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Kikkerland’s China Design Challenge

At an event held last month at the company’s shop in Manhattan, Kikkerland presented finalist designs from the Kikkerland China Design Challenge, an competition held in collaboration with Beijing Design Week Organization and Redstar Design Fund. Held during Bejing Design Week 2014, the theme of the challenge was “A Passage Into Design,” which encouraged young talented Chinese designers to present unique ideas based on Chinese heritage, history and mythology. The ideas also had to exhibit the quirky sense of humor and wit characteristic of Kikkerland Design. Nearly 1,000 design submissions were received, from which 30 were selected and prototyped during a workshop with professionals. Ultimately, 17  finalists were chosen from the challenge. During the New York event, an award was presented to challenge winner  Zhou Yi, who designed the Hutong Eraser, an eraser that represents the disappearing traditional architectural style that was once prominent in Beijing. “As the streets of Beijing are filled with more and more high-rise buildings, there are less and less Hutong style streets left,” says Yi. “The eraser will disappear as you use it, like the the disappearing Hutong.” The eraser, along with eight other finalists’ designs, will be produced and sold worldwide …

Cheese Boards & Trays from Noble Goods

  I spotted these solid American hardwood cheese boards and trays from Noble Goods while perusing the Design Milk curated Pop Up Shop during ICFF 2015. The Brooklyn-based design studio is run by stylist Molly FitzSimons and sculptor Christopher Moore, who started Noble Goods in the basement of their house on Noble Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The cheese boards are made of solid cherry, walnut, or maple with an environmentally friendly inlaid resin. Developed by surfers, the resin uses bioderived materials such as pine oils (sourced from wood pulp processing) and vegetable oil components (sourced from bio-fuel processing) instead of petroleum-based chemicals. The boards come in three styles: Arrow Boards which feature an arrow shape of inlaid resin in eight styles; Bullseye Boards which have a small circle of inlaid resin near the handle available in four styles, and Swiss Cheese boards, which come in cherry with a pale blue resin. Noble Good’s line of Honeycomb Trays come in solid walnut or maple and resin and measure 19.5” x 11.5”. Ideal for serving tea or breakfast in bed, the lightweight …

100% Trays from Blu Dot

  100% Trays are the latest accessory from the modern furnishings maker Blu Dot. Sold in sets of three, the trays are ready for keys, jewelry, sunglasses, or barware. The colorful, powder-coated steel trays are perfect for nesting or can be used separately. Just don’t serve canapés directly on them as they are not food-safe. The blue tray measures 14.7 square inches, the white is 9.7 square inches, and the lavender measures 5.8 square inches. $79.00  All images courtesy of Blu Dot.

SMEG Small Appliances

Italian kitchen appliance maker SMEG has collaborated with the renowned Italian design firm Deepdesign to create an affordable line of retro kitchen accessories to coordinate with their line of ’50s-style inspired appliances. The new line includes a stand mixer, a 2- or 4-slice toaster, a blender, and two kettles in a range of colors from polished stainless steel to pastel pink. The kettles are available with an auto shut-off at 212° F or with a temperature setting from 122° F to 212° F that will be available in the second half of 2015. The blender, which is also available in the second half of the year, will come with several pre-set programs. Images courtesy of SMEG.