Thursday, February 22, 2007

Little Field of Flowers

The brilliant Dutch designer Tord Boontje recently joined forces with the Spanish rug company Nanimarquina, to create the whimsical "Little Field of Flowers" rug. The wool floral tendrils remind me of a beautiful field of poppies or a luscious forest floor. Amazing! You might be wondering, how do you go about cleaning this divine beauty? The answer...I have no idea! I couldn't find any information about it on-line. I guess you'll just have to let the little forest fairies handle that!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Angel Lamp

Many thanks to Design*Sponge for introducing me to Toronto's Vest Collective, a consortium of extremely talented artists creating everything from furniture to lighting to pottery. My favorite piece comes from artist Jonathan Sabine who designed the "Angel Lamp," a contemporary adaptation of Victorian wrought iron. I am completely in awe of Jonathan's ability to perfectly marry the past with the present. Don't miss out on the work of the nine other incredible artists featured on Vest's website as well.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Fill in the Cat

I love when designers take negative space and turn it into an intriguing and functional design concept. Take, for instance, the Mexican design collective NEL who has created a really interesting collection of furniture called Fill in the Cat. The shapes of playful cats and birds are interwoven inside the solid block forms, making each piece not only visually exciting, but a functional storage space as well. Check out NEL's website for the many other innovative projects they're working on.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Mozi Australia

I don't think I'd mind washing dishes with these beautiful tea towels from Mozi on my arm. Talented sisters Camilla and Olivia Tipler from Australia have a wonderful new collection of screen-printed linen tea towels that I just adore. Check out their website if you want to get happy - they also have some of the cheeriest vases, artwork, and lighting you'll ever see. Enjoy!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Ara Chest

What I wouldn't give for this beautiful Ara Chest by IQMatics. It's not surprising that this unique design won first prize at the Elle Decoration competition. One can dream... (via Design Milk)

Friday, February 09, 2007

Ella Doran

UK designer Ella Doran brings the outdoors indoors with these fantastic digitally printed blinds. Her plant and flower line is just stunning!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

New from Dwell

Is it strange to want a duvet for Valentine's Day? Call me crazy, but I'm dreaming about Dwell's new line of bedding. Once again, the designers of this fabulous modern home textile company have outdone themselves with their 2007 "chinoiserie" bedding collection. I love this year's clean, minimal design and the wonderful color schemes they've used including deep golds, browns, and yellows. Dwell bedding can be purchased on Design Public.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Steven Harrington

Thank you decor8 for introducing me to favorite new artist, Steven Harrington. I am smitten with each and every one of Steven's 60's inspired, whimsical prints. The peacock below would look just fantastic in my bedroom. To learn about Steven's latest projects or to see more of his work, take a look at his website.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Blue Milk Glass

When I look at these beautiful translucent blue vases from Mothology, I can't help but daydream about another in which I am a sculptor working by the soft glow of candlelight from my farmhouse in Tuscany. Each of these delicate beauties are handblown from recycled glass.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Tina Ratzer

There's nothing in the world like the feel of biodynamic, merino wool from sheep bred under biodynamic control. Soft...ahhhh... This past week I had the pleasure of meeting the good people of Berin Design who introduced me to the work of Danish textile artist, Tina Ratzer. Tina's blankets are very different - they're made from 100% Australian, biodynamic, merino wool. In order to ensure that no harm is done to the environment, no moth repellents are used; the soaps and spinning oils are bio-degradable; the dyes contain no heavy metals; the textile is woven, then milled in cold water only without the use of any chemical soaps; and even the thread is made of organic cotton. Tina's designs are not patterns, but images. Depending on the way the blanket is folded, their expression changes. Each side of the blanket is different and is woven in one piece for a softer, felted look. Tina's commitment to her craft, as well as to the environment, is simply amazing!