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Italian architect Ferruccio Laviani imbues iconic Foscarini lamps with color

Released in the United States for the first time this month, the Be Colour capsule collection reworks designs from Italian lighting brand Foscarini’s catalog of decorative luminaires. The Venice-based company asked its longtime collaborator Ferruccio Laviani to reimagine some the company's most iconic pieces. The architect chose a bold color palette to enliven classics like the compact Binic table fixture, the adaptable Magneto desk lamp, the Gregg and Bahia wall sconces, and the Twiggy floor lamp—a version of which received a 2018 AN Best of Products Awards honorable mention. “We wanted to go beyond the all over effect of a single color,” Laviani explained. “Where possible, we formulated chromatic combinations that make the shape of each lamp more unexpected.” The architect separated what were originally monochromatic totems into different geometric forms using strategic color pairing. In some cases, like the Magneto desk lamp, such an intervention helps delineate function. The fixture’s fiery-red stem deliberately contrasts with its baby-blue head to show how the lamp can be adjusted. Laviani’s interest in color is nothing new. In 1991, he developed the Orbital standing lamp for Foscarini, which was a study in the relationship between form and tone. The release of the Be Colour capsule collection coincides with the opening of the Foscarini’s new Spazio Soho showroom. The recently-renovated Greene Street space in New York is now the Italian company's American flagship store.
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The good, the best, and the ugly: building products debuted at AIA Expo 2018

At the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture, more than 800 building product manufacturers revealed the latest products. For two days from July 21-23 architects explored booths, galleries, and displays set-up across 200,000-square-feet at the Javits Center. The newest materials and technological advancements debuted, including a selection of handsome architectural products, as well as not-so-sexy (but useful) building solutions. SF Special Hirt by Goldbrecht Systems Press a button for an entire glass wall to completely disappear, silently retracting into the ground. Unlike other operable walls that offer views that “bring the outside in,” this gigantic retractable “window” actually disappears from all sightlines–from views looking both in and out.  This particular model is made-to-order at variable lengths, the largest to date being 66 feet long and weighing over 16,000 pounds. Dialock DT 750 Häfele Tap a key-card on this RFID-enabled fixture to easily lock and unlock the door, eliminating the swiping and magnetic complications of conventional swiping strip cards. It is also available with a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) interface that enables smartphone-activated access. Attack Resistant Door Solutions Assa Abloy and School Guard Glass Hardware manufacturer Assa Abloy and safety glass manufacturer School Guard Glass partnered to design an attack-resistant door for schools. When paired together, the Ceco Door with SG5 attack-resistant glazing survive the most brutal blows and even gunshots (see the video above). Stronger and longer-lasting than a security film, the system is easy and affordable to retrofit to pre-existing openings for increased security. Malaysian Timber The Malaysian Timber Council Eleena Jamil Architect designed a four-walled enclosure fashioned entirely of Meranti timber to showcase the wherewithal and beauty of sustainably sourced hardwood from Southeast Asia. The modular structure promotes the material sourced by The Malaysian Timber Council, which strives to develop the country’s timber industry by creating greater market access and trade opportunities. 400T Series Thermal Curtainwall Tubelite Looking to get LEED gold? This thermally broken curtainwall is designed to meet the strictest energy codes. The expanded thermal break and thicker gasketing system reduces solar heat gain and condensation. Bowtie terracotta cladding Palagio Engineering Developed specially for the courtyard of a luxury high-rise in Manhattan, these ivory bowtie-shaped terracotta slabs reflect natural light to increase brightness to the center of the building. The glossy tiles are attached to an invisible anchoring system that creates a geometric, continuous cladding. MULTIFIX Rockwool Improve a building’s energy performance and efficiency with Rockwool’s hybrid stone-wool roofing insulation and coverboard. The flat roof weather barrier requires just one layer, making the entire assembly of a project easier and faster. And like all of the company’s products, the insulation is made of non-combustible material with a melting point of up to 2150°F—hot damn! AdvanTech Subfloor Adhesive Huber As an alternative to slower, more laborsome floor assembly, Huber’s polyurethane adhesive gel allows for quicker installation (a great solution for rising labor costs) on dry, wet, or frozen wood. It can also be used to fill in gaps in irregular surfaces. Cabrio Balcony Velux This skylight cleverly expands living spaces by folding out into an extended awning makeshift balcony. The metamorphic opening activates the otherwise hard-to-use space beneath a steeply angled ceiling. The design is more or less straightforward and mechanical, opening and closing without much effort, just like any window.
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L.A.-based design studio Commune debuts first collaboration with West Elm

