Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas 2012 Wishlist - 1

01: Huset Pot Guard. Genial! You can choose between the Owl, Hedgehog or Moose! Price:  $7.00 

02: Pochette de 10 étoiles magnétiques by Le petit atelier de Paris, €15.00

03: Beautiful Lizard Magnifying Glass by L'OBJET, $125.00

04: Eco globe with bamboo print and light created by Danish designer Kristoffer Zeuthen.

05: Braun G 12 (Valvo chassis) via Das Programm. Price: £650

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Storm in a Tea Cup by John Lumbus and Laikingland

Storm in a Tea Cup (The New English) is a limited edition created by designer John Lumbus and produced by Laikingland and The New English.

"The Storm in a Tea Cup pays homage, in a very literal sense, to the famous idiom meaning a small event that has been exaggerated out of all proportion. Turn the handle and the golden boat rides the mechanical waves, above the stormy clouds periodically reveal a shining bolt of lightning.

Laikingland is a creative label, based in both the UK and The Netherlands, who design and manufacture beautifully crafted kinetic objects that engage, and evoke a sense of play and nostalgia.
The company was founded in 2008 and is built upon a life long friendship between artist, Martin Smith and engineer, Nick Regan. Since it’s inception Laikingland has specialised in producing highly crafted limited editions, working closely with invited artists and designers to realise their kinetic ideas." Crazy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Moodboard 23 | Shades of Winter

Moodboard 23a

Images' sources: 01 | 02 | 03 | 04

Moodboard 23d

Images' sources: 05 | 06 | 07 | 08

Moodboard 23c

Images' sources: 09 | 10 | 11

Moodboard 23b

       Images' sources: 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Energy Flex House by Henning Larsen Architects

The Energy Flex House was designed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with The Danish Technological Institute and Buro Happold Engineers.  The house built in Taastrup - Danmark - is a multiflexible R&D and demonstration building that was presented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009.
'The project will provide possibilities for testing energy efficient constructional solutions and components and comprises two test facilities (EFH Lab and EFH Family) and an office- and technical building (EFH Innovation).
EFH Lab is an uninhabited test facility examining the interplay of various floor types, outer walls and technical installations. EFH family is based on the same method of construction but will be occupied by test families. EFH Innovation will contain offices for the employees of the institute and a technical room where visitors can access research and data material from the project.'

Henning Larsen Architects | Vesterbrogade 76 | DK-1620 Copenhagen V

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas - Inspiration and DIY - 2: White Christmas






01 : DIY Christmas decoration, instructions on DaWanda Blog
02 : Paper Cards, inspiration from Pinterest
03 : Wrap, inspiration from Pinterest
04 : Lovi Ball - Postcard, order it on Merchant n. 4 
05: Folding Paper Trees, inspiration from Pinterest
06 : Sweet Linen Tree Ornament, inspiration from Pinterest

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Nonstop Chopin

Lang Lang & Marquese "Nonstop" Scott. Photograph: Daniel Shaked

I want to wish you a nice weekend linking the energetic video featuring the famous pianist Lang Lang  performing Chopin's "Ocean" Etude Op 25 No 12 alongside an interpretation of the music by Dubstep dancer Marquese Scott.
The video was filmed in the Anker-Expedithalle at Loftcity in Vienna, Austria and forthcomes Lang Lang's  Chopin Album released on 29 October 2012.
Watch the video here (2min 54sec).

Friday, November 23, 2012

Salviati - Venetian glass - with Jean-Michel Othoniel for Dior

Making the bottle in Murano, Italy

Jean-Michel Othoniel - the famous French sculptor -  was commissioned by LVMH group to create the new limited-edition bottle for Dior’s perfume, J’Adore for this holiday season.
Othoniel's design start from the original bottle, releasing the necklace. Each bottle is a handblown glass made by masters of Salviati - one of the historical glass factories on the island of Murano - Venice. The glass-bead top is embedded with specks of gold leaf and represents the universe. Only 300 pieces will be produced worldwide and each unique bottle has a numbered certificate of authenticity. 

