Archive for March, 2008

Takashi Iwasaki

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Takashi Iwasaki is one my favorite artists right now. The Japanese born designer works with a variety of media ranging from acrylics to paper collages, but it’s his delicate embroidery pieces that won my heart. The intricately sewn canvases are like a mix of Kandinsky meets the Yellow Submarine – beautiful work.

Moleskine Love

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Take your Moleskine devotion to a whole new level with these snappy laser engraved covers. Choose from an impressive array of artist designed tops or upload your own work. For a mere $25 (and up) you can prove you’re king of the neighborhood design nerds.

Voon Wong & Benson Saw

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I love this installation by Voon Wong and Benson Saw (designers of the lovely Setcast collection). Made from polystyrene cups, it was commissioned for the opening of Space, a new design shop in Kuala Lumpur. (via dezeen)

Denis Oh

Monday, March 24th, 2008

True, Denis Oh’s ‘Maintain the Balance of Your Knowledge’ shelving system may take up a lot of space, but these things are usually worth it when the result is interactive furniture. One can tip the balance of the unit by the placement of objects on the shelf or sliding the counter balances below. Probably best for books…and not your heirloom china.

Boca do Lobo: Mondrian

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Portuguese designers Boca do Lobo created the sleek ‘Mondrian’ as part of their Large Emotion collection. Limited edition of 20 pieces.

Hyock Kwon

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

‘Tree House My House’ is a shelving unit with a simple twist. Designer Hyock Kwon added a step ladder that not only leads to the books, but also a small chair, allowing the user to get a whole new view.

Sarah Thirlwell

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Designer Sarah Thirwell’s pieces are a beautiful mixture of acrylic and wood. Above are her ‘Droplet’ vases and ash wood bowls.

Pecha Kucha Night: Denver

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

I am so happy to finally be able to post some information about a project Angela Schwab and I have been working on – bringing the very first Pecha Kucha Night to Denver. For those unfamiliar with the format, Pecha Kucha is basically an opportunity for creative people to share their creative projects with the world. Or at least, in this case, Denver.

The format is simple. The topic is open. Each presenter gets 20 slides, timed for 20 seconds each. Highlighting everything from professional work to personal hobbies and collections, these evenings are PowerPoint meets Variety Show and they are currently being hosted all over the globe. Started by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha Night is a way for creatives of all types to share and network in a concise, exciting, rapid-fire format.

Our first Pecha Kucha Night will take place Friday, March 28th at Buntport Theater in Denver. Doors open at 8 PM, program starts at 8:20 (20:20) PM. $5 suggested donation at the door. The line-up for this first one is awesome – we’ll have people talking about everything from obituaries to design theories. Whoa is right.

So come be entertained and informed…and next time sign up to do your own show and tell.

Benta Plates

Friday, March 14th, 2008

This is really exciting! Angela Schwab, local Denverite and friend, just released the dinner plate she designed for Umbra. The BENTA plate has a curved edge, allowing you to push the food up onto your fork. Genius. Congratulations Angela – stay tuned for another exciting announcement today on a project Angela and I have been working on. Now go forth and buy your BENTA here.

Stephane de Sousa

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Designklub reader and friend, Bob, was the inspiration behind the David Restorick post below – he had mentioned he’d found an interesting bedside table and it reminded me of Restorick’s work. Here is Bob’s addition: the Habitual table by Stephane de Sousa. Another nice option, although I’d like it in a brighter color. Thanks Bob!

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