Wednesday, January 31, 2007
In Victorian times people would keep lockets of hair belonging to their lost loves. Today, we have artist Melanie Bilenker, who creates an amazing line jewelry following in this bygone tradition. Images of simple moments are captured in resin and drawn with delicate detail using strands of the artist's own hair. Her line includes rings, pendants, and my favorite, the brooches above. (Via coolhunting)
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Hella Jongerius seems to be the designer du jour lately. While some of her products are a little trendy for my taste, her 'Worker Chair' is a classic. The combination of mix-matched textiles, aluminum connectors and sturdy wooden frame create quite a striking character. Polished, yet with a homemade touch. Staunch, but welcoming. Beautiful, but expensive. $50,000 at Moss.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
I love looking at other people's sketchbooks. Seeing how people's ideas translate onto paper -whether it be doodles, collages or precise blueprints. Journals let you see an artist in his/her most uninhibited state and that's what makes it so exciting. My friend Arden and I used to sit for hours making collages, while drinking tea and listening to records. These images are from the 'My Moleskine' exhibit in Japan.
OPEN PROJECT #2: I'd like to put together an online show of people's sketchbooks. I'm going to start with my own friends, but I'm spreading the call to all of you as well. What makes the web such a wonderful place is the sharing of ideas, and that's ideally what designklub is all about. If you'd like to participate send me a photo from your journal with a sentence or two about the work, yourself, your breakfast - I don't really care. Once I get a good number going I'll post them at Flickr and open the gates for our online enjoyment. To join in, email me here.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Two great products by the German company Rephorm. The 'Dialounge' is a weatherproof interlocking recliner which takes the fine art of conversation to a more intimate, relaxing level. Made with built in cup and magazine holders these chairs are perfect for hours of leisurely lounging. (Hopefully they're comfortable too.)
Next up is Rephorm's 'Steckling' pots. Designed to slip over your balcony railing, these little planters are an apartment dweller's dream come true - given you have a balcony, which I don't. However, the pots are easy to maintain and less cumbersome than those bulky old window boxes.
I’ve been tagged by Catherine at Domino magazine in a little game of internet show and tell. I’m supposed to reveal 5 interesting things about myself – here goes:
1. I own two cookbooks: ‘Everything Tastes Better With Bacon’ and ‘The Garden of Vegan.’ Every year I host two dinner parties centered around each theme. My friends pick which party they want to attend (it’s pretty much divided down party lines with the veggies/vegans at one and the meat people at the other). The vegan party is always delicious and the bacon party is always a little disgusting (but delicious). And yes even the desserts have bacon - this year I made a bacon apple pie!
2. I have an irrational fear of moths. I think it’s their unpredictability that unnerves me.
3. I can’t decide where to live. So far I’ve tried Boston, Austin, DC, New Orleans and Denver and I’m still not settled. Ideally I want to live somewhere that is: warm, by the ocean, affordable and in a decent size city. Any suggestions?
4. I like NASCAR, much to the embarrassment of my friends. If I had loads of money I’d rent an RV, travel the NASCAR circuit for a summer and write a book about it. If any NASCAR representatives read this, want to sponsor my dream? A design girl travels with the NASCAR guys!
5. My friend Becky and I are co-captains of a kickball team called 'Science for the People'. Our team colors are midnight blue and fuchsia and our team pattern is argyle.I’m going to tag Anna of Sub-Studio, the ladies at Sabine Brandt, Fieltromania and Face Hunter. Posts to come later!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Anna from Sub-Studio Design found some of the prettiest lights I've seen awhile. I guess they're not new, but they're new to me. The 'Bocci' lights by Omer Arbel are glass pendants which have frosted interior cylinders. The imperfections and bubbles in the glass allow each light to cast a unique glow. The truly amazing effect though comes when the pendants are clustered together, as seen above. I'd like to have a bunch of those for my next party!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
However, since I missed out on their swap, I'm wondering if there is anyone out there who would like to trade with me...as with the Free People swap it can be anything based on the Valentine's theme...artwork, craft projects, mixed tapes - or all of the above. I hope it's not too terrible of me to continue with this idea, but who doesn't want a special holiday package? It's like having a secret admirer half way around the world. If you are interested send me an email at: design(dot)klub(at)yahoo(dot)com. You can also click on my profile and email me directly from there.
