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Whiskey/Wine Case by Walnut Studiolo

You might carry your favorite tipple around with you a bit more often if you had this tactile leather holder from Walnut Studiolo. The Whiskey/Wine case can be used to store a bottle out of the light or to bring it along for your next outdoor concert or sunset picnic. The case fits most whisky, scotch, and wine bottles up to 12.25” tall and 3.375” in diameter. Sustainable cedarwood ends protect the bottle in the case, and a strong snap keeps it closed tight. The leather case is hand-stitched and hand-dyed using the finest USA-sourced vegetable-tanned leather in Walnut’s workshop in Nehalem, Oregon. It comes with two natural leather coasters and a monogram can be added for an extra $18 charge. $145.00 Images courtesy of Walnut Studiolo.

Designythings Nominated for a JDR Annual Industry Blogger Award

I’m excited to share the news that designythings has been nominated for a JDR Annual Industry Blogger Award. The 8th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards recognizes exceptional design and remodeling blogs. According to the organizers, the award continues to strengthen in reach and influence, with tight races in several categories in last year’s competition. The annual award, run by San Diego-based Jackson Design and Remodeling, highlights the best bloggers in Architecture, Interior Design, Remodeling, Construction Business, Green, and Microblog categories. Last year’s winners include the blogs by interior designer Sarah Sarna, Decoist, and others. Designythings is running in the Interior Design category. If you’d like to vote, please click here. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a 2017 JDR Industry Blogger Awards badge for display. Voting opens March 6th and closes April 24th, so please take a moment to vote now!

Book Signing at Brooklyn Designs!

On Friday May 6th at 7:30 I will be signing copies of my new book on erotic product design, Objects of Desire, at Brooklyn Designs at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint! We are excited to support Brooklyn design and the designers featured in our book who are based in the borough, including HEFF, Wonderpuss Octopus, and Dame Products. Brooklyn Designs is part of NYCxDESIGN, a world-class design festival which takes place May 3-17 throughout New York City. The three-day event kicks off on Friday at 10:00 am with “Kickstarter Office Hours” to present your ideas to the Director of Design and Technology Outreach at Kickstarter, and wraps up Sunday at 5:00 pm with a Maker’s Lab to teach designers how to promote themselves. In between are installations, pop-ups, seminars, and other fun events. I will be participating in the Opening Night Party from 7-9 pm, hosted by The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Metropolis, and Benjamin Moore, and sponsored by Broadway Stages. There will be food, drinks, music, and a cornhole tournament featuring one-of-a-kind boards from …

Chocolamixture by Nendo

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Japanese design firm Nendo has announced their latest venture into chocolate. Following their recent experiments with chocolate made in different textures and in the form of a paint set, Nendo’s chocolamixture consists of little flask-shaped chocolates that come with five different flavors in miniature-sized test tubes: freeze-dried mango, freeze-dried raspberry, a popping candy that bursts in your mouth, three colored heart-shaped sugar candies, and chocolate puffs. Even the lids of the chocolate flask are made of white chocolate that has been smoked to develop a cork color. As with many of Nendo’s edible delights, these chocolates are unfortunately only available for purchase in Japan.   Photos by Akihiro Yoshida.