A New York City design blog, featuring single serving suggestions of design that Jeannie likes.
Monthly archive May, 2012
GIF-ITTI: Trippy Street Art as GIFs

GIF-ITTI: Trippy Street Art as GIFs

Graffiti artist INSA started a series of GIF-ITTI (GIF + graffiti) recently, which lives in the odd but absolutely interesting intersection between real world art and viral online images. Each GIF-ITTI is a series of snapshots of a wall being painted and repainted to create a moving image, which is then uploaded as a GIF...
Thousands of Glass Raindrops Suspended from the Skylights

Thousands of Glass Raindrops Suspended from the Skylights

This stunning installation titled RAIN has only three photos (alas!) but the impact is nevertheless quite evident: Chicago-based Stacee Kalmanovsky suspended hundreds, if not thousands, of glass raindrops from a skylight to create the illusion of a rainstorm briefly paused in time. This piece was created in 2005, but hopefully all this renewed interest in Kalmanovky’s work...
Floating Paper Art: Lovely Installations by Zim and Zou

Floating Paper Art: Lovely Installations by Zim and Zou

French design duo Zim and Zou are pros at making wonderful paper pieces, but their work with suspended paper installations is an especial favorite of mine– on top of creating intricately cut and constructed work, they have also mastered using horizontal layers and vertical space by stringing up the papercraft. By suspending things in mid-air,...
We Make Carpets: Creating Carpets Out Of Unexpected & Everyday Objects

We Make Carpets: Creating Carpets Out Of Unexpected & Everyday Objects

The typical carpet comes in a few familiar fabrics and textiles, but the artists Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg at We Make Carpets have been throwing in a dose of the unexpected by making rugs and carpets out of everyday objects. Staples, cocktail sticks, paper clips, bandaids, and more become repurposed...
Funny Moustached Paintbrush Packaging

Funny Moustached Paintbrush Packaging

This made me smile today: Simon Laliberté, a student at UQAM, designed this clever and quirky paintbrush packaging for a fictive company called Poilus that uses the two brushes for humorous effect in the package design. Hand-drawn faces on the packaging look back at you bemusedly, and the bigger paintbrush acts as an enormous moustache,...
Awesome Inflatable Meat Balloons

Awesome Inflatable Meat Balloons

This post needs no fancy title– “Awesome Inflatable Meat Balloons” seems to explain everything perfectly. The Chicago-based Object Design League (ODL) handpainted these fantastic meat balloons by hand for specialty butcher shop Japan Premium Beef, for this year’s NoHo Design District during New York Design Week. Its amazing how the baggy balloon latex/rubber perfectly mimics...
Lovely Handmade Geometric Glass Terrariums

Lovely Handmade Geometric Glass Terrariums

I’m smitten with these handmade glass terrariums by Matthew Cleland of Score+Solder– according to Old Faithful Shop, which is where I first saw these beauties, Cleland is a traveling gypsy who hand-solders these lovely geometric pieces that look like miniature greenhouses. Some of the terrariums appear as tipped prisms, off-balance quartz forms, or hanging geometric...
Designing for Camels: The Art of Dressing Up Your Desert Beasts

Designing for Camels: The Art of Dressing Up Your Desert Beasts

Rajasthan, the largest state in India, is mostly made of up desert, and the largest city in that desert, Bikaner, hosts a yearly Camel Festival every January which features the familiar desert beast. There is camel racing, camel parades, and even camel contests, and the best part of all this is the way the native...
Angles of Light: Making Shapes Out Of A Single Sunbeam

Angles of Light: Making Shapes Out Of A Single Sunbeam

These shapes and lines that appear to be floating actually ARE suspended in mid air, because they are made of nothing but a single beam of light. Artist James Nizam drilled holes into his studio wall, and with some clever mirror manipulation, he bounces the light in precise angles to create these images. What’s even...
The Beauty of Civic Pride: Thousands of Colorful & Unique Manhole Covers in Japan

The Beauty of Civic Pride: Thousands of Colorful & Unique Manhole Covers in Japan

In the States, we don’t give a second thought to the plain-jane, utilitarian manhole covers that appear on our streets, but apparently nearly 95% of the 1,780 municipalities in Japan have their very own manhole covers that bear designs unique to the location! In a tradition that started in the 1980s, each manhole cover is...
An Ingenious Foldable Ladder: The Corner Ladder

An Ingenious Foldable Ladder: The Corner Ladder

This is one of those designs where I’m astonished that no one came up with it sooner. Designed by the Barcelona-based Company & Company design studio, the Corner Ladder is a beautifully constructed wooden ladder that easily folds into itself for slim storage. I love the rounded corners and smooth surface of the ladder sides...
What's On Your Desk? Artfully Arranged Color Combinations of Office Supplies

What’s On Your Desk? Artfully Arranged Color Combinations of Office Supplies

Shooting still life is no easy matter, especially when taking photos of typically overlooked everyday objects like office supplies. Swedish design trio Kontor Kontur are masters at arranging, styling, and shooting their studio office goods in artful compositions– their Color Chart print, which is the combination of all their styled supplies in a single shot,...