Archive for August, 2008
Wallpaper*—the go-to publication for all things pertaining to design, fashion and lifestyle—is now peddling selected images (signed by the artists!) from its resplendent archives. Wallpaper* Selects is the magazine’s first foray into contemporary photograph sales. Expect limited edition prints, produced in batches of 10, 20 or 30, by such acclaimed photographers as Jonathan de Villiers, Mauricio Alejo, Jonathan Frantini, Christopher Griffith, Stefan Ruiz, Daniel Stier, Benedict Redgrove and Joël Tettamanti.
Most professional writers develop a heightened appreciation for decadent paper goods that will distinguish their letters from the pack. Joy’s signature set of Chrysanthemum Gold letterpress cards, envelopes and golf pencils exude the kind of modern luxury we’ve come to expect. Even the handmade tray is wrapped in ultrasuede and the pencils bear the inscription “are you a Joy?” The answer, we’re sure, is a resounding yes.
A basic but stunning piece for showcasing your Louboutins—or perhaps objets d’art or office supplies. Available in walnut, white ash or vg fir, these shelves by 659 Design can be mounted to hollow sheet rock walls or wood framing (which means you can use it almost anywhere). Shelves are made from coated aluminum or near-transparent acrylic and you can order a sample of each material to see which goes best with your existing décor.
Almost too pretty to burn, this Indian Jasmine petal -topped candle prettifies your bathroom or bedroom and sets a most romantic mood, encouraging hot bubble baths or lengthy love-making. The scent, of course, is fitting for summer: slow, wet, velvety and generous. Burns 45 to 50 hours.
Devilishly adorable, She’s So Creative turns out clever greeting cards in original pen-and-ink drawings by San Francisco Bay Area artist and graphic designer Stephanie Orma (the term “so” actually stands for her initials). Orma is a wordsmith with a cheeky sense of humor, as you’ll see when you browse her collection, which spans just-for-fun note cards and holiday cards, as well wildly popular new puppy greetings. Awwww.
BLÅ STATION is a family business, established in 1986 and based in the little seaside town of Åhus on the Swedish south-east coast, where the sea is forever restless. The new stool Bimbo from Blå Station stackable made in sober Scandinavian design. Made of natural or stained compression moulded layerglued birch. You can buy it overseas from Scandinaviandesigncenter.com
Finland’s Hau Hauz is the brainchild of Finnish designer Satu Makkonen, noted for using natural linen fabrics of the utmost quality. Makkonen debuted a collection of organic bags, purses and cushions this season, but the line also spans table linens, kitchen accessories, candles and girtware. Oh, and there’s more news: A new and more extensive Hau Hauz designer fabric collection—for furnishings and curtains—will launch in the fall. Look forward to gorgeous organic cottons, hemps and linens to make your living space pop.
The Tree from Martela is a space divider designed by Professor Eero. Intended for restaurants and other public spaces, the Tree is also a sculpture, and will surely find its way into private homes, just as many other products designed by Professor Aarnio have done. The Tree is made of techno-recyclable polyethylene.
Check out this new lamp made by Hans Bleken Rud. Scheisse is a large pendant lamp shaped like a broken bulb. Scheisse creates a distinct shadow and looks like a sculpture in its environment. Scheisse is a blend of art, an experiment with light and shadow. You can buy it overseas from Scandinaviandesigncenter.com
PS: Don’t be mislead by the admittedly unusual name, it’s quite a hefty one, it’s more about the exclamation when something happens that you really don’t want to have happen, as in ‘s*** why did I drop this? ‘ Thanks to everybody who wrote and inquired about the name!