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Artifact Uprising Desktop Calendars

With the end of the year soon approaching, what better time to upgrade that calendar you got last year from your local dry cleaner? These elegant (and affordable) desktop photo calendars by Colorado-based Artifact Uprising can make a nice holiday gift for home or office desks.

Made of solid walnut, the Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar (starting at $30) showcases a dozen of your favorite photos in a year-round display. It features a brass-coated clip and peg stand, making a modern statement.

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The Brass Easel & Calendar (starting at $55) combines a solid brass easel with premium quality papers with your favorite snapshots.

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The Wood Calendar (starting from $25) is handcrafted from reclaimed pine. Artifact Uprising partnered with the non-profit SKCAC — a group that provides jobs for adults with intellectual disabilities — on this design.

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Last but not least, the Solidwool Calendar (starting at $40) is made of a sustainable composite material made from British sheep fleece. Like the others, it features 12 sheets with custom images.

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All images courtesy of Artifact Uprising.

Lyd Water Bottle Automatically Opens When It Touches Your Lips

The Lyd Bottle‘s integrated smart lid opens at the touch of the user’s lips, closing once they’ve finished. The technology, along with Lyd’s 360-degree access design, allows users to enjoy their beverage of choice with a one-handed motion.

Lyd’s specialized vacuum flask interior keeps beverages hot or cold for up to eight hours. The bottle comes equipped with wireless charging and charges fully in four hours with a charge lasting for up to two weeks. Should the battery run low, users can still access their drink with a manual click of the lid. The Lyd comes in two sizes: 13 ox. and 17 oz. You can order one by making a $39 pledge on the company’s kickstarter here – they already have raised $110,424 out of their $30,000 goal.

Images courtesy of Lyd.

Hilma af Klint Capsule Collection at the Guggenheim MuseumStore

A new collection of products inspired by the works of Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) will be available for purchase at the Guggenheim Museum Store in fall 2018. Klint was a Swedish artist and mystic whose paintings were among the first examples of abstract art. The products were created in celebration of Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, the first major solo exhibition in the United States of the Swedish artist at the Guggenheim Museum from October 12, 2018 to February 3, 2019.

Created in close collaboration with a female-driven roster of designers and artisans, the collection will feature apparel, jewelry, accessories, and home goods, as well as a suite of postcards, large format posters, and more. Designs by Michele Quan, Margaret and Colleen Clines, Karen Konzuk, and Maya Luz, among others, and will be available exclusively in-store through the Guggenheim Store and online beginning October 11, 2018.

Lapel pin.

Lapel pin.

Lapel pin.

Smartphone case for iPhone 7,8, and X.

Smartphone case for iPhone 7,8, and X.

Smartphone cases for iPhone 7,8, and X.

Melamine tray.

Melamine tray.

“Ode to Hilma” Ceramics Collection by Michele Quan.

 

Images courtesy of Guggenheim Museum Store.

Tiwal 3 Inflatable Sailboat

You don’t need to have ever stepped foot on a dock to know that sailboats don’t normally fit in the trunk of a car. That’s what makes the TIWAL 3 such a game-changer.

Available now at the MoMA Design Store, the TIWAL 3 inflatable sailing dinghy can be packed into two bags for easy transport and storage and assembled in less than 30 minutes. Retailing for $6,195, it’s a much more affordable option than a standard (non-inflatable) sailboat. According to the financial blog mintlife, the cost of a 22-foot-long model would average $20,000. That’s in addition to the mooring costs, which depending on location and footage can run anywhere from several hundred annually up to a thousand dollars per month.

“We were absolutely stunned when we came across the TIWAL 3 Inflatable Sailboat,” says Emmanuel Plat, director of merchandising, retail at MoMA. “We were impressed by the ingenuity of the design and the quality of the materials used, not to mention the adjustable sail, which adapts to the wind.” Today, more than 800 Tiwal 3 boats are sailing in more than 45 countries.

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The Tiwal 3 on display at the MoMA Spring 2018 press preview event earlier this year.

According to the sailboat’s designer Marion Excoffon, TIWAL 3 is the first real, high-performing monohull sailboat on the market. While inflatable catamarans have been on the market for decades, they are bulkier and take much longer to assemble. Many sailing lovers dream about having their own sailboat, but that comes with many constraints: storage, transportation, maintenance, access to a launching ramp. My challenge was to design a sailboat that would be easily transportable, user-friendly, and high performing.”

Behind that challenge was a more personal story: When Excoffon turned 18, she was forbidden to use the family cruising sailboat by herself. Not one to take no for an answer, she promised she would build her own boat. Tiwal is the first industrialized project by Excoffon, who is a graduate from ENSCI – Les Ateliers, a prestigious design school in Paris.

The designer funded the first industrial prototypes and the first production batch with bank loans and money from her boyfriend. “Then I turned to a fantastic investment fund, Newfund in Paris, which specialized in launching abnormal projects in 2014.” They went through a second round last year with Newfund and reached out for backers via the Proximea crowdfunding platform. “Now we’re ready to take on the world.”

The entire sailboat fits in these two bags.

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Made in France, the inflatable Tiwal can be packed in two bags for easy transport and storage.

The boat is made in France from a PVC drop-stitched material that consists of two layers of textiles connected by a multitude of threads that allows a solid rigidity when inflated at high pressure. “When I designed the boat, this fabric was always manufactured flat. The challenge was to find a solution to shape this material to create a hydrodynamic hull.” The patented sailboat design also uses a carbon mast and a monofilm and Dacron sail.

After succeeding with the inflatable hull, the next step was to develop the aluminum framework that would be solid enough to withstand the stress of sailing in strong winds but also be dismountable. Setting the framework on an inflatable hull added yet another challenge. “The interaction between the two parts could not be calculated by computers,” says Excoffon. “We had to try a number of prototypes. The hull and the structure have limited rigidity compared to the considerable hardships the boat has to undergo.” The combination of the two, under high-pressure inflation, allowed the creation of an effective structural cohesion and a unique design.

Excoffon is planning on developing more innovative inflatable boats to will put more people on the water, but she’s keeping the details secret for now. “The revolution is just starting.”

This article originally appeared on Forbes.com. Images courtesy of Tiwal except where noted.