Clock

June 7, 2009

Intriguing clock by icelandic designer Thorunn Arnadottir.

The concept: “Each bead in the necklace represents 5 minutes, and the whole necklace a one solar day. The orange and red beads represent the whole hours. As the wheel turns, one bead falls off and drops down the string.To tell time one must count the beads from the silver bead (midnight) or the golden bead (noon) to the last bead that fell off the wheel.

With this project my aim was to create a more ’emotional’ perception of time, measured in relation to events in one’s life rather than rigid units by which most of us slice up our day. Which is where the beauty of this project is revealed: for although the beads themselves do represent units of time when positioned on the wheel, they can also be removed from the wheel altogether, representing freedom from time. Then you should wear the necklace proudly around your neck as a statement that you are “in control of your minutes.” ”

Well, i certainly like the “in control of your minutes” thing! The clock itself is certainly one of the mostu unusual ones i´ve seen, a truely novel concept of visualizing time.

Dutch designers Tjep. created this new reception area at the ROC professional training school at Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.

Nice combination of tradtional comfort and contemporary style.

I also really love their Dancing Shades and the droog produtcs.

Front

June 1, 2008

dog vase

Front is a design group based in Stockholm made up of 4 young designers. Alll their products are very unique and clever, but i espeically like their Animals series.

From their website:
Design by animals
Wallpaper, hooks and other everyday objects designed by rats, dogs, snakes and beetles.
We asked animals to help us.
“Sure we´ll help you out”, they answered.
“Make something nice,”, we told them.
And so they did.

fly lamp

Stuff your doodles

April 20, 2008

This one is for my fabulous sister!
This small unique company makes your childrens designs (or yours) reality.

\"Tinkle\" by Gus, aged 5

Doodle a monster, princess, animal, alien or whatever. Send it to them and they make it. What a cute idea.

Personal Skies

April 20, 2008

IDEO is more known for its sophisticated product and industrial design, but i really liked their Personal Skies installation at the Moma (way back in 2001, but who cares).

“Cut Skies/Under Someone’s Sky recognizes how the sky affects our mood, lighting a workspace with images of the sky projected onto a light panel suspended above a table. Cut Skies allows the visitor to choose a sky–from sunny blue to rainy gray–to enhance the feeling of the moment. Under Someone’s Sky creates a powerful experience of shared environment by showing the sky that is above the person at the far end of a phone call.”

I don´t know how this would work out in an office, but it´s still a intriguing concept and experience.

Merry christmas…

December 23, 2007

from the land of christmas trees!
And here is a whole forest for you 🙂
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A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
With dark green needled memories
Of childhood dreams and mysteries
Wrapped present-like in front of me.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
I glimpse a past wherein i see
The child that then grew into me
Not forward fast but haltingly.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
With feelings now felt longingly
No corner in my house to see
The magic of that Christmas tree.

(by David Keig)

Leaching rainbows

December 17, 2007

“Painting with Giotto” by Fernando Brizio.
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The color leached by the felt tips gives each vase a unique colering. I like.

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I saw these a while ago, but just rediscovered them. These charming cutting boards can be found at Pension fuer Produkte. As the site explains, (translated from german) the strong grain of the acacia wood is transformed simply by placing a figure at the right position creating vast landscapes: form Alaska over the fields and streets of Europe to the Atlantic and even the moon.

A beautiful simple object (it´s so nice i really don´t want to call it a product).

Graphic exchange

September 17, 2007

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This is a small collection of designs found at the website/blog/project Graphic-exchange . Graphic designer Fabien Barral not only uses a clever idea to promote his work, by exchanging samples of his designs with other designers and then posting them on his blog ( i know, it´s expensive for both of them), he also created a wonderful library full of amazing imaginary.

For me the featured works are more poetic works of art than graphic design & co. I especially love the insight into the french world of graphic design. For more (more more!) go to Graphic-exchange.

(Inga! This is for you. I hope it´s not too distracting from your exams….but, well…it´s a good distraction, no? 😉 )

Topography_missing lake

August 9, 2007

I´ve ran across several interesting projects lately dealing with geography and topograpy. Like the Degree Confluence Project, which wants to collect pictures of each point on earth where a degree of longitude and a degree of altitude meet. They already collected over 6000 photos all over the world. It seems that even though every place in our world has already been explored and mapped, artists always (thank god 🙂 ) find new and interesting ways to look at the world. There are numerous of such projects floating aorund.

Missing lake

But this is one of my favourites. Artist Ledia Caroll drew a chalk line symbolizing a lake that once covered a part of San Francisco. As Caroll explains, you can see the still visible ancient depression of the lake. I love these kind of things, people living in the area were probably annoyed everytime their cars drove over those bumps in the road. I´m sure they see their surroundings with other eyes now.

And for dessert: Topoware. Tableware, where “eating is a journey”. On the topographic lines you can read among other things “Very hungry, hungry, full. An insightful humourous tableware.

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