Brooklyn-based Areaware presented their Spring 2015 collection at the NY NOW show this week in New York City. During my visit to the show last Sunday, I stopped by Areaware’s busy booth showcasing work by designers Runa Klock, Joe Doucet, Bryce Wilner, Daniel Martinez, Daphna Laurens, Brendan Ravenhill, Bower, and Object + Totem. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite new designs on display during the show, which wraps up tomorrow at the Javits Center.
1. Bottle Openers by Brendan Ravenhill
These clever bottle openers use a single bent nail as a lever to pry open your beer or soda bottle. A small circular magnet on the top catches the bottle cap, while a second magnet lets you hang the opener on the fridge when you are done.
2. Stick-Up Sticks by Bower
These simple magnets are cut at various angles so they point in different directions when attached to your metal surface of choice. Made of painted beech wood and magnets, they can add a bit of color and function to lockers, fridges, cabinets, or bulletin boards.
3. Black Minim Cards by Joe Doucet
A companion set to the original White Minim Cards, also designed by New York based designer Joe Doucet, these playing cards offer a subtle, monochromatic experience for your next high stakes game.
4. Gradiant Puzzle by Bryce Wilner
Made of thick stock and high quality art paper, this puzzle is not for the color blind. Available in red/yellow and blue/green, these puzzles are a meditation on color and shape.
5. Paper Clips by Daphna Laurens
These extra-large, bent spring steel paper clips can be used to hold your page, decorate a letter, or just make a shopping list a bit extra special. They come in red, black, and green colorways.
6. Drink Rocks by Runa Klock
While drink rocks aren’t new, I like the colors and textures of these shaped stones. Just chill them in the freezer before adding to your cocktail.
All images courtesy of Areaware.