Happy Friday to all of my readers!! I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted and totally screaming, “TGIF!”
Today’s news: I’ve joined IIDA (about freaking time) and in a search to find a honoree for the 2014 Los Angeles leaders breakfast, I came across Ideo.org. They’re based out of San Francisco, so they are not in the running, but I still want to share their inspiring mission.
Ideo.org is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to bring human-centered design to the people who need it most — those facing poverty every day.” This group of designers make it their job to tackle global poverty with creative design solutions. The best part is…their impact is measurable and evident. (love that!)
If you ask me, their project history is quite impressive. I wasn’t expecting to see that much goodness going on. You can read about past projects here. And current ones, here. Right now they have a project that is looking at drones, which let me be honest, when I was reading about Amazon wanting to use them I was like, “Oh heck no!” But now, with Ideo.org wanting to use them to better the health and welfare of poverty-stricken communities I can’t possibly hate on drones anymore. What a fantastic opportunity. I’m optimistic and hopeful for the future of Ideo.org’s “Drones For Good.”
Go check them out people! Get inspired, support a cause, whatever that may be, and be thankful every day for what you do have.
Last week I was looking at fixtures for a clients private dining room and was fortunate enough to stumble upon the amazing work of contemporary artist and light sculptor, Niamh Barry. Her work is absolutely inspiring, creative, and jaw-dropping. I mean DAMN! I’m totally in love.
For more images and information, visit http://www.niamhbarry.com/
I’m soo sorry Pantone but I do not love 2014′s color of the year. Crossing my fingers that I’m not the only one. I just, I’ve never been, I can’t, I just don’t like purple. No hard feelings, I loved 2013′s Emerald! I was all over that!
Okay so before I beat a dead horse, I claim a new color for 2014. My own color! My own (drum roll, please) VERMILLION!!! Ta-da! Yay. Wow, I feel so much better now. That’s fun. No wonder Pantone does that. I feel like throwing a party where all things are inspired from this color. hmmm… next year?
Whew! I’m loving this! Now go spread some Vermillion love on your life! You deserve it!
Let’s end this year on a creative note and look at an incredibly innovative design for a coffee shop.
VAV Architects was the talent behind the design for a quaint Dublin cafe known to locals as Bear Market Coffee. They got my attention and gained my appreciation with their creative use of rebar. They took a tight budget and unconventional materials and transformed that into something great. That’s not always so easy. VAV expands on their concept here:
“The concept for the design was to explore and question materiality, test the qualities of everyday materials and techniques available, while at the same time creating something unique and totally distinctive. The chosen material we selected for exploration purposes was reinforcement steel. Our intent was to fill the space with vertical lines, and thus gently fragment the space, filtering the views and people within it. This forest of steel would, we hoped, create a brutal yet honest space. The finished cafe would be perceived through the filtered vertical lines of the reinforcement bars, with shelving and benches hidden and supported within them. With steel dominating the interior,all other elements would simply act as a backdrop. Thus the original interior was stripped back to the core. Ceiling was totally exposed, walls were treated minimally, while existing tiles were roughly pulled off, leaving gridded screed surfaces. The floor was roughly laid with recycled timber, interlaid with steel rods, where the verticals connected with the ground. This timber flooring softened the space and hid the supports of the shelving units, with the reinforcement bars piercing through it to the hidden supports below. These two new elements – horizontal lines of timber and vertical of steel, intersected each other, gridding the interior.”
Successful, yes or no? I’d say “heck yes!” I want to go there now and drink my second latte of the day!
For more information and projects by VAV Architects, go here!
Cheers and a happy New Year!
Let me start by saying that I am sharing this with you by my own volition. No one asked me to this and no one is getting anything from it.
Today at work, two women working for Interface carpets came in and showed some product from their Net-Effects collection. I, as a newbie, was unfamiliar with the line. I just figured it was a cool name some guy came up with while sitting behind a desk. WRONG!!! SO WRONG! And so embarrassing now that I’ve been educated.