West Elm is no stranger to collaborating with small design studios and up-and-coming artists that tend to have their own cult following. The new collection designed by Los Angeles-based Commune mixes midcentury touches that West Elm is known for, with an appreciation for craftsmanship and holistic design portrayed in all of Commune's projects. Commune is a multidisciplinary firm that works across myriad fields including architecture, interior design, graphic design, product management, and brand management. Most recently they completed an exhibition design at LACMA as well as multiple residential and commercial projects in Los Angeles. The diverse collection could easily complement any existing West Elm styles while also providing some fresh textiles like shearling and graphic art prints that rework classic images. “Our collection with Commune focuses on modular pieces that transition from lounging to entertaining—in a palette of neutral colors and natural textures that will patina over time to evoke a relaxed, effortless interior," Johanna Uurasjarvi, senior vice president of design at West Elm, stated in a press release. The 50-plus piece collection of furnishings, textiles, home accessories, planters, rugs, and wall art is available this week, exclusively at
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Product>Whimsical Wall Coverings

From classic patterns in unexpected textures (hey, jute) to over-the-top prints resembling antique Spanish tiles, we found high-quality wallpapers for every design aesthetic. Deco Embroider Carnegie With the newest product additions, Carnegie is the largest PVC-free program in sustainable commercial wall coverings. Xorel is a really remarkable product: it is a woven textile that exceeds the Type II vinyl performance. It is also highly durable, easy to clean, and tear resistant. The textile is also Cradle-to-Cradle Gold certified as biologically safe and healthy. Clemente Eskayel The patterns of the Presidio collection are a reflection of designer Shanan Campanaro's inland San Diego roots. Clemente (pictured above) is an organic, foliage dense pattern named after San Clemente Canyon, famously filled with eucalyptus trees. It is available in three colorways. Granada Wallpepper Inspired by Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed tiles, Granada is a kaleidoscope of blues and whites, that will make any kitchen or bath look like a painstakingly collected group of vintage tiles have been laid into place, without the cost or effort. Burnish Innovations The most recent collection from Innovations is inspired by fashion and different fabric textures such as the iconic Chanel tweed. Burnish is one of two new Type II vinyl wall coverings that are suitable for hospitality, commercial, and residential interiors. This amorphic repeat print is based on a frost patterns found by the designers while window shopping for jewelry in New York City. Akaishi Zoffany Zoffany's Fall 2016 collection is inspired by Japanese design and nature. The subtle patterns emanate from the painterly brushstrokes in traditional Japanese art. A first for Zoffany is the addition of fabric wall coverings. Textural patterns are woven as jacquards, paper-backed, and in some cases, digitally printed. Natural Village Orlean This collection, entitled Natural Village, contains handmade wall coverings. Each pattern is sewn by hand. Before that, the fibers of the plants are harvested, carefully selected, washed, dried, and stretched in the sunlight. They are collected and grouped into small portions before they are sewn on traditional looms. Natural variations are noticeable in each print, making each panel unique. KAWNEER_urban_596x322_archnewspaper_july
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Celebrating American design on the 4th of July

The fourth of July is a day to commemorate our independence and history of independent thinking, our American spirit if you will. Though it’s not common knowledge, design is actually a major part of this American history. Dating back to the nation’s founding, innovation and skill in furniture making helped create an American identity. Carpenters such as Benjamin Randolph and John Townsend pioneered the craft and created distinct American styles. In fact, Thomas Jefferson himself designed a swivel chair. It goes without saying that American design continues to thrive some 200 years later. So let’s take this time to once again appreciate America’s innovate craftsmanship and spirit. Featured are 13 great American manufactures that continue this American tradition. Lindsey Adelman BB.09.36 in brushed brass with grey globes Room and Board Hutton Sofa, Tulum Rug, Slim Bookcase   Robert Sukrachand Gibbous Table   Sam Keene Give Seat     Dunn Studio Kingstown Stool   Rich Brilliant Willing Cinema Chandelier   HenryBuilt Handcrafted kitchen systems and solid wood furniture.   Box Furniture Co Audio Rack and Devore Fidelity Speakers   CBR Studio Lofbelli Table   Mark Jupiter Xref Desk   Ample Modern Floorlamp   Bend Switch Table Stool   Humanscale Quick Stand
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Product>Exterior Operable Walls

