Thursday, 06 December 2012 20:36

Stay Pretty Dry, Kid: The Umbrellas of London


Let's go back to a time when umbrellas weren't jabbing devices to clear people out of your way on the subway, when you wouldn't just go for the most functional one, and when they didn't have the name of some free newspaper printed across the side. Let's go back to London in the 1950's where this series of questionably-practical but oh so gorgeous umbrellas premiered at Grosvenor House. My favorite is probably "April Bride" - because what's more English than getting married in the rain?

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Maja Wrońska is an architecture student from Poland who followed her mother's footsteps into architecture. She began attending drawing classes as a result of Poland's requirements for architecture school, and has turned her dual training into these beautiful watercolors.

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Sometimes the internet just makes me really happy – this is one of those times. Without the internet, I doubt I would ever have found out about The Dog House Sofa from Korean design studio min n mun. It's made out of pet–friendly fabrics, which means you won't have to worry about your dog (or cat) ruining your carefully chosen furniture. It's perfect for small spaces and apartments, where you want to use your square footage especially carefully. Also, it's just really, really adorable.

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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 22:06

Sick of Square TV Sets: The Kuba Komet


In light of all these HD, 3D, 103 inch TVs, let's pay a moment's thought to the Kuba Komet - a German-designed television set which was the most coveted home entertainment center from 1957 to 1962. The Komet had it all: a 23 inch screen, a cabinet, a shiny finish - all wrapped up in a crazy spaceship-meets-sailboat shape. The Komet was priced at $1260 which, at the time, was more than a year's salary for the average entertainment seeker. It's too bad it's not around anymore because I bet hipsters would sell their blood for one of these. Perhaps we can persuade some Kickstarter folks to make a replica.

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Admit it. As much as you love your DSLR - Canon, Nikon, what have you - you have left it at home on many occasions based on its bulky size and heavy demeanor. Taking such factors into account, industrial designer Andre Pokhodzey has designed the IO camera, which is able to fit most modern lenses and be completely flexible. So when it comes to cameras, perhaps specs shouldn't overshadow style - and size does matter.

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On The Office, Jim converts the garage of his newly–purchased home into a sunny art studio for Pam. Maybe no one loves you that much, or maybe you've got, you know, cars to put in there. Or maybe you're an adult who never quite gave up the dream of having your own treehouse. If so, these pre-fabricated backyard spaces from a bunch of different design firms are the perfect solution for you.

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Sure, we all like the idea of camping. But when you get to the great outdoors, a beautiful snowy landscape can turn into a pneumonia-inducing hell. Architect Giovanni D'Ambrosio has built this idyllic glass getaway in Mount Hotham, Australia - the perfect dream for nature psuedo-lovers. The house is poetically named "Under the Moonlight House".

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Inspired by Luxo Jr., a two–minute film by Pixar where two animated desk lamps interact with one another and contemplate fun, Pinokio is the brainchild of creative team Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Dror and Joss Doggett, who have brought a lamp to life. Pinokio is an adventurously modified Anglepoise lamp (first designed in 1932 by George Carwadine) that watches you work and moves playfully in front of you, half mimic, half annoying younger sibling who wants to play with you when you've got too much stuff to do.

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There are some designs - the table, the shelf, the chair - that has been reinvented again and again throughout history's various movements of industrial design. In this particular recreation, Tschus Studio has forced users to really interact with the furniture they're using. Interesting approach - but perhaps not the most comfortable.

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