Friday, December 21, 2007

The Magnum Dining Table by Team 7 Astounds with its Magical Thinness

The Magnum Dining Table by Team 7 available at http://www.wharfside.co.uk/team7/index.html

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Posted in Brown | Lust Factor: Hot | Wood | Furniture

One of our readers has pointed me towards the Magnum Dining Table by Team 7 Available at Wharfside, and I immediately fell in love with this table. What’s so cool about it?

First, let’s begin with the material choices and the details. The table comes in a number of hardwoods, but the oak and walnut finishes […]

The Smile Chair by Andreu World Might be the Most Elegant Stackable Chair Made

The Smile Chair by Andreu World

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Posted in Black | Lust Factor: Warm | $250-500 | Wood | Furniture

A week or so ago, I made reference to the Mosquito chair being the best stackable chair of all time, but since then I’ve changed my mind. That title goes to the Smile Chair by Andreu World. Andreu World is a well established contemporary furniture maker based in Spain who has been making fine tables […]

Self Portrait Mirrors by Areaware

Self Portrait Mirrors by Areaware

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Posted in Lust Factor: Hot | Glass | Furniture

I am vane. Vanity is something that envelopes me. And I often wonder with such vanity, how can I be so overweight? It may be because I am more lazy than I am vane. I’m also curious. And when curiosity makes friends with vanity it makes me want to do things like grow my hair […]

Tool For Armchair Activists

Machine For Armchair Activists by Waldemeyer

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Posted in Uncategorized | Art

Moritz Waldemeyer, a UK artist and technologist (with a great blog, BTW) has really impressed me with his range of inventive designs crossing politics, art, and technology. The Tool for Armchair Activists is one of my favorite of Mr. Waldemeyer’s inventions. He has created a self-sustaining loudspeaker that can be mounted in any area of […]

Ten Luxury Holiday Gifts That Will More Than Impress

Gorenje Refridgerator

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Posted in Brand Crack | Ultraluxury

This past year has been so much fun at Design Crack. Over the last year, I’ve featured several hundred products from the insanely clever to the fabulously opulent. Today, I’ve decided to focus on the opulent ones and pull out ten from the archives that just made my jaw drop when I saw these. Seriously, […]

London Design Links: Boca Do Lobo

London Design Links: Boca Do Lobo

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Yet Another fabulous London Furniture Maker. Boca Do Lobo has created one of my favorite new consoles harkening back to my grandma’s house circa 1978.
BL designs and produces high decoration furniture complements, satisfying even the most demanding admirers. Our public shares our passion: a design that reflects an urban and simultaneously classical lifestyle. We use […]

Links to the Top International Fashion Weeks

Picture from the San Francisco Fashion Week

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Posted in Fashion | Resources

As you may know, I’ve been hard pressed to create good quality posts with the birth of our son Lawrence. He is a tiny but precocious little fellow who has kept us on our toes. Since November 15th, my life has felt like one long and unending day. What do you do under heavily sleep […]

Urban Wind: A Viable (and Aesthetically Pleasing) Green Design

qr turbine from city of Sound

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Posted in Uncategorized | Architecture

Dan Hill from the Blog, City of Sound, has written a compelling article on the sound modeling of wind turbines as well as the aesthetic affect on the urban fabric. In his recent blog post, he states:
“In urban environments, smaller vertical axis wind turbines can look like modernist sculptures and all the better for it, […]

Heineken World Bottle: Green Means More than the Color of the Bottle

Heineken World Bottle

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Posted in Green | Lust Factor: Hot | Consumer Technology | Architecture | Glass

Heineken has created one of the most ingenious products I’ve seen in days. As you can see from the image above, the new Heineken World Bottle or WOBO can be used as a building material after its contents have been consumed. This product presents a real challenge to my moral compass. One perspective is that […]

Honeycomb by Quinze and Milan

Honeycomb by Quinze and Milan

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Posted in Yellow | Lust Factor: Hot | Furniture

Quinze & Milan is a design studio run by the mad man and egotist, Arne Quinze. Quinze, for American subculture freaks, was partly responsible for the massive wood structure in the Blackrock desert during Burning Man 2006 known as the “Belgian Waffle“. Before the Belgian Waffle came about, I had never payed much attention to […]

Domu (Home) by WhiteFruits

Domu (Home) by WhiteFruits

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Posted in White | Lust Factor: Hot | Ceramics

“Home” is one in a series of ingenious platewares by the Czech outfit, Whitefruits, that uses an illusion relief technique to create a 3D form out of a nearly flat surface. In the case of Home, the plate is faceted to look like a home. The technique it simpl, but unusual enough to awe your […]

Stool Wraps by Arik Levy: An idea for the space challenged magazine readers

Book Stool Wrap by Arik Levy for ENO

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Posted in Black | Lust Factor: Hot | Synthetic Fabrics | Furniture

Arik Levy has created a design that takes recycling to new levels while also creating an opportunity for those magazine hoarders out there to remain fashionably clutter free and still keep their magazines. We all know these people. Usually they are older single people who have saved every magazine for the past forty years because […]

Klaus Hackl Creates a bit of Genius with the Springlight

Springlight by Klaus Hackl

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Posted in Lust Factor: Warm | Metal | Lighting

