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<a href="https://roxxlyn.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Roxxlyn</a> isn’t your average Apple iPhone accessory maker by any regard. Instead of typical plastics and rubbers normally utilized for protective duties, the German company specializes in producing luxurious iPhone cases featuring genuine quarried minerals as old as 350 million years old: granite, quartz, marble, and slate offered in a rainbow of hues. The resulting hand-machined cases seem nearly as precious as the phone its protecting within itself.
Each case is machined with diamond tools for precision, then engraved across the top surface using a high performance laser, finally sanded and cleaned to a smooth finish.
Weighing just 50 grams and only 0.7mm thin, the 2-piece luxury iPhone accessories features intricately detailed layers of sliced stone securely fastened to an anodized aluminum body frame without adding an excess of heft. Inside is equally luxe, with a protective layer of Alcantara or vegetable leather keeping devices safe while in its
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Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Sam Valenti IV developed an interest in techno music spun from the city’s Motown roots. Recognizing a lack of options for electronic musicians, he launched Ghostly International in his dorm room in 1999 while studying at the University of Michigan. It began as a “genre-less” record label with musician Matthew Dear and over the years it’s grown into an innovative platform for not only music but art, clothing, and design objects that come about through collaborations with various artists and brands, some of which you can see here. In this week’s Friday Five, Valenti delves into five of his favorite things.
My technics 1200 turntables
A standard that will never be beat. I learned to DJ on “belt drive” decks, which are super fragile and wobbly but once I upgraded to these tanks you can never go back. I see
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BFF necklaces have been around for decades, breaking in half to share with your best friend. It seems only natural to bring that same idea to another form of jewelry and why stop at BFFs – take it into another special bond – love. Since today is Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d show you the clever idea that Studio Frederik Roijé created to share with your loved one. Two of a Kind is a double ring that breaks in half allowing you to wear one and your partner to wear the other.
The ring, after all, is the universal symbol of commitment making it a natural choice for this idea. Instead of your typical gold or silver bands, these rings are made of porcelain so when they’re broken in two you’ll be left with two unique rings, as porcelain never breaks the same way. Pro tip, if the broken edges
Pattern pioneers Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham, of London-based PATTERNITY, just launched an eye-popping collaboration with British retailer John Lewis that spans housewares and fashion. The bold PATTERNITY + John Lewis collection is full of graphic black and white patterns that land on everything from leggings, parkas, dresses, and sweaters, to pillows, bedding, towels, bath accessories, rugs, candles, and incense, that will no doubt inspire happiness in your life.
By working with the legendary retailer, PATTERNITY was able create designs that were of high quality but at reasonable prices, and for the first time, a collaboration that includes both fashion and home goods.
From Anna Murray:
This collaboration is a celebration of the power of pattern to positively connect different areas of our daily lives. It is a playful exploration of the fundamental shapes, rituals and textures that make our lives and we hope it will help inspire people
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I love fancy footworks as much as the next person and believe that a great outfit can be ruined (or at the very least, go undocumented) with a bad choice in shoes (nothing a little photo-cropping can’t fix to salvage that photo though). However, when it comes to sneakers, I hail from the “less is more” camp, even while ‘Dad shoes’ and retro ‘sneaks are making a comeback. Simple, minimalist sneakers just have a soft spot in my heart, especially when they’re well-made and classically designed with modern elements. I’m also more inclined to hand over $200 when I think about how many outfits can go with a minimalist sneaker over a maximalist one.
If you’re in the market for a pair of fresh new kicks, here are 7 current favorites that our Tech Editor Gregory and I rounded up to help with your window shopping.
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Lo and behold, February is here and with it arrives the romantic intent and expectations of Valentine’s Day. Recognizing many greet the holiday with stress and apprehension, we propose a most delicious, design-oriented gift idea to ease concerns about what to give: <a href="https://compartes.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Compartes</a> Heart Chocolate Gift Boxes.
Despite the modern graphics and geometric cut of its packaging, Compartes represents a chocolate making history spanning over 67 years in Los Angeles. Still handmade in Los Angeles, the chocolatier revitalized itself under the guidance of owner, Jonathan Grahm, an advocate of the undeniably correct philosophy, “everything is better with chocolate.”
A seasonal offering, the Compartes Heart Chocolate Gift Box delivers romantic sentiments with the monochromatic moment of a kiss, evoking something straight out of the studios of Fornasetti. Inside, a selection of 35 chocolates or truffles awaits the recipient, adorned in colorful graphics or even 24 karat gold.
