New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Design Store is showcasing a selection of products originally funded via crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, including a tiny slide projector and pen that draws in 3D, as part of the city's design week.
"This collaboration with the MoMA Design Store takes the community and creativity that thrive on Kickstarter and showcases it in the real world," said Kickstarter CEO and cofounder Yancey Strickler, who Dezeen recently interviewed on the occasion of the company's fifth birthday.
The Kickstarter@MoMAStore collection includes a wide range of products: from books and toys to gadgets and homeware.
The most popular product, Peter Dilworth and Maxwell Bogue's 3Doodler, was funded by 26,547 people. The first 3D-printing pen turns drawings and sketches into 3D forms, extruding a steady stream of malleable plastic that stays suspended in space as it cools.
Kurt Rampton's Gigs 2 Go USB Flash Drive, made from recycled paper pulp, features four tear-away thumb drives that make it easy to share music, films and photos. Each drive holds eight gigabytes of data and contains a water resistant chip-on-board flash memory stick. It was funded by 393 people.
The Chineasy Book by Shaolan Hsueh and illustrator Noma Bar transforms key Chinese characters into pictograms for easy recall and comprehension. By memorising these basic characters, students are able to build up a vocabulary of words, phrases, and sentences. Chineasy was supported by 5,475 backers on Kickstarter.
The Impossible Instant Lab, from Polaroid-champions the Impossible Project, transforms any digital image from your iPhone or iPod Touch into an instant analogue photo. This product was funded by 2,509 Kickstarter backers.
On a similar note, Benjamin Redford's tiny Projecto Slide Projector, backed by 2,789 people on Kickstarter, transforms Instagram pictures into personalised slide shows using an internal LED. Custom slide wheels each hold nine Instagram images, developed onto 35-millimetre film.
Two clocks appear in the collection. Backed by 837 Kickstarters and exclusive to MoMA, the Present Annual Clock by Scott Thrift shows a single revolution every year, encouraging people to slow down and live in the moment. Shay Carmon and Ben Klinger's powder-coated steel Persective Clock, backed by 390, displays time as a 3D composition that evolves as the clock's hands rotate.
Pablo Garcia and Golan Levin's Neolucida Drawing Aid is a contemporary revival of Sir William Hyde's Camera Lucida, an optical device patented in 1807 that projects the likeness of an object onto a piece of paper enabling it to be traced. The aluminium and glass NeoLucida is the first portable Camera Lucida drawing aid to be manufactured in decades and was backed by 11,406 on Kickstarter.
Two cycling products appear in the collection. Geoffrey Franklin's tanned leather Bicycle Frame Handle, funded by 517 people, is positioned to make carrying bikes up stairs, over obstacles and on and off trains easier. While Jurij Lozic's polypropylene Musguard Rollable Bicycle Fender, backed by 1,756, is a lightweight rear mudguard that can be rolled up into a tight coil when not in use.
The collection also includes the Bulbing Lamp by Nir Chehanowski, a flat LED lamp with an acrylic sheet laser engraved into a classic bulb silhouette, and Duncan Shotton's Rainbow Pencils made out of tiny reams of recycled paper that form paper rainbows when they're sharpened.
The collection is being shown for New York City's annual design festival and the products will be available until 13 June.