A New York City design blog, featuring single serving suggestions of design that Jeannie likes.
Monthly archive April, 2011
Hand Made: Shadow Animal Wallpapers for Kids

Hand Made: Shadow Animal Wallpapers for Kids

If you’ve ever loved making shadow animals along your bedroom wall right before you slept, this is the wallpaper for you: Paper Boy is a UK wallpaper company dedicated to making wallpapers for boys’ bedrooms, and they have a lovely print called “Hand Made,” which is completely covered in hand shadow animals! The wallpapers come...
Stackable Block Stationery in Colorful Shades

Stackable Block Stationery in Colorful Shades

BURO is a stackable series of stationery items that come in varying shades within one color– the modular shapes unify and streamline the pieces into a minimalist and pleasing line. Best of all, the items are all labeled neatly along their top edges, so you can find your stationery quickly. There’s a calendar, currency converter/calculator,...
100,000 Toothpicks and 35 Years: Rolling Through the Bay

100,000 Toothpicks and 35 Years: Rolling Through the Bay

Its a project that was 35 years in the making, but Scott Weaver has created the largest kinetic sculpture made out over 100,000 toothpicks and Elmer’s glue– its a series of ball runs that takes you on a miniature tour of San Francisco, titled “Rolling Through the Bay.” The tour takes you through iconic San...
Collapse: Massive House of Cards

Collapse: Massive House of Cards

Somewhere on the coast of New Zealand, there is a massive house of cards, 13 feet high: artist Fletcher Vaughan has set up the aluminum sculpture titled “Collapse” as a representation of the precarious balance between nature and industrial society. The incomplete house of cards is made of laser-cut aluminum with steel hinges and PVC...
Crumpled City Maps

Crumpled City Maps

Forget keeping your tourism brochures and maps clean after a long trip to a new city– the Crumpled City Maps by Italian design company Palomar feature metropolis maps that are printed onto tyvek, which means you have a gorgeously designed layout of your favorite city that is meant to be crumpled and stuffed into a...
3D Rug Art: More Than One Million Threads Suspended on the Ceiling

3D Rug Art: More Than One Million Threads Suspended on the Ceiling

The architecture/design practice Serie has created a mesmerizing installation piece for the Maximum India Festival on the ceiling of the Monsoon Club, a multi-purpose performance space at the Kennedy Center in DC, using more than a million threads and an intricate grid system. The result is this 3D carpet that is suspended above the audience’s...
Land Peel: Foldable Floor Mat Turns Into Tables and Chairs

Land Peel: Foldable Floor Mat Turns Into Tables and Chairs

Shin Yamashita is a Japanese industrial design student with a brilliant prototype of a multi-functional floor mat: the Land Peel is a foam floor covering that flips and folds its way into becoming chairs, tables, and other pieces of furniture. The edges of the foam cuts are lined with color (in what looks like shiny...
ImagineNations: Recycling Vintage Globes with Art

ImagineNations: Recycling Vintage Globes with Art

Artist Wendy Gold runs a business called ImagineNations that does nothing except for the artistic repurposing of vintage globes– she decoupages images, words, and colors onto vintage globes to produce creative worlds on a familiar object. From her website: ImagineNations are whimsical worlds, decoupaged by hand with recycled materials on vintage globes. Each work of...
Tea Robot Makes Your Tea

Tea Robot Makes Your Tea

Somewhere in Germany, there is a brilliant person who created a website solely dedicated to selling robots. General Robots hawks everything from Transformers to robot kits, and they also have this adorable tea robot for sale for 6.00 €. This little guy opens up for your loose leaf teas (which is, by the way, the...
One Plaid Bench, Made From Many Benches

One Plaid Bench, Made From Many Benches

The design duo at Raw Edges created this amazing PlaidBench collection recently: they take apart typical urban benches such as the picnic bench and the school bench, and frankenstein them together into a beautiful plaid creation. I’m really fond of the mix of rainbow colors in adult tones, plus they preserve all the elements of...
Mesmerizing Wall Art with Permanent Markers

Mesmerizing Wall Art with Permanent Markers

Drawing on the walls with permanent markers was a childhood specialty of mine that my mother particularly hated– but German artist Heike Weber has made plenty of art installations solely using permanent markers on vinyl floors, walls, and ceilings. Her psychedelic patterns undulate along gallery spaces, making flat surfaces look textured despite the simple medium....
Shopping By The Colors

Shopping By The Colors

Artist Marco Ugolini worked with photographer Pedro Motta to create this simple series of photographs titled “Per Color”– he goes through his local supermarket and fills his shopping basket with items that are the same color. Simple, colorful, and a little subversive (because this kind of shopping rejects the supermarket’s attempts to manipulate and market...