Brooklyn Heritage Meets Modern Design

Brooklyn Heritage Meets Modern Design

I wanted to support this Kickstarter effort by Design Unsanctioned of their Spencer Collection because it illustrates how modernity does not necessarily mean stark. Modernity is just a reflection of our aspirations of what we want the “now” to be. Any material can be used to articulate modernity. This collection of bottle openers and key straps uses heritage materials but through modern technology like laser cutting – gains a neoteric purpose. It’s not my style but I appreciate the beauty in its warm minimalism.

0 Designer: Design Unsanctioned, Kickstarter

Minimalist Minute-Counters

Minimalist Minute-Counters

Julien Guenning’s GREYHOURS watch duo is a statement of minimalism and modern style. Both the black/blue and white/red versions have a soft aesthetic but a combination of super-strong sapphire glass and Italian leather make them highly durable. Simplistic yet elegant, it’s a perfect timepiece for casual daily wear. Check out the lifestyle vid after the jump —>

0 Designer: Julien Gueuning

Chic Cycling Shoe

Chic Cycling Shoe

The Urbanized Cycling Shoe was designed with two goals in mind: keep riders dry and look good while doing it. With standard cleats riders must carry a second pair of shoes to change in to after riding, but this concept is less rigid while being more waterproof, making them comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Built in LED lights at the heels also provide a layer of safety not offered by current cleats. Minimal, sleek and stylish, you might find yourself wearing them even when you’re not cycling!

0 Designer: Jillian Tackaberry

Another iWatch!

Another iWatch!

Just when you thought the iWatch concepts had died a natural death, we spied yet another concept that is based on the current Apple iOS7 and other “leaked” information. Take a look, drool a bit and get back to normal life!

0 Designer: Edgar Rios

Two Faces, One Bag

Two Faces, One Bag

Introducing the first ever, two-sided, leather backpack. It’s called the 2Face Backpack and it’s handsomely handcrafted to go everywhere you go! If you’ve ever found yourself looking for the appropriate bag for the gym, and then a different bag for work… look no further. The versatile design features two faces: one casual, one classic. Match it to your clothes, where you’re going, or just to switch things up! Vid after the jump! —>

0 Designers: Andrew & Alex

A Twist on Shades

A Twist on Shades

The Twist Hinge Eyewear collection offers a delightful new interaction for the wearer by twisting rather than folding! The first of its kind, the twisting hinge also allows the wearer to adjust the pantoscopic tilt of the frames to their liking. Stronger, more flexible and with a cool industrial style, they’re a definite style win.

0 Designer: Ryan Glasgow

Smart Heart Watch for Kids

Smart Heart Watch for Kids

It’s difficult for children suffering from congenital heart defects to fully understand the seriousness of their condition as well as how they can prevent the onset of serious symptoms. To heighten kid’s awareness and help educate them on ways to take control of the problem, the Koen smartwatch detects abnormal changes in heart rate and distracts the wearer by automatically presenting a game to slow their heart rate. Games include breathing and calming exercises so little ones can learn how to control their condition and get back to being kids!

0 Designers: Various

If it's on your phone, it's on your wrist.

If it’s on your phone, it’s on your wrist.

I remember being a kid and watching the original Power Rangers talk into their wrist watch to communicate and do all sorts of cool stuff. That was 20 years ago, making me kinda old and whoever thought of that really smart, because 2014 is the dawn of the smartwatch! Jumping on the smartwatch wagon is the Braun S concept- it packs power in the form of notifications, fitness monitoring, calling assist, messaging, music and more.

0 Designer: Robrecht Vanhauwere

Human Dimensions Bag

Human Dimensions Bag

What would it look and feel like if our DNA evolved to have a pouch like a kangaroo? That is the essence of the Fluoa Fusion Silver Light Backpack. It follows the dimensions of the human body, making it natural-feeling, ergonomic, and aerodynamic. It’s not what you’d tote on a long camping trip, but it’s waterproof, super-lightweight and has just enough room for your laptop and a few other belongings— perfect for toting around the city from day to day. Get it here!

0 Designer: Jerome Olivet

Touchy-feely Hearing Aid

Touchy-feely Hearing Aid

Conventional hearing aids come with a lot of short comings. Loud noises making the wearer feel irritable, the awkwardness of wearing bigger sized hearing aids and many more. The CLOSE is an attempt at an alternative system to provide speech input to the hearing impaired by means of tactile sensations.

0 Designers: Zhengmu Fang, Liang Wenshan & Liu Junming

Wrist Power!

Wrist Power!

When you’re on the go and need some extra juice for your devices, an external battery is your best friend. That is, if you’ve remembered to pack it. The first wearable recharger of its kind, ATOM was designed to ensure you always have access to power when you need it. The stylish band provides enough battery to fully recharge most phones. Better yet, it wirelessly syncs with your device via Bluetooth, vibrates with your notifications and even let’s you page your phone when you’ve misplaced it! Check out the vid for more!

0 Designer: WATT?

Sleek Backpack For Urban Adventurers

Sleek Backpack For Urban Adventurers

Ember Equipment’s modular urban backpack is a well thought out everyday/travel pack for active urban citizens. This rugged back pack can be a helpful companion in a double life spanning from urban streets to jungle trails. If you are the kind of person who escapes from the urban chaos into the soothing lap of nature at any possible chance, this 20 litre pack has the right set of compartments to carry all your essentials and equipments.

0 Designer: Ember Equipment

For the Note Taker, Money Maker

For the Note Taker, Money Maker

For the multitasking man, Bfofo’s premiere product, the Note:Wallet, was designed so that you never again leave home without the simple necessities: cash, cards, paper and pen. Now you can jot down that lyric that’s been in your head, leave your number for that cute waitress, or simply keep your grocery list handy! Minimal yet highly functional, the wallet’s unique composition of stainless steel, leather, aluminum and cast rubber maintain a slim silhouette despite the extra features. Catch the vid!

0 Designer: Bfofo Designs Inc.