Secrid Miniwallet

Summer’s winding down, and with that, we’re starting to look at products that will keep us productive indoors (and in some cases, entertained on the road), from yoga mats to tiny, yet powerful USB speakers.

Lexon Mino Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Lexon Mino Portable Bluetooth Speaker

If you’re not familiar with Lexon, in 1991, they launched a line of beautifully innovative products and continue to work with designers around the globe. Their multi-award-winning pieces have graced shops from New York’s Museum of Modern Art to Vancouver’s own Room in Order.

Lexon Mino

Designed by Manuela Simonelli and Andrea Quaglio, the tiny, fits-in-the-palm-of-your-hand, aluminum Mino Bluetooth speaker is an amazing feat of technology, delivering 3 watts using TWS stereo technology. I hadn’t expected the speaker to be *this* small and couldn’t imagine that it would deliver decent quality sound, but we were surprised to find out that yes, it does the job!

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You can pair it with a second Mino for a true stereo, 6-watt experience, and control music and podcasts from your Bluetooth 4.2-enabled digital devices. There’s a button on the bottom that both turns on the speaker and allows for taking a selfie with your smart phone. An additional feature is using it as a hands-free mic.

A three-hour battery life and one-hour charge time is achieved via the USB-A port (cable included). The range is 10 meters. We only wish it would come with a travel pouch, as we definitely plan on taking this little guy on our upcoming travels.

Lexon Mino Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The Mino comes in nine colours plus black; CAD $44.95.

Lexon Peashub USB Hub

Lexon Peashub USB Hub

For all those little USB-powered gadgets that start to take up valuable charging outlets on your power strip, consider Lexon’s cool little Peashub! Designed by Valentina and Simone Spalvieri, the whimsical yet streamlined peas-in-a-pod design will charge up to four USB devices at once, including two smartphones.

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The hub is available in White, Dark Blue, Grey, Mastic (off-white), Plum and Dark Green.

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Made of silicon rubber containing copper inside its cable, the Peashub measures 3.3 cm x 22.8 cm (1.3” x 9”) and weighs in at 141 g (5 oz.); CAD $44.95

Visit Walrus or Room in Order in Vancouver, BC for Lexon products and check out the entire collection online.

Halfmoon Yoga Deluxe Studio Mat

Halfmoon Yoga Deluxe Studio Mat

Burnaby, BC-based Halfmoon Yoga Products was founded in 1989 by Beth McTavish, after being inspired by watching yogis practicing at the edge of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Since that time, Halfmoon has evolved to include yoga and wellness products ranging from supportive blocks to hand-loomed blankets.

Halfmoon Yoga

Their deluxe studio mat, currently available in Charcoal, Garnet, Pacific Blue, Fossil Grey, Plum and Ink (shown here) is made of non-toxic PVC, contains 6 mm (1/4″) of cushioning, measures 61 cm by 183 cm (24” x 72”) and weighs in at 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs.).

It’s easy to clean and ready to go for at-home or in-studio practice sessions — or simply use it for a morning stretch. CAD $45

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Halfmoon Organic Cotton Mat Carry Strap

Pair the Deluxe mat above with Halfmoon’s versatile organic cotton striped carry strap, that also doubles as a yoga strap. No need to pack your mat into a bag: these durable straps just fit right through the mat. The strap measures 4 cm x 163 cm (1.5” x 64”) and can adjust to fit any mat. Easy to care for, the strap can be cold-washed by hand and hung to air dry. CAD $20

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Chilewich Origami Placemat

Chilewich founder/designer Sandy Chilewich’s textiles have graced homes and restaurants around the world. Sandy and her team continually strive to source new materials that “combine beauty and functionality and use under-utilized manufacturing processes that with design input can be modernized”.

Chilewich Origami

Chilewich placemats and table runners form their core product line, and though it was hard to choose a pair of place mats from the vast collection, we found that the Origami rectangle placemats worked well with our space. The modular, coloured shapes appear to float, framed by raw edges that give this high-contrast design a hand-drawn look.

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Chilewich placemats are produced in a large variety of weaves in colours; all are designed in-house at their New York City studio.

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[Chilewich round placemat in Ice]

Origami placemats are also available in a round format and come in Cocoa, Honey (featured here) and Ice and are easy to wash with soap on a damp cloth or sponge. 36 cm x 48 cm (14 “x 19”); CAD $18.25 each

Chilewich placemats

Chilewich placemats are available online and in Vancouver at Kerrisdale Lumber and Ming Wo.

Secrid

Secrid Miniwallet

Dutch wallet makers Secrid have been designing card protectors since 1997, as cash began to make way for credit cards. Their minimalist wallets allow you to take just the essentials with you and save a ton of space in your bag, pocket or jacket.

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Built into the Miniwallet is a an aluminum core to protect your cards from both damage due to bending and identity theft.

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Their collection includes vintage leather mini wallets with a wax finish to give them a stone-washed look. With time and wear, the corrected-grain leather (made in Holland from European cowhide) will scratch over time, giving it a gently-worn, unique look.

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The RFID (Radio-Frequency IDentification)/NFC- (Near Field Communication) protected Miniwallet holds four embossed (or six flat) cards, six extra cards, bank notes, business cards and receipts, all within a footprint of 6.4 cm (2.5”) x 9.7 cm (3.8”), weighing 72 g (2.5 oz.).

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Secrid’s patented mechanism lets you slide out the cards when needed with a forward flick of the button on the bottom.

Secrid Miniwallet

Produced in 97(!) colour and texture variations including Vegan Soft Touch Black, the Miniwallet retails in Canada for CAD $89.95 and can be found at Nikaido in Steveston and Room in Order and Walrus Design in Vancouver. Visit Secrid online for the entire RFID line-up.

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