Archive for February, 2007

Nobody is Perfect

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Eva Menz is well-known for her elaborate chandeliers, however the London designer is dabbling in the world of accessories as well. Her ‘Nothing is Perfect’ series embraces imperfection; vases are cast from existing bottles – dents, dings, cracks and all. The final products are available in matte white, black, 10 K gold, 10 K platinum and antique bronze.

Team 7: Magnum Table

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Whenever I start feeling like I need to find a bigger place, it’s usually because I’ve found another great table. Really…I could sleep in a closet, get by with a small bathroom…but someday I would love to have the space for a proper dining room table. And there is nothing I would like more than to host my next dinner party on this beauty from the Austrian design group, Team 7. In addition to the nice blend of materials, the table’s smart design includes a well-hidden extension for accommodating extra guests. Alas, not only can I not afford to buy a house, I probably can’t afford this lovely table either.

Designer Dreamboat

Monday, February 26th, 2007


I know it’s wrong to laugh, but this photo is so silly. I was trying to look up more information on designer Heath Nash’s recycled plastic lamps and found this. C’mon, who poses with their work like some sort of 80’s teen Bop idol? Regardless, his lamps are cool and I love the wild colors. OK you know you’re giggling too…

Diamond in the Rough

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Artist Kirsten Hassenfeld’s translucent, paper gem sculptures are gorgeous. When the light hits them just right, they look like drawings floating in the air. If this doesn’t inspire you to do something creative this weekend, I don’t know what will. And if you’re looking to share your creativity, don’t forget to join in on Open Project #2: Journal Show. There’s been some great contributions already and I’m going to start posting the results soon!

Loving Bracelets

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Magnetic bracelets? These are so great. Imagine clicking hands with a total stranger…oh the humorous and wonderful antics that could ensue. I suppose you could also wear them with someone you know, but where’s the adventure in that? Designed by St├ęphanie Radenac (via Bientot Demain)

Setareh Arefi

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Here’s a new take on wallcoverings from Iranian designer Setareh Arefi. Setareh uses off-cuts from recycled rugs, carpets and felt to create an interesting patchwork of tiles for the wall. She further manipulates each piece through processes such as heat-transfer printing, laser-cutting, etching and coloring with eco dyes to give these remnants a whole new life. I’m not sure this image does the idea justice – but her website is still under development, so hopefully there’s more to come.

Mio SoftBowls

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Wool vessels are not a new concept, but there are several reasons to love these colorful ‘SoftBowls’ from the eco-conscious company Mio. Their wool content means the containers are both recyclable and compostable. In addition, creating the bowls uses only about 10% of the energy needed to make a similar ceramic vessel. And then, as if you weren’t feeling good enough, SoftBowls are handmade in the USA at one of the last remaining millineries in the country. Pretty good for a simple little bowl.

Birthday Break

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Hey everyone, today’s my birthday so I’m taking the day off to enjoy pancakes, pinatas and friends. If you are in the Denver area, the Limited Addiction Gallery is having an opening reception tonight for a huge new show (over 50 artists). The gallery is located at 825 Santa Fe and the event goes from 7-11 pm.

Friday Fantastic

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Everyone has fantasies about living in a tree house. I still envision having one someday complete with a bed and an easy chair so I can actually hide out up there for a day or two.

This, however puts my Swiss Family Robinson dreams to shame. The Fab Tree Hab, which is being developed by architects at MIT, takes a handful of saplings and transforms them into a two-story, energy efficient, water recycling haven. The system will take about 5-10 years to grow, depending on your climate, but once it’s matured you can insulate it with straw, put up plaster walls and carry on with business as usual. The conceptual drawings make it look a bit like some futuristic bug, but really its just an awesome, creative solution to living in tune with the environment. Or, literally, in the environment.

Annabel Waterman

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Take a look at this lovely pillow by textile designer Annabel Waterman. The pattern is inspired by Russian nesting dolls – so charming. Her website is still under development, but I’m putting this London lady on my ‘one to watch’ list.

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