I must admit that the startup Designed by m mostly struck me for its cheeky take on Apple’s brand identity, appropriating the design cues (including the font Myriad Pro) with a wink and a nod for their website and, to a lesser extent, Kickstarter campaign. In any case, the AL13 aluminum iPhone bumper is a go, handily doubling its $20,000 goal in a week, and it doesn’t take an aerospace engineer to see why: it’s sleek, lightweight, easy to install and, above all, thinner than its competitors in the bumper category.
Of course, if the AL13 isn’t minimal enough for you, we covered a couple of ultraminimal cases about a month ago. Although Alex Karp didn’t reach his funding goal via Kickstarter, the campaign apparently received enough publicity to attract outside investors, who have offered to bankroll Bummpies. mod-3, on the other hand, has surpassed their goal for the Radius case by over 50% as of press time, with five days to go.
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Kill two birds with one stone with these Trophy Bicycle Holders – an animal head trophy for your wall that also doubles as a way to store your bike. It’s really a triple win because no animals were harmed in the making of these nifty devices by Outline Works.
Choose either Trophy:Bull (available in jersey yellow or blood red) or Trophy:Deer (available in pure black or sharp white) to help reclaim floor space in your house. The sturdy steel animal outlines are topped with a soft touch plastic coating so your bike won’t be damaged.
The bicycle holders will be debuting at Home 2013 in London.
With a background in graphic design, Japanese designer Shinn Asano launched a six-piece collection of furniture called Sen, which is Japanese for ‘line’. Asano takes two-dimensional lines and works them into these three-dimensional, graphically inspired forms.
Amihajime Table – Inspired by Japanese bamboo basket making and it fits a plant or vase in the center
The red steel series was inspired by “Japanese shapes, traditional crafts, or feelings.” Taking notes from his graphic design past, careful attention is paid to the negative space just as much as the lines that make up each form.
Kagome Stool – Made up of 18 right triangles that when viewed from above, a traditional Japanese craft (kagome moyou) appears
I love the shadows created when light hits the pieces.
Nobolu Hanger Stand – Inspired by the hieroglyphic characters of “kanji” where the three legs express grass (ground), the bulging center references the sun, and the upper part mimics a tree
Kage Table – The bottom shelf reflects the shadow the top shelf would make
Hitotaba Lamp – Inspired by a straw bundle
Ippon Stool – A stool made from one continuous line
“Neverclear is a classier, less clear version of Everclear. Neverclear is a grain alcohol which has a very strong alcohol content. I made this package to reflect the effects of alcohol after having a few glasses while still staying classy with clean typography. The bottle is a diamond shape, and when you turn the bottle back and forth the optical illusion changes as you see it through the glass. These optical illusions will only become more interesting as the party goes on.”
“As a small team of 3 guys we’ve spent over a year and half developing every element of AJOTO and the Pen, finding the best manufacturers in the world to work with and refining each detail so it couldn’t be any other way. basically we wanted to create pen for the process of ‘Making Your Mark’ , something you’d be proud to own and will want to carry every day to capture your thoughts and ideas.”
“Working as design freelance packaging and product designers for companies such as Pearlfisher we know the importance of great packaging but also how to execute this. So we’ve worked with the best manufacturers and suppliers to achieve this with a completely bespoke and minimal packaging design. Everything from the branding to the engineering has been done in-house on our shoe string budget from freelance work, but we have spared no expense in pushing the boundaries of what is possible and only working with people who are passionate about creating great design.”
“From the beginning packaging was never and afterthought but an integral part of the overall design of our product experience. Focusing on key materials and simple details we have developed a completely new format for the Pen which has never been seen before, that not only looks great but reduces the overall footprint for shipping compared to the majority of other stationary brands.”
“All the paper is 100% FSC mixed sources GF smith Cool Grey stock, foil blocked in the UK by identity Print. Our cork tray is sustainably sourced directly from Amorim in Portugal and moulded using a completely innovative technique by 3D cork.”
“And finally the Aluminium extrusion is made with a custom die from our manufacturer in Cumbria and protected with a variety of anodised finishes by L&B Finishing in Brighton, then laser etched add the final details.”