Archive for November, 2006

Mike Moran: Tiny Pleasures

Thursday, November 30th, 2006


Mike Moran wants to give hope to all of the hapless urban dwellers out there. The British ceramicist has created several clever containers that will help bring some green into even the tiniest spaces. The Pop-off Planter (top) can be attached to just about any vertical surface with a single screw and can snap in/out of its holder for watering and replanting. And when your little plants finally bloom, you can put the tiny flowers in Moran’s microvases (bottom), standing proud at 3 cm tall. Perfect for those of us living without any land to call our own.

Come Sail Away

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Is it just me or do all things wonderful originate in Maine? Not only is Maine home to Angela Adams and North Haven Community Days, it’s also the inspiration for these great bags. Made from recycled sails, these little beauties are extremely durable and can hold everything. There are now several companies turning out recycled sail totes – they all have the same bright graphics, but the difference is in the details.


Personally, I’m a fan of the Portland-based Sea Bags (left) because of the rope handles, but Reiter8 (right) is by far the most affordable option at $65. Red Flag Design is the fanciest of the bunch (they’re actually from Vancouver to give credit where credit is due). Red Flag bags (below) come in several different styles ranging from duffels to wallets and have nice detail work like woven handles and quilted patches. (Thanks to Jamien, designklub island correspondent)


Familia tableware

Monday, November 27th, 2006


“Sometimes you have to start all over again.” Such is the advice from the design mecca Normann Copenhagen. With the launch of their new ‘Familia’ tableware collection, designer Ole Jensen set out to make, “a service set like the gods would have created.” The designs are based on 6,000 year old Mesopotamian traditions, stripping away all the excess details and focusing on the simplest and most elegant forms. Now available to the gods, and to you, at the Scandinavian Design Center.

For Better or Worse: Shelving

Sunday, November 26th, 2006



Loyal designklub member Nate sent an email wanting some suggestions for bookshelves. While there are quite a few options out there for the bulky, typical box shapes (if that’s what you want see Brave Space Design’s tetris shelves), here at designklub we have a different vision. We want our design to be functional, beautiful, well-polished and fun. Every piece should make you smile or inspire you in some way. Here are two great examples of shelves that fit the bill. At the top we have Frederik Roije’s ‘Storylines’ shelving, which shakes up the standard flatliner we’re all used to and gives it a little life. Next is the ‘Tangram’ series from the brilliant Italian furniture company Lago. Just like in elementary school, you can use the shapes to create geometric people, animals, letters or whatever else your inner math genius can imagine. While both these options are good examples of creative design – they are kind of pricey and certainly don’t fit within my decorating budget. November’s ReadyMade had a great bookcase made from scavenged drawers, which had all the charm of the shelves above (and for under $50)! In the end, I’m a big proponent of finding a good starter piece and painting, slicing or gluing to make it your own. Hopefully these shelves just give you an idea of the wonderful possibilities.

B+N: Iconic Panels

Saturday, November 25th, 2006



As if you didn’t have enough choice for your walls – here’s a few more options from B+N. Their ‘Iconic’ wall panels are made from laminate formed over a carved wooden core. They have 11 different surface designs along with multiple colors and finishes. Because of the materials used, the panels can be cut, glued, nailed or drilled.

Lorem Ipsum Cuff

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006


For all the graphic design addicts out there, this one is for you. The ‘Lorem Ipsum’ cuff by Veer ($55) is a stainless steel ode to the nonsense filler-text that has been used by typesetters and designers for centuries. It’s a nice little accessory too. (Via NOTCOT)

Studio Job: Perished

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006


I know that I recently did a post on Studio Job, but I absolutely love their ‘Perished’ collection and had to share it. Maybe its because I used to do exhibit design and spent my days painstakingly painting fossil casts that I am so drawn to these pieces, but I think their work can be universally adored. The collection includes wooden tables, benches, wardrobes and screens finished in black and inlaid with the hand cut images of animal fossils. The colors are perfect and so is Studio Job.

Mystic Clock

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006


Normally I wouldn’t write anything about clocks (or watches for that matter), since I don’t want to encourage anyone to be so intimately bound to time. And besides, there are simply more exciting things to put on your wall. But something struck me about the ‘Mystic Clock’ by Matt Carr for Umbra. The face is covered with frosted glass, creating a soft, ghostly effect. I guess if you want to be constantly reminded of the time, at least this clock delivers it in a gentle manner.

Safety First

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006


Rebecca Turbow’s ‘Safe Clothes’ are what design should be about. Turbow came up with the concept for her mod, space-age clothing line while still in school and has followed her fancy with a passion ever since. She designs clothes that will protect the wearer both physically and emotionally from the outside world with circles covering vital organs and the use of durable, extra soft fabrics. Her early focus on turquoise and white has evolved to include more muted tones in the Fall 2006 collection (along with the addition of some great coats), but the rules of safety and strong geometric forms have remained the same. Here’s hoping the future will bring more from our Great Protector – I for one would like a Safe Sofa and maybe a necklace or two.

Helen Amy Murray

Sunday, November 19th, 2006


I first heard about Helen Amy Murray through 100% Design press, but was recently reminded of her genius on design*sponge. One of her recent commissions, a 1950’s dentist chair, is a good example of her work. You might think those roses are added elements, but they are amazingly part of the fabric surface. Murray has created a new technique in the textile world, which is no small feat. Her secret approach involves some serious quilting and slicing skills, and the end result is a sculptural surface unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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