For a laugh, read the humorous and descriptive copy from webshop Charles & Marie below.
But actually, that's exactly where Tristan Zimmermann, designer extraordinaire went. Drawing inspiration from the bonsai, the Park Planters were created to elevate the common household plant to the status of full grown tree. The potted plant becomes the backdrop for an urban park scene. This is the first in a series of two different park scenes investigating the dark side of the park, the stuff that happens when the sun goes down and you're not supposed to play in the park any more. You'll find a lost salesman, a flasher, a gay couple and a mugger, with no two scenes being alike ensuring the autonomy of each piece. Beautifully crafted out of porcelain each set contains a plate, the planter base and two parts of the lid, one blank and one with the scene of your choice.
Well, firstly because I like the packaging, designed by Identity Works, it looks good enough to get a place in my pantry (without the need of pouring the contents into a new container, which I usually do). Also, the packaging is actually informative! It has little texts on how the product tastes, what you can use it for, and even some short recipes.
The second reason I am blogging this is of course the fact I am very interested in ecological, organic products, and feel that a green lifestyle should be encouraged and promoted. The fact that this big food store chain is taking a step in the right direction is worth noticing.
One thing that bugs me though is the fact that not all products are presented with its sugar content. Sure, they say it contains sugar, but exactly how much is impossible to find out! Now that really bothers me, and makes me think twice about serving it to my kids. This is not the case on all the products though, luckily.
Chau combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the value of Storytelling, Myths and its ability to connect us to each other through cultural and humanistic similarities. Chau's current work drifts into new territory by exploring the periphery of the narrative, moments forgotten and faded, or too brief to retain.
This is her most recent work, embroidery on porcelain plates and cups. Amazing, isn't it?
And check out Chau's website to have a closer look at the tiny furniture she makes from toothpicks and paper.
And the winners are... Andrea Barja, who gets a Dental purse, Ana D wanted the Pocket Doll, and Alice Anderson gets the temporary tattoos. Congratulations to all of you, and please get in touch with Nadja at smil to give her your postal addresses!
Thank you Nadja for this great collaboration!
Here is your chance to win a smil product of you choice!
Nadja from smil is holding an Easter tombola and asked me to draw the winners.
Berlin based designer Nadja Girod creates pouches, note books, temporary tattoos, key holders and bags from lovely vintage fabrics and own printed designs. Birds, cats, flowers and hearts - charming prints in small editions and one of a kind productions.
Here is how the tombola works:
1. Somewhere on the smil website an Easter egg has been hidden. Find it and click it!!!
2. Complete the form and with a bit of luck you're one of the winners.
3. I will randomly pick three winners next monday, March 24.
4. Three lucky winners will recieve the prize of their choice :-)
Here are some pics to get you inspired!
In other news, I had my first cappuccino, my fever came back, I saw some people I haven't seen for 7 years and I felt the warming spring sun on my back. All in all, a strange week.
Some of their latest products include the Cammeo lidded boxes by Louise Campbell.
Vanessa Levis' love of wonderful food was nurtured by her Italian heritage, but her excellent technical lighting skills and passion for photography were cultivated over years of assisting the cream of Australian and International photographers. Now she has combined these, to become one of Sydney's most exciting emerging photographic talents. Vanessa's eye for composition and ability to capture the essence of her subject translates to clean, fresh, delicious imagery. Her portraits and travel work also delight.
The photos below are from Anitas 5 words exhibition that just ended at The Mattress Factory Art Museum in Pittsburgh.
"I wanted to work with one letter and kept writing strings of words. I could have ended up with the letter, "c" or "t" or anything but eventually I picked "w", I thought I could deal with the issues I was interested in through these words at this time."
Per's favorite was the Music System from Tivoli Audio, but the rest of you seemed more interested in the Norm 03, the Chokladfondue set, the Grace lamp, Paus Teapot and the Hold Örtkruka Trio.
Decor Maison are now launching two new collections called DM Accessories and DM Photo that are both playful and modern, adding lots of character to any room.
Ps. Don't forget to enter the competition if you want a chance to win a Norm 69 lamp! The deadline is tomorrow night (March 6).
After thirty years of design experience, Nancy Bauch's work is still her meditation. Her work is largely inspired by the observations she makes of the earth... the opening in the ice, the lines in a leaf, the texture of a rock, the curve in a snowdrift, the light filtering through the forest at dawn. Underlying all is the hidden unity that nurtures her and breathes life into her pottery forms. Nancy goes into nature every day. It is her library of ideas. And it trains her eye to see.
Although she originally tried to imitate nature in her art, she has evolved to the point of working directly with the earth using a more sustainable process. She collects natural elements from her daily walking meditation in nature, and transforms these elements into new objects that dramatize and honor their beautiful qualities. She builds most pieces with clay or waxed linen coils layer by layer. This slow process allows her to contemplate the form while she is building it. By so doing, each piece becomes an experiment that leads to the next experiment.
There are numerous ways that Nancy's art reflects her love and respect for the earth. In addition to using natural elements, she actively strives to simulate the imperfection and impermanence of nature itself. Each hand-made piece reflects the philosophy of "wabi sabi" an aesthetic that honors the beauty of imperfection. Her work is a reflection to the variability that is nature, and just as no two snowflakes are alike, so too are each of her pieces unique in their beauty.
Find Nancy's pottery at her White Forest Pottery site.
Marja-Liisa Okko is a Finnish design consultant based in Stockholm specialising in furnishings and interiors. Her office interiors reflect each company's vision and operations, and enhance the corporate profile.
Furnishing and fittings incorporating Nordic features, carried through in minute detail, create an inviting feeling of harmony and wellbeing. Functionality is ever present in her considered, pure style and elegant solutions.