PANTONE Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

                                With 2018 just around the corner, <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">PANTONE</a> made their much anticipated, yearly announcement of their color selection that reigns supreme throughout the design world all year long. They selected PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet for <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">PANTONE Color of the Year 2018</a>, which first made us want to listen to Prince all day, and then to search for products that feature the rich, regal color. Take a look at some of our favorite finds we discovered during the process.
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                                1. <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Panthella Mini LED Table Lamp by Verner Panton for Louis Poulsen</a> 2. <a href=";gclid=CjwKCAiA07PRBRBJEiwAS20SIO96GdSxikwbydLebCV0oC6Iz0vZv7_fGJqcusUHA_sG10vsoDPzzRoC-jMQAvD_BwE"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle</a> 3. <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ghost Buster Commode by Philippe Starck with Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell</a> 4. <a href=";lang=en_US&amp;start=1"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Series 7™ Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen</a> 5. <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Beak Carafe by Tomas Kral</a> 6. <a href=";prefv1=Purple&amp;start=12"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Campfire Big Loung Sofa by Turnstone for Steelcase</a> 7. <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Spun Armchair by Thomas Heatherwick for Magis</a> 8. <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Wicket Lounge Chair by Blu Dot</a> <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-328526" src="" alt="" width="810" height="652" srcset=" 810w, 800w, 768w, 500w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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The HEX x Aaron De La Cruz Capsule Collection

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                                It&#8217;s an easy thing to promote a design you already like, except improved. That&#8217;s the case with the LA-based <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">HEX</a> with their recently unveiled Aaron De La Cruz <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">collaboration</a>, one represented partially by the very Sneaker Bag Duffle Back Pack included in our recent <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">holiday tech gift guide</a>.
San Francisco-based artist Aaron De La Cruz’s geometric and (mostly) monochromatic graphical style exhibits a confluence of influences, evocative of Mayan hieroglyphics, the immediacy of a Keith Haring street piece, and perhaps even imagined as a dimensionally-flattened M.C Escher landscape. As a whole De La Cruz’s work reads both as pattern, in isolation more of an indecipherable script – a style that has made him renowned as both as gallery artist and street muralist, and an ideal application to HEX’s line of street-influenced gear.
I wanted to explore texture, surface and sculpture, allowing the audience to gain tangible access to what
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Bower Studios X Blaise Cepis Limited Edition Puzzles and Prints

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New York City based design studio Bower partnered with photographer Blaise Cepis on a series of limited edition puzzles. Each puzzle features pieces of furniture and mirrors from Bower that were captured by Cepis. The 500-piece puzzles are only sold as editions of 10 and come with a signed and numbered matching print that’s also 16 x 20 inches. There are six puzzles/prints in the collection to choose from so jump on them before they’re gone. “Table Legs” “kkeellsseeyy” “Chair Hair” “Fruit Salad” “Throne” “Waterline”
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Complements Handmade Chocolates Are Little Bites of Modular Art

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                                After almost a year in development, Australian design studio <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Universal Favourite</a> has launched an artisan line of handmade chocolates called <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Complements</a>. The idea came about when thinking about end-of-the-year gifts for people they work with, and instead of purchasing gifts off the shelf, they decided to make it themselves.
Working with the Sydney-based Bakedown Cakery, they utilized 3D printing to create these modular chocolates that look like little bite-size pieces of tasty art. They can be eaten individually or paired with another for a completely unique flavor. After much research, they settled on 12 flavors, including: shortbread, single origin dark, fairy floss, blackcurrant, cookies & cream, cherry, watermelon, strawberry, pistachio, matcha, vanilla, and lemon. They’re currently available in a limited run of only 500 boxes so get them here while you can!
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Strategist Dot Grid Note Cards from Baron Fig

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                                <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Baron Fig</a> aims to get you prepared for your next test, project, or book with <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Strategist</a>, a pack of 100 dot grid note cards. The 3&#8243; x 5&#8243; cards will keep your organized and on top of your game, whether you lay them out flat, stack them, or shuffle through your notes, lists, or sketches. At only $9 a pack, or discounted if you order more than one, Strategist is a practical and must-have addition to keep you focused.
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Columbia Sportswear Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Inspired Collection

