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DESIGN
Studio Swine's Sea Chair: Into The Gyre
After creating the award-winning Sea Chair (made from discarded plastic washed up on beaches), London-based design duo Studio Swine has decided to take their project to the next level. Not content with the attention they have already drawn to the...
DESIGN
Interview: Denise J Reytan
While many jewelry designers stick to classics like gold, silver and semi-precious stones, Denise J Reytan builds her "wearable collages" from the most unusual colors and materials. Silicone, textiles and even custom-casted plastic objects are juxtaposed...
FOOD-DRINK
Sip Smarter with the Viora Coffee Lid
With a conventional coffee cup lid, even the slightest jolt can send scalding liquid out of the porthole, only to be caught by the dish-like design, awaiting a second opportunity to splash onto you. Further, the lid traps all aromas inside, rendering...
DESIGN
Interview: Eames Demetrios
In the garden of the Case Study House, Eames Demetrios—grandson of Charles and Ray Eames—settled in a shell chair to share stories of his family heritage and legacy, architectural preservation and the world travels he undertook to create his epic...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Dirk Vander Kooij
Less than three years ago we watched the budding Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij explain his graduation project to a packed house at Cape Town's Design Indaba conference. The Design Academy Eindhoven alumnus humbly presented Endless Flow, a "dining...
DESIGN
Interview: Patricia Urquiola
In the 25 years since taking the reins at Kartell, owner and CEO Claudio Luti has collaborated with nearly every industrial designer of note, transforming the over 60-year-old company into the king of polycarbonate furniture and a darling of Italian...
STYLE
Proof Eyewear
As part of a movement in eyewear design to use sustainable materials, or at the very least adopt a certain rustic aesthetic, we have come across several creative ways to incorporate wood into glasses and sunglasses. While Shwood is the most recognizable...
STYLE
Fred Shirts
A water brand unlike any other, Fred has stood on store shelves for some six years now, setting itself apart with an unconventional flask-like shape and a rather counterintuitive message—reuse. Unlike most brands that encourage consumption...
DESIGN
Kartell: The Culture of Plastics
From the very beginning of Kartell's history plastic and design have been the mantra. Founded by Giulio Castelli, a chemical engineer, the Italian furniture brand is the most influential proponent of plastic industrial design, building a sizable...
CULTURE
Banana Boards
As always, what's old is new again. Conjuring up memories of butt-bombing hills and weaving cones like in the days of Dog Town, many companies are remaking retro-styled banana boards that combine the concept of yesteryear with the superior materials...
FOOD-DRINK
Bobble Jug
Following up on the success of the award-winning bobble, the reusable bottle that filters water as you drink from it, the brand's makers have launched the bobble jug. An innovative—and long overdue—update on the usual household water...
DESIGN
GoToob
Most hotels and gyms offer complimentary toiletries, but those who like to bring along their own favorites have probably noticed the hospitality often stops at precious shelf space. Enter the GoToob. Designed by San Francisco firm Humangear, the...
DESIGN
Govino Glasses
Nothing kills the buzz of a drink outdoors more than the chunky rim of a plastic cup at your lips. Refining the concept with a few Dieter Rams-worthy design principles, Govino's reusable wine glasses and champagne flutes, made from BPA-free, shatterproof...
DESIGN
An Interview with Dirk Vander Kooij
Dutch designer Dirk van der Kooij is obsessed with rapid prototyping. Best known for his Endless Chair, made from a continuous string of recycled plastic using a 3D printer, the design has grown into a range of products all with the goal of making...
FOOD-DRINK
Skweet Sport Bottle Wash
As global awareness of the benefits of choosing reusable water bottles, a little education on the best way to clean them is in order. Dishwasher heat releases harmful chemicals in some plastics (not to mention melts some of them), and washing by...
DESIGN
Furnibloom
Designed by landscape architect Dagný Bjarnadóttir, beautifully functional Furnibloom plexiglass furniture cleverly houses plants of all sorts—spices, vegetables or flowers—for easy cultivation and a unique set of tables and...
STYLE
Moscot Mangito
Adding a Brigitte Bardot touch to their Moscot Originals collection, the new Mangito frames seize on the cat-eye craze for spring. Moscot's take interprets the style more subtly than other current versions, like Alexander Wang's recent kitschy-slash...
DESIGN
Toroflux
Gallery and design store Moss recently reminded us of the exciting and beguiling art toy Toroflux. Created in 2000 by German brothers Jochen and Conrad Valett of Valett Design, the simple tools and construction for the kinetic sculpture consists...
CULTURE
Plastiki
A 60-foot catamaran comprised of recycled PET and reclaimed plastic bottles, Plastiki proves the power of imagination and ingenuity with British eco-adventurist David de Rothschild at the helm. More than just a boat, the Plastiki symbolizes how...
DESIGN
BaliYo Pen
Derived from the natural inclination to flip and play with pens, BaliYo is simultaneously a toy and pen designed to maximize hand-eye coordination with its three-piece twirl-able construction. The center piece, a functioning ballpoint pen connected...
STYLE
Kartell x .normaluisa: Lady Cinderella Platform Sandal
The second model to mix Kartell's plastic design expertise with Italian label .normaluisa's fashion sense, the Lady platform sandal is another injection-molded knockout. Keeping to the bright color scheme of the Glue model, the Lady steps...
DESIGN
OuTable
OuTable, a collection of conceptual plastic utensils for outdoor dining, brings the poetry of nature to such humble items as the spoon. Designed by the clever Israeli-based firm d-Vision, the "neo-naturist" project takes inspiration from...
DESIGN
Cap Spray Can Nozzle Stool
Produced deep in the forests of Sweden, "Cap" is the first piece of furniture from the Don't Feed The Swedes. The plastic stool is a tribute to prominent graffiti personalities and modeled after a standard spray can nozzle, but enlarged...
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