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February 2006

Arts + Crafts

Annike Laigo Textile Design

February 27, 2006

I got note of this lovely estonian artist, Annike Laigo, from one of my regular reads: the completely addictive and girlgeekily cute Popgadget blog, personal tech for women. (it’s in my nature to fall for any design blog that highlights japanese robots, food technologies, and pink cellphones…)

I was immediately attracted to the image of the glowing carpet concept because my studies at MIT involve textiles, fashion, and technology. The rug seems like a treat for the eyes as well as the toes! It seems like a concept in progress, though I imagine that it’s made by either coating some of the fibres with highly luminescent coatings (like a very efficient glow-in-the-dark compound), or weaving small bits of electroluminescent panels within the piles.
Annike Laigo Textile DesignI fell in love with the furniture pieces featured on her website. They seem very sensual and highly form-based, yet domestically tongue-in-cheek and a wee bit subversive. Some highlights:

The handtufted wool 3D stripe wavy carpet wins my heart, especially juxtaposed with the starck-esque martini chair. The colors are so vibrant, and it makes me want to smile and imagine the *tuft, tuft*.

Annike Laigo Textile DesignA wool felt wall hanging/room divider is given the moniker ‘spy’, with visible peekage through petaled cut-outs. Is it not tempting to run forth and put your eye up close, curious on what you’d see on the other side?
Annike Laigo Textile Design‘Oh! This is me!’ is a black felt rug, emblazoned with 3000 rivets in a folk-art pattern. This design is so lovely and evocative!
Annike Laigo Textile DesignOne way to create a zen environment in your home is to artfully place the ‘kivi pebble’ furniture in your environment. (indoor sand optional.) I love these pieces, they delight me in the same way as candy that look like river stones. The utility of rocks know no bounds…
Annike Laigo Textile DesignNot only does Annike (photo below) have adorable glasses, she produces amazing work. Hope we’ll be seeing more of her soon! (and discovering the secret of her glistening carpets…)
Annike Laigo Textile Design[photos above from designboom and annikelaigo]
By Christine M. Liu, Guest Writer, decor8


coffee + cre8tive [feb 27 ’06]

February 27, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [feb 27 '06]
I’m wild about Arctic Topo #2, my inspiration for today, because it’s an encaustic piece from Heather Patterson in the most gorgeous tones of green and gold with teal – lush! You can view her portfolio here (warning: wear a drool guard to avoid drip on keyboard.) Enjoy + Happy Monday to everyone

(I know, I know, it’s Monday… what am I thinking!)

(photo from hang art)



February 24, 2006

If you’re anything like me, you love spending an afternoon roaming the halls of your local art museum, lingering amidst the masters. Perhaps you enjoy lunching there, and afterwards, browsing the gift shop for paper products, calendars, mugs, and books. While at the museum, do you ever wonder what becomes of the radiant museum advertising banners featured throughout the city when the exhibition ends? I certainly have…
BetterWallIn the past, and I cringe as I write this, they were deposited into landfills where the vinyl leached into the soil for many years and no one was ever able to enjoy their beauty again. Thankfully, BetterWall took initiative to reclaim these splendid banners and offer them to the public, to design aficionados like us who truly appreciate them. BetterWall, based in Denver, offers limited edition wall hangings sold on behalf of their 18 museum partners, including the the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of
Modern Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and more. A portion
of the proceeds are denoted to support the museums’ collections, programs, exhibitions and operations. Only in tact, beautiful banners are sold; damaged banners are recycled to keep the vinyl out of landfills. In the past year, BetterWall saved over 10 tons of vinyl from being deposited into landfills.

Eco-Friendly BetterWall not only brings unique, dramatic works of art to your home, they help preserve our environment. Now that’s beautiful.

Thanks Nora, for the tip!

(photos from BetterWall)

Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

P Van b

February 24, 2006

P Van bAren’t you at least slightly intriqued by wallaper with names like wowhaus neon, rich bit*ch, dutch pomp, lady light and true grace? Some of the wallpaper is slightly erotic (see above photo, look carefully), which I’m not daring enough to rock in my own space, but the sophiticated bold takes on traditional baroque prints – right up my alley! I can so see this hanging in trendy salons and boutiques here in the states. I’m waiting to see who picks up the line over here, any predictions? I’ll be in Berlin this summer, so I have to add this one to my list so I can report back to you my first hand experience of naughty little P Van b. I can’t wait to discover what’s new in Berlin, I haven’t been in a few years. So much to share with you this summer, I can’t wait!

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(photos from P Van b)

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