Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pottery Barn Painted Glasses for $19

Seems like this Christmas, everybody's looking for nice, affordable gifts that won't hurt the-already- shrunken wallet. I thought this set of four hand-painted glasses from makes a perfect holiday gift for sisters or girlfriends. The art nouveau patterns and festive colors are simply gorgeous. And the best part is, it is now at a special price for only $19!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Glass Birds Collection by Oiva Toikka

I'm not into birds (actually, I pretty much know nothing about birds), but I am a sucker for beautiful glass art. Professor Oiva Toikka, an internationally renowned artist, is among the greatest names in Finnish glass art. He is best known for the amazingly vivid and bold Glass Birds collection. The Birds are highly sought after as gifts and collector's pieces. Each bird is signed "O. Toikka Nuutajärvi" as a proof of authenticity.

To see more pieces from his birds collection

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Kids Bedroom Design from Zalf

Love these modern kids bedrooms from Zalf: retro colors, clean lines, functional designs; stylish and practical at the same time.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Jonathan Saunders for Atelier Swarovski

I first learned British designer Jonathan Saunders's name from Target's Go International series, as I did with many other emerging fashion designers. I loved his very architectural and graphic style, and ended up buying a couple of pieces from his Target collection. Recently I found out that in October, along with his collaboration with Target, Jonathan Saunders also released at KABIRI a crystal jewellery collection that he had created for Atelier Swarovski. The graphic collection includes cylindrical and circular pendants, rings, and leather bracelets.

Gold plated ring with crystal detailing.

'Tuscan' white crystal, silver and gold plated bolt pendant on white leather.

'Tion' black crystal and gold plated double ball necklace. On leather cord.

'Beru' black leather wrap around bracelet with a gold plated buckle and black crystal sections.

To view the entire collection: KABIRI

Thursday, December 4, 2008

H&M Home Decor Collection

Fashion label H&M launched a home decor collection in Germany last month. The new collection consists of 4 sub-collections: Design, Nature, Youth and Classic. For now, these home decor items are only available on H&M's internet/web shop.

DESIGN collection

NATURE collection

YOUTH collection

CLASSIC Collection

image via: Husmusen

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Barack Obama Custom Sneakers

The images of President Elect Barack Obama are everywhere, even on the sneakers. showcased several custom-designed Obama sneakers: Obama Nike Blazers & Dunks by TTK; Obama Air Force One Sneakers by Van; Obama Force One by Jimm Lasser. What an interesting way to combine their artist talents and passion for politics together into a pair of custom sneakers. I thought these Obama shoes all look very unique. Personally I like the Van's rendition best. The portraits of Barack Obama on each shoe illustrate two different facial expressions of the President Elect. And his two famous sayings "Change" and "Yes we can" are seen on outer side of the shoes.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Louis Vuitton & Stephen Sprouse 2008

Once again, Louis Vuitton is teaming up with artist Stephen Sprouse to launch their newest collection of clothing, bags, shoes and other accessories. The same graffiti print is utilized in the designs for the second time.

To see more pictures from the collection:

Fair Trade Products from Original Good is a site that carries Fair Trade products from around the world, all handcrafted by local artisans in developing countries. The mission of Original Good is to help provide education, employment and skill training for these artisans around the world.

Who wouldn't love these whimsical animal paper clips? They are handcrafted from iron wire by artisans of Asha Handicrafts in India.

This "Spread the News" fruit basket is handmade form recycled magazines, crafted by the artisans of Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts.

This stylish messenger bag is made of colorful plastic trash bags found on the streets of New Delhi. By using an unique non-toxic process, the local artisans turned garbage bags into a durable material.