10 Modern Gifts to Show Your Mom Some Love

                                Mother’s Day is barely 2.5 weeks away so it’s time to think about how to shower all the moms in your life with a little bit of love and appreciation. We must adorn them, self-care them, and cozy them up with something they might not buy themselves. Out of ideas? We rounded up 10 gifts we think any mother (or human) would love to receive.
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/10-modern-gifts-to-show-your-mom-some-love/roundup-2017-mothers-day-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Roundup-2017-Mothers-Day-0-810x570.jpg" alt="10 Modern Gifts to Show Your Mom Some Love" /></a>
                                1. <a href="https://www.chilewich.com/store/bags/zips/grid_zips/sand_large"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Grid Zips by Chilewich</a> $40 2. <a href="https://store.leibal.com/collections/all/products/rollerball-pen"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Rollerball Pen by YSTUDIO</a> $99 3. <a href="http://www.sony.com/electronics/wireless-speakers/lspx-s1"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Glass Sound Speaker by Sony Life Space UX</a> $799 4. <a href="https://adorn-milk.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/antwerp-necklace"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Antwerp Necklace by AR.M | Anna Rosa Moschouti</a> $52 5. <a href="https://shop.goop.com/shop/products/intensive-body-cream-rosa-damascena-acai-pomegranate?taxon_id=1394"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Intensive Body Cream: Rosa, Damascena, Acai &amp; Pomegranate by Grown Alchemist</a> $31 6. <a href="https://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/mondaine/evo-big-date-stainless-steel-watch/662853?ppv=2"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Evo Big Date Stainless Steel Watch by Mondaine</a> $265 7. <a href="http://store.alessi.com/usa/en-gb/catalog/detail/pulcina-espresso-coffee-maker/mdl02?ic=L3iWQQ%3D%3D"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Pulcina Espresso Coffee Maker MDL02/1B by Michele De Lucchi for Alessi</a> $80 8. <a href="https://jenniferusa.com/collections/frontpage/products/girlfriend-hoodie-teal"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">&#8220;Girlfriend&#8221; Hoodie :: Teal from JENNIFER™</a> $140 9. <a href="https://www.urbanears.com/ue_us_en/plattan-adv-wireless/#plattan-adv-wireless-bonfire-orange"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Urbanears Plattan ADV Wireless Bluetooth Headphones</a> <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/design-milk/~4/orNTPJQE4hE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></div><!--more--> 10. <a href="https://portofraleigh.co/collections/living/products/tint-throw-blanket-blue"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Tint Throw Blanket by Normann Copenhagen</a> $135

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Scaled-Down Beginners’ Guitars That Make it Easy to Learn How to Play

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/scaled-down-beginners-guitars-that-make-it-easy-to-learn-how-to-play/loog-childrens-3string-guitar-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Loog-Childrens-3string-guitar-1-810x437.jpg" alt="Scaled-Down Beginners&#8217; Guitars That Make it Easy to Learn How to Play" /></a>
                                Remember being a kid and forced into music lessons for an instrument of your parents&#8217; choosing? For me it was violin and all I really wanted to play was guitar, so violin lessons weren&#8217;t exactly something I looked forward to every week for years. I mean, I learned a lot and I&#8217;m glad I did (in hindsight), but I would have rather been able to learn something I wanted and that I found enjoyable. Enter NYC-based <a href="https://www.loog.nyc/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Loog Guitars</a>. They entered the scene six years ago with the goal of making it easy to learn to play guitar while at the same time being a fun experience. They began the company with a Kickstarter campaign and that&#8217;s what they&#8217;re doing now to launch two new guitar models: the <a href="https://www.loog.nyc/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Loog Pro and the Loog Mini</a>.
If you’ve ever picked up a guitar for the first time, you know how intimidating it can
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The CYLNDR Electric Shaver Waves Whiskers Away

