The latest news from the Japanese design firm Nendo is a line of reading and computer glasses made of light, pliable polycarbonate resin. The folded “temples” of the glasses snap directly onto the nose piece, and they can then be easily removed so that users can play around with different color combinations. The glasses’ cloth case is cylindrical so that they can be inserted from either end, and the glasses and case are then locked into place by snapping on the temples. These items are sold exclusively at Seibu department stores in Japan. Photos by Akihiro Yoshida
The bright colors, shapes, and patterns of the aptly named Happiland collection from Portland, Maine-based angela adams (the company), are inspired by the abstract paintings of Angela Adams (the designer). Happiland includes a matching set of cards, trays, rugs, glasses, and soaps that easily mix and match for a gift for a housewarming or other occasion. The recycled-content paper letterpress cards, created in collaboration with Egg Press of Portland, Oregon, include a set of six different designs. The other items include dishwasher-safe birch veneer trays (made in Sweden), U.S.-made dishwasher-safe frosted glasses, and organic soaps (including Aloe Lemongrass, Lucky Lavender, and four other scents) made in Maine. The 34.5” x 24.25” Mini Hand-Woven rugs are responsibly handmade in India by skilled artisans of 100% New Zealand Wool. A portion of the proceeds from every rug sale is donated back to the community where it was manufactured — a policy that can help make everyone a bit happier.