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Ombrello, the reusable umbrella that enhances awareness of reuse, recycle and reduce. By using a canvas that can be turned into such handy waterproof items as gaiters, a bag and a bicycle saddle cover – after the frame itself has broken and become useless. By designers Alice Bertola and Barbara Civilini.

Ombrello

Ombrello

This made me look. Twitter on Paper is a new service that allows you to request paper editions of tweets. This is how it works: you ask for a tweet and they will mail one to you by post. And it’s free! Unfortunately, this postal service is only available in the States. You could also request for a Twitter by JPG but it will take 3-6 months to arrive by email….

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Twitter on Paper

Twitter on Paper

Paul Normansell somehow reminds me of a modern day Georges Seurat, with his dotted paintings. His most prominent work is probably the covers he did for The Killers’ Day and Age album. The Killers liked the artwork Paul did so much that they used his paintings in the video for ‘Human’ and he is working on two paintings in collaboration with them for a show in summer in Notting Hill.

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Paul Normansell

Paul Normansell

Red Camper handbags and laptop bags are made from original vintage travel related materials such as vacation slides, original car upholstery, airplane seatbelt clips, maps and postcards. Each bag is handcrafted using old school and new school technologies. The images in the bags are sealed permanently into pressurised panels using Red Camper proprietary technology and the bags are then handsewn using a 1928 Singer sewing machine. Go here to read more.

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Red Camper handbags and laptop bags

Red Camper handbags and laptop bags

Bill Carman’s surrealistic illustrations are one of the best I’ve seen (not unlike Max Ernst but that’s just me). He is a professor of illustration and drawing at Boise State University and his work has appeared in Society of Illustrators New York Annuals, 3×3 Magazine Annuals, American Illustrations and so on. He has also written a book called What’s That Noise?. Enjoy more of his whimsical work here.

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Bill Carman

Bill Carman

These lovely King’s Road (named after a historic road in Chelsea) dessert plates by Rosanna, Inc are irresistible. Each ceramic plate feature a different metallic gold crown and there are 4 designs altogether. The plates are not microwaveable due to the metallic gold foil but I think they would look great as showpieces. Also available in set bowls, mugs, tray and teapot.

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King's Road Dessert Plates

King's Road Dessert Plates

Even though Mr B & I bought our 4 tier cupcake stand a while back, I still go gaga everytime I see one. Especially these ceramic stands with birds from Whitney Smith on Etsy.

Whitney Smith

Whitney Smith

I’ve always appreciated a good packaging design, especially one that is simple and minimalist. Which is why I can’t get enough of this medicine bottle inspired DRIP Maple Syrup from Superficial.

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DRIP

Love these limited edition artificial flowers series commissioned by Jongeriuslab. Designer Hella Jongerius has become known for the special way she fuses industry and craft, high and low tech, tradition and the contemporary. Check her website for more amazing work.

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Introducing the world’s smartest looking, most functional cat litter box. The 15″ tall ModKat Litter Box was engineered to consume the least amount of space possible, while offering a comfortable environment for just about every cat. Its modern design compliments any room, while the enclosed base and “rooftop access” allows your cat the privacy needed to do his or her business. An ergonomic scoop with incorporated brush stores neatly on the side and the reusable litter liner is friendly to your wallet and to the environment. Debut at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the ModKat will be available late summer ’09.

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ModKat

ModKat

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