interesting finds 08.31.10


I'm not really interested in this room. ONLY the fact that the inside of the archway was painted. . . that is all (and maybe the chair and bike hangings.)


sheperd's hut

Spotted on Remodelista, this Sheperd's Hut has caught my attention. Although, I feel it would make an awesome playhouse, it was designed as a guest house. Regardless, this is a great little treasure to have in one's backyard. . .

Paulus Smith has been a specialist joiner for over 25 years, working on listed and historic buildings. He now spends his time creating meticulously crafted shepherd's huts from his medieval barn workshop in Sussex; wheels are cast from molten iron using original patterns, floors are solid oak, and all fittings such as door handles and window fastenings are high-quality reproductions."


Biomimicry at work

"These Japanese Juice boxes are camouflaged from modern box designs and try to convince consumers with their appealing ‘natural’ look."


black flatware = awesome

Why is flatware more often than not silver or stainless? Almoco has a great product here setting itself apart from others by bringing black to the table.
"The work of a third-generation, family-run business, Almoco Flatware has a gently curved shape that fits comfortably in your hand. The classic pattern satisfies the need for a simple and timeless aesthetic, and the matte finish makes it easy to coordinate Almoco with any dinnerware. Crafted of durable stainless steel, the knives are type 420 stainless and the forks and spoons are type 304. Made in Portugal.
        • The matte black finish is a conversation starter.
        • Set includes dinner fork, salad fork, knife, teaspoon and soup spoon.
        • Slim, simple design offers a satisfying and balanced feeling in your hand.
        • Dishwasher safe."

image via Remodelista

can be purchased at Design Within Reach


DIY coffee table w/ casters

I found this blue bench at a thrift store and bought it for about 5 bucks! After trying to live without a coffee table for a few weeks, I decided to turn it into a coffee table (with a little bit of love, white paint and some casters - bought from IKEA)

Apartment Therapy kudos

Below is a selection of images I found off of Apartment Therapy's website. Kudos to Apartment Therapy for always having interesting articles and beautiful images to inspire us all.

I have the Crate and Barrel couch in this image :) love it

What a neat idea for exposed kitchen shelving! It's revealing, yet disguising. Also very versatile with the rolling panels.

love all these photos!


J.Crew lust

The colors, the fabrics, the type, the photography - All are just great! I hope you will enjoy these images as much as I do.

ok. so I really want this jacket, but every time I go into j.crew there's only one and it's always LARGE :(


leaf carvings

Aren't these leaf etchings amazing? I stumbled upon them while google searching for inspiring autumn leaf images. (Currently working on a leaf sketch for someone)

Industrial Design at work

If any of you out there aren't quite sure what an Industrial Designer does, this video is a great example - and isn't TOO far from what we do today. (although most of the model building is now done on computers and often built by computers)

"'The Decanter,' a promotional film produced by Walter Landor and Associates in the 1960s, shows the start-to-finish process of several of Landor's designs for Old Fitzgerald whiskey. Narrated by Walter himself, the film depicts creative teams illustrating and critiquing designs, industrial designers fabricating models, and research teams conducting focus groups and testing in Landor's supermarket laboratory. All takes place on the famed Klamath ferryboat docked at San Francisco's Pier 5, which housed Landor's offices for some 20 years."

Design story: The Decanter from Landor Associates on Vimeo.


interesting finds 08.08.10

The first three images below were found via Emmas blog. I wanted to share the heavily white saturated, unfinished surfaces found in the beams and walls. It's interesting to see the natural textures of the wood and stucco finishing through the white paint.

DIY with found objects around the house . . .

Chipped, broken or altogether ugly frame + Need extra space for jewelry = Check out this DIY
After rummaging through some old frames, I realized that I had a few that needed a little makeover. This DIY included:
- Painting
- Sanding
- Fixing hardware to frame
- Fixing fabric into interior hole
ah, much better.
After painting and sanding, I screwed in these hooks that I had in our tool box

This concludes the final product

classy bags by j.crew

Like I've said before, the majority of the time - j.crew just knows how to do things right. . .
Everything from their website, to their color palletes, to their button downs.

I can't get enough of this luggage. (old school cool)