Archive for June, 2007

Sparks: Tunnel Vision

Friday, June 29th, 2007

In 2005 sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck transformed two Houston area homes into a spiraling vortex of awesome. Utilizing the structures’ existing siding, the artists created a funnel-shaped hole that led users in walking upright…only to leave them crawling out the other side. The installation was made possible because the buildings were slated for demolition, which also sadly means this project has come and gone. (via designboom)

Mustache Thursday

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

It may be simple, but I think putting a mustache on just about anything makes it look better. Above are Jonathan Adler’s ‘Salvador’ vase and Katrin Greiling’s ‘Je m’appelle moustache’ lights.

Play by BCXSY

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

The ‘Play Collection’ from the BCXSY is the perfect example of fun meets function. The series includes furniture and accessories which aim to increase playfulness in the home. Whether you’re balancing books on the ‘See-Saw’ bookshelf or sliding puzzle pieces on the Play! Coffee Table, this collection of clever designs will do just that.

The Golden Touch

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Tea time meets happy hour with Bryony Gawthorpe’s gilded mar-tea-ni glass. Why choose between high tea and the high life when you can have both? Bryony’s work makes either a special occasion. Contact: Bryony Gawthorpe.


Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Just a quick note to share that I will now be writing in two other locations in addition to designklub. First, the mecca of design blogs, MoCo Loco, asked me to join their ranks of contributing editors, which I very, very happily accepted. Check out my posts there for the latest and greatest in cutting edge design.

Second, in my quest to get the Denver design world spinning, I’ll be helping out at Mod Livin’s new blog, Furnish. This site will focus more on styling tips/ideas for the home, a whole area I don’t get to explore with designklub, so I’m really excited to be working with them!

Hope you get the chance to visit both sites – a full spectrum of design and decor…let’s just hope my croquet game doesn’t suffer from all these new ventures!

Quality Time

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

During the Milan Furniture Fair Dutch designers Kiki van Eijk & Joost van Bleiswijk took a new approach in presenting their ‘Quality Time’ collection. The pair actually lived in their exhibition space for 10 days, inviting passersby to join them in experiencing ‘the good things in life’, which included furniture in the categories of Food, Play, Living and Sleeping. The collection included several quilted pieces, giving the furniture a much more personal touch. Above are their ‘Quilted Stool’ and ‘Cubic Lathe Stools’.

Sparks: Keetra Dean Dixon

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Keetra Dean Dixon is moving right up the ranks on my list of designers to watch. I wrote about her ‘Everything will be OK’ bedspread earlier this week, but wanted to share more of her fascinating work.

Now I’m a big fan of public art in general, but I love it when installations are hidden and meant to be discovered. Much of Keetra’s work aims to, “encourage patience and optimism in unexpected circumstances.”

This can be seen in her series ‘Little Public Plaques’, in which tiny messages are left throughout the city and in her ‘Photobooth’ project. The booth was left in semi-public spaces with no explanation as to it’s extra qualities. Users posed for photos as normal, but then received pictures which were, “analyzed and customized with forecasts consisting of patterns, symbols and messages.”

Caba by Kwangho Lee

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Caba‘ is a Korean word meaning to cover or decorate a particular surface. Designer Kwangho Lee used that word as inspiration in creating his modular laser-cut felt system. The individual pieces are small snowflake motifs, which can be linked together to create new decorative textile surfaces.

Together with Camper

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Jaime Hayon recently completed the design of two new Camper stores in Barcelona and London. In signature Hayon style, the project – entitled ‘Together with Camper’, includes tables from his ‘Showtime’ collection, the creation of several new terra cotta lamps and a poppin’ red resin floor.

Everything will be OK

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Sleep in comfort under the safety of Keetra Dixon’s reassuring reminder. (More to come on Keetra in this Friday’s ‘Sparks’).

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