ICFF 2010

icff 2010, international furniture fair, design squish blog

icff 2010, international furniture fair, design squish blog

Lamp made from scrub pads and chandelier made from
plastic spoons by Daisuke Hirawa.

icff 2010, international furniture fair, cork-bowl

icff 2010, international furniture fair, cork-lamp

Tiago Sa Da costa creates bowls and lamps out of natural material - cork. 

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Hand knitted recycled cotton and leather bags by Lana Williams

icff 2010, design squish blog

Colorful, environmentally friendly wood blocks by Miller Goodman.

icff 2010, scrap lights

icff 2010, scrap lights

Scrap Lights made of recycled cardboard.


May 18, 2010

REDESIGNING SPEAKERS

speakers by stanley ruiz

Log speakers by Stanley Ruiz - http://stanleyruiz.com  Stanley’s speakers are composed of only wood and metal. “It is a very lo-fi, unassuming approach to product design.  Improvisation is a major part of my process” - Stanley.


birch log speakers by stanley ruiz

birch log speakers by stanley ruiz

Ceramic speakers by Joey Roth: 

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The speaker system is reduced to its most simple form.  It is also made out of all natural materials consisting of porcelain, cork, and birch.

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redesigning speakers with natural materials

 

 


May 14, 2010

IRINA ZATULOVSKAYA

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Irina paints on old wood boards, closet and wardrobe doors, metal pieces or simply on rocks she finds.  Irina’s paintings remind of Russian Orthodox icons, Avant-garde 1910-1920 and Russian folk art.  She paints portraits of Russian writers, happy couples, books, subjects and objects from villages and dacha life.  Irina says: The objects I paint on are just means of expression but their past affects my paintings. I find them in the garbage ...or they find me.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, portrait. 2004. Oil on reclaimed wood. From “Russian Writers” series.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Requiem. Series of portraits. 2000-2001. Oil on wood

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Nikolai Semyonovish Leskov, portrait. 2004 from “Russian Writers” series.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Sugar. 2002. Oil on found metal.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Beloved vegetable garden. 1995. Oil on wood.

 


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May 10, 2010

FURNITURE DESIGNED TO REUSE SHIPPING CRATES

furniture designed to reuse shipping crates

Reused shipping crate shelves / drawers by Linda Jose.  Furniture designed to reuse shipping crates.

furniture designed to reuse shipping crates

furniture designed to reuse shipping crates

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May 08, 2010

ECO ART: DEAD STAR

ECO ART: DEAD STAR BY MICHEL DE BROIN

ECO ART: DEAD STAR BY MICHEL DE BROIN

Sculpture by Michel de Broin made from discarded batteries.


April 19, 2010

BIKE RIDE TO FORT TILDEN

bike ride to fort tilden, Fort Tilden, Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, NY

bike ride to fort tilden, Fort Tilden, Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, NY

Located on the Rockaway Peninsula Brooklyn, NY, Fort Tilden is mostly a natual area that was a former United States Army installation.  Fort Tilden today is largely a natural area of beach, dunes and maritime forest. Most of the old military installations are abandoned, though some buildings have been renovated and are used by local arts groups. Atop one of the old batteries, Battery Harris East, is a viewing platform offering 360-degree views.  Fort Tilden includes some of the most secluded beaches in New York.


DESIRE FOR PERMANENCE

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photography, design squish blog

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“Biopsy” photograph series by Yedda Morrison

This work takes as its starting point the human desire for permanence, a desire made acute by the inevitability of our passing. If photography itself is a manifestation of this desire, our attempt to arrest or “still life,” plastic plants and flowers are a low-rent corollary. Suspended mid bloom and scattered throughout graveyards and empty parlors, they offer the promise of perennial youth, an eternal flowering, life ever after. Fake flowers both immortalize and render static the natural world. As such, they articulate a crisis between beauty and horror, desire and loss, artificiality and “the natural.” In our fall from the “pre” or “no” time of Eden, we have landed squarely in the artificial garden, the stilled remains of paradise. These sights of frozen or no time and the scale, duration and technology that make them possible, work to articulate a world where boundaries between the real and the artificial are increasingly blurred. If, in our contemporary moment, we are experiencing a gradual substitution of the machine for the body/mind, the image for the thing, and the simulation of the environment for the environment itself, then perhaps we are realizing Robert Smithson’s “frozen actuality,” the hallucinatory disjunction where “nothing is known but the impenetrable surfaces,” where “the artificial ingenuity of time allows no return to nature.”

