Minimal Design Desk by Pasadena’s ArtCenter Alumni Henner Jahns

Minimal Design Desk by Pasadena's ArtCenter Alumni Henner Jahns

The NIK Desk seems like a simple, common-looking desk at first glance but upon closer inspection, you’ll find that it has an array of clever features. These features are well-integrated into the desk’s basic frame and designed to increase your work productivity, as well as become a conversation piece in your office. The desk has a sophisticated design yet it’s relatively easy to set up and use.  

Every NIK Desk has standard features that make it a truly versatile work desk for students, professionals, and executives. The all-around metal frame has a strong, stable and sturdy quality to it and, in fact, it’s designed to withstand external impact.

The connections between parts are metal-to-metal, which adds to its sturdiness. The adjustable glides also contribute to its stable – no wobbling – quality.

The dock shelf’s primary use is for holding and charging tablets and smartphones. You can also use it as small shelves and/or as bookends.

You have easy access to its cable tray, too, which contains peripherals like power supplies and USB ports. The cable tray also keeps the wires organized, and it’s also adjustable to your varying cable needs. You can also use the detachable in-feed channel to keep your cables to a minimum.  

There are two small hooks that can be used for hanging your bags, keys and other objects. These are hidden underneath the desk so you can keep these things in a more discreet and out-of-the-way area.

The edges are designed with ergonomic use in mind. You can work on the NIK desk with your arms resting on its rounded bull-nose for many hours yet you won’t feel tired so fast.  There are also no hard edges on the table.

The tempered glass privacy screen acts as a shield against prying eyes without cutting you off completely. It’s one of the reasons the NIK desk can be configured for use as interconnected cubicles, of sorts.

The NIK desk comes shipped in a flat box and it can be assembled in 5 minutes or less.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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Super Versatile Swimwear Designed by Surfer, Nadja de Col

Versatile Swimwear Designed by Surfer, Nadja de Col

Necessity is the mother of invention – and Nalla is certainly proof of it! Nadja de Col, a Peruvian designer and surfer, was inspired to create it when her bikini bottom was ripped off from her while she was surfing in Hawaii. She then created a versatile swimwear that can be twisted, knotted and arranged in different configurations – the Nalla.  

Basically, Nalla is a single cut of stitch-less Lycra fabric that comes with accessories. You can use it as a bikini bottom or top depending on your need. You start by draping it around your body, followed by twisting and knotting the middle and end parts, and then adjusting it to your unique body fit.

Video and text tutorials are available. You may, however, use your own creativity in mixing and matching the fabrics, as well as in using the accessories to create personalized styles.

By changing the twist or knot, as well as adding an accessory like a ring, you can instantly change the look of your Nalla bikini. You may, for example, change your bikini bottom with knots at the side of the waist into one with straps around your waist. You will feel like you have several bikinis packed when you only have one!  

Since the stitch-less Lycra can be stretched, you can also adjust your bikini top and bottom to make them smaller or larger, tighter or looser. You may want a tighter bikini top, for example, if you want to emphasize your breasts’ cleavage.  

Nallas can also be mixed and matched as a set. You can create a layered look with two colors of Nallas for your bikini top and bottom, or make a maillot-type swimsuit from two Nallas in the same color. Your imagination is your limit when it comes to creating your own personalized swimwear!

Nalla comes in several colors, too, from the basic black and white to the vivid reds, pinks and greens.

 

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Comfy Organic T-shirts Designed by Local Artists in Playa del Rey

Comfy Organic T-shirts Designed by Local Artists in Playa del Rey

Clean {aesthetic}, the manufacturer of Clean {tee} shirt, began as an entrepreneurial venture of two art school graduates who printed T-shirts in their distinctive style in their kitchen. Over the years, the duo grew their venture into a business with its own brick-and-mortar store and gallery in Playa del Rey, California. Today, it’s a popular place for locals and tourists alike to browse and buy colorful artworks and basic shirts.

The Clean {tee} shirts reflect the designers’ love for the modern West Coast California lifestyle, as well as their affinity for the underground arts.  The street culture marked by a relaxed approach to life, a love for casual shorts and shirts, and a love for san, sand and sea as well as surfing is also evident in these shirts.

These are T-shirts made from 100% organic cotton, a soft material that drapes well on the body while also allowing for a relaxed fit. Organic cotton is also easier to clean and easy on the environment, thanks to the absence of pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants used in its production from the fields to the factory.

Each Clean {tee} shirts has a relaxed neck, reduced sleeve flare, and relaxed armpit holes so there are no pit puckers. The slightly longer sleeves and body make it possible to move well, whether walking down the street or coasting down on a skateboard, without exposing too much skin. The soft and lightweight quality of the cotton material also makes it seem like you’re wearing next to nothing yet still be covered.  

The Clean {tee} shirts are available in several colors – white, stone blue, faded eraser, vintage black, and black – so there’s a color for every preference.  The shirts aren’t printed but therein lies its appeal – you can mix and match it with your jeans, skirts and shorts. These are available in several sizes from XS to XXL, too.

