Have you tired of your same-every-year nativity scene figurines? They're lovely, no doubt, but are they modern and fun, and better yet- do they make you smile? Perhaps it's time to place baby Jesus in the middle of this happy spectacle.
As life gets more hectic and has you taking on more and more endeavors, doesn't it seem as though the Borrod Table by Line Depping is, really, a necessity? Beyond being beautiful -good bones and lovely materials- its function as a table goes far beyond the norm.
Made from ash wood and Kvadrat fabric. Next I'm hoping for a hide-it-all sofa, perhaps a kitchen counter...
Get thee to a Target post haste. Get me there too!
Lovely Marcel Wanders has designed a glorious, extensive collection for the retailer at hyper-affordable prices. Marcel fans rejoice! There's a gorgeous 314 page catalog on the designer's website for you to enjoy; here's a preview. Please note that the catalog also features pieces Wanders has designed for other manufactures, so not everything you see can be purchased without breaking the budget. Click on the image to get a better view of the explanatory small print.
Some Marcel Wanders for Target items are already available online (sorry US delivery only) and no doubt more will arrive in Target stores as Christmas approaches.
On my list? The dishes and flatware, wrapping paper, and perhaps that lil' teddybear too.
Brilliant design collective Nendo contributed to the Tokyo stop of Moleskine's Detour exhibition, a show that invited fifty designers to interpret the iconic Moleskine sketchbook. Nendo's take on the challenge was to design a three-dimentional landscape, showing how sketching skips between the two and three-dimensional, and turning the sketchbook itself into a place.
Moleskine's Detour has had 6 international stops, all highlighting different interpretations of their famous notebook by creatives such as Toyo Ito, Lou Reed, Cynthia Rowley, Tord Boontje, Spike Jonze, and many more. Take a tour of the works here. All designs feature a short video af hands flipping through sketched or sometimes chiseled pages. You may want to turn the sound off though. Just a heads-up.
*Nendo's design can be found under the name Oki Sato, the Canadian/Japanese founder and head designer of Nendo.
Do you love Tim Burton? Have you already planned your trip to New York this winter to worship at the MoMa? The retrospective goes from November 22nd to April 26th and features his work in all mediums. From the MoMA's write-up: "drawings, paintings, storyboards, digital and moving-image
formats, puppets and maquettes, props, costumes, ephemera, sketchbooks,
and cartoons". Oh my!
Tim Burton, from top to bottom:
Tim Burton. Untitled (The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories). 1982–84. Pen and ink, marker, and colored pencil on paper, 10 x 9" (25.4 x 22.9 cm)
Tim Burton. Untitled (The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories). 1998. Pen and ink, watercolour on paper, 11 x 14" (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Romeo and Juliet, 1981. Medium and dimensions unknown. (to me).
Tim Burton. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas storyboard, 1993. Medium and dimensions unknown. (to me).
Tim Burton. Untitled (Edward Scissorhands). 1990. Pen and ink and pencil on paper, 14 1/4 x 9" (32.2 x 22.9 cm)
Crop from Harper's Bazaar feature. Tim Burton's Tricks & Treats. October 2009.
In a week and a few days, on the evening of November 17th, a Tuesday, a wondrous event will take place: The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit: A tribute to Tim Burton. Tickets start at wowee $2,500 each for "friend tickets" and go up up up. Tim will be fêted grandly, thoroughly; no doubt it'll be an evening to remember. The benefit starts at 6:30 with cocktails, and follows with the presentation, then dinner. Johnny will be there, Helena too. Separate tickets are being sold for the after party which goes from 9 to midnight. Tickets for that are $125 at the door, $100 if you book them now. More details are of course available on the MoMA website.
I cannot wait to visit the exhibition; hopefully more than once. I'll also most certainly raid the MoMA store, leaving empty shelves in my wake. If you're impatient you can skip ahead; Tim Burton keepsakes and mementos are already on sale online.
I just discovered Patrick Blanc and his Vertical Gardens through this week's Stylepark newsletter. He meticulously designs and installs lush gardenscapes on building walls. See the newsletter bit here. And, a preview for you:
Deconarch, a great blog about art & architecture, also has some gorgeous & huge pictures of Patrick Blanc's work. Look here and here. Stunning!