Wednesday, January 30, 2008


425 is the number of dollars needed by marginalized residents of Hale County, AL to buy a water meter in so they can get clean water in their homes. Above, Project M was covered by GOOD magazine last fall and described at Designism 2.0 — "design for social change" — by Ellen Sitkin in December (covered by core 77 design blog).

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I saw these Silva sheets at the Crate and Barrel on Broadway in NY last week. I don't know if they're Marimekko or not, but I love them anyway. They are the sweetest shade of green and make me wish for springtime.

Monday, January 28, 2008

studio lo

I found this bag and chair by Studio Lo the other day via notcot. I love the assemblage par fermeture zip on the bag, and how there's hardly any waste created in the making of the chair.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

a fav at the SCOOP

Horray! particular aesthetic is a favorite over at one of my favorite blogs, the SCOOP.

above and below ground

From the Stencil Library. This would look really nice in a vestibule or smallish hallway.

While you're growing fennel blossoms on your walls, you might want to add some roots to your furniture. Furniture roots from Made in Design, UK.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

peace oil

I originally saw bottles of this oil in a shop window in London. Peace oil comes in three varieties: original, organic, and cooking, and is produced in Israel by Jews, Arabs, Druze and Bedouin workers with olives from the Carmel Mountains pressed within hours of picking.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Anything that comes from Apple these days is pretty much like crack: I want all of it and I'd practically beg, borrow, or steal to have any of it. Damn them. Interesting about the choice to not have a DVD drive, is this just a way to promote movie sales and rentals via iTunes, a technology-forward move, or both?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

un-traditional floral

It took me a moment to get this wallpaper from Flavor Paper; I didn't see the fire hydrant or the rat at first. I kind of like this for a strong statement in a vestibule or other small space. It goes into the my mental file of urban floral along with the Urban Toile by Timorous Beasties that was all the rage some years ago:

Thursday, January 10, 2008

laminated bamboo lumber project

While I find Monocle a bit pricey to buy from the newsstand, I do enjoy taking a gander online every once in a while. There is an interesting short video on Tokyo Designers Week in November 2007. Design collaborative PPP showed pieces from their collection of furniture and household accessories. I really like the low profile and quality of this chair and table from their laminated bamboo lumber project


Sub-Studio is an interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in illustration, print, web design and architecture and they make some very nice prints such as "Lure catalog.02" above. You can find their prints on Shiny Squirrel, Etsy, or their home page.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

volunteer for anthro

Anthropologie has some adorable new outfits which they emailed to me today. They have cute names like "learn to sail" and "journal daily".

The ensemble above caught my eye; I especially like the bronze flats and denim slacks, and I happen to know that the bag is even better in person. However, it really amuses me that this outfit is called "volunteer", because the only way I could afford it ($822.00 before tax and shipping) is if I were independently weathly, in which case I could afford to spend my time volunteering instead of working 3 jobs, no less in clothes like these.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Designer Rafael Morgan created this plate with heat sensitive ink that reads: "Every Day 16,000 children die from hunger related causes" when hot food is placed in it. I like his suggestion of slipping these plates into an expensive restaurant or important political meeting. Social justice through design — I love it! via notcot

Monday, January 7, 2008

minimalist envy

Can I add this bathroom by architect Carrie Bernstein to my amazon list? via remodelista

Friday, January 4, 2008

emery & cie

I followed a link from design*sponge to remodelista then to Emery & Cie, and now I feel my morning is in danger of being sucked into their website...

See what I mean?


These cute shoes are a the result of a collaboration between Earnest Sewn and French footwear company Repetto and are sold at Barney's for $275 and $375, respectively. (via coolhunting)

My question is: why wouldn't you buy a pair of these for $17.95 and head over to your local shoe repairman for some glue and soles?

Thursday, January 3, 2008


Moroccan tea cup from maiden

Anne Black porcelain at peekkeep

Raised flower print porcelain cup from Feinedinge of Austria at peekkeep

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

wood grain


This post is for my sister, who loves a sophisticated faux wood grain. Rug from West Elm.

magic forest ring

I don't remember where I first saw this Lladró ring some time ago but it still enchants me.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

new colors from bambu

Bambu sent me a sneak peak of their 2008 catalog and they have some great new colors for their lacquerware line.

tile tattoos

I hope everybody has had a great Christmas and/or new year. I thought I'd post these lovely tile tattoos from 2 Jane — perfect for renters — since I spent last weekend looking for a new apartment in Brooklyn. These are great for sprucing up some boring tile when you're a renter: no sticky residue when you remove them. via notcot