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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


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



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:

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:

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



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:

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



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:

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



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:

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



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:

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



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:

British designer Naomi Paul creates unique pendant lampshades from colourful crochet wool

Posted in Design
By Sam Bathe on 27 Nov 2015



Using crochet wool to create unique, textile lampshades, Naomi Paul’s colourful, flowing designs are available in 13 different styles, all made-to-order. Based in a studio in East London, on the edge of Hackney Marshes, Paul uses wool because it’s naturally fire retardant, strong, robust and chunky enough to create the perfect crochet. The nature of the design means light spills out evenly from all sides, creating a warm, natural light in whatever your colourway, all available via Naomi’s online store:

Soma Water return with another limited edition run, this time a new colourway for their Pitcher

Posted in Design, Food
By Sam Bathe on 20 Nov 2015



After selling out of last year’s limited edition Soma Black Carafe in less than 24 hours, this year the Kickstarted water filter company are back with a black edition of their pitcher. With only 2,400 made, and $15 of the price going to charity: water – Soma’s own scheme that supports clean water projects around the world – the carafe is sustainable by design, using coconut shell carbon and a plant-based casing for the filter. Lasting 40 gallons, or about two months, before you’ll need to change the filter, the Soma Black Pitcher will set you back $49 with one filter, or $99 with six, available from the Soma online store:

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