A carpet full of flavours!

I have come across a very talented designer! Her name is Nuttamon Prayoonhong. We met at the BIG Fair in Bangkok while I was visiting and wandering around in awe of all beautiful designs there were. While wandering around admiring all the beautiful design (of all sorts of products)  I passed by a space with textile and carpets. But there was actually only one carpet that caught my attention. I just couldn’t get enough of the design, the colors, the texture. I was actually stroking it at a point. Lovely lovely work.

And suddenly a pleasant woman approaches me and say; -My daughter did this. This is my daughter. And thus I was introduced to Nuttamon Prayoonhong. I am happy to have met you Nuttamon! (if you read this). I am proud to show your carpet here at designmekka.com

The inspiration for this carpet Nuttamon describes as follows

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This carpet is inspired by macaroons confectionery with the outstanding attributes in terms of color variety, taste and texture. The taste of this confectionery is communicated in terms of cloth texture, representing softness of cream and crispiness through various size of cotton and sisal. Moreover, the weave structure reflects fun of colorful confectioneries and their dimensions in the packaging in which diamond pattern is used to represent cream texture and zigzag pattern to represent external surface. The carpet is designed to decorate rooms in an urban eclectic style for urban, working-generation women who are confident, understand their own needs, highly individual, live complete lives, prefer new things, prefer written travel experiences are environment-conscious and love colorful lives.

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This is how it all started. Well, not a l l but how the carpet is in the making. The beginning. The birth on the loom.

Even in the bare beginning you sense the colorfulness and the texture. And it grows. Into this

You see the resemblance to the macaroons don’t you?

Beautiful to look at, divine to let melt on your tongue! Not the carpet. The macaroons, silly!

The work with the carpet continued and here there are only some lose ends to tie.

Look at the texture. It is really fantastic to its feel.

And voilà here it is in all its glory.

I really love this carpet, the design, the texture and, actually, even the inspiration to the design.

All pictures published with the permission of the designer.

The Chick-a-Dee Smoke Detector.

Smoke detectors, oh how important, and oh it really save lives, but oh how…not nice it looks. It can look like this

Or like this

Or even like this

 

ZZZzzzzzzz…You get my drift, right? Not that you really see the smoke alarm up there in the ceiling. But you still sort of do. There is this…blorb in the middle of the ceiling quite annoying for a design freaks eye. Or maybe to a normal person too?

Therefore, without further ado I would like to introduce to you: The Chick-a-Dee Smoke Detector

Dutch designer Louise van der Veld is the smart brain behind this and  in 2007 she won first prize in the competition Moi uit de Brand. The smoke detector is now available in stores across The Netherlands and in various web shops. Just google it and you will find a store just for you. Or try this one

But seriously people, this cute bird come smoke detector will make you happy every time you happen to look at the ceiling. It is there, no matter what, why not make it memorable?

What can’t you do from what the bees produces.

When I was little I had a candle made from bees wax. Only one. But oh, how I liked that candle. It twirled around the candlewick in such a twirly way. I liked that. Unfortunately it melted away as we lit it and enjoyed the smell and the sight of the beautiful yellow flame. And then I forgot about it. Life went by, and suddenly I had my own family with kids of my own. The daily rut cut into life and everything went…grown up, whatever that is. And then came along these beautiful beecups.  And I suddelny felt so inspired. Yezzz. Happiness in a little (bee)bowl!

Keep an eye out for what’s happening on the design scene in South America. A true design mekka.  The Chilean designer Mariana Tocornal use bees wax to mold different objet d’art. Check this bee cup out

Here’s Mariana Tocornal

And if you want to check out her other products, click the picture below. Enjoy!

 

 

Elegant design by Lilith Rockett.

Look at these jars. Made in elegant white porcelain and…just lovely to watch. It is like an installation, but it is actually every day household jars.Wouldn’t it make you happy to take some cookies out of one of these? It sure would make me feel…content even. I love good design in every day life. The designer behind these are Lilith Rockett, a ceramic designer who operates out of her studio in Portland, OR . You will find Rocketts designs online at Kobo in Seattle  and the OK Store in Los Angeles.  And naturally at Rockett’e own online store. Just click at the blue words and it will take you there…Don’t say I don’t look out for you!

I am even so nice that I will recommend a hotel, hence your sudden urge to throw yourself on a plane, in the car, bus, train or your bike and go see one of Rocketts gallery showings or if you want to have a little retail therapy in Seattle and/or Los Angeles.

How about this hotel?

Hotel Max Seattle is a newly renovated quite large hotel [168 rooms] but with a modern design makeover. The look of the hotel is wonderful, the minute you enter you notice all brightly colored modern furnishings against the dark masculine backgrounds. It actually looks kind of Nordic:ish rather than Northwestern rustic. But there are a lot of local color and flair such as work by Seattle artists, a collection of Seattle rock photography adorn the walls of the public spaces as well as on every guest room’s door. And the guest rooms has a simple-chic aesthetic to them, with a splash of luxury. Last but not least Hotel Max is Pet friendly, Gay friendly and…well, friendly you know. Want to go? You know you want to…click here and you will be directed to the hotel. Enjoy your trip!

For those in the mood for some California sun and fun. How about Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles?

Look at the view, the crisp interior decorations and check out the b e d! And the mirror with orange organza draped over it (or maybe I am wrong – either way it looks adorable to me). Last but not least, you’ve got to see this

Especially look at the picture to the right. Ahhh, I want to be there so bad. Outdoor dining amongst over sized terracotta flower pots with trees in them. Isn’t it adorable?! I know, I know – I should cut to the chase. You want to make your reservations to The Mondrian. Yesterday. Well, can’t accommodate that, but if you click here you will be directed to their site. Have fun in LA! [write me a post card, will you?!]

