If you want to see some beautiful glassware, check out the collection from dovetusai. I like how all of their work reminds me of elementary school science experiments, a charming medley of beakers and test tubes. The bottom piece, called ‘Antoine’, is a candle holder and bud vase all in one – the perfect mix for a centerpiece. Handmade in Italy.
Archive for May, 2007
There’s no doubt that Jaime Hayon is a master when it comes to ceramics. Recently he’s teamed up with Lladró, a company well-known for it’s traditional figurines, to give them a little shake-up in true Hayon fashion. The result has been the Re-Deco collection, a reinvention of some of Lladró’s classic pieces using white porcelain and platinum in both gloss and matte finishes.
While I’m not much of a figurine fan, it was still interesting to see this collection in person at the Future Perfect in Brooklyn. And I was more than excited to see Hayon’s ‘Showtime’ vases (above) there as well. They are just wonderful, creative, fun pieces and I really, really want one.
I’ll be back with a regular post later, but I just wanted to remind everyone in the Denver area that we are having a community meet-up tonight at the Walnut Room. Designers from all fields are welcomed to attend – 6:30 pm, The Walnut Room, 3101 Walnut St. Denver.
UPDATE: We had over 20 folks show up for our first meeting – thanks to everyone who came! See, there is design happening in Denver…if you couldn’t make the meeting and want in on the action send me an email and I’ll add you to our list.
I spotted Karla Schabert’s amazing line of jewelry while visiting the Cooper Hewitt in NY. Her pieces are delicately crafted by crocheting fine cotton over glass beads. So beautiful.
“It’s really a collection of all of our favorite things,” is how Tobias Wong and Gregory Krum described the products in their most recent project, The Wrong Store. Located in a small storefront in West Chelsea, The Wrong Store is a guerrilla concept in the form of a pop-up shop. The catch is you can’t enter the store and you can’t buy anything, at least not individually. You see, the goods in the Wrong Store come as all or nothing package.
Nearly three years after Tobias’s ‘Terminal 5′ project in JFK (an installation which sadly only lasted three days), a new store has come to life, this time in a 6′ x 10′ room. The small space didn’t stop Tobias and Gregory, Retail Director for the Cooper-Hewitt, from assembling an amazing collection of limited edition, and in some cases one-of-a-kind pieces, that blend art, fashion and design.
The Wrong Store is truly window shopping at its finest, only you’ll have to get your wistful watching in soon because this little shop will only be open for two months. Thanks again to Tobias for being the nicest guy at ICFF, from giving me a mini-tour of the shop to getting my friends into an overcrowded party, meeting him was one of the highlights of Design Week.
Take a look of at some of the highlights from The Wrong Store below.
On Sunday night I also visited the Valvomo show, an exhibition of Finnish design, which was set-up in a converted fish locker in the Meatpacking District. There were a number of impressive pieces on display, including the ‘OKA‘ coatrack by Teppo Asikainen and the ‘Globlow Big Floor Lamp’ by designers Vesa Hinkola, Markus Nevalainen and Rane Vaskivuori. The light actually gently deflates and inflates as it is switched off and on.
What ICFF coverage would be complete without a few party highlights? On Sunday I proudly made it to 5 events in the tight 6-9 time frame (impressive I know). My first stop was at the Flavor Paper reception at Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor. The place was packed with Flavor fans enjoying the company’s new patterns, including their fun ’scratch and sniff’ series.
I’m heading back home today, but I wanted to share a few more ICFF photos before I leave – we’ll just have to file this post under ‘miscellaneous’…
While I had a great time at this year’s fair, there wasn’t that much in the way of dazzling design. There were a lot of really nice pieces, but very few of them made you say ‘wow’ as you walked away. Being my first fair, I don’t have much to compare it to – overall it just felt very “safe” to me.
I still have some coverage to share of all the events surrounding ICFF, including a tour of Tobias Wong’s Wrong Store and Jaime Hayon’s exhibit. But for now, here’s the best of the rest from ICFF 2007: