Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Kitchen Inspiration

Here's another picture for kitchen inspiration. I like my blog to be like a scrapbook full of ideas that I one day want to do/own. This kitchen has the elements I am looking shelves over the counters, flush base cabinets in a fun color, sleek modern appliances, no clutter, and a cool butcher block island! (via apartment therapy)

Etsy Lunch Hour: Bicycle Love!

The weather was beautiful today and I only live 1.4 miles from my work, so I decided to bike it! With gas prices being where they are now, and I not needing my car for any meetings today, it was perfect. In honor of my wonderful '70's Slick Chick I give this Etsy Lunch Hour series to bicycle love
Pair of Bicycle Glasses (freehand etched) by BreadandBadger

RE-SURFACE lighting

Solo pendant

More-light shade

Hi-light shade

In 2003, Donna Brady formed RE-SURFACE with the idea that urban decay could be transformed into beautiful design elements for the home.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Etsy Lunch Hour: Taurus

So, sorry for the delay in posts...yesterday was my birthday and I am just getting back to catching up on work and blog life. In honor of my birthday, here is a lunch series on the stubborn, loyal, lovely taurus bulls!

Strong Like Bull Recycled Aluminum pendant by julep115

Louis Poulsen Lighting

Louis Poulsen carries some of the most amazing lighting fixtures out there. You might recognize the artichoke light, their most famous fixture. I always keep Poulsen lights in mind while working on projects. Here are a few of my favorites!

Artichoke light

Friday, April 25, 2008

Etsy Lunch Hour: Powerlines!

The Power of Transformation by tljessup

Urban Sunrise - A little piece of wearable art by TheIntuitiveGarden

I Miss You note card by thebeautifulproject

Brooklyn Pigeons Hanging Out (white x black) --Tote and Pass/ID case by mycutehandbags

Orange 22 Botanist Flora End Table

From a single piece of aluminum is great beauty made: each item in the Botanist line from Orange22 starts with one piece of aluminum, cut and bent into shape, then either powdercoated or faced with a wood veneer. Sounds simple, but the results are stunning and evocative, with the Flora model's cutouts taking first prize for unexpected touches that make a world of difference.
The Botanist End Table can nest over the Botanist Cocktail Table to conceal magazines, remotes, etc. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
(Availabale at designpublic)

Designer of the Week: Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen is one of my favorite designers. Not only did he create wonderful modern classic pieces of furniture, but he created classic iconic architectural pieces such as the Gateway Arch.

"Saarinen began his career as a student at Yale University and after travels and studies in Europe returned to the U.S. and taught for a brief period at Cranbrook Academy. Cranbrook had been founded in 1927 by publisher George C. Booth and Eliel Saarinen, the latter of whom became Director in 1932. Two of its graduates were Charles Eames and Florence Knoll Bassett (then Schust). Saarinen and Eames collaborated on various projects, culminating in a range of furniture that won first prize at an exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1940 entitled, "Organic Design in Home Furnishings." After 1946, Eames went to work for Herman Miller, and Saarinen became associated with Knoll® Associates. A number of Saarinen's chairs for Knoll were to become landmarks in the history of 20th century design." (via DWR)

Eero Saarinen

Womb chair

Executive chair

Tulip table and chair

Gateway Arch

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Circles by Charles and Ray Eames

This is one of my favorite fabrics!

Circles by Charles and Ray Eames, 1947

Deweaponizing the gun: Walt Creel

My friend Walt Creel is an amazing artist. He is the emerging artist at this years Magic City Art Connection which takes place this weekend April 25th-27th. His series of work "Deweaponizing the gun" creates art by shooting .22 caliber bullets into sheets of painted aluminum to create a pointillism effect with bullet holes and chipped paint. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from this series....beautiful!

Etsy Lunch Hour: Twins

TwinPole - Original Illustration by aussiepatches

Large Two Peas in a Pod Necklace by sudlow

A Classified Selection, Print by MarmeeCraft

Twin Tail Dove Earrings by Joannarutter

The Twins mini print by eekdesign

The Copenhagen Opera House

The Copenhagen Opera House is on my favorite list of architecture. The opera house opened in January of 2005, is 14 stories, has over 1000 rooms, and the main stage can hold approximately 1500 people.

The Copenhagen Opera House was designed by architect Henning Larsens Tegnestue

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson created these three light sculptures that I adore.

Rechargeable Portable Lighting

I love the idea of having a rechargeable LED light that I can carry around with me, use as a lamp, take outside, or just use as ambient lighting. Below are my favorites (in order) in this category of lighting.

Luau Portable Lamp

Candeloo lights

Candela lights

Neuton Battery-Powered Mower at DWR

Neuton® Battery-Powered Mower
"The EPA estimates that of the 800 million gallons of gas used to fuel lawn mowers in the U.S. every year, about 17 million gallons are spilled, which can contaminate ground water. However, your “it’s bad for the environment” excuse for not mowing the lawn is about to end. The Neuton Battery-Powered Mower (2007) is a smart alternative to loud, gas-guzzling machines that are difficult to start. It runs on a rechargeable battery, and in place of a pull-cord, this mower starts by turning a safety knob and squeezing the handlebar. When the handlebar is released, the blade stops spinning. The Neuton Mower produces no CO2 emissions, and the 24-volt battery gives you enough juice to mow for 45 to 60 minutes, or approximately a third of an acre per charge. Included with the Mower are a Mulching Plug, Bagger, Side Discharge Chute, Battery and Battery Charger, Safety Key and two wrenches. There are no spark plugs or air filters to replace, and the Neuton never needs a tune up. The cutting height is adjustable, and if you’re still looking for an excuse for not mowing the lawn, here you go: Longer grass tends to have a deeper root system, and needs less water than shorter grass." (via DWR)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Designer of the Week: Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen is one of my favorite designers. You may have seen me post individual pieces of his on my blog before. I decided that I would put together a nice collection of his work for all to see. The funny thing is, every picture I found of him had a pipe in it.

Arne Jacobsen

Egg chair
Series 7 chair

Swan chair

silverware available at MOMA

Texaco petrol station (1936), Charlottenlund, Denmark

Erosion sink from Gore Design Co.

The erosion sink from Gore Design is my absolute favorite! I love that it looks as if the water from your faucet is actually causing the erosion and the size and scale is perfect. This really is functional art.