Archive for August, 2008

So not true.

Friday, August 29th, 2008

A few blocks from my studio. When the building was painted, the painters preserved the graffiti by boxing it in. Now it has a white room of its own.


Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Magical kindergarten in Tromso, Norway, by Norwegian architecture firm 70° N. Via contemporist via trendinsights.

Make your own Japanese shop banners.

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

These textile shop banners are common in Japan. Given how easy they are to install and how much more beautiful they are than typical signage, it seems strange that they haven’t been widely copied. They can easily be adapted for interior decor, too, not just exterior purposes. These two examples are from restaurants – the yellow one is in Matsumoto City and the blue is from a specialty eel restaurant in …read more

What to do with all those doilies

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Somehow this manages to actually de-doilify doilies, which is almost achieving the impossible, and makes the fussy lace more reminiscent of bark or lichen or something from the bottom of the ocean. It’s another example of how re-purposing a thing can actually improve on the original. While checking on the correct spelling of doily/doilie (you can use either), I found out that doily was originally the name of a fabric, …read more


Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

  I’ve been trying to dismiss this as frivolous, but I now concede it’s pretty good. Called Drawerment it’s by Czech designer Jaroslav Jurica and it’s constructed from vintage drawers. First seen onapartment therapy. See this offshoot too, and these similar ideas.  

The bitterness of poor quality.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

  Seen in the office of our feather pillow insert supplier.