Dreamworlds, fantasylands

August 31, 2008

Picture 9

These days I’ve been completely sucked into the voyeurism of checking out other people’s living spaces.  It’s fascinating.  I’m totally addicted to The Selby and am so happy when there’s a new entry, but I’m also revelling in the fantasylands of Taschen’s New Paris Interiors. An update on Paris Interiors, this book includes the more traditional aesthetic expected of a Parisian apartment alongside the far out dreamworlds that some occupy. I really love Alda Fendi’s aparment and Anne Valérie Hash’s showroom -I can’t imagine what it would be like to work in such a magnificent and awe-inspiring space. Carine Roitfeld’s and Rick Owens’ living quarters are also in there too.  Drool.


Celebrate type

June 11, 2008


I saw Queen Beatrix today at the opening of the world’s first graphic design museum in Breda, NL. People waved and cheered and I was too short to see anything but her hat -though later we had an intimate conversation about the quiet, timeless beauty of Din.

A wall full of flowers

October 29, 2007


Imagine the whimsical delight in hanging all one’s outerwear on colourful titties…I was so tempted to buy a whole bunch and cover an entire wall with them. Seen at Laboratory Bazaar, I think these nipples belong to Jeroen Wesselink as does the chair below -made from a radiator, it would ensure a toasty bottom.

And miracle of miracles, it is possible to have a poetic toaster.


October 23, 2007

Dutch design week kicked off on Saturday and is in full swing all week long. Some favourites from the Design Academy graduation show:
Brandmerk by Esther de Groot, a series of pendants playing on a mash-up of iconic logos;

A way to utilize and engage the ceiling, by Pieter De Caluwe;

Björn RooijackersOn its own vase lets the floral form take all the glory;

Light Facet, a gorgeous wall hanging/room divider/sculpture by Mireille Meijs. The diamonds can be moved to create new shapes, light and shadows.

Corrugated cardboard toy, City in a Box by Patricia Weusten lets children decide how colourful each metropolis can be. The city can be put away easily as the buildings and monuments fit together like a puzzle when folded up.

Steven KesselsVentilator which uses a fan based on the form of a propellor to circulate air by the use of gears and weight.

Christmas trees for the unsentimental with a sense of humour. One Pop-out Tree can be placed neatly in a corner, two against a wall, three for the full tree experience. By Simeon van Tellingen.

Wieland Vogel‘s beautiful halo-like hanging lamp which can be expanded and contracted. At its widest, it looks like a halo, creating a very ethereal look. I love the juxtaposition of the lightness of the lamp (no pun intended) with its very industrial materials.

Pump Up chairs by Nacho Carbonell that inflate friendly companions as you lounge. It’s super cute how the animals deflate when you get up off the chair…shrinking with loneliness.


July 20, 2007


I picked up a book of postcards in Berlin by UK illustrator Andrew Rae, but I couldn’t bear breaking up the set and sending them away. Sadly my favourite one, a simple ‘to do’ list, was noticeably missing from the pack. Menacing and odd illustrations to send only to your worst enemies and best friends.

A celebration of the sexes

January 31, 2007

rockingmachineMedicom Life is distributing the re-production of Herman Makkink‘s “Rocking Machine” chair made famous by A Clockwork Orange. Having just completed an exhaustive month doing up my portfolio, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the intersection of art and design -and ultimately the trajectory of my future within it. Here’s a quote from the artist on the creation of the iconic piece and the inclusion of it in the film that I found quite amusing and apt:

The Rocking Machine and the Christ Unlimited figures were not designed especially for A Clockwork Orange. They formed part of my studio work at the time, and, after seeing them there, Kubrick wanted to use them for the film because they probably had the futuristic look he and his wife wanted.

In the late sixties and early seventies, we, London based artists, felt terribly hip. We didn’t want to fight the establishment so much as shock them.

Pop Art was in full swing and so was the sexual revolution, so I combined a penis with a beautifully shaped female rear in fibre glass. I thought this would be really shocking. I thought I could make the object move by constructing a heavy pendulum swing inside. To my surprise I found that it made an irregular movement, so I exaggerated that by adding extra weights in various places. That resulted in Rocking Machine’s specific jerky motion.”

That jerky motion is forever imprinted on my brain. Hilarious! A marvel of physics, industrial design and art, all at once. But the question still remains: Functional and pragmatic design vs. the fantastical and arty? I should think that both can co-exist.

A sofa of one’s own

January 31, 2007

gauckler couch

Looking for a sofa faithful to one’s personality and lifestyle is a difficult task. Finding the perfect model for one’s home and then trying to figure out how to get it from Japan to Eastern Canada is another matter. I simply refuse to submit to yupster furniture and the requisite ridiculously large “luxury” sofas, and this Medicom Life sofa upholstered in a print by Genevieve Gaukler is the perfect antidote. It even retains a certain DIY element that is much appreciated. While I play the waiting game on a particular hunter green cord l-shaped mid-century modern sofa that shall remain nameless, this one comes a close second.