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Archive for February, 2009

I’m on a boat!

I’m kind of digging the new tableware collection from Swedish design team,  FORM US WITH LOVE for Sagaform.  It’s complete kitsch – but well executed and so over the top that it works.  Oars as salad tongs?  Check.  Lighthouse Carafe?  Check.  Buoys as salt and pepper shakers?!  Check.  Now, if only I had a beach house.

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One Expensive Chair

Yves Saint Laurents prized Eileen Gray leather ‘Dragons’ armchair went for 21.9 million euros (£19.4 million / $28 million) at Christies – a record for a work of 20th-century design at auction.  I’d never heard of Eileen Gray – but now realize she’s the designer of the iconic circular glass E-1027 table.  That is one expensive chair!  And not a pretty one either.  Crazy.

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There’s something I really like about this limited edition Antelope screen print by Lucie Sheridan at Here and Now.  I’m on a spending freeze, so sadly not for me – but anyone in the market for dancing antelopes, get in there!

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It’s been a busy day so I thought I’d just quickly share some fantastically romantic images by photographer Kevin Mackintosh.  I particularly love the necklace made from crockery and the paper dress at the end.  There are many many more where these came from…  Enjoy!

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Blue Blue, Blue Green

Has anyone else noticed a particular blue palette trend?  It’s a combination of pale blues with blue green (teal and turquoise in particular).  Maybe I’m just imagining it – but I feel like I’ve seen it a few places now.  Here’s a few I found from Pierro Lissoni for Porro, Maarten de Ceulaer for Casamania and Jonathan Adler.   Has anyone found anything else?  It’s very young Picasso!

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The Sliding House

The ‘Sliding House’ in Suffolk designed by the folks at dRMM blows my mind.  It is a true feat of engineering – a building that can change shape to suit the seasons.  (It comes OUT!)  The best way to get your head around how it works is this nice little film from Wallpaper, although there are some equally impressive photos below.  Enjoy!

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I know I’ve been a bit heavy on the art front lately – but Design for Mankind tipped me off to these wonderfully colourful Michelle Armas prints on sale at The Shiny Squirrel. $25 – I couldn’t resist sharing!

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New Nigel Peake Book

There’s a cool new Nigel Peake book called ‘Ghost Houses’ available here and here – inspired by a recent trip to Philadelphia.  £10 – a steal!  And anything Philly is alright by me.

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Keeping on the theme of my fantastic Berlin trip – enjoy these paintings currently appearing at the Bongout Showroom by artist/illustrator Carolin Loebbert.  She clearly has a morbid fascination with birds!

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in’t Veld Chocolate

My friend Lee took me to the in’t Veld chocolatier in Berlin this past weekend.  (Thanks Lee!)  This place has it down – a lovely shop, delicious chocolates… and fantastic packaging.  Each box comes with three perfectly sized thin bars. We sampled such delights as white chocolate with goats milk, salt and honey, goats milk chocolate with blood orange, another with Criollo cocoa from Indonesia and a surprisingly tasty one with elder berries.  The chocolate is divine – and the packaging equals the taste!

You can read more about in’t Veld in English here.

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*Above images from here.

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