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/cylndr-electric-shaver/cylndr-shaver-5/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/CYLNDR-shaver-5-810x524.jpg" alt="The CYLNDR Electric Shaver Waves Whiskers Away" /></a>
                                Industrial design student <a href="https://www.behance.net/masamaro" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Masamaro Fujiki&#8217;s</a> <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/51623995/C-Y-L-N-D-R-electric-shaver"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">CYLNDR</a> concept takes an interesting detour away from the normally staid and homogenous realm of electric shaver industrial design. Despite differing bells and whistles, most electric shavers share the recognizable perpendicular design of handle with head. Not the CYLNDR – an oversized cigar-shaped shaving tool that looks unlike anything currently available for whisker-wacking duty.
Based mechanically upon the existing Hitachi Rotary G-Sword – an Asian market-only electric shaver outfitted with a continuous spinning barrel of miniature blades supposedly resulting in a close shave – Fujiki’s design reimagines the facial hair grooming appliance with basically the same mechanics, but pared down to a much smaller and maneuverable device capable of mowing down hair no matter the direction (or location) of the follicle thanks to its proposed 18,000 rpm two-direction rotary system. The industrial design borrows heavily from the language of Apple, Dyson, and even a little throwback Calvin Klein unisex
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Milan Design Week 2017: Lexus Design Award

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2017-lexus-design-awards/design_milk_lexus_design_awards_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Design_Milk_Lexus_Design_Awards_07-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2017: Lexus Design Award" /></a>
                                Now in its fifth year, the <a href="https://www.lexus-int.com/lexus-design-award" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Lexus Design Award</a> was first launched in 2013 to help create ideas &#8220;to build a better tomorrow&#8221;. The competition supports up-and-coming designers across the globe. 2017&#8217;s theme, which drew 1,152 entries from 63 countries, was the notion of contradiction and juxtaposition suggested by the word &#8220;yet.&#8221;
Visitors to the awards ceremony and exhibition of shortlisted entries were greeted by Ancient Yet Modern, a 3D-printed glass installation by Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group. The exhibition went on to reveal the 12 finalists selected by a panel of world-renowned designers and creative mentors including New York Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn, architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, and British designer Max Lamb in November 2016. From those 12, four were selected to develop their ideas into prototypes, and those prototypes formed the main part of the exhibition. Structural Color – Static Yet Changing
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The Audi E-Tron Sportback Is the Electric Car We’ve Always Wanted

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/audi-etron-sportback-concept/audi-e-tron-sportback-concept/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Audi-e-tron-Sportback-4-810x570.jpg" alt="The Audi E-Tron Sportback Is the Electric Car We&#8217;ve Always Wanted" /></a>
                                Watch out Tesla, the road leading to an all-electric vehicle future is about to get a little more crowded. The <a href="http://www.audi.com/en/innovation/futuredrive/etron.html"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Audi E-Tron Sportback</a> concept rolled out as the belle of the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show ball, a near-realized concept vehicle designed to represent the German automaker&#8217;s EV plans for 2018 and beyond.
The electric fastback arrives with an aggressive posture sitting upon massive 23-inch alloys wheels, with specs to match: 496bhp and 590lb ft of torque, good for 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds performance, a very respectable range of 311 miles between charges, and a future forward “Virtual Cockpit” that replaces a traditional console design with tastefully executed touchscreen surfaces and haptic feedback throughout.

The E-Tron Sportback’s three electric motors are powered by a liquid cooled 95-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 429 horsepower and a 311 mile range.

Our Audi E-Tron will be starting out in 2018 – the first
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The Audi E-Tron Sportback Is the Electric Car We’ve Always Wanted

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/audi-etron-sportback-concept/audi-e-tron-sportback-concept/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Audi-e-tron-Sportback-4-810x570.jpg" alt="The Audi E-Tron Sportback Is the Electric Car We&#8217;ve Always Wanted" /></a>
                                Watch out Tesla, the road leading to an all-electric vehicle future is about to get a little more crowded. The <a href="http://www.audi.com/en/innovation/futuredrive/etron.html"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Audi E-Tron Sportback</a> concept rolled out as the belle of the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show ball, a near-realized concept vehicle designed to represent the German automaker&#8217;s EV plans for 2018 and beyond.
The electric fastback arrives with an aggressive posture sitting upon massive 23-inch alloys wheels, with specs to match: 496bhp and 590lb ft of torque, good for 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds performance, a very respectable range of 311 miles between charges, and a future forward “Virtual Cockpit” that replaces a traditional console design with tastefully executed touchscreen surfaces and haptic feedback throughout.

