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Arlo Skye team up with blog Sight Unseen to create the ultimate design-conscious traveller’s suitcase

Posted in Design, Products, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 10 Nov 2017

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In collaboration with design blog Sight Unseen, hip luggage company Arlo Skye are releasing their Carry-On and Check-In cases in a limited-edition Sage colourway. Founded by alums from Tumi and Louis Vuitton, Arlo Skye’s cases are made of a lightweight makrolon polycarbonate shell, with micro-textured surface, aluminum-alloy trim and a removable USB charger built-in. Remarkably the design actually involves no outer zippers, instead the cases are held shut by two TSA-approved combination locks and an interlocking seal along each edge. Inside you’ll find more of Sight Unseen’s influence, commissioning Finnish illustrator Antti Kekki to design a print for the lining and dividers. The Carry-On is $375, while the Check-In is just $20 more at $395, shipping at the end of November from Arlo Skye’s online store: www.arloskye.com/collections/arlo-skye-x-sight-unseen-edition

Design mainstays Muji reimagine micro-living with their remarkable, multipurpose one-room Hut

Posted in Architecture, Design
By Sam Bathe on 6 Nov 2017

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After wowing the design community back in 2015 with prototypes of their minimalist micro-home, the Muji Hut is now on sale in Japan. With a compact 9 square-metre interior, double-pane glass front and covered porch, the Hut is just about big enough for 3-4 people to relax in and sleeps a single. Using traditional materials to blend into its surroundings, the Hut is built from wood entirely sourced in Japan. The outer walls are constructed of burnt cedar for its enhanced antiseptic properties and treated with an oil stain, while the interior has a minimalist finish to let the owner stamp their own style. The Muji Hut is on sale now for ¥3,000,000 (£20,150) including materials and construction, though they are currently only available inside Japan, hopefully an international service is soon to follow: www.muji.com/jp/mujihut

Fiona O’Leary’s clever Spector device is an eyedropper tool for fonts and colours in real life

Posted in Design
By Sam Bathe on 20 Jul 2016

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While on the web you can ‘inspect element’ to identify a font or colour, it’s never been quite that easy in real life. So for her graduation project at the Royal College of Art, Fiona O’Leary designed a unique tool that lets you eyedrop a magazine, book or pretty much anything in real life. Called Spector, the device will relay information back to your computer and detail the font, size, kerning and colours. Connecting via a plugin for InDesign, essentially Spector is a Bluetooth camera with some complicated software doing the legwork to analyse the image, plus if you’re out and about when you take a shapshot, Spector will cache up to 20 samples until you’re back at your machine. Currently Spector is just a prototype – a working prototype at that – but with its sleek design and an audience clamouring for this sort of technology, hopefully Fiona is able to turn it into a commercial product.

Nike release the limited edition Mercurial Superfly Heritage iD to celebrate one of their most iconic ever football boots

Posted in Design, Sport
By Sam Bathe on 12 May 2016

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Inspired by the iconic 1998 Mercurial R9, Nike have released four limited edition colourways for their Mercurial Superfly football boot. Available through the NIKEiD customisation service, the Heritage iD designs turn back the clock for four retro-futuristic looks. One of the last Superfly releases before Nike release a new Mercurial for Euro 2016, the Heritage iD boots feature all of the standard Superfly features and can be built with a soft-ground, firm-ground or artificial grass soleplate, available for a limited time only through the Nike Football online store: www.nikefootball.com

Vifa release their second portable bluetooth speaker, the minimal and gorgeous Oslo design

Posted in Design, Music, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 4 Apr 2016

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Taking the power of their debut Copenhagen line, and squeezing it into a shell half the size, Oslo is Danish manufacturer Vifa’s stunning new speaker system. Weighing just 2.4kg, the Oslo packs 2 x 50mm aluminium cone and neodymium magnet drive units, and dual 65 mm woofers mounted back-to-back. The gorgeous design is a work of art, with just the embroidered volume buttons on the front hinting its a portable speaker, connecting to your phone or laptop via Bluetooth, aux or NFC. The Oslo is available in six colourways for €499 from the Vifa online store: www.vifa.dk/shop

