Saturday, January 06, 2007

Pure Nomade...the hotel for your shoes

Pure Nomade of Denmark has come up with a stylish way to store your shoes...the "Hotel" box. The "Hotel" box is made of fine quality paper ware. You buy them collapsed and sealed in plastic and when ready to use you fold them into boxes, zip them with a pair of rubber bands, and they are ready to go. You can stack them or even set them up as shelves. A clear dust lid is snapped into place through the front opening, protecting the shoes while displaying them at the same time. The patterns are great and add a touch of design to your closet storage system. You don't even have to store shoes in them. I love this idea. You can read more about Pure Nomade via their website . If you wish to purchase, the boxes are available at All Purpose 144 South Flores Street, Los Angeles, CA. I don't know if they will accept mail orders but you can contact them through their blog, which provides an email address, and ask. For those readers living across the pond, Pure Nomade is available via BOX-de-LUX . Enjoy!


Friday, January 05, 2007

Maison De Vacances

For your weekend viewing. Enjoy!

Massey & Rogers Urban Garden

Okay. I'll admit it. I have a bird fetish. But with designs like these how can you blame me? Massey & Rogers is comprised of the design duo of Barbara Massey and Helen Rogers. Their designs, inspired by both nature and the industrial landscape, come across as modern, yet retro. Recycling features strongly in their work. In addition to using natural yarns and fabrics, they also use old newspapers, comics, and plastic carrier bags in their woven designs. I think these ladies are a pair worth keeping an eye on. I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

Here Birdie Birdie...

I love these individual bird calls avavilable at Canoe. "Carefully hand crafted by a small company in France, each of the wooden calls accurately duplicates the songs of birds in the wild, and comes packaged in its own wooden box with sliding lid." It is available in five different calls: the Mallard Duck, Morning Dove, American Robin, Nightengale, and Skylark. This is the perfect gift for a young boy or girl. A great way to get them outside. I know my kids would love it. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Susanne Schjerning

Susanne Schjerning is a Danish designer whose work I am currently captivated with. What I love about her designs is they are very "now", yet very unique. I would categorize them as Asian Classical Modernistic (just made that up) with just a pinch of Shabby Chic. The key factor being that none of these elements overpowers the other. I can't wait to see her Spring line. I am sorry to say that I don't know of a place online to purchase these that will ship to the U.S. If anyone out there is a better Googler and can find these available for U.S. purchase let me know. Enjoy!

Talk about energy efficient...

These portable candles come in their own decorative wooden box which also doubles as a holder. Clever idea and the perfect accessory for those rolling blackouts. ;) Enjoy!

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Well, you should know, silly, because you invited them with these clever dinner coaster invitations. "Ready to soak up all the details of your event, these fill-in invitations are printed on genuine coaster stock." Packaging includes party tips and a drink recipe. They come in packs of six with co-ordinating envelopes. Check them out here. For my UK readers, you can get them here. Enjoy!

Oops, I Did It Again...

In the spirit of the New Year consider the oops eraser and wipe the slate clean in style. Available here. For my UK readers you can get it here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Johanna Basford

johanna An up and coming textile designer from the UK, Johanna's works are hand drawn and then silk screenprinted onto wallpaper and fabric. I'm a sucker for a great black and white graphic and these definitely fit the bill. You can see Johanna's work via her website. A selection of her designs are available to purchase here.



Rockett St George

Lace concrete floor tiles by Jethro Macey.

Set of 5 screenprinted noted cards by Kim Robertson.

A Friendly Reminder...

to laugh, to tinker, to think, to speak,to grow, to travel, to listen,to give, to divide,to dream, to love,to work.
By Caroline Lisfranc
Available at Made In Design. Enjoy!

License plates? I don't think so.

I love these pillows from Fine Cell Work out of the UK, and it's not just the designs I'm's the story behind the pillows. Fine Cell Work is a Registered Charity that teaches needlework to prison inmates and sells their products. The earnings are given to the inmates, thereby giving them hope and a feeling of self-worth. The inmates are all taught by volunteers from the Embroiderers Guild, the Royal School of Needlework and the world of professional design. I personally think it's a great rehabilitation tool and a great job skill for any future they may have. I encourage you to visit the site and see what it's all about. They have some great designs, like the ones featured above. You can check them out here.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Penelope Dullaghan


Penelope Dullaghan is a freelance illustrator with a style all her own. Her work is romantic, cartoonish, classic, and pop all rolled into one. I accidentlly stumbled upon her work and have been fascinated ever since. You can purchase a selection of prints via Penelope's WEBSITE or Thumbtack Press. In addition, Penelope is also a successful entrepreneur. Her "Illustration Friday" was created to inspire and challenge her own artistic talents as well as others. Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge where a topic is picked and posted every Friday and the participants have a week to come up with their own interpretation, which they then share online via Illustration Friday. It's an awesome idea and I would encourage any of you out there who love to create to participate. Check it out and enjoy!





Gelaskins for your iPod

By Frenchy Studio

To be clear up front, I am in no way being compensated or asked to post about this product. I am writing about Gelaskins from a strictly personal point of view. I think they're awesome. Not because they protect your iPod (that's a perk), but because they further the cause that is design. Gelaskins are designed by artists all over the world. And the great thing is, if you're an artist or graphic designer you can submit your own designs for consideration. If the Gelaskins crew approves not only will you be compensated, but you could have your own designs on your very own iPod. How great is that? To learn more about Gelaskins you can check them out here. Enjoy!

By Simon Oxley
By Aaron Kraten
By Elasavet Lawson
By Alex Noriega
By Dodeskaden

Name That Retailer...










Wal-Mart online.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Feed the Hungry...

By Eric Robin

Action Contre La Faim is an organization dedicated to stamping out hunger. Just recently they held an auction to raise money to help the cause. Up for sale were these fabulous plates, 108 to be exact, created by artists and designers throughout France. While a select few were auctioned online, the majority were sold at a charity event. I'm hoping this is an annual event and that next year more are auctioned online. I thought I'd share a few of the designs with you, my personal favorites. Enjoy and be inspired.

francois mendras
By Francois Mendras

By Didier Mencobini

By Olivier Heinry

nathalie du halgouet
By Nathalie Du Halgouet
By Eric Corne

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