As avid chocolate lovers,
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In honor of Valentine’s Day next week, <a href="https://society6.com/?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Society6</a> rounded up a <a href="https://society6.com/collection/red-collection?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Red Collection</a> that has us loving the punchy color. Here are some of our favorites along with some other ones we found on <a href="https://society6.com/?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Society6’s</a> extensive catalogue of original artworks:
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If you are not familiar with the A’ Design Award and Competition, then here’s a quick overview: A’ Design Award is the world’s leading design award, reaching design enthusiasts in over 180 countries in 40 languages. Whether you’re just starting out, or have your own studio, A’ Design Award is an fantastic way to get recognition in the industry. The entries are peer-reviewed and voted on by a prestigious jury panel of design professionals, scholars, and media members who follow specific
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New York based design brand <a href="https://supergoodthing.com/" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Good Thing</a> veers in a new direction with their latest release. While it is for the home, as their catalog of products are, this product is more personal in that it cleans the hands and body. As with all of their designs, Good Thing aims to bring smart, simplified designs for everyday use into the home – so why stop at home accessories and furniture? Good Thing’s Founder and CEO, <a href="https://supergoodthing.com/collections/jamie-wolfond" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Jamie Wolfond</a>, decided to expand out in order to include the whole home. The idea of reimagining a bar of soap came from their belief that something so simple and revolutionary should be scaled back to do what it’s supposed to do and to do it well – that’s all. Coming to that conclusion led Wolfond to the perfect designer to take this on and that was <a href="https://jaspermorrison.com/" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Jasper Morrison</a>. The company brought the famed <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-333246" src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/good-thing-soap-jasper-morrison-2-810x540.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="540" srcset="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/good-thing-soap-jasper-morrison-2-810x540.jpg 810w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/good-thing-soap-jasper-morrison-2-800x533.jpg 800w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/good-thing-soap-jasper-morrison-2-768x512.jpg 768w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/good-thing-soap-jasper-morrison-2-500x333.jpg 500w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/good-thing-soap-jasper-morrison-2.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
January is always a time for fresh starts. Whether you are big on resolutions or not, sometimes you don’t have a choice. This month my twin toddlers started daycare… thus I started making lunches! Here at Pinch, we are spoiled with delicious family-meals daily. So let’s just say my lunch making skills were a little rusty. To get my groove back, I decided to first hunt for the PERFECT bento box.
Now, as you might imagine, most of the findings were not designed for 2 year olds. But lucky for us, we had a post to write. So voila!
Here is our lunch box round up…
Mita by Bruno Marques
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Purveyors of quirk, New York based <a href="https://kikkerland.com/" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kikkerland</a> just released a new notebook that’s perfectly sized to sit right in front of your keyboard. The WritersBlok Keyboard Notebook holds 72 gridded pages that are ready to be drawn or written on for note taking, list making, project planning, sketching, or journaling.
The elongated notebooks can rest within reach for spur of the moment ideas without taking up valuable real estate on your desk. Each notebook is $12.50 and it comes in Black or Kraft.
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We have some great new job opportunities listed over on the <a href="http://designmilkjobs.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Design Milk Job Board</a> – make sure you go check them out!
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The <a href="https://www.nike.com/launch/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Nike 1 Reimagined</a> is the sort of dream project every designer wishes will one day drop onto their desk (or inbox): an assignment revolving around reinterpreting an iconic design for modern times. In the case of sneakers, it doesn’t get any more storied and iconic than the Nike Air Force 1 and the Air Jordan 1.
New collections revolving around a classic style are nothing new. But in the case of the Nike 1 Reimagined collection, it’s both the individual participants and the sum of the team deserving notice: an all-female team of 14 designers selected from Nike’s internal design, materials, and colorists departments. Led by Nike Senior Footwear Creative Director Georgina James, two groups eventually coalesced around the two styles, with each reimagining both hoops-centric shoes well beyond the original silhouettes.
Given carte blanche for two weeks to deconstruct and reassemble to their imagination’s content, the designers of the 1
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Phil Landers makes single origin chocolate from an old furniture workshop in London’s Bethan Green. “My earliest memory of chocolate is my dad telling me off for eating too much,” says the founder of <a href="http://landchocolate.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Land Chocolate</a>. Having spent most of his twenties working for the BBC and eating too much low-quality chocolate, a trip to Central America changed everything.
“The whole chocolate thing was never in the plan, it was just one of those things that happened by chance, but it became one of those obsessive things that I wanted to do. Nothing was going to stop me.”
Having learnt the basics in Central America, Phil honed his craft with chocolatiers like Paul A Young and the Mast Brothers and then set up on his own in 2016 in an old furniture makers workshop in Bethnal Green.
Today, Phil buys cocoa beans from Honduras and Nicaragua, paying more than twice
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Do you ever get home from the grocery store only to realize you forgot one important thing? Are you working a job where you have to remember critical details at a moment’s notice? Or do you ever find yourself writing on your hand to remind you to do something later? Japanese design firm <a href="https://www.kenma.co/" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kenma</a> aims to solve all of that with <a href="https://www.wemo.tokyo/" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">wemo</a>, silicone wearable memos that wrap around your wrist.