photography, scanned fake flowers, design squish blog

photography, yedda morrison, design squish blog


April 13, 2010

BIKE REPAINTED AND RESTORED IN THE STYLE OF GZHEL CERAMICS

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Gzhel ceramics

Old rusty bike found on garage sale restored and repainted in the Gzhel style of ceramics. Gzhel is a Russian style of ceramics which takes its name from the village of Gzhel and surrounding area, where it has been produced since 1802.


April 08, 2010

MORE PARKS IN NEW YORK CITY: BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

brooklyn bridge park

brooklyn bridge park

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre park currently under construction on the Brooklyn waterfront in the vicinity of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. As of March 22, 2010 the first newly built section of the park, Pier 1, has been open to the public. !!!!!!!!!!!!


March 30, 2010

THE ART OF KITCHEN SHELVING

shabby chic reused wood kitchen shelves, flea market cups

Reused shipping crate wood for shelves, glasses and cups from grandma’s garage, flea market or thrift store and a few handmade ceramic bowls.
Done!

Image found on beautiful blog by Anna Rikje, photographer and musician from Germany currently living in New York City -  I Truly Like That.

 


DINOSAUR TRUE COLORS

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The discovery, which the researchers reported last week in Nature, supports research showing that birds are dinosaurs, having descended from a group of bipedal dinosaurs called theropods.
Dr. Prum and his colleagues, meanwhile, had set out on a similar quest. Working with paleontologists at the Beijing Museum of Natural History and Peking University, the researchers began to study a 150-million-year-old species called Anchiornis huxleyi. The chicken-sized theropod was festooned with long feathers on its arms and legs.

mohawk dinosaur true colors
Above: Mohawk Dinosaur

Scientsts were able to assign color to individual feathers and thus work out color patterns for the entire fossil of Anchiornis huxleyi, a small, feathered, two-legged dinosaur that lived roughly 150 million years ago.  The animal would have weighed about four ounces (110 grams) and appears to have had a dark gray or black body and wings with some white feathers that gave it a stripe pattern, plus a reddish-brown crest and speckles on the face. ( Source:  New York Times and Discovery News)


EARLY SPRING MOSS

early spring moss

after winter moss

moss after snow early spring

Early spring moss in upstate New York. 


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March 21, 2010

A SET OF MISMATCHED DINING CHAIRS

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Sets of mismatched dining chairs. Life becomes much easier with mismatch!  Photos from Emma Blog, unpolished Life and Apartment Therapy.

mismatched dining chairs set, unpolished life

mismatched dining chairs set, unpolished life

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March 10, 2010

DIY:  BIRD CAGE LAMP

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I see a lot of old beautiful bird cages in the garbage. I think I threw out a few as well a long long time ago. What I did not know is that they can be transformed into beautiful lamps. This re-purposed bird cage lamp above is by PSPCA ( Philadelphia Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).  The curtain will naturally diffuse the light acting as a lamp shade!


HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY VINTAGE SPRING AND FLOWERS POSTCARDS, march 8

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY VINTAGE SPRING AND FLOWERS POSTCARDS, march 8

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY VINTAGE SPRING AND FLOWERS POSTCARDS, march 8

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International Women’s Day vintage spring and flowers postcards.  (С 8 Марта!)

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March 08, 2010

DIY: BUILD YOUR OWN WELL

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How to hand build your own well!!! (in Russian): www.kolodec.ru


DIY: MAKE YOUR OWN BIKE MESSENGER BAG

diy bike messenger bag, billboard sign material

recycled banner bike bag, make your own messenger bike bag

I was excited to find these great “Recycled Banner Golden Mean Messenger Bags”  DIY instructions a la Freitag bike messenger bags.  (Can be made under $5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!). Comfortable, light, tough billboard sign material (waterproof). To view instructions please visit: EEIO Golden Mean messenger bag instructions
In stores, nice bike messenger bags can be $200. Making your own not only saves money but also is good for environment.  I just saw a truck driver discard a big piece of truck tarpaulin and now it is lying on the street waiting to be made into bags.


