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Everyone is biking to work these days. Well maybe not everyone but everyone who lives in a place where it is feasible to bike has thought about it. Or maybe New Yorker’s who just haven’t gotten on bike board yet will be pushed over the edge by fare hikes. Leaving your bike on the sidewalk is mostly out of the question and who wants a bike crammed into the hall of an already cramped apartment. What if you could customize your bike to match your living room? Well, why wouldn’t you?
Republic builds bikes and you consult on the design. Every component can be customized: the grips, wheels, tires, frame, parts I don’t know the name for, even the chain!
Lovely bikes for any personality or design!
Iri5 presents cassettes on canvas:(cassette is real, no paint, no photoshop)
THE LEAP . . .
We have been testing out a new chair this week and are pretty comfy at the moment. It’s Steelcase’s new Leap office chair. We have the white leather version, which is very soft. The shape of its back is definitely the primary design feature as it is thin and sleek. Plus our backs are really enjoying the adjustable lumbar support. One of their studies claims 17.8% increase in productivity which we can’t quite attest to because we keep it at the home office. We can imagine though that the 3 0′clock leg numbness might fade away with the gliding seat that adjusts as you move. Also for afternoon power-napping the seat back reclines pretty far prefect for putting your feet up or for a nice stretch.
We’ve noticed that sliding forward or leaning back in most chairs your back is left unsupported because the seat and back move together. In Leap the seat and the back operate independently which allows both pieces to move with you, providing support in all positions.
Our favorite feature of the chair is the arms. Arms on chairs are great but lets face it they are often (for us) largely unused because we can’t get them in the right position to support our arms while controlling the mouse. Our wrists end up resting on the edge of the table leaving the arms unsupported. Not so with Leap, these arms glide with ease as we move around. They move both forward and side to side, making transferring positions effortless. We’re not even sure we think to move the arm rests – they just move with us keeping our arms well supported and our shoulders a little less tense.
Another reason to go with Leap is its Silver cradle-to-cradle certification. The amount of manufacturing space is 74% less than similar products. It’s materials contain no PVC, CFC’s, solvents, chrome, benzene, lead or mercury and an 18% reduction in weight means less materials used. When it is time to say goodbye to your Leap at the end of its life is 98% recyclable.
We’ve gotten our rears hands on a few high-end office chairs and Leap quickly become a favorite. For more reading, Josh at SoildSmack got a chance to interview the Leap’s designers talking about all the prototypes. We’ll leave you with a few shots of the design process:
We have an inexplicable fascination with cork-based furniture (as evidenced here and here). At least when it’s done well we do. And artist Tomas Kral’s line of products are some of the best we’ve seen. His designs are modern, clean, thoughtful, and look durable (this last one’s hard to say without actually getting our hands on one). Check out his website for more photos.
His process includes the using a CNC maching to mill the cork and hand blowing the glass pieces. It’s a marriage between a controlled, accurate process and one that is much more organic.
French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created a paper sculptures/ room dividers that take on the form of clouds. The structures are made of textile pieces held in place by elastic bands. There are tons of colors and you can configure them as you wish. The options are endless.
by danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat
A very knit-y relative of mine pointed me to Phat Knits. I walked through several stores this season and knit-wear is definitely in, but what about knit-not-wear. I ran into knit rugs, huge knit pillows and even a large knit ball. Phat Knits by Bauke Knottnerous turns knits into sculptural type pieces and maybe even furniture (the site does not give much info). I really like the large threads! If anyone has any information about the design of these objects please let us know.
Last minute gift idea: Pantone Messenger Bag. Get at MOMA
Literally! Tatiana Guimarães has given a new meaning to reusing packaging with her Ciclus wine bottle packaging that transforms from a box to a lamp.
The Brazilian designer wanted to extend the life cycle of wine packaging and I must agree that she found a very creative way. The lamp is beautiful and would make that house warming gift bottle last a little longer. I am not sure everyone who buys a wine bottle needs a new lamp so there is some excess. However, it another good start to the conversation on our packaging along with the hp laptops that are packed in bags. YES, we can package things better.
The compact florescent bulb is included and the directions are printed on the box eliminating the need for an extra slip of paper! Did I mention that these would make great client Christmas gifts?
Air crosswalk by Art Lebedev Studio.
Air crosswalk is an ingenious solution for increased pedestrian safety. Not only does it provide greater illumination on the street walker, it greater signifies “crossing” to the driver. But don’t get too comfortable New Yorkers, because unfortunately it can’t make the drivers actually care about avoiding you.
The first of these crosswalks are to be installed in Tumen, Russia in 2009.
+via: Design East