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// archive for March 2008


DesignCode makes colorful light fixtures and screen systems. I love the Flamp Noir – a box containing the silhouette of the iconic lamp.

Tsai Design Studio

Tsai Design Studio created this interesting bunk bed as the winning entry to the 2006 36sqm Challenge, a design competition that asked for solutions for large families living in small spaces (36 sq. meters, to be exact). The Nested Bunk Beds were inspired by traditional Russian Matriochka dolls, with five nested beds that can be pulled out for sleeping. The design went from concept to reality after being installed at an AIDS orphanage in Wellington, South Africa.

Via Designboom.

Subliminal: JHill Design

We are very excited to introduce a new feature to the blog: Subliminal, featuring the designers we love and their influences – big and small. Being that I was inspired by this post on Places I Have Never Been – Jennifer Hill of JHill Design’s blog, I am excited to feature her in our first Subliminal post.

Jennifer Hill is a Boston-based graphic designer who started JHill Design five years ago. You most likely know her for her paper line called Places I Have Never Been which revolves around drawings of her imaginary vacations. Besides making products, JHill Design also creates logos, websites, etc.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a new card collection which follows the Places I Have Never Been theme, but includes holiday, thank you and hello! cards. I’m also wrapping up 12 new patterns for the 2009 calendar.

What are you currently inspired by?
I’ve been finishing up my new 2008 collection (to be released in May) and there were some great influences. One of the big ones was Balenciaga’s Spring collection, all the crazy florals patterns and those great knee high, black and white gladiator sandals. There is a lot of nature in this series and lots of color, maybe it is because of this looooong winter.

What websites can you not live without?
what would tyler durgan do
i suwanee
yourgirlfriendisugly – the funniest blog EVER

What magazine subscriptions do you currently have? (Bonus Q: How many of them do you actually read?)
oh boy.
subscriptions: lucky, domino, sherman’s travel, new york, vogue, elle, vanity fair, portfolio, 7×7, gourmet. I know – it’s a lot.

I always read new york magazine each week. I don’t read lucky and domino that much, I usually go to them when I’m looking for inspiration for something. I adore elle. So I’d say I read 5 out of 10, browse 3 and 2 stay on the shelf til they are needed.

What are your favorite inspirational spots?
Spot 1: in my hammock under a big tree. We are lucky to live on a dead end next to a park in Boston and my hammock lays under a big tree. Of course there are also triple deckers all around me so it isn’t that private, but private enough.

Spot 2: my bed. I can lay and look out the window (we have very tall windows) and watch the planes from Logan fly away, I always wonder where all those people are going.

What is your favorite music to work by?

I like a lot of different music. Right now I have been switching between rilo kiely, patty griffith and jay-z. I know, weird.

What books are you currently reading?
animal, vegetable mineral by barbara kingsolver.

Any “inspiring” deadlines coming up?
I’ll be showing at the stationary show in May with Sub-Studio!!! Got to finish up that collection…

Thanks so much to Jennifer for being our first in the Subliminal series!

Urban Tailor

Jay contacted me about his new company, Urban Tailor, which brings custom tailored casual clothing to the the rest of us. You can choose between three patterns – the hoodie, the bandana jacket, and the asian track jacket. From there you get to design everything else – the fabrics for the interior lining, rib, jacket body, sleeve, and hood, and the details – the thickness of the garment, style of hood, rib length, buttons, zipper, and pocket locations. The only flaw in the process as I see it is not being able to see your design in some form of a rendering as it comes together, but considering the number of design choices you are given, the whole process is remarkably intuitive and straightforward. Urban Tailor also carries a selection of ready to wear hoodies and jackets.

Comet Skateboards and e2e Materials

Good for Ithaca! Comet Skateboards combined with e2e Materials to use petroleum-free biodegradable composites developed at Cornell University in their skateboard construction. The e2e laminates update the traditional 7-ply and glue with soy and hemp layers to produce a more environmentally friendly board.

Nice to see some innovative products coming from my alma mater and local skatepark.


Cute plush toys by +D TEAM.

Echochrome: between 2D and 3D

Echochrome is a new PSP game focused on navigating worlds of mind and dimension-bending axonometric drawings. It includes a world builder so you can create your own wonky constructs too! See how it works in the videos and check out more information at PSPFanboy.

Sarah Van Gameren

I’ve seen Sarah Van Gameren’s work quite a bit over the past few months without knowing that it was hers. I finally came across her Family Tree necklace on Pan-Dan and had to check her website out, which is when I made the connection between Sarah and all these other great projects I’ve been admiring around the web. Her Family Tree project seeks to represent the lineage of a young client named Runa, and draws its inspiration from ‘name-jewel’ necklaces.

Some of the other projects I’ve been admiring: Burn Burn Burn, where Sarah has created a type of paint that can be burned to create a permanent mark on a surface, and the Big Dipper – wax chandeliers that will create an ephemeral, changing light fixture.

PS. Thanks to Desire to Inspire and MSNBC’s Clicked for the blog mentions – and hi to all of you who are coming from there!

Walter Ruffler’s Paper Machines

Walter Ruffler’s Paper Machines show that you can do a lot with a little drawing, paper, scissors, glue and imagination. Each piece has a story that lives in the characters and their animation. Sailing into the Wind (left) and Stormy Sea (right) are my two favorites so far.

Heather Smith Jones

We took part in an exhibit with Heather Smith Jones at Artstream in November, and Heather just emailed us about the opening of her online shop. Heather’s works are both beautiful and quiet, with splashes of color and simple line drawings. All of the pieces in her shop are originals, so be sure to check them out before they disappear!

The artist’s statement: “My paintings intuitively originate with fields of abstract color. I use marks, patterns, pinholes, words, and imagery to visually sew information together. Through painting I examine relationships within the detailed world of human experience. Particular thoughts, objects, experiences, and memories, become in my mind, moments of beauty when understood on a phenomenological level. Replanting elements from the natural world in an abstract way allows new correlations to become recognizable.”