nendo’s new ‘oke’ collection of drinking vessels takes inspiration from traditional pail, bucket and barrel making. the designers worked with traditional japanese barrel maker nakagawa mokkougei, using their techniques to create smaller versions for the collection. the lighter-coloured pieces are crafted from japanese cypress and darker items are made out of jindai cedar, and the collection includes a tumbler, drinking cup, shot glass, sake cup and sake pitcher.
these leather sleeves from minimalux are about as simple as protective cases get. made from vegetable tan leather, the sleeves are designed for ipad, iphone and ipad mini, and are made in collaboration with mes.
Traditional hand skills and saddlery tools are used to make these tough, durable leather sleeves. Each one is hand stitched with strong beeswaxed linen thread, hand burnished and hot stamped with the Minimalux mark. The leather is untreated other than a light coating of mink oil to protect it from moisture, allowing it to age naturally and develop a rich dark golden colour.
they’ve also launched they’re first textiles collection to accompany their furniture. the blankets and cushions that make up their ‘soft series’ are jacquard woven producing complex patterns, and are made from soft, hand-dyed, 100% wool.
It became clear that the modern desk is an amalgamation of not just the office, but also the kitchen, the workshop and the bathroom. The idea is that with forms that are pluralistic and stackable, the range of use is far broader than in the office, and can be used in the home, the workshop and many other places too.
the pogo connector concept by jon patterson splits in two when pulled apart to prevent damage to your devices when the cables get snagged. the two parts are joined by magnets – one with a jack that fits into the headphone socket on the device, and a second longer piece that accommodates the jack from the headphones. the signal is transferred between the two parts via four pins, but once the cord is yanked away they disconnect and the music stops until the sections are reconnected.
according to the video (above), the magnet is strong enough to hold the device but will break only when snagged. the connector can be used as a straight connection or at a 90 degree angle where it can fully rotate. i look forward to seeing whether this gets produced!
copenhagen-based AM have re-launched with a series of all-in-one screen cleaning products. a variety of sprays, wipes, cloths and cleaning pumps for all you gadgets from smartphones and tablets to computer and television screens, and keyboards. the white plastic, rounded edges and bright colours makes them look like apple products themselves, something no-doubt intentional that gives them a professional but fun aesthetic.
sprays cost from between £10 and £25, with refills and cloths available for reasonable prices too, direct from AM.