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Jellio – design for the kid in us all!

I’m thrilled that Mario over at Jellio wrote to me, thanks Mario! His online store is so rockin’ cute. Take your entire childhood (at least for 80s kids like me) and transform it into design for the home and viola! you’ve just served up a very delicious mix of color, fun and memories. Lighting that looks so much like a giant gummi bear that you may find yourself licking it when no one is watching (!). Mirrors modeled after your favorite viewmaster, with 14 slots for photos. A rubik’s cube table. There are so many ways to trick out your crash pad at Jellio. Maybe it’s not your style, but I’m guessing your kids would love it, or perhaps your husband would like a blast from the past in his game room?

I’m feelin’ their new Swinger magazine rack, a tribute to the classic barrel of monkeys that I actually use to love to play with. I like the hardwood frame and the brightly painted accents, it’s modern and fun. The Plandelabras are their new fluorescent acrylic tribute to the balsa wood gliders from Woolworth’s. Soar into style with these whimsical candle holders. Cute!

Did you know that you can schedule a visit to Mario’s lower Manhattan studio? Click here for details.

(images from jellio)

Posted in uncategorized on May 19, 2006

Scandinavia Design Online – Worldwide Shipping!

Ylva Markstam from Scandinavian Design OnLine in Sweden contacted me today about their online store, which I’m guessing you’re going to enjoy because a) everything is from Scandinavian and I know you’ll love that b) the site is in english and c) they ship worldwide. Sure, that’s a triple threat to your wallet, but imagine how you can dress up your space. From laser cut Tord Boontje pillows to Hildurs Hus furniture and home accessories in solid oak and Karim Rashid orgo hangers (fun!), you’re likely to find oodles of items that you’ve never seen before that appeal to both your design sense and your wallet. Their site is also very easy to navigate with categories ranging from bathroom goodies to outdoor living finds.

Here’s some instant turn-ons… Looking for something lacey, not racey? Grace may add the right touch over your table. We know about the emperors new clothing, but get a load of the Emperors New Lamp? Maybe you can’t or maybe you Can dig this lamp? If lighting isn’t your thing, loopy designs by Karin Mannerstal (who also designs for IKEA Sweden) could have your circling back for more. DIY peeps can rejoice, Scandinavia Design Online sells fabric by the meter here (60 selections!). Those who want to be swept off their feet should consider their assortment of rugs, too.

Don’t miss the Barbara bowl… Extravagant and beautiful, available in NINE colors (black shown)!

Thank you Ylva for writing in.

(images from scandinavia design center online)

Posted in uncategorized on May 19, 2006

Orike Muth, Textile Designer in Hannover, Germany

Orike Muth is a fabulous textile designer that you simply must meet. Based in my husband’s city of Hannover, Germany, her exotic Asian theme of blooms and vibrant patterns dance across paper lanterns and pillows, bringing happiness to your entire home. You can locate her textiles and lights at Wohnzimmer in Berlin, Frau Zimmer in Hannover, Craft2eu or Vergissmeinnicht in Hamburg, and Engel & Bengel in Munich (Innere Wiener Str. 61, Tel. 44 21 85 36). You can also contact Orike via her website if you are interesting in placing an order or carrying her line in your own store. Stunning!

(images from craft2eu)

Posted in uncategorized on May 19, 2006

Hotel Fox: Copenhagen, Denmark

What do you get when you take talented young artists like Birgit Amadori, Genevieve Gauckler, Boris Hoppek and 18 of their friends and assign them to create their very own rooms in one hotel? Amazing decor – that’s what! After seeing this place, you’ll want to book a flight to Copenhagen just to experience Hotel Fox. Wait until you look at their website, it’s splendid. Try to pause a moment and watch their video, too. It describes the entire Hotel Fox project, which I found quite interesting.

Each room is a piece of art. Comical styles, graffiti, manga, fantasy, fairy tales… All rooms tell their own very special story and give you the chance, as the guest, to live in these stories for as many nights as you desire. The hotel rates are quite reasonable and since they’re located in the city, you’re certain to be around Copenhagen’s hottest attractions.

Seeing international artists from all fields of design – graphic, urban art (graffiti artists) and illustrators create rooms in one single hotel, this is something that I hope a few hotels in America will consider in the future, especially with all the new hotels popping up in American cities and the rate of expansion some of our cities is experiencing. Surely there is room for something creative like this vs. another W Hotel or some swanky Ritz Carlton. I’d love to see a similar project in New Orleans, for instance, especially during this time of rebuilding their great city.

psst: Be sure to click on all of the individual room photos to view the artists’ bio and to see their websites. This is certain to take you at least an hour, so have fun! You’ll love all of the new artists you’ll walk away knowing about though, totally worth it. Foxy!

(images from hotel fox)

Posted in uncategorized on May 19, 2006


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