Image: Colette
This sleek, minimalist block is the result of a collaboration between mobile technology leader Jawbone and French retailer Colette. Called the Colette Edition limitée Big Jambox, only 120 of the wireless, portable speakers were manufactured exclusively for the French superstore available to purchase in store or online. Able to connect wirelessly to any bluetooth device and with details like the signature Pantone-blue buttons, the Big Jambox delivers on both style and performance.

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Image: Tumble 'N Dry
Unfussy clothes from Danish fashion line Tumble 'N Dry. 

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Image: imaisde
Inflatable beach and pool furniture are staples of the long, hot summer days but it's rare that any thought is ever put into the design of the pieces - until now that is.

This is Chat, a collection of three inflatable lounges by imaisde. Called the Christina, the Henry and the Athina, the three uniquely shaped floats are covered in bright, primary coloured stripes.   Each inflatable comes with six hooks so they can be anchored to the sand or  attached to each other to create up to 64 different combinations. The inflatable collection is being offered in a limited quantity for a limited time only until August 5, so hurry and get yours today.

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These mens' aviators from Raf Simons have frames that make them look as though they’re made of shattered glass.

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Image: Materia
Bote is a collection of toy boats made from cork and plastic.  Released in 2011, they’re the collaborative work of the Swiss-based design studio BIG-GAME and Portuguese company Materia.  Made with a cork hull to ensure buoyancy, the sailboat, yacht and cruise liner have plastic add-ons (a sail, a row of engine chimneys or a cabin) which make them both beautiful minimal objects as much as toys to be played with.

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Image: Bēhance
The Alpha Stool from Bēhance consists of six Waci Waci ply sheets which have been laminated with epoxy resin to create a simple yet sturdy form. The name comes from the fact that it is the first complete piece of furniture made by the designer using the first set of molds. The simple stool is completely handcrafted with a eye to quality craftsmanship and detail. A red bar has been added as a magazine rack and to provide a  splash of colour. 

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Images: island*atelier
Richard Mark Rawlins lets us have a look inside the workings of his mind with his latest show Steupps!, an exhibition of new work which is showing at the Medulla gallery in Port of Spain, Trinidad until today.  Rawlins, a graphic designer, contemporary artist and the publisher of online arts magazine Draconian Switch, marks his fifth solo exhibition with the show which examines the viewer's reaction to body language through the indigenous shortcuts for relaying annoyance or irritation. A "steupps" is a local expression of disdain which is made by sucking air through one's teeth very quickly and a "meggie" is a hand gesture which is intended to be a symbol of disrespect when given to another person (or self-deprecation when done to oneself.

On the surface, the show feels lighthearted and irreverent but on closer inspection, Rawlins reveals some highly personal pieces including a portrait of his father. Among the brightly coloured artworks our favourite pieces were the large, graphic portraits of Rawlins' friends and fellow artists including Rodell Warner and Ashraph which were mounted on board and anchored with bottle caps, the lino-printed repeated image of fingers in the shape of the meggie, and "Pointless", the neverending pencil as Ouroboros.

One of Rawlins' objectives was to modify the gallery experience by allowing more audience involvement in his show. To facilitate this, audience participation was encourged on the opening night (and throughout the course of the show's run to a lesser degree). At the launch, the artist invited members of the public to wear screenprinted Steupps! bandannas as masks to partially obscure the face.  He feels that the bandanna, which was once a purely functional item, has been appropriated by gang culture and transformed into an object which can be equal parts symbolic and menacing. Viewers of the show were also asked to write and submit an artist's statement or observations on Rawlins' work and to leave these comments in chamberpots which had been decorated for the purpose.

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Image: Organic Modernism
The furniture on offer at Brooklyn store Organic Modernism is an interesting mix of rustic and refined.  The store is dedicated to bringing design to the masses.

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Image: Fermob 1900
Just in time for summer and available in a rainbow's worth of colours comes this adorable hanging armchair from Fermob 1900 which is a twist on classic french bistro furniture. 

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I'm really loving Kate Spade's diffusion line Saturday at the moment. Apart from the fact that  you can browse and shop new items every (ahem) Saturday,  the clothes are of a good quality, well-designed and often look more expensive than they actually are. 

Take this colorblocked hoodie for example.  Made from a mix of laminated cotton and linen, thrown over a simple tee and jeans it is just the thing to raise your weekend wear to the next level. 

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Image: Katerina Kopytina
The globe-shaped bulb of the LightBean lamp from product designer Katerina Kopytina is both light source and an integral part of the lamp's shape.  Made of local oak, the LightBean is finished with oil and comes in two colors: natural and black. Different coloured textile cords help the lamp to integrate or pop in any interior.

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Image: Dion Lee
Images of ripples on water feature heavily in Australian designer Dion Lee's resort collection entitled Oil & Water. The collection, which introduces a line of swimwear, features fabrics in bonded cotton, neoprene and perforated jersey.

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Karl Lagerfeld has been immortalized as a superstar designer by tokidoki.

Available exclusively from Net-A-Porter, the diamanté-encrusted figurine draws inspiration from tokidoki's "criminally cute" cartoon characters and is dressed in the sartorial icon's signature black, accented with a silver tie and twinkling diamantés.

