Kickstarter

With Tuls, You’re Never a Tool.

This new Kickstarter project from Dave & Calvin Laituri reminds me of my long ago days in graphic design and drafting when we used die cut templates to draw circles, ovals, arcs, curves, lines, boxes, and more. I think that nostalgia might be one of the reasons I like Tuls, but the reality is Tuls is a really nice design solution for people that need small tools which take up little space.

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Tuls are a set of compact, credit card-sized tools designed to solve a range of everyday problems. Tuls are bundled in functionally complimentary sets. They are small and flat enough to fit on your keychain or in your wallet. The thinking behind them is simple. Tuls are there for you in those times when you can’t reach the tool you wish you had. Each laser cut Tul is made from 18 gauge stainless steel or titanium, about as thick and rigid as a US dime; tough, durable and built to last.

True Industrial Design in Watchmaking. A.Manzoni & Fils.

“Design is like a bridge between a company and a consumer which can build a trustworthy and reliable friendship.” that statement marks the thinking behind the relaunch of the Swiss watch brand A. Manzoni and Fills. A kickstarter project being spearheaded by Oliver Ike, and Ikka Suppanen is bringing together the best of Swiss watch making with modern industrial design aesthetics. The result–fantastic looking watches, great packaging, and brand identity. From the photos posted on the Kickstarter page, it looks like Ike and Suppanen are bringing it.

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“The lack of true industrial design in watchmaking gives a new player a brilliant opportunity to fill a market niche.”

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The two chose  to resurect the A. Manzoni and Fills brand because of the storied history of the firm that was originally launched in 1888 in Arogno. A.Manzoni & Fils produced watch movements until closing 1978. Ike has worked with Suppanen for 3 years to develop this series of timepieces.  The product is filled with cultural referencing in detail, sensual shape and interesting mechanical functions. Through this they have recreated the original Swiss craftsmanship that A. Manzoni & Fils became famous for.

For more information and photos click the links above.

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Cuoiela is Gonna Save My Backside.

The older I get, the less crap I like to carry with me. This means my wallet is supposed to be getting thinner, and more compact. Unfortunately it isn’t, it’s actually gotten a bit thicker which means I can’t keep it in my back pocket when I’m driving or sitting. The thickness makes my butt and lower back hurt. Yes I’m serious. So what’s a guy to do? Look for a new wallet that limits the amount of crap you can carry with you.

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Cuoiela is a project I found on Kickstarter from Virginia based Nolla Design. This wallet has roo for 2 to 8 cards plus some cash. The design is thin, compact and flexible. It is a cure for the bulky oversized, overstuffed wallets so many people carry with them today. Cuoiela is a completely smooth wallet with no over stitching, that holds your possessions discretely. The Cuoiela wallet is made from high quality Italian leather and elastic fabric band, and has a nice simple look to it. Once again, form and function joined seamlessly to produce a well designed useful object.

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During my design research, I found that many card wallets are simply about function but if you think about it, a wallet is something that we carry around every day and show off to the world. Thus, I was motivated to design the Cuoiela, the wallet that is not only slim and convenient, but also feels stylish and precious to the owner.

cuoiela from nolladesign on Vimeo.