Visit them today – 323 Culver Blvd. Playa del Rey, CA 90293

 

 

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Amazing Mechanical Flip Books Invented by Kinetic Artists in LA

Amazing Mechanical Flip Books Invented by Kinetic Artists in LA

In 2010, Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel collaborated in the creation of what they termed as “LED-less tech art”.  Among their art projects was a split-flap art piece inspired by the old-fashioned arrival/departure signs used in train stations. Rosen, however, has to build his own mechanism from used ink-jet printer parts. Kinetic Artist Mark Arnon Rosen Invented a 

Despite the DIY quality, the duo’s first flip-art book became hugely popular so they worked on refining the flip mechanism and exploring ideas for animation. They created a series inspired by Edweard Muybridge’s iconic photographic sequences, which became hugely popular at a makerfaire in 2012. Known as the Mechanical Flip Books, these became the basis for the Mechanical Flipbook Art and Kit.  

Basically, the kit allows DIY enthusiasts to create moving art via a motorized mechanism. The kinetic art tells stories from several frames while also encouraging a sense of nostalgia in its creators.

The FlipBooKit Mechanical Flipbook Art and Kit is the cheaper and simpler version of Rosen and Marvel’s motorized flipbooks. The latter are also only available in limited editions while the former can be purchased easily by DIY enthusiasts.

The FlipBooKit team – and it includes Steve Goldstein, an inventor with more than a dozen patents to his name, manufacturing designer, and former imagineer at Disney – regularly receives art submissions using their inventions worldwide. The submissions range from original ideas to popular movie GIFs.  

Their sense of satisfaction comes from the knowledge that their kit encourages the creative growth of young makers and artists, among others. The kit has been used in art schools, high schools, maker spaces, and summer camps, too, so its magical appeal continues to spread.  

Each kit is relatively easy to assemble while the ideas for the images usually come from the users.  Once finished, the flipbooks attract and hold the attention of viewers so it’s a great way to send a message, entertain people, and just generally challenge one’s creativity.  

 

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Organic, Small Batch Dried Pastas Made in Los Angeles

Organic, Small Batch Dried Pastas Made in Los Angeles

Pasta is a dime in a dozen, and only a few are really good. Semolina Artisanal offers organic, small batch dried organic pasta. And yes, it’s made in the United States, in LA in fact but it’s just as good as those made in Italy.

Created by Leah Ferrazzani, these dried pastas are made using the finest Durum wheat Semolina and water found in the US. The preparation process is the same as that used by the finest Italian pasta makers in the world.

Semolina Artisanal Pasta is extruded via bronze dies, giving the pasta a rough texture for better sauce retention. The pasta is slowly dried at a temperature of a 100 degrees. In comparison, commercial pasta is prepared at 180-200 degrees. The difference of a few degrees is huge in terms of the end result.

The unique preparation of Semolina Artisanal Pasta gives it a wheat flavor, and its chewy texture is retained when cooked. This cooking process also preserves the pasta nutritional value. Three pasta cuts are currently available, spaghetti, conchiglie and rigatoni. All of them are prepared according to the highest standards to ensure quality.

Leah started Semolina Artisanal Pasta in her kitchen in 2014, and it didn’t take long for word to spread about how good the pasta was. What makes the pasta stand out from the rest is its high quality and the consistency of the results. This is possible because Semolina Artisanal Pasta uses the same approach for all their pasta.

For the longest time the belief has been that the only good pasta is Italian pasta. With Semolina Artisanal Pasta you’ll get a taste of delicious spaghetti without having to go to Italy. The distinct procedure used to make the pasta means it is easier to cook, lasts longer and just tastes better.

 

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Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga Enthusiasts in LA

Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts

Aaron Thornton, a yoga enthusiast, invented the YoYo Mat as a better alternative to traditional yoga mats that are difficult to roll up, as well as become bulky when rolled up. The YoYo Mat, in contrast, rolls up on its own and stays tightly rolled up even without straps and carrying bags.  

This yoga mat is made from TPE, a latex-free, PVC-free biodegradable material that also doesn’t contain harmful substances like DEHP, BBP, DBP and DNOP phthalates. Suffice it to say that it’s safe to use even for people with sensitive skin.

Keeping a firm grip on the YoYo Mat even when it’s wet is easy, thanks to its anti-slip surface pattern. The round corners mean there are no jagged edges that will dig into your skin when you’re doing poses or carrying the mat.  

Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts
Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts

This has dual layers measuring 5.5 millimeters, the perfect thickness for support and comfort when in use. It’s also light enough to be carried from the gym to your car, or to any other place.  It doesn’t have straps and a carrying bag but these are unnecessary because the YoYo Mat can be easily carried in your hand or under your arm, even placed inside your gym bag.

Many traditional yoga mats become smelly because of the buildup of sweat and the like on their surfaces. With YoYo Mat’s closed-cell construction, which seals the mats against sweat, dead skin cells, and bacteria, you won’t have to deal with malodorous smells.

How does it work? Its self-rolling mechanism was inspired by the slap-on wristbands. When you have to use it, place it on the floor with its top side facing up, unroll it completely, and lock it with a click so it stays flat.

When you have to roll it, just flip it so that its bottom side faces up and it lies completely flat at first. Then give it a click and watch it roll by itself – look Ma, no hands!  

The YoYo Mat measures 72 x 28 inches.  Its self-rolling bands are hidden within its folds so these don’t interfere with your yoga poses.

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