Greatest Type + Trend Posts of 2020

Throughout the year Design Milk shared a variety of style and fashion posts, from modern jewelry, a DIY handbag and minimal clocks to Pantone-inspired merchandise, concrete finds and face masks, to name a few. As the year is drawing to a close, we look back on these posts to see which were the most popular in 2020.

10. Pantone color of the year 2021: lighting + ultimate gray
After Pantone picked two colors for the Pantone Color of the Year 2021 – PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating – we shared 12 products, from clocks to planters, that validate the color authority’s selection!

9. Modern jewelry Perfect to give to loved ones
To celebrate love, in February for Valentine’s Day and beyond, we’ve rounded up a selection of modern jewelry pieces, all under $ 290, making great gifts for anyone special in your life.

8. Nendo creates a bag from a piece of laser-cut leather
The Japanese design studio Nendo has teamed up with UP TO YOU ANTHOLOGY to develop a new handbag design called Mai. The nature of the design allows it to be inexpensively shipped flat to the buyer, who then easily assembles it at home without tools. By pushing some rivets through the pre-cut holes, the two-dimensional piece of leather becomes a three-dimensional bag.

7. 8 Cool Concrete Finds You Want To Bring Into Your Life
Concrete is a material that will always stick – it’s fairly inexpensive to use and can make almost anything, as has been shown over the past few years. From jewelry to writing utensils and accessories to candles and planters, we’ve rounded up 8 cool concrete finds that everyone would love to add to their life, whether they’re wearing them, using them or just like to carry them around.

6. How designers work through this new reality
COVID-19, or the coronavirus, seemed to upset things overnight, so people and companies had to change how everything was done. The creative community has been particularly hard hit by the shift in people’s priorities to focus on how to keep busy and, most importantly, alive in these uncertain times. With so much uncertainty, we wanted to reach out to a few favorites in our field – Bobby Berk, Kate Balsis, Scott Fellows, Nick Cope, Angie Myung, and Robert Highsmith – to see how they were doing, how things were changing, and where they were saw things going.

5. The best of minimal, modern timepieces to watch out for in 2020
Wearing a watch is not so much about keeping time as it is about the life that was once necessary – our mobile devices have that covered. Even so, putting on a watch satisfies another desire related to fashion and self-expression. Our tastes tend towards modernity and minimalism, with just enough novelty to keep things on the side too serious. We shared 10 watches that are meant to be worn and definitely seen.

4. IKEA and LEGO are working together on BYGGLEK storage boxes that you can play with too
When two of the biggest Scandinavian brands join forces it gets pretty magical and probably modular. IKEA and LEGO have unveiled their long-awaited collaboration called BYGGLEK, which cleverly combines storage and play. BYGGLEK (pronounced boog-lee-eck) is a range of storage boxes with LEGO studs that encourage play and make storage more fun.

3. Games and puzzles to keep you and your family entertained
It seems like the whole world went through strange times where offices and schools closed and opened and closed again, which took a lot of time at home. There are many hours in the day that need to be filled and they don’t all have to be spent in front of the TV or tablet. To keep you from going crazy, we’ve shared 8 fun games and puzzles to help you and your family pass the time during the ongoing pandemic and beyond.

2. Zimarty transforms the face mask into a portable architecture with zMask
Inspired by the origami design principles, the zMask by Zimarty has a 3D folding structure that wraps around the mouth and offers more space to breathe and speak. The faceted structure reduces irritation around the mouth that typical masks cause, while protecting the lining from contamination or staining.

And the most popular Style + Fashion Post of 2020 is …

1. 16 companies that have converted their production to face masks
Face masks … the nasty 2020 necessity needed to keep everyone safe. In some areas they are assigned, in others they are very encouraged. Wearing a mask is a simple and friendly gesture that we can all do to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. There are tons to choose from, so we tried to make it easier by narrowing it down to 16 which are great options. Stay safe out there, we’re all in it together!

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