Photographs by Sophie Carre for Christian Dior Parfums.

a sketch by Jean-Michel Othoniel  |  the Limited Artist Edition of the J'Adore L'Absolu

Making the bottle in Murano, Italy

Making the bottle in Murano, Italy

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Frolla and Jupe by Skitsch

Frolla Beige/Light Blue
SKITSCH is an Italian design company that sells furniture and accessories. SKITSCH debuted at the Salone del Mobile in Milan 2009, with the opening of its first flagship store in via Monte di Pietà 11 - 600 sqm signed by Luca Bombassei for Blast Architetti.
SKITSCH sells directly to the public online, in its stores,  and in a selected net of 350 retailers in Europe.
In the photos:
Frolla Beige/Light Blue - an armchair with fully removable cover, designed by Andrea Radice and Folco Orlandini in 2012. I love the comfortable form and this new cover; 
Jupe - a methacrylate lampshade designed by Elia Mangia in 2012. I like it for the simple form suitable to almost every space.

Jupe small

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Christmas - Inspiration and DIY - 1: Vintage Animals






07 -08

Let's begin to think of Christmas - my favorite time of the year. Have a vintage look for your decorations using miniature animals or looking for them in your nearby marché aux puces. 
08: glitter animals from sweet paul winter 2011 | 09: Giraffa


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Baum und Pferdgarten shop by SPACE Cph

Danish architecture company SPACE – established in 2005 by Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou, both graduated The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture – has worked on interior design,  furniture, design, art installations and art direction. In the photos the first shop for Baum und Pferdgarten in Copenhagen, opened in February 2010.
"Walls are decorated with beautiful flowery wallpaper and abstract wall decorations, while hummingbirds and butterflies are rising up from books that are placed around in the store.  
The Baum und Pferdgarten shop is connected to the company’s showroom and other functions such as design and sourcing. Through an old glass door you can see the Baum und Pferdgarten team working on new and fabulous designs for your wardrobe. "

Ravnsborg Tværgade 5d, 2 sal
2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark

Baum und Pferdgarten Store 
Vognmagergade 2
DK-1120 Copenhagen K

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Be and Believe!

Sage words and nice graphic from mchl.
Have a nice we! L

Friday, November 16, 2012

Japanese Green Tea Hibiki-an

TOKUSA Yunomi (handcrafted Teacup: 140ml)
 "Hibiki-an is surrounded by the rolling hills of Uji, in the ancient city of Kyoto, where the Japanese tradition of green tea began over 1,000 years ago. Today, in Japan, when people think of high quality green tea, they think of Uji. The misty climate, sloping hills, warm days and cool nights provide an ideal setting for tea plants to thrive. If you take a train to Kyoto, you will pass many beautiful green tea farms in Uji, and you can sample the wide variety of delicious green teas that are available at specialty shops and restaurants in the area."

In the past, it was nearly impossible to distribute fresh green tea outside Japan, because it was more difficult to preserve than black tea or Chinese green tea. But now, it can be delivered anywhere in the world. More, online direct sales enable the farm to offer a lower price by eliminating the extra costs associated with wholesalers and distributors.

Japanese Green Tea Hibiki-an offers specially designed nylon bags with Japanese tea but also beautiful handmade teapots, cups (in the photos), bowls, sifters, canisters, and other accessories for tea. On the website, there is a part dedicated to history and culture named Japanese Tea Readings that's really worth reading!

OFUKU-san (handcrafted Teacup: pair)

"We named our site "Japanese Green Tea Hibiki-an" in wishing that Japanese tea culture will gain more popularity throughout the world. "Hibiki" in Japanese means "touching someone's heart." It brings us great happiness to know that Japanese tea culture can touch people's hearts around the world."

Plum Tama-Yunomi (handcrafted Teacup)

Japanese Green Tea Hibiki-an
36 Shimonoto Yuyadani
Ujitawara, Kyoto 610-0221


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