These exterior walls turn residential interiors into open-air dwellings and admit gorgeous views into commercial spaces.

Invisible Sill Vitrocsa

By bringing the sill underneath the floor and raising the sliding panels on continuous stilts, which run in floor slots and rest on recessed stainless-steel roller bearings, this system is able to create a completely seamless floor from inside to out.

Vinyl Folding System LaCantina Doors

After noticing a gap in the market, LaCantina added a line of high quality, contemporary lightweight vinyl doors. The panels feature narrow 2 15/16-inch stile and rail profiles for more glass and light. LaCantina offers the collection in standard and custom sizes up to eight feet tall and 18 feet wide, in white or tan, with either brass or stainless-steel hardware.

Sliding Door Automatic Control Marvin Windows and Doors

Marvin has fully automated its collection of doors, including biparting pocket and stacked models, as well as unidirectional pocket and stacked options, which allow for extremely large sizes. The Sliding Door Automatic Control runs on a 100-volt motor system and has a battery-powered wireless motion sensor for safety.

Movable Wall System Panoramah

Panoramah offers a wide range of custom sliding window systems that guarantee excellent thermal and acoustic performance. The ball-bearing movement system enables glass panels to move effortlessly. Unlike traditional systems, the glass supports itself—the aluminum frame is there to merely tighten the window.

Siteline Jeld-Wen

The newest mid-tier addition to Jeld-Wen’s line of wood and clad-wood window and door styles, Siteline provides improved thermal performance and meets 2016 Energy Star 6.0 requirements at a budget-friendly price. All of the products in this line come standard with a lifetime warranty and AuraLast wood, which does not rot and is manufactured with Jeld-Wen’s proprietary water-based wood-protection process.

Zero Window Reveal Windows & Doors

The Zero Window is the only one on the market with zero interior wood sightlines. It is available in casement, awning, and fixed configurations with custom sizes and myriad types of wood or aluminum-clad wood in a variety of paint and stain options. It also features a pop-up handle that is completely hidden until the window is opened.

Camargue Renson

This terrace cover, with horizontal sun protection and a waterproof roof system, is equipped with rotating aluminum blades. It can be mounted as a standalone fixture, fitted to an outside wall, or built into an existing opening. It can also be outfitted with wind-resistant screens or glass sliding doors or panels.

Mira Premium Impact Series Ply Gem

The demand for impact-resistant windows and doors has grown exponentially in areas prone to storms. Based on technology used in automotive safety glass, Ply Gem’s impact-rated options reduce the need for storm shutters or plywood panels. The two- and three-panel sliding doors are available in heights up to eight feet with 46 exterior color options.

VistaLuxe Kolbe

Intended for large openings (up to 24 feet wide and 10 feet tall), the VistaLuxe collection is available in both stacking and pocket-wall options. An automated system can be operated by easy push-button controls, as well as high-tech touch screens and wireless wall and remote controls.


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Product>Interior Operable Walls

New interior systems offer endless flexibility to create both privacy and community in open layouts. Room Dividers Anyway Doors

These virtually invisible pivoting hinges offer a unique 360-degree central pivoting door. The innovative system makes it possible for a 300-pound door to feel incredibly light without using built-in floor fixtures. The pivot door closes soundlessly by means of a patented locking technology integrated in the door and frame. A frameless system is also available.

Privasee NanaWall

The first and only all-glass single track sliding system on the market, PrivaSEE is specifically engineered for enhanced acoustical separation. Most conference rooms call for a sound rating of STC 35, which means a fixed glass partition is necessary, but NanaWall’s newest system receives an STC of 36, providing the option for the room to be completely open.

