I can’t believe how huge wall decals are right now. Each week I’m coming across more companies that specialize in these vinyl works of art, and I’m constantly amazed by how some really look like actual hand-painted wall murals. I found Apple Pie Design for the first time last night, and had to share. No dorm room decor here – these are sophisticated and grown up.
Apple Pie is a decal company out of Rhode-St-Gen?se Belgium, but with a website in English, French, and Dutch (covers most of us), it’s easy to navigate. They also ship worldwide, yeah! I find that their designs suit many tastes, from traditional to contemporary, whimsical, or even a little French country.
It’s hard to find decals that appeal to so many decor styles from a single company, but Apple Pie seems to cover everyone. Just like apple pie, a dessert that all seem to agree on. Aren’t these great? You can even dress up a child’s bedroom with silhouettes, or add understated elegance to the top corner of a room (below).
(images from apple pie design)
Jody recently wrote in looking for the perfect room divider. We suggested several options for her, but now that Steve Howkins walked into my life (thanks to Modemuse), I say with a confident grin, “Surf no more!” because Steve is here and he has exactly what you’re looking for.
Okay, with the exception being that his design studio is located in Australia, it’s still worth sending him an email with the specs and see what he can come up with. Maybe he’s already in the states, who knows? What I do know is that his room dividers are the most amazing that I’ve ever seen. I love that they are relatively lightweight in polyprop. Best part, those arabesque shadows they cast. Ooooh. Imagine these in front of a window even, to replace traditional fabric curtains?
Here’s a glimpse of his lighting, more can be viewed here.
(images from steve howkins)
We’ve all seen them, those wannabe-real grass mats. Have you considered designing your own template, tracing it on the back of the mat, and cutting your way to a new look?
Dutch magazine 101 Woonideeen has a template on their website (.pdf) that you can download, enlarge, and use to create a fresh take on an otherwise boring mat. You can also try animal shapes, from a bunny to a dog, or even insects, like a butterfly. The directions here are in Dutch, but I’m thinking you can use a silver metallic marker because the backing is usually black, and trace the outline of what you want the shape to be. Then cut it out. Presto!
Has anyone tried this project?
(images from 101 woonideeen)
Have you heard of the Dutch design studio, Invotis Orange? I hadn’t either until Danielle sent over a copy of 101 Woonideeen from the Netherlands and I found them inside. Invotis is a collaboration of talented Dutch designers and together, they produce products that are both intelligent and unique. Of course, in the spirit of Dutch design, most being traditional items modified for modern living. Some of my favorites include this very sweet birdhouse, the digital cuckoo clock, the kitschy cute clock using silverware and a plate, and the s + p birds.
Thanks for the magazine, Danielle!
(images from invotis orange)
If you’re looking for unique seating options, or anything else modern and fresh, try visiting the MoMA Store.
For lighting, the Standing Blue Lamp designed by Isamu Noguchi is gorgeous, and who can resist the Wise Ol’ Owl Mobile, inspired by 1960’s Japanese and Danish design designed by Helene Ige. For seating, how about the very cool Ripple Chair from Ron Arad (looks like a giant bow), or the Supernatural from Ross Lovegrove, available in green (shown) or white. The Supernatural also happens to be somewhat of an affordable find at $180.-USD.
(images from moma store)
I first discovered Paulina Reyes a few months ago while browsing the Kate Spade website. Paulina is a painter and illustrator, and a senior member of Kate’s creative team. While browsing the site, I stumbled upon Behind the Curtain, a cornucopia of imagery, links, and all things Kate Spade, including highlights from her current ad campaign. It’s quite a treasure chest, so give yourself time to peruse the site.
Learn more about Paulina here, and catch a glimpse of some of her illustrative work below. I love the bold graphics and the bright primary colors.
Aren’t these images from Kate’s 2007 calendar the best? The below images show the works of Anik Palulian and Abby Clawson Low. Paulina Reyes also contributed to this calendar. You can purchase it online, available as a small or large desk calendar or for the wall. I can see all the preppy girls lining up for this one with their Kate bag swinging from their shoulder. I love the vibe, very happy and totally screams weekends at the beach, which I’m betting we are all ready for right about now. Dreary winter, be gone!
(images from kate spade)