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Polygonal Animal Sculptures

Poligon recently launched on Kickstarter on September 10, 2014, and will be funding until October 24. The project includes polygonal animal structures that arrive flat-packed and can be easily assembled, no tools required, thanks to their magnetic metal construction. Collaboratively designed by Rodrigo Solorzano and Matthew White of London, the collection includes gorilla, humpback whale, and penguin models. Smaller insect versions are awarded for campaign donations. The tiny critters include ...

Desk Accessories Inspired by Italian Monuments

Andrea Rekalidis designed this range of desk accessories, SOUVENIR, for the Italian company BOZU. Referencing important Italian monuments, the collection includes a Colosseum box, a Leaning Tower of Pisa pen holder, a Milan Cathedral paperclip stand, a Mole Antonelliana magnet and paperweight, and a Pantheon pencil sharpener. Made of ceramic and glazed in white, the series alludes to the past while exhibiting contemporary style. Each of the souvenirs is a ...

Rechargeable LED Lantern

Designed by Inma Bermúdez for the newly revived brand Marset, FollowMe is a rechargeable  LED table lamp that references the look of a vintage oil lantern. The lighting design is composed of a bent wooden handle, a sloping white lampshade, and a round gray base. Minimalist in form and function, the lantern charges via USB and can be used indoors or outdoors. Available from select stockists worldwide, this versatile Barcelona ...

Frida Collection by Zanocchi & Starke

Zanocchi & Starke is a young Italian-Brazilian design studio based in Turin. Their latest collection, Frida, includes a stool and a side table. The series is demountable, making the pieces customizable, highly versatile, and easy to assemble, move, and store. The Frida side tables are each held together by a bright red butterfly screw, visible underneath the tabletop. When unscrewed, the design reveals its simple construction: two nesting leg pieces ...

Italian Designs Play Upon the Notion of Time

Created by Sovrappensiero Design Studio for Incipit Lab, this trio of designs plays upon the notion of time. The Roll is calendar that hangs on a beech wood spool. The oversize design comes in earthy colors of green, blue, and taupe. Artico, on the other hand, is a set of two ceramic containers, one finished in black and the other in white. The origami-esque decoration atop the dish reflects on ...

Classic Russel Wright Melamine Dinnerware

Celebrated designer Russel Wright introduced the USA to the nation’s first domestic melamine collection in 1953. Available today, Russel Wright Residential’s American Modern dinnerware epitomizes ergonomic and mid-century modern aesthetics. The sleek yet easy-to-grip designs are glossy, curvy, and classic in form. Functionally, the pieces are durable and dishwasher safe. The collection includes a creamer and sugar set, cups, divided plates, and covered bowls, all available in colors such as yellow, ...

Modular Concrete Wine Cooler

Made in the USA, this concrete wine cooler was created by Argentinian designer Francisco Corvi. The material naturally keeps the bottle inside cool and protected. Additionally, the concrete gives the design an industrial and minimalist look. The wine cooler can be positioned upright or horizontally while continuing to hold the precious wine bottle in place. A modular design, the cooler shows even more possibilities when ordered in bulk. Multiple coolers ...

Italian Handbag Reimagined as Furniture

Italian company Riva1920 designed the this unusual stool, dubbed Mondana Bag, in the form of a handbag, complete with straps. Made of of solid cedar wood, the seat is naturally finished and outfitted with leather and what looks like brass hardware. The design is playful in reference but simple in material, balancing conceptualism with versatility.

Urban Beehive Condos

What’s all the buzz about? Real estate is going up in the bee world, thanks to Norwegian architecture and design firm Snøhetta. These “beehive condos,” currently perched on top of the Vulkan Bigård project at Mathallen, are giving our little winged friends a sweet place to stay in the city. The natural wooden structures are carved with an all-over honeycomb pattern. While it’s unlikely that bees care about the frills, ...

3D Printer for Unique Ceramics

Olivier van Herpt has created a 3D printer and extruder system for making pottery. The innovative technology brings a new material to the world of large-scale 3D printing and allows for sculptors and designers alike to form fresh textures and shapes. This is an important move aesthetically and functionally, as ceramics have a distinct look from plastics and are more safe for use with hot food. The printer also shows ...