Maison & Objet 2018: Products for City Commuters

Backpacks, helmets, lights and more for those on the move

With some 54% of the world’s population living in cities (a percentage that continues to increase), it’s no surprise that we found a lot of products for commuters—specifically cyclists—at this year’s Maison & Objet. From headphone cleaning kits to foldable helmets, lights, bags, and more, each of our favorite pieces below combine design with functionality and practicality. Of course, style isn’t sacrificed. Melbourne, Australia’s Memobottle …

PAIX Commuter Backpack

A new bag with all the staples, plus a smart interchangeable accessory

New SF-based company PAIX believes they’ve designed what many have tried to achieve: the ultimate commuter backpack. Made from water-resistant CyclePET® fabric (which in turn, is made from recycled PET bottles), BackPAIX has the staples: 30 liters of space, lots of pockets including one with side access for a 15-inch laptop or tablet—and it even claims to be fully weatherproof. The uncommon extras are a …

Regulars 02 by Thisispaper

Pared down, go-to bags handmade in Warsaw

Warsaw-based Thisispaper is an adventurous design studio that’s thrived in not only crafting local pieces (with fervent care toward environment and makers) but beautiful online and print content as well (which rarely features the brand, instead focusing the spotlight on other interesting makers of the moment). The small team has recently released their second iteration of Regulars: simple, everyday bags made to order by hand …

Rechargeable Electric Wheels

Futuristic scooters, two-wheelers and even a foldable bike for an upgraded commute

Glide through traffic without spewing any fumes, thanks to the plethora of e-wheels that are becoming available—though laws around the world are huffing and puffing to keep up. Below are new iterations of two-wheeled personal vehicles that are changing stereotypes. Novelty toys no more, these electric machines hint at the future of mobility and urban commuting, which looks to be efficient and intelligent—without losing any …

Street and Bike-ready Capes from Cleverhood

Technical fabrics and features packed into a highly functional piece of outerwear

Commuting by bicycle doesn’t necessarily mean throwing on spandex or overhauling your wardrobe. In cities with deeply embedded bike commuting cultures like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, riders often incorporate one or two functional clothing items with their day-to-day rotation without compromising their personal style. Inspired by slow-biking culture, Providence, RI-based Cleverhood‘s capes inspire riders to hit the road in any weather. The unisex design fits easily …