Art Meets Functionality: This 3D Printed Parisian Building Bookend is Perfect for the Literary Traveler

Humans go on holiday to unwind, designers go on holiday to get inspired! While on a trip to Paris, designer Ezra Feldman found himself looking at the Hausmann-style buildings around the city… and as he admired the tapered roofs on the buildings, an idea struck him! The tapered roof detail would serve as a great resting point for books! Feldman immediately rushed to his computer to mock up a model and make a 3D print, and voila! The Paris Bookend was born!

Designed to add a French charm to your bookshelf, the Paris Bookend is a miniature 3-storey building modeled in the classic Hausmann style. With a Mansard roof (that tilts in two places), the bookend lets your books naturally lean over against the side of the mini building, making it look as if the architecture is supporting your library. It comes with detailed out chimneys, windows, and an adorable red door too, adding a gorgeous Parisian charm to your home that feels a lot more authentic than those run-of-the-mill Eiffel Tower memorabilia.

Designer: Ezra Feldman

The building, modeled in pretty vivid detail, sits on a plastic plinth or platform that also holds one book, prompting it to rest at an angle. The part of the roof where the book rests has no window, allowing the roof to be absolutely flat so the books can rest on it without getting damaged. The front and side, however, feature windows with or without curtains, to add a little visual drama, and a red door that almost feels like an iconic entrance to a quaint cafe or bookshop.

While you can’t directly buy the bookend, Feldman does sell the 3D file online for as little as $1.6 USD, where you can download the CAD file in all its various parts and print it on your own 3D printer. Feldman recommends printing the base platform with a high infill so it doesn’t collapse in on itself, and the building itself can be either left untouched with the supports inside it, or can be hollowed out and turned into an illuminating lamp with hollow windows that let light seep outwards! It’s all up to you!

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realme and Heliot Emil design a phone chest strap worthy of Paris Fashion Week

Almost all smartphone brands try to wax philosophical about the design and manufacturing processes that their tech-oriented devices go through each generation. This kind of marketing language has become even more pronounced in recent years as more people see smartphones as more than just some piece of equipment but also a part of their lifestyle and even their personality. Apple is often regarded as the exemplar in this area with its acute attention to detail and thoughtful, minimalist designs. It isn’t the only one, of course, and young phone brand realme is taking big steps in that direction, including making its presence known at this year’s Paris Fashion Week.

Designer: Heliot Emil for realme

For the longest time, smartphones were seen simply as computers in our pockets, glorified telephones that you can take anywhere with you, connect to the Internet, and maybe watch videos or play a game or two. Their nature and people’s perception leaned more towards technological tools, and their designs revolve around usability and ergonomics more than style and presentation. The outlier seems to have been Apple, whose iPhones were regarded as lifestyle products more than just tools. It seems, however, that rest of the mobile industry has caught on, especially now that smartphones are also becoming instruments of self-expression.

realme is a brand that was born from the need to target a more youthful audience, an age group that thirsted for and demanded products that matched their often mercurial lifestyles. At first, that mission seemed to center around offering smartphones that younger people could easily afford, but realme has quickly grown up to cater to a more discerning crowd, one that placed beautiful product design on the same level as cameras and battery life. Thus, the realme Design Studio was born in 2020, amidst a chaotic wave of changes battering the world, producing a variety of products that tickled the senses as much as the mind.

realme’s new taste for design probably found its highest expression at the Paris Fashion Week, where the who’s who of haute couture converge to flaunt their latest visions and expressions. This year, the phone brand joined minds with Copenhagen-based fashion marque HELIO EMIL to create a functional and fashionable accessory that showcases how “techwear meets tech.” A chest strap bag, which almost looks like a gun holster, becomes a classy way to carry your phone securely while showing off its stylish design seen through cutouts on the bag’s leather-like surface.

The smartphone bag itself is already an eye-catching piece, but it was designed to hold an even more eye-catching phone. Those holes are intended to let the realme 9 PRO+ flaunt its starlight-inspired design, especially the Sunrise Blue model, whose hue changes from blue to red when exposed to UV light like the sun. In effect, you would be proudly wearing a color-changing piece of technology on your chest and showcasing realme’s love for trendsetting designs.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for the phone brand, though. realme has already collaborated with design industry giants, including the likes of Naoto Fukasawa, hailed as a master of contemporary industrial design and whose brilliant mind brought into being a luggage-inspired phone last year and this year’s environmentally-conscious device. In fact, realme made its boldest step yet this year when it launched the first phone with a bio-based polymer shell, establishing itself as a brand that isn’t just concerned about looks but also about its role in creating a greener tomorrow.

