At 3.5 x 5", they're small. Printed on beautiful, thick white cardstock, they feature charming illustrations and witty messages. They're blank inside, giving you space to craft the perfect note, and some of the illustrations wrap around the backs of the cards, which is fun, don't you think? And, very importantly, they all feature the perfect amount of hand-glittered accents. They're small treasures. Tokyomilk provides a spot-on description: As much a treat to give as to receive. I'm so looking forward to collecting and giving this collection of beautiful any-message greeting cards.
Sorry that the glitter doesn't show up on the Tokyomilk site's product shots- you'll just have to trust me. ;)
ABR, exciting Spanish newcomers on the furniture front, wow with their Latten shelving system. Its concept is simple, but wait until you hear how it's executed. Designed by Hannes Gumpp, Max Gumpp & Toni Pallejahese, these shelves are actually created with... chairs. The materials used are pine chairs with MDF seats and thin pine planks in a natural finish to add stability lengthwise, while planks in seven lacquered colours secure the unusual components vertically. It's all bound together with humble plastic ties. Wow. Woweeeee.
First image: Nanimarquina product shot of their gorgeous Digit rug by Cristian Zuzunga. Other images, ABR.
And now, the most convincing argument for marriage this lass has ever stumbled across! An enthusiastic hello to Christofle's new silverware, Jardin d'Eden. Designed by super-fabulous Marcel Wanders, this collection is sttttunning- definitely something to put on a wedding registry. Forget sheets, forget appliances, and forget about thinking silver isn't worth the arm power & effort required to keep it sparkley. It'd be a pleasure to clean these lovelies. The delicate pattern is typical Wanders; baroque in nature, ornate but clean. Looking forward to seeing more from this collection in the future- imagine the serving pieces! Bravo, Mr. Wanders!
Leif.designpark's Tone Collection for De La Espada makes gorgeous use of a mix of woods. The handsome facade of their chest & cabinet both feature equal doses of solid American black walnut, American cherry and chestnut. The Tone Chair is inspired by traditional Japanese marquetry. Choose either American black walnut or oak for its base and think carefully before deciding on the wood veneer combo for the seat. There are five truly amazing colourways to choose from, using woods as exotic (but always sustainable) as bubinga, shedua, and American sweetgum. Yum! Chair material details found here.
Previous love letters to De La Espada can be found here, here, and here. Yes, friends, it's serious. Now if only I could afford something by them. How about a diffusion line, love?
To celebrate 10 years, Royal Copenhagen has added pieces to its super-successful and super-beautiful Blue Mega line. I love this pattern; I love the story behind it too. In case you've never heard how Blue Mega came about: Karen Kjældgaard-Larsen, a design student working on her final project at the time, went about modernizing Royal Copenhagen's iconic Blue Fluted pattern, the company's first porcelain dinner service (it debuted in 1775!) and the very same service the young Danish designer had grown up with. She made it modern by blowing up the details that she loved. After graduation, she approached Royal Copenhagen with her design. Two years later, Blue Mega was in production and was an instant hit. The new pieces that celebrate its 10th birthday include a footed bowl, cake stand, lidded tureen, and baby set.
These pieces are available via the International version of the Royal Copenhagen site now, but haven't yet made their North American debut.
As a fan of both the CBC and of Toronto-based Science + Sons, Radio Canada Our Home and Native Waves was destined to be a big hit with me. I love, I want. Science + Sons have designed a handsome maple & aluminum radio prototype that's inspired by "the dedication of the many CBC listeners who keep their radio dials permanently set to our national broadcaster". That's me! Like a dream come true, this radio is meant to be tuned, and set, to your community's CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two frequencies. You can then toggle patriotically between the two. It's also MP3 compatible.
Science & Sons invite all interested potential customers to join their mailing list to keep up with the progress of Radio Canada. They're also looking for investors or manufacturers for this piece: email@example.com
Love Dutch Designer Frederik Roijé's work; always clever & clean-lined. His new collection is called Metrobowl and features cast-aluminum scale models of maps of Amsterdam & New York- as striking 3d bowls.
This is one of these most beautiful designs I've seen this year. Miss Maple is a flexible lampshade made from a solid material; wood. Textile designer (and recent graduate of Central Saint Martins with a Masters degree in Future Textile Design) Elisa Strozyk has created something brilliant she calls Wooden Textiles. The material involves deconstructing wood into triangles that are added, by hand, to a textile base, creating a flexible wood fabric.
So brilliant, so beautiful.
The last image shows a detail of Strozyk's Wooden Textiles. Rest assured, this young designer has several swoon-worthy pieces featured on her website.