Kickstarter x MoMA Design Store Collection Refresh

Kickstarter x MoMA Design Store Collection Refresh

by Levent Ozler

The MoMA Design Store has expanded its suite of products made with Kickstarter. Available online and in-stores beginning November 5th, the refresh of product is a mix of nostalgic tech pieces including the Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone, the life-saving Blaze Bike Light for cyclists, and the Ototo Musical Invention Kit perfect for children.

We can't think of any better way of celebrating the holiday season than sharing these amazing designs brought to life through Kickstarter with your friends and loved ones," commented Chay Costello, Assistant Director of Merchandising at the MoMA Design Store. "These gifts -- kids products, tech and cycling accessories, barware and more -- were all carefully selected to exemplify creativity and good design. From things everyone needs to surprising designs that subvert your expectations, there should be something for everyone."

Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone

Jeff Labelle, 2013
Stream nostalgia via the Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone, whose bold design and vintage sound were inspired by the exceptional style of the 1920s Magnavox R3 horn speaker. Gramophones were once where family and friends gathered, bonding over songs, speeches, and radio dramas. The Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone maintains this spirit of communal bonding and recaptures that distinctively warm analog sound with a modern aesthetic. This was brought to life by 927 backers on Kickstarter.

Blaze Bike Light

Emily Brooke And Matthew White, 2013
The ultimate in visibility and safety for cyclists, the innovative Blaze Bike Light is not just a front light with super-bright LEDs - its laser light also projects the symbol of a bike down onto the road ahead of the cyclist. One of the biggest causes of urban cycling fatalities is a vehicle turning into the path of an unseen bike, and the Blaze Bike Light makes the cyclist more visible by alerting road users ahead. The Blaze Bike Light is waterproof and made to last. Both the white LEDs and the green laser can be activated independently, either as a steady beam or flashing lights. An additional safety feature prevents the laser light from accidentally turning on when it's not mounted on the bike bracket. It can be also used as a regular flashlight. This was brought to life by 782 backers on Kickstarter.

Sugar Skull Spoon

Hundred Million, 2014
The Sugar Skull Spoon was born from the happy realization that a simple twist could make the humble teaspoon into the perfect home accessory for fans of the macabre (and of hot drinks!). When the spoon is used to scoop sugar, the granules create a skull-shaped mound - a reminder to use less sugar perhaps, or just ghastly fun. The Sugar Skull Spoon's designers spent six months refining the proportions and developing 3-D models and prototypes to deliver just the right touch of style to your cup of coffee or tea. Made of high-quality stainless steel. This was brought to life by 2,102 backers on Kickstarter.

Robot Turtles Game

Dan Shapiro, 2014
One robot turtle at a time, kids learn the fundamentals of programming without even realizing it. Drawing inspiration from Logo, the first programming language he learned as a child, creator Dan Shapiro designed the game so that players learn experientially and by experimenting, using a series of instruction cards to move turtle pieces around the board, navigating a maze and capturing jewels. Robot Turtles takes seconds to learn, minutes to play, and will keep kids learning for hours. This was brought to life by 13,765 backers on Kickstarter.

Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner offers a quick, easy, and portable way to scan 35mm films-and share all those priceless memories. It's as easy as snapping a photo on your smartphone. Simply turn on the Smart-phone Film Scanner backlight, insert your film, take a photo of it using your smartphone, and use the included app to edit and share. This digital version of your film can be archived, emailed, posted on social media sites, or printed. The Smartphone Film Scanner is small enough to fit in your bag or backpack and is great for color negatives, color slides, and black-and-white films-and even unconventional photo formats like long panoramic shots. This was brought to life by 3,534 backers on Kickstarter.

The Porthole

Crucial Detail, 2011
The Porthole is a simple, beautiful infusion vessel designed by Martin Kastner of Crucial Detail design studio. Inspired by submarine portholes, this striking infuser can be used to create cocktails, infused oils, dressings, lemonade, and more. With a modern, stylish look, the Porthole is manufactured to rigorous standards and is durable and easy to use. This was brought to life by 4,270 backers on Kickstarter.

Ototo Musical Invention Kit + 3 Sensors

Dentaku, 2013
Make music from anything with the Ototo, an all-in-one musical invention kit. Its flexible mix of touch-sensitive keys and sensor inputs let you create your own electronic sounds-just connect conductive objects to the keys to turn your kitchen into an orchestra and your plants into doorbells.

No coding knowledge or programming is needed: The keys on the Ototo are arranged like one octave of a musical keyboard and it comes with 50 preprogrammed sounds. When you connect an object to a key, you can trigger that note on your object. Three sensor inputs control the loudness, pitch, and timbre so that it's easy to create a one-person band or an interactive sound installation from the ground up. This was brought to life by 915 backers on Kickstarter.

Cloud File Holder

David Barry, 2014
The Cloud File Holder has a simple approach to file management: take online files from the cloud offline and keep them stored right where you need them most: on your desktop. Made in the USA of powder-coated metal. This was brought to life by 188 backers on Kickstarter.

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Petzval Portrait Lens

The legendary 19th-century lens has been reengineered for the 21st century by Lomography and Zenit. The Petzval lens, invented by Joseph Petzval in Vienna in 1840, transformed photography of that era. Photographs shot with this lens are immediately recognizable: artful vignettes with saturated color and a luminous "bokeh" effect, far beyond what photo-editing software and filters are capable of creating. Whether you shoot analog or digital, it's the perfect portrait lens that will turn every photograph into stunning, timeless art. Compatible with Canon EF cameras. Made of brass-like the original Petzval lens-and featuring premium glass optics. The lens also features a gear rack focusing mechanism and comes with a Waterhouse aperture set (f/2.2, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11 and f/16). Made in Russia by Zenit. This was brought to life by 3,379 backers on Kickstarter.