Archive for September, 2008
Teddy has had a few too many drinks, how else to explain the lampshade on his head? Actually, he IS a lamp and a very handy one at that since his plump-ish body means he can sit anywhere. NOT recommended for kid’s rooms however. At SUCK UK.
We love these clever little silicone travel bottles. Shaped like little light bulbs, they feature a wide mouth neck for easy filling, o-ring seal to prevent leaks, inverted stand design to use every last drop and simple rotating icon system to help you remember what’s inside. And of course they’re carry-on approved.
Sale! Sale! Now that we have your attention: Design Within Reach is having a lighting sale — with free shipping — which lasts until MIDNIGHT tomorrow. My favorite chandelier, the Cellula, is on sale but at $1,980.00 (Was: $2,200.00) it’s still too high for me.
Crafted out of of Swarovski crystals, it refracts the light of nine bulbs through numerous shapes and sizes of full leaded, faceted crystal. In the store, it sparkles and creates a warm light with no glare. Arrange the crystals anyway you want by shifting them from groove to groove along the aluminum rod. I’ll just have to visit it for now.
Just because you have to take some prescription (or vitamin) pills every day, there’s no reason to carry around one of those plastic day pill organizer cases which just scream “GERIATRIC!” Use these colorful and amusing pill shaped aluminum containers instead.
Only 4″ x 1.52 x 1.5″, they handily fit in your purse though what they mean when they say “Only available in assorted pharmaceutical color combinations” is your guess. $10 each at www.flight001.com.
Danish design company VIPP and supermodel Helena Christensen recently announced the VIPP Charity Auction, a benefit for Food Bank For New York City and Chernobyl Children’s Project International. Leaders from the worlds of fashion, design, art and entertainment put a fashionable spin on the classic Vipp pedal bin. Customized creations from notables such as Bono, Michael Stipe and Mario Batali will be sold in a silent auction benefiting the two charities.
Swedish fashion designer Filippa K launches new coffe mugs each season, Her new model is called Splash. A mug where the porcelain is given a textile feeling with organic shapes that are both classic and graphic. Catching up with the latest pattern trends in fashion. Sold in a set of two. Produced in collaboration with Rörstrand.
Hanna Werning has teamed up with Boråstapeter to create a new collection of wallpaper. She says ” My new wallpaper collection London was a challenge, like writing asecond book,” But she isn’t just satisfied with creating something new. Hanna wants to change our way of looking at things. To surprise. The inspiration comes from London. Cascades of water and light spectra have been filled with the colour of the streetlife and an ethnic mix of fragrances, symbols and impressions. The pattern is built up with different graphic techniques – screen print, collage, abstracts.
Talented danish designer Louise Campbell has teamed up with Louis Poulsen to create two fixtures that both capture the essence of summer sunlight filtering through foliage. This newly created lamp is called Snow, and is unconventional fixture that brings a sense of winter light reflecting off snow right into a room. Snow is designed as two joining cones. The largest cone is the pole and stands directly on the floor, while the small cone forms the fixture heading.
The Gardener in Berkeley peddles an uncommon assortment of gardenwares, like Japanese scissors for cutting stubborn roses and terracotta exports from Tuscany. Owner Alta Tingle also stocks items to make the most of homegrown fruits, veggies and flowers. Ceramic and wooden salad bowls let you share Mother Nature’s bounty with friends, unique watering cans make the mundane more fun, and a plethora of cookbooks provide new twists on some of your favorite recipes. Tingle, a former garden designer and lecturer on landscape design, opened her Berkeley location 24 years ago, followed by shops in Healdsburg, and San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Marie often stops in when she’s in the mood for pruning, planting and sowing, and she can’t help but snap up a few deliciously-scented soaps as well.
In San Francisco’s Pacific Heights, Bae is noted for home accessories ideal for outfitting a home office. Mirrors trimmed with seashells. Vases crafted from coral. Starfish napkin rings and glossy abalone shells. Matt Bissinger and David Caler have a taste for decadent glass—everything from lamps to hourglasses—but you’ll also find bowls carved from the stumps and roots of Chinese fir trees, faux blossoms, leather-bound journals, dashing magnifying glasses, and deliciously scented bath salts and pampering potions from the Elizabeth W collection made in San Francisco. Pens made from flatware stems may inspire you to compose a message in a bottle and throw it out to sea.