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                                <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Columbia Sportswear</a> recognizes a sequel can prove even more popular than the original. Last year&#8217;s <em>Rogue One</em>-inspired <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">jacket collection</a> blurred the lines between cinematic costuming and real world functional outerwear – three limited-edition, high-performance jackets that definitely cut a rogue-ish profile. The sequel: another trio of limited edition jackets commemorating arguably the best of the entire <em>Star Wars</em> filmography, fully outfitted to handle ice planet Hoth level climate with tech-insulation and cinematic detailing to delight any original trilogy fan.

Columbia Sportswear sent us a sample of the Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket, and we can attest to its warmth-capturing comfort, even sans tauntaun carcass.

This year’s Echo Base Jackets – inspired by the ice planet outerwear worn by Luke, Leia, and Han in The Empire Strikes Back – aim to fulfill the role of cinematic homage and a vehicle to showcase Columbia’s real world functional outerwear technology. All three jackets are
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Mondaine SBB essence Embodies Swiss Style Through Sustainability

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mondaine</a>. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em>
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                                Attempting to update a beloved design invites great risk. How do you evolve a long-lasted design without ruining the very elements attributed to its classic status? Swiss watch maker <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mondaine</a> solved this dilemma by innovating from the inside out: the new <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mondaine SBB essence</a> is a sustainable iteration of one of the most iconic timepieces in history, one redefined by innovation not immediately apparent at first glance.
There are few timepieces as recognizable as the legendary Swiss railway (SBB) clock, a design that, with the help of Mondaine, has aged gracefully from its analog-era inception by Hans Hilfiker in 1944. The clock’s uncomplicated black and white face paired with a rufescent second hand is modern in perpetuity, as boldly captivating as a Barbara Kruger piece
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Kirsty Whyte and Paul Tanner Create Timepieces in Their Spare Time as Freedom to Exist

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                                London-based product designers <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kirsty Whyte</a> and <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Paul Tanner</a> designed their first timepiece after Kirsty couldn&#8217;t find a watch small enough for her delicate wrists – or at least one that wasn&#8217;t covered in branding or diamontes. They had spotted a gap in the market: between fashion-driven overtly feminine watches and masculine, hyper-connected digital watches, there was space for something classic, understated and quiet – and <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Freedom to Exist</a> was born. &#8216;We wanted a little space away from the overwhelming noise of branding and technology,&#8217; says Kirsty. &#8216;We believe freedom is the freedom to choose, to fall in love, to wear what you want, how you want to. It is the Freedom To Exist.&#8217;
The first Freedom to Exist watch was the 30 Edition, named after its 30mm case – the watch Kirsty was looking for but couldn’t find. ‘While we were on the hunt for a watch for me,
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1 Shop, 2 Owners, 60+ Independent Designers: fruitsuper’s JOIN Shop in Seattle

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                                Seattle-based <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">fruitsuper</a> is <a href="" data-wpel-link="internal">no stranger here on Design Milk</a> as we love them for their modern spin on everyday items (which they’ve shown as part of our <a href="" data-wpel-link="internal">Milk Stand</a> in the past). The duo behind fruitsuper, Sallyann Corn and Joe Kent, founded their studio in 2008 and nine years later, we’re excited that they’ve opened up their first brick and mortar location. JOIN Shop now lives in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and carries an incredible selection from the JOIN Design Collective, a community of more than 60 independent designers and makers in Seattle.
Sallyann and Joe juggle multiple hats as they designed, own, operate, curate and manage the JOIN Shop, and that’s in addition to their roles as designers! Their goal with the new store is to showcase American-made objects that celebrate design, craftsmanship, community and the stories behind the objects. The shop carries homewares, stationery, jewelry and gifts
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Best of Dog Milk: November 2017

