Optical Illusion Bags That Look Like They’ve Jumped Out of a Comic Book

If Roy Lichtenstein had been in the bag business, it might have gone a lot like this. Jump From Paper has been designing playful bags that look as if they leapt from the pages of a vintage comic book – and just like the paper those stories were printed on, these bags look completely flat. Don’t be fooled though: it’s a clever optical illusion created with thick black piping and chunky blocks of color.

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Leatherman Creates a Wearable Multi-Tool Bracelet You Can Take on an Airplane

You don’t know how useful a tool is until you start carrying it everywhere. Like grandpas who never left their pocket knife at home, or women who have a multi-tool in their purse, it’s amazing what a few simple tools can do to save the day. That’s why the design for Leatherman’s new Tread is so very cool. They’ve managed to pack 25 very useful tools into the form factor of a watch band, making a tool that is almost impossible to forget. With an optional watch face, it’s surprisingly stylish too (then again, I almost always think smart utility is stylish).

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Is This the Perfect Alarm Clock? Wake Up to Joshua Renouf’s Barisieur

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Joshua Renouf’s new alarm clock might be the most sublime way to greet the day: his Barisieur alarm clock is also a coffee-maker. In an intriguing mix of high and low tech, the charming design combines classic wood detailing and glass brewing apparatus, with induction heated ball bearings that clink together to gently bring you to consciousness. Combine that with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and this is one perfect way to awaken.

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CATable. A Table for Us, a Paradise for Cats

Of all the things to come out of Milan Design Week, this is by far my favorite, and I’m pretty sure it’s a table made for the internet. Welcome to the CATable, a bizarre yet beautiful combination of cat furniture and human furniture designed by Ruan Hao for architectural firm LYCS. It’s all fun and games unless your cat is a stealth attack fanatic.

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J.J. Abrams Creates Limited Edition Mystery Box

If you’re a fan of LOST creator J.J. Abrams, you may have seen his incredible TED Talk that centers around a mystery box his grandfather gave him a long time ago. Abrams has never opened the box, but kept it nearby as a source of inspiration in his life and work.

Now Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have teamed up with Theory 11 to give you the same sort of inspiration, in the form of handcrafted lock box created from beautiful reclaimed wood.

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Who Knew that Disposable Plates Could be Stylishly Designed? Biodegradable TableWare by Wasara

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Have you seen what the kids are eating their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches off of these days?  I have fond memories of hot summer days eating lunch sandwiches from the classic round paper plates with ruffled edges. Those plates were great! Except that they stuck together…. and they were kinda ugly… and I threw away about a bazillion into landfills from ages 5 to 13. Ahh, yes… the 90s.  The Millennial kids are better than that. They are growing up in an age where people are environmentally aware and design conscious (hopefully).  Wasara has reinvented the ‘disposable’ paper plate with their collection of beautiful AND biodegradable tableware bringing us a tad closer to lifestyle perfection.

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Bloom: A Bookshelf Inspired by a Weaving Loom

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On display last month at Milan Design Week: UK based design studio Raw-Edges’ traveling bookcase called Bloom. The fascinating bespoke design was created to evoke the form of a weaving loom (hence its clever name). Each book is held suspended on one of the bookcase’s many strings by movable, sliding black stoppers. In this way the books take center stage, floating in space at varied heights that observers can adjust themselves. The design encourages viewers to explore each book as an individual, analyzing not only their written words but also their physical form.

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Visual Bits #441> Spray-On Fabric & More Cool Consumer Trends

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Water Map: A Flat Wood Sink Modeled After London

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Seemingly flat sinks are hot these days, with many designs being produced that have little or no conventional basin. For many people, that’s not too much of a problem – most of our water splashing happens in the shower anyway. Now Julia Kononenko, a designer from Kharkiv, Ukraine, has taken the flat sink concept in a new direction, creating a laminated wood block featuring a pattern of channels modeled after the streets of central London. When used, the (presumably slow flowing) water enters the channels and subtly travels to a drain hidden in the back.

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Shred Again: Old Skateboards Become Electric Guitars

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After the invention of the electric guitar in the 1940s and the skateboard in the 1950s, it was simply inevitable that somebody would combine the two classic instruments of shredding. Now Buenos Aires based duo, Ezequiel Galasso and Gianfranco de Gennaro have created Skate Guitar – a project which recycles old skate decks into something ready to soar again… at least in a musical sense.

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