October 22, 2012
Riva 1920 is passionate about working with solid wood – so it’s no wonder that the Fiore and Delta stools designed by Karim Rashid were quickly swept up by the brand. Both stools are fun and unconventional with loads of personality. Both are made from solid cedar wood. Fiore clearly resembles a flower, each outer unit reminding us of a petal. Delta can remind us of many things, one being change due to its random shape, another could it be its vague reference to triangles or maybe a split of some kind, if we’re considering its name, that is. Either way, these stools boast highly original designs. They make great accent pieces that are not only good for sitting on, but that could also warm a space and instill intrigue. Find out more at Riva1920.
September 28, 2012
Chair La Luna by Kenneth Cobonpue is a real woven masterpiece, made of jute and rattan. Coponpue’s designs are strongly influenced by nature, and this chair’s wonderful round shape reminds us of the moon (la luna) perched in the shy. La Luna looks equally amazing indoors or out – you really can take her anywhere! Simple and soft looking, yet full of spirit and texture, this chair is sure to attract some admiring glances wherever it sits. To satisfy your intrigue, stop by the Kenneth Cobonpue website.
September 28, 2012
Flohr Design makes some stylish furniture and interior products using a unique eco friendly material. It all started when Christian Reder planted some Sakhalin knotweed in his yard. The stuff grows like weeds, with tall shoots with luscious leaves. In order to keep it from soon taking over the whole yard, he had to cut a lot of it away but felt terrible about burning the tubular shoots, which happened to be very light but incredibly strong. Some experimentation led him to develop a unique material. He embedded the shoots into a mixture of cold glue and wood flour and now calls it Flohr. Looking closely at the furniture, you can see the cross sectioned material, which reveals an interesting perforated texture and pattern – giving the pieces a very unique look. And since the material has such a short regrowth period, it makes it a perfectly sustainable and eco friendly solution for furniture and other interior products. Fun stuff! Learn more at Flohr Design.
June 26, 2012
For those looking to add some serious flair to their interiors, consider something from Ibiza – a fun painted furniture collection by Kare Design. From tables to storage units and mirrors, this colorful collection aims to surprise and excite. The patterns and designs blend modernized oriental and classic styles for a truly unique and global look. Ibiza furniture items are passionately hand painted and made from acacia and mango wood. Get more information at Kare Design.
June 25, 2012
What you’re looking at is a kitchen wall, covered in drawings – a fluid design on a New York residential wall depicting the greatest monuments of several cities melting into a global artistic vision. The Global City Wall is the brainchild of artist Deck Two, who created a fresh perspective on two high white walls. Extending its dynamic shape across two walls, this black and white wall painting showcases the artist’s love for drawing. Found on Fubiz, Global City Wall is an inspirational project that must have started with sketches of different cities – the artist’s portfolio proves that this creative wall expression came after tackling with this idea for some time. There is even proof of the meticulous work that went into this project – a video by Nathalie Thomas and Lapicorey Dartigues which you can enjoy after the photos. Video
June 25, 2012
Californian studio Able + Baker (A+B) imagined an idea that can hide clutter while giving the impression of displaying different book spines. The Modern Library Storage Bin constructs a design adapted to library shelves that serves the purpose of stylishly storing CDs and DVDs, pieces of papers, pens, magazines, you name it – as long as they fit in the 12″ x 12″ x 8″ format. These wooden boxes were adorned with repurposed library books, easy to integrate into a library or bookshelf, between your own real books. Designers say that the Modern Library Storage Bin fits great with the Ikea Expedit bookcase, but these fun and creative wooden storage boxes can be showcased on any shelf, any bookcase they fit in or even be left out on the table. These book spine-displaying boxes can also come with drawer hardware and they are hand crafted from ply maple. Each of the bins are unique – books are carefully chosen and artfully displayed to become part of the storage compartments.
June 11, 2012
Young Ukrainian designer Yaroslav Galant was inspired by the traditions and culture of his country and created this embroidered furniture. The collection includes poufs, a couch, several varieties of coffee-tables, a round dinner table, a bed, night-tables, a folding-screen, a wardrobe, a hanger, a chandelier and a bracket, TV-stand or equipment, as well as two kinds of wall panels, a bath, a wash-basin, four mirrors and benches. It’s made of Corian with the help of absolutely modern technologies that let colorful threads to be woven into the material. Galant fused old and new, traditions and the latest technologies, the furniture is a masterpiece.
May 31, 2012
There is power in numbers! This simple fact helps explain the appeal of collections. Do you collect seashells? Teacups? Vintage lunchboxes? Too often we pack away our collections, labeling them as clutter or useless trinkets. It’s time to let your collections see the light of day. In fact, it’s time to spotlight them with pride!
One interesting aspect of collections is the way they highlight the unique qualities of each item in the group. While you may be likely to ignore a ceramic horse on the shelf of a thrift store, all of a sudden that same horse is an eye-catching treasure when displayed in a grouping with other vintage ceramics. Strangely, sometimes it’s not until we group like items that their nuances truly stand out! On that collector’s note, let’s take a look at some tips for displaying your beloved finds. Check out the images and suggestions below:
Mount Your Collection on the Wall
The wall collection was actually used as a Christmas tree, but it shows how a carefully-crafted layout of small items can create alluring wall art. In fact, a wall grouping is an excellent way to unite seemingly unrelated items, especially if they are arranged to form a larger shape or design. [from All the Luck in the World via Apartment Therapy]
Display Your Collection on a Shelf
Sometimes a shelf is all you need to give your collection new life. Take the rows of teapots below. A colorful wall and floating shelving are all that’s needed to make the pieces stand out, especially since their sheer number speaks volumes! [from That (Unreliable) Girl]
Go for the Unexpected!
What if you used a collection to display another collection? For example, if you collect containers such as apothecary jars, fill them with collections of other small items, such as sea sponges. [from Pottery Barn]
For another clever display strategy, mix your collections! For example, combine seashell-topped glass bottles with framed pictures in an intriguing grouping. Each collection benefits from the addition of a second theme. [from Pottery Barn]
More tips and pictures
May 31, 2012
Woodtable and Woodfloor are two matching lamps designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana. They both have similar features and share similar design but are different in size. They are made of solid teak over stainless steel structures. Lampshades can be adjusted in 2 positions. All wiring is hidden by a PMMA tube, making it suitable for outdoor use also. These creative lamps definitely have scenic approach. They give off an interesting type of light, with geometric beams projected on to the floor, wall and ceiling, giving ‘the impression of a forest,’ something like sun peaking through trees.
May 2, 2012
German designer Daniel Heer, keeping on with his familial tradition, seeks to unite dissimilar fabrics into uniquely modern furniture designs. What he offers this time is a cubic form stool dubbed as Keil. We find it nothing short of stunning as the height-adjustable furniture (you can change the position too) offers multiple uses. More to it, KEIL doesn’t have any pins inside as it’s crafted from oak, walnut, and pear wood for the frame and fabric straps, premium grade leather or nylon webbing for the seating part. While the use of resources is restrained to a minimum possible, the concept doesn’t compromise with the artistic appeal. We would love to bring it home for its absolute simplicity and originality.