Monday, 31 August 2009
Posing as a practical gizmo to attach to your bathroom wall or indeed any flat surface with the help of some super suction cups, all the dispenser needs is filling up with a suitable goo you'd willingly wash your body with.
Easily refillable and handily supplied with instructions on how to blow out the required amount of cleaning gel, all you really need to know is that once filled you just squeeze and out pops oozing soap from the right nostril.
Mmmm, lovely. Well, you don't have to pick green shower gel but I guess it makes for better comedy value.
And for just under $15 you could plop them all around the home, furnishing your kitchen, garage or shed.
The online store informs us to have a wonderfully wacky day. Oh, okay then - we will!
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Contoured to cradle the body and hand welded to ensure comfort, we think that the superbly named Johnny Swing’s Coin Chair would be a stunning centrepiece in any room.
Looking like it’s fit for a king, from the price requested you’d need a princely sum to be able to afford one. $59,000 to be exact. Wowzers.
Which really is a shame, although with an impact puncher like this you certainly wouldn’t need more than one anyway; it’d only detract from how uniquely beautiful it is.
Weighing more than a small child, this 60lb sterling wonder chair probably won’t be ideal for lugging around the home, so pick a room and decorate around what we reckon is a pretty impressive feature.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
A fully functional rocking chair with brass plated rockers, the sweeping curves defining the iconic car seat are undeniably realistic.
We’re just amazed it’s been accomplished with a chainsaw of all tools; it must have required hours of concentration from the artisan Christopher Chiappa commissioned to help render it faithfully.
Chiappa claims it was a real challenge to find an expert chainsaw handler who would carve out anything other than bears, wolves or eagles, but he was thrilled with the result.
And so are we with this nice juxtaposition of high and lowbrow art.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Exhibiting 25 pieces in New York, the Smoke collection is an unusual concept that reclaims abandoned and forgotten furniture to preserve them as souvenirs of the past.
Iconic pieces from the likes of Gaudi were blowtorched to create the necessary impact and coated in the translucent resin sealant to preserve the furnishings from turning to ash whilst retaining the charred texture.
A fragile project that’s been hardcoated for posterity as objet d’art, we’re just grateful that international design company Moooi have commissioned reproductions for distribution.
Take this Louis Console Table part of the 'Heal's Discovers' range, created by British designer John Reeves. "Stylised around contemporary baroque, this decadent piece has three drawers and a seamless lacquered finish. Innovative in design, the traditionally turned table leg is divided into four and inverted on each corner to create a striking leg profile" say respected furniture house Heal's -we say, you couldn't have imagined having an shocking blue table three years ago but now it seems like quite a 'cosmic' idea.
In the Eighties, the theme was "anything goes" when it came to texture and scale; the more tactile and the more playful the better. Hairspray sold like hot cakes and velvet was the fabric du jour. This season's homeware collections mix and match silks, metallics, velvets, leathers and sequins so be prepared.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Grown entirely within the laws of nature and fit for purpose as a home furnishing, we feel that although it’s completely sustainable in source material it’s probably completely uncomfortable for use as a chair!
In fact, our bums hurt just looking at it.
Winching aside, this incredible creation entitled Venus by Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka is no surprise for his previous collaborators at Hermes, Toyota, BMW, and Swarovski were similarly stunning interior pieces.
However, it's not all about discomfort, at Yoshioka’s Second Nature exhibit in Tokyo, he displayed lamps and other interior design pieces that aren’t so reliant upon having cheeks of steel to endure sitting on them.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
It’s fortunate they ship worldwide because these Canadian creators of frankly the most fun furnishings we’ve seen in a long while take our breath away.
With tables that take a tinkle on your rug, beds shaped as beehives, cabinets in the shape of carrots, and drawers that melt on to the floor we’re wondering just what they’re likely to come up with next.
Made from the finest materials, primarily maple solids and veneers, these fully functional pieces of furniture would be an absolute dream to have in the home.
We’re particularly excited about their latest offering, the little black dress(er) which suspends from straps on a wardrobe rail.
Not exactly the nifty nightwear that usually comes to mind, but one we’d definitely keep in the closet.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Friday, 21 August 2009
Managing to pair classic and contemporary styles seamlessly each season without appeared tired or twee in their inspiration; the items they deliver are quality, enduringly fashionable pieces of furniture that build stylish homes effortlessly.
Their new collections are no disappointment, with bedrooms, living and dining design ideas to lust after.
As they bridge the gap between designer home furnishing and the likes of Ikea, Laura Ashley has something to offer every budget as even the smallest addition from their subtly styled ranges appears a statement in the home, thanks to the detailed craftsmanship of their products.
A site dedicated to selling bespoke artisan pieces from across the globe, this site is the Amazon equivalent for the artsy among us. They list a million new products each month!
Pick uniquely designed pieces from your local area, or choose something from another continent with the location finder; alternatively, and this is our favourite find, use the colour picker to select items to fill your home with according to specific colour themes.
Just drag your mouse around the screen until you find the exact shade you’re looking for, and click!
Magically it matches the shade to images of products within the site and does the hard work for you.
We like. A lot.
Thursday, 20 August 2009
The result is incredibly impressive; with the authentic appearance of wood (even under close scrutiny) this original product can be fire proofed, stain, scratch and mould resistant.
Cleverly composited from a balance of plastic and reclaimed wood, they can recycle 140,000 plastic bags to produce a 500-square-foot composite deck.
Reportedly one of the largest plastic bag recyclers anywhere in the US, you can see they're putting waste to good use.
Annoyingly, we’re likely to be more damaged by the sun than their recycled product, but it’s worth all the extra hours we’re likely to spend in the garden.