March 03, 2010

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLISON BEONDE

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“I have been trying to visually find a means to express the turbulence, sadness and strange beauty that comes with personal struggles, relationships and dealing with one’s own personal history in a more poetic way. Whenever something arises in my life that is profound, I find that nature always mimics it, and some of the shots I take grow into more rich personal symbols as time advances. I am interested in this use of image as a sort of personal time-capsule of my own struggles with anxiety, self-doubt and frustration”  - Allison

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http:/allisonbeonde.com


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February 23, 2010

HANDMADE RECYCLED PAPER NOTEBOOKS

handmade recycled paper notebooks

handmade recycled paper notebooks

Black Pine Books makes these beautiful high-quality, affordable alternatives to more mass-produced journals. Recycled papers are utilized when possible and all items are entirely hand-made.
Moss and Khaki notebooks are made from recycled paper and have light gray paper( 80 pages). They are saddle-stitched (also known as staple-bound)
The Dusk (Navy) journals have hand-sewn binding,  heavy dark blue cover stock and the inside has a narrow-ruled, blue lined paper (80 pages). Comes with the option of a hand-made band, which helps keep the book flat when not in use.

http://www.blackpinebooks.com/


February 20, 2010

TROUVELOT ASTRONOMY ILLUSTRATIONS

trouvelot november meteors

November Meteors

astronomy scientific illustration, mare humorum

Mare Humorum. From Study made in 1875.

trouvelot astronomy sun as revealed by telescope

Sun as Revealed by Telescope and Spectroscope


THE LAST OF THE WILD FRONTIER LANDS

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White Wolf in Mossland, chromogenic print

Canadian artist Adam Makarenko creates series of dioramas which are then photographed with altered perspective.  Influenced by science and nature, Adam creates photographs concerned with human manipulation of nature.


adam makarenko photography, nature

Pursuit, chromogenic print


adam makarenko photography, nature

Cessna, archival pigment print


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HWY Drive, chromogenic print


adam makarenko photography, nature


There is a raven on our way down the northern highway

Adam grew up in Atikokan, Northern Ontario, where the caribou once roamed. “When Adam was growing up there, Atikokan was coated in red ore dust, and boasted two of the largest ore mines in the world. It was nestled in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness, isolated from the rest of the world. In 1980 the mines shut down, and it was at that point when Adam began to nurture his artistic ideas by exploring fields of endless moss, muddy swamps, thick boreal forests, and abandoned open pit mines” - from website.


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February 18, 2010

ANDREW WYETH TREES

andrew wyeth and trees, spring beauty

Spring Beauty
1943

Found on EMPIRICISM, new blog aimed at keeping track of all things beautiful, innovative or interesting.


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ATAVISTIC LED TASK LAMP BY STANLEY RUIZ

minimal led task lamp

LED lamp by Brooklyn based designer Stanley Ruiz,  inspired by fabrication techniques of indigenous peoples.  An energy efficient LED strip is encased in felt, taking advantage of felt’s quality of being a fire-retardant material. 
The lamp was designed to reduce a task lamp to its bare essential- reducing the components and eliminating the use of complex machinery in production.


February 17, 2010

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

beetle love, valentines day card

I actually do not remember where I found this post card or who made it but I really love it.


February 14, 2010

RECYCLED FELT PILLOWS WITH LETTERS

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I love these computer-graphic-design-font-inspired eco-friendly pillows! Pillow sets are made from 100% recycled Plastic bottles Eco Felt .
Eco felt letter pillows by Alexandra Ferduson and Ctrl Alt Del soft pillows by Diffraction Fiber. 

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design squish blog


February 10, 2010

TREES, WINTER

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February 05, 2010

HIGH SPEED RAIL SYSTEM

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U.S massive high speed rail is officially on the way!

“According to one recent study, implementation of pending plans for the federally designated HSR corridors could result in an annual reduction of 6 billion pounds of CO2” - from High Speed Rail Strategic Plan.


February 01, 2010

ENRIQUE MARTINEZ CELAYA PAINTINGS

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings

enrique martinez celaya paintings


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January 29, 2010

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