Browsing IKEA’s latest today… they’ve jumped on a few trends i’ve been liking for a while… so naturally much like the laptop station that they made 10% of the original price… funny to see that they have taken to the vinyl stickering (i had kind of expected them to get on this one sooner since its so cheap/easy to produce)… and one trend i’ve been loving for apt dwellers that move frequently and don’t want to worry about damaging the walls, yet want to mount that flat panel tv - the floating wall tv shelves, i’m kind of liking this Stiby one above that is $500… and there is also the Benno after the jump that is a mere$120. Now for the one piece i’m really really wanting - the Trollsta Sideboard… granted the whole series feels like a cheap jaime hayon knockoff… i’m still tempted. It looks really fun to add some subtle vinyl stickers to also…. few more pieces that grabbed me after the jump!
Here’s that press announcement i’ve been dying to share with you….
Globalight - the latest Karim Rashid piece launching in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot in Milan tonight. An “artistic, orb-shaped lamp with adjustable pink light, Globalight is also an isotherm bottle carrier… First impression? It feels like the center slice of a silver space age egg with its glowingly pink fleshy yolk exposed - encasing a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose… The asymmetrical egg like shape is so appealing and naturally inspired, yet relatively random feeling. And if you take a look at more of the gorgeously surreal photographs of the Globalight and its couples - there is also something oh so Easter Basket-like about it… The press release reads:
New York, NY—April 15, 2008 — Champagne house Veuve Clicquot affirms its strong commitment to design excellence, innovation and audacity with the release of Globalight by Karim Rashid, the second collaboration between the eponymous Champagne House and the prolific designer celebrating Veuve Clicquot’s Rose Champagne.The unique, limited-edition piece represents Rashid’s modern reinterpretation of the traditional French chandelier, icon of romantic dinners and meaningful moments. In the United States, Globalight will be unveiled exclusively at W Hotels, leader in modern travel, luxury design, and sensory experience.
Its portable nature makes entertaining a gathering of friends or someone special a charming occasion whether at home or on the road. One bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose will remain chilled for 4 hours and the LED lights will give a soft glow for the same time, making Globalight an ideal accessory for outdoor entertaining.
Honestly - the pictures after the jump are worth checking out… beautiful sureal photographs - and a fun sketch and story of how Karim Rashid came up with the design…
Swedish, I Do Design, and their gorgeous Union Benches… i showed you their Outdoor Union Bench and renderings of the indoor one previously, you remember, the gorgeously sleek concrete/wood outdoor benches that were shaped like three hemispheres molded together? Well Salone time is upon us, and they’ve shared the two new glossy red and black indoor versions (perfect for lounges, clubs, waiting areas) and a DESK! which looks like a very fun place to work closely together yet still have quite a bit of your own space to take over! I’m very tempted by both. Get a first look at all of these new pieces after the jump!
Ding3000 is gearing up for this year’s salone in milan, and their theme is Animal Tales!
“Mother Nature is still the best designer in the world.” That’s why we started copying her most fascinating creations. Visit our petting zoo during the Milano Design Week 2008 and admire floating afghan hounds, shy giraffes, greedy chicks, and not-at-all-stubborn mules.”
Just as interesting as their concept and products… the sneak peek they’ve sent over (images below of the collection!) show some creative use of shadowing to bring out that animal nature in the pieces…
I seldom LOL when reading design sites… but when i hit this entry on Pan Dan, i couldn’t help myself. Ole Jensen’s known for his many simple, vibrant, designs with Normann Copenhagen - and perhaps one of his most iconic is the rubber washing up bowl and brush from back in 2002. So imagine my surprise when i see either a HUGE version of the bowl with a naked man sitting in it …. or the bowl, with a teeny tiny man in it. Upon closer inspection this is infact the bath tub version of the bowl, and it even has a tail hanging off of it with a cork stopper.
Turns out that this Rubber Tub is Ole Jensen’s latest piece for the Salone in Milan at the MINDCRAFT Exhibition. The Danish Crafts site says: “For the MINDCRAFT exhibition Ole has developed a soft bathtub, exploring the EPDM rubber material in new dimensions, taking his artistic point of departure in his success design; The washing-up bowl, for Normann Copenhagen.”
“A soft tub for the body. For children and adults. For play and healing.
In the garden or the stylish bathroom.”
———— Ole Jensen, ceramist and designer.
See more images after the jump! As well as the story behind the original bowl and brush…
I somehow wandered across the internet to Mid-Century Modernist where i encountered this crazy 1968 Danish Sleeper Sofa that lives on ebay… and its right in the LA area for pick up. Really as *just* a sofa, i’m not that floored, but the craziness by which it opens into a sleeper for two is interesting to take a look at. More images after the jump!
The Nomad Yurt by EcoShack. I try to settle down, i try to find a “home” and stay put, but i seldom last more than a year. I’m a socal girl who’s home is in her car, on the road, or bouncing between hotel rooms and friends’ places around the world… I suppose i’m a modern day digital nomad. A digi-nomad that needs a yurt!
The one object i walked away from CA Boom V lusting after and itching to drop $8000 on is the Nomad Yurt… it breaks down and pops up in under a half hour (depending how many friends you have), and gives you an instant 120 square feet of calm, shady, cozy privacy, with a nice woody platform (don’t worry about what the ground is like around you like most yurts), a light sturdy bamboo structure, and weatherMAX covering. Whether you use it as an instant studio, a guest room, a spa treatment room, or the best backyard under-tree-house ever… its a fun way to get some extra space, that you can pack up into the back of the car. Take a look at the images of this eco-friendly, permit-free, portable structure as it was at CA Boom, the view from within, and diagrams and images of how you put it together after the jump.
