The brilliant, solar-powered Skylock is designed to make commuting nice and easy. The intelligent Bluetooth- or Wifi-enabled lock helps to greatly prevent theft and a need for keys while encouraging bike sharing among friends and family. Debuting in 2015, Skylock is now available for pre-order.
Part of FAUX/real NYC's collection of delightfully unusual jewelry, this Running Late / No Breakfast Bangle combines contrasting shapes and materials to make a visually-engaging statement piece. Made from rubber and 14k gold-plated brass, it's a playful accessory that's sure to spark conversation.
Multi-disciplinary designer Karen Kimmel hand-paints each set of four leather coasters to look like the moon's surface in tribute to the Japanese art of ink marbling. Crafted in a range of pastel hues, each set arrives in a screen-printed muslin bag and is ready for drinkable lunar landings, or for toasting rare blood moons.
SF-based designer Nobel Truong's cacti are an especially rare type: they give off a glow thanks to the fluorescent acrylic material they're laser-cut from. Choose from three different species (Saguaro, Echinocereus or moon cactus) and never worry about watering.
Thanks to a collaboration with Finnish textile manufacturer Finlayson, influential fetish artist Tom of Finland's homoerotic macho men drawings now grace functional home products like bath towels and aprons. The napkins featuring buff sailor hunks make for a great conversation starter at the next party you host—and are so easy on the eyes. Plus, it's a happy reminder that same-sex marriage will, finally, be legal in Finland in 2017.
Tortonto-based graphic designer Marta Ryczko's side project Weekender Supply Co. is a treasure chest of feels in pin form, whether you're feeling tangled or abstract. Her most bold offering, the "Fuck It" enamel pin, lets the accessory do the talking when you can't be bothered. If you want another way to say it, there's an iron-on patch version available too.
Kickstarted into reality, SF-based Fellow Products' debut offering combines the best of two techniques—French press and manual pour-over—for a bold cup of coffee—without the sludge. Foolproof to use (and clean), with two removable stainless steel filters to catch any stray grounds, the Duo Coffee Steeper is an example of when great design makes for great coffee. It also makes cold-press coffee and loose leaf tea (the latter requires a different filter).
Case Studyo enlisted California-based artist Steve Harrington for the playful "Sincerely Yours" vase. Dotted with characters shaped like yin-yangs, the curvy vase is a delightfully light-hearted take on the spiritual symbol—yet also an apt one, as Harrington's work oftentimes explores the concept of balance. Limited to just 100 pieces, the porcelain vase will surely bring a little Zen—albeit whimsical—to any room.
Argentine game designer Fernando Ramallo and composer David Kanaga have teamed up to create Panoramical: an immersive videogame-like experience for Mac or PC where there are no rules. You're manipulating "abstract musical landscapes" via mouse, keyboard, even game or MIDI controller. Sculpt sound and space within 15 unique worlds through this trippy audio-visualizer to find a meditative escape or trigger a technicolor dance party—it's already being used as live visuals for shows.
Many might not know that Jackson Pollock, the iconic American painter, was also an avid cook (and gardener). In fact, his apple pie took first place at a local fair's baking competition, and it's one of the recipes included in the cookbook-slash-biography "Dinner with Jackson Pollock." From Swedish meatballs to spaghetti sauce, the recipes were pulled from handwritten notes by Pollock as well as from friends and family who spoke of dinner parties, beach picnics and foraging expeditions. The book sheds light on another dimension of the complex artist 60 years after his untimely death.
While it was made back in 1957 (by NYC's George Nelson Associates for the Howard Miller Clock Company), the Petal Clock is as beautiful today as it ever was. Inspired by a four-leaf clover, this authentic Nelson clock (now archived in the the Vitra Design Museum, along with Nelson's other inventive designs like the joyful ball clock) is a simple and bold piece of American modernism.
Vancouver-based artist Ben Skinner has a way with words—most of his mixed media art incorporates a special arrangement of them to make you stop and think. In his "Same Same" series, he finds humor and beauty in turning phrases like Tisk Tisk, Knock Knock, Yada Yada and Womp Womp into paired bricks in pastel shades and speckled textures. Use it as a door-stop or make it a trophy on your bookshelf.
Japanese streetwear brand WTAPS (pronounced "double taps") and sneaker house Vans collaborate once again for a limited edition eight-piece capsule collection under the vintage-inspired Vault by Vans premium label. The OG Sk8-Hi LX takes cues from skater Steve Caballero's own Vans Caballero (a 1989 debut), using the same materials of embossed reptile nubuck and suede in an updated look.
Two artisanal forces in New York—Calico Wallpaper and fragrance design studio Joya—collaborate this season for a trio of uniquely scented candles, each with their own handmade marbled glass vessel. Calico, though just two years old, has become known for its bespoke marbled wallpaper that functions as a non-repeating custom mural, and now their intricate marbling technique can be appreciated in this candle—filling up the room in its own way.
With 400+ houses featured across its 500+ pages, Jutaku: Japanese Houses is pretty big—considering its physical size is quite compact. Showcasing the best, strangest and most daring of contemporary Japanese residential architecture with full-color images, it's a hardcover tome that will surprise and inspire readers to think outside the "duplex."
Different than your typical U-Lock or chain, the Foldylock (designed in Tel Aviv) opens up when in use and, when you're riding, folds into a compact package that you can easily mount on your bike-frame or toss into a backpack. The lock is easy to transport, but doesn't sacrifice security: six hardened steel links (coated in plastic to avoid scratches to the frame) stand up to bolt cutters, hack saws and more. Note that it's a hefty 3.3 pounds.
Designed by Owen Osborn and Chris Kucinski, Critter & Guitari's musical instruments encourage play and experimentation. Their portable Kaleidoloop, for example, records sounds and manipulates them by altering playback speed and direction—so you could try to recreate that famous "reverse speech" scene in Twin Peaks, or beatbox up an epic percussive symphony to accompany your solo act. Composer Mark Mothersbaugh is a Kaleidoloop fan and demos it in a recent CH Video.