GlassBOX Carvart by Soema

Carvart collaborated with European brand Soema on these sophisticated bathroom cubicles, available in vividly colored tempered laminated glass in a smooth or satin finish. The delicate yet durable panels resist scratches and adapt to atmospheric changes, as well as offer a nanotechnological treatment to resist fingerprints and repel germs.

(Courtesy Innovative Glass) eGlass Switchable Glass Innovative Glass A hygienic and maintenance-free alternative for patient privacy, eGlass provides vision control on demand with the flip of a switch. Unlike fabric curtains, eGlass allows for shared light and sound reduction and can be easily cleaned. Monterey C.R. Laurence

Available in window and door-window combinations, these top-hung panels glide with minimal effort. The system is thermally broken and constructed for extreme weather conditions and is suitable for interior and exterior use. The newest feature to the collection is a retractable pleated screen option that is durable, but quite sheer, so as not to obstruct visibility.

Vinyl Folding System LaCantina Doors

LaCantina Doors’ new Vinyl Folding System brings high quality contemporary styling to the vinyl door market.

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Products that make living small easier for all

Cities like New York and San Francisco may be big, but if you live there, your apartment probably won’t be described as such. Of course this isn’t news to you, but what might be are some of these beautiful products that can easily fit in your compact dwelling. You just may find that these space-economizing products can make even the smallest apartment feel spacious and look beautiful. Bookniture Bookniture For all those inclined toward books, consider this hardcover that unfolds into a stool. Perfect for the unexpected guest at your dinner party and quite easy to carry on moving day. Bloc-d-Sofa Scott Jones Design The Bloc-d-Sofa features modular cushions that can switch from a settee to a daybed and more. This brilliant design gives you more freedom with you space. Visa Wild Spirt The Visa is a charming, compact little desk that seamlessly combines with it’s matching chair. As If From Nowhere Orla Reynolds Studio These storage units don't just store books and knickknacks; they are brilliantly designed to incorporate a set of chairs and a table. They can also be easily arranged in any fashion. Stark 3 Duravit The Stark 3 collection at Duravit is perfect for any small bathroom. The Stark Compact toilet and washbasin are so tiny they might even free up enough space for a bathtub. Tuck Bed Full Casa Collection When you think of Tucked beds, an image of 70s interiors with dingy shag carpets may come to mind, but that’s not impression you'd probably get from the Casa Collection’s space-saving solutions. They are beautifully designed and quite practical. Smeg Fab 32 Smeg This is no minifridge. It’s complete with a wine cooler, and unlike most fridges on the market, its has the advantage of a small 24”-wide-footprint (not to mention its beautiful Italian design).
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Product> Live Stream: High-Tech Bath Hardware

The newest bath plumbing products are not only designed to produce water, they also provide innovative features like chromatherapy, aromatherapy, and custom temperature and pressure adjustments. Shower Plus Zucchetti. Kos Dedicated to wellness and personal care, the Shower Plus collection includes a wide range of showerheads that are outfitted with colored lighting, three aromatherapy options, and a variety of water jets. The showerheads are available in round, square, and rectangular shapes. Croma Select 
E 110 3-Jet Handshower Hansgrohe This chrome-finished handshower features three spray modes—SoftRain, IntenseRain, and Massage—that can be selected by the push of a button. The Croma Select E 110 3-Jet Handshower features a 2.0 GPM flow, a 30-degree adjustment, and comes with a 63-inch Techniflex Hose and a Showerarm Mount with a handshower holder. P3 Comforts Duravit Duravit has partnered with Phoenix Design to create P3 Comforts, a collection of comfort-inspired bathroom products designed to be experienced by all five senses. The wide-ranging collection includes washbasins, rimless toilets, bidets, bath and whirl tubs, and shower trays. Elbow Spout Sonoma Forge Compatible with ramp-style and small sinks, Elbow Spout produces a straight-down stream of water. New to the WaterBridge faucet collection, the Elbow Spout resembles raw plumbing parts and comes in four finishes—Rustic Copper, Rustic Nickel, Satin Nickel, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze. The faucet is also available in various sizes, spout styles, and handle styles. W2 Wave Tub WETSTYLE W2 Wave Tub is part of WETSTYLE’s new W2 line that includes three freestanding soaking tubs and Element Furniture—an all-wood bathroom furniture collection. Inspired by a rolling wave, the tub can hold up to 68 gallons and is available in Apollo White, glossy and matte finish options. Flor Mini Lowinfo Part of the Kast family of concrete basins, Flor Mini is a downsized version of the standard Flor model. The basin features a concealed drain, and it’s available in six neutral colors, left- or right-handed basin options, and with or without brackets. Flor Mini is also designed for use with a wall-mounted tap, and it can be supplied with taps, traps, and wastes.
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Product> Temperature Controlled: Smart HVAC Systems

