November 30, 2012

Social space architecture by Matthew Mazzotta – cool structures and a beautiful concept.

– An official cat toy of NY – The Sky Scratcher.

– 40 interesting small bedroom ideas.

– Architects and designers created a series of downloadable architectural structures for dogs.

– A bright approach to social adverts – Dumb Ways to Die.

– Highly silly, but fun – If Fonts Were Cats.

– The most beautiful butcher shop I’ve even seen.

– Stunning images of Earth from space.

Have a fantastic weekend, folks!

November 29, 2012

As I have said before, I love pet-friendly furniture. Incorporating pet lounging areas into human furniture pieces is a great idea, especially in small spaces, where there isn’t enough room to separate the two. The Dog House Sofa by Korean studio min n mun, is another interesting step in that direction. The piece includes a cushioned dog house on one side, providing resting areas for you and your dog(s). The couch is made of ash wood and pet-friendly fabrics. I love how current its design is. And, again, if your dog decides not to adopt the sofa (the phenomenon has yet to be precedented), you can use the pet house as storage.


November 28, 2012

If you have a peg obsession (I must confess – I do) – you will enjoy this project by Paris based studio Swabdesign. These oversized peg-shaped hooks, called Pince Alops, are a celebration of the good old hanging device. Colorful and fun, they can be used in any room of the house. And even outdoors (the product is water resistant). I can see them holding clothes, towels, toys, utensils, picture frames, papers and much more. A simple idea, beautifully applied.


November 27, 2012

Cologne based design studio Jung | Dynamisch | Sylt created these two beautiful and useful entryway items. Both pieces are hadcrafted from solid alder wood or solid acacia wood. The wardrobe includes a shelf, hooks for handbags and clothes, one small slot for keys and another, bigger one, for large hangable things. The bike rack elevates your transport and provides a home for your books, small entryway essentials and whatnots. The pieces are minimal and slick, looking more like tripods that storage. Great idea for small (or nonexistent) entryway areas.

(via gessato)


November 26, 2012

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.

It’s interesting to see what happens when you take a traditionally small design object and then blow it up to many times its conventional size. In the case of the classic LEGO® brick, the result is something both different and the same, as demonstrated by these new Room Copenhagen LEGO® Storage Bricks.

What’s clearly the same in the oversized versions is their interlocking capability. Like their diminutive counterparts these bricks can stack and join with each other to form larger compositions. Classic LEGO® colors, such as black, blue, yellow and white, are also recognizably consistent with their models. All this means you can build stuff that looks a lot like classic LEGO® – only much, much bigger.

But the real news is that these bricks are in fact cleverly designed storage bins. Pop off the lid, and inside is a generous amount of space for storing all sorts of stuff, including your LEGO® collection! Available for purchase in multiple sizes here. Circular storage heads add a dash of whimsy and can be found here. Hope you like it. And that you had a happy thanksgiving.


November 23, 2012

Tuamotu gas top by Norwegian studio Andersson & Voll is an elegant portable solution for limited space cooking. The solid marble base and cast iron details create a perfect combination of contemporary slickness and rustic warmth in one piece. I love how elegant and luxurious the piece looks, especially for a pragmatic space saving design. The Tuamotu cooking hob (along with the Good Morning moka pot, which is also a stunner) was shown at the Design Tide Tokyo exhibition as part of the Food Work, a collection of objects for cooking and eating produced by eight Norwegian designers.

(via dezeen)


November 21, 2012

Architect Han Slawik built this tiny home, called Housebox, as an attempt to create an affordable housing solution for people on the move. Inspired by shipping containers, the place is only 150 square feet big. Thanks to the fact that Housebox is a three story building, its footprint is even smaller, approximately 75 square feet. The first floor houses a small kitchen, dining area and bathroom; the bedroom is on the second floor, and the third floor is a place for a living area. Smart storage solutions around the house make this layout efficient. The benefits of this concept are numerous – the house this compact can be moved, it can fit in tight spaces, even parking lots. A true nomad home…

(via inhabitat)


November 19, 2012

It’s that time of year again when small thoughtful items are in high demand. This little floating shelf can be considered a great gift to someone who is struggling with limited entryway space. Plank by iLoveHandles can hold your phone, wallet, glasses and other essential whatnots. The magnetic underside is perfect for your keys. The installation process is a 3-step breeze (described on the box the shelf comes in). Lovely.


November 17, 2012

– An utterly stunning project – Wine Museum in Lavaux.

– Raising an Eames aficionado? Then this East House block set is a must.

– Fascinating. Birds teach secret passwords to their unborn chicks.

The Ministry of Silly Walks clock – instantly wishlisted .

Wild animals like you’ve never seen them before – amazing photography by Tim Flach.

– Something cool for next summer – Yield picnic bag/blanket.

Gorgeous and designy new hotel in Nolita, NY.

Have a fantastic weekend, everybody!

November 16, 2012

It is always exciting to see innovative extendable dining tables. This piece, called TTabe and created by UK based designer Joshua Browne, is definitely a noteworthy one. The idea of the table is quite brilliant – a sheet of metal simply glides over the existing wooden table, hiding it when extra table top is not needed. No mechanics or elaborate construction elements. A combination of maple and white sheet metal creates a nice visual effect. Here is what the designer says about the piece: “The purpose of the TTable is to enable users, who are living in small flats with little or limited space, to have a dining table that can allow for both one person to dine alone or, with the extension, accommodate for both visitors and extra space.” Amen.