Side Table

Created by the French interior design studio Grégoire de Lafforest, this small table features a  built-in chute-and-bag system for keeping stray objects. The tabletop is carved so that items slide down into the flexible bag-drawer, which can be opened from the other side as needed. This inventive furniture design hides clutter and gives users something nice to look at instead. The table serves as a shining display and is a ...

Contemporary Wheelbarrow Chair

A crafty chair with simple beginnings, Rapide explores how a common wheelbarrow can be reimagined in contemporary design. The lounge chair is curvy and bold with wooden wheels on either side of the seat. More than a referential detail, the wheels allow the design to be driven just like a wheelbarrow. Users simply lift the piece up by the wooden handle on the back and push where they want the ...

Babilus Vases by Nir Meiri

Currently on view at London Design Week, Nir Meiri’s Babilus Vases can be found at 19 Greek Street Gallery. The naturalist design is layered with different materials such as stone-rendered Corian, bamboo, glass, and oriented side board (OSB). Available in four sizes, the finished pieces contrast light and dark shades of brown, black, and white. Photography by Shay Ben Efraim

Evercut Stainless Steel Knives

The FURTIF Evercut collection is an innovative line of stainless steel knives by TB Groupe of France. Pressurized and laser-bonded with titanium carbide, the knives are 300 times stronger than regular steel blades and only require sharpening every 25 years. All in matte black, the knives look good enough to keep around for generations, too. The Evercut collection includes chef’s, kitchen, office, paring, and santoku knives, available here.

DesignPOP by Lisa Roberts

Just released, DesignPOP is the second book by design guru Lisa Roberts, author of Antiques of the Future. While Antiques of the Future focused on Roberts’ own collection, the new title explores contemporary design in the context of changing technology and values. DesignPOP is both an introduction to cutting-edge design and a resource for inspiration, collecting innovative work created between 2000 and 2014.  Published by Rizzoli, DesignPOP is a hardcover ...

Origami Lighting for a Good Cause

Orikomi is series of tea lights and handmade origami lamp shades by Blaanc. Crafted from high quality paper, the delicate shades are particularly eye-catching. Each piece plays with color and shape, and the overall effect is reminiscent of a dancer’s bright skirt. The design promises to soften any room with pastel colors. Moreover, the product sales benefit Adobe for Women, a nonprofit that funds sustainable housing projects and teaches Mexican ...

Pinhole Coffee

A new craft coffee shop in San Francisco, Pinhole Coffee draws inspiration from pinhole photography and, more generally, the idea of from the idea of making something big from something small. Founded by JoEllen Depakakibo, a former Blue Bottle barista, Pinhole Coffee uses Blue Bottle coffee, skilled brewing technique, and excellent design to deliver an all-around standout cafe experience. Depakakibo specially partnered with Monarch Methods of Toronto to design a ...