Brooklyn designer Dana Haim teams up with a fifth generation Mexican weaver for her debut rug collection

Posted in Art, Design
By Sam Bathe on 29 Mar 2016

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Designing wallpaper, jewelry, ceramics and pop-poms since graduating textile programs at the Rhode Island School of Design and Central Saint Martins, cross-disciplinary designer Dana Haim has turned her attention back to textiles. Teaming up with a fifth generation weaver in Oaxaca, Mexico, Haim’s debut collection of beautiful, naturally dyed rugs, boast geometric patterns that draw inspiration from classic kilim design. Available in four different designs with two colourways in each style, the rugs are available to buy from Haim’s personal website: www.danahaim.com

Designer Mads Sætter-Lassen’s sleek Buddy lamp offers light and storage with gorgeous Danish style

Posted in Design
By Sam Bathe on 13 Jan 2016

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Referred to by designer Mads Sætter-Lassen as “the little helper everyone needs”, the ingenious Buddy lamp won Northern Lighting’s Student Design Award last year. Launching later this month at the upcoming Maison & Objet Show in Paris, the Buddy will go into production in four softened colourways. Part-desk light, part-storage vessel, Sætter-Lassen’s sleek design is reminiscent of Greta Grossman’s iconic Grasshopper Floor Lamp, bringing a timeless elegance to your workstation. Keep your eyes peel to the Northern Lighting website for more information on the Buddy’s release date: www.northernlighting.no

The Hill-Side launch their own range of urban-friendly home goods in collaboration with CB2

Posted in Design
By Sam Bathe on 6 Jan 2016

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Teaming up with retailer CB2, Brooklyn label, The Hill-Side, have launched an inaugural range of home goods to sit alongside their slick fashion line. Including chairs, rugs, bedding, hand towels, wallpaper and more, the range takes inspiration from the patterns and prints that adorn The Hill-Side’s clothing and accessories, the designs given a new lease of life on this grander scale. A match seemingly made in heaven, The Hill-Side co-founder, Emil Corsillo, has said of the relationship, “We see eye to eye on everything, and CB2′s attention to detail and appreciation for quality is right up there with our own,” so we can probably expect to see more from the duo in years to come. The CB2 + The Hill-Side collection is available now on CB2′s online store: www.cb2.com/the-hill-side

Casetify team up with Poketo for a sleek collection of design-led phone cases and Apple Watch straps

By Sam Bathe on 14 Dec 2015

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Known for their completely customisable phone and tablet cases, Casetify have teamed up with hip LA store, Poketo, for a collection of bright and colourful designs. Available in Casetify’s new Standard Case for Apple iDevices, the Snap Case for pretty much everything else and three stunning Apple Watch straps, the Poketo collection is hand-designed and curated by their in-house design team to create a mix of both colourful and monochrome geometric patterns, brush strokes and shapes. The Poketo collection is available from the Casetify online store, starting at £24.99: www.casetify.com/collections/poketo

Oyyo’s second collection of cotton dhurrie rugs takes inspiration from Roger Anger’s geometric, utopian houses in Auroville

Posted in Design
By Sam Bathe on 7 Dec 2015

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Throwing themselves further into traditional Indian weaving techniques and textile production while fine-tuning their process of vegetable-dying yarn, Swedish duo Oyyo‘s second collection of cotton dhurrie rugs is even more breathtaking than the first. A collection of six colourful, geometric designs, handwoven by a community of craftspeople in the desert area of Rajasthan, India, N ̊2 integrates untreated linen warp into the construction, a nod to traditional Swedish flat weave. Aiming to create more of a contrast in their designs, Oyyo’s expanded palette includes richer and darker colors alongside muted pastel tones, and is all produced from natural pigments derived from local plants. The N ̊2 collection is available from €550-€2,590 depending on design and size through Oyyo’s beautiful online store: www.oyyo.se

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