Archive for December, 2009

Marimekko Tour

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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A few months ago I got the chance to visit the Marimekko factory in Helsinki, Finland.  Here are some behind-the-scene shots of their factory and headquarters.   The top image shows the production line, followed by their many, many rows of screens and a picture of their checking room.  The workers were at lunch when we went through, but this is the room where each bolt of fabric is meticuously checked by hand to make sure the colors and images are all perfect!   The next picture shows their awesome hallway wallpaper and a typical office – if you can’t have a window, Marimekko fabric is the next best thing.  And finally, a few shots of the Marimekko holiday prints, set up in their showroom.  Signing off for a few days – wishing you all very Happy Holidays!

Hirshorn Museum’s Amazing Idea

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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An exciting addition may soon be coming to Washington DC’s Hirshorn Museum.  Director Richard Koshalek is making plans to commission a 145 ft. inflatable bubble installation in the museums’s massive courtyard.  The bubble would be filled up twice a year, creating temporary space for special events.  In addition, a smaller dome would extrude from the building’s lower level to house a public lounge/cafe.  The project, being designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, would cost around $5 million to construct – an innovative and inspirational idea to make a traditional museum space much more engaging.

(images via Diller Scofidio & Renfro & story via nytimes.com)

Schemata: Flat Table

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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Japanese architecture firm Schemata has produced a series of work called Flat Tables.  Using epoxy, the designers have transformed damaged and unconventional surfaces such as school desks (left) and styrofoam (right) into new, smooth surfaces. A lovely way to give discarded items new life.

(via mocoloco.com)

Blu Dot: Real Good Experiment

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

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The clever folks at Blu Dot recently put together a great marketing campaign. The Real Good Experiment left 25 of Blu Dot’s iconic Real Good chairs on the streets of NY and monitored who picked them up.  Using a built-in tracking device, the chairs tweeted their whereabouts for several days.  Finally the Blu Dot team came a knockin’ and interviewed some of the lucky owners in the video above.  Good job John and Maurice!

Blu Dot Real Good Experiment from Real Good Chair on Vimeo.

Peter Marigold: Palindrome

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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For Design Miami/Art Basel designer Peter Marigold created the Palindrome series, a furniture range made from wooden molds and plaster casts.   The two pieces are joined together creating a reverse image – a hole becomes a handle and a cut becomes a raised edge.  Interesting photos walking through his process here.

Hermes & Tokujin Yoshioka

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

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Amazing window installation designed by Tokujin Yoshioka for Maison Hermes in Japan – sometimes simplicity is best.

(via Jo Meesters)

Monique Habraken

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

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‘A Tree’ by Dutch design student Monique Habraken is a simple and elegant dining room table.  I love the detail of the inlaid tree branch on the table top running through to the leg.

Jochem de Wit

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

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Lovely ceramic work by Dutch Design student Jochem de Wit.  Though the pieces have rough elements, there is still a simplistic beauty to them.

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