Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

IKEA Hacks and Mods

August 3, 2009
Made from 12 $4.99 Lampan Lamps

Made from 12 $4.99 Lampan Lamps

First of all, I apologize for not blogging in a very, very long time! However, I bring you very cool stuff this time. While scouring the internet for methods of cheaply decorating my apartment (without it looking like all the IKEA catalogue clones in NYC) I came across an interesting idea. IKEA “hacks” basically take IKEA’s stuff and modify it to make better stuff. For example, this Lampan lamp made from 12 of the little guys, making a glorious dodecahedron (but 3D) of light! There are many other hacks just like this, which require a simple trip to your local IKEA and some time. More details after the fold!

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Flexible Love

September 12, 2008
Flexible Love by Chishen Chiu

Flexible Love by Chishen Chiu

Flexible Love is a piece of experiment furniture designed by Chishen Chiu, a talented young designer based out of Taiwan.  Essentially, it is a “Flexible Loveseat,” made entirely out of recyclable paper and wood products, using pre-existing methods of production to be as environmentally friendly as possible.  It is an amazing, accordion-like piece of furniture that is mind-blowing when you first see it.  It comes in 4 different flavors, a 16 seater, a 12 seater, an 8 seater and a miniature version to impress your friends without breaking the bank.  Incredible video demonstrating the fluid and organic nature of the piece and where you can buy it after the fold.

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Rasterbator

September 3, 2008
Rasterbator + Art = Awesome

Rasterbator + Art = Awesome

It’s not what it sounds like.  The Rasterbator is a program that creates huge rasterized images from any picture.  It expands the picture and breaks it down into 8.5″ x 11″ pages that are printable from your own printer.  A couple years ago, I took Banksy’s “Chalk Farm Maid” and turned it into a giant poster for my room (pictured above).  The Rasterbator is a really cool way to make giant art that would normally break the bank at Kinko’s or a poster store for pennies on the dollar.  You can also get creative with the images, put them on your ceiling, wallpaper your room, have the images interact with things in your room, etc.  In summation, the Rasterbator is the perfect solution to make your room awesome if you a.) can’t afford posters and/or b.) are sick of the stock, overused posters plastered in seemingly every college dorm.  More pictures of creative Rasterbator uses and a disclaimer after the fold.

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Stair Porn

September 2, 2008
Who knew stairs could be so pornographic?

Who knew stairs could be so pornographic?

I came across this site and thought the idea was awesome and well executed.  It is a website dedicated to stairs, and only stairs.  Stairporn.org is a TypePad powered blog that exhibits the design side of stairs (not your average, boring, handrailed steps).  It’s quite therapeutic to browse through the posts and aside from its namesake, there is nothing about this website that’s not safe for work.  More of my favorite stairs after the fold.

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Past, Present, Future

August 31, 2008
A detailed flowchart

A detailed flowchart

Apologies for not updating regularly. From now on, I will endeavor to update as daily as possible (and once I get into a rhythm, the posts will pop up at around the same time). That being said, I would love to hear specific input from you readers about what content you like, what you think is mediocre and bad, etc. I would like this blog to be interactive rather than simply me posting things that I arbitrarily think are cool, so please, tell me what you’d like to see in the future, or even submit ideas to me about future posts. Many thanks.

Tsovet Watches

August 26, 2008
TSOVET - SVT-CS79 #CS311010 ($385)

Tsovet SVT-CS79 ($385)

So my holy grail of watches is probably a Panerai Luminor Marina, but until I have a few grand burning a hole in my pocket, I won’t have one around my wrist.  What I like about Panerai is the design inspiration drawn from old U-Boat watches.  So you can imagine my delight when I ran across these Tsovet watches which have all the maritime nods without the pricetag.  Tsovet was started by David Bonaventura, who also founded Vestal.  Vestal is nothing special to me, pretty much like a rehashed Nixon, but it seems that Bonaventura got something right when he did Tsovet.  While it still feels a bit contrived, I can’t deny the aesthetics of the watches.  More pictures and where to order after the fold.

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Helvetica

August 21, 2008

Ever think that a documentary about a font could be interesting?  Well, this one is.  Helvetica, by Gary Hustwit, is a film about the font created by a little-known Swiss designer in 1957, which has become one of the most popular and ubiquitous methods of communication today.  This documentary isn’t for the typical moviegoer who demands explosions, action and drama drenched in superficial emotion.  I would say that it’s for the more sophisticated viewer, but that’s just pretentious.  Personally, I found it very entertaining and informative and I would argue that seeing this film has made me now, more than ever, interested in all aspects of design and aesthetics.  More information and where to watch it after the fold.

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LampLamp by Hironao Tsuboi

August 19, 2008
LampLamp ($28)

LampLamp ($28)

With a simple twist, Hironao Tsuboi has transformed the standard incandescent lightbulb from something best covered up into a naked beauty.  The appropriately named LampLamp looks like just a regular lightbulb, but is somehow lit while the clearly visible threading is not screwed into any power source.  The mystery persists until you realize that there are actually two sets of connecting threads.  Clear pictures of how it works and where you can buy it after the fold.

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Cubix Lamp by Catherine Mui

August 16, 2008
Cubix Lamp $75

Cubix Lamp $75

More interior lighting goodness.  This lamp is designed by Catherine Mui and consists of oakwood frames connected through a spine but able to rotate freely from each other along that axis.  Depending on how much light you want, you can spread out the frames or line them up.  Perfect for lighting up a small area, ambient lighting or just a conversation piece.  Another view and where to buy after the fold.

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Block Lamp by Harri Koskinen

August 15, 2008
Block Lamp

Block Lamp ($120)

I’ve been interested in interior lighting lately, and there are some really awesome (albeit expensive) ways to brighten up a room.  Consistently a best seller in the MOMA store, the Block Lamp, designed by Harri Koskinen, certainly fits the bill.  Inspired by industrial glass bricks, the lamp is very simply a naked bulb encased in two hand cast blocks of glass.  It won’t fill the room with sunlight (it only accomodates a 25-watt candelabra bulb which isn’t included), but it will definitely set the mood.  I think my favorite part of the lamp is the cord, covered in woven red shielding to prevent damage to it and will certainly stand out from all the other cables cluttering up your room (also comes in white and black).  More pictures and a link to purchase after the fold.

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