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Vases by Decha Archjananun

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The vase deconstructed by student Decha Archjananun.  Archjananun split the vase into two basic functions, a vessel to hold water and a form to support the stems.

(via dezeen.com)

Brit Insurance Design of the Year

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The Brit Insurance Design of the Year was announced yesterday at the Design Museum in London.  A panel of judges selected the Plumen low-energy (and aesthetically pleasing) light bulb designed by Samuel Wilkinson and Hulger (left).  Judge Stephen Bayley explained,  “The Plumen light bulb is a good example of the ordinary thing done extraordinarily well, bringing a small measure of delight to an everyday product.”  Last year’s winning product was also related to energy use.  Designer Min-Kyu Choi created a slimmed down version of the UK electrical plug (right).  It’s nice to see that in the glut of design junk that gets produced, thoughtful designs can still rise to the top.

Pasta by Hand

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

I am enjoying the recent re-focus on food and how we grow, make and eat it.  I came across this nice project by Italian design student Valentina De Lorenzis, in which she explored the process of making new pasta shapes by hand and using homemade tools (top).

In a similar vein, the Italian design wonders at Arabeschi di Latte have hosted two pasta making workshops in Tokyo, and most recently, in London.  Visitors are invited to play with the design using an assortment of tools (left), ingredients and recipes (right).  The pasta is cooked on the spot for participants to enjoy.  Clearly, the Italians have a strong connection pasta, I wonder what Denver’s food would be?  Could be something to do with buffalo meat, but we also have western slope wines, Rocky Ford cantaloupes, green chiles and peaches.

Blu Dot Swap Meet

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Those clever fellows over at Blu Dot have done it again.  Remember their Real Good Experiment?  Now they have a new project called the Blu Dot Swap Meet.  The idea is simple.  Pick a piece from their collection you’d like to own and post a reasonable trade on their site.  Folks can support your campaign and if your entry is deemed awesome enough, Blu Dot will swap you for it.   So far winning swaps have included a sofa for a popsicle stick motorcycle, a spork collection (shown) for a chair and a Texas BBQ feast for a couch.  The Sock Monkey chair above is still vying for a swap.

Wanted: Floor Bookshelf

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

OK designer friends, who wants to make me one of these?  Cast iron bookshelf, circa 1920’s, USA.

Matt Brown: Taglieri

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

As a curator and researcher, I am really interested in objects that have been adapted to the user.  One such project is Taglieri by Matt Brown, an American industrial designer.  While living in Italy, Brown came across a cutting board that had formed the perfect groove after being cut with the same round knife for over thirty years.  To capitalize on this time tested enhancement, Brown had the object scanned and created a new cutting board that reflected the original mark.

Lisa Spengler and Moa Hallgren

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

As part of their final project at Kunsthochschule Weißensee, students Lisa Spengler and Moa Hallgren designed a collection of furniture and accessories made from salvaged materials.  The pair combined old clothes with furniture found in the streets of Berlin to create new pieces where objects and textiles intertwine.  Spengler and Hallgren recently showed their work at the HEIMTEXTIL 2011 in Frankfurt.

Noroc by Julien Devaux

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Amazing project from Julien Devaux, a student at ENAD in Paris.  Devaux has partnered with Moldavenir, a non-profit in one of Europe’s poorest countries, Moldavia.   The project, called Noroc (which means health and good fortune), is meant to solve some of the social and environmental issues facing one of Moldavia’s small villages.  In this town landfills cover the countryside; many containing usable items such as old buckets and pots.  Devaux has found a way to upcycle the waste and combine it with the villagers’ traditional craft, basket weaving.  The result is a new series of objects used for lighting, storage and seating.

(via Jo Meesters)

MoCo Loco 2010 Highlights

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Over at MoCo Loco, all of the contributors are sharing our highlights from 2010.  You can see my list related to adaptive designs and open source projects here.  I also loved Eric Demay’s list of tools, especially this wooden pony ornament for your bike.  Round up the posse for 2011.

Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

If you are in the Denver area, my studio, Poesy&Praxis, is putting on our first event of the year, the Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop on Jan. 29th.  This drop-in community event is for all the folks who have never been able to part with that favorite holey sweater.  We will be celebrating repair by using simple wool felting techniques to patch up all the stained, torn and over-loved woolly items in our lives.

Join the fun and repair your woollies for winter part II.  The Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop will take place Saturday, January 29th from 1-3 PM at the Novo Coffee Roastery at 3008 Larimer St. in Denver.  Novo will be serving up delicious cups of joe all afternoon.  Cost is $2 per woolly item (all supplies will be provided).  We will also be repairing items to donate to local shelters, so if you have an item to give, please bring it.  We will patch them up!  All ages welcome.

If you’d like to join in please RSVP to me by Jan. 16th so we can order supplies.  This event is organized by Bean Again, Poesy & Praxis and Novo Coffee.

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