Dec 30, 2011

Terrific T@tris



Ah, if only there were some way to combine Tetris with furniture...oh wait, there is! Check out this T@tris sideboard by designer Pedro Machado. It's quite cleverly designed and can be used as a sideboard, a table and two benches, and/or 26 drawers. Much like my concern about the Deglon Meeting Knives, I'm not clear on how you actually open the drawers or remove the benches, though, as I don't see any finger slots. Presumably there's a way that I just can't discern from the photos.

My only other quibble with this otherwise excellent piece of design is the name—surely T@tris is pronounced "Tatris," no?

Dec 29, 2011

DIY Nutella (Best Idea Ever)



Oh dear god yes. Here's a recipe for homemade Nutella. Want it now.

Incidentally, I really get the feeling that I would gain a zillion pounds if I actually went ahead and concocted all the delicacies currently on my to-make-eventually list.

Dec 28, 2011

In Praise of Portlandia



If you have a bit of time, you should really watch Portlandia. It's a sketch comedy show created by and starring former Sleater-Kinney guitarist/singer (and current frontwoman of Wild Flag) Carrie Brownstein and SNL actor Fred Armisen. It sends up Portland's hipster culture to hilarious effect. (Full disclosure: I've never been to Portland, but I gather it's like Williamsburg but more so, in which case the show seems bang-on to me.)

Anyway, my point isn't purely to get you to watch the last season of a show but to let you know that it's coming back for a second season. Yay! One season wasn't enough. For a more in-depth look at the show and Brownstein herself, check out this New Yorker piece. It's predictably poncey (seriously, you're going to stick with a style guide so old you write "Web site" as two words, one capped?), but quite interesting nonetheless.

Side note: If you haven't done so yet, get a copy of Wild Flag's self-titled debut album. You will never again get the song "Romance" out of your head. That's not a bad thing. Here, I'm embedding it for you:

Dec 27, 2011

Blowing Bubbles



Yes, this Bubbles Necklace is whimsically cute. Is it £300 worth of worth of cute? In my opinion, hell no. Enough people have apparently disagreed with me that there's only one left, though, so perhaps I have a warped sense of value. Or perhaps these particular shoppers fall into that category where money > sense.

So, here's what I propose: Buy a bubble wand and some chain. Gild wand. Attach to chain. You can thereby successfully "awaken the child we each keep inside" without spending £300 to do so.

Via NOTCOUTURE.

Dec 26, 2011

Nesting Knives



Ooh, this Deglon Meeting Knife Set is one sexy set of cutlery. Designed by Mia Schmallenbach, it won first prize in this year's European Cutlery Design Awards (no, I didn't know that existed either). I do have some concerns about how you actually remove some of the pieces (if you just want the small paring knife, for instance), but the set is otherwise stunning. For sale here.

Dec 23, 2011

Surprise Surprise!



It's the last pre-Christmas post of the year, people, so I figured I'd spend it on this rather festive Surprise Surprise Light by designer Stephen Johnson. I think it's fabulous, but as we all know, I have a decided weakness for fun lighting fixtures. Though it's perhaps a lesser-known fact, I also have a weakness for oversized bows. This light combines both, so of course I'd be a fan!

Found on Design*Sponge. Now go forth and have a happy holiday!

Dec 22, 2011

Visions of Vanilla Sugar Plum Sparklers



'Tis the season for, among other things, festive cocktails. Eggnog, of course, plenty of mulled wine and spiced cider, and the other standards. However, I'm always on the lookout for more unusual tipples, such as this vanilla sugar plum sparkler. Looks delicious, not to mention very New Year's Eve-appropriate.

Dec 21, 2011

Balloons and Mushrooms



I love the balloon bench (particularly in red) and the mushroom lamp, both designed by h220430, a collaboration between Satoshi Itasaka and Takuto Usami. Both pieces are visually arresting and cleverly designed. I feel like the lamp makes a more significant statement, but the bench is just so delightfully whimsical. And was inspired by the charming film The Red Balloon, which I have always loved. For sale or commission (price upon request, naturally) here.

Dec 20, 2011

The Reason for the Season



In honor of the first night of Hanukkah, enjoy this very relevant photo. I love Han. Just in case you couldn't tell.

