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Public / Private / Portrait
Mossless was founded in 2009 by Romke Hoogwaerts as a digital platform for interviewing a different photographer every two days. It made the transition into the physical world in the form of artist-made publications, and their fourth issue—a thematic...
DESIGN
Xeric's Unusual, Affordable Soloscope Automatic Watch
By proximity alone the team at Watchismo has horological inspiration enough to imagine a watch of uncommon technical virtue. Longtime hunters and gatherers of unique timepieces for their retail site, the brand began developing and launching proprietary...
DESIGN
Altor's Foldable, Titanium Bike Lock
Manufactured out of Bethlehem, PA is a new alternative to the heavy steel U-locks that cyclists carry around grudgingly. Users seeking convenience in most cases have to sacrifice security, but Altor's folding bike lock hopes to appeal to both...
SPORTS_OUTDOORS
Alert Umbrella
After successfully crowdfunding their Alert Umbrella, Davek New York is back on Kickstarter with the Alert Mini and Alert Grande. The two new models are built from the same DNA as the original (which packs a tracking chip into an incredibly sturdy...
TECH
A Beautiful Speedometer for Bikes
Shout-out to designers who are also obsessed with cycling because their work frequently results in something new and clever, like the arresting Omata One. Mounted onto a bike, the speedometer's unique analog face informs of the four most relevant...
FURNITURE_DECOR
DESIGN
Hoppa Bunny Candle
The product of a very successful Kickstarter campaign (the project was funded in just four days) Thorunn Arnadottir and Dan Koval's PyroPet creations are sweet, faceted paraffin wax candles on the outside, but their insides are something else entirely...
DESIGN
Hexlox Saddle and Wheel Bike Lock
Anyone who's gone through the annoyance and disappointment of bike parts being stolen will understand the importance of a discreet but powerful means of protection. There are a few options already on the market, but none of them are foolproof and...
TECH
TappLock
New Toronto-based venture Pishon Labs offers two different padlocks that open with your fingerprint. Built upon a compact Fingerprints Cards AB FPC1020 sensor, the one-touch lock is certainly more convenient, if not faster, than traditional ones...
TECH
Mighty Audio's Portable Player
There's now a tech solution for those who are tired of having their phone tag along on fitness activities but don't want to give up their perfectly tailored Spotify playlists. Allowing runners, bikers and others to detach from the physical (and...
FOOD-DRINK
OneCook Personal Robotic Chef
Modern kitchen appliances can brew you the perfect espresso, bake a fluffy loaf of bread, mix a killer cocktail or even blend up a personalized smoothie—all with the press of a single button. So why not program them to cook a full meal? That’s...
DESIGN
Prepd Pack Modular Lunchbox and App
Type “meal prepping” into Google Trends and you’ll see that the term has experienced exponential growth over the last few years. With more and more people opening up their ovens instead of the latest delivery app, it only makes sense to have a...
DESIGN
The World Metro Map
In 1959, Architect Constant Nieuwenhuys created a map called New Babylon which envisioned a global society unbound by geographic borders and travel restrictions. In it, citizens were free to roam through an interconnected network of cities, leading...
CULTURE
Tycho Journal
With the ambitious goal to be "the most beautiful science fiction journal of all time,” Tycho Journal—co-founded by Adam Brent Houghtaling (former EIC and Brand Director at BlackBook Magazine) and Cici James (proprietor of science-fiction book...
STYLE
United by Blue's Ultimate American Jacket
United by Blue has already shattered their Kickstarter goal, so we were especially curious to get hands on their Ultimate American Jacket. Made entirely in the USA, this isn't like most other winter performance apparel out there. The surprisingly...
STYLE
Dish and DU/ER's Technologically-Minded "No Sweat" Pants
After wearing our DU/ER's slim fit "No Sweat" pants for several weeks now, and experiencing just how comfortable and functional they are, we wanted to explore their proprietary fabric even further. The pants not only look great but also have ample...
CULTURE
Kill Screen Magazine Gets a Redesign
Five years ago, Kill Screen became a printed reality thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. Nine issues were produced on just $6,000—speaking to not only their frugal ways but their strong, driving vision of creating a platform for thoughtfully discussing...
STYLE
Tobacco Motorwear Women's Kevlar Pants
Last year, LA-based Tobacco successfully Kickstarted their Kevlar-lined jeans for men. The jeans—which are reinforced with the fabric (a synthetic fiber often used in protective gear) in order to shield motorbike riders—were wildly successful...
FOOD-DRINK
Toasted Crickets in Your Cocktail: Critter Bitters
As more people grow aware of the protein packed into crickets (and how sustainable and affordable it is to raise them, compared to livestock), eating them is becoming less of a novelty and more of a practical life choice—especially when they're...
DESIGN
G-RO’s Revolutionary Companion Bag
by Adrienne So The two-wheeled carry-on is an indispensable piece of luggage for the frequent traveler. But for all its ubiquity, and despite how sleek and modern many of them look, they all have the same weaknesses in functionality. Tiny wheels...
FOOD-DRINK
A Retro Cocktail Computer with Over 100 Recipes
As it stands, there are three ways to make cocktails at home: sift through the pages of cocktail books, search the internet for something that sounds decent or go on and pour in portions that feel right. There are risks involved with all of the...
DESIGN
Kebei Li Kickstarts His Cubic Cable-Holder
Imitation is apparently the greatest form of flattery—but once industrial designer Kebei Li learned that a cheap, almost-too-similar version of the cubic cable holders he designed as a RISD student was being funded on Kickstarter by a new SF-based...
CULTURE
HANNAH: A Magazine Celebrating Black Women
Qimmah Saafir founded her magazine HANNAH (now funding on Kickstarter) not purely from passion, but also necessity. Saafir believes that, while a narrative around black women exists, it's not diverse, wholly inclusive or voiced by the women themselves...
DESIGN
Peak Design's Everyday Messenger
San Francisco-based brand Peak Design knows what they're doing when it comes to Kickstarter. In the past, they’ve launched four successful campaigns (including this modular wrist strap), with each wildly surpassing its funding goal within just a few...
DESIGN
Portable Lighting with the Luminoodle
The Salt Lake City, UT-based team Power Practical has some inventive battery-charging solutions under their belt, from their debut product PowerPot (a camping pot that charges your mobile devices as you boil water, thanks to thermoelectric technology...
DESIGN
Studio Cheha's "3D" Reading Lamps
Ever since creating their first optical illusion lamp—a 3D-looking bulb that's actually a flat, laser-engraved sheet of acrylic glass—Tel Aviv-based Studio Cheha has continued to play with perception with more fun iterations, from a glowing scene...
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