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.
(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)