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Topman Denim Jacket Project

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Firstly I’m a huge fan of the classic denim jacket, and these are some of the best I’ve seen in a long time.

The Denim Jacket Project sees the high street store commission six British and American designers to have a crack at reinventing the classic jean jacket. It’s no easy feat: the jean jacket has long been a staple of men’s wardrobes. While fashions come and go (stone-washed, indigo or acid wash denim, slim fit or boxy), the general idea hasn’t changed a huge amount since Levi’s started producing them in the early 1900s.

One most high profile name on board is the British designer Oliver Spencer, known for his relaxed casual tailoring and outerwear. Here he has taken inspiration from the classic leather biker jacket and recreated it in a bright blue denim.

I expect one of the most popular jackets will be the one by Katie Eary, who has used bleached out denim and added a detachable borg collar. It’s an unassuming, simple design – until you unbutton it. It’s lined in a bold animal print. Very on-trend this spring is the offering by Topman Design, which is my particular favourite Topman’s in-house design studio. It’s based on a 1930s shape and has been created made from a dark, polka dot printed denim. The other designers on board are Lou Dalton, Shaun Samson and Mark McNairy. See all the designs below

Denim Jacket Project launched yesterday , April 4, and is available at Topman Oxford Circus, Topman General Store Shoreditch, Topman General Store Seven Dials, Topman.com, Harrods, Selfridges, Topman Manchester Arndale.

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Inbox Mini Cargo Crates

Normally hearing the term “inbox” gives me a slight anxiety attack. I think of all the emails I’ve put off responding to that are now buried in a pile of spam trying to sell  “enhancement” pills, painkillers and toner cartridges. I would feel a little better about tackling that inbox if we had some Inbox Mini Cargo Crates surrounding the office desktop. I can’t explain it, but little wooden replicas are just visually appealing to us lads. These mini cargo crates are ideal for holding the billions of random pens and half-dead highlighters strewn about your desk. Each set contains 3 crates that fit inside each other like a far more rugged version of some Russian nesting doll. Check ’em out here


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Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981

I’m a massive Apple fan and love BOTH my iPhone. No other phone has turned my head since I purchased my first generation iPhone all them years ago but give praise where it’s due this is a beautiful looking phone…still wont make me defect though. For all you Blackberry welding lunatics though…..

Luxury automaker turned industrial design brand Porsche Design has announced its first smartphone alongsideResearch in Motion. The BlackBerry P’9981 offers superior engineering and performance encapsulated within a forged stainless-steel frame with leather accenting. A unique PIN for each device helps P’9981 users identify one another. Porsche’s iconic style is clear in this gadget, which is being labeled a landmark in it’s design history; epitomizing the idea that form equals function. More information is available on the RIM website here.

 

Raf Simons Home by WSJ

WSJ spent some time with designer, Raf Simons, at his home in Antwerp, Belgium. “Designed in 1968—Simons thinks it’s kismet that it’s the year he was born—by a Belgian couple who imported Modernist furniture, the two-story, open-floor-plan apartment is a primer in mid-century Modernism. A longtime collector of mid-century furniture, Simons knew he would buy it the minute he saw the wenge-wood floating staircase, built-in cabinets and floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass windows.” LINK

Apple Campus in Cupertino by Foster + Partners

The relocation of Apple’s flagship headquarters from Cupertino’s Infinity Loop to a grassy 150 acres has been the talk of Silicon Valley. Freshly released details include the commission of United Kingdom architects Foster + Partners in tandem with ARUP North America and Kier & Wright, a local civil engineering firm that counts the likes of eBay and Nvidia as clients.

The circular design was implemented by Apple themselves: an absolutely curved infrastructure void of straight angled glass with a courtyard situated in its core; cited as both to enhance campus security and internal circulations. The 2.8 million square feet on which it is situated on includes an office and R&D facilities for up to 13,000 employees, a 1,000 seat auditorium, fitness center, research facilities, central plant, and underground parking.

Perhaps Apple’s greatest achievement comes from its environmental endeavors through generating its own electricity via an on-site Central Plant, open green spaces for employee enjoyment, and “to exceed sustainability goals through integrated design and development”.

New Budweiser Can by JKR

his week american beer brand budweiser presented its new cans designed by london-based JKR. The ‘bowtie’ design is the 12th can redesign since the company started using them in 1936. the new design gives greater importance to the ‘budweiser bowtie’ that was created as a symbol to encourage people to order the beer by its full name, instead of just by its nickname ‘bud’.

 

My Cup by Efrat Gommeh

‘My Cup’ is a wicked little design to stop people nicking your favourite mug. The design features a hole which prevents individuals, other than the owner, from using the mug, accompanied by a key to close the hole so that the drinking vessel then becomes usable.