Handcrafted by master chocolatier Håkan Mårtensson for the Manhattan-based coffee shop chain FIKA, these edible ghoulish skulls, pills, and ghosts are definitely not for handing out to the kiddies tomorrow. FIKA, which was named after the Swedish expression for coffee break, was opened in 2006 by founder and co-owner Lars Åkerlund, who wanted to create a menu heavily inspired by Swedish heritage and flavors but with a modern twist. I just love skulls so I’m a fan of these dark desserts, even when it’s not Halloween. All images courtesy of FIKA.
It’s finally summer (I will never talk bad about you again dear, warm summer), and KnollTextiles has released their latest nail polish color just in time for beach season. Blueprint, a bright summer blue that will look sharp at the beach or the studio, was inspired by the KnollTextiles Tower Grid upholstery in the color Blueprint and by Dazzling Blue, a Pantone Color Trend for 2014. Blueprint joins a family of other textile-inspired polishes including Knoll Red, Tryst (silver), Cato (pink), Groovy (dark pink), Firebird (orange), and Driftwood (a light, natural color). The polishes are used by KnollTextiles sales reps as give aways, but you can win one now with their Instagram contest. Just share a pic of your favorite blue-hued @KnollTextile on Instagram with the hashtag #knolltextilesblue. KnollTextiles will be selecting winners on 6/27. Good luck!
On display last week at the WantedDesign exhibition during NYCxDesign, NASZ is an exclusive collection of contemporary products curated by Tomek and Gosia Rygalik that consists of items designed and manufactured in Poland. It has been co-created by acclaimed product designers, graphic designers, illustrators, typographers, and multimedia artists as well as design students, manufacturers, and craftsmen. The exhibition was organized by Culture.pl, an online source for the latest in Polish culture.
The Japanese design firm Nendo has designed a new table collection based on Winnie the Pooh and friends exclusively for Walt Disney Japan. In a nod to Pooh’s home in the Hundred Acre Wood, the tables are made of natural maple and come in sizes and silhouettes that recall characters including Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Piglet. Colored knit bands cover different parts of the tables to subtly suggest specific traits of the characters. The Eeyore table, for example, has a a gray band and sloped edge to indicate his perpetually depressed attitude, while the three-legged Tigger table has a central foot covered in a knit orange edge to indicate that lovable (and sometimes annoying) character’s bouncy tail. Pooh’s coffee table has a burgundy shelf that resemble the too-small shirt that he infamously wears sans pants. All images © Disney
Disruptus is a new award-winning game from U.S.-based Funnybone Toys that combines function and fun with a minimal design. The game, which includes cards, a die, and a small hourglass timer, asks players to look at objects and ideas and use different approaches to innovate. The game draws inspiration from the practice of ‘disruptive thinking’, a powerful way to innovate that has been used by corporations and designers to create ideas and objects like digital music, camera phones, and car-sharing programs. It’s a fun gift for designers, students, teachers, or anyone that likes coming up with better ways of doing things. Best of all, it does it while taking you off the electronic grid, even if for just a little while. $24.99. Ages 10 to 99. All images courtesy of Funnybone Toys.
When the folks at Monbento asked me to pick one of the colors to test out their new bento box design, I selected the purple one. And as it turns out, I’m quite the color expert. Last week Pantone selected a bright purple named Radiant Orchid as their choice for color of the year, and the color is very close to the color of my Monbento. The new Monbento Box consists of two airtight containers, one internal separator, a lid, and a thick rubber band to hold them all together. To create the airtight seal for each compartment, the silicone cap must first be pulled up. Then you place the lid on the container, press firmly until it is secure, and then close the silicone cap to remove any remaining air. The cap should also be opened to microwave the box (the manufacturer suggests you keep it under three minutes however). The most appealing characteristic is a BPA-free, soft-touch plastic coating that makes the Monbento feel like silk. The airtight and insulated lunch box is …