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July 16, 2008

Twig from Ango

Well now, can you guess what the new Twig ceiling fixture from Ango reminds me of?


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Project Runway Season 5 Sneak Peek

Season 5 of "Project Runway" debuts tomorrow, but we have a sneak peek into the show today.

While contestants spent days hunched over sewing machines and making snarky comments about eachother, they spent their nights in the high-end Atlas New York in Midtown Manhattan.

Check it out...


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July 15, 2008

Summer Brights

Wondered what you guys thought of this image from Century Furniture:


Is it a feat or a flop?

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July 11, 2008

Water Clock


Harnessing power from things once thought to be powerless (the energy created from vehicles on a bridge, friction in cloth, the velocity of a raindrop) has introduced the design world to more innovative ways of thinking.

Bedol, a company given to fun interpretations of mundane household items, brought the trend to bear in a a simple alarm clock.  Looking modern enough in a neon bright spherical case, the digital clock face belies an interesting truth - this clock is run not by battery or even electrical cord.

It runs on water, with a dash of salt.

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July 09, 2008

Style Climbers Reach for the Modern Step Stool


At 6 feet tall, I've never had a problem reaching items around the house. But judging from my popularity at supermarkets and with dinner party hostesses wanting a platter from the highest pantry shelf, I think I'm in the minority.

I've never minded being tall, but I do wish I had an excuse to buy one of the great looking 'round the house step ladders conceived of by those masters of attractive utility Kartell and Magis.

Both have dreamed up colorful, modern, useful ladders perfect for the style starved person with plenty of overhead storage.

The Fio Step Ladder from Magis folds away neatly but has the looks to become a standby left to stand out in a kitchen, modern library or utility room.  $516 at AllModern.


The same is true for Kartell's Upper Step Stool, a nice choice for style climbers. The metal structure sports a polycarbonate frame available in a range of bright Kartell colors. A cheery way to change a light-bulb for $380 at AllModern.


Related Links:

Modern Housewares
Kartell Manufacturer info
Magis Manufacturer Info

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July 07, 2008

Etienne Meneau Carafe


Etienne Meneau, our favorite designer of avant-garde carafes  (perhaps the only designer of such things?) has just launched a new model.  Certainly a derivative of his previous carafe sculpture, but this one has more life.  It's a frolicking ballerina of a carafe and one I'd like to see flitting across my table.

Alas, these are hard to come by.  Here are the stats:

Carafe N°5
hight : 62 cm / 24.41 in
content : 75cl / one bottle
material  : borosilicat glass 
limited edition ( 8 numbered and signed + 4 artist proofs )
price : 2,200 euros + shipping

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June 27, 2008

Chia furniture... Love It or Leave It?

If ever there was a greener conversation piece, or one with more bugs...


I love the concept -- just fill the sofa or chair frame with soil, spread grass seed, and water. Within a week or two you have your own chia-furniture. I love sitting in the grass under a big tree reading a good book -- and this furniture may be equally comfy. But then, after about 20 minutes or so, the bugs come. Creepy crawlers dead set on breaking your bliss.

And what about all the additional trimming, weed wacking, and grooming that will ensue? How long before the wood begins to biodegrade? What do you say to a guest with a very inconveniently placed insect bite?

Are these pieces just meant to be decorative? Form without much function, if you ask me. So, Love It or Leave It?

Via TrendHunter


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Hey Mambo

Let me tell you why I so adore the new Mambo sofa from Massimo Iosa Ghini -- it lays directly on the ground.


While I realize that it may not be a big deal to some, for me it would save countless hours of retrieving dog bones, small tennis balls, flattened raw-hides, etcetera. Dog owners can attest to this -- those cute little buggers will find a way to push and toss everything under any open surface. Those of you with kids, how many times have you found yourself on hands and knees prying cherrios and legos from under the sofa?

The Mambo's looking pretty good right about now, isn't it?

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June 24, 2008

One More

This is so gorgeous we couldn't pass it up. Just one more design from Gabriele Pezzini, below...

Dancer bar stool
Where and how do you put the foot-rest on a bar stool? By extending the seat in space down to a flared skirt, Pezzini turns this festive accessory into miss-mini-twister. Subliminal industrial minimalism that plays with dance & dress codes to score maximum visual impact for obvious function. Also comes with padded PU seat.


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Gabriele Pezzini Modern Outdoor Furniture

1_2 If you don't know his work already, take a moment to check out designs from Gabriele Pezzini.

He was born in Belgium in 1963 and studied at the Institute of Industrial Design in Florence. Pezzini has lectured at the School of Fine Arts in Saint-Etienne, the Rhode Island School of Design and Milan Politecnico.

With his new crop of work, he continues to explore the relationship between objects and their users in order to forge new connections between the two.

With 'Wired', Pezzini proposed a smooth and minimal tube steel application for a stackable indoor/outdoor seat. The spot-welded structure - chrome for indoors, lacquered for out - allows stacking up to 10 units. Also comes in a version with PU foam cushions for the tender-arsed.

But our favorite just might be the bucket-shaped Moving stool, like all great designs, it seems so obvious once it's been done. Why didn't anyone think of it sooner? Buckets with handles have been around since antiquity and are still tops. Now reinvented in light-weight recyclable PE, they're kicking into the 21st century as a mobile bum-rest/ footstool/ side table. Not bad, and suitable for indoor or outdoor use.


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