Cabane

Going the distance


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Toys rule. But as every parent knows, it’s too easy to obtain too many, too quickly. That’s what we love about Cabane – made-to-order, eco-friendly plush toys stitched by hand. They’re downright adorable but with double-stitching, they’re also super durable – making each creation something special that’ll go the distance.

Based in Montreal, Cabane is the brainchild of “a girl, a boy and a cat” (who we’d love to know more about). With sweet sewing skills and upcycled fabrics, the trio’s plushies are a gentle reminder that sometimes, there’s nothing better than handmade or second-hand – or both! Plus, all Cabanes are filled with a non-allergenic fibre. Cabane plushies FTW.


Makoko Floating School

Floating ideas


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In the Nigerian city of Lagos resides water community Makoko, where majority of the dwellers live in stilt structures above a polluted lagoon. To meet the educational needs of their growing population as well as help alleviate the risk of floods, urban planning company NLE built the Makoko Floating School – a structure built with a flotation platform at its base, which adapts to tidal changes and varying water levels.

With no need to worry about the damage that flooding and/or storm surges usually cause, the people of Makoko can concentrate on what’s important – educating their youth. The awesomeness of Makoko’s Floating School doesn’t stop there. It’s also been designed to use renewable energy, to recycle organic waste and to harvest rainwater. Yep, we’re hella impressed too.


The Floyd Leg

Limber up


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Legs. They’re beautiful things. Short, long, wide, skinny or strong, legs get you places and we’ve come across some we think you’ll really like. Meet The Floyd Leg. Like pins, Floyd can hold onto pretty much anything thanks to its simple clamping mechanism. Encouraging people to salvage materials and curate a table to their taste is an offering that’s pretty damn hard to resist. Just think of all the things you could turn into a table! Doors, windows, or just random bits of wood that are easy on the eye.

Designed and made in Detroit, Floyd was born from the desire to make moving house a little easier, as tables can be a biatch to juggle about. The studio behind these beloved legs strive to create products that fuse design and manufacturing by working hand-in-hand with local factories to create long-lasting, functional products. They’ve also just brought out a nifty shelf option – thanks guys – which looks like the perfect friend for our Floyd Leg.


Sa

Under my umbrella (ella ella eh eh eh)


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Finally. An umbrella we don’t want to scream at. Sa is an innovative geometric brolly that reimagines structure, form and aesthetics. With no metal in sight, Sa is lighter yet surprisingly stronger than most rain protectors thanks to its highly-recyclable, waterproof plastic. The brainchild of product designers Justin Nagelberg and Matthew Waldman,

Sa was inspired by the simplicity of origami – hence the minimal six-panel canopy and badass magnetic closure system. Having already reached their Kickstarter goal (actually that’s putting it lightly – they’ve smashed it out of the Kickstarter park), the design duo are set to reach their delivery target of March 2015. And we can’t wait… for it to rain.


Takeawei

Clay what?


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Originally hailing from Queensland, Australia, ceramicist Chela Edmunds was working as a textile designer in NYC when she began to feel the persistent call of her homeland and a career-swap to ceramics. Fast forward to present-day Melbourne and Edmunds is at the helm of Takeawei – her own line of beautiful, functional and playful handmade pieces

that includes planters, mugs and soy candle holders. Inspired by a swoonsome mix of nature, her native beach culture and good ol’ fashion, Edmunds’s work is simple, elegant and playful, and we’re pretty much coveting one of everything. Minimalism to the max! Race you to the online shop.