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// archive for April 2007

Hammocks and High Tea

Karen of Clothes-Pin has debuted a new line of hand-screened cards (go gocco!). Hammocks and High Tea is inspired by Karen’s South American, tropical upbringing. So pretty and colorful!

éS Ashford

The Ashford by éS is a great chiller. Though hard to find, it’s got a slim profile and the stamped éS logo on the perforated leather on the upper is a great little touch.

Lotta Jansdotter – Spring 2007

Lotta Jansdotter’s spring line is now available in her online store. Lots of cute tote bags, check book covers, aprons and other textiles. For an additional $5, she will wrap your gift, and include a gift card – a nice option for Mother’s Day!

Oksana Badrak

Oksana Badrak is an immensely talented illustrator and art director. Her work flows through and through with the ethereal and surreal quality that exists only in dreams. Take a moment to visit her site and her Feathered Friends” piece (right) at Thumbtack Press.

Frederik Molenschot

Very cool patio tiles from Frederik Molenschot. The Solid Poetry tiles contain hidden patterns that emerge when wet. How pretty would your patio be after a rain? And as the patio dried, the image would slowly disappear. Very lovely!

Via notcot.

Studio Libertiny

Check out this “Bee Vase” by Studio Libertiny. The vase was actually made by 40,000 honey bees. Studio Libertiny created a mold in the shape of a vase that the bees then colonized. A quotation by Studio Libertiny via Dezeen:

I have been interested in contradicting the current consumer society (which is interested in slick design) by choosing to work with a seemingly very vulnerable and ephemeral material – beeswax. To give a form to this natural product it has occurred more than logical to choose a form of a vase as a cultural artifact. Beeswax comes from flowers and in the form of a vase ends up serving flowers on their last journey.

I like that Studio Libertiny calls the process “slow prototyping”, which is a reference to the mechanized rapid prototyping technique in which (with the help of a computer) a physical product is created through a succession of layered cross-sections. The material used in rapid prototyping is often a waxy, plastic substance.

Via Designklub via Dezeen.

The Ancient Book of Myth and War

The Ancient Book of Myth and War by Scott Morse, Lou Ramano, Don Shank and Nate Wragg is a great showcase of their character illustrations. Each spread outlines one myth and one illustration. Shown is one of Scott Morse’s illustrations of the inciting of war. You can keep tabs on Scott at his blog.

Bob’s Your Uncle

Humorous paper accessories from Bob’s Your Uncle. I like how the text refers to the action associated with whatever you are tagging/reading/filing. The “Disposable Paper Bookmarks” come in a tear-off pad of four designs: Unputdownable; Once Upon A Time; Happily Ever After and I Laughed, I Cried.

Milkweed and Doublebutter

Love the furniture line from Denver-based Milkweed and Doublebutter. I like the clean lines and beautiful material choices. Milkweed and Doublebutter are the design and fabrication studios of David Larabee and Dexter Thornton.

Habitat – Lands of Lore Series

The Lands of Lore Series from Habitat is another great series showcasing the bold 2D graphics for which they are so well known. I especially like the Danny Garcia mask and the Brian Wenning Sherwood Forrest graphics.