20 December 2010
17 December 2010
While I may not suggest placing a collection of rare books close to the flame, the 'Helios' Fireplace from CosiHome is very cool. Ignited with a remote control, the flame is protected by 8mm of safety glass. This book shelf would work well in a contemporary space where there is a good deal of ventilation, space and the understanding that it is probably best to keep books and objects far to the left side. This piece will certainly spark some interesting conversation.
14 December 2010
09 December 2010
Munkii, a furniture company from Singapore has launched this Vintage bookshelf by Jaren Goh. Jaren explains, I designed Vintage with the purpose of blending the flamboyance of the baroque style with the simplicity of the contemporary approach. I hope the resulting product will be something our eyes can easily fall in love with.” The bookcase can be easily adapted to any contemporary interior settings and add some charm and warmth to them. It can also be a jewel piece used to house beloved literature or to simply display a trinket or two. This is a Vintage bookcase can easily unite the past and present.
08 December 2010
I like this handsome charging station from Ralph Lauren. The rectangular box is elegantly rendered from smooth calfskin and finished with polished nickel detail for a modern look. The dual level box keeps belongings and electronics neatly in order. There is a base to charge a mobile phone with a back clip to conceal any cords. A handy drawer at the bottom can stow accessories and keys. This elegant charging station would look excellent on a gentleman's dresser... especially mine.
03 December 2010
I really like the images on these Motif Tea Light Holders from Cox & Cox. The three white glass tea light holders have vintage motifs of a crown, a heart and a hand. They would look brilliant set around a room during this festive time of year. They would also make a beautiful host or hostess gift.
01 December 2010
29 November 2010
Ever wonder what is happening in a room just beyond the other side of the door? Well, now it is possible to do that - in a discreet and rather tasteful manner. Hideyuki Nakayama's glass globe doorknob serves a special purpose while looking quite attractive. It enables you to see the scene on the other side of the door in its depths, giving you a preview of what's going on in the next room before you turn the knob.
In conjunction with Design Tide Tokyo, architect Hideyuki Nakayama – a protégé of Toyo Ito – has teamed up with UNION, a manufacturer of door handles and levers, to create a glass globe doorknob. This concept is very simple and very cool. You approach the doorknob and catch a glimpse of what appears to be another world, waiting for you to enter and join, but in fact is a reflection of the room on the other side of the door.
18 November 2010
I have been finding things lately that are just plain whimsical and fun. The unexpected has also been something I have been attracted to. Such is the case with these cool lamps from Carpenters Workshop Gallery. The lamps are artistic creations that are made of bronze and have been produced in an extremely limited number. You may choose the Crane lamp symbolic of building or creation, or the Wrecking Ball lamp, symbolic of tearing down or destruction. These lamps would be a smashing addition to the corporate offices of any construction firm.
12 November 2010
10 November 2010
09 November 2010
08 November 2010
04 November 2010
When I first saw this Nelson clock I immediately thought of a collection of cigars arranged in a wheel shape. It's actually called the Wheel Wall Clock. I see it as a funky accessory in a upscale Cigar Bar or maybe a sophisticated Gentleman's Club. The clock is made of dark stained solid walnut wood with aluminum varnished end caps. Vitra has produced this clock in Poland following the original design documents from the Nelson archive with permission from the George Nelson estate.
01 November 2010
28 October 2010
These Halve bookends from The Well Dressed Home are a lot of fun. They are adorable and whimsical and able to be personalized. It is possible to create your own look by placing things like corks, match books, buttons, sand, shells or even water and gold fish in them. I especially like the gold fish and it is because of that cool idea that I chose to post this here.
27 October 2010
Fashion Designer, Thom Browne recently announced that he is collaborating with the world renowned Baccarat to produce his own line of stemware. The collection includes five pieces: water glass, white wine glass, short Champagne coupe, tall Champagne coupe, and red wine glass.
Mr. Browne sought inspiration from his collection of vintage Champagne coupes and his personal collection of china in designing the pieces. To add an additional twist to this elegant and sophisticated stemware ensemble, Thom Browne also included some sporty elements, the shapes and height of a visual display of aligned trophies. This exquisite stemware retails for $3,500.00 for the five pieces.
