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…
On sleek furniture designs… i fell for the Karim Rashid Veuve Clicquot Loveseat this morning over at Luxist. There’s something about the infinite curves, yet a nice separation of space (with a bottle of bubbly as the border?) thats enticing, and the photography for the piece is beautifully surreal. More images below.
Recently been apartment/condo/loft shopping ~ and one of my biggest priorities are sunlight and big windows and balcony/patios/roofdecks. Too bad i can’t simply pop in a Bloomframe from Hofman Dujardin Architecten in Amsterdam. As a two in one, balcony and window, the design gives “the possibility to use the surface of an apartment to the maximum.” More imagery of it in different angles below.
Forest Roll from Aguiniga Design ~ innovative foresty goodness that folds up nicely when not in use… for dreamers and schemers alike who like to lie in their imaginary forests in the fall between fallen logs and piles of leaves… would be GREAT for elementary school classrooms during storytime?
Ooooh i feel like the packaging/design gods have smiled upon us ~ with the OMOP. The name alone rings nicer than iPod even. Latest from Method Home ~ again blending form, functionality, and earth friendliness… with breathtaking packaging as always. This is the sexier and supposedly better swiffer for discerning tastes. I love that method says that they think a mop can be hip and sexy ~ not to mention ergonomic and less wasteful. So lots of pictures below of more packaging… like the starter kit at target.
As much as i love vector vinyl stickering, enough is enough! So i’m ecstatic to see that the smart folks at dVider have taken their idea (and name) to the next level with their room dViders! A brilliant new alternative to screens, curtains, etc… this a great modular system that can adapt physically and visually to any space as needed… not to mention PERFECT for studio dwellers needing that extra “wall” of sorts, or breaking up a loft/office space without feeling TOO cubicle like. And it’s really an instant portable wall to decorate and redecorate easily with everything from all your favorite vinyl wall stickers, to even having custom printed panels. This line certainly reminds me of that Ikea line of free standing closet/shelving that uses similar colors and vertical tension rod… also kind of reminds me of stripper poles…
There’s something very architecture studio mixed with the hands on area of science/natural history museums going on here… and i’m loving it. How perfect would these vintage steel coffee tables be in any designer waiting room ~ you could have various drawers to display your portfolio, or just fun themed drawers for all those toys and random notes you didn’t know where to put. Endless options… but something unique for your guests to poke at. By Twenty Gauge. (via uncrate)