Saturday, July 26, 2008

+...AbOuT MaRcEL WaNdErS...+

Crochet Marcel Wanders
made from crochet and resin

Marcel Wanders grew up in Boxtel, the Netherlands, and graduated cum laude from the School of the Arts Arnhem in 1988.

Marcel Wanders’ fame started with his iconic Knotted Chair, which he produced for Droog Design in 1996. He is now ubiquitous, designing for the biggest European contemporary design manufacturers like B&B Italia, Bisazza, Poliform, Moroso, Flos, Boffi, Cappellini, Droog Design and Moooi of which he is also art director and co-owner. Founded in 2000,
Moooi has grown into an internationally renowned design label. Additionally, Marcel Wanders works on architectural and interior design projects and recently turned his attention to consumer home appliances.

Marcel was the editor of the International Design Yearbook 2005. In the same year, together with Chef Peter Lute, he established the extraordinary LUTE SUITES hospitality-concept, the first “all over city suites” hotel in the world. He also designed the interior of Blits, a new restaurant in Rotterdam and the interior of the restaurant ‘Thor’ at the Hotel on Rivington in New York including bar, lounge and private club.

Marcel is the first and among the most important designers of Droog design. He was a juror for various prizes like the Rotterdam Design Prize (for which his own products were nominated several times) and the Kho Liang Ie prize. He lectured at SFMoMA, Limn, the Design Academy, Nike, IDFA, FutureDesignDays and has taught at various design academies in the Netherlands and abroad.

Various designs of Marcel Wanders have been selected for the most important design collections and exhibitions in the world, like the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco, the V&A Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Central Museum in Utrecht, Museum of Decorative Arts Copenhagen and various Droog Design exhibitions. Coverage on Marcel has been published in all leading design magazines and newspapers such as Domus, Interni, Blueprint, Design Report, Frame, I.D. magazine, Abitare, Wallpaper, Nylon, Elle decoration, Icon, Esquire, the International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, the Financial Times, the New York Times and Business Week.

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+...OsCaR FaLk...+

Luv it....!!!

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+...BiYaN BriDe WiTh PrEsToN BaiLeY...+

Preston Bailey was born and raised in the verdant, tropical paradise of Panamá, so it’s little wonder that he is world renowned for his innate sense of style, inspired by the vibrant colors, organic shapes, and lush natural abundance of his homeland. Preston moved to New York City in 1968 at the age of 19 and began his career in the design world as a fashion model, eventually opening a men’s clothing boutique.

Necessity is the mother of invention: when his store closed in 1980, Preston was in need of a job. His best friend, interior designer Vicente Wolf, suggested that Preston create floral arrangements for the homes of his Park Avenue clients. This was the modest beginning of Preston ’s stellar career as a floral couturier. After several years of building his reputation not only as a brilliant designer, but also for delivering exceptional service to his well-heeled clientele, Preston had the good fortune of meeting Joan Rivers, who has been his mentor & angel ever since. Joan asked him to design and produce her daughter Melissa’s wedding. This extravaganza exploded Preston onto the press circuit and celebrity event designer world.
After 27 years in business, Preston Bailey has become especially renowned for his ability to completely transform raw, ordinary spaces into sumptuous, theatrical environments, translating his clients’ fantasies into awe-inspiring reality. Preston ’s one-of-a-kind events, which include the most extravagant weddings and galas for Royal families across the globe, have earned him a reputation as the world’s preeminent event designer. He has attracted such clients as Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Joan Rivers, Donna Karan, Liza Minnelli, Matt Lauer, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, Laurence Fishburne, Emmitt Smith, and Bill Cosby.
Preston Bailey’s signature style combines exuberant and harmonious color palettes, sensuous textures, shapes that are both architectural and organic, and modern adaptations of traditional elements to excite the senses in profound ways. Inspired by the simple beauty of the natural world, Preston is known for taking small, simple elements, changing them, reshaping them and repeating them on many layers to create grand, spectacular dramatic statements.

