I love these beautiful ceramic bows made by Colleen Hennessey. All of these are pieces of art! Colleen grew up in Mill Valley, California, spending most of her days outdoors. She was influenced by the natural beauty around her. Both her parents made things with their hands: woodworking, gardening, and sewing. Trained in sculpture at Kansas City Art Institute, Colleen supported herself as a cook for fifteen years. Ceramics was a natural progression from Colleen’s art, gardening, and cooking. Her rustic-minimal style is inspired by the convergence of her background in sculpture with her passion for growing and cooking food. Each one of Colleen Hennessey’s bowls is simple, functional, and full of understated character. Her work is available from Quitokeeto.
Over the years televisions have become bigger, better and thinner. But the shiny black screens remained a dilemma for a lot of us (interior) design lovers. Why not design a television that is aesthetically attractive and that blends with your furniture? With this idea in mind Samsung Electronics asked renowned French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to design a television that complements the aesthetics of a modern home environment.
The SERIF TV is a product of two passions: technology (Samsung) and design (Bouroullec). Drawing inspiration from the simple elegance of typography, the Samsung SERIF TV forms a serif font capital “I” shape in profile (hence the name). This form enables the television to be positioned anywhere in the home. It can be placed on furniture, on a shelf or, with the attachable legs, left freestanding. The SERIF TV looks great in any type of room, as you can see from the images above and below. Whether in the living room, kitchen, bedroom or office, the timeless design makes the television blending harmoniously with its surroundings.
“From the outset of designing SERIF TV our aim was to craft an object that fused technology with our knowledge in furniture design and to create a solid presence that would sit naturally in any environment,” says Erwan Bouroullec. And Ronan and Erwan didn’t just redesign the outside of the TV; they even redesigned the user interface, coming up with an abstract but enticing setting called “Curtain mode.” Curtain mode takes whatever is being shown on the screen and blurs it, transforming it into shimmering abstract shapes like a digital curtain.
Looking closely at the design it is obvious that the SERIF TV was carefully crafted with the needs of real homes in mind. A woven removable cover hides the TV’s ports while a discreet pocket keeps the cables tidy. This makes the television look great from every angle, even from the back!
With Samsung’s SERIF TV the television is no longer a giant ugly black screen dominating a room. It is a design object that is made to fit in the world in which we live.
This lovely kids room is decorated in beautiful soft colors. The bed is designed by Rafa kids and comes in 4 finishes : wood, whitewash (featured in this post), white and dark chocolate. the subtle lines of this bed make it a beautiful element of any space. The bed is lifted just enough from the ground to provide the best comfort when lying, sitting or chilling out on, during the day. It is a very slim bed design with a great material efficiency. The best of both worlds: very sustainable in production and beautifully minimal in design. The table is a new additional to the Rafa kids family. This versatile piece of furniture can be use a (side) table or as a bench.
This beautifully designed lamp comes handy now it is getting dark again at an earlier hour. The Carrie LED Lamp created by Norm Architects has an opaque opal glass shade, which contains an LED lamp inside. The light can be adjusted in steps to provide a cozy ambient light. The lamp is also mobile, thanks to an internal rechargeable battery, charge via a USB cable. The Carrie LED Lamp makes for a great lamp for small trips. Bring it to the beach for a cozy late-night get-together, or take it with you on that intimate sunset picnic.
Australian makers/crafters Poppy and Scott are a team in every way, they share a love for creating, bringing people together and for their daughter Frida. After road trips around Australia, the US and Mexico they felt it was time to turn their bold design aesthetic and enthusiasm for the hand made into a business. A florist and a plumber by trade it seemed natural that they would turn their passion for designing and building towards creating furniture and pots. They have since developed a range of indoor and outdoor furniture and homewares, which they have always wanted for their own home but could never find. Every piece of furniture is designed and built in the workshop and every pot is hand painted by artists in their paint studio. Their pieces are rich with life, colour and texture yet simple and timeless. In their showroom in Northcote, Australia, you can find objects created by everyone under the Pop & Scott roof as well as artwork, ceramics and beautiful pieces made by talented friends. Luckily they also have an online store where you can buy (part of) their collection
I am not into gadgets or appliances: I don’t need to have the newest iPhone or iPad. And my 5-year-old desktop computer works just fine so there is no need to buy a faster, newer, slicker version. But there is one electrical product that I do get excited about. And that’s … a good vacuum cleaner! With a dog and kids running around the house a powerful vacuum cleaner can be a game changer. I discovered this a few years ago when I decided to spend a bit more money and bought a more expensive, better vacuum cleaner. But after a year of intensive use it got broken and unfortunately that particular model was no longer available. I never managed to find a vacuum that was equally powerful. I did look at Dyson vacuum cleaners as they get raving reviews but I was hesitant to actually buy one because I was not sure if it was worth the price tag.
So I got very excited (really!) when I got to test the new Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuum. This new model is the only vacuum that self-rights when toppled. Dyson engineers made this possible by assembling the vacuum’s components in a spherical array, with the heaviest nearest to the floor. Placing them inside a curved body with a low centre of gravity means that whenever the vacuum is displaced, gravitational forces will automatically return it to its upright resting position. Handy!
Another important feature of the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball is that it does not use bags or filters. Usually vacuums get less powerful with time as the filter needs to be cleaned or changed after a couple of loads (most of us tend to forget this including me). Also, bagged vacuums lose suction because the bags’ pores clog, blocking airflow. And most bagless vacuums use inefficient cyclones to separate dirt and dust from the air. Dust that isn’t captured passes onto the filter – clogging it. Dyson claims that because of the Dyson Cinetic technology the machine will maintain strong suction power for its working life. I was curious to see whether the Dyson would maintain its strong power even after weeks of intensive use. And I pleased to say that it did! After four loads (which is when usually a vacuum with filter loses strength as the filter needs to be cleaned) the suction power remained the same with the Dyson picking up the tiniest bits of crumbs and dust.
I love the beautiful ceramic pieces created by Malinda Reich. Malinda is a ceramic artist who lives and works in San Francisco. Her one-of-a-kind wheel thrown and carved pieces are functional as well as decorative, both rustic and delicate. Many of her bowls and vases feature hand-carvings inspired by her Scandinavian roots and her love of good food and cooking. As all pieces are handmade and high fired, there will always be a slight variation in color and shape. Malinda’s little works of art are available from her website but also from online shop Quitokeeto. I have been trying to get my hand on a piece but her work is sold very quickly!