12.08.14 by Jeff

Umbra Shift

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Toronto-based design company Umbra recently launched their new product line Umbra Shift, cleverly re-designing everyday items for the home. Some of the products were designed in-house, and others by emerging designers.

I love the sense of play in the product line; Tom Chung and the rest of the team at Umbra Shift have done a terrific job designing and curating this collection. See more below.

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16.07.14 by Jeff

Vases Created from Hundreds of Pencils by Studio Markunpoika

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Studio Markunpoika (Tuomas Markun Poika) is producing vases made out of hundreds of pencils in a series called “Amalgamated”. The writing utensils are treated as raw materials, glued together, and shaped with a lathe. There is something so satisfying about watching the video below!

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12.06.14 by Jeff

“Dossier Sac” by Knauf and Brown

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Vancouver-based designers, Knauf and Brown, have just released a new product called the “Dossier Sac”. In the same way they updated the classic folding chair with their “Profile Chair” Calen Knauf and Conrad Brown have breathed new life into a simple drawstring bag.

The Dossier features a main body of 3mm black Horween leather, with ballistic nylon drawstring closure. The handle/strap is made from a single piece of black static climbing rope that passes through a small 5mm vegetable tan leather loop.

More images below (photos by photographer Jennilee Marigomen).

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20.05.14 by Jeff

Shun Sasaki

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Type work by Japanese designer Shun Sasaki.

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28.04.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: Jacquard Loom Woven Afghan Rug by Artist Matt W. Moore

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This week’s giveaway is a beautiful Jacquard Loom woven Afghan rug by Artist Matt W. Moore. This design is called “Chisel” and is part of the artist’s new home decor/furniture brand Core Deco.

The video below shows a couple more of the designs. If you’d like to snag this rug leave a comment below with a useless random fact (the random facts on this post were too good not to do it again). I’ll let Matt pick a winner on Friday.

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10.04.14 by Jeff

“The Dark Side of the Covers” Iconic Album Art Reversed by Artist Harvezt

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The Beatles – Abbey Road

Many artists have reimagined famous album covers over the years, but I don’t think there’s been a series as impressive as this. Artist Harvezt has painstakingly created the other side to many iconic album covers, revealing what the reverse shot would look like if a camera had been placed in the background of the original cover. It’s quite remarkable the way the artist matches perspectives, colours, even illustrative styles. Have a look at more famous covers from a completely new perspective below!

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02.04.14 by Jeff

“Poise” Counterweighted Candlestick by Two Create

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Love the simplicity of this counterweighted candlestick “Poise”, designed by Lucy and Tobie Snowdowne, a husband and wife team based in London called Two Create. A couple more images below.

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31.03.14 by Jeff

Satisfying Video of the Day: Street Typography

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Tom Williams, a designer in London, happened to catch a couple city workers painting text onto a road and the footage is so satisfying to watch. I have so many questions! This dude with the roller is a master, are all city road painters this skilled? I always assumed stencils were involved? If anyone out there has more insight into this I would love to hear from you.

Watch below.

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