Reclaimed Wood For A Better Watch

Reclaimed Wood For A Better Watch

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” I love this tagline and the simple truth behind it. Essentially this is a direct lift from WeWOOD Watches and they are compelling me to think about what I can do for my planet, even if it’s through Product Design. Sure, haute horology is something everyone craves, but how many can truly say that what they are wearing is something that reminds us of a tree’s powerful way of life; rooted, yet reaching.

0 Designer: WeWOOD [ Buy it Here ]

Adonit – Create, Empower and Excel With The Perfect Tools!

Adonit – Create, Empower and Excel With The Perfect Tools!

The uncanny thing about the perfect gift is that the receiver will never want to part with it. So be honest, this holiday season do you want to shop for gifts that people may end up returning or exchanging? Or do you want to get the Perfect Gift!

Adonit is perfect. They have creative solutions for an iPad friendly person. If you know someone who owns a touchscreen smartphone or a tablet; then Adonit has you covered.

0 Special Promo: Offer Closes 14th Dec 2012, midnight PST.

Ceramics We Love

Ceramics We Love

There is something earthy about using porcelain mugs and ceramic containers versus sterile cold glass and unemotional plastics. So if this Christmas season if you are getting rid of the old or firing up the décor with new fancy stuff, then give this exclusive ceramic collection a good thought, handpicked by me!

0 Designers: Various [ Available @ YD Store ]

Dressing Up The MacBook

Dressing Up The MacBook

The thing with buying Apple products is that you can’t dress them up in just any old accessories. Whatever you use has to be of top-notch quality, befitting the Jobs legacy. For example, the new MacBook Pro with its shimmy new features deserves a sleeve from the Carga Sleeve Collection. Basically these hand-assembled sleeves are done in small batches using single-piece vegetable tanned leather. Elastic and leather closures add a dash of panache.

0 Designer: Mauro Bianucci [ Available @ YD Store at Special Price ]

With Click & Grow Everyone Can Become A Gardener

With Click & Grow Everyone Can Become A Gardener

When Click & Grow became a part of the YD Roadshow in Chennai, I was both ecstatic and weary. Ecstatic that YD will be showcasing such an innovative product and weary that I was to nurture and grow the plant for the event. A beautiful Basil and Cockscomb smartpot arrived at my doorstep and I got started almost immediately. I’ll skip the details on how-to-grow, as it is explained adeptly in the video after the jump and get to more about the experience of growing my first plant ever!

0 25% Discount: Offer Closes 9th December, midnight PST

Destroying Violence Through Peace

Destroying Violence Through Peace

The grenade, revolver and the nunchucks are instruments of violence and destruction. Playing on the maxim of the pen being mightier than the sword, a selection of notebooks bearing this symbolic gesture encourages us to convert violence to a tool of peace. Our creativity and knowledge expressed through words and sketches are the best means to get our points across, not through force and/or violence.

0 Designer: Yiweishen [ Available at The YD Store for $10 ]

TouchOfModern Gives Seven Reasons To Make You Smile

TouchOfModern Gives Seven Reasons To Make You Smile

Traditionally, Indians don’t exchange sharp objects (like knives, forks etc.) as gifts because it’s a symbol of discord. However recently I was gifted a beautiful knife; the only difference was that there was an emotional story and message attached to the gift, making it impossible for me to do anything else but accept with humility, grace and honor. Such is the power of giving from the heart. This festive season TouchOfModern has a special lineup to make the art of giving as special as possible.

0 Designers: Various [ Available @ TouchOfModern ]

Skin Your Apple Keyboard in Wood

Skin Your Apple Keyboard in Wood

Crafty people with nimble fingers would love this. Lazerwood makes thin wood veneers that turn those slick aluminum keys into rich, tactile wood. Time consuming yes but the results look amazing. Each piece is laser cut so if anything is off, you have no one to blame but your hands. Available in walnut or cherry for all MacBook unibody models and wireless keyboards with English layouts. Would any of you do this? Maybe we can do a giveaway for someone willing to try.

0 Designer: Lazerwood Buy it here

A Teddy Bear With A Smartphone Heart

A Teddy Bear With A Smartphone Heart

Remember Teddy Ruxpin? He brought all the boys to the yard to listen to him read a story from one of his convoluted adventures aboard an airship. The Cocolo Bear is Teddy Ruxpin 2012, although I’m pretty sure they’re unrelated because Cocolo comes from Japan. Cocolo talks to you, answers questions, and plays games thanks to his smartphone heart and app but otherwise is a glorified speaker phone. Parents can even leave messages for their kids. I need a reader from Japan to send me one PLEASE!

0 Designer: Cube Works, $62

Paws Stay Warm While Smartphoning

Paws Stay Warm While Smartphoning

True, the downside to touchscreen phones are inclement weather patterns causing havoc on your hands but at least your mitts can stay stylishly warm thanks to Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves. No, they’re not the only smartphone friendly gloves on the market but they come by way of the Dutchies and those people live in pretty cold conditions, not to mention being neighbors to the coldest of the cold – Scandinavians, so I believe them when they say they’ve perfected it.

0 Designer: Mujjo $32

Sugar Explosion!

Sugar Explosion!

Introducing the Calorie Bomb! – For those times when we suppress the guilt and say, “F#&% the diet!” It’s a shameless treat that pokes a bit of fun at calorie counters and tastes as good as it looks.

0 Designer: Raphael Volkmer

Genetic Patchwork

Genetic Patchwork

The First Gift blanket is a modern take on the heirloom blanket with a clever scientific twist. Meant to be continuously passed down from generation to generation, the blanket highlights the sanctity of genetics with a representation of each recipient’s own unique DNA added onto it when it is given to them. It’s a smart and personal reminder that the familial bond goes deeper than the surface.

0 Designer: Ben Landau

2011 Holiday Gift Guide

2011 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again. I’ve looked at thousands of products this year so it was harder than usual narrowing down the group into this curated gallery of what I think are the most beautiful, interesting, unique, mind blowing and innovative products in the market. Give a little to yourself, give a lot to others. Happy Holidays!

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