Studio Dror has an incredible exhibition at Yigal Azroul’s boutique in the meat packing district… as if the fashion isn’t incredibly displayed already, infuse a center row of installations, sinks, chairs, cabinets, and so much more… but most exciting? Seeing the Pick Chairs (manufactured by BBB) in person! (and surrounded by mannequins and security guard/bouncer guys) See more about the pick chair below, the detail on the hinges and the etchings were even more drool worthy up close. (and there’s a video of it in action on the Studio Dror site)
Esque Studio - Mind-blowingly beautiful booth and blown glass, especially made me think of mr. chompers, and how he’s growing out of his current home, and when time for a new terrarium Shade Elaine definitely needs one of these. This Portland based, eco friendly company (see time magazine blurb from their Style and Design 100 List) - creates some stunning works that embody such a fluid look… from terrariums, to hanging pieces, and even black glass skulls! More images below.
“esque is the leading american company in producing hand made, functional modern glass ware + accessories. the name esque refers to the suffix, + is a nod to the acknowledgement of outside influence + inspiration. esque evolved through the partnering of justin parker + andi kovel in 1996.”
On going eco ~ here’s another interesting line of furniture Knú from Industrial Woodworking Corp, which will be available in Sept 07. They are calling it “Inanimate motion in crisp, sustainable form.” My first impression on the line, is eco-toontown feel~ something about the bubbly curvatures that makes it feel more playful than i would have expected, evoking a younger/retro kind of vibe.
And on the green front: here are the details… designed by Bradford Davis - the pieces are produced from sustainably harvested wood products, assembled with 40% recycled post-consumer waste steel hardware and is manufactured in an energy efficient facility that recently went 100% carbon neutral.
Remember before i was hunting for coat racks and such? Well, i just noticed these over at Anthropologie… playful and interesting colors and curves, there’s something about a fleur de lys in bright bold colors that is fun to look at (not sure if i could imagine putting these up though) ~ but the lines and curvature on these were mesmerizing today.
Not to send you all on a mission or anything, but i’m terribly frustrated this saturday morning… i have this skinny hallway that is pretty much useless for anything but walking through and the scribbling on the giant whiteboard on one wall… and on the other side i want to have a long strip of coat rack/hooks… but i want them to be pretty functional, and not stick out TOO far, but enough that i could not only hang coats, yoga mats, tennis rackets, etc but also hang hangers with fresh dry cleaning or what not as well… so up top are the things i’ve found that amused/intrigued me, but nothing seems quite perfect. Perhaps it is time to get crafty? Also thought i’d just ask to see if someone has seen something really nice/minimalist/functional. (FYI, i am currently reviewing in my head the hooks of some of my favorite store dressing rooms that are more unique for inspiration even.) Listing below of what those are in the image.
When I was a wee kid I loved playing with water. In fact, I used the backyard patio as my giant canvas, drawing stuff on the concrete with just water and my little fingers. And then *poof*, it all disappeared and I had a blank canvas again. Notcot and I are always dreaming of a future studio and how we’d decorate it and what stuff we’d have in it… Well we agree these Solid Poetry slabs by Amsterdam based designer Frederik Molenschot are a must! The hidden design appears when it comes into contact with water. We could enjoy our future studio’s patio/deck even when it’s rainy outside. And it’d make me feel like a kid again… Check out images of multiple slabs put together after the jump!
Took a stroll down Haight and noticed these gorgeous glass vases - Tear by Canadian company, Chive, over at Doe. Couldn’t decide between the colors and sizes so opted to run home and post them first while i mull it over. More images below. There was something so beautiful and simple about how well it hung from a single nail, and had such a nice organic giant water droplet feel. I think i’m leaning towards the clear ones.
Also from the brilliant folks at Every Space Design ~ and continuing on the CA Boom trend of living art/furniture… here is Arrange ~ a cute little bamboo shelf, with a grid of test tubes for you to arrange flowers, etc in accordingly… as the shelf to put your keys in, i know i’d probably have a pen and pencil taking up a tube or two in no time! Also fun was their booth itself, which went for the ultimate in simplicity using sharpies on butcher paper to label each piece (more images below).
CA Boom 4 started today ~ and i must admit, a bit small, and quite an odd assortment of goods… standouts were the new section dedicated to toddler/baby goods and some incredible living art (i feel a new obsession with aerial plants coming on).
Fell in love with the work of Venice based Carolyn Mendoza ~ particularly her mixed patina techniques/metalwork/aerial plant pieces… absolutely stunning, mesmerizing, and easy to take care of! (they just need to be misted regularly)… see some pics of her booth below, as well as a unique corner sink unit she created in collaboration with Advanced Concrete Enhancement. Thing to watch out for? She tipped us off that she’s working on a large movable wall (yes, picture a large scale of one of these incredible living artworks in your loft or patio!)… should be ready in a month or so, can’t wait to see them!
Anyone who knows me, knows my biggest weakness (yes, over design even) ~ is the beach… something about vast openness of sand and ocean just chills me out like no other… and today is definitely a beachy day in SF! So couldn’t resist posting these gorgeous umbrella, beach towel sets from Le Dauphin that i got im-ed. This vibrant red of the white coral pattern is beautiful, and just what we need more of, instead of those 10$ drugstore beach umbrellas that are so easy to end up with.
Waste ~ Barcelona based company recycles automotive interiors for handmade bean bags of sorts…. designs reminiscent of Fatboy and Sumo Lounge. “Waste recycles discarded automotive upholstery to produce unique and limited-edition products. Ideally, no waste would be produced, but as it is, we are committed to transforming the reality of waste into something positive.” via TreeHugger.
What imagery is more perfect for an aircare product than a giant pill? Afterall, if the need for an air freshener isn’t a giant pill/cure all… what is? Couldn’t resist the draw of method home’s gorgeous packaging and design today ~ so below are some shots of the details that made all the difference to me: 1) there is a scratch and sniff sticker as the seal of the box. 2) you can turn the plug depending how your plugs are oriented to keep the pill upright 3) playful use of language “Do not turn sideways, or else fragrance oil will spill. Gravity is mean like that.” So true.
Also, i’m in love with the OMop ~ cleaning floors has never been more fun to me… again with the great packaging and incredibly well designed (for form and function) product.
It’s not what you have, its how you use it. This Wall Invaders set by french design team Radi Designers, is perfect example of how else you can use a a dart gun, rubber stamps, and an ink pad… well, combined with a wall. Not much to say here really, but visually and conceptually this one made me giggle a little… also reminded me of the opening scene from A Scanner Darkly… imagine if he had been shooting the bugs he *saw* with this gun…