It’s World Cup time, so i’m entitled to post as many balls as i want - and you must admit these couldn’t be passed up. Via .org this gem from the SF Gate - “Heads will roll: Just in time for the World Cup, visitors to the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts can bounce Bush or Blair, corner-kick Clinton or soccer-punch Saddam. Kendell Geers’ interactive art, titled Masked Ball, is one of 24 football-themed works by international artists. “
GOOOOOOOOOAL! Everyone’s doing it. World Cup season is officially here when every designer seems to be making their own balls ~ Love these Freitag ones (ok, so who am i kidding, we all know i love all things freitag more or less) - especially their disclaimer: “The ranking expressed here follows purely aesthetical criteria and does not necessarily reflect the views of Freitag staff or the Swiss Football Association.” - some days, aesthetics rankings are just as crucial.
Kate Spade launches a new line of personalized stationery, and this zebra print was just begging to be posted. It puts those LL Bean backpack monograms to shame… and then some.
What happens when Sasquatch the Bigfoot, meets Yeti the Abominable Snowman? Apparently love, and something that involves a chainsaw, ghurka knife and rock filled snowballs. From my favorite figurine designers Rocketworld - and their brilliant Insurgent Wilderness Gruppo series - these two are Series 3.
NEA, Pleasure Object surprised me in my mailbox a few days ago. We previously posted about them here. Lelo of Sweden prides themselves on providing the world with LUST OBJECTIFIED and as if their website and imagery weren’t classy and seductive enough… they sent one over. They describe it as an “ornate pleasure object with a porcelain-like finish and deceptively powerful purr. Decorating the glossy exterior, pleasing to the eye as well as to the touch, are delicate floral motifs reminiscent of the belle époque.” And it’s even more powerful and beautifully designed in person than in the pictures - review below.
It’s summer and with so many trips and adventures waiting to happen, i have been stumbling across some very fun outdoor oriented products! So here’s an interesting idea - you’ve seen stuff sacks galore, but seldom are they useful for more than literally stuffing with stuff. Well Granite Gear has designed these playful trail toys the Stuff Ball and the Stuff Football… cordura zippered bags, you fill it with socks/cable/etc, and it becomes a hacky sack or football! A nice multipurpose product that you can easily stuff into the tiniest crevice in your pack, or use it to hold cables or rice or anything else you can think of. Cute idea. Bit pricey for 11$, but we’re a resourceful bunch, right?
Design inspiration shows up in the least expected places… It’s a kayak themed weekend - ended up at the Newport Paddlesports Expo today.
While there I expected the usual cliche of polyeurathane injection molded looking kayaks - and to my surprise, I discovered these beautiful fiberglasses pieces of art, in vibrant colors and incredibly sleek curves. These San Juan Kayaks are handmade in Arizona by Jay Turner, and he’s been perfecting his craft for over 20 years! The designs are so timeless, he hasn’t needed to change his molds since. Inspired by his passion for boats, fishing, and better design - not to mention a past in the navy - he found a niche in the kayak market and with over half a dozen companies showing, nothing compared aesthetically. (look carefully and you can probably see the resemblences between these kayaks and speed boats)
I tried so many different kayaks today, I think I’ve caught up on the options out there - and this was the most fun and versatile of all… Take a look at the foot holds and the seat - compared to the padded/foam seats (with adjustability one could compare to my car), I never expected the sleek subtle curve to be so comfortable and functional. [see more images below] There is definitely something to be said for simpliticty and ingenious design.
The Go-Loo by Lajja Design definitely deserves to be on that list of ideal gifts for baby showers. I often stare in wonder at how those new moms manage to carry/manuver not only their child but also that monstrosity of a baby bag which holds everything including the kitchen sink. I suppose the closest i can get to relating, is my ever growing laptop/cable/overnight bag… and i know anything to minimize the weight is appreciated. This is an extremely light (foamy feeling) changing pad, designed to be sturdy and padded enough, yet light and takes up a tiny amout of space, also comes in great colors.
At my friend’s place in Boras, Sweden - i moved something on his desk, and noticed what at first was your usual Moleskine journal - BUT - on the front (much like the logo on back) it says ONE IN 501(c). And on the inside cover there was a Levis 501 little blurb - as well as an additional pamphlet on the history of the collection. This was a promo piece - and the wording “one in 501” could work on quite a few levels. Overview pic below.
Just got in to Copenhagen - so here’s my first Danish post… Stelton’s products have that incredibly clean modern style as applied to this great cardholder, money clip, and luggage tag. If Stelton sounds familiar, this may be why - “For now more than 40 years, the Stelton brand is characterized by its rigid design-language, which is based on the Cylinda-line designed by Arne Jacobsen.”
WOW. Ok so i apparently haven’t been paying attention to the stamp industry and/or there is some new crazy design going on? Check out these products from Trodat - on top we have this portable self inking stamp that folds into a silver tube, ready for your pocket. Then theres the one where that is built into a pen! And then my favorite for those random messages you have the urge to stamp - since you can play typestter with it!!! Mini tweezers and different sets of fonts and all! I was just researching making a self inking stamp - and discovered this whole new world and got excited.
Funny, i was just thinking about Unamerican today and then i get an email from them with their new updated stickers… For those who are unfamiliar - Unamerican is all about provoking thought with text and simple imagery in the form of minimal stickers. You create the context for these phrases. I’ve had “Fuck Work” on the vcr flap of my little 13” tv/vcr i’ve had since freshman year of college. “Question Technology” was on the inside when you’d open my old iBook… “Being Hip Is Not Enough” - with the explanation that “modern kids have learned to make video and art fast and cheap. Imagine this set of talents channelled into work for change.” Yes. Imagine what we could do? Other good new ones “Don’t eat your soul to fill your belly” - “Wal*Mart is communism” - “There’s still time to change the road you’re on”… [and yes, seldom will i send you to such a jarring site, but the content makes up for it and then some.]
“LELO is a Sweden-based company, founded in 2003, devoted to the design and development of sensual pleasure objects with contemporary luxury flair. By blending fashion, femininity, engineering and design, our aim is to create objects not just functional, but seductive in their own right. Lust objectified to inspire a positive and confident sexuality.” Beautiful site, sleek objects, gorgeous packaging. They have three models - the Lily in matte - the Nea with a porcelain like gloss finish and floral motifs - and the Yva in gold and silver. If these don’t say luxury, i don’t know what does. [These are certainly one-upping the previous designer sextoys we wrote about.]