Dec 19, 2011

Disney + Dalí = Destino



I only recently discovered this gem of a cartoon, Destino, a joint effort between Disney and Salvador Dalí. The backstory is so interesting—the collaboration began in 1945-46 and was shelved when Disney ran into financial difficulties. Nearly 60 years later, the project was resumed, completed, and released in 2003. I can't believe I hadn't heard of it until a few weeks ago—it's just lovely. Surreal, of course (it is Dalí, after all). It was apparently included in the 2010 Blu-ray release of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, which adds yet another reason (beyond one of my favorite segments ever, the flamingo with the yo-yo sequence) you should pick up a copy.

Dec 16, 2011

Get This Cat a Letterman Jacket Stat!



Today's post is a cat, because it's that sort of day. I can't find the original image on I Can Has Cheezburger, but the picture is really the important part. Now go rewatch some Arrested Development.

Dec 15, 2011

A Dryer Full of Hedgehogs



To be perfectly frank, I can never decide how helpful dryer balls actually are. I still use them—though I honestly don't think they reduce static cling in the slightest, I do think they help prevent wet clothes (and sheets—damn you, sheets!) from sticking together. So I naturally found these hedgehog dryer balls enchanting. Very cute + at least somewhat functional = ideal stocking stuffer.

Dec 14, 2011

Haute Hitchcock



Ooh, add Hitchcock Style to the list of books I want to find under my Christmas tree* this year (along with the Louboutin book). Hitchcock's movies (and leading ladies in particular) were so utterly, fabulously stylish. Eh, with the possible exception of Ingrid Bergman's sequined zebra-print belly top in Notorious. In fact, I'd probably be happy if the book contained nothing but stills from To Catch a Thief. Those costume ball ensembles were insane. I would also accept wearable replicas of those for Christmas.

*Note: I don't actually have a tree this year.

Dec 13, 2011

Timey-Wimey Fabricky-Wabricky?



I didn't know this even existed till today, when my delightful friend Katie pointed me toward Spoonflower, a site where you can design and order your own fabric. No minimum purchase, which is great, $16.20/yard, which is...I don't know. It's been a long time since I bought fabric.

Anyway, because you can design your own, there are a number of Doctor Who-themed fabrics—I gather there are a lot of crafty Doctor Who fans out there. These were my two favorites, not just Who-y but actually rather elegant: Dr. Who Makes a Cameo and TARDIS Travels Damask. Quite cool. And now I kind of want to go design a fabric myself.

Dec 12, 2011

Ombré Elegance



Under no circumstances am I going to pay £1295 for it, but this Barbetta kimono is pretty beautiful. I know it's fashion porn, but I just had to post it.

Dec 9, 2011

Retro Cases for Modern Tech



I don't have an iPad, but I want one—largely so I can carry it around in one of these retro-chic Duchess Cases. Oh, it looks like they make laptop bags and iPhone cases as well...hm. Will have to think about those for the Christmas list. Okay, no, they're probably not the most practical things ever, but they're not impractical and they are decidedly stylish.

Via NOTCOUTURE.

Dec 8, 2011

Les T-Shirts



Très amusant, non? These Le Musique tees take famous English-language song titles and translate them into French. I particularly enjoy "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go".

Via NOTCOT.

Dec 7, 2011

Leafy and Lovely



I don't know the original source of this leafy metal glove thingy, but it's gorgeous. It's sort of a handflower, but not exactly...and is quite unlike either of the two I own. If I could find out who created it, I'd definitely consider adding it to my collection.

Dec 6, 2011

Reopened (at Last): The Met's Islamic Wing



Completely forgot to post this before, but it's still relevant. The Met has reopened its Islamic wing (rechristened the Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia—what a mouthful!). It was closed for renovation in 2003 and only just reopened last month. The New York Times featured an excellent interactive tour of some of the collection highlights, as well as a thorough review of the newly refurbished galleries. (Registration required; it's annoying, but free.) I will have to make it a priority to stop by next time I'm in NY—the Persian Room, which has been renamed the Damascus Room (image above) was always my favorite spot in the museum. Small but lovely and peaceful. It's weird to think that I haven't seen it in eight years.... Also, this had better be one helluva renovation if it took that long! Sounds promising, though.

