Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Someone once said that the world is complex, dynamic, multidimensional; the paper (in this case- wallpaper) is static, flat. How are we to represent the rich visual world of experience and measurement on mere flatland ?! Well, every Design depends largely on constraints, so It seems, sometimes, constraints and limitations can be an advantage…
Here are a few, who seem to manage designing a whole new world out of this 2D material:
As EIJFFINGER manage to show, you can “change the world”, insert a different atmosphere and colours or play with various dimensions of the room, just by putting up a wallpaper…:

Hay, and if you really want to, there is a great way to go back in time…straight to the 70’s with retro chic wallpapers:

The wall decals are a great replacement for the traditional wallpaper. If you’re not so sure, you want the hassle involved in putting up a wallpaper and if you prefer the graphic approach (though, there are great wallpapers with beatiful graphic designs), here are some examples:

If you have no problem with the hassle, but just can’t afford the “real thing”, you can create the “wallpaper effect” using stencils and the end-resualt would look just as nice: You can also try the Roller- stencils:
There are endless ways to design your walls- all you've got to do, is start...
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post.

Friday, September 12, 2008

There is an Irish saying: “Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it's warm and you won't see the dust on the floor” – Well, we’ve come far since those days we’ve had to use fire, and I much rather talk about lamps…so, “let it be light”…I’ve decided to look for some really unique and somewhat funny and amusing examples for you to enjoy. It’s just a drop in the ocean, but a very inspiring one.
Here's a bulb, designed by Hironao Tsuboi and if to quote from his site he aims "for a design that gives you goose bumps"- Well, does it ?

I guess, this is David Graas's interpretation for a box. No, wait, it's a lamp. Or is it ?!
If you lost a button or if the cat unstitched your favorite sweater, maybe, you can ask CUCULO to make a lamp out of it...:

And if you haven't had enough, here are a few lamps, that are bound to make you smile (or at least run to the nearest cupboard, to grab some chocolate...):

...Or wanna have some soda...
...Or wanna play table tennis...

Finally, here's something I've made out of plastic cups, to complement my Eero Aarnio' Pastil Chairs, both in colour and in shape:

By the way, I don't want to take credit for it- It's design was very common in the 70's, in ISRAEL. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it- If you happen to bump into a good lamp design, you're welcome to share it here.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

This time I’ve decided to dedicate this article to recycled artifacts.
You wouldn’t believe the quantity and variety of designed and recycled items and what can be created out of the most corny and common tools of the everyday life, by talented designers.
I challenge your creativity- look at things from a different perspective, try to think out of the box (maybe it would help, if you turned it into a round ball…)- and basically, try to design and create from materials you’re surrounded by.
See for yourselves, how a touch of creativity, a bit of imagination and a sprinkle of innovation can make the difference …:

Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt, the designers of SCRAPILE collect and repurpose discarded scraps of wood from New York's woodworking industry. I think the outcome is magnificent !

Here is an alternative concept for an arm chair by Nick Demarco:

If you don't know what to do with your old bicycle- recycle !

And after all that hard work- you'd better have a sit and lie back on a recycled shopping cart (what else)...