The E-Tron Sportback’s three electric motors are powered by a liquid cooled 95-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 429 horsepower and a 311 mile range.

Our Audi E-Tron will be starting out in 2018 – the first
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LeGrow Smart Garden Is Like LEGO Blocks for Growing Plants

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/legrow-smart-garden/legrow-plantsystem-11/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/LeGrow-plantsystem-11-810x456.jpg" alt="LeGrow Smart Garden Is Like LEGO Blocks for Growing Plants" /></a>
                                Earlier this year Pantone bestowed PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as the <a href="http://design-milk.com/pantone-color-of-the-year-2017-greenery/"  rel="noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="internal">color of 2017</a>, prescient of the house plant trend that has culminated in numerous books, Instagrams, and websites dedicated to integrating plants into our everyday lives. But as one wise Muppet once professed, &#8220;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpiIWMWWVco&amp;ab_channel=JamesAdams" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">it ain&#8217;t easy being green</a>&#8221; – not everyone has the space or green thumb for keeping plants healthy. The <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1413554510/legrow-the-smart-indoor-garden-for-any-space"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">LeGrow</a> smart garden kits attempt to turn growing and caring for plants into a simple matter of snapping modular pieces together into self-sustaining indoor gardening ecosystems so everyone can live a little greener.
Similar to LEGO blocks, each element of the LeGrow system serves a purpose in promotion of growing and maintaining healthy plants:

Urbanears Connected Speakers Makes Music Easy

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="http://bit.ly/designmilkurbanears"  rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Urbanears</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/urbanears-connected-speakers-makes-music-easy/urbanears-grupp_baggen_stammen_0576/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Urbanears-Grupp_Baggen_Stammen_0576-810x566.jpg" alt="Urbanears Connected Speakers Makes Music Easy" /></a>
                                Monochromatic, minimalist, and multi-room. Stockholm-based <a href="http://bit.ly/designmilkurbanears"  rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Urbanears</a> established its reputation based upon the first two of the three, known for their candy store catalog of <a href="http://design-milk.com/?s=urbanears"  rel="nofollow" data-wpel-link="internal">colorful matte headphones</a> that exemplify the era of portable audio as functional fashion. With the launch of their new <a href="http://bit.ly/designmilkurbanears"  rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Connected Speakers</a> multi-room wireless home audio system, the Swedish company is bringing that same Scandinavian philosophy of thoughtful utility paired with an eye for understated (yet playful) design into our living rooms, home offices, bedrooms, and kitchens.

Urbanears put the smaller of their two new wireless audio speakers – the Stammen – into our hands and our home for the last few weeks to experience the Connected Speaker in real world use (there’s an even larger unit, the Baggen, which offers more of the same, but larger in dimension and even more robust in output).
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MA770 Wireless Speaker by David Adjaye for Master & Dynamic

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/ma770-david-adjaye/ma770_adjaye_1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/ma770_adjaye_1-810x540.jpg" alt="MA770 Wireless Speaker by David Adjaye for Master &#038; Dynamic" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.masterdynamic.com/pages/ma770-speaker"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">MA770</a> is a premium wireless speaker designed by London-based designer <a href="http://www.adjaye.com/"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">David Adjaye</a> for <a href="https://www.masterdynamic.com/"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Master &amp; Dynamic</a>. Sir David Adjaye OBE, recognized as a leading architect of his generation, was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities.
The speaker is cast in a unique geometric form using proprietary concrete composite that lends itself to both the aesthetic of the speaker as well as its acoustic superiority. The concrete increases dampening, reduces resonance, and creates an overall purer sound. The dampening properties are so high that the speaker can play at full volume without causing a record to skip or the table and floor to vibrate. The speaker is outfitted with dual 4″ woven Kevlar long throw woofers, a 1.5″ titanium tweeter and diamond-cut anodized aluminum controls. An elegant, magnetically attached steel
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10 Carry-On Essentials We Always Travel With

