All posts tagged: 100% Design

The New Misoka Toothbrush Doesn’t Need Toothpaste

Misoka might not look extraordinary, but it might just make you rethink your entire teeth cleaning routine. Planned to be launched to the European market during Milan Design Week next month, Misoka is a new concept by Japanese designer Kosho Ueshima, created in collaboration with the mineral nanotechnology company Yumeshokunin Co. Ltd. in Osaka, that uses a coating of nanosized mineral ions on the bristles to clean teeth. According to the manufacturer, the ions move in the water while brushing and pass from the bristles onto the teeth, removing stains, coating them, and keeping them clean and shiny all day. Unlike traditional bristles, Misoka has tapered bristles at both ends to better clean and massage the spaces between the teeth. Misoka means “last day of the month” which serves as a reminder that the toothbrush should be replaced every month, after which it deteriorates and loses its effectiveness. While Misoka has already been available in the Japanese and Asian markets since 2007 (with two million of the first generation sold), the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) brush been redesigned into a more fluid …

London Cube Co

I spotted these whimsical wooden cubes from London Cube Co at the 100% Design show in London last month. Claretta Pierantozzi established her design shop in 2013 after graduating from the Architectural Association and having worked for top architecture firms including Foster+Partners, Heatherwick studio, and David Chipperfield architects. Handcrafted in Shoreditch, these oversized versions of the alphabet block can be used as stools, side tables, shelves, or design objects.  In addition to letters, the cubes can feature illustrations from children’s books or entomological plates. The custom cubes are made to order from techniques including silk screening, letterpressing, laser cutting, and CNC milling, along with hand-crafted labor. The cubes feature frames, fretwork, and plates in birch plywood, white oak, or black walnut and come in two sizes, 17.3”-square or 8.7”-square. Though decorative, these pieces aren’t flimsy. Depending on the size and style, they can weigh from 4 to 30 pounds. This type of quality doesn’t come cheap however, and prices start at £340.

Selina Rose Textiles

I love felt — it’s warm and comforting but it can also be sophisticated and modern. That’s why I was so drawn to this charming line of felt textiles by award-winning British designer Selina Rose. For her line, Rose has created intricately cut felt accessories and custom interior surfaces including throws, rugs, acoustic wall panels, window treatments, and table runners, to name a few. All of the products are made in the U.K. of 100% wool felt and colored using environmentally-friendly dyes. If you plan to be at 100% Design London in September, you can check out her new line of Leila wall panels made of sustainably-sourced wool and acoustic foam made from recycled glass bottles. In 2009 Rose launched her exclusive collection for the English home design store Heal’s. For those outside of England, products can be purchased online and will be shipped directly to customers worldwide. For prices and ordering info, visit her site.