A cat coils itself around books as small birds peck at personal belongings, all resulting in a visually striking yet minimalist feel.
Fill In The Cat is a real achievement for NEL, a collective of Mexican independent designers, who we think are definitely one to watch…
Accounts filed at Companies House show profits at the retailer increased from £2.9m to £4.6m in the year to March, as its floral biscuit tins proved a "tonic for recesssionistas."
Kidston's teapots and oilcloths, which epitomise the image of the 1950s housewife, celebrating baking, tea and buicsuits, have become addictive for a generation of women whose busy working and home lives have led them to idealise rather than practise domesticity.
There are 27 Cath Kidston stores in the UK and Ireland, with 10 new retails outlets opening in the last 12 months. The prints have also risen in popularity in Japan, where Tokyo, Nagoya and Yokohama have outlets.
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Well, it sure as hell does what it says on the tin.
The Naked Chair has been built for comfort and its bold presence is enhanced by a custom made cushion.
With customers able to pick from an array of impressive fabrics or even suggesting their own, the Naked Chair’s seating pad comes complimentary with purchase of the seat.
Combined with an appropriate fabric, the Naked chair is designed for use both indoors and out.
Great news, as we’re tempted to get two…
That’s a rhyme we anticipate hearing in playgrounds across the country as Smarin’s snazzy seats take a meteoric rise in to the public view after appearing in this year’s Big Brother garden.
These oversized spongy creature comforters would be a great addition as furniture for the lounge, bedroom or garden.
Relaxing both in appearance and structure, these pebbles are a fantastic alternative to beanbags or traditional sofa suites.
See for yourself at Smarin, and relish the exclusivity of them only being available in Europe!
You can see this and many more cool creations over at Park Woo Sung's own website.
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
While women spend lavishly on personal items like jeans and perfume, it is men who are investing in large pieces of furniture for the home.
Experian’s survey results are supported by the impressive statistic that UK furniture stores saw the largest sales growth for 3 years last month.
Due to the recent poor weather in Britain, it is believed that the boost in sales of homeware and furniture is due to shoppers turning their sights inside the home.
With the boys spending £257 on average to improve their home surroundings last month, the UK’s girls lavished £231 on themselves!
Our favourite, the Working Wave, is both sculptured and structurally sound in its design and perfectly demonstrates Wood's approach of combining selective and reclaimed materials to produce innovative and artistic furniture pieces.
She calls them prototypes, bespoke creations for individual requests, so unfortunately there’s no price tag to speak of.
Monday, 17 August 2009
Featuring 3-dimensional mahogany furniture pieces that appear to grow organically within the jungle, Asian furniture company Otobi almost convince you that their tables, beds and seats all belong in the forest.
The pieces appear to grow from vine stems shooting from the ground, as leaves fall and tropical jungle creatures comfortably mooch around in the backdrop.
As much nature documentary as profiling the furniture, this is an excellent piece of marketing.
Amazing concept showcasing some beautiful furniture; who could ask for more?
See for yourself, we've had to watch it a few times ourselves.
A circular sheet of toughened glass sits atop of the American black walnut woven frame with shocking green edge detailing.
Well it’s certainly done that; Heap’s spectacular centrepiece is featured in this year’s Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design exhibition in Cheltenham.
Held from Saturday 15 to Monday 24 August, the exhibition will feature modern furniture and decorative arts from 70 designers.
Pop along and pick up a statement piece to furnish your home before it’s all bought up!
For most people, high fashion, and stylish interior design seems far away from the realms of our real homes. Our homes are places of practicality and living not puffed pillows and chaise lounges. Whatever your budget and whatever your tastes, it is very simple and moderately inexpensive to give your rooms a lift and create a more aesthetically pleasing and balanced space. By choosing coordinating and well fitted curtains and other soft furnishings you can create a sense of logic and identity within an otherwise eclectic room of new and old.
The first step in choosing new window dressings is to look at your existing room. What is there in the space that defines it and gives it character? It could be an old sofa, a mirror, wallpaper or a rug. Whatever it may be, you should use this as a central point for your inspiration. Look at the colours or patterns within the item and use this style or colour palette to choose your curtains. Consider prints, velvets, silks, hessians, damask and plains. Consider how using vertical or horizontal pattern will accentuate the width or the height of the space. Consider whether to include just curtains or a curtain and blind. Although not particularly necessary, this enables you to have an elaborate dress curtain for visual impact and use your blind on a daily basis to block out the light.
If you want to further enhance the look of the room why not buy some coordinating scatter cushions and a throw to incorporate your sofa into the design scheme. Either buy ready made or ask a seamstress to make you the covers piped in matching material to your curtains or blinds. Similarly, why not consider adding ribbon or trim around your existing lamp shades to again incorporate them in to your scheme?When selecting fabrics do not be scared to ask for samples as, once home, fabrics can look completely different. Furthermore, it is sometimes best to use both ready made and made to measure products. For example, you may find the perfect pair of ready made curtains for your home but struggle to find a matching blind in a complementary colour and to fit your window. If this is the situation, shop around and look for the best solution for you, your budget and your timescales.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Design Academy Eindhoven presents its annual graduation show: Graduation Galleries 2007. The exhibition takes place in deWitteDame in Eindhoven, the monumental factory premises in which Design Academy Eindhoven is located.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Scheduled to take place from November 6th to November 11th, it will have the theme 'Celebrate Interior Design'. The event will take place in the Grand Hyatt Convention Centre and Sebastian Conran, founder of Conran and Partners, will be among the speakers.
The publication noted that other speakers will include Ross Lovegrove and Piero Lissoni who along with Conran will appear at the World Interior Design Congress, which is part of the event. Other features of the general assembly will include workshops, student competitions and masterclasses.