25 October 2010
If you are craving something very extraordinary, unique and ravishingly expensive for over your fireplace mantle then look no further. Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders has created the "One Minute Moose Head". The sculpture is made from glazed clay with a golden luster. Perhaps a modern home of an art collector would be the perfect place to install this Moose Head. I certainly cannot see it hanging in a cozy ski lodge. I like how imaginative this piece is and therefore I wanted to post it here.
22 October 2010
A beautiful collection of Laser Cut Lampshades is available from Stellavie. The range consists of whimsical themes to more classic or even baroque styles. The lampshades are made from premium quality fine paper and is then laser cut. When switched on the pattern is evenly illuminated by a light diffusing inlay shade made of polystyrene. The lampshade is constructed by three identical pieces of paper which achieve a diameter of 25cm when joined.
Thereby sewn-like looking transitions are created, which connect the lampshade in three symmetrical pieces. The paper in use shows a slightly structured, beautifully shimmering surface in a golden color. The shades are unique, eye-catching and can instantly add some new personality to a old lamp base.
20 October 2010
18 October 2010
One of the easiest ways to make a room look and appear larger is to add a mirror. In the case of this triple floor mirror it would also add a touch of sophistication and glamour to a room. It reminds me of the Hollywood Glamour popular throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This mirror is trimmed with exotic leather, is beautifully beveled with a suede studded frame and punctuated by chrome trim. The mirror is custom made in about 6-8 weeks and is available from Plantation in custom sizes.
13 October 2010
These lamps from Japan, use mushroom-shaped LEDs and found bits of driftwood and salvage lumber to create something that has a kitsch or whimsical quality. They are surely different and some of the most unique lamps I have seen. I have yet to decide where I would place such a lamp, but they are sure fun to post here.
11 October 2010
I am currently shopping for a bicycle. I think it will be a great way to get around the city as well as get some great exercise. While looking I ran into this bicycle from Hermès. I must say I was surprised to see that it is now possible to purchase a bicycle from Hermès. While it is not my first choice, I could not resist posting it here. The bicycle comes in a lacquered stainless steel. The frame, handles and saddle is finished in Taurillon Clemence leather. It comes with a kickstand, front and back lighting, carrier with bungy cord, mud flap and spoke protector. It is priced at around $4,000.00
07 October 2010
While Katie Thompson's collection of Suitcase Chairs may not be my first selection when furnishing a home, her imaginative and whimsical creation is just plain fun. Artistic and clever, this broken old brown suitcase, having been around the block a few times, through Africa and via Dover now takes on a glamorous new functional life as a comfortable occasional chair. Using a steel reinforced internal structure, upholstered in a contemporary wide purple stripe fabric and dark timber tapered legs. The fun does not stop there, Thompson also offers an extensive range of recycled lighting and decorative accessories.
05 October 2010
Wallpaper is an exciting way to dress up walls and create more impact than just paint alone. It can also be considered art for the walls. There are so many different varieties available that it may sometimes be difficult to choose. I recently discovered a collection of Hand-Painted Ricepaper Wall Coverings from Anya Larkin that is simply beautiful.
Taken from the Anya Larkin website, "Anya Larkin is a most passionate designer who brings the highest level of artistry to everything she touches. Wall coverings, like fine works of art, add feeling and depth to a room. It is a pleasant emotion - created by layers of uncompromising craftsmanship. Larkin patiently mixes subtle reflections of light, with thoughtful, intellectual patterns and textures reminiscent of the sublime Zen of oriental art. For Larkin the wall and the spaces in between are vast canvases for her endless artistry.
Larkin's work is both infinite and timeless, reflecting a passion for nature, antiquity and that elusive element...comfortable elegance. Her designs are a fine balance between contrasts. Classic, yet modern. Asian in mood, yet European in opulence. Practical, yet theatrical.
Larkin occupies an important place in the modern era of design as a creator whose talent moves through unlimited horizons. Trained as a fine artist, Larkin has also applied her artistry to "fine silk canvases" created for many of the world's best-known couturiers and worn by the world's most notable women. Larkin's artistic integrity and genius has been recognized both by the Louvre's Decorative Arts Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her wallpapers are housed in their permanent collection and are frequently on public display."