Based out of Stockholm Note is a design studio that works in the fields of architecture, interiors, products, graphic design and design strategy. They've come up with a concept for the urban bike rack that beautifully mixes minimalism and maximalism. The Hook Bicycle Stand ($TBA) is unobtrusive but made from a broad band of metal which gives it substance. Can't wait for these to be available so I can throw a couple in my garage.
It's not that big of a deal, but I have an older iMac and if I've previously removed a cable, and I have to plug in my iPhone or tablet to charge, I have to turn the thing around to reach the slots in the back. The Imacompanion Front USB ($25) takes the obvious and makes it a reality. It gives easy access to a front USB port while keeping the minimalist esthetic of the iMac intact. They've got a Kickstarter campaign going on right now so check them out.
There's no reason to toss perfectly good knives and scissors just because they've gotten a little dull. The Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener By Ken Onion ($130) brings industrial knife sharpening home. This tool is designed to sharpen every knife you own. It features a fully adjustable sharpening guide, and variable speed 3/4" x 12-inch flexible abrasive belts that can sharpen straight blades or serrated kitchen knives. Professional blade makers like Ken Onion use flexible belts for razor sharp blades. Now you can too with the Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener.
The latest masterpiece from the Taylor Stitch is a collaboration with Mission Workshop. The Taylor Stitch X Mission Workshop Albion Jacket ($240) can take on any conditions you may encounter. It takes the classic over-shirt design and combines it with modern materials that help it stand out and it would look great on anyone. It’s made from a two-way stretch wind shell nylon that’s both water resistant and will dry quickly, and the interior is just as good. It’s lined with a high-quality fleece so you’ll always be warm. It also features metal snaps for a secure hold and features two chest pockets and two single hand pockets.
Luna sandals are made for the outdoors. I don't mean just strolling around the park, but made for hiking and running. The Luna Venado ($65) is a considered a street sandal. It's perfect for all of your outside activities including running on paved surfaces and ever so often some off-roading. Luna also offers other sandals which can take on any trails you throw at them. The Venado is handmade in Seattle. Has a 6mm Vibram neoprene sole and two footbed options. The MGT footbed is made for wet and muddy conditions and improves traction and durability. The Pittards High-Performance Leather footbed adds comfort and helps your sandals form to your feet. So whether you're looking for an everyday shoe or something that can take on the roughest trails, Luna has a sandal for you.Related: 23 Of The Best Men's Sandals
Hard Graft makes great leather goods and their new Slot Machine Wallet by Hard Graft ($170) fits that mold perfectly. We all now carry a wallet, keys and a cell phone. The idea of combining the load of the wallet and phone into one package is an idea that's past due. The Slot Machine is handmade in Italy, with vegetable tanned Italian leather with a 100% Italian wool lining. It holds 6 credit cards, and 2 phones or one phone and additional cards or cash. The wallet is finished off with a snap enclosure to keep all your valuables safe. The Hard Graft wallet comes in two styles, one for the iPhone (5.7 x 3.1 inches) and a slightly larger version for smart phones like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy.