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When I started this blog a couple of weeks ago I said that it would develop, grow and change.  Well…I have changed the address. (Not sure how it became my name in the first place!!)

Please click here to be re-directed to the new home…http://thinkreallybig.wordpress.com/

Thanks to everyone that has been reading, and visit often at thinkreallybig !

 

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I know what you’re thinking…not another Barbie post. Couldn’t resist.  I showed my husband the Barbie jewelry when he got home from work, he proudly showed me a USB key that he had fashioned out of an old Barbie head from Goodwill Thrift Shop.  Had to share it on this Barbie’s birthday.

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Colette, the amazing gallery, design boutique, water bar and more, in Paris has just launched a line of jewelry and fashion in honour of Barbie’s 50th Birthday. Margaux Lange has created some unique and beautiful pieces using Barbie doll parts with more traditional materials like sterling silver and resins.  She has re-purposed mass produced materials into one-of-a-kind handmade, wearable art.  I love the ‘Hand hinge Bracelet’ made with Barbie hands, and the ‘Have a Heart’ necklace using Barbie’s size 39 (!) breasts. Check out the rest of the line on Colette’s site.
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artsole1Art & Sole, a new title from publisher Laurence King, explores and celebrates collaborations between sports shoe brands and artists. A book in two parts, the first explores ‘Sneakers & Art’ –  sneakers designed by artists, the second part ‘Art & Sneakers’ – looks at art inspired by the shoes themselves. This book sets out to examine contemporary, cutting-edge sneaker design, focussing on the creative side of sneaker culture. We see the best in collaborations between artists and major brands. “These shoes are at the sharp end of sneaker culture – not shoes that can be found in your average sports shop.”

via: CR Blog

squhistory-chess-by-boym-editionsweb2history-chess-by-boym-editions-web4History in the form of a game of strategy.  Designed by Boym Partners Inc., NY designers, The History Chess Set is a limited edition (only 8 made), hand carved, 32 piece set. Each piece represents a historic event or icon from the 20th century. The Panton Chair, The Titanic, VW Beetle, Coke bottle, Space Shuttle, The Mac Classic Computer and The Twin Towers are just a sampling of the sculptures represented in the 4′ x 4′ set.

From the Boym website…”The history of the last century has often been compared to a chess game. A tournament of opposing political systems, ideologies, brands and artistic movements”

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While some may say this is sacrilege, I love it! Mike Perry (author of Hand Job) has an exhibit at The Giant Robot Gallery in NY, Called ‘The Patterns Found in Space’. A Doodler extraordinaire, Perry creates new typefaces and graphics that inevitably evolve into his new work, he has a great belief that the “generating of piles is the sincerest form of creative process.” (I tend to agree!).  The exhibit opens March 7th – April 8th, 2009.mike-perry-chair-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I am crazy for coffee.  The stronger the better.  While I was employed (week 3 of unemployment) I had several personal cups…the iCup, the ‘I am not a paper cup’ cup, and even a cup made out of corn, it was bright yellow and said ‘reading is sexy’.  The problem?  They would often go missing, over zealous cleaners would disregard my DO NOT TOUCH sticky note and they would disappear into the hands of some unknown co-worker.  With 300 people at HOK , it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. I would send emails, offer rewards, and even made a ‘public service announcement’ via powerpoint before a presentation. So…I am very particular about what I drink my latte from.  This one caught my eye because it is all about personalization. How could someone else drink from it if it has your ‘to do’ list on it?  
Now, this is not a worry for me.  I drink my coffee at home from my favourite cup. My home made ‘Mom’ cup, and I never have to worry about anyone taking it.
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I love tattoos.  While I don’t have any – I find many of them both beautiful and slightly disturbing at the same time.  “Between 1948 to 2005, 3,000 drawings were compiled by prison warden and ethnographer Danzing Baldaev of the tattoos of the inmates. Supported by the KGB, who recognised the usefulness of such a document, these drawings were supplemented by photographs by Sergei Vasiliev, a fellow warden.”  Many of these photographs are currently on exhibit at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London.

Their body art and meanings were recorded and assembled into 3 books, Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia volumes 1 – 3 can be purchased through Fuel Design. You can also view a sample of them on this slightly dark video. These tattoos have recently been depicted in a film by David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) and a Martin Amis novel (House of Meetings).

via: things of random coolness

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects has developed a house that grows as your family or circumstances do. The family unit has changed in recent times – but housing really hasn’t. They have designed a series of villas that are as flexible as life and the changing times. The Villas can be built one by one or integrated and connected to form a larger residential area.  The video illustrates how it works. Right now the Villas are sold in the United Kingdom and Sweden and are produced by Kjellgren Kaminsky and Emrahus. 
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