Archive for April, 2011

Paint or tile? You decide!

Is that paint on the wall? No, it is tile!!

If creating a mosaic for an accent wall or swimming pool seemed like a tedious task for you and the kids to master in a community ed class, allow Barbara Jacobs to help. Her design of this Artful Mosaic project she calls GLOW accentuates any wall or floor space and allows you to sit back and customize while their experts efficiently work.

Dress Up Your Walls or Floors With Glass, Stone, or Porcelain Artful Mosaics by Barbara Jacobs Color and Design
You can begin the process of creating your very own customized mosaic by ordering a small, square-foot sample of any GLOW mosaic design that exhibits a small-scale example of what might be the end result slated for use across an entire wall or floor.

Due to the wide range of colors and materials offered, every project is priced according to its particular design of glass, porcelain, and natural stone used. Choose between a re-creation of existing designs in tiles or work with them to make your own ideas come to life and install them as framed artwork, directly onto the surface as tiles, or even onto curved furnishings and columns for an individualized effect.

Self-powered lighting… OKAY!!!! by DOCTORS?!

I think you’ll agree that any product boasting a roster of designers beginning with “Dr.” is worthy of notice, if only for the novelty, since MDs and PhDs are scarce commodities in the A&D world. Now, I can’t answer for sure as to the specific disciplines of Dr. Lin Hui-Hsiung, Huang Shao-Wei, Yang Wen-Hsun & Chiang Chung-Kai, but I’d guess they’d be somewhere in the realm of systems/materials science and industrial technology, since the quartet’s red dot design award winning Starry Night lamp forecasts a new technological approach to the systematic dissemination of light.

A Self-Powered Light for Day and Night
And before I go waxing all nostalgic about that triumphal work by Vincent van Gogh, the straight-up goods on Starry Night are that it uses a “transparent light-collecting module” as a lampshade, in addition to an integrated photovoltaic layer, in order to charge up the battery that powers the nightlight. The piece is thus a self-sustaining/dual-purpose pendant lamp that saves copious amounts of energy while providing the environs with just the right amount of alluring azure illumination. In its daytime function, the big, beautiful blue bulb lights up to full capacity, but at night the stars come out, signified by Starry Night’s haphazard distribution of tiny pinpoints of light—every bit the rival of those distant glowing spheroids in the clear night sky.

Drips of Light

Designers, like artists, love to take on social commentary in their designs. A lamp is not just a lamp when it speaks about natural resource consumption and the downfalls of our consumer driven society. The Light Drop by Rafael Morgan plays to this tune taking its shape from the faucet that is dripping water. The fixture is a series of wall-mounted pieces which uses custom-molded polycarbonate bulbs with an embedded, dimmable LED. In an almost too obvious way (I mean too obvious because I would be looking for the wall switch), the quantity of light is controlled by the tap, allowing you to twist and get more light. In the words of the designer, this tactic is “also is a good way to contextualize energy use (though at a greatly reduced rate, compared to an incandescent version of the same design.” The Light Drop is intended to make the user think about how our society deals with water. Raphael Morgan won the Third Prize in the Bright LED international design competition for this design.

DIY lighting–$30

This project is for those that love flowers and have a bit more of a whimsical style. This flower pendant light is made from paper pulp egg cartons, and the finished light will add a pretty feminine touch to your room. This pendant light gives off a soft, beautiful ambient light. This is a fun and easy way of getting a fixture for your dining room or maybe even something hanging over your rocking chair in your nursery or child’s room. If you like what you see and want to learn how to do create this pendant, reply to this post and I will share with you HOW TO DO IT YOURSELF! :)

An Antique Cabinet with a Modern Twist

Balance and contrast are two vital concepts in design. Too much contrast and a design can seem disjointed and messy. When a design is well balanced, ideas can be challenged and boundaries pushed, but the end result is satisfying and harmonious. In Chinese philosophy, yin yang is used to describe how polar or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn. The saying that opposites attract is a reduced version of this concept, which proves itself in many walks of life.

Duo is a cabinet which plays off the idea of yin yang by bringing together designs from both ultra modern and antique. Consisting of an old cabinet and a minimalist cabinet, Duo interlocks the two designs to create a harmonious piece.

Maak is a creative agency that explores design through interiors, window dressings, set design, event decoration, and furniture. Their designs are contemporary and innovative, but also function and durable.