Villa 57+ en Dortmund

December 9, 2006

New architecture post from arkinetia! More info here 

Villa 57+:: An outwardly inconspicuous detached house in the south of Dortmund had to be extended by two nurseries as well as a bedroom including bathroom. A dressing room had to be arranged in the existing building as well. The backyard, especially the small forest situated in eastern part of the site, had to be kept untouched. We decided to build a shed resembling timber annex towards the road, which, due to its airiness, fitted well into the wooded site and suited well the tradition of timber buildings in country style areas. The nurseries are arranged on the ground floor and the bedroom including bathroom are on the top floor, as well as the functional dressing room. All other remaining utilizations inside the existing building were kept. The new building part is of a partly independent shape, which illustrates an extension of the existing building. Using vertical boarding over roof and wall, it bestows the new volume a simple, unornamented, and monolithic character and allows a subtle dialogue between the Old and the New. The differentiated line management of the building geometry leads to changing perspectives and increases the sculptural impression for the passerby. The garden concept was aiming at a continuation of the ground level vegetation of the forest along the annex as well as the existing building. This would have led to an even greater integration of the volume within its environment. Due to the fact that the constructor refused the suggested garden concept and removed the small forest, the plan of the appurtenant structure was not performed after the completion of the building.


New Collection at DAA

December 9, 2006

Designers Against Aids has just launched its new collection, 100% eco cotton & fair trade.. Here are some fresh photos from the Spring Summer  07 Collection.

Nike News

December 6, 2006

Five new models have been launched by nike for casual wear. Inspired in the Pocker game, this new collection has many collours patterns and prints. This is the must have for the end of the season…..

(image source: use fashion)

Some updates on mens footwear

December 6, 2006

If you have a male friend, boyfriend, brother,… and you don’t know what to give him in X-mas, here are some great presents… For his foots!

Reebok Retro Sport Ventilator  

Vans Sk8 Hi Checkerboard 

Recycled table

December 6, 2006

Check out this fabulous recycled table, inspired in letterpress, from the british brand “The inspired Maker”.. Gorgeous

Eye See you

December 6, 2006


Louis Vuitton has commissioned Olafur Eliasson to create “Eye SeeYou”, a project comprising a series of artworks that will form the centrepiece of the Christmas windows of Louis Vuitton’s global store network. In addition, Eliasson’s artwork “You See Me” will be on permanent display at Louis Vuitton One East, the New York flagship which, after the Champs-Elysées in Paris, will become the company’s second global House. The Christmas window project and the New York artwork will be officially unveiled on 9 November 2006 at Louis Vuitton One East, the former being displayed throughout the holiday period in all Louis Vuitton stores, of which there are more than 360 worldwide. Olafur Eliasson has donated his fees for the “Eye See You” project, as well as the proceeds from the sale in New York of a limited number of his artworks, to, a project that has recently been established by the artist and his wife, Marianne Krogh Jensen. The foundation aims to support a series of relief initiatives in Ethiopia, starting with the renovation of the state-run Ketchene orphanage in Addis Ababa.

Alien Installation

December 5, 2006

“Extra-Terrestrial Activity”

By Edouard François

via pruned 

Mag Nation Installation

December 5, 2006

Check out the latest photos form Mag Nation installation

via sneakerfreaker 

Hella Jongerius

December 4, 2006

Hella Jongerius’ story is told by means of a love for the traditions of things, traditions of making and traditions of dissemination, but also from a highly personal love of the tried and tested. Hella Jongerius’ products make clear in a single gesture that for which many others require an entire story. This derives from the fact that she does not ‘design’ in the classic sense of the word but appropriates and annexes historical forms by personalising them through a simple procedure. All that she adds to these classical objects is a concept that is expressed unambiguously and without fuss. This can be achieved in the fabrication process or, increasingly, through the application of decoration.

James Yang

December 4, 2006

James Yang has received over 200 hundred awards for design and illustration excellence since graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983. His work has appeared in some of the most prestigious trade publications including Communication Arts, Print Magazine… He’s definitely one of the illustrators you must check out!

Sustainable bag

December 4, 2006

The first installment of sustainable style gift recommendations is in the bag, literally. The creatively recycled materials in any of these gift-worthy bags will definitely warm the heart of your favorite earth-lovers. + $38-$114 from Branch Home

via inhabitat 


December 3, 2006

Since the outbreak of HIV/Aids in the ‘80s, modern medicine has made it possible for victims of the disease (at least for those who have access to such medicine!) to live with the virus for a longer time. While today entire areas of Africa are being erased by the disease at a vastly accelerated pace, the media value in the Western hemisphere has dropped. The effects of AIDS are widely underplayed today. This complacency is very dangerous: not only is the virus due to mutate into new forms for which there is no medication (new strains have been found already) – the ratio of infection is on the rise close to us as well. In order to re-awaken a desperately needed aids/HIV awareness, the Beauty Without Irony Foundation – headed by Ninette Murk, who also was creative director of Designers do Denim in 2001 – is launching DESIGNERS AGAINST AIDS – a project/fashion line aimed to get AIDS back into the media.

