Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Have a great holiday, and we'll see you in 2010.
Images from Hometta. Thanks to Treehugger for the tip.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Following up on their wildly successful (and adorable) Pecan Pals, Noferin has release 12 blind-boxed mini figurines. Averaging about 3 inches tall, the Jibibuts are made of sustainably-harvested rubberwood. Available at Munky King for $9 each.
Images from Noferin. Thanks to Inhabitots for the tip.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Looking for a host/hostess gift for that special someone who seems to have everything? Upgrade their beer drinking with one of these hand-carved bottle openers by Roost. Available for ~$20 at Velocity Art and Design.
Images from Velocity Art and Design.
Monday, December 14, 2009
They look great, and they work really well. The brooms come in his and hers sizes. All they need to go into production is a catchy name (or two). To make a name suggestion, just leave a comment here. We'll let you know which they choose.
(and yes, those are Alex's modelicious feet)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
1. Sat-Sun, 10-4: Katie will be selling her glass dishes, platters, and more at the Crucible's Open House and Gifty Sale. If you haven't been to this before, it's a fantastic place to get unusual holiday gifts. If you're there on Saturday, stop by the glass area and say "hi." There will be over 70 different artists there, plus a full open house with glass blowing, metal casting, and blacksmithing demos. Santa arrives at 1pm (in past years, he's come in on a fire truck).
2. Saturday night: Oliver will be performing with Mobius Operandi at Johansson Project.
So head on over to Oaktown, finish up your holiday shopping @ the Crucible, then head downtown to see Oliver. Hope to see you there!
Image from Katie Broughton.
Most of the line is available in the US from Noblivity.
Images from Elvis & Kresse. Thanks to Haute*Nature for the tip.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The setting for the players is the Earth Engines exhibition where the agency of the organic takes shape in staged photographs and sound sculptures in which technology channels the earth's electric complexity. Oliver diCicco 's indefinable organisms don't simply emulate the humming of nature's underbelly but directly access the mechanics of sound. His Sirens reckon the sea's psyche in its physical unrest and mythical meanderings. Barry Underwood's surreal staged photographs, intermingling issues of contemporary painting, cinema and land art, surveil landscapes of the impossible. Just as earth and electricity are the elementary particles from which energy takes shape, Underwood fuses authenticity and artifice to nurture nature into flashpoints of wonderment.
What: Art Exhibition, Musical Performance & Holiday Party
Featuring: Mobius Operandi performing live at the Earth Engines Exhibition
There will be simultaneous events on the block: Both Jewish holiday festivities at Hatch Gallery and the grand opening of the new video and photography gallery: Krowswork
Performance by Mobius Operandi on Saturday, Dec. 12th, 6pm
The Earth Engines Exhibition Runs Nov. 21st through Jan. 9th, 2010
2300 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA
Hours: 12 - 6, Thurs – Fri and Sat 11-5
Monday, December 7, 2009
In a cosmic convergence, Tricia and I both found Thomas Wold's portfolio of delights at the same time. After a mini catfight ("I saw him first." "No, he's mine!"), we decided that we could share, and now we're sharing with you. Going through the photos, we realized I'd seen and bookmarked several of his pieces in ReadyMade (that bench!) and Tricia had admired his work in person at the Good Hotel. We just didn't know who he was or that he was local. Straight up, it's the coolest take on salvaged furniture we've seen. He has a fantastic color sense, and a way of creating pieces that walk a fine line between whimsical and serious.
His main website has great photos. His blog has documentation of the process, from inspiration to color studies. He even captures that moment when your idea is turning from concept to reality, and you're not sure it's going to pan out. Don't be fooled by the use of salvaged materials and the seeming effortlessness of the final pieces. This is professional work, beyond any casual DIY.
Mr. Wold, we're in love. If you see two ladies lurking around your studio space and giggling like Japanese schoolgirls, it's just us groupies. We're fairly harmless.
Images from Thomas Wold. Thanks to Wallflower for the tip.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Images from Romp. Thanks to Inhabitots for the tip.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
As you probably know by now, I love robots. At the labs here we’ve featured Cat Bishop and Adoptabot. Anthropologie has jumped on the found object robotic trend, selling artist Amy Flynn’s Fobots on their website.
I wanted to dislike the Anthropologie offering, preferring the Etsy finds. The truth is, these are the real deal, not mass-produced, made-in-sweatshop knock-offs. It’s nice to see a major retailer supporting artists in this way. Each Fobot is identified as one-of-a-kind (and priced accordingly). If you prefer to pass-up the mall, you can also buy directly from the artist. There are some equally wonderful robots available on her website. I especially like the clever use of jewelry pieces and car window cranks to add personality. This one even has little Madonna*-esque cone boobies!
*Madonna of “Like a Virgin” fame, of course.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Images from Channels Design. Thanks to Re-Nest for the tip.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Images from Nervous System. Thanks to Treehugger for the tip.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Images from Kotik.
Monday, November 23, 2009
My favorites are the button lampshades, which have such great sentimental DIY possibilities. Imagine making this from that jar of buttons your grandmother used to have, hints of the yesterdays when everyone sewed.
Images from Studio Mesila. Thanks to Re-Nest for the tip.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Ginnifer Goodwin wore....The white strapless dress, made from hospital scrubs that would otherwise have been discarded, was designed, treated, dyed and pleated by a group of fashion students at San Francisco's Academy of Art University.A little more "research" (thanks, Google) turned up a better photo and the details. Now if they could just do something about that hospital gown...
Images from SF Gate (Matt Sayles/AP top) and Design Ignites Change (bottom). Thanks to the SF Chronicle for the tip.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Nice work, Martin. When will you start making these for your friends?
Images from Martin Leugers.
Monday, November 16, 2009
If your family is ready to stop buying flats of bottled water from Costco, this is a stylish green upgrade and will quickly pay for itself. If (like us), you drink Oakland water straight from the tap, you'll need to treat it more like an art piece.
Images from Aquaovo. Thanks to The Kitchn for the tip.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Ecoist has been making candy wrapper bags since 2004. They're cute conversation pieces, but they've always been very "Look! I'm RECYCLED." I have a confetti onelook li, and the in-your-face greenness is part of its charm. Recently they launched a line of sleek, graphic bags that look like giant candies themselves and give no hint they're made from landfill-bound materials.
Super cute, and the lime and red ones are currently on sale. Check them out.
Images from Ecoist. Thanks to Ecouterre for the tip.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Images from Redimei. Thanks to Great Green Goods for the tip.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Looking for a gift for that guy who's hard to shop for? Surprise him with his own little bit of the Gas-n-Sip parking lot where he mis-spent his youth trying to persuade people to buy him beers.
Offered by Factory 20, which has a well-curated collection of industrial odds and ends. It's worth taking an online tour of their website, or if you live near DC, stopping by in person. Note that when I say "well-curated", I mean priced accordingly.
Images from Factory 20. Thanks to Shelterific for the tip.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Lovely things, with a restrained aesthetic tempered by a few quirky details to keep things from becoming too serious. Check out his full portfolio here.
Images from Dylan Gold. Thanks to Dwell for the tip.