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

// archive for April 2008

Nike Terra CI

The new Terra CI from Nike expands their Considered line of sneakers. The shoe is full of great details, e.g. how the upper is stitched to the outsole with the shoelace that alternates with the waffle pattern below and the fold-down lace cover.

Supermarket Interview

Ryan of Supermarket and Elsewares was kind enough to interview Sean and I about Sub-Studio and Brevity. You can check it out here.

Nixon Watches – Esquire and Groove

Nixon is just good at what they do. The Esquire (top) and Groove (bottom) show-off the designers’ inventive use of strap material, clasp types and form.


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Subliminal: Debi van Zyl

Debi van Zyl is a British-born, South African-and-Canadian-raised, LA transplant (whew!), currently working in architecture and exhibition design. When she’s not on the job, she’s knitting little beastie creatures and creating paper goods, mobiles and designing furniture. She’s been knitting beasts for about a year and a half, and is currently trying out knitting some new, more human-like creatures.

What are you currently inspired by?
Clever and elegant reuse of materials (ie: Piet Hein Eek) and Polaroid photos…with the news of Polaroid’s demise, I love how everyone is in “Polaroid mode”. It reminds us that new technology is not always better.

What websites can you not live without?
Besides all the blogs I have bookmarked (and there are too many to list)…designboom.

What magazine subscriptions do you currently have? (Bonus Q: How many of them do you actually read?)
None, actually…I used to subscribe to Dwell, Marie Claire Maison and an Australian design journal called Artichoke, but I had to stop. I couldn’t store all the back issues and I felt guilty getting rid of any them. Now I just buy the ones I want when I want them. I am thinking about subscribing to I.D. magazine, though. These days I am reading it cover to cover.

4. Which designers most inspire you?
Eileen Gray
Eduardo Chillida
Piet Hein Eek
Hella Jongerius

What are your favorite inspirational spots?
The high desert – Joshua Tree, CA – the landscape is very inspiring. Sometimes in my car – the traffic has me sitting for hours, so a lot of day dreaming goes on.

What is your favorite local store?
The SCI-Arc Supply Store, in downtown LA. I still go there to buy stuff, long after graduation.
Tortoise, Venice, CA.
Turpan, Brentwood, CA.

What is your favorite music to work by?
I actually listen to a range of things…and it’s never one artist or CD. Also, I listen to old ‘This American Life’ shows, though mostly I’m tuning out.

What books are you currently reading?
None at the moment, but I just finished “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, which was incredible. And sad.

Any “inspiring” deadlines coming up?
My first wholesale order to an upstart shop in London to be completed in a about two weeks, and then my own personal deadline of launching a new set of knitted creatures (end of July).

Thanks to Debi for the interview!


How gorgeous is this building? Designed by Triptyque and located on Columbia St. in São Paulo, Brazil, the building houses the Brazilian advertising agency Loducca. I love the use of the structural glass as a means of providing privacy and in contrast to the regular glass windows. A wood skeleton envelopes the front of the concrete building, filtering light and acting as a privacy screen.

Via Architechnophilia.

Celia Richards

Celia Richards is an artist from the UK. The works above are from her Altered Objects series. I find it very poetic – cutting out all of the notes from a piece of sheet music and housing them all in a plastic bag. What’s left of the sheet is beautiful, too, especially the way she uses it to play with light.

Via Daily Poetics.

Jelte van Geest

Jelte van Geest is exhibiting the GrandChair at the Design Factory Brainport Eindhoven. I’ve seen the idea of a sort of loveseat rocking chair before, but I love the modern lines and that you can accommodate two adults and one child on the GrandChair. The child’s chair actually swivels, so he/she can either face the adults, or sit in line with them.

Milan Design Week coverage

I apologize for the lack of posts – I haven’t been feeling so well the last few days, and so haven’t been able to put together much by way of what’s happening at Milan Design Week. But you can check out Yatzer, Dezeen, Wallpaper*, and MoCo Loco for coverage of the event.

(The George3 console table above is by Gareth Neal.)

Brevity website launch

Hi all! Hope you had a good weekend…I finally finished the website for Brevity, my line of jewelry, and launched it late last night. It features all of the original acrylic pieces, as well as brand new stainless steel versions. I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think!