I ride a bike in Manhattan. And, if I am not on a bike, then I’m usually walking. And, when I am not getting somewhere, I’m usually recovering from the getting somewhere. So I always, always carry water with me in an old metal water bottle which has seen better days. It’s time for a replacement.

Which, when I get back to New York will  be the Bobble courtesy of the world’s most interesting industrial designers: Karim Rashid.  Like all the best industrial design: it fulfills a need in the simplest way possible, whilst still looking good. Form & function in perfect  harmony. It also ticks the de rigueur recycled plastic and free from BPA, Phthalates & PVC boxes, but its clever USP is an integral filter that removes chlorine and organic contaminants from water as you drink.

Carrying a bottle becomes more than just a utility gesture when you realise that in America alone, over $15 billion a spent every year on bottled water, and a single bobble carbon filter equates to at least 300 water bottles filtering approximately 40 gallons or 150 litres of water.

So: practical, aesthetical and ethical design. Genius.

18.5oz/.55l. Retails for $9.95 at

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