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Holstee, the NYC based eco-friendly design shop, have been at it again. They recently created a minimalist designed wallet ($25) that is not only perfect for carrying your essentials ; credit cards, cash, and sliding window for your ID or transit card, but also fits within their ethos of design with a conscience. Each wallet is constructed from recycled plastic bags and newspapers collected from the streets of Delhi. Each is a one-of-a-kind in its pattern and style. From colored ads, cartoons, headline news, and classifieds no two wallets are the same.

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Working with a family-run non-profit based in India that works to collect and recycle litter off the streets of Delhi, Holstee was able to create the dream wallet. This vegan wallet is made primarily of plastic bags and newspapers, collected off the Streets of Delhi in India. Production of this wallet helps reduce waste in Delhi, provides fair wage employment and subsidizes healthcare and education for each employee’s family.

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I’ll admit I’ve always had a fascination for nesting dolls. As a child I loved a set my grandparents had. It was certainly the combination of rarely getting to touch them and the inherent secretness of little people within people.

These examples designed by Sweden’s Ingela Arrhenius available from OMM Design, are amazing. I particularly like the amount of mustaches on the circus set.

Both can be yours for 21 EUR each.

www.swedishness.com
www.ommdesign.se

— Anthony P. Munoz
apmunoz.com

Here’s an amazing collection from Uppercase Magazine’s own Janine. She has her typewriter ribbon tin collection uploaded up on flickr.

Definitely check it out.

Lots more ribbon tins at UPPERCASE.

— Anthony P. Munoz
apmunoz.com

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A family of tubular steel furniture with kinks. The tubing used in the furniture is not bent – as is normally the case – but rather functionally folded, dented and kinked. The chairs, tables and other furniture derive their final form and function by means of this intentional process of “damaging” the tubular steel: the process’ traces, which would normally be regarded as defects, are in fact integral to the furniture’s design.

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The series “KINK” consists of a table, chair, writing table, cantilever chair, sideboard, shelf, coffee table and floor lamp made exclusively of tubular steel, pine wood and clamps. All exhibited objects are part of a small limited edition and exclusively available at HELMRINDERKNECHT contemporary design gallery.


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Chairless is not a replacement, but rather an alternative for a chair, particularly in situations where a chair isn’t available: at the park, beach or anywhere else outdoors; at concerts; in lecture halls and at seminars; in crowded trains and airport lounges. Of course, the strap can also be used at home on the carpet.


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Chairless takes pressure off the back and thigh muscles. Arms and hands, which we normally need for support or to grab our legs when sitting on the floor, can be used for other activities. With Chairless, reading, writing, eating, drinking, making phone calls or using an iPod pose no problems at all.


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Chairless is based on a sitting strap commonly used by the Ayoreo Indians. The nomadic tribe living in the Gran Chaco region (border region between Paraguay and Bolivia) has employed similar textile straps as a sitting aid for as long as anyone can remember. Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena came across the sitting strap and recognised its potential. In cooperation with Vitra, he developed Chairless into a product.

Vitra has had a long association with Alejandro Aravena. The young Chilean attracted international attention early in his career with his socially and environmentally oriented projects. In 2007, Rolf Fehlbaum commissioned him to design a workshop building on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein.


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Chairless is designed for people who are between 1.60 and 1.95 metres (5 ft 3 in and 6 ft 5 in) tall. The strap made of wear-resistant polyamide comes in four colours: anthracite with decorative stripes in fuchsia or dark lime; dark lime with decorative stripes in fuchsia; fuchsia with decorative stripes in dark lime.

A portion of the proceeds from Chairless goes to the non-profit organisation called the Foundation for Indigenous Communities in Paraguay, which directly supports the Ayoreo Indians.

Buy it here when it’s not sold out.

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thanks:
dezeen.com

Out of Print celebrates the world’s greatest stories through fashion. They seek out iconic and/or striking book cover artwork and negotiate with artists, authors and publishers for use on their unique t-shirts.


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Catcher in the Rye
“If a body catch a body comin’ through the rye…” From the iconic first edition dust jacket by Michael Mitchell for J. D. Salinger’s classic coming of age story. – $28


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On The Road
The most influential novel of the Beat generation was originally written by Kerouac as one long paragraph on a 120-foot long scroll. From the English edition dust jacket by Len Deighton. – $28


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Fahrenheit 451
Although many debate the central theme of this classic, Bradbury has said he intended it to be a social commentary on the negative effects of emerging technologies (e.g., television) on reading. From the Corgi UK cover.
– $28

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