From canine sleeping bags to cardboard standing desks to the prettiest darn countertop water filter you ever did see, I've showcased more than a few ingenious indie designs birthed via the crowdfunding magic of Kickstarter over the years.
And through mid-June, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Design Store — aka the best place ever to buy a unique gift for that difficult-to-shop-for person who seems to have everything — is getting in on the community-funded lovin’ with the launch of a curated collection consisting of international design goodies all brought to life with the help of the Kickstarter community. (Over Kickstarter’s relatively short 5-year existence, more than $158.8 million has been pledged to 7,778 design-centric campaigns).
Released in conjunction with NYCxDesign — the Big Apple’s nearly two-week-long citywide celebration of all things design-y that revolves around the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and hundreds of smaller satellite exhibitions and events — MoMA Design Store’s 24-item Kickstarter collection zeros in on an assortment of crowdfunded products across a range of categories that “embody the qualities of Good Design ascribed by the Museum in their innovation of function, use of novel materials, and technological advancement.”
Reads the Kickstarter Blog:
This collaboration between Kickstarter and the MoMA Design Store is a moment of real cultural significance. Here are works created by designers and the public, sharing and collaborating, showcased in one of the most revered institutions of the world. We’re all capable of creating incredible things.
Given that we’re in the middle of National Bike Month, the curatorial team at MoMA Design Store made an incredibly timely — and smart — move by singling out not one but two cycle-centric design items for the Kickstarter collection: The Bicycle Frame Handle from Geoffrey Franklin and Portland-based Walnut Studio is a simple yet elegant (and completely American made) design solution that makes traversing urban environments — up narrow apartment stairwells, into elevators, onto trains, etc. — with a bike in-hand safer and less cumbersome. From Slovenian designer Jurij Lozic, the Musguard Rollable Bike Fender is a clever bike backsplash guard crafted from a recyclable polypropylene plastic sheet — just roll it up and stash it when you’re not using it.
The collection’s two lighting options — the Lumio Book Lamp (Make Gunawan, USA) and the Bulbing Lamp (Nir Chehanowski, Israel) — are both LED-based lovelies. Made from recyclable Tyvek, the hardback book-mimicking Lumio is already a MoMA Design Store bestseller and for good reason. I'm smitten with both designs although it's the Bulbing Lamp that truly caught my eye.
Practical yet playful, Brooklyn-based David Barry’s Frank Wall Hook is “an example of rational and emotional design living happily together.” I can see this leporine-inspired hook (named after Frank the Bunny from "Donnie Darko?") adding a cheery pop of color —and functionality — in kids’ rooms and grown-up spaces alike. Crafted from steel in the U.S.A.
Recycled paper pulp meets media storage with Kurt Rampton and BOLTgroup’s clever and super-handy-dandy Gigs 2 Go USB Flash Drive.
Duncan Shotton’s Rainbow Pencils instantly made me smile. Enough said.
Old school meets new school with Impossible Instant Lab — a Dutch-born gizmo that churns out retro-tastic Polaroid snapshots (yes, Polaroids) directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch. Brilliant. Antiquated technology merging with the newfangled gadetry is also the driving force behind Benjamin Redford’s Projecteo Slide Projector, a pocket-sized slide projector that displays Instagram photos.
Boring Wowing your friends with photos from your honeymoon in Tahiti will never be the same again.
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