Image: Sam Kittinger
I grew up playing loads of board games, so it's goo to see they haven't completely been rendered into obscurity by the advance of computer technology.  As part of a student project, Sam Kittinger has re-designed several classic Parker Brothers board games in a retro, minimalist style.

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Image: Methane Studios

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Images: Studio Ditte
Adorable wallpaper from Studio Ditte which could work just as well in a girl's room as a boy's.  

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Image: Imaxtree
Congratulations to fellow island girl Anya Ayoung-Chee for winning the ninth season of Project Runway with her easy, Caribbean-inspired collection.

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Clockwise from top left: Rachel Comey, Alexander Wang, Peter Som, Alexander Wang 

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Image: Ander Lizaso
This chair cum storage piece called Bull by Ander Lizaso is such a great idea.  Part plaything, part furniture, it is a great addition to any child's room and fuel for their imaginations.  The chair's backrest spins which also allows it to be used as a basket or a trolley.

See more images of Bull after the jump and here.

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Images: Adam Åkesson and Jonas Eriksson
I would never have thought to sell milk in a can but that's just what the new package design concept by Adam Åkesson and Jonas Eriksson for Wapnö Dairy in Sweden is.  Hoping to appeal to a younger demographic more familiar with drinking sodas and bottled water, by selling milk in this way may make it more competitive against these types of beverages.  It certainly is a clever and modern spin on the traditional bottle or carton.

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Image: Misha Lulu
I've always loved their pretty dolls-head tees for my daughter but for this season in addition to their regular label, Misha Lulu have collaborated with Sanrio to produce a line of adorable Hello Kitty clothes for girls.  See more after the jump and have a look at their main website here.

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Images: Bend
Architectural, graphic and sculptural are three words I'd use to describe this soon to be iconic bent wire chair from Bend.  The farmhouse chair is a study in geometric shapes but is inspired by the architecture of old Amish barns. See more from Bend here.

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Images: Daniel Don Chang
Bikes and Bermuda are inexorably linked and after years of basic, boring bike helmets, I'm so happy to see a real resurgence of stylish options like this, the Luxy helmet for Vespa which is designed by Daniel Don Chang. Luxy is a women's motorcycle helmet made for commuting and casual motorcycle riding. The distinctive and unique look sets it apart from existing helmets, proving that style and safety can coexist.

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Image: Hello Shiso
Have a look at this adorable, hand-made jewellery and accessories for children by Hello Shiso.  Designer Mimi Tsang operates Hello Shiso as a small design studio and workshop.  See a few more of her designs after the jump and the entire line here.

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Image: La Clinica
I like the simplicity and lines of this swing seat from La Clinica, a collection of handcrafted furniture from Ciszak Dalmas which launched in 2010 and is produced by local artisans based in Madrid, Turin and Sao Paulo.  Each piece in the collection is made from solid wood painted with water-based colours.  Some aspect of each piece comes from reused resources and the furniture has a reduced carbon footprint due to the efficient use of natural materials through proper and sustainable use of forest resources.

See the other pieces produced by La Clinica here.

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Image: Nick Singleton
Image: Linus Hu

Paper as a medium for artistic expression is really coming into its own.  We featured paper cut wigs for Kate Spade here and  now check out the work of two other artists: Nick Singleton who, working with visual stylist Nikki Docker, created a series installations at Hermés based on the theme of travel and adventure and Hong Kong based Linus Hu's paper masks.

See more after  the jump.

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Images: Masahiro Minami
A bit of a sad backstory for such a lovely piece.  This wooden rocking horse is made up of one half of a polar bear and one half of a grizzly bear.  According to the designer Masahiro Minami, it represents the fact that the effects of global warming are altering the migratory pattern and habitats of both species: the polar bears are losing the place where they live due to the melting ice caps and the grizzlies are moving northwards. Rather than looking upon this as a sad state of affairs however, the designer has instead viewed it as a love story of sorts and created the Pizzly Bear rocker for his daughter.

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Clockwise from top left: Cushnie et Ochs, Rachel Comey, Prabal Gurung, VPL
Clockwise from top left: Victoria Beckham, Monique Lhullier, Lela Rose, Cynthia Steffe
Clockwise from top left: BCBG, Victoria Beckham, Prabal Gurung, Rachel Comey

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Image: Swatch
Touted as "art on your wrist", vinyl toy and art purveyors Kidrobot and watchmakers Swatch have enlisted eight iconic American artists to create original works for Swatch. Art featured for this debut collection include legendary rock poster artist Frank Kozik's Ski Instructor, Vinyl Will Kill author Jeremyville's The So Far Away, toy designer and illustrator MAD's Shout Out, graffiti artist Tilt's Love Song, 3-eyed Space Kitty artist Tara McPherson's The Eyes are Watching, graphic artist SSUR's Tic Tic Boom, illustrator Gary Baseman's Midnight Magi and graphic apparel artist Joe Ledbetter's Bengali. Each of the Swatch watches comes with a matching artist's collectible Dunny.  Only a limited number of the watch sets will be produced and each one comes numbered in a special carrying-case.

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Images: Magdalena Ekström
There are some unusual asymmetrical angles on this chair.  With the aim of creating a riff on the chaise lounge, the Stiletto Chair, designed by Magdalena Ekström, is made from lightweight, stretched nylon net which functions like regular upholstery but uses less material and removes the need for toxic fillers and glues. The inspiration for the chair comes from the natural sitting posture of women and it was designed in this manner purportedly because women tend to sit more asymmetrically than men.

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Image: via Uncrate
The iVictrola uniquely combines modern and vintage: an antique Magnavox phonograph horn set in walnut amplifies the iPad's speaker without the use of electricity.

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Images: Blend-It Design
Have a look at the beautiful design of the packaging for Trinidad Chocolate which was conceptualised by Blend-It Design, Israel.  The packaging uses zoological and botanical prints of the local fauna and flora of that country.  Historically, cocoa produced in Trinidad for use in the manufacture of chocolate is of the highest quality, and this fact was used as inspiration to create the packaging which references colonialism, discovery and gathering.

See more here.



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I'm trying to work up the appropriate enthusiasm for Jason Wu's upcoming Target line, but after the fiasco which was Missoni with the crashing website and cancellation of orders, I'm finding it very hard.  Apparently it's good and hopefully they'll get their act together in time for the launch.  The teaser video is above. 

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Image: via Dwell
Muu, named after the Zen concept of 'Mu' which teaches that there is no difference between ourselves and our environment, is a high-end, customisable line of modern children's furniture developed by Robert Kwak. The furniture, which is manufactured in the US, features a panel system which can be personalised or changed over time as tastes and needs alter.  Magnets hold the panels in place, so changing the furniture is both easy and tool-free. The pieces have a streamlined, mid-century sensibility which I like.  See more of Muu after the jump.

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Images: Philippe Malouin
 Living in a hot country, a ceiling fan is sometimes a necessary evil.  I have always thought that very little could be done to in terms of raising it in the style stakes, however London-based designer Philippe Malouin makes a valiant effort to do so with his Dervish fan and lamp.  The Dervish is inspired not only by the whirling dancers of Istanbul but oddly also by the automated car wash.  Managing to be both sculptural and functional at the same time, the fan is being produced as a limited edition for NextLevel gallery.

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Bermuda Blue - Antoine Hunt
Image: island*atelier
Janel with Cedar (Detail) - Jacqueline Alma
Image: island*atelier
The fourth annual Charman Prize showcasing the talent of local artists launched on September 2 and is currently running at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art.

