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.
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.