- Los Angeles-based design company Poketo's claim to fame is its artists wallets (though its also offers some sweet Spacetime wall decals, adorable Smile cards, and fun Mood bottle openers).
Oh boy oh boy do we love this new collection of upcycled goods from Poketo. Using primo leather salvaged from loved-no-more sofas, the artsy LA brand—partnering with a non-profit design firm in South Korea—has put together a series of passport cases, card cases, button wallets, pouches, and (our favorite of the lot) clutches, Even better? Each one is unique! You get a little grab-bag thrill with every order. Super good stuff.
Los Angeles-based design studio Poketo joined forces with Bobby Solomon of design and culture blog Kitsune Noir to curate and create Spacetime, a collection of wall art (and wallets and t-shirts) featuring some very cool work from some very cool artists. Each pack of decals contains four sheets—one each from Mike Perry, Damien Correll, Andy Miller, and Cody Hudson (pictured)—with stickers that can be peeled off and reapplied as many times as you like.
Also well-worth checking out the Desktop Wallpaper Project on Kitsune Noir to deck out your computer or iPhone with equally awesome illustrations.
Sometimes you don't need a purse, or man bag, or backpack, or any other kind of bulky carry-all to weigh you down when you walk out the door. Sometimes you just want to slip a little something in your pocket, and this iMojito is quite a cool little polyeurethane number for your iPhone, credit cards, and a bit of cash to make it through the day.
How often can you well and truly make someone's day for less than the cost of a cup of coffee? These smiley guys from Poketo come four to a pack for a mere $6 (add a stamp and you're still under the price of a small drip). Write a quick little love (or like, or whassup, or or or...) note, fold the face in thirds, pop him in the mail and, well, you've done it! In a couple days time you will have one happy pal. Viva paper cards and the postal system!
We believe having a favorite mug will cut down on the dishes you do. Yup! If there's a certain cup that makes your heart sing when you're sipping then you're more likely to rinse it out and use it again, as opposed to reaching for another one (and another one and another one) in the cupboard. These primary colored porcelain beauts certainly fit the bill. Put the kettle on!
Anything is possible when pigs fly, so it's only fitting that a Christmas miracle may just well occur if you hang these sweet little felted swine on your tree, free from the frustrating confines of gravity. They're cute, soft, and sure to be a welcome addition to the rest of your ornamental gang.
A national summit on affordable housing is taking place September 22-24th at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Designers and activists will join panel discussions on why change is necessary, why design matters, how to make design affordable, strategies for change, and alternative activist practices.
The conference will feature "Fenced In/Fenced Out," an interactive exhibit from the Museum of Contemporary Phenomena, an art and architecture collective and tours will be led by Chicago architects through the remodeled Archer Courts in Chinatown; green and multi-generational housing in Roseland and North Lawndale; and the adaptive reuse of the Howard Street Theater in Rogers Park.
Speakers include David Baker, whose Paseo Senter in San Jose earned the 2010 AIA/HUD Secretary's Housing Community by Design Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing; Maurice Cox, Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts, whom Fast Company magazine named one of "20 Masters of Design" in 2004; and Teddy Cruz of Estudio Cruz, known for his urban research on the Tijuana-San Diego border and his designs recently seen in "Small Scale, Big Change" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.