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Pop Time Watch by Lacoste

The Pop Time watch by Lacoste brings together the staid analog and the mod plastic bracelet very nicely. The little crocodile is a nice spot of fun on the watch face.

And that crocodile is ready for some action. Lacoste is one of the first partners in the Save Your Logo campaign. The goal is for companies and schools to engage in wildlife preservation through the support of the animals and plants that are their mascots. Maybe we’ll be part of it soon too!

Joo Youn Paek – Polite Umbrella

Love this super awesome Polite Umbrella by Joo Youn Paek – you can pull a chord at the handle of the umbrella to shrink it when walking past other people. You can even control which side shrinks – check out the video on Paek’s website for a demonstration.

Via Ian Claridge.

400 Years Later — Cite Goes Dutch

Last week I finally had the chance to check out the 400 Years Later — Cite Goes Dutch exhibition properly – it was a mad house at the opening up a few weeks back. It’s up until June 14th, at Cite’s 131 Greene Street location. Totally worth swinging by, if you’re in NYC. The show features 23 Dutch designers and one photographer, and the various pieces all gel very nicely together, with the wry humor of Dutch design on full display…From the brief:

“1609: The Dutch Discover New York
2009: New Yorkers Discover Dutch Design

The exhibit presents everything from furniture and tabletop objects to jewelry by 23 emerging Dutch designers and manufacturers and 1 photographer. Curated by Studio Jan Habraken and Alissia Melka-Teichroew in collaboration with Wabnitz Editions Ltd and Josée Lepage, the work draws an outline of contemporary design coming out of, and shaped by, the unique climate of the densely populated Netherlands, whose designers grow up below sea level and under heavy gray skies.”

The exhibition features work from Lotte van Laatum (top left: Dutch Wood), Mirjam van der Lubbe (top right: Gun Bags), Alissia Melka-Teichroew (bottom left: Jointed Jewelry), and Alexander Pelikan (bottom right: Plastic).

I have long loved Greetje van Helmond’s Unsustainable jewelry – made out of sugar crystals. So amazing.

New work by Studio Jan Habraken – the Bird House Shovel and Soap-Bottle-Soap.

And, last but not least (below): Formmatic, by Susan Verheijen.

Amy Tischer – Urban Nature Tea-lights

One of our readers that I had the pleasure to meet at the NSS last week was Amy Tischer – a recent industrial design graduate from Philadelphia University. She sent over her amazing Urban Nature tea-light holders, which were inspired by natural elements and patterns found in urban environments. Amy designed the tea-light holders in her sophomore year as a project for Foster’s Urban Homewares. The tea-lights are made from extruded steel tubes, 3d laser cut, and powder coated. See more of Amy’s work here.

ICFF – Johnny Swing

Perhaps a sharp contrast to my previous post, this little table by Johnny Swing consists of square jars and a wire Eames-like base. As an object, it’s beautiful, I only wish the jar lids or the jar glass were a different color, like orange or a mix of bright colors. Either way, it’s still a very fun table.

ICFF – Test Collective

Another nice booth at ICFF was the Test Collective. The wire standing light fixture and the laser engraved boards were cool to see. The lamps were especially interesting to me because they were so minimal compared to the rest of the lighting at the show. I like how the conical form implies the movement of light from the bare lamp.

ICFF – HERO 365 by Hero Design Lab

Anna and I had the privilege to have dinner with Jean of notcot and Jen and Leo of Hero Design Lab, who are all old friends from grad school. Jen and Leo recently launched HERO 365, a line of smart, durable tools for living. The first two pieces are a rain collector and a drying rack. The rain collector is my favorite and it would look great outside a modern home or rooftop terrace garden. In my mind, a garden is always a wild place, and a fun rain collector makes perfect sense.

The rain collector was also featured as an ICFF Editor’s Pick by Metropolis Magazine

Matteo Cibic

How fun are these little guys? I don’t know much about them, other than that they were designed by Matteo Cibic, but I dig them!

Via Sencha.

PS – Please forgive us if posting a bit spotty over the next week or two…we’re in the middle of finishing up preparations for the NSS and are feeling a bit overwhelmed!

Rickshaw Zero Messenger

Rickshaw is a recently launched SF-based bag company supporting high-quality, human-powered design. I checked out some of the videos behind the bags and found the video explaining the Zero Messenger really interesting. The bag is cut and sewn from only four rectangles of fabric with nothing going out to the landfill. All the pieces make it into the bag (including a few scraps), resulting in no manufacturing material waste. Plus the bags look great: clean, simple and functional. Check out the video below for the info.

Vintage Beer Designs

A nice post at the Dieline showcases a collection of vintage beer containers and label designs. You can see the full set at Flickr. They look like cans of motor oil to me.