RAINBOW GATHERING

rainbow gathering, design squish blog

Rainbow Gatherings are temporary intentional communities usually held in outdoor settings, and espousing and practicing ideals of peace, love, harmony, freedom and community, as a consciously expressed alternative to mainstream popular culture, consumerism, capitalism and mass media…Rainbow Gatherings are an expression of a Utopian impulse, combined with bohemianism, hipster and hippie culture, with roots clearly traceable to the 1960’s counterculture. Mainstream society is commonly referred to and viewed as “Babylon”, connoting the participants’ widely held belief that modern lifestyles and systems of government are unhealthy, unsustainable, exploitative and out of harmony with the natural systems of the planet….The first Rainbow Gathering, a four-day event in Colorado in July 1972, was organized by youth counterculture “tribes” based in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. - wiki

- Rainbow Gathering album on flickr by photographer Benoit Paillé

stranger, Benoit Paille, contemporary photography, design squish blog


June 01, 2011

THE PRICE OF CLEAN AIR

the price of clean air, design squish blog

Illustration by Maayan Pearl and Emily Keegin.

Read article in Bloomberg Businessweek


May 30, 2011

AMIRA FRITZ: FORESTS, FLOWERS AND PEOPLE

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

“I grew up on the countryside where my parents run a plant nursery and a flower shop. {...}  I decided to show nature how I experienced it as a child.”

-http://www.amirafritz.com


May 21, 2011

MINIMAL AND SIMPLE: INVISIBLE FLOATING BOOKSHELVES

space saving invisible floating bookshelves, design squish blog

space saving invisible floating bookshelves, design squish blog

space saving invisible floating bookshelves, design squish blog

space saving invisible floating bookshelves, design squish blog

Space saving invisible bookshelves.  Minimal and simple! Book on the bottom acts as support for every other book on top. 


PLANT WARDROBES BY NICOLE DEXTRAS

yucca flower dress, weedrobes by nicole dextras, design squish blog

yucca flower dress, weedrobes by nicole dextras, design squish blog

yucca flower dress, weedrobes by nicole dextras, design squish blog

Above: Dress made from yucca leaves and flowers.


CATEGORIES:   ART, NATURE,
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May 16, 2011

HOW TO PRESS FLOWERS

bloom magazine, design squish blog

Image above: http://www.bloom-magazine.eu

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Place flower between 2 sheets of paper to protect the pages of the book. Leave at least 1/8” of pages between pressings, weigh the book down and wait a couple of weeks.

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May 15, 2011

PALM REED

palm reed baskets, design squish blog


Palm reed (buri) is the matured leaf of the palm. It is a great material for hats, bags, slippers, window blinds, mats, brooms and baskets. 

Carefully handcrafted baskets made of palm reed, leather, and metal designed by Brooklyn-based designer from Philippines,  Stanley Ruiz.

-http://stanleyruiz.com

palm reed baskets, work in progress, design squish blog


May 12, 2011

HELLO TREE

tree waving hello, design squish blog

Above:  Tree says hi.

hug a tree, photograph, design squish blog

nature, design squish blog

Photos by Israel based photographer Ella Sverdlov

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AVOCA JAR LAMP

jar lamp, design squish blog

jar lamp, design squish blog

Jar lamp by UpCycle.  This lamp is made from re-using Avoca glass jar. A hole is drilled in the cap and a lamp fitting is offered through.


May 11, 2011

DESIRE TO RUN AWAY

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“Desire to Disappear” is a film by Minnesota based artist Alec Soth.  Alec Soth traveled across America looking for people who’ve retreated from society.  Below are some of Alec’s photographs and quotes from his film. 

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“This is Alec Soth.  So I am a photographer and the project I am doing deals with the subject of retreating from the world.  That can involve everything from hermits to monks.”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“I think it is something in the culture right now and is, in some ways, preparation for the decline of the American empire.”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“A part of it is a fantasy of having retreat”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“It is not really about running away. It is about the desire to run away.”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog


Preview: http://www.somewheretodisappearthefilm.com/


May 07, 2011

BIKE CHAIN WALL CLOCK

bike chain wall clock, design squish blog

Bike chain wall clock by Andreas Dober.


FORETOKEN: DRAWINGS BY IKEDA MANABU

foretoken, tsunami, 2008, design squish blog

paintings by ikeda manabu, stunning, drawings, design squish blog

Stunning drawings by Japanes artist Ikeda Manabu .  Click on images to view larger.  On view now at Japan Society.


May 01, 2011

OIL SPILL

oil spill, installation,  design squish blog

Oil Spill by Lisa Kellner: 60,000 Quilting Pins

oil spill, installation, design squish blog


ALL I NEED IS A LUNCH BOX

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All I need is a thermos and a tin/aluminum lunch box.

vintage lunch box, design squish blog

“Today, lunch boxes are generally made of vinyl, with foam insulation, and an aluminum/vinyl interior. As a result, they’re usually much better at retaining their temperature but are less rigid and protective.  Health concerns came to light in August 2002, when the Center for Environmental Health discovered that many popular vinyl lunch boxes contained dangerously high levels of lead..”.- from Wikipedia

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Ready to say goodbye to plastic bags and other plastic food containers???
Stainless steel “Eco Lunch Box”:

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lunch box, design squish blog


SPRING…

spring flowers, design squish blog

spring, flowering trees, design squish blog


CATEGORIES:   LIFESTYLE, NATURE,
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April 27, 2011

FIELDS OF WILDFLOWERS, RUSSIA 1944-1982

house  window, overlooking a field, design squish blog

field flowers, design squish blog

“Захотелось вернуться в васильковое лето,
когда от зноя плавится воздух, от тишины звенит в ушах” - Х.Росс

В чистом поле, у реки
Распустились васильки.
Синенькие крапинки,
Словно неба капельки...

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April 24, 2011

CUP CITY

interactive bottle sculpture, cup city, austin, texas, plastic water bottles, design squish blog

interactive bottle sculpture, cup city, austin, texas, plastic water bottles, design squish blog

Cup City by Andrea Legge was a temporary interactive art installation comprised of a 2000 sq ft structure built using rented chain link fence panels at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Over the course of three days, concertgoers filled the structure with approximately 25,000 plastic cups and water bottles.

interactive bottle sculpture, cup city, austin, texas, plastic water bottles, design squish blog


April 23, 2011

MELTING

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

Tonatiuh Ambrosetti has been making these stunning photographs of glaciers melting in his home country of Switzerland.

- http://www.tonatiuh.ch


April 20, 2011

JONI MITCHELL

joni mitchell, beautiful, style,  design squish blog

Above: Joni Mitchell, hair undyed.

joni mitchell, design squish blog

Above: Joni Mitchell among wild grasses.


April 16, 2011

TREES

tree, woodblock print, design squish blog

tree, woodblock print, design squish blog


CATEGORIES:   craft, NATURE, TREES,
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April 14, 2011

DIY PANTON CHAIR

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DIY Panton Chair by Peter Jakubik incites users to make their own original fake famous chair designed by Verner Panton. All what you need is a picture of Panton chair, found log, DIY tools and passion for designer classics.


April 12, 2011

FLORAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES

FLORAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES, design squish blog

Floral Map of the United States. It would be nice to ride through it on this bike:

bike for riding through fields of flowers


April 10, 2011

FIELDS TO WALK ON…

wild grasses, fields, design squish blog

grasses, field, design squish blog

 field-less life, design squish blog

fields to walk on, design squish blog


Wild fields, abandoned fields, nobody’s fields, everybody’s fields….{Does anyone know a large to medium size field near New York City area anyone
can walk on?  )


April 09, 2011

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