Dec 5, 2011

Dariawesome



I know this image has been all over the internet for a couple of weeks, but I felt I would be amiss if I didn't mention how fantastic it is. I love Daria and kind of have a thing for both Jane and Trent, so I'm pretty down with SoDespair's whole deviantART gallery (though the above image is the best of the batch). Given my predilection for dress-up, you'd think I'd be into cosplay by now. Huh.

Dec 2, 2011

Don't Blink



The first weeping angel episode, Blink, is what convinced me that Doctor Who is indeed an excellent show. I have since been collecting bits of weeping angel-related craftiness, which I present here for your terror, er, pleasure.

First, the angel everyone's probably seen before: the famed Barbie weeping angel statue.

Taking the Barbie statue concept and kicking it up to the next level in time for the holidays, here's a weeping angel tree topper. (I love the clear, specific instruction about which type of soda bottle to use for Barbie's lower half!)

And finally, here we have the world's most fabulous (and thorough!) weeping angel costume. I love the attention to detail, not to mention the gratuitous Jewel Staite appearance.

Dec 1, 2011

A Very Star Wars Christmas



Now that we've hit December, it's officially okay to start thinking about the holidays (even though some of us started watching the Rankin Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer about a week before Thanksgiving). So let's get in the spirit of the season!

What's more festive than a nutcracker? How about an R2-D2 nutcracker? Okay, maybe it's not more festive than a regular old nutcracker, but it's certainly cooler. Now I totally want to see a reworking of The Nutcracker Suite with R2-D2 as the titular character. I'm imagining it might be slightly less balletic. He's a great little droid—feisty, energetic, but not exactly graceful.

Nov 30, 2011

Wearable Architecture



I know I've blogged previously about Philippe Tournaire's jewelry, but I feel the need to do so again. Because guess what? He's added to the fantastic Architecture collection. With the newest additions, you can wear a mini London, an upside-down Eiffel Tower, or a little Leaning Tower of Pisa.

I'm so adding several of these to my wishlist for whenever I strike it rich.

Via If It's Hip, It's Here (or, in this case, here, here, and here).

Nov 29, 2011

Blooming Bookmarks



I never imagined I'd be devoting a whole post to leafy bookmarks, but there you go. I had just bought Suck UK's Sprout Bookmark, which is adorable, functional, and inexpensive (£5), when I saw this Detelina bookmark on MoCo Loco. It's lovely, but I'm not sure where to buy it or how much it costs. So maybe that one's more of an aspirational bookmark. In the meanwhile, go for the Sprout.

Nov 28, 2011

The Genius of Ingo Maurer



I seriously love me some Ingo Maurer. I had no idea how many brilliant designs he's responsible for until I wandered into his New York showroom some months ago. I knew he had created the genius piece "Porca Miseria," one of the highlights of the MoMA's design section and the chandelier I will someday have for my kitchen or dining room (I like to think optimistically), as well as the amusing Wo Bist Du, Einstein?

At the shop, I found out that Maurer is also the man behind the Birdie and Birds Birds Birds chandeliers, the Lucellino and Johnny B. Butterfly lamps, and the Alizz.Cooper lighting series. I particularly loved the magical LED table and Lacrime Del Pescatore crystal lighting fixture. Seriously amazing stuff. Unsurprisingly, I would like to own a lot of it.

Nov 25, 2011

Wanted: Swarovski-Studded Doc Martens



Happy Black Friday! I hope you're at home, sanely tootling around online, instead of out getting a face full of pepper spray in your quest for sale items. Jesus, people, is a discounted TV worth bodily harm?

Enough virtual head-shaking. Instead, see my latest object of lust: Swarovski-studded Doc Martens. This capsule collection is the result of a special collaboration between the two companies; I'm not sure where you can actually buy these beauties other than Selfridges (and they only seem to carry three styles), but that's probably a moot point given how bloody expensive they are. I have been enforcing a moratorium on any purchases of Docs, Chuck Taylors, and graphic tees, because I have too many of all three...but I would have made an exception in this case. Unfortunately, I have never had cheap taste and, as usual, I like the most expensive pair, the 10-hole boot with all-over crystals (pictured), which runs £540 in the UK and $655 in the US. Sure, they're a better deal in the States, but that's still a bit out of my budget. I have to buy Christmas presents for other people, not absurdly expensive (albeit very, very pretty) boots for myself. Damn my sense of fiscal responsibility.