Smart HVAC products are quickly gaining traction in the architecture and design industry. From air curtains to smart thermostats, managing heating and cooling systems has never been easier. Smart Thermostat Momit Connect Smart Thermostat to any smartphone, tablet, or PC and control HVAC systems with your fingertips. This thermostat features three modes—Smart, Ambient, and Presence—that are energy efficient. It’s designed with a glass finish, six display options, detectable sensors, and 30 easy-to-use features. Model AB Reznor Designed for installation over docks and bays, these industrial air curtains block wind from entering buildings to help keep cool air indoors during warm months. The air curtains are powered by gas or propane and can run in a blower-only mode. Model AB comes in two sizes, which can be joined together to reach a maximum width of 22 feet. V-Series Allied Air Enterprises New to the Magic-Pak family, V-Series is a heating and cooling single-packaged vertical unit that’s made for both multifamily and mixed-use environments. It’s available in 1-, 1.5-, 2-, and 2.5-ton capacities and both gas-electric unit and electric-electric unit options. The V-Series efficiencies range from 9.2 to 11.0 EER and 80 to 90 percent TE. ecobee3 ecobee This smart thermostat includes wireless remote sensors that measure the temperature in a variety of rooms, allowing homeowners to remotely adjust heating, cooling, humidity, and fan settings with ecobee’s residential mobile app. Users can access multiple thermostats at once and schedule HVAC settings for long and short periods of time. Trilogy 45 Q-Mode ClimateMaster This geothermal heat pump system features more than 25 unit settings and iGate Connect, which allows the user to control the system via WiFi. Available in vertical-upflow, vertical-downflow, and horizontal compositions, this system sucks in heat from a designated space and stores it in the iGate Smart Tank hot water storage tank for use. Lyric Honeywell Lyric is an interactive thermostat that allows the user to remotely adjust heating, cooling, and humidity settings in a matter of seconds. The easy-to-use device features a three-inch round glass face, smart cues, geofencing technology, and a motion-sensing, illuminated display.
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Product> Smart Thinking: Integrative Smart Building Products

Make both residential and commercial buildings energy and time efficient with these top-notch smart lighting, security, and all-in-one products. Piper NV Piper Keep an eye on your home or office at all times with the Piper NV, a versatile smart security system with 180 degree day-night vision, a two-way audio system, a HD panoramic camera, customizable alerts, and three security modes—home, away, and vacation. Piper NV comes in Raven Black or Polar White. DC-600E Integration Controller Mitsubishi Electric This multiuse controller allows the user to design, program, install, train, and follow-up on an integration process all with one device. With this controller, the user can manage heating, cooling, carbon monoxide, lighting, and water, all while saving energy and lowering costs. Daylight Dimmer Solatube New to the SkyVault Series, the switch-controlled, 29-inch-wide Daylight Dimmer distributes even amounts of natural light throughout commercial spaces. Outfitted with Solatube’s patented butterfly baffle, the dimmer reduces flares during both opening and closing. It’s compatible with any of the Solatube SkyVault products. Palladiom QS Lutron This wireless lighting and shading keypad is designed for hospitality environments. The keypad is equipped with adjustable and customizable backlit engraved text that can be brightened or dimmed as needed. The keypad comes in both rectangular and square shapes, and it’s available in ten architectural matte plastic finishes, 11 architectural metals, and a white glass finish. OS 2.8 Control4 Managing home security, entertainment, lighting, and HVAC systems from your smart phone is easier than ever with the new and improved OS 2.8 for Control4 devices. The OS 2.8 allows users to lock and unlock doors, open and close gates and garage doors, stream music, and access project data via the new dealer tools. MATCH D1MP AND MATCH D2MP Luxul Manage light settings and monitor energy consumption with these two metered smart switches. MATCH D1MP works with LED driver dimmers with phase dimming, while MATCH D2MP is compatible with LED driver dimmers with 0-10V dimming. Both switches feature a 120V/240V power supply and are operated via tablet or smartphone.
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AN 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: 16 design-heavy gifts sure to please everyone on your list