So, what do you think? Instead of investing in “real” offices, wouldn’t it be fun to have a group (commune?) of these instant-office/studio yurts out in Topanga?
The Union Bench by swedish i do design. I wish they replaced public benches everywhere! And i’d love to have one in my courtyard/waiting room/etc. The outdoor model for this is made of concrete with wood seating, and the indoor version made of Glass Reinforced Plastic and finished with a comfortable leather cushioned seat and will be launching at this years Salone Satellite in Milan. I love that with no real front or back, and so many ways to sit on it (whether hanging off the edge, or straddling one of the in betweens)… its really created a unique communal yet private space, perfect for groups, loners, and even those with strollers to easily sit down and take a break. Take a look at further images in more situations, with no people, and of the different models… after the jump!
NOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!
Saw these gorgeous vases by Teori over at Designklub. Teori is a Japanese design collective with a focus on bamboo household objects. The craftsmanship in each piece from their Laminated Bamboo Lumber Project is beautiful, but what I love most are the surprising details, like the split in the wood that becomes the opening for the vase, or the slight peak in the bamboo tray (after the jump) that functions as a chopstick rest.
Ok perhaps chair wasn’t quite the right word for the Slacker… its really Fredrik Olsson and and Sam Sihvonen’s Slacker ‘throne’… part throwback to viking times… part wide comfy lounger… and part gamer etchings? With wooden engraved skulls and “Game Over” messaging along the side, there’s no mistaking this for an ancient relic. Fredrik Olsson and Sam Sihvonen are currently attending the master program at the School of Design and Crafts at GÃ¶teborg University in Sweden, and this piece was just exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture Fair… “Our aim was to try pushing the usual design furniture aesthetics to a more personalized look and load it with sentimental value. We have based the design on how we as teenagers sat while playing video games or acting as slackers. The chair is low with a stretched out upholstered seat. The design mix the styles of Scandinavian crafted woodwork with video games aesthetics resembling an Egyptian pharaoh throne.” Only thing i think is missing? Perhaps some fabric options and a side table with engraved cheat codes and holsters for your various controllers (and your beer?). See close ups after the jump!
DayNa Decker makes some breathtaking Candles - i mean Chandels. What’s the difference? According to their site, it’s their patent pending wood wicks, which not only create mesmerizing wide flames, but also crackle like a wood fire. They are also handmade right here in LA! The come in a range of sizes, from the perfect size to line around your bathtub, to huge centerpieces, they will certainly set the mood. I’m personally most drawn to the layering of the black within the solid clear glass candle… see a plethora of images after the jump!
NOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!
Four Design is a Danish furniture design company run by architects Christina Strand and Niels Hvass. I love the clean lines of their work but I think what attracts me most is the way the chairs look when they are stacked. There’s just something about the skewed geometries that is amazing. From the Four Cast line, I love the thinness of the chair’s back, and how it is creased for your body. These chairs would be amazing in an auditorium or in an office conference room…
It’s incredible what can be done with raw silkworm chrysalises. While at FORDBRADY last week for Dwell’s cocktail party, i was immediately drawn to the work of Angus Hutcheson. He creates some breathtaking lighting pieces by wiring up hundreds of silk worm cocoons for wall, floor, ceiling, and table lamps, which come in both white and black, and the natural variation in the cocoons creates such a mesmerizing effect, particularly when casting fabulously dramatic shadows. The only thing that i couldn’t help feeling was… what if they missed one! What if one of the moths was waiting to emerge… and found myself peering into all of the tiny chrysalises. Images below of the lamps, as well as a roundup of from Angus’ collection.
On Thursday night i stopped by FORDBRADY’s cocktail party for Dwell Magazine, “Los Angeles meet Dwell” where they announced the Dwell on Design Los Angeles Conference and Exhibition event in Los Angeles as well as launch the new look, “environmentally friendlier” Dwell magazine. On June 5th and 6th, it looks like Dwell is looking to start some friendly competition with CA Boom.
What was truly fascinating about the event was the incredible space that FORDBRADY occupies. Their downtown showroom (and home to Willard Ford, his fashion designer wife, Michelle Yu, and teenage son) is set in the historical Chinatown Kim Sing Theatre ~ which was built in 1926 as a vaudeville house, and served as a cinema from the 40’s until ‘86 when it was abandoned… only over years of work, and with the help of Xten Architecture, they’ve turned it into an incredible loft/gallery space, with a gorgeous courtyard… really an unexpected modern oasis in Chinatown once you step under the original marquee and through the brilliantly orange entry tunnel. Check out their Interior Design Magazine feature for more details and images.
After the jump see many pictures of the incredible space as i viewed it at the party!
Lobster Chair! Designed by Lund & Paarmann for the Verikon Furniture. Fun how this chair feel part egg shaped coziness, protected by a woody exoskeleton with the plush leather within. “The shell is laminated, bend wood with a walnut veneer at the back. Inside the shell we have used Pantera foam, as it is very durable and probably the least damaging foam regarding our environment. The swivel base is chrome-plated steel. The fabrics and the leather we are using for Lobster are of the very best quality.”