Discovered via Shoewawa.

Nov 24, 2011

For the Gilded Gourmet



Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Look what I found to spice up your boring ol' Turkey Day: edible metallic food spray finish. So yes, the gold and silver apples do look kinda rad, but the pinkish cupcake? Not so tasty. The gilt turkey? Why? Just why?

Those wacky Germans.

Nov 23, 2011

Marmite Dos and Don'ts



I'm not at all sure how I feel about Marmite chocolate. I love Marmite (I just had some on buttered toast a couple of hours ago) and I love chocolate (I anticipate possibly treating myself to a piece tonight), but those might just be two tastes that don't belong together. Don't get me wrong—I'm adventurous, I'd try it—but I have deep reservations. Now, Marmite cashews, on the other hand? They're delicious.

Nov 22, 2011

If Only Han Had Been Encased in Chocolate!



Despite the fact that I seldom bake and haven't made chocolates since I was about 10 years old, I am rather taken with this Han Solo in carbonite silicone tray. While I think it's most likely to be used for ice, who wouldn't want to nibble a Han chocolate or two?

Nov 21, 2011

Magnificent Monet



You know, I have all these great posts queued up, ready to be deployed at a moment's notice...and I keep discovering even more awesome things I need to post first. Yesterday's discovery is over a century old, but it's new to me: Monet's Water Lilies, Setting Sun. I wish the photos I've found of it online even remotely did it justice, but they all look too drab and muddy. In actuality, it's gorgeous and vibrant and colorful, full of reds and pinks and greens and golds. Really conveyed the impression of a sunset reflected in the flower-strewn water. I highly recommend a trip to The National Gallery (where it's a recent acquisition) specifically to take a look in person. Not that there aren't plenty of other things to see there as well, but it's worth a special trip.

Nov 18, 2011

Part Boardroom, Part Bedroom



Dear lord I want this Thora dress. It's great from the front and amazing from the back. See?



It's spectacular and I want it. I'm not sure buying it would be the most fiscally responsible decision ever, but that doesn't stop me from wanting it. Is it possible to have a crush on a dress?

Nov 17, 2011

How the TMNT Got the Ladies



Wow. Apparently photos of this free Pizza Hut TMNT giveaway have been floating around the internet since 2009, but this is the first I've seen of it. So, yeah. Relationship advice from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's not bad advice, but not the sort of thing their intended fan base would need to know for a few years yet.

Nov 16, 2011

Graphic Graphics



This is such a clever graphic—totally explicit without being NSFW. I suppose I understand why a college paper might not choose to run it on the front page...but when an audience is composed of college kids, the subject matter is already obviously sexual, and something's this well designed, I think they could have gotten away with it. Ah well. Their loss, the internet's gain.

Nov 15, 2011

What We All Need: Peace, Love, and Ukulele



Love Jake Shimabukuro. He is responsible for the only Beatles cover that I (gasp!) prefer to to original song. While My Guitar Gently Weeps, fyi—I even bought the album for my Beatles-loving mother, who was massively impressed. His cover of Bohemian Rhapsody is pretty awesome as well. The dude is a ukulele genius and comes across as fun and endearing in all his videos.

Anyway, my point is this: He's released a new video, a ukulele cover of Don't Stop Believin' for Boing Boing. He also has a new album, Peace Love Ukulele, which I need to buy asap. You should too.

Nov 14, 2011

Wrecking Bird



I don't know what the impetus is behind this Angry Bird crash, but it amuses me nonetheless.

Nov 11, 2011

Prepare to Have Your Face Rocked



Have been meaning to post about these guys for ages and keep forgetting. My favorites are the Man vs. Katamari and Medal of Honor Cat shorts. I also love the making-of videos (particularly the behind-the-scenes Medal of Honor Cat video—that's an awesome cat, dude).

Nov 10, 2011

Sheer Magnetism



As previously established, I am rather a fan of magnetic nail polish (yes, I did buy an absurdly expensive, tiny bottle of Le Magnetique), so needless to say I am pretty psyched about these Magnetic Attractions by Nails Inc. I'm a little confused because they seem to be different shades in every picture I see—sometimes the Big Ben color looks golden, sometimes yellow, sometimes somewhere in between. Am very intrigued to see them in person. I strongly suspect I might need one of each. Unless Big Ben turns out to be very yellow—that's not a good shade for my nails. I've tried yellow and it just isn't flattering on someone as pale as I am.

