This year’s gift fair boasted some nicely designed products for work life. Natural wood elements were a strong trend throughout the booths and a couple of small Japanese designers in particular caught my eye.
Areaware We’ve previously written about this Alarm Dock, but after seeing it in person, I was still pretty impressed in both its form and function. Designed by Jonas Damon for NYC based design house Areaware, this alarm dock puts a modern twist on the iconic wood grain GE flip clocks of the yesteryear. $40
RFY Established in 1962, this Japanese company offers an array of well-designed, modern supplies, accessories and other useful objects for work. Pictured here: INNARE designed by PLANE. This desk caddy comes in white, gray and silver and features layered compartments that open and close for sleek and easy storage of various desk necessities. Available at RFY in Fall 2011.
Colors Tokyo These hand crafted iPhone cases are formed in a traditional Japanese technique called “lttoh-bori,” meaning carved by single traditional carving knife. Several fine-selected Japanese wood finishes are available. Expect to see cases for the new iPhone models this fall at colorstokyo.com.
Sweet Bella Probably one of my favorite items from the fair, this long knitted scarf is actually a calendar. Just pull the thread little by little to take away the days until the year is over. To order a 2012 calendar, visit sweetbellausa.com or call Top Hat, their lower Manhattan shop at 212.677.4240. Click here to see a video of the calendar in action.
By Mat Sanders.
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