A New York City design blog, featuring single serving suggestions of design that Jeannie likes.
Monthly archive January, 2012
Geometric Garland: Beautifully Folded Paper Decor

Geometric Garland: Beautifully Folded Paper Decor

Mini Eco is an UK mommy blog with a penchant for featuring colorful DIY tutorials, and one of the recent projects on there cleverly used platonic solids to make a decorative garland. The geometric shapes are lovely to look at in their symmetry, and she even includes the templates to each object so that you...
The Call of Cthulhu (For Beginning Readers) and Other Seuss-Style Stories

The Call of Cthulhu (For Beginning Readers) and Other Seuss-Style Stories

Artist Richard John Ivankovic started a fascinating undertaking recently– he is adapting H. P. Lovecrafts famous book, the Call of Cthulhu, into a Seussian-style storybook “for beginning readers.” The sci-fi short story has captured the imaginations of many (read the Wikipedia article here to get a fuller picture of the aquatic horror) but this particular...
Glowing Trails of Light: Light Painting With Fireflies

Glowing Trails of Light: Light Painting With Fireflies

These photos of light trails are more than man-made light painting photographs– these are slow-shutter and multi-exposure composite photos of fireflies floating about in their nightly mating ritual dances. Photographer Tsuneaki Hiramatsu has been taking these photos in the Maniwa and Okayama Prefecture in Japan during the summer rainy season, where the fireflies come out...
Animals of Luxury: Louis Vuitton Handbag Taxidermy

Animals of Luxury: Louis Vuitton Handbag Taxidermy

The sheer cost of fabricating these animals must be enormous– UK artist Billie Achilleos created a series of animals for renowned fashion house Louis Vuitton, and every animal is an amalgamation of chopped up LV leather goods. The collection was made to celebrate Louis Vuitton’s 100th year of making small leather goods, and the entire...
Sway: A Rocking Chair Perfect For Two

Sway: A Rocking Chair Perfect For Two

I think I’ve found my ideal chair– German designer Markus Krauss has designed a rocking chair for two, called Sway, which looks like a perfect seat for both an individual and a pair. The sleek, simple frame is made of steel, and then covered with grey padding. The folds of the seat naturally make you...
Little Red: Fairy Tale Matryoshka That Tells A Story

Little Red: Fairy Tale Matryoshka That Tells A Story

Taiwan-based studio Pistacchi Design created this clever wooden matryoshka, titled “Little Red,” based on the classic fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The crafted piece comes in three layers– Little Red Riding Hood sits inside the wolf, who is himself clad in the grandma’s cloak. Beyond the delightfulness of incorporating such a familiar children’s...
Delectable Chocolate Planets: A Delicious Look At Our Solar System

Delectable Chocolate Planets: A Delicious Look At Our Solar System

Here’s a new way to look at our solar system– imagine Mercury as a blend of mango and coconut covering rich lemon ganache. The Rihga Royal Hotel in Japan has relaunched their Chocolate Planets series, which features all of our planets (alas, Pluto, you are no more!) as confectionary delights: the entire set (including the...
Unnervingly Sensual Feather Sculptures, Undulating Along Walls and Floors

Unnervingly Sensual Feather Sculptures, Undulating Along Walls and Floors

Kate MccGuire sculpts with feathers– her structures have a sinewy, sensual look due to the hundreds and thousands of feathers she uses, made to writhe along walls and pour out of floor spouts. Many of these pieces almost embody life in their twists and turns, giving the sensation that something unearthly is coming out of...
"Discovery Ignites The Passion To Create": 3D Type in Corrugated Cardboard

“Discovery Ignites The Passion To Create”: 3D Type in Corrugated Cardboard

Farah Tamachi’s senior thesis is a six-foot-tall wall installation filled with rich flourishes and generously luscious type– all crafted in the humble medium of corrugated cardboard. The 3D type protrudes crisply from the wall, bearing the words, “Discovery ignites the passion to create.” This elegant execution of 3D type in script is what sets it...
Incredible 3D Painting: Creating Goldfish Out of Thousands of Layers of Paint and Resin

Incredible 3D Painting: Creating Goldfish Out of Thousands of Layers of Paint and Resin

Take a closer look at the work of Riusuke Fukahori before you dismiss them– these are, in fact, not real goldfish that have been embalmed in plastic. The Japanese artist creates the illusion of goldfish with an amazing technique: hundreds, if not thousands of layers of resin and paint are painted on top of one...
Loves Doves: A Flurry of Breathtaking & Elaborately Quilled Papercraft

Loves Doves: A Flurry of Breathtaking & Elaborately Quilled Papercraft

Yulia Brodskaya has been wowing the internet with her stunning papercraft for a while now, but her most recent art pieces bring her medium of choice (quilling) to a new level of craftsmanship. Quilling is an art formed by long strips of paper that have been rolled and shaped to create images from the edges...
Reclaiming Recycled Wood to Create the Illusion of Perspective

Reclaiming Recycled Wood to Create the Illusion of Perspective

Artist Ron van der Ende is a sculptor based in the Netherlands who uses found wood to create these enormous, wall-mounted pieces of art, all of which are constructed in bas-relief. Each work is further enhanced by his signature incorporation of perspective– there is a distinct illusion that the artwork is not, in fact, lying...