Pet peeve - wet bathmats. When someone else showers first and you step out and the bathmat is still wet, it doesn’t feel so nice on the feet. So i found these wooden japanese bathmats by Tosaryu which feel great to step out on (and they never get freezing cold like tile, nor to they get soggy feeling like a towel/mat), and they are made of aromatic Japanese “Hinoki” Cypress which contains antibacterial resins. It also helps to create a great clean minimalist look in the bathroom. Additionally, while browsing their site, noticed this cute stool as well as this toilet paper, towel, and/or magazine rack piece… nice alternative options to the chrome/stainless looks.
This is Algues by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in 2004. Was scouring SF for unique, organic, playful, modern wall pieces for my friend’s new place and rediscovered these classics. Sold in sets of 6, in white and green, you essentially build your own algae mass that can be as subtle or overpowering as you choose.
So i found these pencil/chopsticks at Pearl River in Soho, and they cracked me up. Isn’t it how you imagined crazed starving artists eating their food anyhow? Delivery shows up, and pencils still in hand, you use them to eat? Well these are tapered for the eating - and unfortunately not so designed for the drawing (just painted tips to mimick pencils). So, a great concept, that got my wheels turning - what if they were real pencils?
One post is never enough with Mixko. Too many incredible images i can’t resist. Take a look at the giant whistle chair (seen on its side here), what better way to call a very very loud, lung emptying time out? I suppose it is also ideal for your guests to fix themselves up in, or try on new shoes in front of. Then there is the ceramic fruit bowl (perfectly named as the “footbowl”) slipcast from a deflated soccer ball. We did it as kids once they got punctured- they made great hats/bowls/etc on the playground- but cast in ceramic transforms it into being ideal for “adult” living (aka fruit holding and a fun conversation piece?)
Red Solo Cups = College parties. So Maxim Velcovsky Sommeliers naturally imply that we’re growing up, but haven’t lost touch with our inner college kid? Nostalgia, it’s a dangerous tool. via d*s.
I never really expected to find myself describing a shower curtain as sexy. But this Rose Petal Shower Curtain over at Anthropologie manages to pull it off. Can you imagine how a silhouette would look behind that? And have those scalloped edges hanging over one of those freestanding tubs with the feet? This would brighten up and beautify almost any bathroom. I think i want it.
Mother of pearl inlays have long been seen as a gorgeous addition to engravings, jewelry, cutlery, etc., but have you ever seen it covering a whole wall? or a room? or a bathroom? Maya Romanoff, “extraordinary surface materials”, really does deliver on its motto. Her Mother of Pearl tiles seem exquisite, and if used carefully could add an incredible touch to sleek modern interiors.
“Layers of genuine shell are hand inlaid on tiles. Maya Romanoff’s newest invention, bringing the most beautiful, authentic materials within reach. This tropical veneer is easy to install, has a stain-resistant coating, and turns corners. Fantastic as a furniture inset, too.”
For starters, the name [OOBA] makes you NEED to say it over and over. Yes the primal chidish side of me has emerged this morning. Stumbled upon this breathtaking bassinet over at Greener Grass Design, and its seriously objects like these that make me swoon. And this photo with the matching chair, in the grass, how calm and peaceful and simply modern does that feel? The story behind this line is just as sweet, “Ooba was created when designers and first-time parents Scott Wilson, Kathleen Brandenburg and Dan Kraemer realized the need for baby furniture that complemented their home and lifestyle.” Basically, taking a trio of the most influential designers and brand strategists, and then giving them the biggest inspiration of their lives (their first kids)… and out pops Ooba, the beginning of a children’s line of furniture unlike any other. Eagerly awaiting the crib, rocker, and glider.
The Parisian store, Ugly Home, also has these interesting pieces… for those who need light and lack a proper green thumb, these funky lamps… for those who can’t deal with real birds hanging out on wires, this adorable wallpaper… and then just a set of plates that caught my eye… Ugly Home, i have mixed feelings, for while the site is a bit painful to navigate, it is strangely appealing none the less.
Word of the day may be Whimsy. Funkier than whimsical, still has that bizarre appeal. Menu has these great little hanging glass baubles (to the left), rightly named “Galerie Spheres” - and they evoke such a clean floaty feeling, ideal for holding or showcasing nearly anything from frogs on lily pads, to that random fingerpainting masterpiece your kid did … or even to just toss your keys into when you get home. The genius is that the shape and design of the piece will make pretty much anything look precious. I also love the sperical shape of the metal piece which attaches the glass to the cord (reminds me of those keychains where you could swap keys which were preattached with the little metal ball on a stick on and off).
Then to our right, CB2 has [for a mere $3.95!!!] a similar piece. Ok so it is similar in general visual feel, but the details are at a very different level. It has a flat bottom, air holes for the candle’s heat to escape, and a blown glass space to hang it from.
Found a pic of this in the treo as well, i take snapshots of things to remind myself to show them to you. Restoration hardware, stumbled upon this while xmas shopping… gorgeous wine opener, nice use of leverage, beautiful rosewood handles.
Here’s what they say:
Chalais Corkscrew :: $24
True to Archimedes’ “law of the lever,” our corkscrew has extra-long handles that provide greater leverage for easier cork removal.
+ Rosewood levers span a full 10”
+ Levers conceal a pullout foil cutter and bottle opener
+ Stainless steel with nonstick corkscrew
“i love my dog and my dog loves me” - “i’m a happy camper” - “please don’t feed the wildlife” [with that great image of a mosquito - playfully implying we have much of a choice in the matter!] - These 8x10 signs have a baked on silkscreen finish, and hangs from an attached hook on the back. Clean, simple, playfully vintage graphics and text provide just the neccessary cheekiness for any home or office. I personally am a huge fan of the happy camper one at the moment. Who wouldn’t be? Pamela Barsky also has a great line of vintage scarf pocket mirrors and magnets as well as dog tags i adore.
Scandinavian Details is a shop i came across in SF the last trip that i’ve waited months to tell you about simply b/c they had not yet gotten a website up. This Dinosaur pull toy is just precious… and the smooth simple quality of the creature pulls so sleekly, it made me wish i was a little kid so i could justify having one… “In the belief that less-complex toys create more ingenuity at play, our Swedish toys are simplified, cheerful and natural wooden toys. Brightly painted and carved from solid birch, this collection of whimsical animals and machines is highly mobile. Perched on rockers or dragged along on wheels, each toy is certain to provide hours upon hours of delight. ” For this and other well picked Scandinavian design elements visit their store and their site pronto!
ALSO : “To help celebrate our launch, we’re offering a 15% discount on all our online orders to our customers through February 4, 2006. Use this code when placing your order: JAN2006PROMO”
HA. freakishly appealing in a strange inexplicable way. (yes yes, i know people are now claiming studies are showing sillicon appeals to women, but don’t researchers realize maybe there’s a part of that due to how practical and amazing the functions and features silicone provides are?)… but either way, the FOOD LOOP is a trip, and a fun website, with some of the best product photography i’ve seen in a while. Its imaginative and captivating, and they are just these hot pink crazy silicone straps!
Click to read more to see the pic of their great packaging as well. Design group Fusion Brands out of Atlanta really did an impressive job on the design and website of this product… and you MUST watch the video (with Snatch like music, and a playful simple cooking walk through, anyhow just watch it here)