// archive for February 2009
Droog’s New York store (76 Greene Street, between Spring and Broome) officially opens to the public today, and yesterday was their opening party. Sean and I ended up not being able to make it ourselves last night, but our good friend Halley graciously went in our stead and took a bunch of great pictures for us.
The store is huge – it’s two floors, with Droog’s showroom and shop on the ground floor, and an exhibition space in the basement. Droog is calling its New York store “More than a store” – part art gallery, part installation, part shop. The actual space dedicated to traditional objects that you can purchase and walk away with is relatively small, yet everything in the space is for sale – from the displays, to the staircase, to the fixtures…
What is especially interesting about Droog’s work is the blurred line between what is a one-off and what isn’t – for instance, Hector Serrano’s Clothes Hanger Lamp comes with just the clothing hanger and the lightbulb. You supply the shirt, making each lamp unique. The Tree-trunk Bench by Jurgen Bey comes with the seat backs – you supply the log and create your own bench. The Do Hit Chair by Marijn van der Poll comes as a stainless steel metal cube with a hammer – you smash it to your liking to make it into a chair.
Check out Halley’s product shots below (thanks, Halley!).
UPDATE from Droog’s press release:
Droog partnered with Dutch designers Studio Makkink & Bey to conceptualize an interior that breaks the codes of store design. The studio took a store of which all parts could be taken home and pushed the brief one step further by blending objects, store fittings and architecture. The store consists of a house (the House of Blue, above) constructed of polyurethane foam and other materials including wood or stone. These pieces stand on their own within the store, as backdrops to the Droog collection and blurring with the store architecture. Customers can purchase the parts and even have those parts made to fit and function in their own house, for example a working chimney or a staircase in the size and material of one’s choice. House of Blue presents Droog as a retailer of conceptual objects, but also as a total interior outfitter, offering customized parts from its store to the home interiors of the United States.
Tal Mor sent over a link to his industrial design studio – Dag-designlab. There aren’t many projects up yet, but I love what is there, especially these salt shakers – a pebble-like plastic container holds the salt, and a silicone wrapping hides the plastic – you squeeze the shaker to reveal the holes. Seems like a great way to protect your salt from moisture.
Also nice is his Negev Table – a side table/coffee table that was inspired by the Negev desert.
Finally, Tal’s Stopper Postcard – for those of you not satisfied with the post office’s cancellation stamp – the sender hits ‘start’ when the postcard is put in the mail, giving the receiver a way to measure the exact duration of time from when the card left the sender’s hands to the moment that the card is in their own hands…unless of course the postman decides to stop the clock first…
More of Dag-designlab’s work is available here.
Two nice vessels from the Cooper Hewitt Design Shop. One will cost you bank and one might help you get there. Left is the Paro Goblet designed by Achille Castiglioni and right is the TankBank designed by Larry Dinkelman.
Some sinew-y drawing updates from one of my favorite artists over at Nathan Fox. Pigeons from Hell at left and Fluorescent Black at right. I’d love to see his original panels to see how the lines look up close, reduced and computerized probably don’t do them justice.
Evert Nijland’s jewelry is amazing. He works with a wide variety of materials, but my favorites are the pieces using porcelain and those using glass. So gorgeous.
Via For Me For You.
- Gorgeous letterpress invitations printed by Studio on Fire, in collaboration with Ashley Geoffroy and Russell Austin.
- Casa de los Pinos (ie. House Among the Pines), by XPIRAL (great architects, but they really need a new website), via Inhabitat.
- The Janus Chair by Jang Yoon – a beautiful folding chair that somewhat creepily reminds me of a spider, via Designboom.
- A humorous response to the redesigned Pepsi logo.
- Wink has designed the nicest packaging for vitamins that I’ve ever seen, for Target pharmacies. Via Lovely Package.
- Hella Jongerius designed a new line of wall-hangings for IKEA, which unfortunately doesn’t seem to be available yet in the US. Via Bloesem.
- Bell Lloc, an underground winery by RCR Arquitectes. Via Judit Bellostes.
- Our Valentine’s Day chocolate lab…
Mitchell Kanashkevich is a photographer who has visited a part of the world that I love – the Indian subcontinent. Some of my favorite photographs are from his 2007 trip to the Langtang region of Nepal, where he photographed the Tamang people and some of their ceremonies. From his website:
“I wander around the world through dusty roads of small villages, winding mountain paths and narrow lanes of ancient towns. I search for people whose faces, bodies, clothes, adornments, beliefs and occupations say as much about who they were as who they presently are. But one day a child, wearing a baseball cap and a unisex ‘made in China’ t-shirt questions his or her parents’ way of life and this signals the change of an era. Generations will pass, cultures will die out and an identity of a people will transform beyond recognition. The photographic image will become a testament, a reminder of the way things were and the way they will never be again. To me this is the essence of photography. I want to embrace the beauty of that which is disappearing and in a sense immortalize it in my photographs.”
I apologize because I can’t remember where I came across this…
The Stowaway from Timbuk2 smartly solves a very important problem: how to build an 2x expandable bag that actually works well. Walking around the city, it helps to have a versatile bag that is both small and big at the same time. 240 cubes is still fairly small, but big enough to go from carrying bare essentials to a fleece, a camera and a water bottle.