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.


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 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.


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".


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


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.