A perfect piece.

There is a dress that I think is the dress of all dresses and that is Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress. What a genius design! A simple, elegant ease for all women was her philosophy when she created her famous dress. In an interview for the book The Fashion Makers (New York, 1978) she said “There was a need for my things, for very simple dresses everyone could wear”. And I believe she is still right. These dresses are sexy and chic, accessible and easy to wear. It doesn’t matter if you are slim or large, you can still wear a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress.

Do you see the resemblance of the original wrap dress on the first picture with this one? Isn’t it wonderful that simple elegance can outlive all trends? I love it. I specifically love this one

The little black dress, wrapped around you. Love it!

Want it? Need it? I understand. Totally. Click here and let the magic begin…

Julien David’s Happy Pill

There are many sorts of Happy Pills. One that I really like is Julien David’s scarf made of 60% cashmere 40% silk. Imagine this work of art both in design and texture around your neck:

Designer Julien David worked with Narciso Rodriguez and Ralph Lauren before he ventured out on his own. He started out, in Tokyo 2007, with The Scarf. When other prints on scarves are concentrated on small, delicate patterns, David goes for one gigant illustration, and in this case The Pill. I love the way the scarf looks when gathered together and it owes it all to the gigantness of the print. This is how it looks like when spread out:

Want to know more about talented Julien David?

Check out his website by clicking here.
By the way, David has now ventured out to designing bags and coats & jackets as well. A work of art!

A history from a history.

Robert Bradford är hjärnan bakom de här skulpturerna. De kom till av att han funderade på vad man kan göra med barnens bortglömda leksaker till exempel. En del har så många detaljer som 3000 stycken! Jag gillar de här hundarna. Dels är de fina i sig själv, men de är gjorda av saker som har sin egen historia. En ny historia byggd på gamla historier alltså.



Årets Möbel 2010 by Sköna Hem.

Årets möbel 2010 är Bidoun. En ottoman designad av Katrin Greiling. Inspirationen har hon fått från beduinlägren i öknen utanför Dubai. Katrin är en ung formgivare som ursprungligen kommer från Tyskland men som nu bor i Stockholm och pendlar till Dubai där hon designar för designföretaget Traffic. Det är för övrigt för Traffic hon formgivit soffserien med ottomanen som nu prisas, bland annat av Sköna Hem. Klicka här för Sköna Hems artikel.

Själv tycker jag att formen är spännande. Jag gillar det beduinska som möter det västerländska. Vi får nog se mer av sådant framöver gissar jag.

Bidoun säljs hos inredningsbutiken Asplund i Stockholm.

Greta Magnusson Grossman

lampor

“Cobra” heter lampan på skrivbordet. den finns inte i produktion längre så om man vill ha den får man försöka hitta den i någon antikshop.

golvlamporna heter i den ordning de står; “Cobra” floor lamp, Double-shaded floor lamp och “Grasshopper” floor lamp.

alla lamporna är producerade av Ralph O. Smith under åren 1947-49. jättesnygga. tycker jag. riktiga juveler. att hitta en av dem, vilken som helst, vore lycka.

men det allra mest intressanta med de här lamporna, och skrivbordet och stolen med för den delen, är designern bakom dem; Greta Magnusson Grossman.

GMG var en möbelformgivare som hade en egen butik i Stockholm före andra världskriget. hon flyttade sedan med sin man, Billy Grossman, till Los Angeles där hon öppnade butik på North Rodeo Drive med svenska moderna möbler, lampor och heminredningsartiklar. butiken var inte det enda hon sysslade med. eftersom hon var både designer och arkitekt ritade hon även villor och inredningar och hon formgav möbler för flera möbelföretag.

10 februari – 16 maj har Arkitekturmuséet en utställning med Greta Magnusson Grossmans alster.

här är hon;

tanten

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler. En designer med fantasi och kul produkter. Och han har humor. Jag gillar nästan allt. Och alldeles speciellt att han gör designade saker till hundar. Kolla bilden! Och läs Adlers manifest nedan!

Hunden P

Our Manifesto

We believe that your home should make you happy.

We believe that when it comes to decorating, the wife is always right.
Unless the husband is gay.

We believe in carbohydrates and to hell with the puffy consequences.

We believe minimalism is a bummer.

We believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing.

We believe tassels are the earrings of the home.

We believe in our muses: David Hicks, Alexander Girard,
Bonnie Cashin. Hans Coper, Gio Ponti, Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman,
Yves Saint Laurent, and Madonna.

We believe in the innate chicness of red with brown.

We believe in being underdressed or overdressed always.

We believe in infantile, happy emblems like butterflies and hearts.

We believe celebrities should pay full price.

We believe in rustic modernism: Big Sur, A-Frame beach houses,
raw beams, and geodesic dome homes.

We believe in Palm Beach style:
Louis chairs, chinoiserie, Lilly Pulitzer, The Breakers circa ’72.

We believe our designs are award winning even though
they’ve never actually won any.

We believe in Aid to Artisans.

We believe dogs should be allowed in stores and restaurants.

We believe in mantiques – suits of armour,
worn chesterfield sofas, heraldic tapestries.

We believe you should throw out your Blackberry
and go pick some actual blackberries.

We believe colors can’t clash.

We believe in blowing your nest egg on our pots.

We believe our lamps will make you look younger and thinner.

We believe in irreverent luxury.

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Och jag gillar alldeles speciellt att han i sitt manifest har med att hundar borde få följa med i affärer och på restauranger.
Just my sentiment!