Preston has written three bestselling books, Design for Entertaining, Fantasy Weddings, and his latest, Inspirations. He is currently working on his fourth book, scheduled to be released in 2008.
In addition to his many public speaking engagements, Preston ’s numerous television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Martha Stewart, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, CBS’s The Early Show, and The Today Show. In July 2006 he starred in his own show, “Preston Bailey, Mr. Fabulous” which aired on the oh! Oxygen network and was the network’s highest rated program to date. Preston is also on the Advisory Board of Modern Bride Magazine.

In 2005, through a partnership with Sandals Resorts, the largest operator of luxury, all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Preston designed four signature wedding collections, available exclusively to Sandals guests, which include beautifully designed wedding settings and décor, bridal flowers, and elegant keepsakes.

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+...WiNdOwSeAt LoUnGe...+

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+...K-BoArDs RiNg...+

Marta Rampazzo and Nicola Genovese came up with the idea of K-boards, vintage key jewels after seeing abandoned vintage, colorful keyboards in a dumping ground.No longer used functions, shapes and wordings gave those keys a particular charme.

The consciousness of the rareness of those pieces joined together with the idea of giving a new life to objects otherwhise abandoned soon became a concrete project.

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+...Hu Ke...+

By Hu Ke, from Art Scene China
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+...BoN FrOm LiSeLoTTe WaTkiNs...+

Set designer Liselotte Watkins
Photographer Per Zennström
More works from Liselotte Watkins, click here.

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+...RaY CaEsAr...+

by Ray Caesar
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+...NeUe MoDe...+

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+...RoTaTiNg ToWeR...+

THE DYNAMIC TOWER in Dubai , and then Moscow
by Dynamic Architecture

The World's First 'Building In Motion', called "Rotating Tower",by David Fisher.
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+...SwEdiSh ELLe...+

Stylist Liselotte Watkins
Photographer Thomas Klementsson
More of Liselotte Watkins's works, click here & here.

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+...ThE NeT...+

One cube, two cubes, a “net” of cubes with 40-cm-long sides that can be mixed and matched. Everyone can create a bookcase tailored to their needs and taste. Net expands the boundaries of creativity and space, because it easily adapts to any environment by separating areas and creating new ones.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

+...AiR TabLe...+

Air is a system of tops and shelves that create tables and bookcases. The substantial thickness of the shelves contrasts with the buoyancy of the Starphire® glass interlocking supporting structure, giving each composition a floating appearance.

The table is made up of two sheets perpendicular to one another on which rests the veneered wood or lacquered wood top. The bookcase has glass uprights that support the wooden shelves. The reversibility of the central shelves together with the easy assembly, also allows transforming the product making it more or less dynamic depending on the individual taste. Air is always double faced and therefore can easily be positioned in the centre of the room.

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+...UmBrELLa PoT...+

this umbrella pot allows rainwater from your umbrella to drain into the plant pot.

low-maintenance way to keep a small plant.

rainwater drains into the plant pot via internal holes.

Thanks 2 Kyouei Design
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+...HuGgY ArMcHaiR...+

This is the inviting and practical Huggy armchair. The hold of the base ring grips the lower part of the mattress, holding it together and creating a wrap-around seat with soft arms. By unscrewing the base, the mattress is automatically unrolled and when required becomes a comfortable emergency bed for guests; when the base is turned upside-down it becomes a useful night table...

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+...FrOm LiSa JoNeS...+

Vasa Intestina chair from Lisa Jones

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

+...bY DoShi LeVieN...+

‘My beautiful backside’ is a seating collection launched by Moroso during Salone ‘08. Designed by Doshi Levien, this range draws upon a miniature painting of a Maharani (a wife of a great king) sitting on the floor of her palace, surrounded and supported by multiples of pebble shaped cushions.

Thanks 2 Laissezfaire
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+...OLd PhoToS of ThE LaSt PeRiOd of QiNg DyNaStY ...+

This series of pictures is a faithful record of life at the end of Qing Dynasty in China 100 years ago, from royal aristocrats to paupers and common people.
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