Friday, November 30, 2007

Things to do in Denver

Hold on Denver - there are so many great events coming up in the next few weeks it will make your head spin. Here is just a sampling of some of the places I'll be heading to (and you should too). Events are in calendar order - starting tonight!
  • Holiday Handmade, Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at the Capsule Events Center. An alternative craft fair with 30 vendors. Starts tonight at 6 PM. More info here.
  • Titus Andronicus! The Musical! A production by Buntport Theater running November 30th through Dec. 29th. (I highly, highly recommend this show). Also at Buntport - tRUNks, an all ages bi-weekly live comic book. Next show is Sat. December 1st at 1 and 3 PM. More info on Buntport here.
  • Frock Out Denver: Independent Designers Challenge. Runway Show at the Central Library, Tuesday, December 6th from 8- 9 PM. More info here.
  • First Friday Openings: Friday, December 7th. These happen all over the place, but I'll be going to Consume + Create at the Plastic Chapel. Artwork by Josh Wills, co-owner of the Fabric Lab. Opening from 7-11 PM.
  • Bizarre Bazaar - an alternative community craft fair with music! Saturday, December 8th from 10 AM - 6 PM at Brooks Arts Center, 1400 Williams. More info here.

INV/ALT's Picks: 22designstudio

22designstudio's 'Concrete Rings' were a big hit at the designboom mart in Tokyo this year. Made from stainless steel and cement, the rings come in a variety of forms and will soon be available exclusively through the designboom shop.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

INV/ALT Picks: Brand_new bag

'BRAND_new bag' by outofstock design allows users to choose which brand they want their tote to tout. Versace today, Marc Jacobs tomorrow. Circled selections can be erased with the pen provided or simply washed out.

INV/ALT at designboom

My buddy and fellow Denverite, Angela from INV/ALT design, recently came back from a journey to Japan where she exhibited at designboom mart Tokyo. Not only did Angela show off her own snappy ceramics (in new black+color combos!), but she also acted as official designklub correspondent. The next few posts are her favorites from the mart - thanks Angela!

To check out more of INV/ALT's snap and magnet cups visit her etsy shop. Gambate!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Flying Vee

Who needs things like bookmarks when you have the 'Flying Vee' shelves by Massie Office? Available in sets of five, these wall pieces can be arranged to hold several books...or just hold your page.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Yuh hunn Wai

Yes, I realize these chairs are probably not very functional, but I still think they're great. Made by Eindhoven graduate Yuh-hunn Wai. (photo by José Van Riele)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Wieland Vogel

I love the idea behind this expandable lamp by Eindhoven graduate Wieland Vogel. When contracted, 'Halo' focuses its light, such as for a dining room table. Expanded, it can reach a width of 6 feet to provide a softer, more diffused look.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Seattle Bound

Heading out to Seattle for the weekend so posting will be a little less frequent. I've never been up there before so if you have suggestions of places to visit - stores, restaurants, anything - please pass them along. Thanks!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Mireille Meijs

Here's another nice piece from the Eindhoven graduation show. 'Light Facet' is an adjustable space divider designed by Mireille Meijs. The diamond-shaped forms can move independently to allow more or less light into the room. Clever and beautiful.

Mireille has a lot of great work in her online portfolio, be sure to check out her 'Brightiles' and 'Feeling High' glasses too.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


The 'Antropomorfo' series by GamplusFratesi has been around for a while, but I just really love these chairs. The Italian design duo took their inspiration from children's drawings, using over-sized proportions and whimsical details to give the pieces a simplistic charm.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Bjorn Rooijackers

I have been scouting the photos from the Eindhoven graduation show and there are quite a few nice pieces to share. 'On its Own' is a simple vase designed by Bjorn Rooijackers that let's the flowers display themselves. When not in use, it can be folded up and put away in a drawer.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Felix taro Gragnato

'My Cloud' is a modular lighting system designed by 2007 Eindhoven graduate Felix taro Gragnato. The magnetic contacts allow you to build your own cloud-like form.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Jen Stark

Artist Jen Stark creates colorful paper sculptures by hand cutting stacks of sheet at a time.

Interior Adventures for Real

Carved cabinet by Dutch designers Interior Adventures for Real. (via MoCo Loco)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Ideas Wanted: DAM's Ugly Face

It's been a little over a year since the Denver Art Museum (DAM) opened its doors to the new $100 million addition designed by famed architect Daniel Libeskind. Anyone who has seen the building can attest to its striking exterior, with the wild angles and titanium clad siding (top).

But for a little over a year I have been waiting to see what is going to happen around the corner. While much attention has been paid to the museum entrances, the main face of the Libeskind project (which also includes several high-priced residential units) is city - block long concrete wall.

I am curious how it is possible to bring in a world renowned architect, spend millions of dollars to create a top-notch cultural space and simply forget to design the enormous parking garage that faces one of the city's busiest streets, Broadway Avenue. Perhaps there is a grand plan to do something amazing with this hideous facade (and I truly hope there is). If so, someone please let me know.

The fact is, something needs to be done to this neglected area and it should have been done over a year ago. To leave it as is is an embarrassment to the city and to the project as a whole. So I would like to open the floor to your ideas. You can see the shameful wall in question above. If you could propose something for this ugly mess what would it be? Install something, paint something, plant something? Let me know. With any luck we will pass your ideas along to the powers that be and inspire some action to help DAM's forgotten face.

Skase by Steve Watson

Nice tea cup set by London designer Steve Watson. 'Skase' consists of a white glazed creamware cup and a Manchurian walnut cross base.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Richard Sweeney

Designer Richard Sweeney creates amazing paper sculptures by cutting, scoring and folding this humble material into complex geometric forms. His 'Folding Light' series (below) was shown as part of the recent Designers in Residence exhibition at the Design Museum in London.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Amoebe by Koziol

If I didn't already have a whole slew of the Bouroullec brother's 'Algue' pieces floating around my apartment, I would definitely scoop up the 'Amoebe' collection from Koziol. These little gems make great room dividers - they can also be linked up to create decorative wall elements as well.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Drip Dry

For the apartment dwellers out there who must clean their own dishes (like me), we can now say good riddance to ugly dish racks. Giffin'termeer's clever 'Drip Dry' collection has built in stands, allowing the plates and cups to dry off all on their own. Not only do these 'feet' give the pieces some personality, but I imagine they're convenient for handling hot dishes as well. (via the Brazilian wonder neorama)

Monday, November 05, 2007

Studio Job at Designhuis

Designhuis, a new exhibition center in Eindhoven, recently had its grand opening to coincide with Dutch Design Week. Their first show, 'BOLD' is a retrospective of the Dutch design team Studio Job. The exhibition includes forty pieces which, " a selection of iconic and often symbolic works next to the more down-to-earth designs." The Flintstone-esque furniture (top) is my favorite - more images from the exhibition here and here.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Rainbow Right: Fernando Brizio

Fernando Brizio is a Portuguese designer who has been making waves in recent years. In 2005 he created 'Painting with Giotto #1', a vase which was made by embedding felt tip pens into the edge of a ceramic bowl. The resulting bleed of colors makes each vase unique. Produced in a limited edition of 20 pieces.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Taking it to the Streets

Forget being invited to do an exhibition at the art museum - just put your stuff right outside their door. Local furniture designers David Larabee and Dexter Thornton (of DoubleButter) have done just that by installing their steel benches outside the Denver Art Museum and the brand-new Museum of Contemporary Art. Check out the video of these renegades in action here. (Thanks to Cindy for the tip!)