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Cutting Edge - again…

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

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Some of you might recall the post a couple weeks ago where I tried the Tomato knife that was hohum and didn’t really convince me. Well, here’s something completely different:

Swiss kitchen utensil manufacturer Zyliss just launched a magnificent tool, a soft skin peeler that work magic with Tomatoes… They also won a red dot award for the knife, so it not only works well, it is also pretty (we really love those products…) So forget about dipping those little red suckers in to boiling water before you can get the skin off, this knife has a super fine serrated blade that get’s the skin off the softest of vegetables… On top of it it also comes with a super sharp tip, that lets you remove any blemishes with surgical precision.

Oh and did I mention it retails for under 10 Dollars? Beauty…

Carbonfunctions - nominee for German design award

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

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Mantis 1Carbonfunctions‘ “Mantis” is the ultimate outcome of a project that started in 2001. High end German aeronautical and automotive engineering paired with sophisticated German product design by Wolf Udo Wagner resulted in that über-golf caddy. The caddy was designed and named inspired by the shape of a Praying Mantis - from the first form study to the final product marketing.

GriffThe task was to develop a fundamentally new electric golf caddy. The unique technology of the electric driven and also manual usable caddy makes it easy to handle. Steering is simple two-handed. The caddy can be folded compactly or taken into pieces. Put together the mixture of carbon and aeronautical aluminum sums up to 8,2 kilogram.
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Bringing out the kid in you…

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

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Had enough of Pokemon? Try on Pookie & Co for size… Probably the most innovative and wonderfully quirky little toy company I have seen in a long time, these little ‘things’ are currently only available in Europe, but we have heard from a reliable source that they will soon be coming to us here as well. They are a series of wonderfully quirky characters, anything but ordinary and instantly lovable… Check them out and send them an email asking for distribution here in the US because they are truly amazing…

Shine your light…

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

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This years Maison et Objet had a lot of mediocre products and a lot of boring stuff, but one of the things that really stuck with me were the lamps that Flavia Del Pra designed for Oboe. Oboe had one of the smallest booths on the fair, but they sure served up a lot of amazing stuff - amongst it, Flavia’s lamps. Super simplistic, the lamps are beautifully serigraphed and hand colored and the shade is a collaboration between Flavia and Brazilian designer Adriana Barra. I sure hope they will make it to the states because they are really unique and almost have the feel of limited editions with the amount of attention to absolute craftsmanship and detail…

Publishers Hermann Schmidt - nominee for German design award

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

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Typo QuartettPublishing house Hermann Schmidt is another nominee for the 2006 German Design awards.

Typographic Top Trumps” - remember how you passed whole childhood afternoons playing top trumps, hoping the winning card would be yours – no matter if the car in it boasted many cylinders, lots of horsepower or fabulous top speed? Although this did not make you a formula one pro, it gave you a feeling for the world of fast wheels.

The Typographic Top Trumps put you into the pole position in a race where sans serif, ascenders and descenders are what matters. With these cards, you will learn the characteristics of each font, as well as its construction year or its designer, at breakneck speed. By the way: did you know that, just like cars, fonts can be loud and obnoxious or even dynamic? The three authors offer different scales for the characteristics such as durability, repertoire, volume, dynamics, stars, bad taste points and personality. These elements give the game unexpected turns and contribute to the fun.

www.typografie.com …where you can shop “Typographic Top Trumps” for 14,80 €.

Quintessentially British design - in a limited edition

Friday, September 9th, 2005

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Classicdriver - my weekly source for all about motor vehicles - led me to Triumph and Paul Smith today. Two heads are better than one! Two brands are better than one! We’ve been talking about this earlier…

When the heads are Triumph and Paul Smith, there’s no question about it. The initial collaboration created ‘Triumph by Paul Smith’, a modern collection of accessories and jeans wear inspired by Triumph Motorcycles. However, as the partnership grew so did the creativity and nine Bonneville T100’s were customised with individual paint schemes designed by Paul Smith to complement the clothing and accessory range. These nine one-off bikes generated so much interest that Triumph and Paul Smith created two more original Bonneville T100 custom designs, nicknamed the “multi-Union” and “Live Fast”, especially for retail.
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It is addictive!!!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

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It’s simply incredible with which sustainability Apple designs such addictive gems. This piece is sooooo elegant!!!

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Nothing to add - speechlessness!

Check www.apple.com

Burning cholesterol

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

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CandleA candle - another finding from Frankfurt’s Tendence - with an extremely flat design, creates an elegant translucency and reveals its inner wick structure that defines the path through which the fire will travel. This wick structure creates excitement and completely draws attention to the candle.

Will it burn? What will be its path? What will be left once the structure is gone?

The inspiration for the design comes from the molecular structure of cholesterol, which is then figuratively burned away in front of the spectator. In a restaurant scenario, while appetizers are being enjoyed, the candle is lit. It is active and splits up into multiple flames. Later, as the main course is served, the candle slows down and burns with a calmer, dim light. After this more tranquil period, it begins to become active again, before burning out at the end of the evening.
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C’est quoi?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

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Ainsi c.quoiC.QUOI is a french company offering a feast of whimsical yet useful, adaptable objects that shall bring a touch of humor into our everyday life! They ecstasized us for a little moment at Maison & Objet after endless walking through not air-conditioned trade fair halls.

“Ainsi soit-il” is a pure wool rug from New Zealand, hand tufted in the Serge-Lesage Ateliers. Its tranquil softness recalls a tuft of green grass… grass that is greener than your neighbour’s!

Justin c.quoi“Justin” is a little duck that your children will insist upon when you have a coffee. The same size and weight as a classic sugar cube, “the poor” comes with 12 other friends. Of course, a thought has been spared for the little rascal!
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Flair of Istanbul

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

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Since its debut in September 2004, GAIA & GINO has well established to create a new Turkish design brand. The first of this collection was the “Liquid Glass” glassware by Defne Koz, a Turkish designer living in Milan.
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Internationally acclaimed designer Karim Rashid in New York designed the best known collections. Karim reinterprets the dining experience by creating a series of unique innovative products:

Morphescape“MORPHESCAPE” the non-stop continuation of a single undulating surface is divided into every need for the table enabling one to have an entire table connected by each function as a modular scape. The inspiration is the cityscape of Istanbul from Minarets and mosques to the modern city and the Bosphorus.
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