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Thursday
Dec122013

Get a tissue

This is one of the saddest and sweetest videos I have ever seen. Had to share as I wipe the tears from my face (as I always do when I watch Eldad's rescue videos). 

Saturday
Dec072013

Ran Ran

Belén from Spain emailed us recently and I wanted to share her work here on the blog. She makes gorgeous hand-woven wall hangings with weaving and macrame techniques using cotton rope, cashmere, moroccan wool, linen, feathers etc. LOVE the textures and vintage retro vibe. A piece of art for your wall. Find them at Ran Ran

Sunday
Dec012013

Geof Ramsay

Geof Ramsay is a contemporary industrial designer whose body of work is focused on exploring the relationship between objects and the users experience. Geof’s designs are often imbued with an underlying theme but are mainly driven by a deep fascination with material properties and new manufacturing techniques. In 2009 Geof established “Geof Ramsay Design”, a multidisciplinary design studio which, in 2012, permanently relocated to its new location in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I saw one of Geof's pieces at The Modern Shop over the weekend and wanted to give a shout out to this super creative guy. If I had a proper entrance I would put this Wallhax on my Christmas list:

Wallhax plays with the tendency to throw a coat over a chair and incorporates it into a wall hook. By the merging a chair into the wall Wallhax animates its surface by suggesting space beyond. Wallhax provides two hooks at the top as well as three places to drape clothing, over the back, between the leg and the wall and between the leg and the seat.

You Are Here is a formal exploration of physical place met with the application of mass customization to furniture design.  Any geographic footprint abstracted into its essential positive and negative space can be produced to create a one-of-a-kind piece.  You Are Here allows you to select any urban mapping (ie. an individuals location or landmark) to create a sophisticated piece of modern furniture that is imbued with personal meaning.

Steps is an exploration into the idea of reinvention. By re-conceptualizing objects that were originally designed for one purpose, we find alternate or multiple uses. In stripping the stair of its more cultural and metaphorical meaning, and allowing the essential structure of the stair become both the practical and the aesthetic value, Steps re-orients us to the idea of the stair and how we use it. Steps transforms the staircase’s iconic form into multi-functional seating by incorporating a seat back to the second “tread.” In doing so, Steps form becomes both a seat with two endtables and two seats with one end-table, while the third stairs’ elevation also provides a natural armrest.)


Friday
Nov152013

I love these guys!

Monday
Nov112013

More stuff

Despite my house being too small and the fact that we have too much stuff, we still keep collecting. This time it's vintage military storage trunks/containers. It seems to have started lately with this bin that we are currently using in our dressing room to dump dirty laundry (darks). I'm always bitching that my husband leaves all his crap out and I don't really want to see it. Especially in the living room since he doesn't have a dedicated office (currently the sofa). He looked on Kijiji and ended up finding 2 sellers who had vintage military storage lockers/trunks for sale. This was the first one he picked up. 

It's pretty damn big so it was tossed down in the basement. Too bad because it is in great shape and has lots of cool lettering on it. 

My husband then found a guy selling 4 of them for $75. They are in alot worse shape, with rusted bottoms as I assume he probably stored them on a damp basement/garage floor. My husband glued on some plastic matting s to the bottom so the rust won't touch anything and stacked them between my desk and the living room sofa. This is now his area to dump all his crap where I don't have to see it. :-) It's a little crowded in that corner but hey, we live in the kitchen/living room (which together is about 28' long by 12' wide - and it is not only a kitchen and living room but my office and the dining room) so we're sort of SOL.