Friday, December 3, 2010

I Love These Today

Leibling Shoes

Leibling means 'darling' in German, but these shoes are so functional and modern, they are anything but darling. These are real shoes: sleek, classic design and you know they will look good with anything and will last many many years. Leibling is the mastermind of  Karni Reshef and Lior Livne, two talented shoe designers out of Tel Aviv, Israel. Want to see more? Click here.

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For the Home

Kake-Busho is derived from bushou (lazy), meaning even a lazy person can use it. A marriage of utility and beauty; hand made by Japanese craftsmen, this broom features a wooden umbrella handle that can be hung anywhere. Stiff grass bristles have an elastic force, which makes it easier to sweep without physical force. It’s smaller size makes cleaning narrow spaces much easier. Sojirushi is a line launched in collaboration with designer Oji Masanori and Shirokiya Shoten. Their goal was to design cleaning tools that you can place nearby, instead of hiding them away. Images and text via

I would love these since I am a huge fan of sushi and quite the chopstick connoisseur. Nothing beats eating nigiri or sashimi with the right pair of chopsticks. 

brass lamps..perfect for that industrial kitchen I dream about someday!

Beautiful design

Bottle Opener

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trivets from Oji and Design

Ribbon block, found here.

Plant Porn..yes, you read it! Plant Porn!

Hilarious title by the editors of DesignMilk. Plant Porn...enjoy!

Intrigued by the caudiciforms versions. I plan to purchase some as soon as time permits and activity with my Etsy shop evolves with me watching these lovely specimens grow on self-installed shelves in my home. I grew up with a lot of indoor plants (my Dad had that green thumb thing going) and I hope to carry on that tradition someday.

I first read about Felicia Ferrone here, a Chicago based designer and was quite impressed with her work. I plan to visit Volume Gallery soon. Meanwhile, here are a few highlights from the gallery and the objects showcasing Ferrone's work.

For example, in Shift (pictured above), a void in the tabletop limits the accumulation of "life's detritus." The surface is minimized, inviting the user to play a more active role in their everyday use of furniture. 

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Light fixture freely orbiting overhead..

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Shadows cast from Pika Pika, a commentary on shadows and light. Ferrone's work is characteristic of objects affected with material and defined by their space and, therefore, function.

Glassware now used by Thomas Keller at French Laundry and Per Se.