Friday, August 31, 2012

Tree hug

Jan Gunneweg is very much ‘into wood’. And not just in a tree hugging sort of way. The Dutch industrial designer creates all sort of implausible things from timber. His latest (and greatest) is an all wooden bike. Pretty much everything you see in the photos is made from wood – and that includes the asymmetrical wooden wheels. Tires aside, this thing is 95% wood. And the rest is space age technology. There’s no price on Jan’s website (and it's not in English!), but given the 200 man-hours he spent carving this out of tree trunks it’s not going to be cheap!




Wednesday, August 29, 2012

ipad and iphones not included

Legendary furniture designer, Philippe Starck has done it again with the D'e Light lamp. Complete with a dock compatible with ipad, iphone and ipods, the lamp has a top surface where you can place your electronic accessory for use. D'e Light has a radical, extremely functional, very Starck design. With a USB socket above the light diffuser, the cool chromatic sophistication of the aluminum, the efficiency of a light source with a remarkable twenty eight 3000K top LEDs and compatibility with various types of digital gadgets, the D'e Light lamp is perfectly attuned to our contemporary habits.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mac to school time!

The Moleskine Smart Phone Cover is compatible with the Apple iPhone (3G and 3GS models) and melds paper, phone, and internet for a cool and compact, portable workstation. It protects your precious iPhone against impact and scratches, while providing a convenient place to take (old school) notes in the accompanying plain Volant Notebook!





Monday, August 27, 2012

Make furniture not war

Gonçalo Mabunda is interested in the collective memory of his country, Mozambique, which has only recently emerged from a long and terrible civil war.  In his sculpture, he uses AK47s, rocket launchers, pistols and other objects of destruction to create striking Modernist sculpture and furniture with a Picasso-like edge. The deactivated weapons of war carry strong political connotations, yet the beautiful objects he creates also convey a positive reflection on the transformative power of art. Thanks to Jack Bell Gallery for this post.

Friday, August 24, 2012

This just in...


These unique ottomans nest inside each other and are slipcovered...perfect for dorm rooms. Simply nest the small and medium ottomans inside the large to maximize space in any room. They are designed to be enjoyed as ottomans or functional extra seating. The slipcovers have elastic on the underside for a snug fit and can be easily removed for cleaning. When you want to change your style, simply change your cover. From our friends at SIS.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cool for back to school


We just got these in and they are so cool! The ergonomically awesome WorkPad can work as a mobile freestanding desk at home or in an office, and moves silently up and down in seconds, effortlessly, with one hand tied behind your back! Now you can work sitting or standing. Which has been proven to be very healthy. Stop in and say you saw our blog. We'll give you a great deal!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Light on the veggies

The Vegetable Light is a little table lamp that uses a large heavy vegetable as a base. Rather than buying a vegetable for its edible potential, the sculptural form and functional qualities are emphasized and the owner is invited to experiment creatively with different vegetables. Yams tend to work best. The lamp was created by Peter Marigold, a furniture designer working in London. For more lamps (without the potatoes)...click.







Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Twizy

We love cars. We love cool design. We really love the new Renault Twizy. A small two-seater urban vehicle and 100% electric propulsion is an interesting solution to sustainable urban transport. The cabin can accommodate two occupants in tandem arrangement, one after the other. Powered by a lithium ion battery, Twizy offers peppy acceleration and a maximum range of 62 miles. Not available in US...yet!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Bottle

Paola Petrobelli was born in Padova, and trained as a molecular biologist. She moved to London in 1991, left her high level medical research to become a glass designer in 1999. Collaborating with different Murano glass makers since her beginnings, Petrobelli works in simple, rigorous and sensuous shapes which she combines with her sophisticated use of colours. She rejects the purely decorative glasswork in favor of functional objects such as floor or table lamps, suspensions, tableware and vessels. Like BOTTLE. A very simple symmetrical shape that was blown using different techniques in a variety of colors.



Friday, August 17, 2012

Radio Radio

Inspired by the iconic form of a portable radio : round knobs, speaker grill, handle, telescopic antenna and the battery case, designer Singgih S. Kartono, combine dark & light colored woods to create a new wooden radio with a retro design shape and line. Works as an old school radio or connect music player/Ipod speaker.






Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bespoke of love

We love the feel, the smell, the style of finely crafted leather products. Sebastian Tarek is an Australian born shoemaker based in East London who has worked for London’s finest shoemakers since 2003 – and now fuses his traditional skills as a maker of a functional product with a more contemporary and relevant aesthetic. The result is a collection of shoes that fit fantastically but also want them to show show the signs of love, wear and age, like a pair of your favorite jeans. More>











Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Old school

Bookmark by Paul Cocksedge offers a rest for even the wildest of stories. Both simple and surprising, practical and eye-catching, this trilogy of individually crafted pieces is perfect for the bedroom, the living room, the library. In addition, with its gently rocking motion, Bookmark is also – unashamedly! – a show-off piece for lovers of books and book design. Sorry, does not work with Kindle. Have lots of books...






Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Felt great!

Tanya Aguiñiga is a Los Angeles based furniture designer/maker raised in Tijuana, Mexico. Tanya’s work encourages users to reconsider the objects they use on a daily basis by creating work that explores an objects’ unseen aspect. She took the generic metal folding chair and made it absolutely sublime. After 30 hours adding brightly colored felt to each seat by hand, the results add a sense of texture. She also makes whimsical felt creatures we love.






Monday, August 13, 2012

Bigger than a ...

At 8" diameter, these black thatch bread baskets are great for serving bread & rolls at smaller table settings. They’re also perfect for sandwich servings. And they are under 10 bucks! Would look great as the centerpiece on a gorgeous glass dining table:)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Designed to fit in



This is clever. The NEW WorkPad from Jesper Office can work as a mobile freestanding desk at home or in an office. Moving silently up and down in seconds, it allows you to make the transition from seated to standing position heights so that you can stretch your legs while you stretch your mind. We saw these in High point and ordered immediately. Coming soon!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Collab

"Egg" Armchair

Made in Allerød, Denmark, Europe
Designed 1957

Designed by Arne Jacobsen, Danish, 1902 - 1971.

* Collab Gallery, Perelman Building, first floor
Collab ensures that the best of modern and contemporary design is preserved and displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where it will educate and inspire generations to come. Collab is dedicated to enriching the Museum’s collections with outstanding examples of mass-produced and unique designs, and to making the collections accessible to the general public, students, and the design community. Now among the most important in the country, the design collections of more than 1,000 objects range from appliances and furniture to ceramics, glass, posters, wallpapers, and lighting. Sounds a lot like our showroom:)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Light up

Dwayne Lawler's inspiration for Shapedwood Lights was simple enough. The quality of the sunlight shining through the leaves in a forest. With a source of backlighting, combined with small, randomly-shaped pieces of scrap wood at various angles produces a similar effect. Such light creates an ambiance which is comforting and secure. Shapedwood lights are unlike anything we’d seen – fresh, energetic, inspiring. We love fresh, energetic and inspiring!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Campaign time

Cleo Baldin Campaign Chair
Cleo Baldin is an American furniture designer who made these fabulous campaign chairs in the 60′s. Made of iron, wood and leather these chairs are extremely chic! They go for $2,200 each. Or check out the slightly less expensive version at dane decor. Our Nomad Chair is under $300!
Nomad from dane decor

Monday, August 6, 2012

Unique

Check out UNIQUE fabrics, a company with a passion for beautiful textiles sourced from around the world. They use fresh effects, soft textures, and delicate, dusky colors in a broad range of fabrics, trimmings and wallcoverings to create exquisite designs with a contemporary edge. Whew. A neat juxtaposition with modern furnishings from yours truly.





Friday, August 3, 2012

Opening doors

Milano's zigzag design
The modern home needs a modern door. Urban Front is run by a young enthusiastic team of designers with a passion for high quality doors, materials, and design. Each doors is meticulously made and produced from natural hardwood. We love these doors! Click here for video.

Sorrento in wenge

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Chic Cube


Get perfectly square ice cubes with Ice Cube!
Lékué began its journey in the 1970’s with its first rubber brooms and ice-cube trays. Functionality, quality, innovation and avant-garde design constitute the basis of Lékué’s philosophy and they continue to develop new  surprises. Innovative designs from innovative materials in order to create attractive products for the home that are both easy and comfortable to use. Sounds familiar!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The apple doesn't fall far

Clever. Fun. Functional. We love Fruit Boom designed by Laurens van Wieringen. Fruit Boom brings back the origin of fruit on living room table in a playful and decorative fashion. Fruit Boom is an excellent example of combining the joy of picking fruit and toying with the origin. Beechwood and Stainless Steel.