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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  24 Nov 2011  |  Comments (0)

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What kind of luggage would you design, if practicality were besides the point? At first glance, British designer Sarah Jane Williams' bespoke suitcases, trunks and satchels suggest they might hold exotic musical instruments, and then you realize she's made these funky shapes simply because she can.

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"Historically exceptional craftsmanship was the norm, now it is the exception," says her website. "Williams British Handmade is designed to challenge this statement by utilising regional historical craftsmanship and metamorphosising the traditional in order to produce a collection of original fashion artefacts."

All of the products produced by Williams British Handmade are bespoke or limited edition items made to the highest standards. The leather used is traditional bridle leather of the best quality possible. The brass frames are produced by an accomplished metal craft worker. Every stitch is compelted by hand using the traditional techniques of saddle stitching.

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Posted by Jamie Hall  |  15 Nov 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Hopson Kinetic Jewelry founders, husband and wife team Ben and Emma Hopson, have unveiled their first collection of their kinetic accessories. Aptly called "Scissor," the pieces are as riveting to watch as to wear. Composed of tiny moving parts that glide together in effortless unison, HKJ's collection of rings, necklaces and bracelets are as remarkable as the delicate innards of an antique clock.

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Thin silver bands expand and collapse, held together by tiny golden rivets, changing shape dependent on the mood and styling of the wearer. Situated on narrow chains, the jewelry is the perfect marriage of form and function: utterly delicate and mechanically impeccable. The same, of course, could be said of industrial designer Ben Hopson and his photographer and jewelry aficionado wife, Emma. While Ben's design and mechanical know-how inspired kinetics it was Emma's appreciation for bling that provided the pair with their medium. See their stop-motion demonstration of the "Scissor" earrings!

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Posted by LinYee Yuan  |  10 Nov 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Last night the New York design community gathered at experimental design gallery space bondtoo to celebrate the launch of Sight Unseen's new online accessories shop, "dedicated to the sale of handmade and one-of-a-kind wearable objects by artists and designers." Even if you can't afford Rafael de Cardenas' new line of furniture, Bec Brittain's lighting fixtures, or Iacoli and McAllister's powder-coated steel designs, their special accessories for Sight Unseen curators Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer are a wearable, eye-catching alternative.

sus_decardenas.JPGRafael de Cardenas, Rolled Cork Necklace

We especially love Los Angeles-based furniture designer Tanya Aguiñiga's scupltural cotton rope necklaces that incorporate leather offcuts and reclaimed copper tubing and British designer Simone Brewster's geometric copper and wood, leather pendants. Browse for pieces from designers, Renata Abbade, Confetti System, Jim Drain, Chen Chen and Kai Williams, Fredericks & Mae, Philippe Malouin, Kiel Mead, Silva/Bradshaw, Study O Portable and more! Each piece is handmade and many are one-of-a-kind collectibles, often the designer's first foray into wearable accessories. We look forward to seeing what might come from future collaborations for Sight Unseen shop.

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Posted by Ray  |  28 Oct 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Industrial designer Ken Goldman recently sent us pictures of "Spark," a pair of his-and-hers rings that can be struck to literally spark a flame. The flint is cut from a commercially-available flint from "one of the popular suppliers": if struck on "any sharp surface, it will shed sparks—with the right tinder, it will start a fire." The steel is good candidate, though Goldman admits that it would work better if it were even sharper.

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Both are set in a sterling silver ring for handy access, not to mention potentially combustible symbolism... it's definitely a huge improvement on those cheesy 'broken heart' charms.

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I'm not sure if the rings would function as a firestarter when the lucky couple is actually wearing them... though if they're particularly well-cut, I could see the pound becoming a potentially dangerous form of greeting.

He's currently seeking a manufacturer for the set of rings, among various other designs. In the meantime, I'd suggest that he comes up with some more eye-catching product shots... or better yet, a video of the rings in action...

Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  27 Oct 2011  |  Comments (4)

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The last time we wrote about Dana Krieger's work was when he was with Teague, working on projects like the Pulse bike and a set of Bucky-Fuller-inspired headphones; now the industrial designer is at branding/product design/strategy firm Astro Studios in San Francisco, and his latest project is rethinking the watch. The name of Astro's new watch brand, MINUS 8, is a reference to the West Coast's time zone, officially known as Coordinated Universal Time Standard -8.