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The Skyline Chess Set lets you play a game of chess with your favorite city’s iconic buildings!

Imagine the Harry Potter chess set… but with Muggle Architecture.

With 6 cities to choose from, scattered across North America, Europe, and Asia, the Skyline Chess set makes the game of chess a tad bit grander and classier than you’d expect. The board comes with its patent checkered design, but ditches the conventional army-inspired chess pieces for scaled-down replicas of iconic landmarks like the Burj, Eiffel, London Eye, and the Empire State Building.

Designer: Skyline Chess

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The chess set converts city skylines into chess players, with entire sets dedicated to the iconic buildings of New York, San Francisco, Chicago, London, Paris, and Dubai. Skyline Chess Sets let you play either as a singular city (with the board effectively being a visual representation of the city’s map) or battle it out between two cities, finally settling the debate of which one’s better – New York or London!

Each Skyline Chess Set comes in a variety of materials, featuring pieces made from acrylic, stainless steel, or even luxurious bronze, and the boards made out of card, wood, or marble. True-blue architecture enthusiasts can even grab brutalist editions of the game with die-cast resin pieces painted the signature concrete gray!

Combining the age-old popular strategy game with the undying beauty of architecture, the Skyline Chess Set’s appeal lies not just in the gameplay, but also in the fact that it makes a beautiful piece of tabletop decor. While the chess sets only come in 6 cities for now, the folks at Skyline Chess are actively expanding their collections with upcoming editions featuring Tokyo, LA, Hong Kong, and Shanghai!

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LEGO and Minion-inspired creatures take over the French street bollards with artist Le CyKlop!

French street artist Le CyKlop transforms city bollards into anthropomorphic, LEGO-inspired caricatures using yellow spray paint and his own sticker designs, dubbing the urban art Angry L’éGO.

Cities across the globe are home to unconventional local celebrities who turn sidewalks and building facades into blank public canvases where they can stamp their own artful print. In Paris, urban street artist Le CyKlop transforms the cobblestone avenues into LEGO-inspired city sets. Using his own sticker designs, Le CyKlop spray paints the tips of street bollards in yellow, finishing them off with anthropomorphic stickers that make each bollard look like one-eyed LEGO characters, dubbing the public art Angry L’éGO.

Beginning in 2014, Le CyKlop, a French street artist, has transformed bollards into LEGO figures throughout France. Le CyKlop has brought LEGO-inspired street art to different communes like Pantin, Colombes, and Montreuil.

After first picking out the bollards that he thinks could use some bright yellow makeup, Le CyKlop spray paints them so it looks like they’ve been turned upside down and dipped in yellow paint. Then, Le CyKlop pops some stickers onto the bollards, giving each one a distinct cyclops-inspired facial expression ranging from happiness to mischievous, and from fear to anger.

Le CyKlop found inspiration for his urban art through Greek mythology and the iconic building blocks brand LEGO. Describing his spray paint street art, Le CyKlop notes, “In my work, I try to break free from conventional supports such as walls or canvas, to invest in the objects. By putting an eye on them, I try to make them come alive, to give them a soul and to give birth to a form of fantasy.”

Designer: Le CyKlop

IKEA’s latest Paris project is a fleet of bike-driven sleeping capsules for people to nap in!

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La Sieste is an outreach project from IKEA that makes up a fleet of cargo bikes that carry sleeping capsules for people to take naps in while cyclists cart them around the streets of Paris.

We could all use a nap. The pandemic has changed our relationship with sleep and many across the globe experience sleeping issues as a result of the quarantine. According to a SleepStandards study, 98% of people in the US have developed new sleep problems post-lockdown. Thankfully, we can always nap and IKEA’s got our back. Hitting the streets of Paris from August 30 to September 3, IKEA launched La Sieste, a fleet of cargo bikes that cart sleeping capsules with beds around the city where people can take power naps in before returning to work.

In the midst of semi-returning to the office, we’re tired. Today’s workspaces have moved to the home and the lack of certainty around when we’ll be fully returning to the office is hanging us in an exhausting limbo. This newfound lack of sleep across the globe seems to be both a cause and effect of lifestyle changes brought on by the pandemic. Part-marketing strategy, part-wellness boost–IKEA’s La Sieste bike fleet will comprise of sleeping capsules outfitted with IKEA furnishings, such as a mattress, cushions, sheets, duvets, curtains, pillows, and bed frame. Nappers will have the option of blacking out their IKEA La Sieste capsule with heavy curtains or leaving the curtains pulled back for a brief, 30-minute micro-tour of the avenues in Paris.

