Monday, August 31

party all the time

Prop-designer and set stylist Sasa Antic is a master at playing with fishing wire to create these beautiful settings. Featured frequently in Elle Decor and for good reason, check out her whole portfolio here, xoxoxoxo.

(ummm can my apartment these sets displayed EVERYWHERE??? k THNX)

CPH Design Week pixxx for your viewing pleasure

Thursday, August 27

Trailer: The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

This looks soooo good.

Copenhagen Design Week Teasers 1&2

Tuesday, August 25

getting prepared for a heart/eyes explosion

Copenhagen Design Week - August 27th - September 6th, 2009

A peak of what to look forward to:

Danish designers Oluf Lund and Eva Paarmann will introduce new furniture designs at CODE09

David O'Brien Artwork

Article I recently wrote for Yatzer
... check it.

David O’Brien’s architecturally derived ink and color pencil paintings are instantly captivating. Dynamic geometrical shapes – prisms, diamonds, pinwheels, stars, etc. – leave you mesmerized, and quite possibly hypnotized. Its simplicity is spectacular, but at a closer look, it’s actually not simple at all but rather incredibly mathematically and geometrically abstract. What’s so interesting about viewing O’Brien’s work is the feeling like you’re departing from reality and entering a world of kaleidoscopic chaos and cosmological bliss.

Now based in Los Angeles, O’Brien started out his career at Virginia Tech – receiving a degree in Architecture – and later working for the legendary Frank Gehry for several years before navigating his artistic energy into a more elemental, fine art practice. Speaking of architecture school and its influence on his artwork today, O’Brien says:

There was a constant conversation in the studios about Architecture and cosmology. That a work of architecture can be a cosmological diagram: giving a picture of life on earth and all the functions that it requires while at the same time projecting up into the sky all the questions about what it is that we are doing here. A cosmological diagram is kind of like a unifying theory of everything. So these thoughts, along with the strong emphasis on craft and drawing sort of set me on the trajectory that I'm on today. Only now I would go a step further to say that a work of art can be an opening into another world or another dimension.

Mentioned in an artistic statement, O’Brien wants his artwork to ultimately articulate and visually decode the differences - and fusion - between geometry and biology in the context of art. Through this creative process, inanimate shapes organically transform and become alive. It’s clear that merely viewing photographs of his artwork online can’t entirely capture the complexity and dimensionality of his work. If you get the chance to see these intellectual pieces in person, be sure to take the opportunity.

David O'Brien

Sunday, August 23

highlight of my weekend... sad??

my new vintage shopping treasure... I CAN'T WAIT FOR FALL!

Friday, August 21

you are my sunshine my only sunshine

Favorite trend of AW09 - the casual "borrowed from boyfriend" oxfords... dress casual or spazz it up (see gold below mmm). My favorite ones, available at Topshop:

Minstrel lace up woven shoe

Kameryn brogue shoe

Kukoo flat buckle shoe

Kameryn brogue shoe

Liberty for Target??


According to WWD, the central London store known for its fashion, vintage textiles and furnitureis in advanced talks with Target about a collaboration, which would bow for spring, and see an array of Liberty prints worked into clothing and accessories. Fingers crossed!

multifunctional work station = cool

The ultimate in visual and structural simplicity, this shelving design by MisoSoup is composed of a single strip of curved wood that wraps up to become as much a work of minimalist wall art as it is a multifunctional work station with useful space-saving storage lofted above.

Whatever you love, will bring you to wines.

Cafeteria by Tobias Rehberger

Tobias Rehberger won the best artist Golden Lion this summer at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. This year’s Exhibition is titled Making Worlds (Fare Mondi). Rehberger won the prize for the cafeteria of the Palazzo delle Exposizioni della Biennale, formerly known as the Italian Pavilion. The cafeteria is open to the public at least till the end of the Biennale Art Exhibition (November 22).

Rehberger calls his cafeteria “Was du liebst, bringt dich auch zum Weinen” (Whatever you love, will bring you to wines). It is a crazy, retro-inspired space, juxtaposed with a jumble of forms and colors with black and white as the combining theme. He collaborated with the Finnish furniture house Artek that created custom furniture for the space.

Source: The Cool Hunter

Thursday, August 20

Tortoise - a general store.

The husband and wife duo Taku and Keiko Shinomoto created Tortoise to bring a local and community based "general store" to LA - providing a unique variety of products with friendly service and a "down home" environment. I love how simple Tortoise is, from the store layout to the objects sold. They say:

We like to create a "General Store" that may not be "cool" but a place where it feels familiar, or be unique in its own way.

Visit the Tortoise site
1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
12pm-6pm Sunday
11:30pm-6:30pm Tuesday to Saturday
Closed on Monday

Tuesday, August 18

I am weeping right now.

Brian Atwood Court Shoes "Mania Strass" - $ 9491.56

Fall/winter collection 2009- 2010.

Perforated House

Kavellaris Urban Design (KUD) have designed the Perforated House in Melbourne, Australia.

from their site:

This project to us is a platform to establish a critical dialogue within our built environment; to raise questions as much as it is to finding solutions. The project is a critique on our cultural attitudes and how we determine them. A critique on what we consider to be of heritage significance and how to narrate such ideas in a critical and contemporary manner.

This once vacant site is nestled at the eastern bookend between a row of single fronted Victorian terraces and a double fronted Edwardian weatherboard house.
Our strategy was to critique and respond to our ongoing research into the Terrace typology. The built form is essentially an urban infill within a 5.5×14.4m envelope. The perforated house is our response to establish an alternative language to the accepted notion of our cultural attitude towards critical questions of identity and heritage.

We wanted the house to be more than just a facade. More than just a message or a graphic stuck to a building. Our building was not an urban canvas paying tribute to Venturi’s “decorated shed”, instead the external facade could be experienced internally and is also a multi functional device that constantly transforms the built form from solid to void, from private to public, from opaque to translucent. By day the building is heavy and reflective and by night inverting into a soft translucent permeable light box. The operable wall or the absence of the facade enabled us to remove the idea that houses are static.
The use of operable walls, doors, curtains and glass walls enables the occupants to change the experience and environment. This architectural manipulation of space blurred the boundaries between inside and outside, the public and private realm. The manipulated spaces overlapped and borrowed the amenity and context of it’s surrounding environment.

The plan inverts the traditional terrace program with the active living zones on the first floor opening onto a north facing terrace thereby generating a primary northerly orientation to a south facing block. The perforated house incorporates passive sustainable interventions by orientating north glass bifolds doors and louvers for cross ventilation as the primary means of cooling. In addition, solar hot water and 5 star rated sanitary ware fixtures were incorporated. The north facing terrace redefines the “aussie” backyard reinforced by the childlike mural reminiscing on a past era and making commentary on the changing demography of the family unit and ultimately the inner city house typology.

Thursday, August 13

Floating Apartment Complex

The Citadel Floating Apartment Complex, a 60-unit luxury apartment complex designed by Dutch architect Koen Olthuis for Dutch firm Waterstudio -- defies the tides while cutting energy use by 25 percent - The Citadel will rise and fall with the changing water levels.
The Citadel will be comprised of 60 luxury apartments a parking garage, a floating roadway, and boat docks as well as a garden terrace and many greenhouses.

everyday life objects shop milan

From the Selby:

Everyday Life Objects Shop is a pop up store in Milan - Apartamento Magazine and Reference Library put it together and it was open just for the week of the big furniture fair. The store had items that had been featured in Apartamento as well as a lot of amazing stuff that Andy from Reference Library had found.

the selby features photographs, paintings and videos by todd selby of interesting people and their creative spaces