SWNA Thinks It’s About Time We Prepare for Emergencies

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/swna-thinks-its-about-time-we-prepare-for-emergencies/swna-lifeclock-773c6fd7-f5fe-499b-a0ea-fbe7106317b2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/SWNA-LifeClock-773c6fd7-f5fe-499b-a0ea-fbe7106317b2-810x527.jpg" alt="SWNA Thinks It&#8217;s About Time We Prepare for Emergencies" /></a>
                                Do you have an <a href="http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/make-a-plan"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">emergency preparedness plan</a>? How about an <a href="https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/emergency-preparedness/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">emergency preparedness kit</a>? When emergency strikes the best supplies are the ones easily within reach, so Korean design studio SWNA has designed a kit to keep some basic survival supplies inconspicuously nearby in any room in a most unexpected location: inside a clock.
The Life Clock is first a clock and then a case. Inside the plastic interior hides a a 5-piece emergency relief kit comprised of a lighting rod and condenser to start a fire, a thermal insulation blanket, a small roll of pressure bandage, a whistle, and a yellow SOS banner to catch the attention of emergency crews. The clock is designed to be openly placed upon a wall or on a shelf for quick and easy access. The choice of bright red and blue exteriors (also a more subtle grey option) makes finding the emergency kit easier.
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Listen to Episode 46 of Clever: Joe Gebbia

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/listen-to-episode-46-of-clever-joe-gebbia/bernhardt-creatives-8-joe-gebbia-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/Bernhardt-Creatives-8-Joe-Gebbia-810x455.jpg" alt="Listen to Episode 46 of Clever: Joe Gebbia" /></a>
                                In <a href="http://cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-46-joe-gebbia"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">this episode of Clever</a>, Jaime and Amy talk to Designer, entrepreneur, and Airbnb co-founder, Joe Gebbia, who was known as the “art guy” in grade school when he started his first business selling illustrations of Ninja Turtles. Then, while pursuing dual design degrees, he founded his first legit startup with RISD’s basketball team, The Balls. Now as the leader of innovation and ideation at Airbnb he’s focused on exploring new attitudes of sharing and trust. Oh, and don’t tell him he can’t do something. He will go to extremes to prove you wrong. Listen:

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The HEX x Aaron De La Cruz Capsule Collection

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/hex-aaron-de-la-cruz-capsule-collection/hex-x-adlc-collab-01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/HEX-x-ADLC-Collab-01-810x540.jpg" alt="The HEX x Aaron De La Cruz Capsule Collection" /></a>
                                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="https://www.hexbrand.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">HEX</a> with their recently unveiled Aaron De La Cruz <a href="https://www.hexbrand.com/collections/hex-x-adlc"  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="http://design-milk.com/2017-gift-guide-tech/"  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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An Exploration of Luxury With Lexus Interior Designer Junko Itou

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/lexus-interior-designer-junko-itou/lexusls-coupe-concep01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/LexusLS-Coupe-Concep01-810x539.jpg" alt="An Exploration of Luxury With Lexus Interior Designer Junko Itou" /></a>
                                How does a brand continue redefining a distinct expression of luxury in an era of continual commodification, marketing, and globalization? Materials? Aesthetics? Technology? The answer: all of the above. Exclusivity and accessibility are no longer solely linear, and luxury brands must carefully weave an imaginative helix that looks beyond mere iteration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the luxury automotive segment where functional design must also wear evidence of thoughtful craft and exceptional materiality.
Design Milk recently interviewed Lexus interior designer Junko Itou, exploring her part in shaping the recently launched flagship LS sedan’s sumptious detailing, alongside a discussion about tent poles of the Lexus design culture in pursuit of delivering modern luxury.

Lexus interior designer Junko Itou explains how each material choice becomes a statement and representation of the brand’s commitment to omotenashi, the Japanese “spirit of hospitality”.