The amazing Amy

December 1, 2006

Welcome to LIFE FEVER december edition.. A fresh new month is starting, and as you can see if you take a glimpse to your right, a new sidebar is up, much more easy for you to check out all the stuff I put online. Also a new favourite artist, this time Amy Butler, an amazing designer based in Ohio, with one of the most beautifull patter collections I’ve ever seen. As this month is the “X-MAS MONTH”, L F and Amy Butler have a small surprise for one of you, more like a small contest, and the winner will win a” x-mas present”. (I will make a post about this contest explaining the rules).

Now, more great news, I went talking to Amy, to get to know her and her work better, and here is the result:

Coxi: How did you started?

Amy: Whew.. I didn’t know how far back you wanted me to go so I started with art school, which is what really jump started my design career. I also met my husband David at CCAD, truly the most important thing that’s ever happened to me. I graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design in 1988 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. I majored in retail advertising with a textile and fashion design focus. I was hired by Hallmark Cards right out of school and I worked as an art director for them for 4 years. On the side , I created a new fashion portfolio and started making gifts and bags with my ever growing vintage fabric collection. After a portfolio submission to my design hero Christian Lacroix, and a subsequent kind letter of rejection, my husband David and I decided to strike out on our own and start our studio ” Art of the Midwest ” back home in Ohio. Halloween night 1992 we packed up our truck and moved back home to start over. Through the years David and I have grown our business by living multiple ” design lives ” and working some pretty interesting odd jobs on the side, all of which fed us and our entrepreneurial spirit! We like to call the early days of Art of the Midwest, the ” salad days “. Dave and I have had so many creative adventures, from doing fine art shows together to working side by side on client projects. Over the past 15 years, our flexibility, risk taking and love of design has opened the doors to a life of working together ( and with our cats ! ) doing what we love to do.

We each have had successful careers as illustrators, and brand and product developers.
In 1997 we started producing lifestyle stories for Country Living magazine alongside our studio work. I became their resource for producing ” how to ” stories that provided inspirational ideas for using vintage fabrics. The magazine was short on space, but we needed to get instructions to our readers so they could
make up the projects. This is how Amy Butler Sewing Patterns began. I licensed the Country Living brand and produced my first two sewing patterns that were featured in some of my articles. Soon after the magazine eliminated it’s fulfillment services and I was left with the challenge of how to get these patterns out to the broader market. In 2002 I attended my first International Quilt Market where I exhibited in my first 10′ x 10′ booth, decked out in quirky vintage modern fabrics highlighting my patterns. Since then, I’ve been blessed by enthusiastic support from the sewing community and I’m proud to say that great retailers worldwide now carry my sewing patterns. I never expected my business to take off as it has, and although I’ve kind of moved into creating a new business and brand, Dave and I still get to work together on creating the visuals, graphics and packaging for my patterns and fabrics. Plus Dave loves it that I’m ” his client ” and I call him the boss, because he is! and he’s an amazing talent, and I feel super fortunate that I get to work with him.

My first fabric collections were created with FreeSpirit fabrics. They gave me an incredible opportunity
to design fabric…..which I’ve always wanted to do! I met Donna from FS at my first quilt market, and never dreamed my quirky pattern business would allow me to pursue my fabric design dream. I’ll always be grateful for FreeSpirit’s willingness to take a chance on me. After several successful lines, our contract expired and I began working with Rowan fabrics, a relationship that had budded through our experiences working together on a knitting bag collection. As they say, timing is everything, and I feel I have landed just where I’m supposed to be. I started working with Rowan in December 2005 and have since launched two quilting lines with them. They are a great company full of good folks with imagination and energy. I’m looking forward to some exciting collaboration with Rowan!

Coxi: How have you realized you wanted to become an artist?

Amy: I think I realized I wanted to become an artist as soon as I learned what the word ” artist ” meant as a little kid. I was always coloring and crafting and making home made gifts for friends and family. My Mom and Grandmother have been a huge influence, both are self taught artists. As a child of the 70’s I watched both of them dabble and often master every craft. Both created water color paintings, hooked rugs, knitted, quilted, made groovy dioramas with found antique artifacts and dried flowers and truly made our home a creative nest. G. as we called her ( my grandma ) mastered sewing and taught me how to use her ” back up ” machine when I was about 6. G. gave me my first fabric stash and would always keep me supplied with craft materials. I took that first fabric stash and ” glued ” together halter tops for my little friends in my neighborhood because I didn’t have a sewing machine at home. The sewing machine was superfluous! It was all about the fabric. My friends tried to wear the outfits and assured me it was ” the thought that counts “….. a comment I still often get as I love to experiment with new crafts!

