Archive for October, 2006

Cycloc

Monday, October 30th, 2006

cycloc

Bike storage just got a little more stylish thanks to the Cycloc. This simple mechanism mounts to your wall and uses the weight of the bike to keep it in place. The holder can be tilted to any angle to fit a variety of frames and the inside can be used to store your keys, gloves or whatever sporty bike gear you may have. Looking at my Calypso cruiser I think I have the one bike this won’t work for – but for the rest of you this system is great. To top it all off it is made from 100% recycled plastic.

Knit-fitti

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

knitta-please

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.

Mummy Chair

Friday, October 27th, 2006

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OK, sorry about the Tord Boontje rant, but I think it has been building up for awhile. On to better things…like the wonderful Mummy chair by designer Peter Traag for Edra. Available in a variety of colors, each beech wood seat is wrapped in app. 60 meters of polyester ribbon, giving it its lovely mummified appearance. Just in time for Halloween.

Tord and Target

Friday, October 27th, 2006

tord-boontje

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.

Light of my life

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

vessel_luau-light

The new Luau light by Vessel reinforces my belief that I really do need a little beach house somewhere to fill with lanterns and seashells. Luau turns on automatically when lifted from the base and stays lit while recharging. The portable little light is not only dimmable, it lasts for 6-10 hours a sitting – perfect for beach cookouts, camping – pretty much any outdoor activity requiring a little ambiance. (Via MoCo Loco)

Maya Hayuk

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

maya-hayuk_pittsburgh-skatepark

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.

Best in Show

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

gu-arzi_rock-chair

Guy Arzi took home Best in Show at the [Re]Design 06exhibit this September with his fantastic Rocky Chair. Made from recycled movie theatre seats, these chairs are a great mix of bright colors and stylish vintage pieces. (via Inhabit

Genevieve Gauckler

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

genevieve-gauckler

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

Shop Stop

Friday, October 20th, 2006

bittersweet-genevieve_hoodies

Bittersweet Genevieve is a Vancouver based artist and designer who makes amazing handmade hoodies, bags and so much more. She just re-stocked her shop after a long hiatus, so get there quick because her stuff sells out fast! I can’t believe I stumbled across the new items before she sent out her mass email announcement. Finally, my obsessive bookmarking has paid off.

Tide Chandelier

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

stuart-haygarth_tide-chandelier

Even though Stuart Haygarth’s “Tide Chandelier” was on exhibit in 2005, I think it’s beautiful enough to be praised again and again. Made from over 1,000 plastic items collected along the Kent coastline, the chandelier transforms the discarded into the magnificent. Be sure to check out his other projects including the “Millennium Chandelier” (made with 1,000 exploded party poppers).

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