Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Studio Ilse

Ilse Crawford is in a league of her own.  This is just a fraction of what Studio Ilse does.  They are interested in a holistic approach to spaces, 'modern and emotional'.  Too much to write here!

From the website:

a human approach to design
we address our basic human needs

design with a warm heart
we bring together the cool rational head with the warmth of human feeling

we research the place and the social and economic context

a frame for life
we create places that allow room for human experience

the invisible hand
the designer should not impose themselves but find the best translation of a brief

the ongoing story of a place
we create the spirit of the place that gives identity, and can evolve

smelt, heard and felt
we address spaces through our senses

adds meaning and depth to our daily life
we use design to add resonance to our lives

Monday, 27 September 2010

Market Lane

This is where I've been sipping coffee on my weekends recently, it's called Market Lane and it's in the Prahran Market.  Great coffee and nice staff.  They do all of that trendy fancy coffee blends but all I really want is a latte and they do that very well!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Oh la la

I found it absolutely necessary to include a photo of french designer Noe Duchaufour Lawrence.  Not that his designs aren't beautiful enough on their own, but just so we know who we're dealing with here.

So ok, back to design.  This Frenchman became well known for his designs at Sketch in London, my very favorite place in the world.  Those white pods are actually individual toilets, have you ever seen such unique bathrooms?  Amazing.

These designs have an organic quality, curved soft forms, handcrafted quality.  Beautiful.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Upside Down!

Peter Alexander of course!  I couldn't resist snapping these a while ago when I was up in Sydney.  I love it how Peter Alexander stores are all unique however the brand is still easily identifiable.  These stores create such an interesting and memorable retail experience.  Clever.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010


This new Seed store totally stopped me in my tracks when I walked past it a while ago at Melbourne Central.  Such a beautiful storefront, I love the curved glass and windows.  The merchandising is stunning, there are interesting objects scattered around the store, vintage suitcases, old hats, trumpets and old books.  I didn't even know they did ladies fashion as well as kids and baby, and I loved everything!
Photos by me.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Hel Yes!

Can furniture be made from trees thinned out from the forest? 
Can a new dinner set be created from donated plates? 
Can a restaurant gather ingredients straight from the forest? 
Can something new come out of foraging the old?

The Finnish Institute in London is delighted to announce HEL YES!, a temporary restaurant and exhibition imagined and realised by a creative team of Finnish designers and food visionaries; lead by Antto Melasniemi together with London-based designers Mia Wallenius and Klaus Haapaniemi. Unveiled in mid-September during London Design Festival 2010, HEL YES! will serve as a melting pot of people and ideas for 14 days.

From Dezeen.

I have been thinking about London today and how I still miss it.  Wish I could go to the Design Festival this year, oh well, will have to just visit it 'online' instead.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Pio Pio

Pio Pio is a New York restaurant by Sebastian Mariscal Studio
Unique use of materials, the reclaimed timber is quite unexpected.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Minakani Walls

What a great find these wallpapers are!  Minakani is a Paris based studio and create the most chic patterns for textiles and wallcoverings, don't you think?  I love the first one 'carpathes' it's dark and moody with bursts of colour and I love the scale of these.  Stunning.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

A bit flash

'Swarm Light' by rAndom International / Design Miami / Art Basel 2010 from rAndom International on Vimeo.

Take a moment to watch this video.  Beautiful, clever, inspiring.

This lighting installation was exhibited in June and is by Random International, a  trio of designers based in the UK.  From their website:

Working from the fringes of art, design, science and architecture, rAndom are developing projects and installations that re-interpret the ‘cold’ nature of digital-based work and emphasise the interaction between the animate (audience) and the inanimate object, bringing the two into a powerful sense of aesthetic relation.


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