One of my favorite design discoveries of ICFF was John Reeves. Adorably sweet, and designs that have haunted me since i first saw the booth… (late in posting, because i’ve been slowing on hooking up the scanner, and most images were in the catalog). So here is the bed i want… if you’re going to go with a four poster… yet black lacquer, and still some perpendicular edges while still having that playful flourish on the inside - brilliant contemporary baroque look & feel.
Twist. There are two points of interest here… 1. the product… loofah sponges! and “euro” sponges… that are trying to revolutionize and evolve the sponge world. At TWIST, they take special care to make sure 99.97% of all our waste is reused in production. And, our cellulose is sourced from renewable tree farms. 2. the branding and packaging… lets be honest here, that’s what really got this into my cart at Whole Foods…
So, regarding the product, they seem good enough, a sponge is a sponge, granted it does look a bit cooler and the loofah addition is interesting… but news to me is that you can dishwash it! But on to the branding and packaging… interesting aspect (beyond the playful graphic design and circular windows)… you can make it into a birdfeeder. Innovative idea (especially enticing for moms who want to let their kids have an activity to do while unpacking the groceries)… not so hot on the execution, the packaging is so thin that it’s not that sturdy, and i do wish the design made better use of the existing creases and the diecut windows… this bird feeder wouldn’t hold up well in a drizzle (how about some water proofed packing?) and isn’t quite strong enough to support the birds. And perhaps a small packet of bird feed would be fun too? and the design is much like our print+cut toys we often feature. But great concept, fun sponges.
The simplicity of both booth and chair made this one of my favorite finds at ICFF ~ The Cork Lounge Chair by Nick Tretiak. The lounge chair has a special form of “cork lamination that was developed to embrace the textual qualities of cork in a thin, strong, and flexible material.”
CCA Students + Yves Behar + Gaia & Gino + Dogs + 6 month studio period = an unbeatable match… and this Gino the Dog collection of luxury canine accessories. There is Chew, a leg cover resembling a tree branch by Jennifer Yoko Olson. Twins are the matching food and water bowls by Richie Tanaka. Wild is the porcelain food and water bowl set by Brandon Warren. See below for images of the products up close, as well as the CCA and the Gaia & Gino booths at ICFF.
And for more from Yves Behar on Education, Barbarpapas, the OLPC, the leaf lamp, and more… check out his talk on New Yorker Magazine that Kristopher sent over. Topic i like the best? The importance of integrating high quality design and products to children at a young age, he feels that this helps people crave it more as they age. So, thanks mom!
AfterGlow - it’s exactly what it sounds like… Adirondack, ottoman, armless double that GLOWS… and made of 100% post-consumer recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE), a number two recycled plastic. Apparently the recycled content is primarily recycled milk jugs. Designed by Douglas Homer for Loll Designs.
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).