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Pangea 3D Wooden Contour Maps

Using bathymetric data, Pangea’s 3D maps depict the contours of the ocean floor, revealing the often unseen beauty that lies below the surface. Combining modern surveying techniques and CAD technology with the art of cartography, these handcrafted waterscapes are made from layers of Baltic birch plywood. Carefully considering the scale and composition of each map, the company sources accurate bathymetric data (underwater topography) for each location before laser-cutting the plywood sheets to form the contours of the ocean floor. When finished, each map goes into a hardwood frame and is finished with a layer of glass. Maps arrive within two weeks and ship in a wooden box. In addition to a standard line of maps from Boston to Sydney, Pangea also offers one-of-a-kind custom maps through its online map builder. Pangea Maps donates $50 USD for every referred sale on its website to The Ocean Cleanup, an organization developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. The Ocean Cleanup aims to remove up to 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years. …

Rollbe Compact Rolling Ruler

Rollbe is a super compact measuring tool around the size of a quarter that comes in a small leather carrying pouch you can slip in your pocket. Does the market really need another ruler? Well, Rollbe has been on Kickstarter for just a few days and has already raised almost $20,000 – far beyond the initial goal of $6351. I’d say there’s a huge market. Designed for both the Metric and Imperial systems, Rollbe’s rolling design allows it to measure both straight lines and curved surfaces by rolling from point to point. It’s handy for home owners, architects, engineers, interior designers, fashion designers, decorators, art students, or anyone who needs to precisely measure irregularly shaped things on a regular basis. Rollbe comes in two versions, the coin-size 4”  ruler and the 8” ruler for more professional use. To use it, you simply place the start mark on the starting point of the surface or line you want to measure, and then roll and count full rotations by following the ”radius indicator”, then add remaining units. …

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.