Possibly one of my new favorite stores internationally. I’ve been addicted to Muji from the first time i laid eyes upon one, as well as Ordning&Reda, and to join that genre - i am now adding GRANIT - basically its a Swedish Muji. With incredibly brandless simplicity they provide you with everything from notebooks and boxes to bags (and some great simple luggage tags i bought) and travel accessories, to flatware in both japanese and wooden looks, to even bath accessories… and much much more. It’s ok if you don’t read Swedish you can still browse through the categories pretty easily or check out the pdf catalog. Although it seems they are only in Sweden currently, hopefully they will find their way out to the rest of the world, and definitely put it on your list of “to see’s” when you visit.
Ok everyone, its friday here in Boras, Sweden - and off to check out Stockholm for the weekend - laptop free. So the next few days may be a bit lighter (hence my little postfest in the last hour) - but it may not - Jermacide and Shade Elaine have tendencies to surprise me. But my quick parting note on Boras - you know those many little lamps at Ikea? (this is possibly more american oriented) - i never really could come up with a purpose - or for those smaller lamps in general, not quite for reading, but oh so cute? Well, here there are many smaller windows in every house/apt and in every (ok maybe 90%) of them you will find some adorable lamp! Its like tradition - they all just do it, even my friends don’t remember/know why exactly, it is just how it is? And its so cute, i must take a night walk when i get back next week to get pics of it, but when they are all lit up at night, it is truly romantic/cozy and it feels great inside as well - not to mention its a designer/shoppers dream excuse to lamp shop. So put it in your window and pass up your usual big bright floor/ceiling lamps?
Remember my friend Joakim Harneborne from Wallpapers Design Issue’s TOP 10 Designers to watch? Well two big pieces of news about him - he made it into Bulgarian Brava Casa - a two page spread! But unfortunately we can’t read it. Any Bulgarian readers out there, we would really love a translation - all we’ve gotten out of it is that they have renamed him what looks like Noakum Xepheooph [click the pic or see below to read the article] And secondly, he’s now been titled Notcot’s Sr. Western European Designer/Editor [aka SWEDE] - so welcome him, he’s just joined me to help you cover design around the world for Notcot, which is why i’m out here hanging out with him in Sweden!
There was the goose that lay golden eggs, and those machines you put 50 cents in as a kid that clucked and lay plastic eggs - and then in 2005 there was an interactive art installation at Stanford that was a Vending Tree that lay Golden Plastic Eggs! How fantastic is this? I want one, no one should be without one?
“The tree was an art experiment to challenge perceptions of nature, technology and communication in a fun way. How it works: The tree senses you passing by and alerts you with a welcoming sound and flashing lights. When you place a coin in the slot and press a button, a golden egg falls out of the tree and lands at your feet. The egg contains a packet of California poppy seeds, a map of campus, and a poem.” By Deena Rosen (and 9 other students!) - who will also be having an art opening at Propeller in SF Thurs night.
Today, a font found its way to my submissions box, and i fell in love. Seldom have i see a font pitched so beautifully that it was like a piece of art - and then as you took the time to actually READ it, it was still easy on the eyes and cheeky as hell. So go have an Affair - cheat on your usuals, it’s worth it. [Typeface by Alejandro Paul]
The work of Logan Hicks is infamous, he is an LA based stencil artist with an attention for details unlike any other, and his hand-cut masterpieces are breathtaking. What we have above is his limited edition shirt (there are only 50! and they are a mere 50$ so act fast) Isn’t it gorgeous? “The shirt is printed on an American Apparel shirt. The design is printed with discharge ink base, with a silver foil print on top. Its a damn fine shirt. 30 shirts will be sold in Australia for the Festival, and 20 will be sold in general release. For those interested in purchasing one, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org” It is to commemorate his trek down under to the Melbourne and Sydney Stencil Festival!
I found heaven. It is a giant white cube with openings on each side, where all you see are layers and layers of panels of fabric. Incredibly delicious Kvadrat fabric from their collaboration with genius Tord Boontje - some are relatively transparent printed with the breathtaking flowers and natural patterns, others are dual layered with laser cut floral motifs with the shimmery layers below peeking through. And as you pass through these many layers of floor to what felt like 7-8’ ceilings - you find yourself in the center. As if you entered into a whole other world, a chamber of cylindrical playful colorful stools covered in more fabrics from the collection, and they are all simply divine. No image could really do them justice, but while wandering the Copenhagen Furniture Fair, this was the one thing that blew me away, and i sat in there staring and spinnging around and taking pictures for a while. [Image of the exterior of this mysterious space below].
I have about 130+ images from the fair alone, considering putting up a link to the gallery if people are interested in seeing them.
Is it not incredible what you can do with a drill and some plastic? This is the teaser for the next two posts… I was over at Mette Saabye’s Jewelry Gallery/Store and she has an amazing collection in. This watering can really is such a great piece of art!
[*PHOTO HEAVY - full gallery of pics after the jump] The Flow Market exhibition on at the Danish Design Center is a provotcative shop/space that really drives its point home and looks beautiful doing it. Visually i was stunned and as you’ll see below, could barely help taking many many pictures of each and every container, slowly reading each one… [for those who are wondering, yes they are all empty, yes it is kind of like a well labeled, nicely sorted recyclers dream]. It was great to find a completely immersive physical environment focused on opening your mind to the values, comsumerism, dreams we lack, misplaced, overlooked, gave in to, etc. Basically it makes you wish we could simply walk ito a store and buy them… but life’s never that easy is it?
“FLOW is a mindset, an innovation tool and a commercial brand. A mindset focused on sustainable growth. An innovation tool which through the 3 sub-categories “individual, collective and environmental flow” concretizes the parameters for sustainable growth. And finally a brand that through these 3 parameters transforms and concretizes the mindset into commercial products and services.”
Razors + Skulls + vectory flowers + birds are so in its out? But i still like them, so will continue showing you great implementations of them, like this Copenhagen design week Illum store window. More pics below, they were great window displays. bigger pics below.
Wandered across the portfolio page of Loic Sattler - Lysergid, [link warning - turn down volume] and can’t stop looking at this image - its so beautifully balanced and playfully trippy… click the image above to see the full piece.
Ok - posted about the works of Paul Ahern a few days ago… and while it was some great work, the story is what sometimes brings it to that next level, and reading about his life and checking out this video, “Watch This House” by The Natural History 2003, that kick started the whole Cardboardistry era will just make you want one more… or inspire you to go out and make something!
I was curious about his technique, and here’s what Paul has to share “I do a drawing or select a photo, project it onto a huge (usually about 5’x3’) piece of cardboard and slice along all the areas that need to contrast. I’m essentially creating a black and white image, so I pull away the surface paper (which takes forever, and comes off in a zillion little shreds) where I want the black to be, and leave behind the white. Then I go in and delicately scrape away the residual paper fibers until I have achieved the desired level of contrast. Each one takes about 7-10 hrs to complete.” - More to share on new pieces/styles/below.
I get images stuck in my head the way people get songs stuck in their head, and this piece by Four Field Design Office is stuck. I can’t explain the appeal that brushed steel has for me… but something about these crazy brushed steel looking puddles that you can sit on is somewhat fascinating… a bit sci-fi - a little like giant mercury puddles - yet it reminds me of a kitchen (you know - stainless steel kitchens, those crazy german smell removing steel soaps? etc etc)… just a fun pic. Also quickie pic from Interni [i need a new scanner, i know. sorry]