Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Knitta Please is the name of the Houston-based knitting crew that is brightening up everything from lampposts to subway handrails with their colorful cozies. With each tag the gang leaves behind a calling card that includes the URL to their myspace page. A clever and beautiful new form of street art that is also useful way to use up all your leftover yarn.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Am I the only person who is tired of seeing Tord Boontje's same old designs all over the place? Now the Dutch designer, who gained fame for his laser cut "Garland" lights, has teamed up with Target to produce a line of tableware. While his laser cut designs were innovative and fun a few years ago, I can't help but wonder if the guy knows how to make anything other than stylized vines and little deer. I'm sure he's making good money, but certainly not good design.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Maya Hayuk is the mastermind behind this colorful skatepark design in Pittsburgh. The artist is known for her bright and bold patterned wall murals and installations. Be sure to check out the other projects on her website. When I see beautiful murals like this I can't help but wonder why more cities don't allow for similar public installations. Here in Denver the mayor recently held a graffiti summit to combat the city's "problem". Maybe if we created an outlet for art and design rather than more regulations, everyone would be better off.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Genevieve Gauckler is a French artist and graphic designer whose lovable illustrations are popping up everywhere. Her trademark black silhouette characters are available as wall decals, ipod cases, t-shirts and much more. My favorite though, is when her little guys take to the streets of Paris as can be seen in the recently published Gas Book #15 (above).
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Artist Kelly Mulloy makes wonderful handmade felt objects from her studio in LA. My favorite pieces are her handstiched bags, with their crazy scribble linework along with her colorful placemats. She also makes wool felt rugs, cuffs and rings. You can purchase items directly from her website: www.kellymulloy.com.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
On a recent trip to Copenhagen this summer I dragged my friend over to Normann, which is one of the city's design meccas. I love their rubber pot, which can be used as a flower vase, pencil holder - whatever you want. The best part though is that the slotted top holds your item in place, so no more floppy flowers. I was also intrigued by their cognac glasses. Now I'm not really a cognac fan, but I do like the idea of the tilted glass. In fact, these glasses are so nice I'd end up putting juice in there just for an excuse to use them.
Friday, October 13, 2006
It's important to always have a project going - like right now my friends are working on building cardboard suits of armor that are pretty amazing. In honor of their endeavors I thought it would be appropriate to pass along another cardboard creation - this one by Giles Miller. Giles has used 100% 'fluted' recycled corrugated cardboard and old carpet to make these stylish and sturdy laptop cases. May not be suitable for rainy days, but it's a start. Check out his other impressive cardboard projects at www.farmdesigns.co.uk. (via Inhabit)
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Thanks to Jesse for passing this one along. Imagine how great your life would be if you got to fly down a slide everyday...such is the dream of Carsten Höller who recently installed several giant slides in the Tate Modern. According to Carsten, "the experience of sliding is best summed up in a phrase by the French writer Roger Caillois as a ‘voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind’." Well-put. Not only are the slides incredibly fun, but they have a beautiful sculptural quality as well. The exhbit takes place from October 10, 2006 - April 9, 2007 at the Tate Modern in London.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Many of my friends know I'm a collector of bags, although I'm more of a tote kind of girl. The exception to my policy however would undoubtedly be Kisim. Kisim designer Yael Rosen creates her elegant, clean cut bags and wallets in Israel, but you can now find them in many US stores. Kisim means pockets in Hebrew, a fitting name for a line that was inspired by Japanese fabric folding techniques. I love the disco bag above (note the tote aspect), however her new Klimt collection has several stunning pieces, including Adele and Salome. Although the bags are pricey ($150-$350), these handcrafted pieces are true gems.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Reykjavik designer Hrafnkell Birgisson has come up with a clever way to brighten up your next dinner party. His "Hoch die Tassen" collection places vintage tea cups on glass stems, creating one of a kind glassware that will ensure your guests will never be left wondering which one was their glass again. Available online at thorsten van elten.
It's tough selecting your very first post, but I didn't need to think long before deciding on the amazing Juana de Arco. This Buenos Aires-based fashion label has a boutique in the city's trendy Palermo district. On a recent vacation I was lucky enough to stumble across their shop and ended up visiting three more times while I was in town.
Juana de Arco's candy-colored lingerie and clothing lines are some of the most imaginative and delightful fashion I have seen. And the atmosphere of the store itself is nothing short of a Dr. Suess wonderland. With whimsical clothes filling all corners and employees fluttering around with feathered wings, you can't help but feel you're in a different world. You can find Juana de Arco at 4762 El Salvador or, for a far away glimpse into the land of enchantment, visit their website here.