Saturday, January 17, 2009

You're Fired!

I'm not sure that I even have to say anything about these fireplaces. I'll just let you have a look.
Even your S'mores would come out perfectly designed!

Where were these 3 months ago???

I think these are a GREAT idea! We recently did something like this in our bedroom, but I had to free-hand it onto 4 canvases... 

I'm glad I did it by hand.. and I could choose color, size, placement, layout...BUT... what a great way to have something exact, precise and clean!

Also check out their grandfather clocks and picture frames... I can finally live in the 2-d world I have always wanted to!
Visit them here:

Chain Link Expense!

So I'm not sure if this is even real, or something that is purely concept, what I am sure of is that this should be mandatory! Chain Link fences are such an eye sore I think, and why not design them! How about a wood-grain pattern so when they rust, the color is an addition and not a sign that the building should be condemned!
Just an idea!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Quote of the Day...

The less something has to say, the more perfect it is.
-Andy Warhol

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I do I do I do!

I came across some GREAT stuff on this site. It looks like its mostly conceptual, but all of it is great design if you ask me! Simple and to the point... the rings below are an engagement ring (left) and wedding ring(right)...

I'd say I do... even if I didn't!

Anytime cards!

Ok, ok...I'm a little late with this one... but go get them for next year! They are "The ____ Cards". What a great idea... and if you go to their website... you can punch out your own designs, and even see what other from around the world have designed. Below are a few pictures, but their website is super cool too so check it out!!

Wooden Mirror?

So I found this a long time ago on another design blog... designboom to be exact. and I just thought it was mind boggling. On top of it being a wooden motion detecting mirror... it sounds cool too! Finally... something to do with all of these extra scrabble pieces!!!

Crazy Little Thing Called Blog...

So this is really hard for me to do... this blog thing. It goes against every grain in my body to sit down and devote time to putting thoughts out there into nothingness. I'm really going to try and give it an effort though. I think the next few entries are going to be sort of "field experiments". No no no... not a social experiment like Tyra does on her show... No fat suit here! I would love to go shopping... a store, the mall, groceries, whatever, and take a few pictures of package and product design. "The corn flakes box shows neither corn, nor flakes... discuss". 

I also would like to announce a few new items that will be making their way to the etsy store family. Stay tuned...

Friday, January 2, 2009

What inspires me to do what I do.

The Bauhaus

This school sums up why I went into design. I have embodied many aspects of the Bauhaus before I even knew what it was. Below you will find some factual information and a few pictures. I urge you to google the school and research some of its design. Even today many of the pieces the students produced would be considered modern. They were Germany's Ikea... but without all the particle board!

This cradle is the perfect balance of design. The three elemental shapes are here; the rectangle, circle and triangle, as well as the three primary colors. I have a series of paintings I did when i was 19 that is eerily similar to this idea. This idea would also become one of the schools "backbones" of design.

Bauhaus is the common term for the Staatliches Bauhaus, a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. It operated from 1919 to 1933.

The Bauhaus school was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar. In spite of its name, and the fact that its founder was an architect, the Bauhaus did not have an architecture department during the first years of its existence. The Bauhaus style became one of the most influential currents in Modernist architecture and modern design. The Bauhaus had a profound influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography.

The school existed in three German cities (Weimar from 1919 to 1925, Dessau from 1925 to 1932 and Berlin from 1932 to 1933), under three different architect-directors: Walter Gropius from 1919 to 1927, Hannes Meyer from 1927 to 1930 and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from 1930 to 1933, when the school was closed by the Nazi regime.
This chair is something out of a contemporary interiors magazine and yet it was constructed in the mid 1920's.
This is one of the most famous designs and pieces from the Bauhaus. Pick up any book or do any research and you are bound to come across this Tea Kettle. Simple, practical, perfect.