The NYC-based design company Areaware told me at the NY Gift Fair last week that they make products they can imagine at a flea market in 10 years. I like that criteria, and looking around their booth I could see that the products are not just well-made to guarantee a long technical life, but are also emotionally durable. Here their latest products:
Micro Cubebot by David Weeks
Here are some very cute plastic- and battery-free robots made from sustainably harvested wood, that are certainly not only meant for kids to play with.
Bow Bins by Cordula Kehrer
Designed by German artist Cordula Kehrer and commissioned by fair trade NGO Preda, this whimsical wastebasket is made by the indigenous Aeta people of the Philippines using traditional basket weaving techniques. This basket, which combines hand-woven and sustainably harvested rattan with colorful plastic, asks us to consider larger questions about the nature of design, the role of the hand-made, and the place of craft-based cultures in a globalized economy.
Doorstop by Dan Michalik
These cork stoppers prop your door open but can also be used as an iPad rest or for note pinning. Dan handcrafts them himself in his workshop in Brooklyn.
Driftwood Hooks by Kiel Mead
Washed up on NYC’s beaches, the driftwood is collected by the designer, bleached and stained to be turned into useful hooks in Brooklyn. They come in rainbow colours and no two are alike.