Tuesday, 29 May 2007 by Irene Hoofs
Via a wonderful new blog called LaissezFaire Design I found Out of Stock Design. Inspired by snowy winter mornings, these Winter Arrives Stools remind of a ladder, sled and garden stool all covered with a thick layer of snow before. They are made out of lacquered steel and upholstered foam. The Forest Stools are inspired by quiet mornings, walking through the woods, dewdrops on tree leaves…
Combining old and new worlds…the eraser is also USB stick! OutofStock is a cross-continental design collective, born out of a meeting in Stockholm, hence the name. OutofStock is a collaboration between Gabriel Tan and Wendy Chua from Singapore, Gustavo Maggio from Buenos Aires and Sebastian Alberdi from Barcelona. A truly marvelous idea!
I just wanted to show you these funny Pantone mugs that I found at W2 Products. As a graphic designer I always work with Pantone colors. It’s the international reference for selecting, specifying, matching and controlling ink colors. But also for interior decorators pantone home colors are a vital tool. Here you can find an interesting overview of paint colors for 2007. My favorite colors are Indian Teal, (pantone 19-4227) and stone grey (pantone 18-0615). On the website you can find a lot of inspiration, trends and tips for coloring your home.
W2 recently launched their first ceramics range for Pantone, featuring ten beautiful mugs in this first collection. You can buy them here. I also love this ceramic Willow collection.
Monday, 28 May 2007 by Irene Hoofs
My sister Ellen is visiting from London with her two sons, we always try to meet at my parents’ house when we are in the Netherlands, a wonderful rendezvous place… she brought me a book which is an absolute must read for all knitting addicts… a book about knitting and NY… two great ingredients…The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs.
Kate tells the story about Georgia who owns a yarn store in NY and has Friday knitting soirees for her customers… conversations move from patterns and yarn to life, love and much more…women from different backgrounds sharing their love for knitting and their experiences in life… apparently Julia Roberts (a fond knitter herself) loved the book so much that she plans to star in the movie expected to be released in the near future. Kate herself is from Canada but lived on Manhattan for a long time, two places I feel very connected to…I’ll be reading the book on the plane to Kuala Lumpur (where we won’t need any knitted stuff…)… we’re leaving for real this Thursday… I am very excited and nervous at the same time… keep you posted! By the way… Georgia’s knitting store Walker & Daughter actually exists in NY…and you can join their on-line community or visit a soiree in her store on the Upper West Side…have fun and let me know how it was! Ps. Also check out Kate’s blog!
Friday, 25 May 2007 by Irene Hoofs
Wow, I just visited Sia’s blog and there I found this amazing furniture by Belgian designer Marina Bautier. In 2002 Marina started her own design studio LaMaisonDeMarina in her home town, Brussels. This office desk is simple but at the same time very clear and warm. I also love the use of materials. More images right here.
Another exceptional piece by Marina Bautier is this sewing desk. The structure in beech plywood, is enlivened by the colorful spools fixed on one side of the machine. This desk would fit very well in my living room. If you visit Studio LaMaisonDeMarina’s website you will find many more beautiful designs. Would you like more information, please contact Marina Bautier herself!
Sia also wrote about the gorgeous work by Yu-i, click here… ,thanks Sia!
Heather, these are just amazing! You can buy them here...
I also found 12fifteen paper goods on trunkt and which is run by Johanna Anderes. Born in Germany, now living in Connecticut-after a couple of stopover years in both Switzerland and South Africa. She describes herself as a “passionate traveler, turned graphic designer, turned mom, turned all of the before mentioned plus etsy store owner”. What else could a girl wish for in life? I seriously thinking of buying this orange print at 12Fifteen!