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// archive for January 2007

Bill Sullivan – More Turns

More Turns, a series/installation by Bill Sullivan, a local NYC artist, showcases a part of our day that we rarely ever notice (or even try our hardest not to notice): people passing through the turnstiles in the subway.

Installed as a series of 6 larger than full-size images, the portraits become a window into the familiar, but re-presented in a striking and unfamiliar way. The photographs confront the viewer with the stare of the commuter in such a way to freeze both the subject and the viewer. Please take a minute to look at the website and see the individual expressions on the faces, amazing. We should all take such an interest in the everyday din of the city. Because in it we can find those fleeting moments of beauty.

Alessi Toilet by Laufen

The Alessi Toilet and Urinal by Stefano Giovannoni of Laufen are interesting new takes on bathroom fixtures. The little shell top moves to the side when you want to use it, and glides back after you are done with your business. I feel like they should glow or something.

Frank Tjepkema

I love these “Signature Vases” from Droog Design by Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema. It’s a rediculous luxury item – a personalized vase – but the extruded shapes the signatures make are really beautiful, and through the oversized scale and they begin to take on a life of their own…

Via Style Files.

DYAD

If you don’t think steel is too cold a material, check out this beautiful bed platform from DYAD. Hot! I love the clean lines…It’s super thick steel, too (must way a ton!): 3/4″ thick. The Clasp Coffee Table is very nice too – I like that the glass top is translucent enough to allow the steel structure below show through.

E.F. Schumacher – Design Meditations

Every once in a while I come across an interesting quotation that relates in some sense to the design process, and I thought I would begin to share them here with you all.

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”
- E.F. Schumacher

His quotation was in regards to economics and industry. However, taken as a lens for looking at the design process, it holds true as well. I believe that it is far easier to make something interesting with 500 lines than with only 5 lines. To make something beautiful with only 5 lines is a much more difficult exercise and is far more rewarding. As a designer’s moves become more pointed and purposeful, their design intent becomes more clear and legible. So strip down your excess, streamline your ideas, and your ideas will be sharp as razors.

What do you think?

Pryor & Williams

Two interesting items from Pryor & Williams: the Sandwich Board which is a prep surface and serving tray all in one, and the BIB Tray, which is a multipurpose bed tray/laptop table/coffee table. I like that it is collapsible and easily stored.

Palo Samko

Palo Samko is a Brooklyn based woodworker. Besides being an amazing craftsman, what I love most about his work is the attention he puts into detail. I love how he exposes and juxtaposes the grain of the wood, and how he injects little surprises into his work – a hidden pencil holder in a desk, the bird Foosball players (for lack of a better description). Very nice.

Ichendorf

After buying the Bodum Assam glasses, I’m totally into double walled vessels these days. I love the illusion that the liquid is suspended inside the vessel – it’s so pretty! These carafes and glasses from Ichendorf are lovely. I’m curious as to how comfortable drinking out of the glasses would be. Available at Unica Home .

Jonathan Apgar

Jonathan Apgar is a Long Beach artist with some linocuts for sale at his Etsy Store. I love the two prints above and I am amazed at the fine detail at the 8.5 x 11 size. Maybe I need sharper cutting tools or something.

Left: Shuttlecock Lino Block Print
Right: BBQ Lino Block Print

Miu France Oil Can

Miu is a French company that produces some very simple and utilitarian cookware and accessories. I can’t use the glass oil bottles, even though they are very pretty. They get dirty far too quickly. On the contrary, the stainless oil cans stand up to the kitchen a little better.

The MIU Stainless Steel Oil Can can be found at Amazon