"Watches attract designers like moths to the flame, so we couldn't resist taking our own approach to this ages-old design problem," writes Krieger. "We invented the MINUS 8 brand, consisting of products which reference the unique time and place of West Coast culture."

The recently-completed project is so new that at press time it wasn't yet on Astro Studios' website. Hit the jump to see more drool-worthy shots and a project explanation from Krieger.

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Posted by LinYee Yuan  |  11 Aug 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Browsing the beautifully curated and peculiar design store mc&co in Brooklyn (it's only open to the public on the weekends), I was struck by the bold forms in bronze and silver displayed in the jewelry case. The single and double-fingered rings and chains are beautifully cast out of earthy metals that lend the accessories a nice visual weight. Bronze and silver envelop imprecisely shaped moonstones and other semi-precious stones—this irregular quality gives the collection its personality and a feeling that the beauty of these shapes could only be inspired by nature.

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One of my favorite pieces was an incredible bronze ring that looked more like a cast sculpture on the finger rather than just a ring. The double-fingered moonstone ring also caught my eye—the rounded bulbs and organic shapes reminded me of underwater encounters with sea polyps. The accessories seem both familiar and ancient, possibly prehistoric talismans or modernist architectural pieces.

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Posted by core jr  |  14 Jul 2011  |  Comments (2)

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Jawbone announced plans for their newest product in a line of mobile accessories that includes a bluetooth headset and the Jambox portable speaker. UP by Jawbone is a new kind of power band, part functional jewelry part life monitor, the wristband monitors your movement, sleep patterns and nutrition to help you live a healthier life. A mobile app analyzes the activity and an open platform motivates you with personal and social recommendations tailored to your goals.

As Yves Behar, Chief Designer and founder of fuseproject, explains, "UP is part app on your phone, and part cool sensing band on your wrist. UP tracks movement, sleep and nutrition. What do I get in return for wearing the tech-loaded and colorful band? Suggestions and realistic challenges to help me improve, and get family and friends to do it with me. We're UP for it...Are you?"

The product will be released later this year!

Posted by Carren Jao  |  30 Jun 2011  |  Comments (0)

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A new entrant into the container garden craze, the Berkeley-based home accessories line Wallter is designed by CCA alums and couple Max and Linda. Their powder-coated aluminum planters in orange, white and blue are bright accents that would serve as a nice compliment to any home's greenery.

I appreciated its tubular form, cropped at an angle. Max Geisler explained that the form gives the plants a colorful background to play off of.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  16 Jun 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Here's a great example of how to tie industrial design, fashion design, jewelry design, textile design, photography and film together in a single exhibition: RISD's "Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion, 1920-1980." The currently-running exhibition features more than 200 objects, from flapper dresses to brooches to barware, all dedicated to classy boozing and there's also an attendant coffee-table book/catalog.

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"The cocktail is not just a drink," writes curator Joanne Dolan Ingersoll, "not just spirits combined with a mixer, but a spectacle, a symbol of American joie de vivre, prosperity, youth and unity."

The show runs until July 31st. NPR gave it a glowing review, which you can read here.

Posted by LinYee Yuan  |  13 Jun 2011  |  Comments (0)

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This year's SIDIM show highlighted a wide range of interior design showcasing everything from native Québécois-designers to international furniture and fixtures. In its 23rd year, the annual event is a unique opportunity to see some of the exciting directions being taken in Canadian design.

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With a dedicated Designers' Tribune section showcasing Québéc-based designers in a two-level shipping container exhibition space, there was plenty to discover. One of our favorite new products from industrial designers Alto Design, is the "Styletto" an ergonomic paint caddy that is sturdy enough to withstand the pressures of a roller but thoughtful enough to store all necessary brushes and equipment in one place.

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sidim-6.JPGToy Toy, 100% recycled cardboard furniture for kids!

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Posted by Ray  |   8 Jun 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Kogeto, the Brooklyn-based lens company behind "Lucy," the "world's most advanced panoramic camera," launched the Kickstarter campaign for the "Dot"—the iPhone 4 version of their lens attachment—a couple weeks ago, surpassing their goal of $20,000 three times over by the end of the first week, when they received an early round of press. (NY Design Week and it's aftermath are no excuse for sleeping on this one.)

Snap dot onto your iPhone 4 and step into the future. In an instant you can capture fully immersive 360-degree videos and share them with friends and family—all in a package that slips easily into you pocket. The first time you use Dot, you won't believe what your phone is capable of.

