Though perhaps impractical for air travel the Old School Lap Desk is an elegant and useful solution for working and studying away from your desk. Beautifully designed, the desk features richly stained cherry finish and a grooved pencil ledge for keeping pens and pencil handy. With a hinged lid the top opens to reveal space for storing stationaries and other accessories. The inside is lined to protect your documents and to disallow a great deal of movement inside. The bottom has a comfortable pillow for use on your lap. A classic, and though there is room for an iPhone or two, this will appeal to those who prefer to work with non-digital tools when they travel.
Old School Lap Desk
Salter’s convenient luggage scale is small and light enough to fit into your suitcase, saving yourself from any nasty excess baggage charges to and from your destination. Featureing a simple handle grip, sturdy strap, and the ability to measure up to 40kg, this scale should be able to weigh most suitcases. Anything heavier should be in a wooden box. Of course the best solution is one bag travel but many of us can’t resist loading up on holiday trinkets.
Salter Luggage Scale
This survival kit might help give you the peace of mind you need if things go wrong while traveling. It’s compact, light, and contains waterproof matches, aluminum foil, an 80″ x 50″ emergency blanket, 50 ft. of fishing line with four hooks and sinker weights, a surgical blade, five wound closure strips, a map compass, emergency whistle, three feet of duct tape, and a reusable zipper-lock bag. Luckily this kit contains instructions because it’s been a long time since boy scouts. A worthy addition to your go-bag, just don’t try to get it on a plane.
Lifeline Survival Kit
Since the American TSA cracked down on liquids on airplanes, and other airports followed suit, people have been hoarding small plastic bottles in which to carry shampoo, gel, and such. Unlike in the US or Canada, retailers here don’t often offer travel sizes so I often resort to keeping our kids flu medicine bottles. Of course these bottles aren’t designed to carry liquids at altitude and often you get a sticky mess inside the clear plastic bag you are often required to carry them in. Plastic bottles I have purchased specifically for this purpose have worn out in a few uses. Luckily, I have found a solution which should appeal to those looking for a long lasting more upscale solution.
Pitotubes, launched by Alisa Driscoll, a former flight attendant, are clear, refillable bottles made from the highest quality PETG (hard) recyclable plastic. They are small enough to meet the carry-on limit but are also durable enough to be placed in checked baggage without concern for leakage. No more leaky mess and no more confiscated tubes.
Pitotubes travel bottles
Designed by Roger Tallon in the mid ’70’s this LIP watch is a veritable classic. Good design keeps getting better with age.
This true to the original style was originally designed by Tallon in 1975 and most recently updated by designer Prisca Briquet for the innovative French brand LIP.
In the 1960s and 1970s, LIP enlisted a handful of top French industrial designers, architects, interior decorators, and graphic designers to bring their truly original ideas of timekeeping to life in a series of watches. Among them was the prolific Roger Tallon, who designed everything from high-speed French TGV trains to the 1964 Helicoid Staircase (part of the MoMa Design Collection). Tallon’s LIP designs include the iconic Mach 2000 series.
Fizfelt’s key fob features rounded corners and a nickel grommet and key ring.
Filzfelt has a great write up on felt:
Wool felt is an ecological, sustainable, and renewable material and due to its high quality has an innate durability and timelessness. FilzFelt sells 100% wool felt imported from Germany and aims to promote high quality design and permanence in its materials and products. Go sheep!
Even though the methods to produce wool felt have been refined over the centuries, the manufacturing principle and the basic raw material have remained unchanged. Sheep’s wool is cleaned, carded, and the fibers aligned into batts. It is then compacted and joined by moisture, heat, and agitation until a homogeneous fabric is formed – wool felt. The material is naturally moisture resistant, self-extinguishing, available in lightfast and saliva-resistant colors, and provides thermal and acoustic insulation.
Downsize your wallet. I ditched my large handmade wallet years ago for a Jimi and while it’s worked amazingly well there are times I wish I had a wallet with more style; a wallet with the style and confidence that would allow it to work with my ubiquitous jeans or those increasingly rare times I wear more formal slacks.
Enter Malcolm Fontiers Mojito Wallet. The Mojito holds up to 4 cards in its main pocket with an elastic strap to keep them secure. The side pocket is designed to store your cash but I think I would try to keep that in the main compartment and use this pocket for business cards or train passes.
The Mojito is made from Polyurethane which I don’t usually get too excited about but I think it works well in this case. I have Malcolm’s Diplomat which uses some synthetic fabric over canvas and it works very well. For a wallet it should be great.
Great wallet at a great price.
Malcolm Fontier’s other products are worth checking out, his great design sense is evident through-out all of his products and collateral.
The Mojito Wallet.
For those of you who love to travel, who want to carry a piece of home around with you, or are just collectors of maps, this sterling pendant features a map of Stockholm, Sweden from an antique world atlas.
The map is held in a custom setting (just over 2cm wide) behind magnifying resin and hangs from a linen cord with a sterling silver clasp. The silver pendant is oxidized for an urban/antiqued sort of finish.
While she has a number of city maps set in pendants for sale she can create a custom pendant of your favorite city. A great way to remember a particular destination and keep it close to your heart.
Anne Holman’s Stockholm Sweden Pendant
Sujin Osatarayakul’s GoodJob offers a wide range of well made leather and paper products targeted to the creative professional and those willing to pay a bit more for something original and of good quality. It’s a Thailand brand which is reflected in both the amazing aesthetic and the incredible value they represent.
During a recent visit to their showroom in Bangkok I picked up a great leather passport wallet. It came with a number of different closing mechanisms but I chose the simple strap that hooks on to the metal knob (I can’t think of better way to describe it). I’m hoping it will hold up to constant use as I think it’s an attractive device for closing a wallet like this. It’s very well made.
Also on display were attractive journals, portfolios, address books, beautiful sketchpads, cases and a small selection of supplies for designers working with traditional media. Good Job got started by selling supplies and tools to architects and designers. They can also made products to your specifications.
Their online catalogue is a bit odd as you need to download and fill-out a registration form to view their catalogue but I’ve included a couple photos of the passport folio in lieu of some professional product photography.
On their their web site there is an interesting video on the about page which provides insight into both the company and their creative process.
The GoodJob Showroom is located on the 4th floor of the Siam Discovery Center.