Have you ever seen a wooden carpet with felt stitched on? Oh no? Oh yes! You are about to… Meet Estonian textile designer Monika Järg who will also be exhibiting this week over at the Lodz Design Festival in Poland. I’ve never in my life laid eyes on anything even remotely similar. I love it. She uses plywood and felt to “stitch on” a pattern creating a wooden rug. Gorgeous!
Now THIS is inspiring and innovative, right!? I am dying to see the entire rug now and wonder how this really works — how does it feel to walk across, where would it be used, etc. If you are attending this fair and you see one, please snap a photo or two for me — I’d love to check this beauty out in situ. Must be amazing.
(image: Monika Järg)
Bogdan Kosak is a ceramicist from Poland that I recently discovered and I felt really drawn to his work because it’s so delicate and precious, and I love how he uses gold as an accent on some of his pieces. I also enjoy how he uses texture here and there, too. Bodgan also takes discarded ceramics and, adding fillers and baking a second time around, he is able to form something completely new. Brilliant, he is really talented!
It’s organic but also technical, if that is even a good way to describe it… but it’s what comes to mind when I examine his body of work. Here, see for yourself and tell me what you think. I can’t stop looking at the porcelain doilies, I would love several of these to hang on clear cord and hang in my kitchen window (at various lengths) this winter!
Psst: He will be exhibiting at the Lodz Design Festival 2009 in Lodz, Poland beginning on Oct. 15 along with many other artists and designers I’d not heard of before — definitely check out the Lodz Design Festival website for more information! Also at this fest will be Peike Bergmans from the Netherlands (amazing lightbulbs) and Pudelskern from Austria with their knitted lights.
(images: bogdan kosak ceramics)
Sci-fi fans and design geeks unite! This limited edition egg chair just released by Irish design company Lost Weekend. They have partnered with Fritz Hansen to create 42 exclusive Fritz Hansen Egg Chairs… and I want one! :) If you know Douglas Adam’s classic, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” then you must know that this marks the 30th year anniversary and well the number 42… this is THE answer to all the questions in the universe, right?
Isn’t this fun? What a beautiful chair. I love the stitchwork on the back…. Gorgeous. I’ve always wanted an egg chair, and there’s no chance of me getting one of these, but oh this is soooo nice.
(images: lost weekend)
I love it when you’ve read a blog post here and are thoughtful and felt inspired by it enough to contact me sharing something related… Like today what Marianne from Noces de Coton in France contacted me (thanks, Marianne!) after reading this post about how I make my home cozy for fall. She left a link to a project she tried at home to give her space a more seasonal feel. It’s lovely! Here is what she does to warm up her home for fall…
“I’ve given my living-room a Fall look with pillows, scented candles – I have one that smells like wood fire! Almost as if we had a fireplace in the room! And blankets, and also with a little super simple piece of DIY art with a deer head shape in a fake wood vinyl paper on a canvas. You can check it out here. Hope U like it!“
Yes Marianne, I like it very much!
Marianne’s deer DIY was crafted simply by cutting a deer silhouette using faux bois vinyl sticky paper (like the kind you use to line drawers) and by painting the surface (not sure if it’s wood or canvas but I’m guessing wood would be the best choice as it’s smooth and bump-free) with gray Farrow & Ball paint – N°91. Easy and beautiful!
(images: noces de coton)