With Dot, there's no need to miss events like a wedding, birthday, or family holiday because you're too busy trying to capture it on camera. Just put Dot on the table and forget about her—she sees and hears everything. So you can do what you're supposed to do at these things—enjoy yourself.

In any case, it's easily one of the more notable iPhone 4 accessories that we've come across, and you can get in on the 360° action at Kickstarter.

Posted by Dave Seliger  |  30 May 2011  |  Comments (3)

As interesting as the design of handguns may be, the human factors design of the holster is just as intriguing. Easy access, safety, security, comfort, and durability are all vital to the perfect holster design.

The belt holster is the most basic variety and also the first one that comes to mind.

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The paddle holster is designed for easy and frequent removal (usually by detectives) and sandwiches the pant waistband between the holster and a ping pong paddle-shaped board.

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A common military accessory, the thigh or tactical holster is strapped both around the thigh and to the waist. This secondary location doesn't interfere with a rifle slung across the chest and can be easily accessed from the crouching position. However, a thigh holster is awkward to access on the run.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  17 May 2011  |  Comments (2)

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Designer Carl Burdick's amusing bluetooth headset takes the technology-as-jewelry trend, smashes it into the Retro Objects movement with an old-school telephone form factor, and adds a dash of '80s Executive Desk.

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It's just a concept from the Los Angeles-based Burdick, but assuming the technological innards could be worked out, we could see this being Kickstarted in a big way.

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Posted by LinYee Yuan  |  14 May 2011  |  Comments (0)

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The Future Perfect has been a beacon for design lovers; championing emerging talent since founder Dave Alhadeff opened doors in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2003. Since then, the store has expanded across the river to two locations in Manhattan and a store in Los Angeles. From their NoHo location, The Future Perfect presents a great collection of new work from designers like Lara Knutson, Mark Moskovitz, Richard Saja, SCP and a special collaboration between hometown favorites Lindsey Adelman and Jason Miller. Check out our top picks from the store and don't miss our video interview with Matt Gagnon about his window workshop for "Prototype Lamp."

The Future Perfect
NoHo Design District
55 Great Jones
Noon-7PM

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Posted by Jamie Hall  |  14 May 2011  |  Comments (1)

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Artist Tim Liles hand-dyed, hand-braided circular area rugs were originally part of his "New New England" series, aimed at educating and connecting consumers to the source of their products. Featured in 2011 NoHo Design Week at the American Design Building, several of his original pieces from the project are now on display.
Constructed in thick, double sided wool Liles claims will last a lifetime, the rugs are dip dyed and made for "standing, stepping, sitting and lying upon."
Liles, who, after a 5-year stint at Converse decided to swap designing on a computer in order to start designing with his hands, spent 18 months prolifically working only on his art. The "New New England" project and his dip dyed, hand braided rugs are one of his many results.

TimLilesTag.jpgTim Liles Rug Tag, Encouraging "Standing, Stepping, Sitting" And "Lying Upon."

Posted by LinYee Yuan  |  13 May 2011  |  Comments (0)

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One of our favorite NYC-based designers, Lindsey Adelman, debuted three new collections at the American Design Building installation in the NoHo Design District. Along with new lighting pieces "Burst" and "Catch" featuring her signature mix of hand blow glass pieces and vintage inspired brass stamens, we were excited to see a small collaborative collection of tabletop objects. The hand blown glass vases were enveloped by beautiful metallic textures crafted by Brooklyn-based sculptor Darcy Miro. Adelman is also making her first foray into jewelry with simple gold necklaces for Wearables and a "crafty" clutch—reworking a Klein toolbag with a feminine detail. Check the jump for details and more images of her new work!

Lindsey Adelman and Paul Loebach
NoHo Design District
The American Design Building
45 Great Jones
Friday May 13 - Monday May 16, Noon-7PM

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Posted by core jr  |   5 May 2011  |  Comments (4)

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We here at Core77 have been pretty clear about our stance on plagiarism in the past. Today, our friends over at Unbeige flagged a new collection, "Tiffany Twist," from Tiffany & Co. With Mother's Day just around the corner, the company has been pushing the collection. But as Unbeige reports, "Several pieces in the line bear a striking resemblance to the work of Brooklyn-based designer Kiel Mead, whose "Forget Me Knot" collection of hand-cast rings, earrings, and necklaces debuted in 2005." Read the full story here and let us know your thoughts.

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