People love unique products, and if you need inspiration a great place to look (but don’t copy!) is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) store.
They recently came out with their Fall 2013 Collection and there are some really creative and practical pieces in jewelry, home decor, and kid’s products.
Malle W. Trousseau Kitchen Set (43 pc) – A collection of 43 of the best kitchen utensils from around the globe. $5,800.
Why I Love This Product: Yes, the price is high, but how great is it to have someone do all the work for you and collect the very best products that any serious cook would love. With our busy lives, you’ll see more of these grouped, best-of-the-best product offerings.
Constellation Necklace – Handmade of polyester resin on plastic-coated wire with an easy magnetic closure, this necklace features iridescent shapes that evoke a constellation. $225.
Why I Love This Product: Constellations are a hot trend in both fashion and home decor this year and a necklace like this is not only interesting and fashionable, but another trend – wearing art – is becoming more popular as well.
Animal Crayons – A set of 12 plastic (not wax) crayons, each topped with a fun animal head. $12.
Why I Love This Product: Anytime you can take a traditional kid’s product and add a new fun twist, you’ll have a winner.
Stencil Bag – This slim bag has an arresting shape and is made of soft unlined leather with expandable side gussets. $495.
Why I Love This Product – You can’t see from this photo, but this bag offers a very smart design because the sides expand to turn it from this triangular shape to a half moon if more space is needed – and it still looks stylish.
Origami Wine Tote – This wine carrier, with its origami-inspired folds, safeguards your wine during transport. When not in use, it can be compressed and secured with the handle. $25.
Why I Love This Product – MoMA knows its market, and it is definitely the wine toting crowd, so why not give them a super stylish option. Again, taking a practical item and making it fashionable always sells. Beats a brown paper bag.
FINAL WORD: Designing new, sellable products isn’t easy. MoMA is a great place for inspiration because they elevate the style and function of ordinary, every day products into desirable items.
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