With all those modern technology, snail mail has evolved into something of a bespoke hobby for those that cherish the handwritten word and the same stamp has become something mostly be collected instead of using. To encourage people using mail, UK’s Royal Mail work with some design companies to product special envelopes and postage stamps. One of the successful example is the below set of six animal stamps were designed by London design house Osborne Ross. Unlike the ordinary square-ish stamp, this series feature animals whose limbs fold over the edge of the envelope – the creatures’ hands, feet or tails are designed to fold around the edge of envelopes, giving people the illusion that they are holding on to the post. It is quite cute and perfect for kids writing thank-you notes or grown-ups wanting to incorporate color into a special piece of mail.
What you will do when your pencil are too small to actually write with? Most probably, dump it in the trash. Three MIT students think it is a huge waste considering there are 15 billion pencils made each year. Hence, they created a multifunctional alternative called Sprout Pencil. In place of an eraser, the wooden pencils have a biodegradable capsule containing a mixture of seeds and peat. So when you wear a pencil down to a stub, you can simply place the instrument in a pot of soil and grow lavender, basil, sunflowers, tomatoes, green peppers, and more. By doing this, an expired product is literally giving birth to a new form of life. What a brilliant ideas! These eco-friendly pencils are quite populate in Europe and now, you can get them in America as well. 8 plant-able pencils for $18 is not that cheap. But if you consider all the other values it adds on and want to be part of this sustainable activity, you can get it on amazon.
Designed by blacksmith Toru Yamashita in Japan’s Kochi-prefecture, these whale shaped knifes designed to compliment your daily desk needs with enough style to keep you dangerously well-prepared. In form of five different whales shape, these cute denizens of the deep are ready to gorge on pencils and envelope tops. At about $50 each the knives aren’t cheap, but it appears the whale shape is strangely perfect for small hands and the round-headed design enhance the safety. Made with high quality carbon steel, with the right care they would probably last a lifetime.
If you are a regular visitor to our site, you probably have already seen some of the products listed below. These creative and playful products all come from industrial designer Jenny Pokryvailo. No matter it is well-known nessie ladle or colorful rainbow highlighter, funny drumstick spice infuser or sweet deer cookie cutter, these designs are not only functional but also playful, bringing our childhood memory back.