Design Extravaganza

March 3, 2011

Oh, hi, would you like to see a bunch more photos of rooms and housewares I like?
Ok, here you go!

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Design ideas

February 25, 2011

I’ve been thinking a lot about making some changes to my apartment. I think I want to paint my brown wall grey, and make a headboard, and get a giant couch, and a bunch of other stuff. This has been brought on by the fact that I recently added a whackload of design blogs to my RSS feed, so basically every morning I look at nice things and then I think all day about how to get them. Super-constructive.

Anyway, I’ve been saving lots of pics of design ideas I like and I just realized there are like five folders of this stuff on my desktop, so I figured I’d throw it all up here for safekeeping. Please to enjoy / ignore.

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That fabric with the dancing llamas is embroidered blankets made by Otomi people (an indigenous group in Mexico). I love how bright and dynamic it is, and how saturated the colours are. That headboard idea was all over the place in the designblogs a while back, and I still lurve it.

The second half of the slideshow features my new favourite colour scheme: grey + turquoise + yellow. I used to be all over yellow and blue in my university days- my room was basically wallpapered in Van Goghs- and while I think I’m over that particular palette, turquoise + mustard is looking pretty great to me these days.

Some of the rooms in this latter half of the slideshow kinda make my butt clench with how tensely staged they are- I’m not really into the perfect Hollywood Regency hotel look with brandnew matching symmetrical superformal everything- but there are still lots of little ideas here to think about.

I think in my apt, maybe a grey wall + a grey couch + all my preexisting turquoise stuff + I dunno, some yellow pillows? A bowl of butter? And obviously my apartment is also a perfect environment for six pet canaries, to provide that perfect pop of colour.

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Covet covet covet. You guys, quit consuming so much media and you’ll quit wanting so much stuff. The Amish are onto something.


What I’ve been looking at

December 27, 2010

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Pics I liked online this week.


Game: Recognizing simplified logos

November 8, 2010

Here’s a fun way to waste 3 minutes: see how many of these corporate logos you can recognize. The catch is that they’ve all been majorly simplified into just coloured circles by designer Graham Smith. But these are global brands- for sure you’ve heard of them. I got 17 right; consider the gauntlet thrown.

Go here for the quiz.


Washroom signs by Sergio Bergocce

May 5, 2010

Clever men’s and ladies’ washroom graphics designed by Sergio Bergocce:

Love these. Via Google Reader suggestions (holy goldmine of interesting links based on other items in my reader! Thanks to Google, and I guess also my own impeccable taste in Internet?)


Built-in shelves

March 9, 2010

This might be my dream room:

Although I don’t know if I need a giant clay troll egg behind the table. Still, pretty nice, huh? More pics of this house (and lots of other cool ones) at design*sponge.


Unhappy Hipsters

January 30, 2010

Unhappy Hipsters is a collection of photos depicting stylishly joyless hipsters, cadged from design magazines and accompanied by snide captions.

Everyone always leaves.

Thanks to Yao for the tip.