Hurray, the Leaving Cert is over. Boo, it’s time for college. As students the world over brace themselves for for the sweet purgatory that is college, I thought it apt to feature The Carbon Crusader’s profanity-riddled pencils. The first day in a new school is the perfect setting for trying out a badass new attitude and these lewd leads will make you look tough as nails even if you spend each night sobbing into your blanky. Sure, pencils are a bit nerdy, and I’m not definite that the iPhone generation even know how to use them, but these sketchers are bound to earn you some kind of scary-cool nickname. Like Snake, yes I rather like Snake. Well, if someone’s going to borrow your stuff and never give it back they might as well be reminded just what a bad mo-fo you are. The pencils come in sets of three (€3.10) and six (€6.10) from the Carbon Crusader’s store.
Don’t know your Alexander from your Zac? For shame. Being able to spot a designer look from a 50 paces is going to get a whole load easier thanks to the fashion alphabet art prints I’ve designed for your printing pleasure. Featuring each designer’s signature print, start learning your ABC’s now and you’ll be a devil in Primark in no time. Admittedly I’ve only got to C but E, F and G are coming soon so stay tuned. I’m anticipating some head-scratchers to come but really I’m quite confident with my alphabet skills. Up until elemenopee anyway, I always start singing Twinkle, Twinkle from there. To print, simply click on the image below and right-click to save to your desktop. Your local printers should bang them out for you for mere quids.
Ever have a cocktail-loving celeb call over only to discover that your drinks cabinet is about as well stocked as Lindsay Lohan’s library? Me neither, but the clever Brooklynites at Pop Chart Labs have created an infographic-like poster that teams up famous people from film and literature with their favourite tipples. From The Dude’s White Russian to Senior Szylak’s Flaming Moe, via Sugar Kane’s Manhattan (and other folks that smarter folk than I will recognise), the poster includes recipes for each one.
Pop Chart Labs aren’t just about the cocktails though. They’ve also created clever info-packed prints that focus on Martinis, alcohols and, eh, cheese. The perfect present for that special someone who’s going to stab you if you give them another damn bottle opener.
You’ve probably noticed that we like art prints here in the Style It cell. We like them a lot. But figuring out ways of hanging art can be a bitch. We’ve already discussed no-frame ways of hanging prints, but the clever folks at OpenFrame have come up with a semi-permanent solution for those willing to commit to a hole in the wall, but not to the actual poster.
OpenFrame is, in essence, a piece of wood that attaches to the wall and serves as a mount for posters that deserve to be displayed, but maybe not for too long. Super strong, teeny weeny magnets fix your print in place and make for a flexible display area. Available in 3 sizes from 10″ x 10″ to 24″ x 30″, and three finishes, the frames allow you to become your own awesomely indecisive curator and encourages the chopping and changing of your art, photos or memos. Better still, it helps to justify buying all those prints that you really, really want but don’t know where to put them.
For more details visit OpenFrame’s Kickstarter page (already funded) or buy them from Ugmonk, where you can also pick up the prints displayed. Prices start at around €27 for a 10″ x 10″ and go to €115 for a 24″ x 30″.
Fancying up carrots while making grown men gird their loins, the Karoto oversized parer is my kind of kitchen aid. Standing out as one of those why-didn’t-they-think-of-it-sooner gadgets, Israeli designer Avichai Tadmor‘s counter-top tool makes salad-worthy parings from carrots, cucumbers, courgettes and pretty much anything else you can fit into it. Whether or not you can use it when you lose your eyeliner sharpener remains to be seen, but anything that takes the soul-crushing tedium out of veg prep is good in my book. And by ‘veg prep’ I mean ‘cocktail garnishing’.
Get the Karoto Sharpener from Design Boom’s store, €12.