A New York City design blog, featuring single serving suggestions of design that Jeannie likes.
Monthly archive June, 2012
A Kindergarten Building Covered In Rainbows

A Kindergarten Building Covered In Rainbows

This fantastic building is the Ecole Maternelle Pajol, a four-classroom kindergarten located on Rue Pajol in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. Everything appears to have been dipped into rainbows, from the school’s front facade, to the path leading up to the door, to even the tiles lining the bathroom walls. The bright colors perfectly reflect the eagerness...
Vulnerable Words From the Heart Lit Up in Neon

Vulnerable Words From the Heart Lit Up in Neon

UK artist Tracey Emin‘s work is frequently opens up the darkest parts of the artist to the audience, but I’m particularly fascinated by her pieces in neon: scribbles from her stream of consciousness or perhaps her personal diary appear to be dashed across walls in bright, neon colors. Crude, garish, and vulnerable, each phrase is...
To the Beach: A Bright Red, Ten-Layered Typographic Bench

To the Beach: A Bright Red, Ten-Layered Typographic Bench

This striking bench is the first sign of welcome that people receive when they arrive at the railway station to the beautiful Frankston Foreshore Beach in Australia. Designed by Stephen Banham of Letterbox, the enormous, bright red type stands at 1.2 meters and weighs in at 2.4 tons and is made from 10 layers of...
Unbelievable and Unorthodox Chinese Art Made From of Tens of Thousands Nails

Unbelievable and Unorthodox Chinese Art Made From of Tens of Thousands Nails

Taiwanese artist Chen Chun-Hao (陳浚豪) has mastered the delicate art of the nail gun: with a precise hand, he puts tens of thousands of nails into place to recreate famous Chinese watercolor landscape pieces. By generously using mosquito nails, which are small headless pins about a third the size of a toothpick, he can mimic...
"I Could Have Done This On My Mac": Clever Hand-stitched Typography

“I Could Have Done This On My Mac”: Clever Hand-stitched Typography

This project by graphic design student Briar Mark made me laugh– she created these amusing posters by cleverly stitching phrases such as “I Could Have Done This On My Mac” onto paper with thread by hand. She carefully typesets short sayings on her computer, then transfers them to paper by punching the borders of each...
Gorgeous, Expansive Public Art: 163 Tiled Steps in San Francisco

Gorgeous, Expansive Public Art: 163 Tiled Steps in San Francisco

Somewhere in San Francisco (well, at 16th and Moraga, to be exact) there is a series of 163 steps that practically beckon you to climb them: from the bottom of the stairs, you can see an expansive, colorful, and gorgeously rich pattern of tiles that adorn the sides of the steps, creating a lovely path...
Play With Your Food: Creative Food Manipulations by Brock Davis

Play With Your Food: Creative Food Manipulations by Brock Davis

I’ve seen these funny food photos across the web before, but it never occurred to me that it was all springing from a single, brilliant mind. Brock Davis is a design/art jack of all trades with a creative imagination, and some of my favorite works of his are clever food manipulations that have been photographed...
More Trippy GIFs: Animated Art from Patakk

More Trippy GIFs: Animated Art from Patakk

I posted these amazing motion graphics GIFs from Mr. Div a few weeks ago, and it left me craving for more of the same, so I was delighted to come across these super trippy GIFs from Tumblr user Patakk. Each GIF comes with no explanation or fanfare, yet the effect is utterly mesmerizing in its...
It's Only A Paper Moon: Simple Lamp Made Out Of A Clothespin & Some Paper

It’s Only A Paper Moon: Simple Lamp Made Out Of A Clothespin & Some Paper

Here’s something sweet and simple: this ultra-minimalistic lamp by Kazuhiro Yamanaka is just a single lightbulb, attached to a clothespin and suspended by a hardened cable. Any piece of paper can then be wrapped and clipped around the lightbulb for a custom lampshade, and it all hangs in perfect balance, for an understated simplicity that is...
RockGiant: Enormous, Mirror-Polished, Stainless Steel Stone Sculpture

RockGiant: Enormous, Mirror-Polished, Stainless Steel Stone Sculpture

I am not typically drawn to large-scale installations, but this RockGiant sculpture by French artist Arik Levy is really great– it’s an enormous piece of mirror-polished stainless steel, faceted to look like a giant rock. From some angles, it blends into the landscape seamless as it reflects its surroundings; from other angles, it boldly stands out...
Bookends of the Earth

Bookends of the Earth

These wooden bookends by  Chicago-based artist Garth Borovicka cleverly utilize the tree rings to mimic the layers of the earth. Then, a quick topping of greenery and a few choice rocks and trees complete the miniature landscape– you can interpret it as a meta commentary on holding together trees with chunks of trees topped with...
Permanent Helium Balloons & Jenga Blocks Holding Up Your Office Desk

Permanent Helium Balloons & Jenga Blocks Holding Up Your Office Desk

Just found my dream desk: Dublin creative agency Boys and Girls commissioned Twisted Image to design a desk that would live up to their company’s hyper-creative reputation, and the result is this fun, gravity-defying object. On one side of the table, enormous Jenga blocks prop up the tabletop, and on the other side, permanent helium...