kickstarter’s successful crowd-sourced bike projects

since launching in 2009, more than 4 million people have pledged over $603 million on kickstarter, funding more than 40,000 creative projects.

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Massive Multi-Tool: The Cole-Bar Hammer

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Statistically speaking, most of us only use crowbars when we’re about to be arrested for Menacing, but if you’ve ever had to do light demo around the house you know how handy they can be. Someone actually stole my crowbar a couple of years ago, and I never bought a replacement since I haven’t recently needed to pry anything open or dispense street justice.

Maybe it’s just as well that I’ve held off, as a new crowbar may be hitting the market at the end of this summer. And, usefully, it also happens to be a hammer. And a 1/2-inch socket wrench, and a couple of other things. I’m normally skeptical of multi-tools, but the Cole-Bar Hammer, which is currently up on Kickstarter, look pretty promising:

I know what you’re thinking: How well would that central joint hold up when the tool is extended into a full-length crowbar?

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Fresh From The Dairy: Mixed Bag Faves

Fresh From The Dairy: Mixed Bag Faves

I’ve been bookmarking lots of great art as I’ve been browsing Society6 lately for our Design Milk Dairy picks. Here are a few of my favorites from late, not in any special order and certainly not any specific theme, unless “abstract orange and pink directional pugs” is a theme.

Above: Compass pillow by Zach Terrell

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Pug Love by Kelly Puissegur

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color story – sprinkles iPhone case by Amanda Millner McAdoo

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Asking for Directions pillow by Emily Rickard

In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from the The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.

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The New Clarity: RISD MFA Furniture Show 2013

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Last week, a vacant industrial loft was magically transformed into an elegant gallery space for the evening, as the Rhode Island School of Design’s Department of Furniture Design celebrated its graduating Masters Candidates in a show titled, ‘The New Clarity.’

The show opened its doors in downtown Providence to members of RISD and the local community who came out to show their support. ‘The New Clarity’ exhibited the Masters’ theses of seven graduate students, featuring work by Adrianne Ho’o Hee, Elish Warlop, F Taylor Colantonio, Chen Liu, Carley Eisenberg, Simon Lowe, and Marco Gallegos, this year’s graduating Masters’ candidates of the department.

RISD2013-TheNewClarity-FTaylorColantonio-Woven.jpgWoven vessels by F Taylor Colantonio

The title of the exhibition drew its name from “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke:

…Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating.”

Each designer took a fresh approach to that understanding, re-envisioning what furniture could be and giving a glimpse of what that development looked like on the path to their final work.

RISD2013-TheNewClarity-ElishWarlop-Divider.jpgBent-wood room divider by Elish Warlop

Pieces ranged from the bent-wood room divider above to a chair to facilitate sex with multiple partners simultaneously–running the gamut of what comes to mind (and doesn’t) when one thinks of ‘furniture design.’ The diverse array of work explored not only a new understanding, but varying motifs of tradition, from daily traditions of the everyday to ornate, woven tapestries re-imagined in plastic.

One of the most memorable pieces from the evening was the latter, the work of Colantonio, which looked at commodities of the past, seeped in ancient tradition, and adapted them utilizing contemporary tools and technologies.

RISD2013-TheNewClarity-FTaylorColantonio-PersianRug.jpgPlastic Persian carpet by F Taylor Colantonio

“Most of my work deals with historical ‘types’ of objects, at least as a point of departure,” said Colantonio. “I’m interested in taking a thing like a Persian carpet, and all the baggage that comes with it, and abstracting it beyond the qualities we would normally associate with a Persian carpet. I wanted to create a kind of a ghost of the source object, something that is both familiar and entirely strange. In many of the pieces, this is done with a shift in material, often as a result of exploiting a manufacturing method in a new way.”

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RISD2013-TheNewClarity-FTaylorColantonio-Patterns.jpgPatterns on patterns on patterns by F Taylor Colantonio

RISD2013-TheNewClarity-MarcoGallegos-BeerBag.jpgThe Beer Bag, by Marco Gallegos

The aptly titled “Beer Bag” was part of Gallegos’ “Rethinking the Familiar” Collection, which looked to further the relationship and value people place on everyday objects. With the capacity to carry a six-pack of beer, the bag fits snugly onto one’s bike. Beer holders included.

RISD2013-TheNewClarity-MarcoGallegos-LiluTable.jpgThe Lilu Table, by Marco Gallegos

The Lilu Table is also the work of Gallegos, who sought to create a self-supporting structure, where each part provides vital support to the rest–working together as a system. The power-coated steel legs fit into the top, locking them all together in a secure fit.

The breadth of the work left little to be desired in terms of heterogeneity, leaving the future work of each designer just as varied and unpredictable as the collection produced. We’ll be eager to see what divergent paths they take after graduation this June!

DSC_0291.JPGThe Graduate Furniture class, photo by Anelise Schroeder

More photos from the opening night after the jump.

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A Mirror Darkly by Nick Ross

A Mirror Darkly by Nick Ross

Stockholm-based designer Nick Ross’ project, A Mirror Darkly, takes a look back to the Stone Ages where historians believe that people used small ceramic bowls filled with water as tabletop mirrors.

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Just because it wasn’t our present day, incredibly vain society doesn’t mean that people didn’t want to check out their reflection and they learned to make do with what they had – bowls and water. And while this theory can’t be proven, it does add a bit of mystique to the project – is it a new object or a reinvented old one?

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The name of the mirror comes from the writings of Apostle Paul in Corinthians 13 in the phrase to see “through a glass darkly” (to have an obscure or imperfect vision of reality).

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The mirror was shown as part of Konstfack’s ‘Design Anima’ show at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan Design Week.

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A Mirror Darkly by Nick Ross in home furnishings Category

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A Mirror Darkly by Nick Ross in home furnishings Category

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1200 Black Ping Pong Balls Form a Deadly Assault Rifle

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For one to truly appreciate this new installation by artist Michael Murphy, one must view it from a specific angle. Called Damage, the sculptural work consists of a sea of 1,200 ping pong balls, painted black, and then suspended from the ceiling.

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See more at My Modern Met.

Via Design You Trust – Design Blog and Community http://designyoutrust.com/2013/05/1200-black-ping-pong-balls…

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Winkel w127 Task Lamp by Dirk Winkel for Wästberg

“When I started thinking about the design, I had the desire to challenge the perception and the common preconceptions of a material that is normally known to people just as ‘plastics’. I knew that I would like to go further than what’s the norm not only in terms of function and the look, but about the feel and tactility of the material as well. Soon it was clear that one of the greatest things I was missing in typical designs made of plastic was a significant impression of substance, of materiality. Therefore, the next step could only be a design that celebrated the actual material as it is, straightforward, solid and honest, with a concept of hiding nothing, but showing its innermost values to the outside. No second skin, no paint coat, the true, bold material in its pure form.”
- Dirk Winkel

Winkel w127 is manufactured of solid fiberglas reinforced biopolyamide. The material is recyclable. The mechanical solution is based on micro gas springs, widely used in the automotive and electronics industries. The gas springs have a lifespan of more than 50,000 compressions and give exceptionally good movement patterns. The shade is adjustable for universal direction of the light. The light technology is based on a highly energy-efficient multichip LED solution.

Wästberg Winkel w127, by Dirk Winkel, GOOD DESIGN Award 2012

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