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Saving the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Jim Moran got some bad news last October while he was preparing for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum’s annual conference in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Moran, who is director of the world’s only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type, was told by his landlord that the museum had six months to find a new home. The news wasn’t entirely a shock. Moran and his small team had noticed that the building owner, lab equipment manufacturer Thermo Fisher Scientific, had begun downsizing the employees that shared the massive building, which was rapidly deteriorating. The museum, which was founded in 1999, took up 12,000-square-feet (with an additional 25,000 for storage) of the three-block long, 1.3 million-square-foot facility that the Hamilton Manufacturing Company had built, and added to, from 1910 to 1926. The manufacturer had donated free rent, lighting, and heat to the museum, but they were now closing their Two Rivers plant and moving production elsewhere. (MORE AFTER PHOTOS) Moran had to quickly raise the estimated $250,000 needed to pack …

Light Bulb Magnets

Along with the Museum of the City of New York’s new textile exhibition “The World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett,” (on display through February 3rd) the museum shop is offering a set of 18 light bulb magnets designed by D.D. and Leslie’s daughter Linnaea Tillett, owner of Brooklyn-based Tillett Lighting. Linnaea, who once served as a juror in a product design competition I run for my day job, has a doctorate in environmental psychology, and is celebrated for her firm’s lighting of public and private interiors, including, most recently, the lighting for FDR Four Freedoms Park on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Linnaea worked with Tillett in-house designer/illustrator Charlie Brokate, whose black and white drawings appear on the front of each magnet. LEDs, CFLs, and other sources of illumination are joined by the ever-present cell phone, which often doubles as a light in a dark theater. The set of 18 magnets are available for $22 from the shop of the Museum of the City of New York, http://www.mcny.org

Nendo Designs a Library & “Books” for Starbucks Pop-up Shop in Toyko

For a clever pop-up shop concept in Tokyo, the Japanese design firm Nendo designed a library-like space where visitors could review “books” in nine different colors that correspond to a different espresso drink. Once a visitor finds a drink that they want, they would “check-in” the book for an actual espresso drink, but keep the “book” cover with info on their beverage. The reverse side of the book cover can be punched out and used as an insert for tall or short size tumblers. The shop only lasted for a few weeks in Tokyo in September…but perhaps we will see one popping up in another city soon?

Glodos BIT Bike

New to the MoMA Store this fall is the BIT Bike from Spain’s Glodos design studio. Resembling a cartoon version of the motorbikes from 2010’s Tron: Legacy, the BIT Bike is intended for ages 18 months to three years. Featuring a sturdy, curved laminated wood base, chunky colorful wheels, and ergonomic integrated handles, the bike is designed to help children develop their balance, coordination, and as a result, confidence. Ergonomics and safety were seriously considered by the designers, who designed the bike to protect the spine and back. A carrying case makes the bike easy to carry, store, or hide, depending the mood of the driver and his or her instructor.

Geografia Paper Globes

I found these lovely, self-assembly paper globes from the Japanese company geografia (a division of the 90-year-old Marumo Printing Co.) while touring the aisles of the New York Gift Show last weekend (one of the many finds I will share in the coming weeks). Designed both for education and decoration, the collection includes a blank globe you can draw on, a glow-in-the-dark globe that replicates the earth at night, and sectional globes that peel back to reveal the structure of the earth’s core. The level of detail on each piece is amazing — one pattern mimics wood and has maps made of green trees, another has a faux leather texture and animal shapes hidden in the design. Geografia also makes topographic-inspired memo pads that reveal changing features of the earth and coast line as you work your way down the block. The pieces are designed by Yusuke Hayashi and Yoko Yasunishi of Drill Design and architect Hajime Narukawa of AuthaGraph Co.,Ltd., using 3D printing, UV printing, inline die cutting, inline embossing, afterglow printing, and collation technology. Available …