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Author: Kim Barrington

Silicone in Second Generation Meets a Well Designed Life.

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
Silicone in Second Generation Meets a Well Designed Life.

In a 2004 trend report for a client I identified silicone as one of the most important materials of the future.  Able to withstand temperatures of 600 degrees farenheit, Silicone can be used to bake in, lift hot food or pans from the oven, and just in general protect one from — Continue reading

Jil Sanders Fall 2009 Channels 20th Century French Ceramist Defining Fashion for Our Times.

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends
Jil Sanders Fall 2009 Channels 20th Century French Ceramist Defining Fashion for Our Times.

While the less is more design aesthetic is the reigning rule for  runway collections in Milan this season (a fallout of our economic times), Raf Simons, Jil Sanders fashion director, somehow found a way to speak volumes and still be true to the Sanders minimalist core. How?  By paying homage to Pol Chambost, a midcentury — Continue reading

Ode to New York City Cabs: VIPP 2009 Limited Edition Yellow Cab

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Ode to New York City Cabs:  VIPP 2009 Limited Edition Yellow Cab

Gasoline powered taxis were introduced in New York in 1907 by young businessman Harry N. Allen. He was also the first to introduce the yellow color on taxis. He did this after learning that yellow is the colour easiest seen from a distance. In 1960 the city of New York — Continue reading

Pattern Tales by Alan the Gallant Studio.

Categories: Art + Graphics
Pattern Tales by Alan the Gallant Studio.

From Barcelona Spain, this design studio creates prints and patterns for wallpaper, textiles, appliances, furniture and more. Their website, www.alanthegallant.com, is creative as well as chock full of all the patterns and colorways you could ever hope to think of as well as ways to use it.  They offer endless designs — Continue reading

Twice Named British Designer of the Year Hussein Chalayan has Retrospective at London’s Design Museum

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Twice Named British Designer of the Year Hussein Chalayan has Retrospective at London’s Design Museum

Considered by many to be one of fashion’s more creative geniuses, Hussein Chalayan was recently named Creative Director of Sport Fashion for PUMA with his first collection for Puma launching Summer 2009. The title retrospective exhibit at London’s Design Museum, January 22-May 17 2009, will be the first comprehensive presentation — Continue reading

Fun with Font.

Categories: Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends
Fun with Font.

There’s a new Serif in town and it’s called Typography.  As seen recently in the New York Times article "Buzzwords for 2008,"  experimenting with typography really sets the type (ahem, mood) for the day.  For instance: by Tex Grubbs For more Merry Christmas typography go to dafonts.com

Samsonite Black Label by Alexander McQueen: What the Well Dressed Traveler Will be Carrying.

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Samsonite Black Label by Alexander McQueen:  What the Well Dressed Traveler Will be Carrying.

If you are planning a ski trip over the holidays and need new luggage (and you are one of the lucky ones to still  have cash),  you may want to take a look at Alexander McQueen’s latest iteration of his collaboration with Samsonite.  While the current pieces (above) are available — Continue reading

Women of Design

Categories: Art + Graphics
Women of Design

If you have a favorite designer, lover of the arts/graphic or product designer this would make a great gift for Christmas.  I always love getting art books as a gift at Christmas that I wouldn’t otherwise splurge to get for myself. With the numbers out about women in the workforce — Continue reading

M/M (Paris): Just Like An Ant Walking On the Edge of the Visible.

Categories: Art + Graphics
M/M (Paris): Just Like An Ant Walking On the Edge of the Visible.

Michael Amzlag and Mathias Augustyniak make up the dynamic duo of graphic arts studio M/M (Paris).  Having formed their partnership in the 90′s during art school, the pair have created a unique style that has birthed an entire genre of poster art.  In addition their client list includes fashion houses — Continue reading

Tate Modern Unveils TH: 2058.

Categories: Art + Graphics, News + Events + Contests
Tate Modern Unveils TH: 2058.