Nov 9, 2011

Why You Shouldn't Teach a Cat to IM

I really had no idea what the hell this was about when my friend Zack sent me the link, but Louis vs. Rick turned out to be the highly amusing story of a man who taught his cat how to use instant messenger. Fictional, obviously. But hilarious. Somehow Louis the cat's behavior is entirely believable. Cats are assholes, after all.

Nov 8, 2011

Bejeweled Bondage



If you want to get your loved one something a little...different this Christmas, how about some of these trinkets from Agent Provocateur? First up is a Swarovski crystal collar (plated with 18-carat gold, no less) and matching crystal cuffs. They're like the very upscale version of those rhinestone dog collars worn by the the hip goth kids a few, er, 10 years ago.

If bejeweled bondage isn't your thing but you still want to give the gift of decidedly unusual jewelry, can you wait for this Cleopatra waspie (basically, it's an elaborate belly chain) to come back into stock? It's sexy without giving of quite such an overt whips-and-chains vibe, and would look gorgeous over the right dress. See, look at how practical I am, figuring out how clothed people as well as the naked ones can make use of these shiny, sexy baubles.

Nov 7, 2011

Kittenmind and Other Classics



Can't remember where I came across this link, but it's good for a laugh: The Kitten Covers. Take iconic album covers, remove existing images, replace with kittens. Snicker. Repeat.

Nov 1, 2011

Halloween in Hollywood



Post-Halloween, let's look at some celebrity costumes, shall we? And by "we" I mean "the Fug Girls," as they have the best costume roundups I've found so far. (And devoted an entire post to the flayed Heidi Klum.) Though they don't include any photos of the back (or lack thereof) of Coco's costume, which is quite an oversight. Or perhaps they were trying to protect us. Here, have some cleansing cuteness in the form of Alyson Hannigan and family.

Oct 31, 2011

Not Your Usual Jack'o'Lantern



If you haven't seen these amazing pumpkins, just bursting with zombies, check 'em out. Food sculptor (yes, that's a thing) Ray Villafane carved the world's heaviest pumpkin into a giant, zombie-infested nightmare. I love the pumpkin hand, all dripping with pumpkin innards (pumpkinnards?). Well done. Takes pumpkin carving to a whole new level.

So yeah. Happy Halloween and sweet dreams.

Oct 24, 2011

Over the Moon About These Designs!



It might be a bit much to have both of these moony accents in the same room, but I think they're both pretty cool. Check out the Luna Rug and the Moon Clock. Both are nifty, though you might notice that the rug is significantly more expensive than the clock. Ahh, such is the price one must pay for walking on the moon. (Bah-dum-ching!)

Both found via Better Living Through Design (here and here).

Oct 17, 2011

Travelling and Such

Just a quick post to say sorry for the recent absence of posts...which will continue through this week. Lots of work-related travelling going on. No time to find cool stuff on the wonderful world of The Internet.

Oct 10, 2011

Opera on a Small Scale



Found this Opera Fireplace by Sebastian Errazuriz a while back and hadn't gotten around to posting it until now. While it certainly won't work in every house, or even every fireplace, it is pretty amusing. I'm undecided about whether or not I'd torch the little man, though, even for the sake of "art." I also feel like the artist missed a trick by carving a somewhat generic guy instead of a rotund woman in a Valkyrie helmet.

Oct 7, 2011

Sparklier Than Michael Jackson's Glove...



This is obscenely decadent...get glorious, in a sort of grotesque, cracked-out way. It's an 18-karat white gold and diamond chain mail glove, entitled Contra Mundum (against the world), designed by jeweler Shaun Leane and fashion personality Daphne Guinness. (Yeah, I never know exactly what to call Daphne Guinness. She's an heiress with Cruella de Vil hair and wacky, striking clothes.) Anyway, the gauntlet is spectacular, if entirely unnecessary. The presentation of the piece was similarly over-the-top: a shrouded Guinness was "awakened" with a kiss from designer Tom Ford at the unveiling at the White Cube gallery. Oh, and apparently each guest's gift bag contained a diamond. I am going to the wrong parties, I tell ya what.

