a compilation of products, furniture, jewelry, architecture and artists that float our boat. FURTHER EXAMINATION:

// archive for 2007

Good-bye 2007!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

We’re taking some time off from the blog to enjoy our first wedded Christmas with our families. Thank you so much for all of your support and comments/emails/submissions throughout this last year – we so appreciate it! Here’s wishing that you ring in 2008 with friends and family! We’ll be back on January 2, 2008! Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sean and Anna

Future Craft

Josephine and Jenna Rivers – a mother/daughter team – emailed us about the launch of their Future Craft shop. We don’t feature much by way of apparel, but I really like the graphic elements in their textiles. They work almost exclusively in black and white and create their own very graphic and patterned textiles by way of weaving, quilting, knitting, crochet, sewing, and needlepoint. I dig!

Thomas Bernstrand

Thomas Bernstrand is a multi-disciplinary Swedish designer who makes everything from glassware, to furniture, to lighting, not to mention that he designs architectural interiors, as well. He designed the Uddabo table for IKEA, which combines a dining table with a work table. I could definitely use one of those! Too bad the US IKEAs don’t carry it (though it may just be out of production, since it’s an older design). Also interesting are his Burk Glasses – a series of glassware inspired by beer cans. Thomas appreciated the ergonomic comfort one finds in drinking beer out of a can – the lip fitting perfectly with the folded part of the can – and translated that into a classier, glass version.

Nervous System

If you’re looking for a last minute gift to give your lovely lady – Nervous System makes some amazing jewelry. Inspired by complex patterns generated by computation and nature, their work is a mix between organic and technical that is all beautiful. Nervous System is a collaboration between Jessica Eve Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, who met in 2004 at MIT where Jessica was studying Architecture and Biology and Jesse was studying Mathematics and Computer Science. I love how they have merged their diverse backgrounds to create these beautiful products.

Sheep Market

This might be old news, but I thought it was interesting enough to warrant a mention here. The Sheep Market was an experiment in public art – over a period of 40 days participants in Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (Artificial Artificial Intelligence) could draw their interpretation of a “sheep facing left”. I love the number of sheep facing right! I wonder how many were intentional? Anyway, The result is a very cool digital mural of sheep drawings. I love the flash interface which shows you line for line how each person drew their sheep. Each worker was paid $0.02 per sheep.

Some stats:
Average time spent drawing each sheep: 105 seconds
Average wage: $0.69/hour
Rejected sheep: 662
Collection period: 40 days
Collection Rate: about 11 sheep/hour
Unique IP addresses: 7599

You can still buy a one-of-a-kind plate block of lickable adhesive stamps complete with a certificate of authenticity for $20.

Eskimeit Jewelry

These necklaces by Eskimeit are made from Ubamegashi coal, a luxury (!) coal in Japan used to fuel grills particularly for cooking eel in high end restaurants. Ubamegashi coal is apparently very hard – comparable to stainless steel – and when cut, the edges appear metal-like. I love the organic shapes and the darkness of the coal. Each necklace has a magnetized clasp that has been embedded into the coal.

Cvy Design

Cvy Design is a designer in Portland with a nice portfolio – I love her “Down with Carbon” campaign, complete with an inflatable postcard, as well as her innovative self-promotional flyer – it’s nice to see someone incorporate the pull tabs into the design, for once. You can see more of Cari’s work on her Flickr site, and read about her networking exploits on “A Shameless Blog”.

Via Girl in the Green Dress.

2007 Lunchbox Auction

If you’ve ever been curious as to the artistic prowess of your favorite celebrity, you can now check out their abilities for yourself – the 2007 Lunchbox Auction invited 100+ celebrities from the entertainment, fashion, art, music, literary and culinary worlds to create lunchbox art for an online auction that benefits the Food Bank For New York City and the Lunchbox Fund of South Africa. Each lunchbox is signed and numbered and no two lunchboxes are alike. There are some definite duds in the mix but I was pleasantly surprised by a few of the pieces and it’s all for a good cause, so check it out! The starting bids are actually very reasonable (so you can get in on the action), but I wouldn’t expect them to stay that way for long…My favorites of the lunchboxes submitted so far (clockwise from top left):

Casey Affleck, Helena Christensen & Leif Sigersen (black lacquer box with black and gold tasseled handle, miniature stage inside, complete with red velvet curtain, with moving ballerina figurine flying inside), Maria McBride (leather-clad lunchbox), and Mike Myers (lunchbox is a battery-powered car with wheels; includes remote control and batteries).

2007 Survey results

Before I push this off too long and it’s suddenly 2008, I wanted to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our 2007 survey! We really appreciated your taking the time to tell us a little bit about yourselves, and also the number of you who provided us input on what you like and what you’d like to see more of on the Sub-Studio Design Blog. Curious to know a little bit about our community of readers?

12% are between 21-24, 46% are between 25-29 (that’s our age bracket, too!), 18% are between 30-34, 12% are between 35-39, 9% between the ages of 40-44, and 3% are over 50.

36% of our readers are male, and 64% are female.

While our most solid readership is in the United States, we are a very diverse crowd with respondents from S. Korea, Canada, Poland, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Israel, Singapore, Australia, the UK and France! And our Google analytics stats show us that we have readers from 117 countries, which I think is just amazing!

Most of you like the blog as is (thanks!), and enjoy it for the variety of design that is presented and for the (mostly) affordable objects we highlight. We were surprised by the number of you that want to see more architecture projects on the site! There were also requests for more posts and slightly longer write ups about products, as well as one person’s great observation that for a design site, the actual design of ours is fairly static…so starting in 2008, we will change up the banner each month. There were several technical suggestions which we would love to implement if we could figure out how to (previous/next buttons, directing people to similar posts that they might enjoy) A project that is in progress that many of you expressed interest in as well: interviews with our favorite artists/designers. That is something we hope to implement early next year.

Again, thank you so much for taking the time to fill out the survey, and for your encouragement and constructive criticism. We really appreciate our readers and love all the great comments and emails that we receive. We aren’t always able to respond (something we are trying to improve), but we really do appreciate it!

We promised prints to three randomly chosen respondents (courtesy of random.org) – congrats Ron, Denisse and Mike! We’ll be in touch!

Thank you cards above by Sesame Letterpress.

Isolation Unit

Hello, sexy! The Slant glass is by Teruhiro Yanagihara of Isolation Unit. I love the form and the delicate imbalance of the glass and the liquid inside.