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Cykla Bike Concept

Cykla Bike Concept

A three-in-one bike by Mika Becktor, the Cykla can quickly switch between cruiser, road, and commuter modes using an adjustable frame and seat. We also like the integrated lighting, and open spoke design.

Founders Playing Cards

Founders Playing Cards

Casino-quality playing cards illustrated with the likenesses of America’s most influential founders by The Department of Design. Though we do find it ironic that Washington is King. (Thanks Tyler!)

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Typographic Word Chess Pieces

Typographic Word Chess Pieces

Taking a more literal approach than just using first letters, these 3D-printed chess pieces use the full name of each piece as an integral part of their design. Be sure to order both black and white sets.

Pantone Pairings

Pantone Pairings

Not everyone gets thrilled by seeing well-matched colors, but we’re sure we can all appreciate these food swatches made by designer David Schwen. Prints coming soon. Aaaand we’re hungry.

Cheater’s Pool Table

Cheater’s Pool Table

PoolLiveAid detects the table, cue and ball and then provides a virtual overlay of the ball’s trajectory. We’re not sure if it takes into account the strength and angle of the strike though.

Foldable Animal Lampshades

Foldable Animal Lampshades

Design collective mostlikely’s 3D lampshades come in a variety of animal heads and shapes that you fold and glue together yourself. They can be floor, desk, pendant or even head mounted.

The Stooler

The Stooler

Similar to the Tick Clip, Andrea Carulla’s The Stooler lets you turn almost any object into a seat. It consists of four wooden legs attached to a pair of flexible straps. Contact Utoopic to order.

Blackbraid Bicycle

Blackbraid Bicycle

Despite its menacing appearance, the Blackbraid bicycle weighs less than 11lbs. Made by PG-Bikes in collaboration with Munich Composites, the bike’s frame is made from braided carbon fiber.

Original CIA Argo Poster

Original CIA Argo Poster

Vandal Factory is doing a limited run of screenprints of the Argo poster used by Ben Affleck the CIA for the “Canadian Caper”. Act fast, you can only order until Midnight EST, Sunday 2/24/13.

The Worker Lamp

The Worker Lamp

Pascal Howe’s The Worker is a 13ft. high lamp that looks like a huge construction toy (or a construction tool dropped at an alien landing site). Keep tabs on Howe’s Facebook page for purchase info.

Tiny Chalkboard Pin

Tiny Chalkboard Pin

This 3″ metal button can be tacked onto your shirt, coat or backpack, and lets you share your doodles and thoughts with the world. Comes with chalk, eraser and magnets for hanging it on your fridge.

Classified Moto Lamps

Classified Moto Lamps

Custom bike shop Classified Moto puts some of its surplus parts to good use by turning them into lamps. The parts come from 70s and 80s Japanese motorcycles and still bear dings and dents from use.

Inside Skate

Inside Skate

Part of Didi Dunphy’s Recess Collection, Inside Skates are skateboards with colorful upholstery. They make for a great conversation piece, but are also good for skating indoors. Video here.

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Desk Bed Concept

Desk Bed Concept

1.6 S.M. of Life is a concept desk that transforms into a bed. Athanasia Leivaditou says the idea came to her after studying and working in New York. Or maybe she just saw an episode of Seinfeld.

Marie Bean Bag Chair

Marie Bean Bag Chair

Antoinnete Bader updates the bean bag by adding triangular leather pads on its upper half, providing a classier look and making it adaptable to various sitting positions. More here.

Hidden Log Drawer

Hidden Log Drawer

We’ve already seen similar designs before, but Mark Moskovitz’ Facecord drawer is a more rustic take on the natural camouflage offered by stacks of wood. Contact Mark for sales inquiries.

Emergency Bench

Emergency Bench

We already have inflatable mattresses, so why not an inflatable bench? Jamie Wolfond can rely on his quirky concept in case of a seating emergency. Its legs can be removed for easy packing.

Bicycled Bikes

Bicycled Bikes

Conceived by creative agency LOLA Madrid, Bicycled is series of unique, handmade bicycles made from old car parts found in junkyards. Sign up to get on the waiting list for one. (Thanks Elias!)

Lumio Lamp

Lumio Lamp

Lumio borrows from the form of a book. Its body is made of Tyvek, while the cover is made of wood with neodymium magnets inside. The lamp also has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 8 hours.

All Black Playing Cards

All Black Playing Cards

We already have more decks of cards than a Vegas Blackjack table, but we’re going to have to grow our collection with these all-black PVC cards, decorated with creepy polygonal royals and a skeleton Joker.

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Bay Lights Project

Bay Lights Project

Tired of the Golden Gate getting all the attention, the Bay Lights Project will outfit one side of the San Francisco Bay Bridge with 25,000 LEDs to turn the landmark into the largest light sculpture yet.

Pop-Up Deer Nightlight

Pop-Up Deer Nightlight

Chen Bikovski designed a series of night lights with children’s popup books in mind. Pulling the tab on this awesome deer design brings the ears up and illuminates the room with antlers made of light.

Build-on Brick Mug

Build-on Brick Mug

This sturdy plastic mug is the perfect place to stack your LEGO, KRE-O, K’Nex, and other building blocks while you sip your joe. It’s even got holes on the bottom. Not dishwasher or microwave safe though.

Camp Daybed

Camp Daybed

A tribute to life on the road, this sleeping bag also doubles as a couch. The Camp Daybed was designed by Stephanie Hornig as part of her graduation project, the Camp Furniture Collection.

Parallelepipedus Kovrikus Doormat

Parallelepipedus Kovrikus Doormat

A tricky doormat from the clever folks at Art Lebedev Studios, the Parallelepipedus Kovrikus looks like a chunky block instead of a mat when viewed at a certain angle. Made of coconut fiber.

Samurai’s Chair

Samurai’s Chair

…more like samurai’d right? Designed by Seo Young Moon, this chair looks like it had just been cleanly sliced in half, but it’s surprisingly sturdy. We want an entire house filled with sliced furniture.

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