Posted: March 10th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Furniture | Tags: AUSTRALIA, Australian Made, Bottle Crate, DESIGN, Favorite New Thought, Furniture We LOVE, Milk Crate, Wooden Milk Crate | Comments Off on Favorite New Thought: Get Crated
Milk Crates are one of the wonders of the 20th century, from carting vinyl to creating bookshelves, these polyethylene wonders are certainly versatile if not a little hiddeous. Page Thirty Three has taken the galactically accepted form of the humble bottle crate and turned it into something übercool. Aptly named, The Wooden Milk Crate is now officially on my want-it-list!
Page Thirty Three descibes this wonder: as being used for seats, shelves, side tables and storage units. The Page Thirty Three wooden milk crates cross pollinate the functionality and simplicity of the ordinary milk crate with a crafted wooden finish. The crates interlock vertically to stack as storage; they rest evenly on top of each other when on their side, making prefect shelves, and are easily stable enough to flip and use as seats. OH AND IT’S MADE IN AUSTRALIA!
Dimensions: 330mm x 330mm x 330 mm/ 13 inches x 13 inches x 13 inches
More Details & More Übercool creations check: http://www.pagethirtythree.com/
Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Furniture | Tags: B&B Italia, Favorite New Thought, Furniture We LOVE | Comments Off on Ahhh . . . B&B Italia
Each and everyday I sit here and wait, patiently and with much anticipation. Sometime back in 2007 I signed up for a newsletter from B&B Italia, since, I’ve received a half dozen. Then in November 2008 they stopped, I’ve been waiting ever since. Today I received the first new catalogue in almost 4 years, ahhh . . .
Seems that since wrestling their baby back in early 2011 [see wiki below] the Busnelli family has focused more on making beautiful shapes, and less on the redundant art of PR, after all, we ALL know who B&B is, don’t we?
Being lucky enough to own a couple of these übercool pieces has been one of my everyday joys, no matter what the outside world has thrown at me, walking into a room with B&B instantly puts a relieved smile on my face. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 12th, 2011 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Blip, Brilliant Design, Concept Housing, Favorite New Thought, Furniture, Modular | Tags: Brilliant Design!, California Roll, Christopher Daniels, Concept Housing, DESIGN, Modular, Modular Concept House, www.violentvolumes.com | Comments Off on Christopher Daniels: California Roll
This is almost cut and paste – a method of journalism I learned from my ex, thanks lover – In this case it’s simply not possible to add to the eloquence of the designer, neither picture nor word. Christopher Daniel, he describes himself as: Male, from Mars and apparently he’s sick? Whatever, he pens a brilliant thought. the last design of Daniels that we fell madly in love with was his Vuzzle Chair.
Vuzzle Chair is made of 59 cushion cells that can be arranged according to ones moods. Inspired by the Voronoi diagram, each cushion has a neodymium magnet that can remove them and put them together easily to create a chair. You remove 13 cushions and the cube turns into chair to sit on. Each cushion has magnets under the surface which hold the whole structure together. Available in three different color patterns, Vuzzle Milk, Vuzzle Neat and Vuzzle Bloody Mary, the modular chair employs only 46 cells, while the other 13 cushions can be used as individual cushion/stool or footrest for the chair. Check it at Daniels ubercool site: http://violentvolumes.com/
We’re guessing that having designed such a wonderfilled piece, Mr Daniels needed an equally cool floor to plant it on, so he designed one, smarty pants him . .
Seriously, the plagiarism starts here, we are lost for words at this mans talent: California Roll House, 2011
At times, the simplest form with least manipulation from its original form can offer visual amenities and adapted solution to the context. California Roll prefabricated house takes this methodology to create its morphological adaptation to its environemt : desert. Homogeneous exterior material which provides high grade of energy efficiency and reflects heat from the sun covers the entire surface except for glass panels which is electronically controlled to change its transparency.
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Posted: May 19th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ...more original renovation ideas, Blip, Favorite New Thought, Furniture | Tags: ...more original renovation ideas, ART, DESIGN, Favorite New Thought, Furniture We LOVE, Michael Courtenay, Modern, VOOS | Comments Off on Favorite New Thought: VOOS
Übercool is something we have embraced, more than the word though, we love the thought of an item being so far above average one forgets what average was.
Voos seems to work on this level. A group of designers that offer to lift us out of the mundane. Furniture occupies a special place in our lives. VOOS is a place to celebrate it.
There are so many stories we would like to say about the way furniture is designed, made and used. And yet somehow it just comes down to how it feels, how furniture becomes silent friends in our homes :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 17th, 2009 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Fun Renovating Ideas, Furniture, RENOVATION PLANNING! | Tags: FREEDOM FURNITURE, INSIDE | Comments Off on Freedom relaunches itself: does it work?
Freedom furniture has some sexy new TV ads to convince us their furniture is stylish and bursting with quality.
“We believe consumers are looking beneath the surface and seeking products that can stand the test of time,” Michael Cleghorn, Freedom brand director, told Inside Retailing. “That’s the concept at the heart of our new brand campaign expressed in the new TV ads.”
There are two versions of the television advertising campaign: Cat & Mouse, focusing on the customisable sofas; and Nan, about Freedom’s Que range. Let’s hope the new ads are as funny as those promoting the mid-year sale. Freedom really needs to get its act together to be as good as it was a decade ago.