Saturday, September 24, 2011

cheap wall painting!

You didn’t think we were done extolling the virtues and flexibility of the medium known as “paint chip” in the DIY art sphere, did you? You must understand that we simply can’t help it. In the DIY world, there’s a sort of holy grail–a triumvirate of characteristics that take a DIY project from “oh, neat” to “ZOMG I have to do this now!” Those characteristics are: 1)almost anyone can do it, 2) costs virtually nothing 3) makes your house look and feel like the super hip person you secretly wish/hope you are.

This one’s got it all, baby! As spotted on the illustrious and never-steer-you-wrong Apartment Therapy, this might be the DIY paint chip art project to end all paint chip art projects (but no that doesn’t mean we won’t post about any more cool ones that come our way.) And, the best part is it doesn’t include cutting shapes out, glue or anything else that seems like a good idea until your living room is filled with tiny pieces of paint chips glued to your furnishings. Good going Apartment Therapy. This is actually something we could see us incorporating. And totally customizable for any surface, style or tastes!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kenneth Grange

Kenneth Grange is Britain’s leading product designer, his prolific career spans over 50 years and he is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London black cab are just some of his well-known designs.

In 1972 Grange, together with Alan Fletcher, Theo Crosby, Colin Forbes and Mervyn Kurlansky established Pentagram, a world renowned multi-disciplinary design consultancy. More recently, in the 1990s, Grange has produced distinctive designs that have become part of our landscape, from the Adshel bus shelter in 1993 to the Rural Post box for Royal Mail in 1998. Today Grange continues to work with British companies includingAnglepoise, furniture designer Hitch Mylius and fashion designer Margaret Howell.

There is an exhibition (20 July – 30 October) in Britain Design Museum of Kenneth Grange’s first UK retrospective celebrating his work, design journey and the role he has played in making Britain modern. With unique access to the Grange archive, the exhibition includes over 150 products, prototypes, sketches as well as audio, photography and film.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Nike Junk Dunks by Gabriel Dishaw

Artist Gabriel Dishaw, specializing in metal work, has fabricated a pair of Nike Dunks and Terminators.  The “Junk Dunks,” weighing in at 5 pounds, are composed of random everyday parts – sheets of metal, gears, wires and circuit boards.  Taking over a month to fully manufacture, Dishaw “decided this time to do it right by making the entire package: from the shoes, to the shoe box, label, diagram and shoe tags.”  Truly a master of his craft, connoisseurs of unique work can check out Gabriel Dishaw’s work at his site.