Oct 6, 2011

Men-ups!



Not gonna lie—this is a little weird. But quite amusing, too. This is what happens when you pose men in traditional pinup poses: you get Men-ups. Courtesy of photographer Rion Sabean. Enjoy.

Oct 5, 2011

Barbie Baubles



I know I've mentioned Noir Jewelry before, but I just saw their new Barbie-themed collection. In what's probably a good sign re my maturity level, I don't want most of it. In what might be a bad sign, I do want the Barbie Dream House ring (come on—it opens!) and the I'm not small necklace. The former because it's freaking adorable, the latter because I need to put a positive spin on my rather diminutive stature.

Oct 4, 2011

Haunted (Doll)Houses



Okay, these are pretty amazing (and very timely, what with Halloween coming). For his series Abandoned Houses, artist Mike Doyle has created several decrepit, abandoned, spooky Victorian houses...entirely from Lego. Check out Doyle's flickr feed for some brilliant photos and his blog for more details and the making-of story. And if you hanker for a piece of strangely evocative Lego art of your own, you can buy a print at Bumble & Bramble.

Oct 3, 2011

Arrested Development Resuming



Am back from some work-related travel, and I bring glad tidings! Arrested Development is coming back! Evidently the series creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, has planned for 9-10 episodes to air on TV, leading up to the long-awaited movie. I cannot begin to tell you how psyched I am.

Sep 21, 2011

Christian Louboutin, Now in Book Form



Ooh—I just discovered that Rizzoli is putting out a Christian Louboutin book. While not cheap, it's still more affordable than a pair of his shoes.... Naturally, I want it. And the shoes, for that matter. Still, the book's a good start.

(Jon) Hamming It Up



Dear Fug Girls and Jon Hamm (I know you must be excited to be mentioned in the same sentence, ladies): I love you. Jon, for striking such poses at the Emmys. (As well as being a winning combination of hot, a good actor, and quite funny in your occasional 30 Rock appearances.) Fug Girls, for chronicling moments like these.

I couldn't help myself. I just had to share.

Sep 20, 2011

Chai Tea S'mores—Commence Drooling!



Since moving to another country, I have been a bit slow to acquire some baking accoutrements...a mixer, for example, or a blender, or, come to think of it, even a pie plate or cookie sheet. For that matter, the pantry is also pretty much devoid of ingredients vital to baking. I think I have white sugar and that's about it. Milk, if there's any left.

Ignoring the reality of the situation (because I do plan on accumulating both ingredients and supplies eventually), I think I need to make these chai tea s'mores at some point in the near future. They look amazing, and combine two awesome things: chai and s'mores. I love the one and consume chai and chai-flavored delicacies whenever possible; the other I haven't had in years but always inspires longing. The only substitution I think I'd make is the chocolate: Hershey's just isn't very good. Tastes a bit like sugary cocoa-flavored plastic. However, knock some high-quality chocolate into those bad boys and we've got a deal!

Yeah, I seriously need to buy baking supplies. Those s'mores must be created and consumed!

Sep 19, 2011

A Tragic Tack-o-Rama



This would have been a timely post two weeks ago, but I discovered it late. It's spectacular either way. Allow me to present a roundup of the most godawful 9/11 memorial...things. First, Regretsy featured a compilation of 9/11-themed junk ranging from full backpiece tattoos to cakes to the always-classy van art. (Incidentally, I give the Lego Twin Towers a pass—they're rendered well and somehow the juxtaposition of using a children's toy to depict a tragedy seems all the more poignant. But you might disagree.)

Following the train wreck that was the roundup of 9/11 tack, Regretsy then held a 9/11 gif contest ("healing through gifs"), thus incurring the wrath of the dude who created (and, amazingly, wants to take credit for) the crying eagle image. However, minus further appearances of said maudlin eagle, the Never Forgetsy contest forged ahead, resulting in the following 48 favorites (10 of which are the official winners). My personal favorite? Nyan 11.

Note the lack of tags for this post. I am at an utter loss for how to categorize this one. "Funny" seems inappropriate, "DIY" only sorta, and "art"...hell no.