Accompanied by a small collection of both raw and finished materials, Itou walked
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2017 Gift Guide: Skim Milk

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                                Gifting is not always easy, but we want to help make that process a bit simpler by including some of our favorite minimalist, functional, and beautiful products.
Dome Bookends by Cofield \\ $190
A beautiful set of smooth hand-turned bookends made out of solid maple with a whitewash finish. Étui II by The Atelier YUL \\ $75
The perfect case for small items. Made of 100% genuine pebbled leather, it fits a variety of small objects, including: mini iPad, iPhone, notebook, pens and pencils. Bottle Humidifier by 11+ \\ $69
This USB-powered humidifier is perfect for those dry winter months. Just fill with water and plug into your computer for a soothing mist that can humidify a studio, bedroom, or office. 001 Candle Holder by Orphan Work \\ $180
Founded on the concept of adopting work from anonymous artists, each piece is meticulously handmade by a family of master artisans. Available in brass or
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Columbia Sportswear Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Inspired Collection

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/columbia-sportswear-star-wars-echo-base-collection/columbia_starwars-jackets/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/Columbia_starwars-jackets-810x809.jpg" alt="Columbia Sportswear Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Inspired Collection" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.columbia.com/" 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="http://www.starwars.com/news/behind-the-seams-of-columbias-beautiful-rogue-one-jackets"  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="http://www.mondaine-usa.com/"  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>
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/mondaine-sbb-essence-watch/mondaine-pouchwatch/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Mondaine-Pouchwatch-810x518.jpg" alt="Mondaine SBB essence Embodies Swiss Style Through Sustainability" /></a>
                                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="https://mondaine-usa.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mondaine</a> solved this dilemma by innovating from the inside out: the new <a href="https://mondaine-usa.com/collections/sbb-essence"  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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Creative Session’s Desk Fan Design Challenge

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/creative-sessions-desk-fan-design-challenge/play-usb-deskfan-4/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/PLAY-USB-deskfan-4-810x617.png" alt="Creative Session&#8217;s Desk Fan Design Challenge" /></a>
                                Design tandem/brothers <a href="http://creativesession.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Creative Session</a> put out a simple call to the global community of industrial designers: <a href="http://creativesession.com/blog/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">redesign the humble desk fan</a>. The challenge listed only a few simple criteria to abide by: the form factor must be sized for the desk, includes an on/off button or switch, operates by battery or USB power, articulates, and incorporates blades to move air in a variety of directions. Designers were welcomed to use all varieties of design software to articulate their idea, ranging from a sketch, to Photoshop, to even a Google spreadsheet.

Design by Noun Studio

We happened upon the challenge via Elvin Chu, an industrial designer at San Francisco’s Matter, whose own minimalist bent aluminum frame and removable USB powered foam-bladed fan introduced us to the #blowingwithcs competition. Here are a handful of other designs that “blew us away”:

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The Modern Entertainer’s Guide to an Unforgettable Dinner Party

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.dacor.com/?utm_source=Design_Milk&amp;utm_medium=paid_referral&amp;utm_campaign=CY17_Dacor_Brand_Campaign"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Dacor</a>. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em>
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                                The term dinner party might bring to mind a scene out of <em>Mad Men</em>, but entertaining looks vastly different now than it did even just ten years ago. With the increase in metropolitan city dwellers and decrease in homeowners, dinner parties have changed. Rather than the formal, five-course meals of yesteryear, today’s dinner party focuses on bringing people together in a space where the drinks keep flowing and the good conversation never ends.
Hosting isn’t easy. It calls for the ultimate multi-tasker –food needs to be tasty and on time, people need to be comfortable, and the decor should look on point (or at least ready to be shared on Instagram!). To help streamline the hosting duties, we’re sharing a few ways to
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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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The Planet Provides a Tech-Outfitted Refuge of Solitude

