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False Friends: Blackout from Coarse

The set contains the cloaked noop and a pitch-black paw!, staring into nothingness. The distant duo is lost in black sponge. Hidden in a premium black box, stamped with gold and black foil – handcrafted to perfection.

Blackout, Limited Edition of 300 Pieces, from Coarse

Hand Werk Boxes by Peter Nencini

Edition of 50 Hand Werk boxes, each containing a set of materials and forms, for abstract play. Wood, plastic, ceramic, rubber, fabric. The components, mostly designed and cut to combine with counterparts sourced from school science lab suppliers for example, have a character that sits somewhere between board game bits, measurement tools, ambiguous accessories for clothing, for eating.

Hand Werk Boxes, by Peter Nencini

Outdoor Home Office by Tate + Hindle for OfficePOD

With the rise of remote workers, new design solutions are on offer, including the OfficePOD, which provides a working environment that is separate to home life, and the constant interruptions.

Outdoor Home Office, by Tate + Hindle, for OfficePOD

Typography = Models: Praline & The Model Shop

When Praline teamed up with The Model Shop, we were presented with a cauldron being stirred by an excellent set of designers and equally adept architectural model makers. The results are understandably broad, and include a new typeface, architectural models, a neon sign and most importantly one fantastic concept.

Avec, by Praline, and The Model Shop, for the If You Could Collaborate project
via: It’s Nice That

Happy Hour Chandelier by Marcel Wanders & Nanine Linning

Happy New Year!
Award–winning choreographer Nanine Linning and designer Marcel Wanders present an innovative concept in which a Dancing Angel is hanging upside down for 20 minutes from a Chandelier. The dancer offers little spoons of chocolate mousse and flutes of champagne to the crowd beneath her.

Happy Hour Chandelier, by Marcel Wanders, and Nanine Linning.
Bookings: Happy Hour Chandelier

Year in Review: Most Popular Posts

This year we take a moment to review our top posts on Daily Icon. Certainly it’s not a scientific survey, but our readers seem to prefer drinking 1000 Arcres Vodka while reclining with friends on an Endless Sofa by de Sede in a Marcio Kogan designed home, somewhere in São Paulo, Brazil.

Sounds like a perfect way to end the year!

Globe by Studio Job for Swarovski Crystal Palace

Globe by Studio Job for Swarovski Crystal Palace

Studio Job has created a 175 cm diameter spinning globe applying 500,000 Swarovski crystals. “Maybe it’s the sense of time and gravity that touches us, maybe it is the earth that keeps turning and turning.”

Globe, by Studio Job, for Swarovski Crystal Palace

Vogue Magazine at Philip Johnson’s Glass House

Philo has the fashion world buzzing again with her first collection for Céline. Vogue Magazine and Annie Liebovitz used Philip Johnson’s Glass House as the set for the photoshoot.

Photography by Annie Liebovitz, at Philip Johnson’s Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, October Issue, Vogue Magazine

Won Park Dollar Bill Origami

Won Park folds greenbacks into tiny figures, never using more than two dollar bills at a time, and no glue.

Origami, by Won Park

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Medis, Tanto & Plattan Headphones by Urbanears

Scandinavian design collective, Urbanears has launched a series of headphones with three unique models, Plattan, Tanto and Medis, each available in 14 color varieties. Like many successful street brands given the no-logo-all-color-garments a face, Urbanears is set to make a statement in audio fashion wear.

Plattan is designed to be the perfect classic headphone, utilizing innovative functions and performance with current technology. It’s a full size headphone allowing for rich, secluded sound. The entire unit folds down to the size of a fist for maximum mobility, best of all, Plattan also comes with a “zound plug” which is actually not a plug, but rather a socket that allows your friend to plug into your earcap and listen to the same thing you are listening to.

Tanto is designed for maximum mobility without the compromise of performance, a tribute to the ‘80’s revolution in mobile music.

Medis has a sleek and minimal design and the functionality of its larger siblings but the obvious benefits of in-ear. The revolution, however, is the EarClick patent which anchors the ear-piece securely in place with perfect comfort and lets it stay in place. EarClick is the result of years of development and an ergonomic revolution of in-ear headphones. The construction is based on securing the position in the outer ear at two opposing points.

Each product comes equipped two extra cable extensions. The cable itself is made from fabric, rather that the usual plastic casing and fixed to the cable is a microphone and remote compatible with most devices such as Nokia, Blackberry, HTC and the iPhone.

Plattan, Tanto, Medis, by Urbanears

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