The year is 2058 in London, a city under attack.  After months of raining things begin to grow to overpower the people below and Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern has housed some 200 metal blue and yellow bunk beds in anticipation of people coming in to seek shelter. Fast — Continue reading

The London Underground and its 100th Anniversary.

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel, News + Events + Contests
The London Underground and its 100th Anniversary.

Brightest London is Best Reached by Underground, by Horace Taylor, 1924. Published by Underground Electric Railway Company Ltd, 1924. Printed by Dangerfield Printing Company Ltd. In art, nothing does it for me like the poster, especially the mid century poster, and the London Underground’s 100th Anniversary helps to satiate the — Continue reading

Best Of NeoCon Innovations Award: IdeaPaint

Categories: Art + Graphics, Kids + Baby, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
Best Of NeoCon Innovations Award:  IdeaPaint

So simple you’d think someone would have thought of it before, and maybe they have after a fashion, but this seems to be a genuine technique that will at the very least revolutionize the classroom chalkboard if not childrens playrooms.  Office conference rooms will no doubt hop onto it if — Continue reading

Love Anna James

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Love Anna James

I first took notice of Anna James’ work when I saw her graffiti covered cupboard and end tables inspired by her visit to Juliet’s house of Romeo and Juliet when in Italy.  The graffiti covered archway  paved the way to Anna’s  Verona collection. Given how taken I’ve been of late — Continue reading

Graffiti as Theme on Paris Runway

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Graffiti as Theme on Paris Runway

Muccia Prada is known as the anti-fashion fashion designer.  And for that she is well loved and has an almost cult like following.  Besides the house collection, Prada, she also designs for her namesake, Miu Miu, and here we usually get to see some real experimentation. Ms. Prada can confound — Continue reading

Graffiti Lamp by D.E.C.A.F.

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
Graffiti Lamp by D.E.C.A.F.

D.E.C.A.F. is a design collective of international multi disciplined designers whose skills and cooperation give Design a new identity.  The initials mean Design-Environment-Concept-Art-Furniture. At 100% Design in London D.E.C.A.F. presented the Graffiti Lamp.  Inspired by the street Graffiti artists, those who work in the dark,  Lamp was created to shed — Continue reading

World’s First Sidestacker

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
World’s First Sidestacker

Christian Flindt, a Danish designer, in 2005 won the Design Award at the Copenhagen International Furniture Fair for Parts of a Rainbow, the chairs that stack and store side by side. Christian says of his design philosophy, "I am interested in communication between people. I want to rethink furniture in — Continue reading

100% Design

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
100% Design

Based in London, 100% Design is the UK’s leading contemporary interiors event for the contract market, attracting key manufacturers, star designers and major specifiers from the UK and overseas. There is no other show that connects the worlds of architecture and design with innovative, contemporary interior products, creativity and an — Continue reading

Onitsuka Tiger Launches New Edition Sneaker

Categories: Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends
Onitsuka Tiger Launches New Edition Sneaker

The  Japanese sports shoe, Onitsuka Tiger, released a new edition of the Sonotore 72 sneaker based on their electric shoe sculpture used for their 2008 brand campagin, "Made of Japan." The sculpture, literally a lit up oversized shoe, features a miniture microcosm of the hustle and bustle of Japan’s urban — Continue reading

Herman Miller Collaboration with Blu Dot Produces Cognita.

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Herman Miller Collaboration with Blu Dot Produces Cognita.

Long known for its innovative office furnishings and file storage, Herman Miller has now taken on the home with their LifeWorks Portfolio.  Their motivation stems from understanding how the lines between home and work tend to blur in our 24/7 lifestyle and that the desk has migrated to all parts — Continue reading

Scraplights by Graypants

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Scraplights by Graypants

Seth and Jonathan are architects who first crossed paths at Kent State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Now eight years of collaboration and spirited adventure  landed them in Seattle, where Graypants, Inc. was forged from a desire to make a difference through design. Scraplights, made of scrap corrugated cardboard, are a — Continue reading