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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 ...

Stone Age Desk Accessories

A personal project by Studio JinSik Kim, Stone Age shapes an ancient material into a modern form. The marble design is made up of four parts that can be used separately as paperweights or combined as a pencil holder. See the minimalist desk accessory here in “Black Marquina.”

Colorful Gamma Chair Made in Italy

Designed by Pianca and made in Italy, the Gamma Chair is a clean, contemporary furnishing for home or office. The scooped seat is made of chrome and stands on metal, pylon, or wooden rocket legs. The design can be upholstered with a removable fabric cover that’s colorful and a little wrinkled, just like a favorite t-shirt.

Glass Sanctuaries for Endangered Plant Species

Designed by Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar and sponsored by Fraunhofer COMEDD, Sanctuaria is a series of safe displays for endangered plants. Like time capsules, the micro environments conserve. Their particular use is to preserve endangered species found in tropical rain forests. There are mini, reclining, and suspended versions, each of which is outfitted with elements such as wooden stands and brass lamps. All are made of glass that ...

Combined Bookshelf and Bikestand

Chol1 is a young Chilean brand dedicated to creating high-style furniture for cyclists. So far, they have release three different designs that function as shelves and bike stands. The furnishings display small items and bikes side by side. Made of cut wood and finished in white, the shelves are decidedly geometric and minimalist in style.

Baladeuse Wire Lamp by Antoine Mège

Recently presented at Maison & Objet 2014, Baladeuse is a simple yet innovative lighting product created by the French designer Antoine Mège for Hind Rabii. Made of copper and cotton, the two part construction is composed of a colorful wire frame and a white fabric interior. The cylindrical frame comes in red, copper, or black. By merit of its combined lampshade and stand, the versatile design can hang from the ...

Portable and Elegant Bottle Humidifier

Most humidifiers are eyesores, making this small, water-bottle-like design is a notable exception. The Bottle Humidifier Mini by 11+ is a slight yet powerful design. The bottle made of ABS plastic, and the cap is crafted from aluminum. A plastic filter is placed in the middle of the design, from where it disperses moisture throughout the room. Powered by USB, the Bottle Humidifier is easy to recharge move from one ...

Seatylock, Combined Bike Saddle and Lock

Now crowdfunding on Kickstarter, Seatylock is a bike saddle that transforms into a lock. The Israeli design comes from the makers of Foldylock, a previous Kickstarter success. The new security accessory is installed just like a normal saddle and fits any bike frame. Made of high quality plastic, aluminum, and carbon steel, the product is rust-proof and scratch-resistant. The durable design withstood 10,000 test cycles and is promised to be ...