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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.

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”

via: Dezeen 

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.
via: bltdwrite-on-glassware1

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. 
Via: David Reportvilla-grow-31villa-grow-92

telescopic_textThis one is a bit hard to explain…Go to Telescopic Text to see how the story changes and develops when the highlighted words are clicked.

via: today and tomorrow

Republic is a different kind of bicycle company.  Thier tag line is “built by us & you”.  They  build custom bikes based on a shared design, offering component and colour choices, and pride themselves on providing quality, value and aesthetics. You pick what you want your bike to be, they assemble it and ship it out.  Another great example of ‘mass customization’.  and they sure are pretty…cykelthumbnailabout_shop

This gives a whole new meaning to ‘green thumb’. Designed by Hafsteinn Juliusson, this is “an experiment in drawing nature toward man.”  Growing jewelry needs a bit more attention and care than your average ring, water, nurture and maybe even talk to it to keep it looking its finest! Check out his Growing Jewelry Store too.
[images from hafsteinn juliusson website]





New York Fashion Week celebrated Barbie’s big birthday, with a fashion show that saw everyone from Vera Wang to Rag & Bone designing collections for the big event. Life-size dolls strutted the catwalk in designs that showed just how versatile and eclectic she really is. During her 50 years, Barbie has had as many as 70 designers contribute to her extensive  wardrobe, and has had careers that range from Astronaut to Doctor.  A true renaissance woman.

Happy Birthday Barbie!

via:  Colette 

stairsStairs. Nothing but stairs. Even the jokes are about stairs.
I came across this random site tonight, anyone out there with a ‘stair fetish’, should be more than satisfied with this site. There are reclaimed wood stairs, stairs made from skateboard decks and  beautiful built in stairs.
While on this site, be sure to visit their two other blogs,  Materialicious, “just another shelter blog”, and Workaliciousthe modern workplace, its furniture, implements, and a bit of its culture”.

Inspiration a plenty!