Friday, October 31, 2008

Acrylic Hangers by Yasuaki Chiba

I'm not usually a big fan of plastic hangers. I thought they make the clothes look cheaper than they really are. But these acrylic hangers by the Japanese designer Yasuaki Chiba are so pretty and easy to use. (as shown here in the illustration.)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Marimekko Autumn 2008

I love Marimekko's fabric designs. The 2008 autumn collections are simply fun and beautiful: expressive patterns plus vibrant colors. The designs look equally beautiful on both clothes and bags (and accessories).

And, all kinds of stripes! Who can ever get tired of stripes? I'm obsessed with stripes. They are classic and never go out of style.

About Marimekko:
Marimekko Corporation is a leading Finnish textile and clothing design company that was established in 1951. The company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags and other accessories under the Marimekko brand, both in Finland and abroad.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Milk Packaging

Milk packaging designed by Julien De Repentigny, in collaboration with Designer Gabriel Lefebvre.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Nutrition Pyramid Lunch Box

This Nutrition Pyramid Lunch Box is made by the Chinese designer Li Jianye. It allows you to align your diet with the food pyramid. How cool!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Zip Dress from LOOKSUP

I like this zip dress from LOOKSUP (a South Korean brand): simple, stylish, and practical.

price: US $68.00

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Beautiful artwork by Nessim Higson for Pêche Noire album.

Nessim Higson, whose studio IAAH is based in New Orleans, created this beautiful design for Pêche Noire after hearing the album in London.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

China's First Zero-Carbon Building

Nottingham university recently opened the CSET building on their campus in ningbo, china. It is china’s first zero-carbon university building. The building achieves its zero-carbon status through its large roof opening that shines natural light inside and creates a natural ventilation system.
This building was designed by the italian firm Mario Cucinella Architects. The façade features a dramitic folded pattern inspired by paper lanterns. The exterior is made from a double skin of glass which has been printed with a subtle historical pattern.

Nottingham 大学最近开放了位于中国宁波校区的CSET大楼,这是中国首座零碳的大学建筑。整幢大楼通过一个巨大的开放的房顶来采集自然光线,还有一个自然的通风系统,这样才做到零碳状态。
这幢大楼是由意大利公司Mario Cucinella Architects 所设计,正面是一个类似纸灯笼形状的折叠造型,建筑表面是印有历史图案的双层玻璃。

In Loving Memory Of The Boom Economy

Stumbled across this photograph at a site that showcases street art around the world. This particular piece was created by an artist named K.GUY, on a New York street, I guess.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tubular Satchel Tote by Olivia Harris

This leather satchel tote by Olivia Harris is all about style and practicality. A little pricey though. (Reg. $445.00)

"Voyager" Pants by Mandarinbillie.

We all know that this season slouchy pants are in. (No more dieting, thank God.)
But these limited edition "Voyager" pants, from a French Artisan based in Nîmes, are truly impressively big and cool-looking. They're not for a petite girl like me, but I'm sure there are plenty tall and beautiful women who are going to look amazing in these "voyager" pants.

Little Hands Children's Wallpapers

After we put down the deposit for the big new house, this has been the question on my mind: "How am I going to decorate Nola's new room?" Besides furniture, lighting, rug, curtain... wall decoration is quite big these days. Then, thanks to Google, I found this Portuguese wall decor company called Little Hands, creating the most amazing children's wallpaper murals I've seen. The murals feature the interesting daily lives of different animal characters - like piggies, bunnies, pandas, penguins, duckies, mice, flamingos, and mermaids.
"...the unique and unconventional approach...subtly rebel a little against traditional nursery decoration. It is bound to be adored by babies and children from all over."

About the company:
Little hands are established by Leonor Feijó and Marta Belo.
Leonor Feijó, finished her BA in photography in London College of Communication in 2004, she also dedicates her time to illustration.
Marta Belo, graduated in arquitecture in Escola Superior Artistica do Porto in 2003. She teaches drawing lessons in a college, the rest the time she dedicates her time also to illustration, mainly to children books.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rubber Dashboard Garden

I thought this is quite a fun and practical design, with an interesting name - "Dashboard Garden". It helps keep small items from flying while you take those wild turns. It was designed by Bigio+Zanon, a design company set up by Robin Lapo Bigio and Olivero Zanon who currently work between London, Munich and Milan.
我觉得这真是一个既有趣又实用的设计,而且还有一个有意思的名字-“仪表盘花园”。它能够在你飞快开车掉头的时候防止小物件也跟着飞起来。设计这个东西的是一个名叫Bigio+Zanon的设计公司,它是由Robin Lapo Bigio 和Olivero Zanon所创立,目前在伦敦,慕尼黑,和米兰工作。

Friday, October 17, 2008

Lady with a Prada Bag - Street Shot, Milano

If only I could look this graceful, sophisticated, and confident when I reached her age.

Love the black dress.
Love the bag, and how the scarf was casually tied around the handle.
Especially love the pointy shoes. They are so beautiful and add just the right amount of sex appeal to the whole look.

A little Touch of Purple - Street shots, Milano

A little touch of purple changes everything! Ladies in Europe sure know a lot about fashion and style...
I especially love the textured fabric of the purple skirt, and the bag!

Cute, Cute, Cute Baby Shoes

"Aren't these the cutest shoes you've ever seen?" I said.
"No more new shoes for Nola (our almost 3-year-old daughter)." My husband said.
"I'm not buying. I'm just looking..." I said.

Women, and shoes...