D´Espresso

06.11.10 § Leave a comment

Book illusion ♥

New York: Designed by Nema Workshop. Found at We Heart.

D'Espresso, New York

Photo by: David Joseph

Rachel Austin

28.08.10 § Leave a comment

I found these nice works of art on Etsy. I love the naive simplicity of them. Rachel Austin lives in Portland Oregon, uses mixed medias and has an obsession with circles. These artworks are made on maps.

Rialto - Original Map Painting

Crawford - Original Map Painting

Images borrowed from Etsy/Rachel Austin

reMade USA

27.08.10 § Leave a comment

reMade USA is upcycling old leather clothes and scrap into bags and purses. The company is founded by product designer Shannon South “out of the concern with creating yet another product to add to the gazillions already on this planet”. I admire her.

Image of Filbert

Image of Laurel

Image of Dobbin

Images borrowed from reMade USA

Studio on Fire

27.08.10 § Leave a comment

Studio on Fire is a design/letterpress company in Minneapolis, USA. They combine production knowledge with a great sensitivity to design. I recently bought a poster (second image) at their online store. It is really tactile and very beautiful. I found them through a friend who ordered his business cards from them. This week I came across them again as I stumbled upon the Norwegian illustrator and graphic designer Cecilie Ellefsen who has contributed to a Studio on Fire calendar. They are also featured on Martha Stewart Weddings this month.

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Images borrowed from Studio on Fire

The Shakers

04.04.10 § Leave a comment

While doing some spring cleaning I came across my bachelor project which was inspired by The Shakers. I remember now why I was so inspired by the philosophy of these people concerning things. I am very drawn to their sense of simplicity, craftsmanship and space.

The Shakers originate form a group of persecuted Protestants in France, who fled to England in 1706. In 1774 they emigrated to New York, where they bought land, and called it “The New world “. Here they lived together in villages where each “unit” was responsible for the production of goods for personal use and for trade with other Shaker villages and eventually also with “the world”. Ann Lee was a leading figure in the Shaker group. She was also known as Mother Ann, or just Mother. Equality, pacifism, absolution and common property were qualities valued high in the community. The Shakers were very concerned with harmony between the spiritual and the physical environment with which they surrounded themselves. Simplicity, cleanliness, order, industry and perfection were the means to achieve the goal. Mother Ann emphasized that all assets should be functional and modest, not trendy and grandiose. She believed that the extravagance of an object caused the heart to open up to pride, vanity and lust, and that it destroyed the natural material and the practical purpose of the object itself. “Anything with an precisely defined purpose, can be described as perfect because it answers perfectly to the purpose it was designed for.” When they built their houses, they were careful to plan for storage. This led to integrated storage in the walls. The storage was pre planned to fit their specific needs. Often there could be 3 to 6 people in one bedroom, and this created the need for separate storage. The storage was mostly made of drawers. Since there were so many people living together, it was important that all things had their permanent place, so that they would be easy to find for all residents. They had a great production of oval and round boxes for different things, which were color coded for content. They also made cleaning easier, by mounting pegs high on the wall in every room, where everything from chairs to hats and coats were hung. The beds had wheels, so they would be easy to move.

Cool window displays by Marc Atlan

04.02.10 § Leave a comment

MORE: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/8409/marc-atlan-window-display-for-james-perse.html

Nendo exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York

23.11.09 § Leave a comment

MORE: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/8136/nendo-exhibition-at-the-museum-of-arts-and-design-new-york.html

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