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Purple hard to ignore.

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Purple is a tricky colour to do well in fashion and interiors, but it’s also a colour that is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. Avoiding the more tacky Gothic shades and going for something altogether more lush and papal, designers are at last breaking down my old prejudices. At Mix we particularly like the work of young designer Johanna Landin’s braid lamp. Look out too for this colour at Magis, Softline, Moustache and Vondom.
www.johannalandin.com.

Advance Carbon Fiber Electric Bike

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Thinking caps on because this takes some imagination to digest. The HMK 561 is a carbon fiber bike with special electrical properties that hold power right inside the frame.
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The Perfect Slice Of Cake.

Designers at WAGAii have beeen considering how to cut cake. Each box of Petals consists of a single plastic flower. With it, you can cut a cake perfectly into 3, 4, 6, 12, 5, 7, 8, 9, or 10 pieces.
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You can either use the pedals of the flower (the top,) or the leaves of the flower (along the stem.)
If you use the petals (the top,) you can cut the cake into 3, 4, 6, or 12 pieces, as each pedal spans 30 degrees. All you’ve got to do is insert the top of the flower into the cake and keep it in place, cutting then between whichever pedals make sense for you.
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Zee Table by Enzo Anziani

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Zee table made entirely of Corian .Series of complement tables, characterized by the geometry and subtlety of design. Structure, materials and finishes: Individual elements in flat sheets of Corian® (12mm), polished bright.
Colors: Glacier White, Everest White, Night Sky Black and Red Hot.
Dimensions Low Zee 37 x 37 x 42h (cm) High Zee 37 x 37 x 47h (cm)
Website:www.enzoanziani.com

Eco-Kids Sustainable Art Products

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Founded in 2008, Eco-Kids is the brainchild of mother and former nanny Cammie Weeks. Cammie explains that she and her husband
“realized the need for safe and natural art supplies and toys,” so the duo began selling their sustainable dough at farmers markets throughout California and eventually expanded the collection to include a bevvy of environmentally-friendly, all-natural art supplies and toys.

Just in time for Easter, Eco-Kids recently introduced an Easter egg coloring kit that includes the same fruit and vegetable colours and two soy crayons for fancy decorations.
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OO High Def Wireless Projector by David Riesenberg

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The OO is a wireless projector by David Riesenberg capable of displaying high definition (1080p) data. Utilizing either a WIFI connection or internal SSD storage, the projector can operate independently from any wire for up to 3 hours based on an internal Li-Ion battery or using a single wire connected to a power source. With the combination of WIFI and internal storage, the OO can act as both an extender/duplicator of an external display or as a wireless media projector/streamer with built in decoding capabilities. The three independently articulated legs allow the OO to be tilted for optimal positioning. Full interaction with the projector is done via the touch screen remote but the projector can be operated without it in extender/duplicator mode after pre-configuration.
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Ryan Glasgow: iPhone case

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American industrial designer Ryan Glasgow has designed a stainless steel iphone case with a protective hinged lid. Its internal silicone bumpers ensure a tight fit with 3G and 3GS phones. When closed, the hinged lid features a window opening which allows views of date/time and incoming calls.
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Dr. Martens Inspired Bapes

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For their new Bape Sta Mids, designers from Tokyo based Bathing Ape fashion brand took cues from the classic ‘Doc Marten‘ boots which has seemed to have regained its popularity in the fashion scene over the the last 12 months. The shoes uses similar colorways, laces, heel tab and even the souls are translucent.Via:[PSFK]

We Like: Gentemstick Boards

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Japanese designer and inveterate snowboarder Taro Tamai has been hand-shaping his eye-catching Gentemstick boards for over a decade. An answer to the homogenization of board shapes that happened as snowboarding gained mainstream appeal, Tamai’s goal is no less than to “perfectly blend into the terrain miraculously made of snow and wind, just as if birds flying in the sky or fish flowing in the stream.” The upshot of his philosophical approach to the sport (he calls it snow-surfing) is a line of boards renowned for their flexible fins, oversized sized fish tails and rideability in almost any snow condition. Via:[CoolHunting]
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Website:www.gentemstick.com/en/

One Billion Minds

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One Billion Minds is a prize-led innovation platform that connects problem-solving scholars with solution-seeking companies and non-profits.
One Billion Minds challenges student and alumni crowds from universities worldwide to come up with innovative solutions to real-world problems. Challenges range from designing a $1 teaching aid for the education of children to developing an innovative solution for the garbage disposal problem in Kolkata. Prizes from the participating corporations include cash, professional recognition, and opportunities to interview for full-time or internship positions. Members can compete as individuals or teams.
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Bamboo Bikes from Ghana

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When we wrote about Bamboo Bike Studio late last year, we noted the company’s involvement in the Bamboo Bike Project, which seeds bamboo bike factories in developing countries. Working towards a similar goal is Calfee Design, which is helping entrepreneurs in the developing world make locally sourced bamboo bicycles for domestic and international sale.
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MY BAUHAUS IS BETTER THAN YOURS

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Mix first came across German design collective MY BAUHAUS IS BETTER THAN YOURS at last year’s DMY, and was impressed by their quirky, idiosyncratic style. The seven strong team are now taking new work to Milan; you can see it at WOK Store Via Cole di Lana 5/a from 14th-18th of April.

Particularly strong is the work Vom Ribbeck, designed by Laura Straßer; subtly considered porcelein lights shaped like pears and Bacchanalia, a figurative shelf made from a paper-based composite material designed by Julius Kranefuss (pictured) .
www.my-bauhaus-is-better-than-yours.com

Fiat Taps Designer Fabio Novembre For Another Non-Conventional Branded Idea

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Italian designer Fabio Novembre will debut a new chair at the Milan Furniture Fair inspired by the Abarth brand, the auto-sport division of the Fiat group. Novembre based the design of the seat off the Abarth logo which is extruded in polycarbonate. The effect creates sweeping lines which speak to the brand’s performance heritage. The lightweight base is die-cast aluminum and detailed with a small racing stripe.
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Leo Villareal Public Art Installation Illuminates Downtown with Sky

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New York-based digital light artist Leo Villareal’s recent completion of Sky (Tampa) on the south façade of the new Tampa Museum of Art features a dramatic 12,000-square-foot public art commission that illuminates the downtown core.

The exterior of the new museum features programmable LED lights, 45 feet high and 300 feet long, embedded within two-layers of perforated aluminum panels. In daylight, the museum’s façade creates a moiré-like pattern, and in darkness the LED light installation glows with Villarreal’s signature light-coded and hypnotic dance.
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Weird Yet Cool Furniture From Ogata

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Known more for their bespoke design of retail shops, Japanese design firm Ogata have expanded to offer custom furniture for sale. Each piece is handmade and well, very unique. The Button Bench has a twisted iron base and a collection of large scale buttons for the seat. Each are made from combinations of wood, leather, urethane, and brass.
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