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.]
A lot of people seem pretty down today. So this one is for them - when you sometimes just regress to that point that cute soft cuddly - and amusingly designed are comforting. Jellycat Truffle Sheep and Highland Cow.
The designers over at ATYPYK have a sense of humor - Take a look at their “magic wand” for fly swatting, the book cuttingboard, and my favorite - the “cherry on top” candle. If you have to put a candle on it, might as well let it be more interesting than the standards/sparklers. Although a cherry sparkler could be fun - and have other maraschino cherries on the cake/cupcake as well?
Felt Rocks! When you get upset - throw these against something? Then again condensed felt rocks may not be that soft, actually i guess it might be rather painful. But on felt, this was a unique use of the material… just not quite sure what one should do with them. The Molo Design site shows a little girl tossing them around and playing with them.
Wow. Ok you may want to read this while looking at the full entry (aka click the finish reading link first)… b/c there are more images there. This is PitGreen = from my standpoint it sort of seems like Stikfas meets mini-mini-golf meets german design. From the looks of this incredible video the German accessories manufacturer, Koizol, is producing these silly little golfing wonders. I honestly can’t believe i hadn’t heard of this earlier - Designersblock is even having a PitGreen Competition during the Salone in Milano on the 9th of this month! It is apparently a crazy mini-trend sweeping europe. They have gorgeous packaging (see image below) - and exclusive Grim Reaper-esque 150 limited ed pieces through Charles and Marie right now - but honestly the potential to dress up your white one with a black sharpie and some imagination seems more intruiging.
p.s. any german readers want to help cover design trends and amusement from europe for us? Apparently there is much we have been missing!
Ah the appeal of laser cut plastic. Also from Fuzz Design Workshop, seems like a fun line when you just aren’t quite which sure gift says “bon voyage” the right way.
The packaging looks just like those little Kubrick Toys, etc… but it has a hole that calls to you, calls to you to stick your finger in and feel the soft “comforting” thing inside… which ends up seeming like a sausage shaped hacky sack? And apparently you can get your logo embroidered on them, or have your own tag on it, and also customize the box for schwag. It comforts your hand? Or can be juggled? Someone explain, please. But they are cute and Swedish and have interesting packaging. And puzzled me enough to put it up. Smakompisar
So stencilling and street art for the masses is here - Stencil 1 is like Stencil 101 for the lazy. When you can’t figure out how to take your favorite image, stencilize it, take your x-acto knife to some cardboard, and THEN take the canister to the streets (or your wall, shirt, skateboard, neighbor’s car, etc)… you’re lucky that you have Stencil 1. While i bash it, or more the laziness it encourages or takes advantage of, its a smart idea! And for those who are too lazy for even just buying stencils, they also have preprinted shirts and buttons. Also, for those unclear on how to USE a stencil, i love their little How To (as seen above).