Tune’N’Radio - this DIY radio is such a brilliantly basic idea with so much variation and personal character ready to show through in each and every unique piece - and i love that the end user HAS to customize it somehow, creating the need for one to be creative whether they realize or not. The concept is simple - you drill your own holes to let the sound out of the metal box… and you afix your own antenna like piece to get reception. Its really like a magic box of sorts you have to work at to make it look cool and work (although i think whatever you do, will make it look pretty sweet.) From Rotterdam group : Wouter Geense Design Studio.
The name cracks me up, the irony of the whole line feels like it should be some insane art project - but infact it is Ted Baker’s ENDURANCE line of camping goods exclusive to Blacks. Firstly, lets look at that Tiger Skin Printed Inflatable Mattress, no last minute visitors can fail to have a good laugh as you inflate that for them to sleep on. But more seriously, imagine going camping - to actually go hunting or fishing, and when it comes time to set up camp, you whip out a tent covered with trout, and a graphic of a cat on the side swatting at them… or one covered in bamboo print with a deer’s head graphic “mounted” on the side? [there is even one with a rose patterned print and ducks flying along the side] Ted Baker has always had some interesting fashions, but this Endurance line blew me away. There are also sleeping bags and those foldup lightweight chairs!
Eiko designed by Schaffer, produced by German Authentics is a great solution to soft boiled egg consumption. After many “breakfast included” european hotel experiences, i’ve come to see how pretty but not so functional little egg cups are, or i have yet to master the art of tapping away my shell with a little spoon. (i tend to pick it up, tap tap tap, and then put it back to the cup to eat it) With this design you can hang it on the side of the pot while boiling, simple lift it out, rinse in cold water, have a handle to hold while cracking the shell, and enjoy! [Authentics also made that great line of flatware and glasses by Tord Boontje]
Spark design by Thomas Pedersen was another Danish group showing at the Copenhagen Fair, and they had this fun Stingray chair. Also check out some of their other lamps, more brilliant examples of flatpacking lamps that you pop and zip together.
This sweet canopy bed caught my eye at the Copenhagen Fair - could only find a close up of the model with the nice slanted headboard and side table, so imagine that with the full bed image. It was a nice take on the overly ornate traditional canopies or asian styled ones. From Wissmann.
How fun is this rug produced by Swedish group Launch Design Partner - I wish i had it in the hotel room when i got back so exhausted from walking all over the city, and was trying to figure out where i had been! “Malin Palm, one half of former design duo Design Dessert, works and lives in Stockholm. The goal of all her projects is to encourage and stimulate further thoughts and experiences.”
Ooooh Form & Function of Stocksund, Sweden bring us a great collection of designer vinyl stickers to enhance wallpaper/walls/cabinets/notebooks/ anything really! Think Blik but with even cooler euro designers. From the left we have Antonie+Manuel, Tado, my all time favorite: Genevieve Gauckler, and of course the doggies Cap & Pep from Kuntzel+Deygas (that you always see on Colette)! There are a slew of other artists as well, and the designs and colors mixed and matched would provide some very interesting and artistic possibilities for any space large or small.
NB: i found these in my crazy weekend in Stockholm - so there will be more Swedish design.
Oooooooh green is in, birds are in (that gold bird on top is a cute touch, but explain to me the optimal display to have people see that?), and natural leaf motifs you simply can’t go wrong with. Nicest parasol i’ve seen in quite some time, and just in over at Greener Grass Design. This is the Parasol Shadylace by Chris Kabel for Droog Design (who would have guessed something this beautifully designed would be from Droog? - sarcasm, naturally.) - also Shadylace makes me think of Shade Elaine.
After meeting them at the Copenhagen Fair, and playing with the different materials and colors (the black is really sweet) - i was surprised at how hardy the materials were, and how easily and compact they fold up! The felt on the ends really is enough to hold them up well, and the effect in a large room was fantastic. They even told me that you needn’t worry about dusting, since upon closing, the force of the air escaping tends to blow it all out. Also check out this Clipping system which is quite a brilliant combination of mini binder clips and magnets.
Nockdown lamp from the Kirk Design seems like the perfect lamp for anyone wanting simplicity, versatility, and ease of packing. Take a look at that metal packaging, that is the flat packed acrylic (everything except for the cord/bulb) ready for international shipping… what a great name, no? The lamp comes in a few sizes and in both hanging and desk models. The Nockdown shade allows owners to swap in various colors and patterns at a whim, which are printed on special heat resistant film. There is a large collection of designer films available which will soon be visible on their website. (I previewed the collection at the Copenhagen Furniture Fair and there are some really gorgeous artworks, a few of which would be great for a study/kids room, and then as they grow up and moods change you could switch it). Also nice is that they offer you the ability to design and have your own custom lamp shades! More images below.
Luck comes and goes - or so we think. Even if it is a psychological construct, if it makes us feel better, i’m all for it. And this tray gives it to you everytime - is pretty + vectory - and hey, you KNOW that four leaf clover is there somewhere (unless it was a sneaky sticker you could re/move).
Via Designer’s Block’s show with Swedish Lund University - “Find your luck” tray “This project was inspired by a universally accepted symbol of good luck – the four leaf clover. Finding a real four leaf clover in the field among ordinary ones is a rare occurrence. Maybe it is easier to find luck on this tray’s pattern?” By Olga Cudakova - Far more images and some help finding the 4 leaf clover below! [click especially because you need to see the birds and dragonflies close up!]
Mario Stipinovich of Split Design [we posted about his animal mugs here previously] - has launched MORE brilliantly simple Cafe Press Animal mugs… now in red as well as black. Mario was kind enough to send us one of his black elephant mugs recently, and i still stand by this being the best use of cafe press i’ve seen recently. How adorable is that hippo?
Playful busywork/magazine reading kind of day - came across these fun lamps in Interni, just took a quick snapshot to share. These are the works of Thelermont Upton, unfortunately my google skills can’t find you a link for this - so if you know/find one, leave a note. My only complaint is - shouldn’t the glove looking lamp have a more distinct thumb?
Ooooh cool idea from Sundae Best, which also brought you those incredible brass knuckle purses [also: there are some new models out that aer very cute]. But here we have the Strike Table - you provide your own balls - so any color/size/weight of your choice, but they recommend 14lb balls. And for a mere 875$ you can buy the high quality acrylic top. I’m posting this for concept’s sake.
Also you have to check out the new Tinkerbell Purse below as well as the new Knuckle purses!
While what’s old is new again - and couture is recycling incredibly fast… are we really at a point of Cocaine Chic being in? Well, CarteBlanche is the brain child of French Designers Jean-Philippe and Gaston Valeur- a “new luxury products company pioneering cocaine-chic couture”. Wow. But i think this opens up a whole new line of pharma merch - think of it the way beer brands advertise on billiard lamps and neon signage - can’t you see doc’s offices and hip loungey bars with crazy pill filled PILLows? Beanbags (i mean PILLbags)? The possibilities go so far. And they could be in different colors and shapes and sizes… So get to it someone - open the PILL bar or pharmacy? [via Core77]