The Prize was established in 2008 to coincide with the opening of the new museum.  Named for its sponsor and patron, John Charman, a local businessman and art collector, the aim of the competition is to encourage the production and exhibition of artwork inspired by Bermuda.  Pieces are judged by a panel which this year consisted of Betty Krulik, appraiser and private dealer in 19th- and early-20th-century American art, Peter Higdon, collections curator at Royerson Gallery and Research Center, Ryerson University, Toronto, Laszlo Cser, professional conservator, PA AIC and Lucy Harwood, who recently worked in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum and organized the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The Charman Prize grants awards based on an artwork’s excellence according to the competition's overall theme and four other points of judging criteria. This year's grand prize winner was Andrew Stevenson for his video documentary entitled Where the Whales Sing. My favourites are pictured above, along with Nick Minugh's Faces of Parliament which was both skilfully executed and thought-provoking.  

The Charman Prize runs until December 3.  More artworks are featured after the jump.

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West End Development Corporation has featured our posts on the Dockyard Terraces in the Living News section of their website.  You can have a read of their summary here and keep up-to-date with everything that's happening in that part of the world here.

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Image: Spirthoods
SpiritHoods are cute, but possibly impractical, headgear for children and adults (although I can't see any adult wearing one of these with a straight face).  They recently produced Muppet versions of their distinctive head wear to coincide with the release of the upcoming movie.  The hairy hats feature Miss Piggy, Kermit, Gonzo, and Animal.

Non-Muppet SpiritHoods pictured after the jump.

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Image: Mathias Nero
Birds and nesting seem to be a recurring theme in design at the moment.  To fulfil a design concept for Johan & Nystrom’s new showroom in Helsinki, Stockholm-based Note Design Studio have created the Boet Stool which is inspired by a bird's nest. The seat of the stool mimics the soft, rounded shape of a nest and gives the effect of being elevated and protected.  The cork seat also creates an interesting juxtaposition to the hardness of the metal base and trunk-like legs. The Boet Stool is available in a high and a low version.  See more views after the jump.

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Images: iLoveHandles
Similar to the Orbit which we featured here but without the swivel function (and perhaps a shade less stylish) is this the Barnacle iPhone stand.  With double suction cups, the Barnacle can be used as a stand on a desk or a mount on a car windshield, wall or any smooth surface.

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Images: Coolhunting (top) and JP Hitch (bottom)
At the moment I'm into loading up my wrists with bracelets I don't have to remove and so these pretty and utilitarian bracelets from Jill Platner are just the ticket.  The JP Hitch bracelets are made from woven marine rope and topped off with their signature clasp.

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Clockwise from top left: Douglas Hannant, Alexander Wang, Preen, Donna Karan
Clockwise from top left: Tory Burch, Donna Karan, Alexander Wang, Ohne Titel

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Image: Elena Mir
Dreamy illustrations from Elena Mir.  See more here and after the jump.

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Image: Lanvin
To commemorate the November launch of its first children's collection, Lanvin have created four limited-edition hand-stitched and embroidered dolls, part-proceeds of the sale of which will be donated to benefit Dessine l'Espoir, the charity designer Alber Elbaz commissioned to fabricate them. The dolls are made by HIV-positive women in Swaziland and are dressed in miniature versions of Lanvin Petite outfits.  The dolls will retail at $400 and can be purchased from Lanvin stores in November.  


See two other versions after the jump.

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Image: See by Chloe
A late Resort 2012 report on See by Chloe.  See more after the jump.

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Image: Milk Design
I'm loving how such a simple idea can elevate a common glass jar or plastic bottle to a thing of beauty and function.  The Lace Vase from Milk Design is made of rubber with can be stretched over the mouth of containers of varying sizes and thereby turning them into vases.



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Clockwise from top left: Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, Nanette Lepore, Jill Stuart 
Clockwise from top left: Nanette Lepore, Narciso Rodriquez, Ohne Titel, Lacoste

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Image: via LivingEtc.

Delicate paper mobiles from Portland, Oregon-based Frazier & Wing.  See more after the jump.

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