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Leave it to the Japanese to apply their age-old folding techniques to other household items, like helmets. Bloom is a new foldable helmet developed for emergency use by Toyo Safety. Sure foldable helmets are starting to become a thing now, but I have yet to see one as elegant as this.

Weighing in at just under 1 pound, Bloom can easily be stored away in cabinets or other storage facilities at home, school or work. When you need it, all you do is pull a string and it expands. It comes in 4 stylish colors so you can be fashionable even in the worst of times. Now if only they would make one for bicycles!

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this post is part of our review of the 2013 Good Design Awards. Click here to view the full series.