Liliput

Kaweco fuses heritage and modern convenience in an ultra-portable fountain pen

Named for the diminutive island dwellers of Gulliver’s Travels, Liliput is a petite new pen from heritage German pen-maker Kaweco. True to its name, the pen measures only 3.8 inches when closed, expanding to five when posed for writing. At first glance, the cylindrical capsule could be anything from an EpiPen to an elongated pillbox, but don’t let its austerity fool you. Made from solid …

Chair

Switzerland's newest design trio debuts their dead simple chair designed for taking it easy

A simple concept with an equally simple name, “Chair” has an extended backrest, designed so you can easily throw your arm over it and relax. Easily stackable and with a straightforward geometric form, on first take Chair looks like it might be one of Ikea’s more high-quality products. But, the brainchild of Arnault Weber, Camille Blin and Emmanuel Mbesse—the industrious trio behind the newly-formed A …

Artek 2011

Fixtures that put light first and other revelations from Finland's design pioneers

In 2010 Artek celebrated its 75th anniversary. This past week as part of Milan’s design festivities, the Finnish company made a strong statement positioning themselves with a confident eye toward the future, grounded by their design heritage as they head into their 76th year. Along with a new forward-thinking line of lighting fixtures called White (pictured above), Artek announced Open Archives, an online repository of …