                                From a new dog collection at cb2 to holiday bandanas, here are the most popular posts on <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Dog Milk</a> in <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">November</a>:
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Dog collection from cb2 Peruvian textile dog coats by Paco & Lucia Handmade modern rustic dog feeders from Highland Design Co. Holiday bandana collection from Howl + Hound New hoodies and tees from Zee.Dog To get Dog Milk updates, subscribe to the Dog Milk RSS feed or follow Dog Milk on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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The New, Improved Triangle Notebook by Tan Mavitan

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                                Back in 2012, <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">we fell in love with the original Triangle Notebook</a> but it was only on sale for a limited time. Luckily so many people liked it that Tan Mavitan decided to make a new, improved version of it and it&#8217;s now available for purchase. The hard covered <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Triangle Notebook</a> changes the way you think of a typical notebook – first through its triangular shape, and second for how it opens.
While it may look and open differently, it reveals 160 perfectly square, ruled pages of paper that you can use to journal, sketch, or doodle. Its triangular shape means it’s more compact than a traditional notebook and it’s also more fun. The Triangle Notebook is available in Black, Grey, Red, Blue, and Green for $33 each.
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2017 Gift Guide: For the Person Who Has Everything

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                                We all know them and we all love them. You know who they are – that person who is just impossible to buy for, the one you dread shopping for because they just seem to have everything. Since you can&#8217;t just mark them off your gift list, you might as well dive in and get them something cool, perhaps something they wouldn&#8217;t buy for themselves. We wanted to take some of the stress off your plate so here are 10 gift ideas for *that* particular person.
Black Minimalist Knife by Grovemade \\ $109
A pocket knife is nothing short of practical and this Japanese Higonokami inspired knife is sleek, compact, and lightweight, making it a great gift for that person who’s hard to buy for. Daypack by AMENT \\ $100
One can never have enough bags, especially a durable, smart-looking backpack that holds all of your gear. This pack is
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2017 Gift Guide: Kids

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                                There&#8217;s something about shopping for kids that feels way more fun than adults, right? Maybe it&#8217;s getting to re-live our childhood during the hunt for the perfect gift, or seeing the unfiltered joy on the face of the child opening it. Either way, you can&#8217;t beat it. From books to blocks to playhouses, we&#8217;ve rounded up a little something for every child on your holiday gift list.
Octahedrom Crayons Set of 15 by Kid Made Modern \\ $13
You can never go wrong gifting a kid new crayons. I mean, was there anything better than opening a fresh box when you were little? And these crayons are even cooler with their two-toned design and multiple edges you can draw with for hours of fun. Make A Face by Rock & Pebble \\ $40
A wooden disc with pieces a kid can add to show various emotions and facial expressions. Teach
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2017 Gift Guide: Travel

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                                When I’m traveling I try to take a moment and appreciate the fact that I even get to travel to some pretty amazing places. However, travel annoyances like lost luggages, delayed flights, and seat mates with poor travel etiquette can make even the most exciting trip seem like a chore, at least until I get to my destination. Here’s a round of items that will make anyone’s time in transit a little more comfortable, enjoyable and efficient – some of which I always have on stand-by before a trip, all of which make a great gift for the jet-setting friend or family member in your life.
Skincare Travel Kit by Peet Rivko \\ $46
Created by Joanna Peet and praised by her childhood friend Aubrey Plaza, this natural skincare set helps you cleanse, balance and moisturize your skin when you’re on the go. I really enjoyed using the entire line
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Charlotte Olympia Releases Collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design

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                                After Zaha Hadid&#8217;s untimely death last year, British luxury shoe and accessory brand <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Charlotte Olympia</a> paid tribute by launching a <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">two piece collection</a> they collaborated on with the late designer&#8217;s firm, <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Zaha Hadid Design</a>. The limited edition designs, a platform wedge shoe and a clutch bag, perfectly merge the aesthetics of both entities and are a reflection of Zaha&#8217;s original ideas which came about after their 2015 meeting.
The bold pieces, which feature perspex and rose gold accents, incorporate Zaha’s signature sinuous style with Charlotte Olympia’s immaculate craftsmanship, making these limited edition pieces worth every penny for both design and fashion lovers. Both designs are available exclusively at Charlotte Olympia retail shops and online at Photos courtesy of Charlotte Olympia.
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2017 Gift Guide: Under $50

