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]
“Dutch Disturbance is Judith van den Boom’s 2005 collection. Van den Boom, a 28 y.old Dutch designer from Utrecht cooperated with a factory to create her new work. Conceived after exploring the dusty attics of the Royal Delft Blue factory in Holland, she reconnected with Dutch indentity and hertitage while challanging it’s own stereotypes.” - and I love this incredible mix of old and new with that sharp dangerous edge… literally. And theres something about that look of what, in my head, could be blue ballpoint on porcelain. Also - a big congratulations to Judith on her big move to London to pursure her Masters in Design and Ceramics at RCA!!! [Check out a few more pics below]
If there was ever an award for “best marketing imagery for a kitty litter box” this would take the cake. Wow. Look at that girl… that girl sitting on a litter box. Is there really much that needs to be said here?
On a more design oriented note - Kattbank a really interesting concept, and i’d love to hear some cat owners views if you try it out. Check out schematics for use after the jump. It discretely puts the cat’s litter box in a bench like piece of furniture (that yes, even drunk girls at parties may sit on) - and has air vents, easy cleaning opening on the top, a grate on the bottom to help get the little bits of litter off… perfect no? But what about cats? What if they don’t like being sat upon while going to the bathroom… and as for having it in a central place, how do you block out that scratching sound they make? [via d*s and far to fascinating]
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