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/the-planet-refuge-of-solitude/theplanet-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/ThePlanet-3-810x536.jpg" alt="The Planet Provides a Tech-Outfitted Refuge of Solitude" /></a>
                                Is there anything more of an oxymoron than a &#8220;creative open space&#8221;? Although promoted by management as the spark to ignite creativity, studies are proving what most creatives always have known: <a href="https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/collaboration-kills-creativity-according-to-science.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">&#8220;Forcing creative people to &#8216;collaborate&#8217; simply blunts their creativity&#8221;</a>. Simply put, the creative process require solitude – a need served by <a href="https://mzpa.co/the-planet"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">MZPA&#8217;s The Planet</a> – a miniature multi-functional refuge of privacy for thinking, working, reading, or even just daydreaming.
Unveiled at Paris Design Week, The Planet is outfitted with more than just a physical barrier against intrusion of the senses. The geodesic capsule is made comfortable with a mattress designed to cocoon its occupant from sounds and distractions; storage pockets and shelving, a tablet mount, LED lamp, USB charger, wireless speaker system, and even solar panels for standalone power distinguishes it from just a buffered space – with such a bevy of technology its easy to imagine oneself in
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Desktop Wallpaper: December 2017

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/desktop-wallpaper-november-2017/dm-wallpaper-1712-1680x1050/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/DM-Wallpaper-1712-1680x1050-810x506.jpg" alt="Desktop Wallpaper: December 2017" /></a>
                                There is this belief according to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_attraction_(New_Thought)" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">law of attraction</a> that whatever you put out into the universe comes back to you. If that’s true, we hope this month’s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/designer-desktops/" data-wpel-link="internal">Designer Desktop</a> puts out some good energy. We kind of feel it just looking at this ombre Sunset wallpaper design by <a href="https://www.muralswallpaper.com/wall-murals/design-wallpaper/ombre-wallpaper/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Murals Wallpaper</a>, don’t you? If you want to surround yourself with good vibes only, download the wallpapers below and put them on your tech devices – you never know what good things might come your way.
DESKTOP: 1024×768 \\ 1280×1024 \\ 1680×1050 \\
1900×1200 \\ 2560×1440 MOBILE: iPhone 6/7 \\ iPhone 6/7 Plus \\ iPad See more wallpapers by Murals Wallpaper here. View and download past Designer Desktops here.
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BMW Concept X7 iPerformance: An Emotional Redefinition of Luxury

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="http://b.mw/designmilk"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">BMW</a>. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em>
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                                <a href="http://b.mw/designmilk"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">BMW’s</a> reputation as a premiere automotive brand was established by an enduring commitment to the exhilaration and joy established between its cars and their drivers – an automaker whose design, technological innovations, and expressive engineering have always served an emotional experience delivered first and foremost by the connection between driver with pedals, wheels, and brake. Now, BMW sets out to achieve another level conceived to serve the highest segment in demand of an elevated experience of exclusive luxury – a brand within a brand of sorts, complete with its own newly designed monochromatic logo harkening to the manufacturer’s roundel first used 100 years ago: Bayerische Motoren Werke.
“For these people, life is all about making the best possible use of the time available to them,” says
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Instrumentum is the Most Sleek Toolset for Designers

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/instrumentum-household-toolkit/instrumentum-packopen4/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Instrumentum-PackOpen4-810x456.jpg" alt="Instrumentum is the Most Sleek Toolset for Designers" /></a>
                                The design language of everyday household tools – hammers and screwdrivers – has long been dictated by the maxim of &#8220;form as function&#8221;. But designer <a href="http://www.abidurchowdhury.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Abidur Chowdhury</a> recognizes there&#8217;s still room for redefining these most basic of tools with a design language less intimidating and aggressive in nature, specifically one honed to welcome novice users.
Forgoing the overdesigned and extraneous moulding in service of ergonomic handles, Chowdhury’s Instrumentum 3-piece kit serves both form and function by merging separate elements into what seems like one consistent forged form. The hammer is actually made of two parts, both head and handle made from forged high carbon heat treated steel for strength and durability.

“The idea started as some thoughts on a train in my notebook which I carry around with me (top left), where they were culminated into an Instagram posts in early June 2017 (bottom left). Eventually (as promised in that

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