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Image: Matches Fashion
Matches Fashion recently announced that its next designer collaboration will be a six-piece collection with Preen.  The capsule features Preen’s signature aesthetic and includes a tee, a sweater, a pair of trousers, a skirt and two dresses covered in a citrus floral pattern.

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Image: IKEA
This beautiful table is a re-issue of a mid-century design from IKEA that was originally introduced in 1955.  LÖVET, as it was then called, was the first piece of furniture that was delivered in a flat pack.  Look out for the well-known coffee table under its new LÖVBACKEN name.

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Image: Grant Hancock

A step up from the tin can of yesteryear is this the Urban Billy.  Made to order by hand, this modern version of that classic of Australian design is made up of five pieces of hand-formed borosilicate glass, with turned and bent mountain ash sleeves and lids  of ash and cork.  With its self-contained heating element of white spirit fuel housed inside the base, the Urban Billy is designed to continue the traditional, social aspects surrounding the ritual of a shared cup of tea.  

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Image: Not Another Chair
 
This deceptively simple idea from Not Another Chair and designer Colin O’Dowd turns found objects (in this case ordinary sticks and twigs) into cars, planes, trains and animals with the help of the humble cable tie.  Shown at the Central Saint Martins 2013 Degree Show, the kit encourages parents and children to play and use their imaginations.
 


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Image: Flynn Talbot
With a cage-like exoskeleton reminiscent of meridian lines, Australian designer Flynn Talbot has created these beautiful lights. The Latitude light fixture is positionable, as the suspension cable mounts anywhere on the wire structure, and sends a directional beam of light wherever needed making it perfect for indirect up-, down- or spot-lighting.
 

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Image: Benjamin Hubert
Part hammock, part ottoman, the Cradle chair by British designer Benjamin Hubert places the emphasis on texture and colour with its architectural lines.  The combination of a sharp rectilinear backrest made of a custom-made cut pattern (that allows a non-elastic textile to perform in a three dimensional manner) and a softer base, Cradle has been designed to allow for textile backrest to provide the correct tension to comfortably support the body. 
 

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Image: Fred Gonzales

Ballroom Luminoso is a public art installation created by technologist Joe O'Connell and sculptor Blessing Hancock.  Installed under a freeway underpass in San Antonio, Texas it consists of six sculptural chandeliers.  Each luminous globe includes a custom-designed LED light fixture encased in a spherical cage made of recycled bicycle parts collected from bike co-ops from across the US.   The chandeliers illuminate the underpass with complex colour patterns and ethereal lighting, refashioning it into a majestic ballroom-cum-shadow theatre.

The spheres are intended to be a way of rejuvenating a forgotten space for the community at the behest of Public Art San Antonio, Department for Culture and Creative Development.  Ballroom Luminoso references the area’s past, present and future in the design of the intricately detailed medallions.  The images in the medallions draw on the community’s agricultural history, strong Hispanic heritage and burgeoning environmental movement and are a play on the iconography of La Loteria, which has become a touchstone of Hispanic culture.  Traditional tropes like La Escalera (the Ladder), La Rosa (the Rose) and La Sandía (the Watermelon) have been used to allude to the neighbourhood’s farming roots and horticultural achievements.  Each character rides a bike acting as a metaphor for the neighbourhood’s environmental progress, its concurrent eco-restoration projects and its developing cycling culture.
 

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Image: Angus Thomas
The Belly Desk by British designer Steuart Padwick features a curvaceous top in an eye-popping, glossy chartreuse green.  In spite of its curvy lines, the desk maintains a deceptively slender silhouette with smooth tapered solid oak legs.  The swollen underbelly provides the ideal spot for storage by way of a single, unembellished drawer mounted on traditional wooden runners.

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Image: Lukas Dahlén


Stockholm designer Lukas Dahlén has created a cabinet that is both casual and sophisticated.   Made of a solid ash skeleton through which ash veneer is woven, the cupboard is a magnified version of the traditional Swedish “fresh wood” basket weave.  The top and bottom of the cupboard are held together by sticks in the same manner as found on a Windsor chair. Four of the sticks continue down to become legs and two are used as hinges. The weave can also be seen from the inside of the cupboard and serves as decoration.
 

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Image: Three Floor
Have a look at this fun and flirty collection made up of bias-cut skirts and nude mesh dresses overlaid with cobalt lace from London-based label Three Floor by Central Saint Martins graduate Han Chong.

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Image: Stella Cove
Absolutely adorable swimsuits and beachwear from Stella Cove.

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Images: Jonathan Rowell

Punctuated by a pop of colour is the Screw Me family of lights designed by Jonathan Rowell which were chosen to be exhibited at ICFF Studio 2013, North America's top showcase for contemporary design.  The height of the lights is adjusted by spinning.

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Image: The Office of Angela Scott

We adore these hand-striped, Italian leather shoes from The Office of Angela Scott, which add a little excitement to what is essentially a very conservative style of shoe.  Scott, a native of Santa Barbara, California, launched her eponymous footwear collection in 2011 and in the following year opened her first studio and boutique located in Victory Park in Dallas, Texas.  The hand-sewn shoes are made of Goodyear leather and have a pressed bamboo shank with natural cork fill, all supported by a hand-stained stacked leather heel.

Scott intends to launch a handbag collection and a capsule collection of men’s footwear next fall.

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