After shivering through a winter which just didn’t look like it was going to end, the weather is slowly changing and finally giving us that first true feeling of spring in 2013.
With the temperatures creeping up then, now has never been better to match the milder air outside with a warm design in the home. And where better to apply this snug feeling than in your kitchen?
You can let your imagination run wild in this room, whether you want to add some colourful furniture and cutlery to spice it up or go down the route of splashing vibrant hues on every surface that you can see.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 9 April, 2013
With the strong emergence of home theaters, the availability of everything digital, increased prices and a decreased sense of value, the movie going crowd has wained over the years. So what will rekindle people’s desire to return for the cinema experience? Well, creative inspiration has struck. Buck.Architekci has totally revamped the cinema experience with its innovative design of the New Horizons Cinema in Wroclaw, Poland. It has fabulous food and modern decor that goes a step beyond one’s expectations of an average cinematic experience. I love the long wooden bar serving and seating area. Let’s hope this new concept takes off here in the US.
Posted by KarenShearer at 27 February, 2013
At first glance this looks more like a coffee shop than a laundromat, but I guess I would expect nothing less when Pinkeye Crossover Design Studio in involved with the project. For the Wasbar in Ghent, they have created a cool and modern design for a laundromat. For anyone who has ever had to use one, generally it is a dreadful experience. This solution creates an environment where people can come for a drink, do their laundry, meet up with friends or even get a hair cut.
Posted by KarenShearer at 25 February, 2013
During NYC Fashion Week we attended the Project Runway Designer Reunion sponsored by HP and Intel at Skylight West. Project Runway Season 11 premiered January 24 at 9/8c. All of this season’s participants seemed to be at the reunion. The evening kicked off with a VIP champagne reception co-sponsored by the Style Coalition and HP. It included a panel discussion regarding the impact and influence of technology on the fashion industry. The entire night was filled with examples of technological and social media interfaces and their applications within the fashion community. After the panel discussion, it was up to the party where we chatted with Project Runway participants past and present. The models and clothes were beautiful and it was all great fun! Here are just a few snapshots of our wonderful evening.
Posted by KarenShearer at 11 February, 2013
Geoffrey Graven designed this wonderfully multifunctional Table-Stool combination called Tandem. It can be used as a computer work station, a stool, or a table and it even has an internal storage space. This piece is extremely versatile. I could see myself using it for work and computer storage and it would be great for children and homework. The work surface rotates 360º and it is made of white oak with a matte satin finish. Its interior is reinforced with aluminum for added strength. The seating surface can also be upholstered in leather. The Tandem was chosen as the winner of the Wood Stock design contest and showcased at Maison & Objet in 2012.
Posted by KarenShearer at 8 February, 2013
Susan Doban and Jason Gorsline are the partners of Think Fabricate who have created the Shift Collection. The series consists of Shift Corner, Shift Connect, Shift 48, 36 and 30. The Shift Corner is my favorite of the group. It is a wall mounted shelving unit that fits beautifully into any corner of your room making it a stylish place to store your belongings and aide in controlling the clutter. The Shift Connect is a similar ensemble of eight pieces but it lays flat along the wall in three lengths that alternate encasements and connecting ends. This product can cover an entire wall to create both an excellent storage solution and beautiful wall decor. There is also the option of a 10 piece unit, the Shift Connect Plus. Shift 48, 36 & 30 are all similar in design, but their differences directly correlate with their respective widths. They are all 60 inches in height and great for use in tighter spaces where a touch of style is still desirable.
All of the sculptural units interlock to create a place for storage and display. The unit pictured above is a mix of greys and vermillion red with an ash veneer. It is made from Laquered MDF and comes in standard colors palettes that coordinate with standard wood veneer. The Shift 30 as pictured below is an example of a walnut veneer with the added texture of bamboo plywood to further enhance its aesthetic appeal. All of these products are fabricated in Brooklyn, NY and have a lead time of 8-12 weeks, but bespoke creations are available as well.
Posted by KarenShearer at 25 January, 2013
To me, this modern coffee table by Min | Day is a technical masterpiece. The Stones Table, as it is called, is a set of wooden blocks cut into organic shapes with a flat top surface that can be constructed to serve as a single piece or deconstructed to be used individually or as needed. There are six components or pieces of this wonderful puzzle table. As you can see in the pictures below, the pieces work just as functionally together as apart and are not only a conversation piece, but a lot of fun!
The Stones Table is fabricated by Colley Furniture Studio and is made from Baltic Birch which is laminated horizontally and the plywood edges have been left exposed. The forms have been developed as a 3-dimensional Voronoi tessellation. The algorithm allows for endless variations on this fabulous design. I am amazed, but clearly I do not remember the Voronoi tessellation from my school days.
Posted by KarenShearer at 24 January, 2013