Remember the classic Nivea Creme tin? I have had one of the tiny travel sized ones in my car for a while now - so cute - so practical. Nivea held a creative competition with Italian Design Schools to design limited edition tins… Nivea Decorate
I’ll spare you the usual roundup list people do when telling you about how wallpaper is making a comeback, and vinyl stickering as art on walls is the new hot thing. Well the market is getting flooded with such products - i’m not complaining, its fun to see so many great options popping up… latest one to show up in my inbox is dVider. Any press release that begins with “Acknowledging the inner child in all of us…” has my vote. No one should deny their inner child. Things i love about this line? nice to have the rollovers when browsing the stickers to see the different colors, and a nice selection of nature/animal/silhouettes/patterns to choose from, and the mix and match potential is really fun.
WINDOW ZOO!!! Brilliant idea - great packaging - in a nutshell, you buy some bird silhouette decals - they come, you place them where you want - take some great shots of it - and if you send pictures back, they send you more! In one sense its mass produced street art - in another sense its a great distributed consumable form of city beautification.
p.s. don’t they remind you of our tags?
& RUGenius woke me up with this find, and we’ve been chatting about it for a while - it is also up at Wooster. Additionally - sorry about the spontaneous posting hiatus i took this long weekend. Been overworked and overextended with too much to look at and do lately - so when i suddenly found myself in Santa Barbara Sunday… realized i just needed a day or two away from emails/web to get reset. So i’m back!
I woke up to the poster that RUGenius put up on .org… and it’s been stuck in my head since. This eco-war of sorts we are globally dealing with - often seen like man and machines against nature - i love the way Substratum has taken on the subject of nature in these two posters (might actually need to purchase them both for the studio when i’m done posting this). Their “personified representation of the harmony nature intended between Land and Sea” is just perfect… as is this unison of sea creatures to represent a tree of life…
[While i’m obsessing about their posters - they also have shirts, as seen over at Josh Spear’s]
A little late on the get go today - but just found this table in my inbox, and while i think we have probably all seen it around, love the way its put together. Something so clean and crisp about the way the legs are fused to the top. by Maandag Meubels of Netherlands.
“Allow your plants to take care of themselves” - it sounds so freeing the way WetPot describes it, and is probably exactly what most of us need for extended vacations… it is a smart elegant solution, and i love that the clarity of the glass exterior lets you see how much your plant may be dehydrating soon. While i love it in the pics and new - my one question would be, will algae grow there? You know how it happens in fish tanks - and your plants will need sun… But in concept, its great, and even something that could be built in to normal looking pots, with a thin old styled thermometer strip to check water levels through. [via the Notcot/ThisNext tags below, as recommended to us by macandrew]
Couldn’t resist posting another, here is the Dedon Orbit. For when the weather changes on you, and you want that cozy cabana-esque feel, with a more circular feel - how can one resist curling up in there with someone and just watching the stars? or the waves crashing? (ok ok, or simply as your own hideout in the living room, or on the patio). These curves and lines are much like what i tend to doodle when my subconscious takes over, so it’s no real surprise i am so attracted to these pieces.
I am an ocean kind of girl, don’t even need to be IN it so much as NEAR it at all times. It keeps me calm. And i love a good lounger, and as a definite hammock addict, this Leaf appeals to my organic simple design side as well. This woven beach little island of heaven is hand woven from weatherproof Hularo synthetic fibres and comes in seagrass and java, with optional cushions for added comfort… by Dedon.
Hey how rad is this Futura wall lamp by Rob Zinn? Reminds me of the cover art by Peter Saville for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album… just a little bit. It comes in four different color schemes: Cool, Warm, Major, and Minor.
Here’s some more info on how the color effect is achieved from the blankblank.net site:
The shade consists of 5 white plastic planes whose reverse sides are printed with vivid colors to reflect colored light onto the preceding planes.
I’m thinking these would look so sweet all lined up in a row along an entire wall. (Pardon the bad photoshop job…)
You know you’re a designer when… you want to buy a First Aid Emergency Preparedness Starter Kit because of how great the packaging looks (and also the 10$ donation to the Red Cross). But seriously, Target impresses me repeatedly on so many levels. And for those of you who don’t have fully stocked cars of preparedness, get on this.
The furniture collection by Metrofarm makes me feel the need to rethink my definition or implication of “concrete jungle”. There’s something extremely appealing about the harsh, cold, smooth edges of these pieces that is a unique blend of street meets modern. From dj decks and benches (they blend wood/concrete nicely) to custom kitchens, its an inspiring collection. [These are the guys who brought you Koi Klub that has gotten a few posts at .org lately]
On the subject of wallpaper - here’s another contribution from our Aussie correspondent, Lucy Feagins.
Still on the topic of Melbourne Design Week (already a couple of weeks old now, sorry!), I was lucky enough to attend a seminar on the life and designs of Australian designer Florence Broadhurst. Speaking at the seminar were Helen O’Neill, author of the recently released Florence Broadhurst biography, Katherine Thomson, writer of Unfolding Florence - the soon to be released film about her extraordinary life, and David Lennie from Signature Prints.
Signature Prints is an Australian company that handprints beautiful fabric and wallpaper from a large library of different designs. Among this collection are the legendary designs of Florence Broadhurst, which Signature Prints’ CEO David Lennie stumbled across and purchased in 1989.
‘Paper Voyeur’ - flora and fornication. Wallpaper that is the litmus test to weed out the dirty minds entering your humble abode? It is always interesting to see how people manage to work the subversive into their products… does this take it too far? is it not subtle enough anymore? Still conceptually interesting. via reluct.
SUMO LOUNGE REVIEW!!! Andrew over at Sumo Lounge sent over this black Omni and Otto about a month ago, and i’ve been test driving it and having others come play with it as well. It is extremely comfortable for sitting and working outside i’ve found ~ a bit large for people crammed for space, but i love relaxing and working out here on the patio, where i’m posting this from. For the full verdict see below.