The holidays are quickly approaching, and AN has found the best architecture and design gifts to give (or receive) this season. Here are 16 must-have gifts for everyone on your list. The High Line Phaidon Get the inside scoop behind the inspiration and creation of New York’s notable elevated park, The High Line. This hefty tome includes 50 gatefolds and 570 illustrations. $75 Framed Benhaddou Laser Cut Paper Art Molly M Designs Dress up any office or home with this 16- by-16-inch, 3-D paper art masterpiece made of stacked laser-cut paper and framed with poplar wood. $182 Structo Table Curio Design Equipped with Bluetooth technology and both task and ambient light features, this table lamp will bring a pop of color to any office environment. $250 Mod Tablet 2  This Is Ground A handy carryall case for tablets helps you keep your tablet, phone, pens, stylus, glasses, cards, cash, notebooks, small items, open compartments, and cords organized during travel. It’s available in five colorways and also serves as a soft tablet stand. $299 Arbesser Blankets Hem These warm and snuggly throw blankets come in two patterns: Arch and Stripe. Arch is made of New Zealand wool, and Stripe is comprised of 100 percent New Zealand lambswool. Both come in four unique colorways. $120-$150 Measure Up Pendant Set Whitebeam Studio This matte and polished stainless-steel necklace features calipers, a ruler, and L square charms. $113 Courtesy TOM DIXON Brew Cafetiere and Espresso Cups Tom Dixon Coffee enthusiasts will enjoy the copper-finished, stainless-steel cafetiere and espresso cup set—the latest additionsto Tom Dixon’s Brew line of coffee products. Espresso Cups: $130; Cafetiere: $185 Camera Shoulder Bag WELCOMEPROJECTS Accessorize any outfit with this trendy twin-lens camera bag. Measuring four-and-a half inches long, four inches wide, and eight inches tall, this bag is suitable for all seasons. $760 Condiment Architecture Aldo Cibic Perfect for a table centerpiece, this nine-piece condiment set is made of bone china and features salt and pepper shakers, a vase, a toothpick holder, three ramekins, a pitcher, and a tray. $80 An Igloo On The Moon  Circa Press Let your young architect explore the many wonders of building with this historic and informative read by David Jenkins. $30 Plank Scarf Sam Jacob Studio Beat the cold this winter with this warm, twotoned scarf. Wood planks inspired the pattern and the yarn fringes mimic wood splinters. $38 Grid x Line Still Room The design of this foil-stamped stationary set includes a one-inch grid and two line weights. Grid x Line is available in six eye-catching foil colors and two paper types. $5.50-$9 Park Plate Collection notNeutral The National Mall in Washington, D.C., makes it table-side debut in this collection of plates, which includes images of Lincoln Memorial, Tidal Basin, Museum Core, and Capitol Hill. Individual: $50; Set: $180 White Brass Jewelry Collection Marmol Radziner Designed by Marmol Radziner Chief Jewelry Designer Robin Cottle, this fashion-forward jewelry line includes lightweight rings, three wrist cuffs, and earrings. $125 and up Ceramic Bowls and Glasses  Vipp Vipp has joined forces with Danish ceramicist Annemette Kissow to create a seven-piece, handcrafted collection consisting of a bowl, milk jug, egg ring, plate, espresso cup, coffee and teacup, and glasses. $35-$49 Livescribe Notebook Moleskine Moleskine partnered with Livescribe to create a high-tech notebook that turns handwritten notes into digital documents. The notebook works with Livescribe smartpens and the Livescribe+ app. $30