Coxi: What was the biggest influence in your work until today?

Amy: My influences and inspiration change constantly, but I do have a few core influences that will always have an effect on me. Broadly, all decorative arts and textiles have greatly influenced my work. This of course includes fashion. I’ve gone through several love affairs with different genres and periods of design. Culturally I’m hugely inspired by ethnic textiles and artifacts. My passion for fabrics and sewing has been a common thread through the span of my life so far and it just keeps building. My love of antique fabrics, and a collection that’s been growing 20 years now, has influenced my design eye and lov for unique vintage prints. The natural world is a big influence. I grew up with an appreciation for wildlife, flora and fauna.
Our home was always filled with animals and my mother taught me a great deal about wildflowers and birds. My grandmother was also a prolific gardener which has been a constant influence in all of my work and today my garden is one of my most satisfying creative outlets. My home life and my surroundings play a big part. My ” collections ” of antiques, junk and curiosities over the years have inspired me to have a personal design voice in my client work from years past to my own personal work that I do now.

Coxi: What are your main goals when you create?

Amy: My goal is to enjoy the entire creative process while I’m designing . I feel this joy and energy is translated in my work and passes onto others. It’s a joy that keeps paying forward. I’m just a starting point, I love what I do and then folks work with my patterns and fabrics to create and pass on that joy to the person on the receiving end as well as getting the personal satisfaction and pleasure from their creative experience. I only create what I LOVE and what I’m excited about. My designs are more intuitive and personal. I think all artists create this way. I believe anything you set out to do to please yourself will ultimately please others. I’m so fortunate that folks respond so sincerely to what I do which is incredibly humbling and gives me the greatest pleasure!

Coxi: Were do you get inspiration?

Amy: My biggest inspiration comes from travel and my garden, which explains my love of florals! Travel is so influential, it takes me away from my day to day rituals and allows me to open my mind and think differently, it also gives me the ” mental escape ” I need to renew my creative energy. I love to get completely absorbed in a place or culture, to step back and take in great design from architecture to museum collections to shocking colors in a tropical local. My garden is a never ending resource for beautiful color and design. Each season I have a different show, from Spring to Winter. My garden is one of my favorite places to spend time. I am influenced by every era of design, from turn of the century to mid- century. To me, design is far more interesting and fun when you experiment with many different elements. I design what I love, and what I want to be surrounded with. My collections are very personal, I think they have a feminine / modern feel about them. I’m always dreaming of future fabrics I’d love to sew with or use in my home which is always the underlying motivation for specific prints. I keep things fresh and lively by keeping my inspiration kinetic. I’m always excited about a new ” color” or colors. I keep an on-going color idea stash where I save snips of colors I love which eventually get worked into my palettes. I’m always snipping and clipping design influences from home decor, gardens, fashion and fine art. My taste and interests continually change and are reflected in my design choices.

Coxi: Do you rule by any tendency in your creative work, or you only follow what comes in your mind?

Amy: I don’t have any rules other than I have to love, love love what I’m making.

Coxi: Designers/Artists you admire?

Amy: The top of my list is my husband. David is a massive talent, he’s a true renaissance man, as he’s a brilliant fine artist, writer, photographer and graphic designer. His body of work is so impressive. He is true to himself and his art and that’s what moves me the most. Kaffe Fasset has always been a great inspiration to me. I admire him because he is first a fine artist who eloquently shares his vision for color and design through his work with great warmth and passion. He is a master colorist! I get lost in the color combinations in his fabrics. I am a huge admirer of Harmony Susalla from Harmony Arts.
Harmony is leading the way for organic printed fabrics. She is the real deal, an amazing artist, designer and passionate supporter for the organic fabric movement. She is a visionary with an unwavering heart, and
her fabrics are delicious! harmonyart.

Coxi: How is your work environment?

Amy: My work environment is the best! Dave and I have our studio in the lower level of our home. We have a 1970 modern bank ranch and the lower level is a mirror footprint of our top floor. I have my ” girl space ” and Dave has his own space. I’m surrounded by all the things I love, loads of fabric, notions, antiques, ephemera and books. I made two big benches that are padded with cushy foam and slip covered in my Forest fabric. I push the benches together for napping with the cats! We’re pretty relaxed here, we do have one other full time employee besides myself and one part time, I call them my super heros! We work a straightforward 9-5 with no overtime with the goal being we all need loads of down time and family time.

Coxi: What is your favorite piece of art that you have at home? old or recently bought…

Amy: I have a fresh, brand spankin new piece of art that David just gave me! It’s a gorgeous print called ” Communicable Flow”. The print images are formed by two turn of the century etchings of magnetic fields that David illustrated into elegant organic shapes. His quote on the print reads… ” The expenditure
of positive intention leading to the reproduction and spread of good will “. and that’s exactly what you feel when you look at the print. I am now going to hang the print in a local where I’ll see it and ” feel ” it every day. lucky me!

