My Google-sense tells me this three string shelf by Lara Knutson made the rounds a bit last year, but it’s definitely new to me. The title is kind of a misnomer, it’s actually just one string fed through a network of eyelet screws to create three points of contact for books to rest on. Simplistic, clever, and cheap. (via @designsponge)
Killer lighting concepts by Stockholm designer and silversmith David Taylor. Most of his objects and lights are made to order for private collections and museums, but each is astonishingly well-crafted as if it were mass produced. Even more great stuff at his studio site, madeby.se. (via picked by six)
I stumbled onto Kiosk when doing research for the minimalist bottle openers post a few weeks ago. The folks who run this NY-based store trek far and wide to places like Sweden, Finland, or Hong Kong and pick up tons of funky stuff that you’ve probably never seen before. Some things are quirky, some utilitarian, others just decorative and fun. The spoils from their second journey to Japan went online last night.
After discovering Brendan Ravenhill’s excellent wood and nail bottle opener, I started thinking about how I’ve always appreciated the simplistic bottle opener over anything more ornamental or complex. Searching around online I realized that bottle openers are much like watches, in that there are literally thousands of designs that accomplish the exact same task. Here are some of the best I found.
The mono up & zu.
The Iittalia Collective Tools opener designed by Antonio Citterio.
A vintage German Monopol corkscrew and wine opener. (looks like he only has this one available)
Nothing beats the simplicity or the price of a good old fashioned church key opener.
And finally the Japanese Alps 7 Opener available at Kiosk.