The Rail Candleabra designed by Jonah Takagi

The Rail Candleabra designed by Jonah Takagi for Umbra Shift is designed to be flexible. Consisting of a metal base that looks like a train track, the candleholders can be moved along the base to the desired position. The narrow footprint of the candelabra means it is equally suited to a mantel, window ledge or table.

The Nepal Projects teddy bear by Menu
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This adorable toy is the result of a trade initiative launched by Menu and aid organisation Danida entitled Nepal Projects. Nepal Projects provides fair-trade employment and opportunities in some of the world's poorest countries and amongst the most disadvantaged people by combining traditional fabric-working skills with a contemporary Scandinavian aesthetic.

In addition to the teddy bear, Nepal Projects line includes scarves, blankets, pillows and bags all made from Himalayan cashmere, merino wool, leather and cotton.

These Revolve water bottles by Talia Mukmel are the result of a collaboration with Aybar gallery, Miami.

Mukmel wanted to create a historic object that combined with a contemporary vision. During the process, she experimented with different techniques in order to find a way in which the attributes of the ancient handiwork could be preserved while at the same using modern production techniques and materials. She used a form of bioplastic produced from the starch found in corn and sugar cane and this enabled the bottles to maintain the sentimentality of a handcrafted piece, all the while acknowledging the attributes of previous generations.

Vintage Confections' planet lollipops

For a sweet treat that's out of this world, gourmet candy maker Vintage Confections puts the universe at your fingertips. They have created a pack of ten lollipops that contain photorealistic images of the planets in them. Vintage Confections combines a traditional candy-making process that dates back to the 1800s with modern technology to create the edible, hand-held works of art. Best of all, each planet tastes different; flavours include guava, marshmallow, pear and mango.

Chopped Hand, Peter Doig

Born in Scotland and raised in Trinidad and Tobago and Canada, Peter Doig is a longtime favourite of ours largely because he uses Trinidad, his current home, as the setting for many of his paintings. He depicts life there as he interprets it: one where metaphorical wild animals such as lions and snakes roam the streets and interact with the population. Doig is currently exhibiting works in oil, charcoal, pencil and ink on paper at the Michael Werner Gallery in London, his first exhibition of new works in London since 2012. The collection includes a mix of new and older pieces in various sizes. Several themes are repeated and many of the works appear to be studies in varying degrees of completion. At first viewing, the exhibition does not appear to be an exuberant one by any means in spite of the bright colours used by Doig, but this impression is superficial at best as components of danger, sex and violence can be found throughout.

The prowling lion in 'Rain in the Port of Spain (White Oak)' is seen guarding the prison in Port of Spain with its acid yellow walls, deep green doors and barred windows as the ghostly form of a man strolls nearby. A well-known landmark - the Lighthouse in Port of Spain - stands sentinel behind them. The lion reoccurs in its more recognisable form as the Lion of Judah draped in the colours red, gold and green in several of the works including 'Lion Frederick Street', where the body of the lion appears to be superimposed on that of one of the dogs that can often be found roaming the capital in packs.

In the painting 'Red Man (Sings Calypso)', an image of film star Robert Mitchum, who spent time in Trinidad and in 1957 released an album of calypsos, takes centre stage complete with a colossus-like wide-legged stance, while a blue man wrestles with a snake on the ground behind him. The bather shows up in several pieces of varying sizes, each with slight colour variations and differing amounts of detail. There is also a series featuring a disembodied head floating in the water, some with hollow, unseeing eyes. The head first appeared in an seemingly unfinished study from 2007 entitled 'Tanker (Figure in Water)'. In another, an old man in a cowboy hat plays a Cuatro, a small, four-stringed instrument originally brought to the island by Spanish settlers. The figure turns out to be that of the late calypsonian Embah, a friend and source of inspiration of Doig's and fellow artist Chris Ofili, the latter of whom also featured Embah in several of his recent works.