If you’re old enough to remember slap bracelets from the late 80s, perhaps this idea seems familiar, except this time they’re more than just decorative. The designers were inspired by nurses and how they frequently have to jot down notes on their hands while working. After doing much research, they discovered nursing isn’t the only profession that could use a convenient spot to take notes. Outside the medical field, people working in manufacturing, construction, production, law, at disaster sites,
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After a number of domestic and international flights last year, I have to say, packing is truly an art form, one that only improves after many iterations, trials and errors. While a hard-shell carry-on suitcase is my #1 preference, there are times when it seems like overkill to haul a suitcase around, like when you’re going away for just the weekend or an overnight’s stay. In this case, I prefer a duffle bag. It’s simple, malleable enough to fit in tight squeeze places (like those small commuter planes), and much more portable if you have to rush somewhere.
If your resolution for 2018 is to travel more, here are 10 duffle bags that will turn heads at the airport and help get you to your destination in style.
Southern Field Industries Weekender, available at Need Supply
Handmade in Saitama, Japan, this unisex weekender bag is crafted by a small
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With an extremely limited amount of time to walk the floors of the Consumer Electronic Show this year, we had to rely on a hurried pace, quick note jotting, and shoot-from-the-hip snapshots to remember even a portion of the enormous technology on display this year. Even in this rush, Danish watchmaker SKAGEN made us stop to admire what we think might be the best execution of a smartwatch today: the <a href="http://www.skagen.com/us/en/lp/falster-smartwatches.html" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">SKAGEN Falster Smartwatch</a>.
Skagen’s catalogue of smartwatches is already well represented by a selection of stylish hybrid analogue watches – designs where the form and function of a smartwatch are kept divided between timepiece and a connected app. But with the announcement of the Falster, SKAGEN pushes all chips in, betting on a digital display future with an Android Wear 2.0 powered wearable.
Outfitted with a fully digital touchscreen display and interface, the Falster Smartwatch offers a high degree
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Japanese clothing retailer <a href="https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/home/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">UNIQLO</a> revealed their latest collaboration and this one takes them all the way to Finland to partner with iconic Finish design house <a href="https://us.marimekko.com/#US" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Marimekko</a>. The <a href="https://www.uniqlo.com/marimekko/us/en/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">UNIQLO x Marimekko</a> special edition collection includes nine items featuring bold prints inspired by nature and urban lifestyle, designed by Marimekko pattern designer Maija Louekari.
The collaboration is a fitting one, as both brands aim to create products that enhance daily life, and with Marimekko’s beloved prints mixed with UNIQLO’s casual styling, it’s a no-brainer. The collection marks a brand-new print design and includes t-shirts (2 styles, 10 colors/patterns), French-sleeve blouses (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), wide cropped pants (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), short-sleeved dresses (1 style, 4 colors/patterns), French-sleeve dresses (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), canvas sneakers ((1 style, 3 colors/patterns), and bags (2 styles, 5 colors/patterns).
The UNIQLO x Marimekko Collection will launch online and in stores on March 29th, 2018 at 9pm
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Prolific New York designer <a href="http://joedoucet.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Joe Doucet’s</a> <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/joe-doucet/" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">portfolio of work</a> spans a wide berth of projects – bicycles, spirits, brand identity, furniture, electronics, architecture – the reflection of a polygot mind driven by a self-described condition of “<a href="http://www.cleverpodcast.com/blog/clever-episode-1-joe-doucet" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">debilitating curiosity</a>“, grounded in a humble sense of purpose to improve common objects.
His latest project – Woven into the Future – is a collaboration between the NY designer and Reebok: a set of GPS-enabled gloves offering runners, walkers, and bicyclists turn-by-turn direction using light and touch.
The trio of exploratory prototypes represent Woven into the Future, a conceptual collection incorporating Flexweave, a proprietary material originally engineered by Reebok to deliver lightweight, durable, and form fit comfort for their athletic footwear line.
Doucet reimagined Flexweave beyond its footwear iteration, turning the performance fiber characterized by its figure-8 weave into fingerless gloves with directional technology woven right into the form factor.
When asked about
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A bag has a simple function (to carry things) and a relatively simple design (a main compartment and handle(s)), yet it’s always fascinating to me how designers can innovate beyond these basic elements to create something new and modern. <a href="http://www.lindasieto.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Linda Sieto</a>, a Hungary-based designer, creates her <a href="http://www.lindasieto.com/aw17" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shift</a> collection of handbags inspired by “the state of transition, a period when balance is disturbed.” These bags, perfectly imperfect in their asymmetry, disregards the traditional design of parallel structures.
In deep tones of grey mint, mid-tone blue, matte wine and burgundy red, the Shift bags feature asymmetrical flaps, contrasting tassels, and slashed wrist straps that have been contoured with hand-painted edges.
The biggest bag of the collection is the tote, a generously sized structure that still allows for the leather to move fluidly.
The clutches, available in mint, pale taupe and foggy blue, also have the signature slashed wrist strap detail