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.
Archive for January, 2007
Just a quick note to say I am almost done with the interview I did with Flavor Paper founder, Jon Sherman. It will be posted in the next few days (I mean it this time). This is a shot of the Flavor Lab with Onda in Saltwater Taffy on the production table.
I love this recycled bathtub furniture by the Spanish design collective Trashformaciones. In 2003, the group created over 40 chairs to be used as outdoor seating for a park in their hometown town of Castellon. They then invited local artists, architects and students to help paint/decorate each piece. The result is a colorful, creative solution in urban enhancement. Their website has several other interesting re-use projects, including an impressive structure made from washbasins. (Via neorama)
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.
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.
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!
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!
Nice embroidered jewelry by Dutch designer Caro Baertling. I especially like her ‘badges’ (right).
OK – I want to up the ante with the swap project I mentioned below. I would like to find a group of friends somewhere out there who would be interested in doing a ‘Friend Swap.’ My friends and I will put together a project (or many,many projects) – maybe crafts, maybe a photo book, maybe mix tapes, maybe some embroidered tee-shirts… maybe all of the above. Meanwhile, somewhere across the globe, you and your creative friends are busy working on your own fun projects. When we’re done, we swap. It’s like an adult version of pen pals, but taken to a new, way more awesome level. Send an email if you’re interested. (I think you’re in for a treat.)