When the itch for a nap comes, don’t yawn it away–take a trip around Paris in one of IKEA’s La Sieste sleeping capsules. Nappers will only have to post to their socials by mentioning @IKEAfrance on Instagram or tweeting @IKEA_france on Twitter with the hashtag #lasiesteIKEA. From there, a cyclist will slide into your DMs and confirm your nap before picking you up to catch some Zs.

Designer: IKEA

La Sieste will hit the streets of Paris on August 30 where they’ll remain until September 3.

Nappers will Catch be limited to 30-minute sleeping journeys.

Catch some Zs by tweeting @IKEA_france or mentioning @IKEAfrance on Instagram.

This Garden City shaped like a crescent moon will bring sustainable living to the suburbs of Paris

Titled the ‘Garden City of the Crescent Moon’, this eco-urban project by architecture studio Rescubika locates itself on the eastern fringes of Paris within the Bois de Vincennes, the city’s largest public park. Although conceptual for now, the hypothetical project explores how new health, ecological, energy, climate, and sociological challenges will help redefine architecture and urban environments.

The self-sustaining mini-city is built around the Lac des Minimes, a naturally occurring lake, following its crescent shape and embracing the surrounding islands. Rescubika’s lead architect Benoit Patterlini describes the city as addressing two main themes: Proximity and Instantaneity.

The theme of proximity focuses on self-reliance by putting all aspects needed for sustenance within the boundaries of the city. This meant embracing urban agriculture on a massive scale. “First of all, urban agriculture allows us to produce food within the city”, says Benoit. “Whether it is yards, roofs, or even public spaces, they can be used to produce basic commodities such as corn, beans as well as herbs and spices, etc., and make cattle breeding directly in town, such as dairy production activities.” This would then foster the rise of local shops and markets, bringing citizens closer to their local markets and communities, and allowing all necessary resources to be within ‘proximal distance’ of the residents. On a side note, urban agriculture would also help improve soil quality and reduce air pollution, promoting healthier living.

The idea of instantaneity is ‘purely related to being able to enjoy urban facilities’. A direct result of the proximity built into the city’s design, Rescubika hopes the Garden City’s dwellers will rediscover the notion of time, given that all of the city’s hallmarks, from its offices to houses, recreational spaces, sports complexes, and cultural facilities, are just a heartbeat away from each other.

The fact that the Garden City was envisioned on the outskirts of Paris is very telling. It isn’t just about creating a model city where there’s ample space for construction, it’s also emblematic of a revival, a redefinition of the city as we know it… designed to exist outside of the ‘old city’ area of Paris, both literally and figuratively.

Designer: Benoit Patterlini, Rescubika

Furniture design label Domkapa showcases its chic upholstered collection at the virtual Maison et Objet

Furniture is, more often than not, a multisensorial experience. Sure, having furniture that looks beautiful is definitely a big plus, but having furniture that invites you to touch it, run your fingers across its upholstered fabric, and occasionally have your body sink into it is a much more rewarding experience. Portugal-based design brand Domkapa has that aspect pretty much figured out when it comes to designing furniture solutions for homes. Domkapa’s furniture, which is characterized by a soft design, is all about inviting you to interact with it through touch. Combined with well-selected color palettes, high-quality materials, and contemporary forms, Domkapa’s furniture boasts of a bold identity, while looking distinctly comfortable and welcoming.

At this year’s virtual Maison et Objet festival, Domkapa is leveraging this unique opportunity to allow people from all around the world to participate in its exhibition. The Domkapa Virtual Tour offers visitors to engage with a complete virtual-reality exhibition curated to showcase Domkapa’s 2021 collections among other classics. While you won’t really be able to touch and sit on the armchairs, sofas, stools, and beds the way is intended, the virtual tour beautifully sets the scene with furniture aesthetically arranged to complement the spaces they’re in. You can virtually tour the space, entering different rooms set in a beautiful brutalist interior, with the ability to view products and even save them in your personal collection for later.

All of Domkapa’s furniture is created in-house in its Northern Portugal factory, where the design team works side to side with the production with the goal of creating high-quality expressive furniture that highlights and champions its upholstery and the work of the skilled craftspeople working in-house. Domkapa’s pieces reinterpret classics in a modern light, always respecting the design principles of proportion, balance, color, shape, and texture.

Click Here to view Domkapa’s Virtual Tour and its Maison et Objet 2021 Collection

Click Here to view Domkapa’s Virtual Tour and its Maison et Objet 2021 Collection

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