Friday, October 31, 2008

Middle Humidifier

I love this humidifier. This tear drop humidifier is elegant and comes in a variety of colors. This great device was designed by Takashi Hiroshi Tsuboi. Unfortunately, this item isn't available in the United States. However, if you live in Japan, you are in luck, just go to Middle Designing. First seen on Cool Hunting.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween. Enjoy your day!

Mulberry Home

Cafe Cartolina does such a great job of finding fantastic home collections. I just love these images from Mulberry Home. I especially like the second image with the dark walls and that brilliant chair. I'm often drawn to photographs that have black or navy blue walls, but I have to wonder if they would have the same effect in my home. I fear such a dark colored wall would show light colored scuffs and or scratches.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Celia Birtwell

I was recently sitting in the doctor's office reading Vanity Fair when I came across an article on a famous English designer, Celia Birtwell. I instantly fell in love with her design style. From 1966 to 1974, Birtwell and her then husband, Ossie Clark, made quite the duo. She designed whimsical textile prints and he would use her textiles to create clothing for famous people such as Mick Jagger and Twiggy.

After their marriage ended in '74, Birtwell chose a quieter life. In 1984, she opened her own fabric shop in Notting Hill. Since then, she has dabbled in all different forms of design such as wallpaper,(my personal favorite) fabric, fashion, hand bags, shoes, note cards and even cake decorating.

I've spent hours on her website Celia Birtwell. The website is beautiful with some simple animation and beautiful nature music playing in the background. Birtwell's website was designed by the very talented design firm Bose Collins that creates websites, animation and video, branding and illustration.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Safari Adventures

Hello Dahh-ling. I wonder if you've noticed that I haven't really had time to write lately. Although it would be much more fun to make up an elaborate story about the Safari Adventures I've been on, the truth is I've been on a blogging break. (That's not me in the photo) Fooled you! My time is so limited I'm wondering if maybe I should be creating art rather than writing about it. Or, maybe I can take the pressure off myself and just vow that I will only blog once or twice a week. Would anyone continue to read it? What do you think? any comments? .....hello?

The cute photo above is from Ginger.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars, December 5th and 6th is the No Coast Craft-O-Rama in the Midtown Exchange Building in Minneapolis. If you are looking to avoid global manufacturing from the chain store culture, looking to support your local artist, looking to give a one of a kind gift made with care and detail, then the No Coast Craft Show is the place for you! Check out the No Coast website for more information.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New Type of Fireplace

An Australian company, Ecosmart Fire, has basically designed a portable fireplace. Now, there is no need to build a hearth and chimney. The most appealing feature is that it does not require any type of utility connection to a fuel supply. The fireplaces are fueled by denatured ethanol, a renewable energy source, which burns clean and is maintenance free. First seen on cococozy

The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

I just love this design concept. Three designers He, Kui and Dong from China won the Ambient category of the Kitchen is the Heart of the Home Contest on designboom. This amazing concept is basically a rotating kitchen island with all of the basic kitchen essentials. It just makes so much sense. The sink, the stove, the dishwasher, a small fridge, maybe a wine cooler, and storage. Everything all rolled up into one place. I love it. Found on designboom

Environmental Art

I enjoy these outdoor photos and I love the fact that these artists used natural resources to create their art. These photos and more can be found at Environmental Art.

World's Tallest Lego Tower

In honor of Lego's 50th anniversary, thousands of children were employed to beat the old record and build the world's tallest Lego tower ever! About 3,000 children assembled nearly 500,000 Lego pieces to build the tower. The tower was built in Vienna and beat the old record by 7 inches. The completed tower used guy wires to withstand the wind and stands nearly 96.7 feet tall.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Scrabble Furniture

Stephen Reed is the designer of this Scrabble inspired furniture. What a clever idea! Reed created this furniture for employees of Bloomberg financial services in London. What a fun playful idea. A person could make their own pillows using this same concept. I think these pillows would be a hit for both children and adults. Source: Freshome

Teenage Furniture Design Contest

Design contests can produce some pretty interesting results. Brazilian designer Roberta Rimme created an all in one bedroom set. The bed, bookshelf, media holder, television and desk are all rolled into one piece of furniture. It seems to be a big hit with the younger generation. To see other entries just go to Designboom, click on Competitions, then Teenage Furniture.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Bloesem Kids

Bloesem Kids is a great blog for parents looking to find stylish toys, keepsakes, furniture and clothes for kids. Written by the same creator of Bloesem. It was featured as best of the blogs on the Martha Stewart show. I particularly like some of the art projects for parents to work on with their children. As shown in the photographs, the website has directions on how to make paper mache, puppets, a shadow box. Another great project is showing the children how to make their own mold and create an object out of plaster.

Window Shopping

If money were no object, I might have fun shopping at 1st Dibs. I certainly can spend hours just viewing the online store. The website has amazing furniture, some art, beautifully designed rooms and interesting articles.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Stefan G. Bucher's DIY Monster

This video shows the technique that Stefan Bucher uses to create his monsters. The Art and Ghosts posting reminded a bit of Bucher's ink technique. I posted the link on the Monsters posting, but I wanted to make sure no one misses it because it's fun to watch.

Art and Ghosts

I love the goth look of these images. The hat in the first image reminds me of the technique used on monsters to create furry images. That technique slaps down some black ink and then uses an air brush to spread the ink. I love the look of the soft fluffy hat, not being able to see the subject's eyes and the red accents. I first saw this image on SwissMiss. These images are for sale via Art and Ghosts on the European-type etsy called folksy.