December 30, 2006

Tiny hands and tiny feets.

Sorry I've fallen down on my blogging again, folks. I do have a good reason. I'm in Florida, getting to know the BFF's brand new little munchkin. Though I've no desire for one of my own, I'm a huuuge fan of my new little nephew. So, so fab. I mean, c'mon... how can you resist this?

December 27, 2006

Library nostalgia.

I gave a happy sigh when I saw these. So many hours at the library, pouring over the NYT Arts section...

(I'm a little annoyed that Alessi -- not one of my fave product design firms -- is taking credit for it.)

Retromodern :: Newspaper Holder for Alessi

December 23, 2006

'please make use of the mistletoe'

Love this photo by my buddy, Martina. Seemed like an appropriate image to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and happy holidays, whereever you are in this big wide world. I'm taking a blogging break to go have myself a holiday.

Thanks, everybody! Stop back in a few days. I'll get my blogging butt in gear and try to find you some year-end fabulousness.


(Thanks, Martini. Sending you lots of love from Milwaukee...)

Not available in the U.S.

...but beautiful. Many, many lovely designs. Hope they branch out for us Yanks.


December 19, 2006

More excellent cups (and other stuff as well).

Best of all, they're limited editions and sold by the artist. (Well, I must admit - in my line of work, any kitchenware with a pulldown menu is cool.) | computers and clay


A book will never let you down.

Fantastic. And so true. Weird & Funny Adverts

(Thanks to the ever-fab Fuse #8 for the lovely link.)

Good morning, robot.

How much do I love this? SO much. I am their target demographic.

Seeing that little waving robot every time you take a sip of your morning coffee could make even the most grumpy non-morning person smile.

December 16, 2006

Never pay retail.

If I've learned one thing this holiday season it's to never order ANYthing online without looking for discount coupon codes first. This is one of the sites I've been using. (There are a million out there.) Thought I'd share.

RetailMeNot :: Coupon codes for online stores

December 14, 2006

Minimalist cell phone.

4 buttons. Insanely simple. Interesting twist.

PSFK :: The simplest of simple

(It wouldn't work for me, I'm a texting fiend!)

(via PSFK)

Good luck foods.

An interesting little (fluff) piece about foods traditionally eaten for good luck in the new year.

Whole Foods Market :: Good Luck Food

Custom lithophane night lights.

Strange and kind of cheesy, but I think these are kind of a cool idea. Send in your photo, get a custom carved night light. I can imagine this being a comforting little accent in a kid's room.

The main piece is the carved piece, based on the photograph - We start with a piece of an extremely durable material with somewhat of a marble feel to it. The piece is then carved, based on the photograph you send us (the original photograph isn't damaged). Due to its translucent nature, holding the piece to the light will create an illusion of a Photo. The carving process itself, for each Light Affection piece, takes a few hours.

Unique Personalized Night Lights for Gifts and Gift Idea

Other photo gifts of varying cheesiness here.

Artists' series breath strips.

This is so very odd.

...leading artists, such as jenny holzer, yoko ono, maurizio cattelan, and bruce weber, as well as other accomplished cultural figures, like chef ferran adria and rock star elton john, team with the professional flavorists of the international flavors & fragrances (IFF) company to break new ground in the exploration of taste. the reader can join in to directly experience 12 original flavors produced exclusively for visionaire in the form of fast-dissolving breath-strips in individually marked, custom-designed cases that correspond to images printed in an accompanying hardcover book.

Unica Home:: Visionaire 47 Taste

Schadenfreude flip books.

Very funny. How can you resist a series with a name like this?

SCHADENFREUDE is a series of flip books that encourages you to take an active part in the downfall of others. you hold their destiny in your hands.

juliane otterbach created these by tracing real life video footage of various accidents and thoughtfully putting it into a flip book for me and you to enjoy.

Unica Home:: 'schadenfreude'

Happy B-day, L-Dawg!

Today is the BFF's birth-a-day!

I'm sending you a big hug from my chilly climes to your sunny ones. I miss you, girl... x!

Airmail postcard.

Framing a group of these silkscreened postcards would be a great, inexpensive little way to decorate a hall or small space. airmailcard

Kinda like The Far Side

...with waaaay more art and design references.

Glen Baxter Image Gallery

(via the nonist)

December 13, 2006

Cabanon Press = fun illustration.

Both Tom and Simone are fab. These are from Tom's Shed.

Cabanon Press

Science geeks rejoice.

There's a t-shirt just for you. (Makes me wish I hadn't already bought my brilliant college student nephew, Christopher, a present yet.)

xkcd :: Store

(Sorry about the tiny image. S'all they had.)

December 12, 2006

Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum

I have no idea how I wound up here. But it's...well... I couldn't look away.

Glistening chandeliers, mirrored cases and varnished mahogany mixed with coquina and granite awaits the visitor of the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum. Garnet red walls filled with Hollywood's greatest celebrities evoke memories of your favorite movies and television shows.

Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum

(Ah, found it. It's via Found on the Web)

I dub thee "Swiss Cheese Building."

I do like it, though.

A new high rise is going up in Miami’s design district, and its a lean, green, eco machine. A collaboration between Chad Oppenheim architecture design, energy consultant Buro Happold, and structural engineer Ysreal Seinuk, the $40 million, 25-story, “COR” building will incorporate mixed-use residential and commercial space, integrating green technologies including wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, and solar hot water generation. The building’s exoskeleton is a hyper-efficient structure that provides thermal mass for insulation, shade for residents, and architectural elements such as terraces and armatures that support turbines.

Inhabitat :: NEW GREEN TOWER IN MIAMI - The COR Building

Robot Theatre :: Royale With Cheese

Even if you don't want to watch the film (which is damn funny), you should visit the site for the music player in the upper right corner. At the moment, it's playing a Richard Thompson cover of Britney Spear's "Oops, I Did It Again." Sweet. I'm leaving this on for awhile.

Starring Jules 047 and Vincent r3j performing the inspired dialogue of Mr. Q. Tarantino.

GlyphJockey yeah, yeah, yeah, Glyph Jockey, yeah, yeah, yeah, by Lex10

(via the BFF, L-Dawg (and Lil G). Thanks, L!)

Dog Judo is back, kids.

Yay. :) If you haven't seen it yet, you're doing yourself a disservice.

Dog Judo

December 08, 2006

Falling garden.

I don't really understand the copy, but I get the gist.

The Doge (Mocenigo) needed a church so as to be able to have a monumental tomb built for himself, the church (San Staƫ) needed a saint so as to be able to be built, the saint (San Eustachio) needed a miracle so as to be pronounced a saint, the miracle needed a stag in order to be seen, and we built the garden for the reindeer.
The visitors lie on the bed above the doge’s gravestone, and the garden thinks for them.


(via the amazing Beton & Garten)

Gorgeous original movie posters.

I'm in love with this Japanese poster of one of my fave movies of all time, Rebecca.

Posteritati :: Movie Posters Online Gallery

(via Apartment Therapy)