Let's start this week with something slightly macabre! This new restaurant in Jalisco, Mexico, is covered in bones. Over 10 000 of them actually. Designed by Ignacio Cadena and aptly named Hueso (= bones in Spanish), "a reference to the chef’s natural cooking style. It’s part of a “Darwinian vision,”" says designer Ignacio Cadena, and required six months of scouring north Mexico, cleaning, and purifying to get the off-white skeletal pieces ready.
You probably know by now that I don't really do holiday decorating in my home. It's just not for me, all this gold and glitter extravaganza, or the shabby chic white painted cuteness, and definitely not the traditional red and green version either. This graphic, slightly edgy DIY xmas style though, this I could do!
Totally loving the gradient paintwork on the display boxes in the new Backyard boutiqe, designed by Nendo. I'm thinking of using the idea for a headboard for my bed, or maybe just a big sheet of plywood with hooks attached to it, for hallway storage...
"The shop design for by | n, an original brand with all nendo-designed products located in the Seibu Sogo department stores in Tokyo. BACKYARD refers both to a shop’s storage space or loading dock and a tiny paradise for children, an outdoor space for free play. We wanted to combine the novelty of the commercial back yard, in which new products arrive straight from the workshop, with the excitement of playing in the back yard at home. Simple white fixtures bring out the rich variety of the different products, and the plinths and stands’ plywood texture appears gradually towards the base."
Have you heard of Curater
? I just read about it over at Trendenser
, and the concept seemed so silly to me that I had to click over to their site to see what it was all about. Apparently it's a subscription service for art, in a digital form, streamed to a special screen in your home. The stream is curated by "leading art institutions and internationally renowned curators" (all unnamed though), and is planned to be launched "sometime in the next 12 months". The Curater site looks like a standard Squarespace template, and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it's not what one expects from a brand like Acne. And digital frames? Wasn't that Christmas Present of the Year in 1996?
Whether this is for real, or just a big spoof, is yet to be seen. Either way, I'm not convinced.
Japanese design brand Muji designed this narrow three-storey house in Tokyo. Like its products, the house is about the concept of simplicity, maximizing the available space and its functions.