Net-Effects is crazy amazing, like in so many inspiring and wonderful ways. They take fishing nets out of the ocean and repurpose the fibers to make their carpets. I’m not doing this justice… Read this… It’s a direct quote from the Net Effects brochure: ” In 2011 the Co-innovation Team began assembling an army of collaborators, including the Zoological Society of London™ and marine biologist, Dr. Nick Hill. After intensive research and planning, they decided to focus the Net-Works pilot program within the 7,000 Philippine islands, on the Danajon Bank — in one of only six double reefs in the world. And thus, Net-Works was born. The effects of clearing the beaches of nets isn’t just aesthetic. “In an eco-system as delicate as the Danajon Bank,” Hill states, “discarded nets are incredibly destructive. The nets take centuries to degrade, and with a nylon density greater than that of water, the nets lie on the ocean floor where they do untold damage to marine life.” Along with helping the villagers clean, sort and sell back the waste nets, Interface and the Net-Works partners have established community banking systems for the residents — supporting and strengthening the local, developing economy, and providing new financial opportunities for residents. Community banking empowers village members to establish forms of micro-insurance, savings and loans for the benefit of both individuals and the community.”
See, makes more sense now! Watch below or check out their website here to learn even more.
Oh and in case you were wondering what this carpet might look like… Here’s a little taste…
Happy Holidays, dear faithful readers! I trust that those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful gathering filled with good company and even better food! I know I have been a super slacker when it comes to blogging but I’m here and ready to share some of my holiday excitement. Did I mention how excited I am?! This is my first Christmas away from home. I’m spending it with my handsome fiance in our little apartment and I couldn’t be happier. This weekend we visited a tree farm, picked our tree out, and cut that baby down ourselves! When we got it home, the fun began. Decorating!!! The place is pretty decked out for this being our first Christmas. I suppose our efforts won’t get us featured in a Martha Stewart Christmas issue but we’re happy, and that’s what matters most. I mean, I’m pretty sure our tree is noticeably leaning to the left! Love it! Don’t sweat the details. Save the stress for something else!
Say Whaaat? Rectified who? huh!
Calm down! Here listen…There’s non-rectified tile (which you see everywhere) and rectified tile (which you probably never knew existed). Let me break it down…
Non-rectified tile — Simple. It’s tile. It’s everywhere. It’s imperfect. Non of the tiles are the same exact size due to tile production. (It’s like baking bread!) Large grout lines are the result. Not always the most desired look. I like it when the grout lines disappear. Just sayin’. So now.. Let me introduce (duhn duhn duuu duhh!!!!!) Rectified Tile!!!
Rectified Tile: Same product but production is a little different. After the firing process, the tile is cut to size, creating a perfect 90 degree angle. This allows the grout lines to be tiny. We’re talking less than 1/8″ people. Yeah it costs a little more but hey, you get what you pay for, right? Here look. Pictures are worth a thousand words.
Tonight’s post explores some pretty sweet home office spaces that I pretty much adore. When we get a little more space, I’d love a creative outlet of my own to fill with inspirational imagery, goofy gadgets, and design dreams. It is an office, and if you’re working from home, hopefully you’re doing something you love. That totally deserves a well designed and highly personalized space that is all yours! Cheers to all my homies with home offices.!
My non-expert self says, “DO!” I mean you put a run over carpet right? Why not a rug over a rug to add some visual impact and another “layer” (get it!) of design. It’s fun and funky and when done right, I think it looks so sharp! Just watch the thickness of each rug. You wouldn’t want to pile the stack too high!
If you don’t already know that there were meteor showers last night and more scheduled to happen again tonight, let my little nerd self fill you in. The Perseid meteor shower is expected to be very visible late tonight and into the dawn of tomorrow, producing like 50 to 100 meteors per hour. Just look up, they’ll be there. They appear in all parts of the sky and will have long trains following them. Obviously, all this astronomy got me looking and I found these funky but totally livable meteor-esque interior products!! Now get the binoculars out and have a lovely evening watching meteors fly through the night sky.
Where’s your stash at? Yeah, so it’s national underwear Day. Don’t worry, I didn’t know it existed either. I mean what are you supposed to do on this day? Wear underwear? Like you don’t on other days? Wear your favorite pair maybe? Who knows, all I’m interested in is where you store them! Check out these inspiring chest of drawers!