Coxi: What is your bedside table book at the moment?

Amy: I have 2 in rotation right now! I like to mix it up. Short attention span, ok maybe. I am in the process of re-reading both books because they are such life changing kinds of books….. ” EAT PRAY LOVE ” by Elizabeth Gilbert. You have to read this book! It’s a true personal account of the authors travels through Italy, India and Indonesia… one woman’s search for everything, beautifully written with wit, humor and profound insight. I couldn’t put it down during my first read. My second book, that I’m sure I will re-read for the rest of my life is Pema Chodron’s ” THE PLACES THAT SCARE YOU ” This is one of those books you read and you go ‘ oh yeah, that’s just what I needed to read at this place in my life. Pema is an incredible teacher and writes with such a compassionate and easy to understand voice. She presents Buddhist principles and ideas in a very real and human way, making the teachings super easy to absorb.

Coxi: Are you living your ideal lifestyle?

Amy: I’d have to say yes indeed. I always feel like I’m just where I need to be at this moment. Now staying in the moment is another story.

Coxi: What haven’t you done yet that you definitely want to try someday?

Amy: Latin dancing, snow boarding, hike in Indonesia, hand print textiles in India, live in the Cotswolds for a year and grow a truck patch of Dahlias.

Genevieve Dionne

November 30, 2006

Genevieve Dionne lives and works in Vancouver. She spends her better days drawing, screen printing, sewing, eating vegetarian poutine, writing letters, and making art that looks like craft. Bittersweet Genevieve evolved out of a desire to combine art, craft, and the everyday. This micro business strives to set new parameters in the way people express themselves through apparel, while simultaneously incorporating remnants of a previous era in the form of ephemera and vintage fabrics.

Match Lamp

November 30, 2006

Check out this great match lamp, great to those who want to give an alternative look to their homes…

Stuart Tanner Architects – Australia

November 30, 2006

Great House at Arkinetia. Check out more info here

The Pirates Bay House is a small coastal retreat near Eaglehawk Neck on Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsular. It has been designed primarily as an informal, intermittent use building. The clients requested a contemporary, steel framed building that made best use of an awkward site and brought the coastal aspect of its location into the living spaces. The driveway was an existing site condition, so the clients’ brief of being able to park under the building is fulfilled and interpreted to create physical drama and tension.

The building’s dramatic gesture toward the ocean is tempered by a more intimate dialogue with the rear of the site, thus symbolizing a bridge transition between wooded glade and open ocean view. Expressed structure and engineering are an intrinsic part of the architecture, correlating with the notion of the building as a hovering platform from which to experience nature. Architect, engineer and fabricator worked harmoniously to create a place where landscape, structure and space combine to become an exhilarating experience.


November 30, 2006

Neo-retro is the keyword for Magali’s creations. Rich in knowledge and artistic sensibility, she can create unexpected synergies between classical styles and modern design. The result is an amazing mix and transformation of the styles and matters that gives this particular characteristic to all Magali Jeambrun’s works of art. These chairs were all picked up at antiques shops, and Magali transformed them…

Via Kristina Guest Blog

21_21 Talk: Issey Miyake and Naoto Fukasawa

November 30, 2006

Check out Issey Miyake and Naoto Fukasawa talk about the city, culture and design as they look down upon the streets of Tokyo from the observation deck of Tokyo Tower. It’s very interesting to read this one afternoon conversation, posted at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

Tree Installation

November 30, 2006

a recent installation by dutch artist and designer simon heijdens  nature is become rare. even the trees we see in our cities are planned and managed. Projected onto a façade in the centre of berlin (checkpoint charlie), the ‘tree’ is an intervention that questions the role of nature in the built environment. Sensors pick up the movement of passers by and changes in the weather. Virtual branches sway to real wind.
digital leaves fall to the sounds of the city street. Throughout the installation the tree becomes barer and barer, creating an ongoing image of human activity.

Via DesignBoom

New stuff at core77

November 30, 2006

 Studio Bullitts : Jaren Goh

Singapore-based industrial designer Jaren Goh’s Rollertoaster just may revolutionize toast as we know it. His 2006 Red Dot Award-winning design not only toasts bread, but it also allows the user to watch the slice magically transform before their eyes—from cold and squishy to hot ‘n crispy! Read the whole story in our Studio Bullitts section.

Fujitsu foldable UMPC concept 

Spotted at T3, this pocket-sized Fujitsu folding laptop concept foreshadows a bright and sunny future for UMPCs. It’s no surprise that this slick piece came from NYC’s tech and style-savvy ID firm Antenna Design.

Via Core 77