In 'Carnival Hat', a young man stands with his back against the yellow wall of the prison, his shoulders drooping and a bottle dangling from the fingers of one hand. From a distance, his posture could be read as one of abject hopelessness and despair but on closer inspection several clues completely transform the image to one of defiance: the head of the man's penis can be seen protruding from his trousers as he urinates on the pavement in front of his feet, the arc of the yellow stream partially camouflaged by the colour of the wall.

'Figures at Night' features skeletal trees silhouetted against an inky black night sky while 'Two Trees' shows a gathering of young men by the sea. One man is incongruously outfitted in a hockey uniform complete with helmet while another holds a video camera pointed towards the central figure whose eyes are downturned. The scene is intended to convey one of violence and ambivalence so often felt in the face of unfolding tragedy in the age of social media. Another work is of an amorphous, monstrous figure without any true discernible features but bloody hands, his hulking form emitting a feeling of fear and intimidation. This figure reappears in 'Chopped Hand' where the man stands in the shadow of the prison walls, red blood pouring from his arm, all under the unflappable gaze of the lion.

There are also suggestions of sexuality throughout the exhibition. 'Enter the Dragon' recalls the garden of Eden with a serpent-like being, head turned, whispering in the ear of a nude woman. There is the barely rendered couple engaging in sexual congress against the prison wall in 'Street Scene' while the prancing lion stands guard, the woman reclining on the beach apparently self-pleasuring herself, the couple locked in a public embrace, and the nude woman dancing suggestively under a banner that proclaims her to be "Tusty" - a colloquialism for someone who is sexually desperate.

Peter Doig's exhibition at the Michael Werner Gallery in London continues until February 17.

IGUANAEYE Jungle shoes

With all of the negative press jungles and fashion have received recently, lets's shine a more positive light on them by featuring these ergonomic shoes from designer Olivier Taco for IGUANEYE, a small company based in Oporto, Portugal.

Back in 2011 we featured the 01M OneMoment shoes that were inspired by Amazonian tribes who dipped their feet in latex and it looks like the idea has not yet gone away. Now in 2018, the latest iteration of the trend however includes specialised materials and 3D printing. Called the Jungle, the shoes assemble like a puzzle and mould to the foot thereby allowing the wearer to traverse all types of terrain with ease and in comfort. The minimalist footwear is made from Duraform and Duraform TPU and consists of a contiguous piece that wraps around the big toe and the heel leaving the rest of the foot exposed. A thick sole ensures the wearer's comfort.

The Jungle comes in two versions: the light and the lux.

Rustic Stools by Mark Laban

Part of a continuous design series, the Rustic Stools by Mark Laban have evolved through various iterations. Drawing inspiration from the concept of wabi-sabi which champions a worldview focused on the acceptance of transience and imperfection, Laban took his design cues from the rustic nature of traditional Japanese teahouse architecture. While the stools are his interpretation of a traditional structure, the manufacturing process is more cutting-edge innovation. Laban uses a 3-axis CNC router and works hands-on with the machine experimenting with the artificially generated rough textures. During the production process, Laban experiments with the software as a way to get unexpected textures and surface patterns, instead of the smooth results that CNC technology is known for. 
"I discovered that by manipulating variables within the parameters of the CAM software I could produce interesting distortions that are conventionally imperfect or incomplete, like the rough patterned textures." 
- Mark Laban

This latest versions of his design are constructed out of yellow Valchromat - a high density fibre material made with organically dyed wooden fibres that are bonded in resin. The rough bark-like surfaces reference the nature of the material in its raw form while giving the finished product a visually enticing texture. Once the milling is completed, the parts are sanded, the joint details completed manually and the piece assembled.

Leather zip pouch by Comme de Garcons and Bureau Betak
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Leather zip pouch by Comme de Garcons and Bureau Betak.
Mugr mug by HMM

This deceptively simple, matte-glazed Japanese ceramic mug features an aesthetically pleasing minimal design and a fine wood "r" handle. Handmade by Taiwanese and Chinese artisans for HMM, the Mugr mug embodies fine craftsmanship and decades of experience. The unique shape of the handle means the mug scan be stacked easily and safely - a great space-saving feature.