Dec 9, 2011
The Balancing Barn stands on the edge of a tranquil nature reserve a few miles inland from the Suffolk coast, near the historic towns of Walberswick and Aldeburgh. Clad in elegant silver tiles, the house dramatically cantilevers over the landscape, providing views from its huge panoramic windows over woods, ponds and meadows. The house was designed by the Dutch firm MVRDV, who have won a world-wide reputation for the ingenuity, playfulness and comfort of their designs.
Dec 7, 2011
Cool gas mask ring complete with rubber hose and slave ring, for those of you who like unconventional-looking jewelry. Available here.
Dec 6, 2011
This playful interpretation of a traditional desk lamp is like a piece of art for your desk. What’s normally three dimensions have become just two: a plate of colorful steel in the silhouette of a lamp with an attached bulb behind it. But even though it’s a cut-out, the Bendino has design depth. Produced by Pulpo. Buy here.
Dec 2, 2011
Dominic Wilcox (previously-blogged) made these really cool paintbrush coat hooks for the ‘Object Abuse’ exhibition at KK Outlet. The challenge was to ‘take an everyday object, remould, rebuild and repurpose it to create an entirely new item, using as little additional materials as possible.’ Love it!
Dec 1, 2011
The 80,000 bamboo skewers that cover New York-based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz’s ‘Magistral Cabinet‘, act as a protective armor, safely holding one’s personal belongings within. The doors and openings within the storage unit are concealed, and can be slid open to reveal its inner mechanisms. Over the span of 6 weeks, 12 woodworkers engaged in an obsessive and labor intensive process to construct the furniture object. Each skewer was individually hammered into the previously carved wooden structure. The cabinet’s imposing presence, invites viewers to get lost in the thousands of points.
Nov 29, 2011
No actual tiny animals were harmed in the making of our wild animal mugs. But some fine ceramic stoneware did make the ultimate sacrifice. Available in elephant, giraffe, monkey or zebra. Buy here.
Nov 28, 2011
Maximo Riera, the man who created the Octopus Chair and the Rhino chair that we have blogged about before, has created another piece in the shape of a walrus.
Nov 22, 2011
Introducing Dumb-Bell Cutlery, a must for people actively looking to lose weight but not prepared to stop eating. Eat yourself skinny with these 1kg knives and forks and the 2kg dessert spoon (because you only use one hand fatty). This is going to revolutionise the diet industry and that is why they are so damn expensive (and they are hand made). Buy here.
Nov 18, 2011
A USB drive that is also a digital camera? Talk about James Bond spy style! These palm-sized cameras by Japanese toy camera maker, Power Shovel, are USB powered and can take both video and photos, written directly to the USB flash drive. Insert a MicroSD card (up to 16GB) for expanded storage and use it as a regular USB storage drive as well. Buy here.
Nov 18, 2011
While it’s not being prescribed as a cure for seasonal affective disorder just yet, the Bright Blind is sure to lighten one’s spirit in dark, sad abodes and office spaces worldwide. Made of electroluminescent (EL) sheets, Makoto Hirahara’s Bright Blind simulates a window where none exists. The artificial blind functions in exactly the way you might guess; turn the plastic stick and control the brightness!