Thursday, August 30, 2012


I am completely blown away by this deck of playing cards printed on reclaimed NYC Metro cards. From the spades inspired by manhole covers to the Coney Island joker, every MetroDeck card is a mini work of art featuring iconic New York details.

I love the obsessive nature of collecting cards for over 2 year, and I am inspired by the dedication it must have taken to make even one set, much less complete 40 or so decks worth of cards. Even the packaging details are spot on.

A full set will run you $550, but if you have a favorite card, you can get smaller sets at the shop. Personally, I'm digging those sewer spades. My latest lab crush....sigh. There are lots more photos and details at NOTCOT and the MetroDeck site.

Images from Metro Deck. Via NOTCOT.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

99 bottles of beer in the wall?

As a glass artist, I have a weakness for architectural glass, and I was blown away by this Heineken bottle. The WOBO bottle is a vintage concept, originally designed in 1965 after Mr. Heineken took a trip to the Caribbean and was struck by the bottles scattered on the beach and the lack of good building materials. The big idea is that the bottle would have a secondary use as a brickl. Best I can find, they manufactured only 100,000 or so bottles, and there are only a couple of structures built with them that are still standing.

Enjoy the photos, and if you want to learn more, there's a great article on the WOBO at Inhabitat.

Images from Inhabitat.

Monday, August 20, 2012

This was...

T and I have had a lot of conversations about how to convey the material source for something you're creating, especially if those materials are reused. Most of the example out there are earnest, but not clean and modern. The other day I ran across Provenance. They make cutting boards and other housewares from recycled teak and glass. But the best part is their branding and packaging that gets the idea across in a lovely, modern, Helvetica-esque way. No fair-trade, made-by-hippies image here. This is the new green, beyond green, where consumers want to know the materials in their products the same way they want to know the ingredients in their food.

On the fronts of the packaging, This Is Now...

And on the back, This Was...

It's so well done. I wish we'd thought of it. For more details and photos, read the full article on the dieline.

Images from the dieline.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Something smells fishy

It summertime. Feel like getting your mermaid on? I'm always excited to find someone using materials in an interesting way. Hazel Studstill of HJ Designs uses carp skins to make jewelry that looks and feels a lot like leather, but still has a bit of fish to it. 

The carp skins are salvaged from fisheries in Canada. And if you like these, check our her other pieces. She makes lots of lovely jewelry, and it doesn't all involve fish.

Images from HJ Designs. Discovered via Fab.