This stool reminds me of my time spent in the model making studio when I went to school for Industrial Design at RIT. I remember the day I found out about the vacuum former and I remember thinking the infinite possibilities! It was so much fun to see how each sheet would turn into a 3D product with the touch of a button.
When I saw this stool online this week, I was so happy to see the perfect blend of wood and plastic together to support a functional piece of furniture. I don't know a lot about the designers behind this project but I think they are from a school in Israel. For more information about this project and for a video on how this is made you can click here.
Rag And Bone Women’s line
Rag and Bone is synonymous with american design and stylish looks. This Fall/Winter season they have the most coveted jackets, denim and boots which you can see on the first picture. Also for Spring 2012 they are introducing a beautiful navy blue and kelly green to their color palette. On the second picture you can see my favorite looks for Spring 12, they are nautical, preppy and super classic. You can't go wrong with stripes and these colors go great together. For more Rag and Bone click here.
The Mopha Tool Roll
The season of gifting is just around the corner and I know this is the perfect gift for a lot of my biking friends and I'm sure you know somebody who would really like this. The Mopha tool roll is handmade with waxed canvas and a leather strap that can be attached under the bicycle seat or dropped in the bottle cage. If you want more info about this handy tool roll click here.
The Sketchbook Project. Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
This is by far my most exciting find while travelling to the Big Apple. The Art House Co-op is the home to The Sketchbook Project library. Here is a quick way to explain this great source of inspiration, thousands of artists sing up every year, they receive a list of themes and a blank sketchbook, at the end of the assignment everyone returns their sketchbooks and the Art House Co-op sorts them by theme and storage them in a library located in Williamsburg. There were about 10,000 sketchbooks this year and you can stop by to sign a sketchbook out. You can also visit the digital library to enjoy the resources and learn about artists all over the world. As a designer and avid sketchbook lover, this seems like the perfect way to connect with others and see how every artist views and interprets a theme. They are already planning a world tour where they will take the 2012 sketchbooks on the road for everyone to enjoy. For dates on the tour and to learn how to be one of the sketchbook art...
I stumbled upon Lemlem this weekend and the one thing that caught my eyes was the contrast between the intense and rich colors and the use of crisp, clean whites. These scarves are light weight for the summer but I can see them been warm enough to hold you over fall or even winter. Lemlem is know for their handwoven cottons and merino wool, the collection includes dresses, shirts, skirts and kid's clothing. To view the entire collection, click here.
Bleulab Reversible Jeans
Just two days ago I came across Bleulab, a brand that makes a line of denim with a two-way jean fabric that will take you from day to night with a fully reversible look, YES... I said reversible jeans! now this is what I call innovation. Carl Jones the creator of the reversible denim collection perfected the combination of fashion and function and offers the option of getting two completely different looks for the price of one. The colors and washes look amazing and they fabric has some stretch so it hugs the body just the right way. I am in love with the idea of reversible jeans and I am going to check them out next time I visit the denim shop in American Rag. Click here to see the full Fall 2011 and upcoming Spring 2012 line, I MUST try them out.
Heidi Merrick Fall 2011
I revisited Heidi Merrick's work and I was super excited to see her Fall 2011 collection. This line is filled with stylish details and confidence, I am really liking the dark tones and glossy leather finish on the jackets, dresses and pants. Heidi Merrick has evolved into such a edgy and sophisticated brand while keeping it fun. I like how Fall 2011 shaped up and I am excited to try on these piece out sometime soon. To check out her entire collection and previous work click here.
Tibi: Something Blue
Because it's been so long since I wrote about fashion I thought this will be a great way to start. Here are my top three favorite looks from Tibi, a brand created in Hong Kong and relocated to New York City after a few years of success, they now have a beautiful flagship store in Soho and their line of women's clothing is available worldwide.
If you look at the collection you can tell the creator, Amy Smilovic has a clear vision on women's needs, details and quality. I love her bold use of color and her casual yet tailored looks. I am loving this bright blue color for Spring 11. For more on Tibi click here.
Thom Browne Spring Summer 2011
I need to admit that I am obsessed with the Spring Summer 2011 line of womens wear from Thom Browne. It is proper, thoughtful and filled with beautiful feminine details. The perfectly tailored looks on these images are traditional styles with a delicate touch of modern living. The bags on the top images go perfectly with the styling of this line. These are just a small portion of Thom's line, for more click here.
Wedge Ankle Boots Of The Season
This is exactly what has been in my mind all week. I'm madly in love with wedges and ankle boots so why not put them together and make for a fantastic new pair of shoes? I have selected a variety of styles so you can all pick one you love. The Pedder Red straped boots on the top left corner are made with beautiful tan leather and the wedge has a beautiful leather and wood inlay detail. The wedge construction is out there and maybe too progressive but the neutral color makes it easier to wear, they are $180 USD.
The blue suede desert boots on the top right are from Carvela at Kurt Geiger in London and they are about $200 USD, I am in love with the lugs on these booties. The brogue wedge boots on the bottom left corner are from River Island, a great place for affordable fashion, these beauties are only $54 USD, and last but not least the camel suede boots on the bottom right are from Zara in Milan for $112 USD, the rubber wedge makes them look more casual and the contrast stitching ...
Kimberly Orvitz is my new favorite designer from Los Angeles. Her line is very futuristic and super progresive. Her collection is both distressed and constructed, very sexy but with added masculine tailoring. Her line is filled with unusual combinations and beautiful details. These are not your every day clothes but they are sure to be a great item for a special occasion. Kimberly's work is eye catching to say the least. Check out her entire collection here.
Brooklyn based designer Mina Stone is gaining more popularity every day. Her collection includes beautiful draping fabrics and super feminine dresses guaranteed to give you a look to remember at your next party. I love the choice of rich colors, they are unique colors and yet they are very easy to wear. Her specialty is showcasing how fabrics can drape perfectly on a person's body by taking advantage of their properties to the fullest. If you want to see more of Mina's work click here.
These are some of the women's dresses available in the newly launched brand, Thom Dolan. This thoughtful collection includes accessories, clothing and cotton bikinis. They are all made in American and designed to make women feel comfortable and sophisticated at the same time. I am a fan of the relaxed dresses above, they look perfect for a warm summer day by the ocean. This line seems like the perfect blend between the elegant city life and the casual beach lifestyle. To see more of the accessories and bikinis click here.
Graphic Designers around the globe have the ability to shape the way we see brands, places and product. Finding the right name, font, logo and color is one of the most intimidating task when creating a business. I appreciate good graphics and Dana Tanamachi has been added to my list of favorites. Dana is a talented graphic designer who works at Louise Fili Ltd. in New York City but has been doing these custom hand drawn chalk board signs for shops, restaurants and events. I truly love the vintage inspiration behind her style and I think there should be more of this out there. If you want to learn more about Dana click here.
Here is another great packaging design project. It has been out for a little while but it's still relevant because it's innovative and versatile. This genius butter container comes with an integrated butter knife. This is by far the best way to carry butter for camping and picnic tripes. This packaging is called Butter! Better! at it was designed by Yeongkeun Jeong
Musical Six Pack Design by Sam Gensburg
Here is a new way to utilize a 6 pack of beer. This is one of the most creative beer packaging I've seen in a while. The six pack comes with two hidden mallots and the beer bottle label indicates how much liquid there should be in each bottle so it can offer good range of notes just like the real xylophones but compressed to six notes. I think after you drink the beer this new toy will be entertaining your party for a little while. The six pack design is a great packaging concept by designer is Sam Gensburg. Somebody has to produce this, it would be so fun!