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Archive for March, 2009

I’ve only recently come across Tomas Kral’s ‘Upgrade’ series – where he’s applied traditional decorative techniques for crystal (like engraving and gilding) to ‘upgrade’ old, industrial glass pieces (like milk bottles and jars.)

The results are fantastic – and the idea is perfectly simple and straightforward.  I bet it won’t be long before we see a lot of similar stuff on the high street.  (Imitation as flattery and all that!)

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Londoners Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi have been running their design studio, Doshi Levien, for 9 years (and have won awards for this unique sofa.)  What I’ve stumbled upon, though, is their very cool live/work space in an east London warehouse.  They’ve managed to balance flea market finds with contemporary touches – which I think is particularly difficult.  I am also loving that half-painted brick wall!

Images by Simon Upton for Casamica.

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I’ve been following the career of design team LucyandBart for a while now – and am eagerly anticipating their next project.  Made up of Dutch designers Lucy Mc Rae and Bart Hess, LucyandBart combine elements of performance art, sculpture, architecture and fashion.  Their extraordinary creations play with ideas for futuristic enhancements to the human form.   Basically, they’re so unique you need too many adjectives and words to ever to describe them… so just check out the images below.

Lady Gaga – you better get in touchlucy-and-bart-1lucy-and-bart-2lucy-and-bart-6lucy-and-bart-7lucy-and-bart-5!

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I would love to work in a place like the new offices for Amsterdam-based advertising agency, Nothing (designed by Alrik Koudenburg and Joost van Bleiswijk).  I’m not sure how it works practically (coffee spills?), but it’s fantastic nonetheless.  The entire office is made of cardboard using a ‘no screw, no glue’ technique.  The idea was to put the agency’s ‘nothing’ ideology into practice (thus the use of such a low-budget, simple material.)

This cardboard trend is really on the rise!

Images by Joachim Baan.

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Stuart White Wallet

Glasgow-based artist/ illustrator Stuart White has this great vinyl wallet for sale on his website here for £12.  All orders come with a matching badge (pin for those in the states).  Ladies, nice gift for the boyfriend?

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Friends of mine have had this little lemon squeezer head thing for ages – which I’ve always coveted.  Sadly, they could never recall where they got it.  Now (after searching deep and hard via the internets) I’ve discovered its origin.  Polly George (based in Kent) creates simple, white bone china pieces in a variety of themes – butterflies, birds, roses and my personal favourite the lilliputian family Mr & Mrs Jones‘.  These pieces are all handcrafted (to perfection) – and how can you resist a bone china toast stand and cake rack!

Have a great weekend.

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Yesterday Design*Sponge posted about Glasgow based textile-designer Eleanor Young’s Fun Makes Good.  How did I miss this?  Fun Makes Good takes old furniture and gives it a new lease of life with bold, geometric reupholstering.  This is some very creative recycling… can’t wait to see more of her work!

A window of Eleanor’s designs is currently on display at the Red Door Gallery in Edinburgh.

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Sean MacPherson‘s West Village home is surprisingly charming and liveable.  For some reason, I assumed the hotelier (heard of the Maritime, the Bowery Hotel or the Waverly Inn?) would have a flashier place… I wonder why?!  In any case, his 1840’s house (formerly a kosher butcher shop) is what I’d call ‘stylishly comfortable’.  This continued pendulum swing away from glass boxes and slick minimalism is refreshing.  Bring on the junk!

All images by Martyn Thompson as featured in the New York Times (2 years ago – yes, a bit old I know!)

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Ms. Jenny Bowers

Jenny Bowers does some really lovely illustrations – so I’m glad to discover you too can have a piece of her work.  Fancy a Jenny Bowers tea towel or a  ‘Blisters on my Fingers’ print?  They are yours for the taking at Peepshop and Concrete Hermit.

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Abigail Ahern is now offering Carter Kustera personalised silhouettes painted in gouache with a tag line of your choice (basically a clever version of your facebook status, i.e. ‘GUY is ready to eat dinner’).  These are also available in the states through Mr. Jonathan Adler.

They’re not cheap – but something you’d have forever.  Great wedding gifts?

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