By Michael van Vliet | July 29, 2014
The Kit Bike, a new concept by Lucid Design, could be completely dismantled in minutes and would fit into a circular bag the size of a single wheel.
Coming out of India-based creative agency Lucid Designs, the Kit Bike would be an creative alternative to the awkward, small-wheeled folding bikes currently on the market. When built, it would be made from lightweight hollow aluminum tubing with each piece being held to together by a lockable turnkey. For ease of setup, all the attachable joints would be accessible from one side of the bike. The drivetrain would use a belt rather than a chain, while the saddle and included carrying circular bag would be made from high-grade leather.
The major draw of a design like this would be the ability to completely dismantle the bike for easy transportation and storage. No other design has been able to transform a full-sized into such a small package. This type of bike could be checked for air travel or placed in the back of the closet of a small studio apartment.
Unfortunately, the Kit Bike is still just a concept, but for more information about it check out the video below or Lucid Design’s website: lucid.co.in
By Michael van Vliet | July 17, 2014
The Abyss Table by Duffy London is an impressive coffee table that brings the mystery of the deep into your living room.
In keeping with the rest of Duffy London’s work, this piece is a clear conversation starter, but one that has a functional element as well. The design team spent a year experimenting with various types of sculpted glass, perspex and wood to achieve this 3D representation of an endless abyss. The Abyss Table is handmade in London from sustainable materials and is limited to 25 editions.
For more information on this table or any of Duffy London’s other works, visit their website: duffylondon.com
By Michael van Vliet | July 10, 2014
Designed by Greg Klassen, each of these tables feature hand-cut glass to replicate the natural contours of rivers and lakes.
The wood has been sourced from discarded trees, which have been previously cut down for new building construction or landscaping. While being far from premium cuts of lumber, the various knots and grooves in the wood is what gives it its distinct and unique character. After finding the best way to work with each particular piece, the intricately crafted glass is fitted into one of the pre-existing channels that runs through the wood. The final result is glass that mimics the natural contours of a jagged shoreline while seeming to to flow through the middle of the table.
These works of art can be purchased in several different shapes and sizes. For more information visit his website: gregklassen.bigcartel.com
By Michael van Vliet | July 2, 2014
Handcrafted from reclaimed oak in downtown Los Angeles, the Shuffleboard table by District Millworks is nothing less than a piece of art.
Each table is constructed from wood that’s been collected from demolished barns all over the country. This wood is full of character, with nicks, knots, and time-worn patina that would have otherwise been lost to the scrap yard forever. Once the wood is brought back to their Los Angeles warehouse, District Millwork’s team of skilled carpenters begin to mill, plane, glue and finish it. Not only does reclaimed wood offer a unique aesthetic while staying environmentally friendly, but it’s also less prone to warp after being set in place.
Once the woodwork is done, a talent group of welders and metal workers take over to construct the table deck and A-frame legs out of high strength steel with an aged bronze finish. The gutters have a sleek hand-stitched leather base to protect the included. 8 pucks. The finished product is beautifully constructed bar-room classic, which, with proper care, will last for many generations to come.
For more information about the Shuffleboard by District Millworks or any other of their creations, check out their website: districtmfg.com
By Michael van Vliet | July 1, 2014
With its innovative hard shell design, the Solid Gray is unlike any other backpack you’ve seen before.
Offering greater protection than a typical soft shell, the exterior of the Solid Gray is constructed from a durable polypropylene copolymer while the interior is cushioned with a EPDM foam lining. This makes the backpack ideal of caring delicate electronics, like a laptop or tablet. On the inside, it features a variety of small compartments as well as a multi clip for keeping papers in order. It closes using two smart locks while a back panel forms a slight curve for a comfortable fit.
For more information about Solid Gray hard shell backpack, check out their website: solid-gray.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 30, 2014
The Grippine by Sovrappensiero Design Studio can turn any bicycle pedal into a non-slick, friction pad.
Made from a silicone shell with deep ridges, the Grippine can be easily installed on any bike pedal. No need for screws or bolts, just slip the flexible cover around your existing pedal. The material and texture ensures a firm grip between the the sole of your shoe and the pedal. Perfect for slick bottomed dress shoes or on wet, rainy days.
For more information about the Grippine by Sovrappensiero Design Studio, check out their crowd funding campaign here: eppela.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 26, 2014
Norwegian CycloCable is the world’s first bicycle lift designed for urban areas.
The first functional prototype was built in 1993 in Trondheim Norway. During its 15 years of operation, it has pushed more than 200,000 cyclists up the 130 meter long Brubakken hill. In no time at all, the bike lift became one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
In 2013, the prototype lift was upgraded to meet new safety regulation. The new industrialized version was named CycloCable and will start to be introduced into international markets by French cableway company SKIRAIL.
The CycloCable is technically very similar to a ski lift, however most of its mechanics are placed underground. The layout is concealed so that pedestrians and other vehicles may cross over it safely. Riders place their right foot on the start station, where a footplate softly launches and pushes the rider uphill.
For more information about the CycloCable, check out their website: trampe.no
By Michael van Vliet | June 24, 2014
While it may not be as durable as steel or plastic, the Ceramic Flask by Misc Goods Co is a gorgeous piece of craftsmanship that adds a touch of refinement to your covert drinking needs.
Made from quarter inch thick ceramic, this flask won’t leach any foreign tastes into your drink, keeping your liquor-of-choice tasting pure. It’s clean, minimalistic design is accented with two leather straps, a brass stud, and a button that work together to keep the cork stopper securely in place. Handcrafted with care right here in America, this flask is a sophisticated upgrade for the more refined drinker.
For more information about the Ceramic Flask as well as other products by Misc Goods Co, check out their website at: misc-goods-co.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 20, 2014
The new WOODaLIKE 1 is a faux-wooden version of Viks popular Velonia urban commuter.
Estonia-based Viks collaborated with Netherlands-based WOODaLIKE to give the steel frame of the Velonia a woodgrain texture that imitates real wood. This gives the bike a raw, natural aesthetic while keeping the strength and durability of steel. The WOODaLIKE 1 will definitely get a lot of seconds looks, but only those that get close enough to touch it will discover the illusion.
For more information about the WOODaLIKE 1, check out: woodalike.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 18, 2014
Inspired by the sloping curves of a skate park, the Half Pipe desk is a stylish and functional workspace.
Designed by Eric Pfeiffer, the wooden surface sits cantilevered on top of a metal frame. The desk features a raised monitor platform and a variety of small cubbies to store your office supplies. Beneath the workspace is a low level metal shelf to stash a printer or stack of books.
Available in birch, oak, or walnut. For more information about the Half Pipe desk, check out all the details on puredesignonline.com