Archive for December, 2010

Woolly Pockets

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Woolly Pockets are genius.  These modular planters are made from recycled plastic bottles and have a built in moisture lining.  They can be used indoors or out to create your own version of a vertical garden.

Design Miami 2010: Good, bad, but mostly worthless

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

I was browsing through the Design Miami highlight reel on Wallpaper and the results seem a little disappointing.  I guess when you call in Pharrell Williams to chat about craft you can’t really expect too much.  There were a few nice items that surfaced though, including the Campana brothers ‘Esmeralda’ light and an installation by Konstantic Grcic.

The rattan/glass pendant is part of a new series which the Campana brothers made with the Venini glass studio.  As Designer of the Year, Konstantic Grcic was invited to create an installation at the show.  ‘Netscape’, series of hammock seats, was designed to invite social interaction.   The rest of the photos I’ve seen are a cross between disheartening and just plain irritating.  I’d like to ask Arik Levy how putting 10,000 nails into a table constitutes progress or improves our world in any way.

Studio Makkink & Bey: Crate Series

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

One of the last exhibitions I helped with at Spring Projects was the Crate Series by Studio Makkink & Bey.   The show is currently on display at the gallery until mid-January.  For the exhibition, Studio Makkink & Bey created a collection of new furniture pieces reinterpreting the wooden shipping container.   Each unit contains a common household item, offering travelers the ability to use familiar spaces in unknown places.  The BathCrate and BedCrate are particularly nice, creating a small intimate zone within a larger setting.  Also on displays is the Blue Cabin, a mobile unit made from blue architectural foam which serves as a blueprint for possible living environments.

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