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/10-carry-on-travel-essentials/dm-travelessentials/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/DM-TravelEssentials-810x569.jpg" alt="10 Carry-On Essentials We Always Travel With" /></a>
                                Becoming adept at working while traveling requires several instances of trial and error (e.g. <em>always</em> bring your own power adapter; preload an offline map of wherever you&#8217;re traveling to) – strategies and preferences born out of necessity, but also shaped by preferences in comfort we enjoy while at home. Inspired by last year&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/?s=city+in+a+suitcase"  data-wpel-link="internal">City in a Suitcase</a> series I considered my own selection of essentials – technology, clothing, accessories – that have earned their place within my luggage whenever a passport is required, each valued because they&#8217;ve proved invaluable while working abroad.
This Is Ground Mod Laptop 3
As a devout adherent to “everything in place, a place for everything”, the Mod Laptop 3 is a dream come true to satiate my orderly inclinations, offering storage for my laptop, phone, tablet, plethora of charging cords, camera memory cards, business cards, pens, and notebook. The Mod Laptop 3’s combination of fine leather and
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NOMAD Cuts the Strings For the Untethered Lifestyle

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/302165-2/nomad04/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Nomad04-810x456.jpg" alt="NOMAD Cuts the Strings For the Untethered Lifestyle" /></a>
                                It was back in 1997 with the release of Tsugio Makimoto and David Manners&#8217; book <a href="http://amzn.to/2owat8r"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Digital Nomad</a> when speculation began percolating about how technological developments on the horizon would one day allow workers to &#8220;once again&#8230;live, work, and exist on the move&#8221;. The phrase evolved into a genuine lifestyle for the fortunate few – a subculture of global remote workers perpetually working, yet also concurrently vacationing at the same time. Digital nomadism has quietly grown into a thriving global subculture deserving of its own <a href="http://www.nomadsummit.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">conference</a>, <a href="https://outsite.co/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">travel/housing services</a>, and even <a href="https://www.nomadcruise.com/next-trips/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">cruise</a> ships. Now we can also add a musical instrument designed with a moniker to match the idealized lifestyle: <a href="http://nomadyourmusic.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">NOMAD</a>.
Designer Orit Dolev found inspiration to design her own minimalist digital instrument after a trip with her guitar in tow:
I thought to myself: this would be a great way to meet new people by bridging gaps of culture and language through music. but the experience of traveling
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Whyd Wants to Make Listening to Music a Matter of Asking

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/whyd-voice-command-speakers/whyd-wireless-speaker-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/WHYD-wireless-speaker-3-810x724.jpg" alt="Whyd Wants to Make Listening to Music a Matter of Asking" /></a>
                                Ask and you shall receive. That&#8217;s the core premise behind the <a href="https://whyd.com/"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Whyd</a> speaker system, a pill-shaped audio device designed to always be listening for your next command.
What’s inside the pill-shaped enclosure? A 100mm subwoofer with long excursion suspension and ferrite magnet engineered to push out deep bass even with its compact dimensions, 4 x 40 mm full range drivers with neodymium magnet and aluminium diaphragm, and Class-D amplifiers powering them all. Whyd speakers are designed to work by themselves or paired up in the same room in left/right stereo sound output. Additionally there are five microphones listening with advanced noise cancellation that allows the speaker to discern user voice commands even with background or ambient noise battling for its attention. In that sense, one could think of the Whyd as a better looking (but limited featured) version of the Amazon Echo specifically designed for music playback. The top of
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