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                                When you think about all the people you ideally want to get gifts for – parents, in-laws, siblings, relatives, children of relatives, friends, best friends, your boss, co-workers and colleagues, your next door neighbor, that person who did you a favor that one time, your child’s teacher, your mailman who always greets you, etc. – it can add up quick! While a meaningful card or box of chocolates will never go out of style, here’s a list of gift ideas that also go a long way for a small price – they&#8217;re all under $50!
Minim Cards by Joe Doucet, available at Areaware \\ $10
Not your grandma’s bridge set of playing cards. This regulation playing cards set has a minimalist design and geometric, reductive versions of the four suits. Origiami Concrete Coaster by Havelock Studio \\ $23
This origami-inspired coaster doesn’t even look like a coaster with its graphic
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2017 Gift Guide: Under $100

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                                We’ve rounded up a ton of products in a range of price points on our <a href="" data-wpel-link="internal">gift guides</a> so far, but what if you’re on a budget? If you’re trying to limit your gift-giving to $100 and under, this gift guide is for you. From luxe rubber coasters to modern hanging planters, every item on this list will impress your gift recipient (and sometimes look + feel more expensive than it really is!) without breaking the bank.
Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Coin Purse, a MoMA Design Store Exclusive \\ $100
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t want to go to a Yayoi Kusama exhibition but not everyone can make it to one. This cute little coin purse is the next best thing. Royal Rubber Coasters by Slash Objects \\ $95
Can you believe these coasters are made from rubber? They come in a set of four and have a
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Listen to Episode 45 of Clever: Mary Ping

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                                In <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">this episode of Clever</a>, fashion designer Mary Ping was influenced at a young age by a stylish grandmother who taught her to sew. Always knowing she’d one day run her own label, she studied art at Vassar and worked in east London’s scene before founding her conceptual line, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, a living archive of wardrobe classics, reexamined. Not one to participate on the hamster wheel of trends, she prefers injecting social commentary and sartorial wit into her work. Plus, her photographic memory weirds people out. Listen:

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2017 Gift Guide: Design Milk Everyday

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                                By now you might be following our sister Instagram account <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">@designmilkeveryday</a> where we try to find interesting, unique and overall just awesome modern design that’s affordable and attainable (because let’s be honest, the best kind of the designs are the ones in your own home, right?). We’ll occasionally share a splurge or investment piece but for the most part, we do our best to source items that won’t have your wallet hurting too much after you check out and trust us, there are a lot of cool finds you’ll want to add to your shopping cart. Below are some of the most liked and most talked about items we’ve shared on <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Milk Everyday</a>.
Enamel Pins by Hemleva \\ $12
These enamel pins by Hemleva are calling our names (that top left one specifically/unfortunately). If you have a friend who’s nicknamed the Plant Lady, these pins would make great
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2017 Gift Guide: Jewelry & Accessories

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                                You know how much we love jewelry, I mean, we love it so much that we launched our own site, <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Adorn Milk</a> to sell some of our favorite brands. Our fondness of modern jewelry always keeps us on the lookout for new pieces we secretly (and not-so-secretly) want to own and the holidays are an even better excuse to feed our love (i.e. addiction). We rounded up some cool pieces of jewelry, and a few accessories, that anyone would love to add to their collection.
Balance Bar Vignette Necklace by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio \\ $250
Inspired by 20th century Constructivism and the Bauhaus, this sterling silver necklace is composed of moveable components that hang from a bar that can be worn vertically or horizontally, giving the wearer lots of different options. Form E6S Ring by Phoebe Joel \\ from $130
This three-dimensional square ring can be worn by
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