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Design Within Reach Cloud Lamp + MIT Stata Center

While visiting DWR in Providence last month, I felt a little weak in the knees when I saw the new Frank Gehry cloud lamp floating in the air – stunning! So much more dramatic in person than in print, I think the whole creative process involved in how they were designed motivates me even more to start looking at common objects a little differently.
This goes back again to an earlier post about pushing past your design comfort zone. Canadian born Architect Frank Gehry found a new way to look at common packing paper cups and using staples, he transformed them into a cloud lamp. Of course, the DWR light fixtures aren’t made of paper, he opted for flexible, tear-resistant, fire-retardant polyester instead. Good choice. The cloud lamp may have transformed into a fireball!

Tip: If you’re ever shopping at DWR in Providence, ask for Marc Gelinas, store proprietor. He’s very down-to-earth, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable, which will make your entire shopping experience that much more enjoyable.

By the way, if the name Gehry sounds familiar to you, he recently designed the new Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences at MIT here in Cambridge, MA. View the amazing photos of the Stata Center here. Robert Campbell, Globe writer, calls the building “a work of architecture that embodies serious thinking about how people live and work, and at the same time shouts the joy of invention.” I was over there the other day peering upwards in awe. If you’re local, you should bring your camera and go check it out.

Posted in Objects, shopping, travel on February 17, 2006

danke to design*sponge

Danke to design*sponge for sharing some great links to her fave Brooklyn shops; I’ve added them to the decor8 shopping list (located to your right beneath ny.brooklyn). Thanks, Grace!

In case you didn’t hear the news (maybe you’ve been hiding out in caves for the past 6 months?), design*sponge is relaunching in a few days with a total facelift so make sure you check it out!


Posted in uncategorized on February 17, 2006

Sesame Letterpress + Buy Olympia

I’m lovin’ these letterpress coasters from Sesame Letterpress out of Brooklyn. You can find them online at Buy Olympia. $4.99 for a set of 6. Aren’t they fun?

(top photo buck buck bo buck)

Posted in uncategorized on February 17, 2006

Tricia Guild

I’ve been a great fan of Tricia Guild, the force behind Designer’s Guild in London, for several years now, as I first learned about her in design school while taking a Color Theory class. If there’s anyone that isn’t afraid of using color, it’s Tricia Guild. Her innate ability to use color, woven together with her love of nature and travel create what is to me, a most amazingly brilliant color palette full of passion and enthusiasm for life. She has a new collection of prints, wallcoverings, and fabrics, Grand Paradiso, Essentials, Samarkand, and Cherry Orchard, that are positively lush. I can’t pass up this opportunity to share them with all of you with a short presentation located beneath the links to your right. ———————————>
I’ve selected about 15 photos to whet your appetite for adding bold rich home to your space this Spring.

If you do want to make a purchase, you can head over to the Martin Group showroom at the Boston Design Center. They’re lovely people and I’m sure they’d be happy to assist you. If you’re not in the Boston area, click here.

Enjoy the show!
Posted in uncategorized on February 17, 2006


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