Klaus Hackl’s genius with the Springlight really speaks for itself. It is a small LED light connected to a thin and flexible stainless steel strap. That strap’s flexibility allows it to bend into areas so that it acts as a spring to hold itself. Maybe most importantly, the light holds itself together beautifully. It’s so […]

London Design Links: Established and Sons

London Design Links: Established and Sons

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“Established & Sons is a design and manufacturing company with a commitment to quality, UK-based production and an ambition towards fostering and promoting the best British design talents on an international platform. Established & Sons work with both world renowned designers and brilliant new talent, realising their visions with a respect and understanding
for each designers’ […]

London Design Links: Mint

London Design Links: Mint

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“m i n t is an interior design store based in central London. Established in 1998 by Lina Kanafani, it is renowned for contemporary collections and creative merchandising, offering cutting edge design, cleverly mixed with innovative one […]

London Design Links: Fuse Design Collective

London Design Links: Fuse Design Collective

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“The FuseDesignCollective was formed in 2004 by a group of design graduates from The University of Brighton; it has now grown to incorporate members from around the UK. Fuse designers form the nucleus of a shared network of specialist knowledge and experience, bringing together design talent in order to develop a cooperative group. Each member […]

London Design Links: Do

London Design Links: Do

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Do Shop in London has a truly remarkable collection of design objects that, quite frankly, seem completely different than any other design shop I’ve seen. It seems like every design shop will have a ceramic gun vase or maybe a Zaha Hadid do-dad, but this collection is shy’s away from this and digs deeper for […]

London Design Links: Beyond the Valley

London Design Links: Beyond the Valley

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“Originally created as a not-for-profit space next to London’s famous Carnaby St, the space provides new designers with a centrally located retail, gallery and studio space to launch new products into the market.
This space is used as stepping-stone for +100 new designers, providing a platform to showcase and test out new ideas before developing them […]

London Design Links: Thosten van Elten

London Design Links: Thosten van Elten

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“Thorsten and his products are regularly featured in the national and international press. In May 2006 his shop was voted No.19 in London’s 100 Hottest Shops (compiled by Time Out Magazine) and in September 2006 won best stand/contribution to 100% Design (voted for by the editorial team of Icon Magazine) for his persistent quest to […]

London Design Links: Okay Studio

London Design Links: Okay Studio

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Okay Studio is a fantastic collective of designers from Ron Arad’s RCA course on Design Products whose work is as diverse as their names: Hiroko Shiratori , Jorre Van Ast, Mathias Hahn, Oscar Narud, Peter Marigold, Shay Alkalay, and Tom├ís Alonso

Cityplates by not Neutral

Cityplates by notNeutral found at 2Modern- www.2modern.com/DC

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Posted in Black | Lust Factor: Hot | Houswares | $0-50 | Ceramics

Cityplates by NotNeutral are old news in the hyper acute world of cool trends being exploded into the blog ether at a mile a minute. But I haven’t written about them and maybe that’s what matters most to me, art least. The graphic nature of the map is so eye popping as to attract every […]

Polar: A Mobile Phone Concept by Yuta Watanabe

Polar: A Mobile Phone Concept by Yuta Watanabe

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Posted in White | Lust Factor: Hot | Plastic

This is one of those concept pieces where I just think ah-ha! Why did I not think of this first? The idea is quite simple: it’s a phone for cold climates which means it’s designed to be used with thick winter gloves. I really have nothing more to say about this design because it’s such […]

What Would a Chandelier Look Like if Were Overtaken by Spiders?

Zepplin Pendant Chandelier by Marcel Wanders for Flos

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Posted in White | Lust Factor: Hot | Metal | Soft | Synthetic Fabrics | Lighting

Marcel Wanders, uber designer of the past five years, has created this recent addition to the stable of fantastic, high-concept lights for Flos. The concept is to take an old school chandelier and treat it as it were in a haunted house with some overzealous spiders which had made the most lethal web imaginable. The […]

1 Year Ago at Design Crack: Riddled by Steven Holl

Riddled by Steven Holl

1 Year Ago at Design Crack: Riddled by Steven Holl

From time to time, I like to pull out pieces from the archives that I’ve found particularly beautiful. This is one of my favorites from December 2006. Enjoy!
Horm is unlike any furniture company I know of. This company has hired a gaggle of famous architects as their designers. One piece I love is Steven Holl’s […]

The St.Peter-8XMile: Make Juice- Thumb Your Nose at the Church

St.Peter-8xmile a juicer by Giuliano Lacchetti for Pandora Design

The St.Peter-8XMile: Make Juice- Thumb Your Nose at the Church

This gold plated ceramic juicer is designer Giuliano Lacchetti’s opportunity to protest the Catholic church and make a fine citrus beverage in the process. The juicer, sown above, is a miniature version of Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican City. The concept is that the Church squeezes every last penny out of its parishioners while […]

1 Year Ago at Design Crack: Riddled by Steven Holl

Riddled by Steven Holl

1 Year Ago at Design Crack: Riddled by Steven Holl

Posted in Brown | Lust Factor: Hot | Hard | Bumpy | Furniture

Friday, December 21st, 2007

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From time to time, I like to pull out pieces from the archives that I’ve found particularly beautiful. This is one of my favorites from December 2006. Enjoy!
Horm is unlike any furniture company I know of. This company has hired a gaggle of famous architects as their designers. One piece I love is Steven Holl’s […]