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Blunt + Tile Smart Umbrella

Over the past few weeks we've toted around Blunt Umbrellas' latest offering, the Blunt XS_Metro + Tile. The brand initially drew attention for its sharp looks and patented indestructible design (the first patent on an umbrella sine 1922 except for the addition of vents in the '80s), and since the …

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Knit Merino Wool Hats from Rustic Threads

Inside a small boutique called The End, in the arid desert of Old Town Yucca Valley, CA, we stumbled upon some hats that beckoned to be touched and held. The hats are knitted by Taylor Elyse Compton, a Joshua Tree resident, who has a small studio called Rustic Threads. Compton sources 100% merino …

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Port X

On the banks of the Prague's Vltava River lies one of Europe's most inventive housing concepts. Designed by architects Jerry Koza and Adam Jirkal, along with engineer Tomáš Kalhaus from Atelier SAD, the modular, floating house dubbed Port X was first created as the prototype for a serial production.<p>…

Architecture

Piper Smart Home System

While the quantified self continues to be a major trend in consumer tech, the smart home sector is quickly picking up speed and attention as well. A standout among the many presented at this year's CES was Piper, which launches to the public today. The comprehensive device works as a stand-alone …

Entoto Beth Artisan

Farmers till the fields in Ethiopia, harvesting artillery shells and re-purposing the casings left from the African nation's civil war. Such is the inspiration for Entoto Beth Artisans, a fair-trade business helping transform destruction into beauty. Named for the Entoto Mountains set in central …

Best of CH 2013: Most Popular

Looking back on 2013, from boundary-pushing ideas from both established and up-and-coming artists and designers to new series like Off Piste and Scene, By All, it's been a big year. What's remained consistent, however, is our loyal audience that spans all over the world—and they do know best. Here …

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Bamboo Bay

by Emily Millett<p>Originally from London and Northampton, board sports enthusiasts Ludi Ludlow and Amy Roberts are now proud to count themselves amongst the colorfully diverse residents of Brighton in southern England. This surf-friendly coastal town is known for its environmental conscience and its …

Lucetta Magnetic Bike Lights

While many brands have begun to offer attractive bicycle lights in recent years, few offer the ease of use that Lucetta does. Designed by Helsinki-based Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Italian design company Palomar, Lucetta is a set of small LED lights that secure to your bicycle—or any metallic …

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PowerPot by Power Practical

Going off the grid for a few days is one of life's purest pleasures. While ditching modernity is sometimes a must, having a flat battery on your mobile phone or digital camera can dampen your adventure. From making a call in the event of an emergency to shooting photos, a simple and reliable power …

littleBits + KORG Synth Kit

New York-based littleBits has been making big waves in the design industry since their electronic modules-maker took over the MoMA Design Store. Instead of building talking puppets or electric toothbrushes, this time around the two-year-old startup is concentrating on breaking down barriers in the …

Synthesizers

Otis & Eleanor Bongo Speaker

As far as sustainable resources go, bamboo is often a best bet. For this reason, product design and build brand Otis & Eleanor called on the material for their new portable bluetooth 4.0 speaker, dubbed the Bongo. Launched on Kickstarter today, 3 October, the handheld speaker boasts eight hours of …

NYFU: New York Functional Furniture

<b>Advertorial content:</b><p>Inner-city living has a lot to offer: From the excellent range in dining options, to art and culture to just being in a high-energy environment, it's no mystery why the world's cities continue to grow and grow. While cities have many pulls, large living spaces is certainly not …

Furniture

Move by NudeAudio

Why own a portable speaker that connects to your smartphone or computer over Bluetooth, when you are never compelled to move the speaker from its "spot"? Counteracting the current trend of premium wireless speakers that just tend to sit there, newcomer NudeAudio has developed their first line of …