Christmas Card

I do enjoy this holiday greeting from Moooi, furniture design based in Amsterdam.

After looking around the site some, I decided this is one of my favorite of Moooi designs.


Tick Clock Click Tock

Chinese designer Yen-Wen Tseng created the "Hand in Hand Clock," which has hands linked with two pivoting arms.

Shay Carmon and Ben Klinger of Studio Ve created Manifold Clock, which is connected by a piece of paper that curls and unfurls.

Swedish designers Humans since 1982 have designed "The Clock Clock," composed of several small clocks whose hands spell out the time.


Steamboat Belly

Tan Lun Cheak of the Little Thoughts Group has designed the "Glowbelly Steamboat" to reinvent the kind of central cooking unit used in his family during the Chinese new year.  It is made of pyro-ceramics, so it can withstand extreme heat or be put in the freezer.  When not used for cooking, it can be turned upside down and made into a lamp.



I don't really know what to make of this project. Crab Studio's skyscraper entitled "The Tower of Droplets" won the Taiwan Tower Conceptual International Competition.

Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham are the creators of the tower:
"The entire tower is inspired by the creation of energy. Living energy which must be……… Visible living energy SYMBOLISING THE VISIBLE ENERGY, ENTERPRISE AND INVENTIVE OPTIMISM OF THE TAIWANESE PEOPLE... The principal purpose of the tower is to CREATE ALGAE."

So this tower is supposed to create algae used for fish and plant food as well as biofuel for engines. If it indeed will work as described, then sure that sounds great. Visually, however, it only catches my eye because it looks as what I would imagine would be a futuristic Dr. Seuss environment, located in space of course. Yet, it's fascinating to me. Unfortunately, the algae-tron won 2nd in the competition, so for now all we have are images to imagine the Tower of Droplets in all it's majesty.

While look at Crab Studio's website, I found that I really love Sir Peter Cook's illustrations.



Sarajevo native Tea Petrovic designed a collection of shoes inspired by Russian sculptor Nuam Gabo and Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.  This collection, Petrovic's graduating project, is composed of Gabo's "linear construction... the idea of levity, transparency, and complex structure" and Calatrava's "accent on detail."

one of my favorites of the photos
nice shadows

some Gabo work:
Linear Construction in Space No. 4 by Naum Gabo
Construction in Space with Crystalline Centre by Naum Gabo

and Calatrava:
NYC Ballet by Santiago Calatrava
Light Rail Train Bridge in Jerusalem by Santiago Calatrava

All three have great work.  Read the dezeen article for more pictures of Petrovic's collection.


Cheval Renoma by Asarota

my new favorite glass mosaics by French company Asarota

These remind me of Ryan Berkley's animal portraits that were sold at -- I know, lame -- Urban Outfitters.

Seriously, check out this guy's etsy.

They're just too good.

Of course the price difference between Asarota's and Ryan Berkley's designs are about... oh $8000.

Denyse Schmidt - Mount Lebanon

Denyse Schmidt created the Mount Lebanon Quilt series after visiting the Mt. Lebanon Shaker village.

No. 3

one inspiration photo

"I visited the Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village a few years ago, before they started major restoration. The quilts’ palette mirrors the shades of creamy plaster and exposed lath. I’ve always been inspired by the simple beauty of Shaker design and their exquisite craftsmanship. I had an idea of the palette I wanted, and shopped the garment district in NYC for the accent fabrics. The selection includes linens and silks. Together they feel evocative of another era, of historic clothes found in a trunk in the attic. It’s difficult to see in the photos, but I’ve been exploring the use of the selvage edge in my personal work lately, this series continues that exploration. Some of the fabrics have really great fringe selvages."

I love how organized the Shakers are.  I wish my roommates were.  Maybe I should live in a Shaker village.


"An Furniture"

KAMKAM's "An Furniture" includes several detachable boxes that are all standard paper sizes, which are also within the Golden Ratio.  Perfect for single living.  The scraps are saved to make the smaller pieces.



Rubber Stool by h220430

This stool is made of one piece of rubber bolted together, AND you take it apart and put it back together.



Contemporary Wallpaper Exhibit in Switzerland

"Perished" by Studio Job

"Bullies" by Virgil Marti

"Arabian Nights" by Francesco Simeti


Piggy Bank Reloaded

Pyggy Bank by Nendo

part of the DesignTide Tokyo exhibit

The word "pygg" comes from the medieval term to described unused coins made of an unglazed clay, much like these "pyggy" banks.