If ever i were to fall for a bed, this is the one. Just as the day didn’t seem like it could get any better, i love this one. I like bed frames that have the tilt in the headboard, AND you can put stuff on it. It floats beautifully in a room like a work of art, and still managed to look lushiously inviting. This is the Silence bed by Zeitraum Moebel.
The founders of CucumberLab, Ben Blanc and Andrew Reed, are RISD Furniture Design Alumni, and when asked about their design philosophy they told me “Objects are about connection. We try to find stories from the past to help guide us in our own formation of stories told through the object today, in hopes that these new tales will become relevant to our future. It’s intriguing that generations can have a different, while at the same time very similar perspective over a single thought or idea.” In a time where technology is flying past us, trans-generational designs are key. Even though i already featured this dynamic duo below, their goods were worth of a second post. With this Flow lamp, they create a contemporary perspective on vintage lighting using found materials (is that a bundt pan?) . These Bling rings come in 24K gold plated and polished stainless steel and are available in 5 iconic styles, for any mood. (These three were my favs.)
Can you believe this is the “highchair for modern life”? Take a look at the Calla Chair (like the lily?) by Yves Behar for Fleurville… neoprene seat (comfort, easy cleaning, kids won’t slide right out) - telescoping height adjustment - enamel coated flute - sturdy aluminum base. So pretty. [via Luxist]
I’m sure you’ve seen these dog/cat dishes around - they were featured as one of I.D. Mag’s “Most Intriguing designs of 2005”! Well these caught my eye a while back, and they almost make me want to get a puppy more, simply for an excuse to buy them - especially with this crazy 48% off for ONLY 48 hours starting at 12:01 eastern time, June 14th, 2006. So check out Susan Kralovec’s Everyday Studio.
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!]