I first saw the work of Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The artists use grass as their canvas - imprinting images onto the living surface through the simple mechanism of photosynthesis. The results are stunning and what's more impressive, the artwork evolves over time as the grass is allowed to dry up and slowly fade.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I'm not usually a fan of traditional floral patterns, but Anna Dove has taken the vintage look and given it an updated twist. Her collection of textiles and wallcoverings have a spooky quality that's really intriguing. Each pattern seems to have a story to tell. 'Rose Garden' offers a glimpse at the forgotten courtyard of an English manor. 'Night Light' is a shadowy scene which has the viewer wondering what is happening just beyond the light's glow.
In a time when dispassionate products are being churned out by the truckload, I appreciate it when a designer offers a little substance behind his/her designs. Thankfully, Anna Dove's patterns speak volumes.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
'Mobile Dining' offers more than just storage space. It actually contains a full scale fold-out table which reveals itself through a series of ingenious accordion extensions. And while the table does seem to sit a bit low, what apartment dweller doesn't want a magical table for hosting the occasional large dinner party? Or for crafting and board game tourneys? The key is, space, and this clever little cabinet offers a lot more than meets the eye.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
'parlez avec moi ' by : xinhe jiang + zhuo wang from china
Friday, January 12, 2007
"For the most part Soviet architecture and design is remembered for its heavy block buildings and functionally Spartan designs. Its overpowering desire for conformity left little room for individual creative freedom. One would think that the Soviets would have come up with one universal design for this community structure – simple, functional and cheap to mass produce.
However, in many instances this was not the case, much time, effort and imagination went into many roadside bus stops. The sky was the limit with different shapes and design– blocks, domes, columns, towers, A-frames and archways, even ones shaped like birds, yurts and hats. If the bus stop was less bold and daring with its architectural design then the creators would often attract attention with decorating the structure with murals or mosaics."
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Another stop on my Boston design tour was the Vessel store in Chinatown. I feel kind of bad that I didn't take any photos of Vessel products (I'm a big fan of Vessel's fun, affordable line of home accessories), but it was a nice surprise to see they carried other designer's work as well.
This was my first, in-person glimpse of both K Studio and Bev Hisey's products and I have to say I was quite impressed by the craftsmanship of both. While Bev focuses on simple, clean cut designs (above) K Studio offers the homemade touch with their cute embroidered imagery and use of organic materials.
Monday, January 08, 2007
'Moment' and 'Focus' mugsPretty pillows in the store (photo:http://www.boston.com/)
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Another nice Metaphys item is their 'Node' wall outlet. You can't use it in the US - but in Japan they have flat plugs, so they get the stylish outlets. The smart little system allows you to fit numerous plugs within its grooves and it can sense/warn you of upcoming power surges.
Oh, will it ever stop snowing in Denver? At least the cold weather = more hot cocoa. The king of chocolate himself, Max Brenner, has made cozying up with a cup even more enjoyable with his wonderful 'Hug Mug'. The handle-less cup fits perfectly in your hands - just right for those days when the snow just keeps coming. Sigh.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
Most people imagine their later years in a nice home, surrounded by comfort and calm. Not so if you live in Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gin's 'Reversible Destiny Lofts'. The architects have created a nine-unit building in the Mitaka suburb of Tokyo which aims to keep its elderly residents on their toes. Filled with bright colors, the lofts also have lopsided floors, hidden electrical switches and absolutely zero closet space. "[The apartment] makes you alert and awakens instincts, so you'll live better, longer and even forever," says Arakawa. That's a lofty promise, but an intriguing idea nonetheless.