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German designer Stefan Diez has created new beauty.  An elegant yet sturdy modern interpretation of a mid-century classic furniture staple.  I love!

Check out his website for construction info and pictures.  Inspired by a technique used in aeroplane model making, two-dimensional plywood slabs are stretched by hand around a complexly milled solid wood ring to form the back and another to form part of the seat. No nails or screws are used to hold the chairs together rather the 2D slabs are glued to the base to stay in position, producing the shape of the chairs.

via dezeen

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These gorgeous pieces are from the Collection Crystal (2010) by Pour les Alpes. Pour les Alpes’ is a Swiss label based in Zurich and was founded by the two designers Tina Stieger (*1978) and Annina Gähwiler (*1981) in 2008.
I love it when old production techniques are paired so successfully with new trends. The facet is welcome to take over the world as far as I’m concerned. Especially when softened up so nicely by nature’s green beauties!

via rezodesign

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Launched at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this past February, Swedish company Bolon‘s new Botanic woven vinyl flooring collection has my nesting knickers in an excited knot.

Marketed as a revolutionary environmental breakthrough, it’s made with a plant based plasticiser instead of using the industry standard of phthalates (Diisodecyl-phthalate (DIDP) and Diisononyl-phthalate (DINP)), which have potentially devestating adverse affects on the environment and on us.  Most building materials involve some kind of sticky eco business, whether it’s the adhesive used or the harvesting practices,  and there are so many factors to consider; durability, longevity, sensitivity, sustainability, etc…, so it’s really a matter of doing the best we can.  (A mud or underground hut with no electricity or utilities of any kind would be the best of course, but.. tough to pull off in the Northern climates…)   Barring everyone moving underground, I give Bolon an ‘A’ for effort and a high five for color choices and delicious textures!

via DAMn

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This is just a little tidbit from Stockholm Design Week that I found over at the delicious Emmas.blogg.  Um, love.

To see more work by the inspired Chen Karlsson company, click here.

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I’m not sure if it was the yellow, or the wood, or the yellow and the wood together, but this caught my eye this morning.  Not loving the mirror so much, but would definitely find a place for the basin/shelf combo. By Sopha Industries.

via Urban Taster

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This bit of pretty & nice is by Dutch design talent Juliette Warmenhoven.  A recent Product Design graduate of the ArtEZ Academy in The Netherlands, Juliette is currently exhibiting her graduation project ‘Everyday Growing’ at a shop in Arnhem called ‘Coming Soon’.  If you’re lucky enough to live there, and can make it before the show ends on Saturday, say a few kind words to her plants for me.  

via bloesem

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Joining the ranks of ‘good things tube’ alongside tube tops, Tubular Bells, and inner tubes for river floating is the Tube Chair by KIBISI, which was developed for the project 8 HOUSE (designed by BIG).  It was first presented at stockholm furniture fair in 09 as a prototype.  It’s now being produced by the danish company hay and was on display in its final version at maison et objet  this year in paris.  

 via designboom

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This morning, it was once again time for me to head to my local SPCA to volunteer.  I moved to the kitten room today and boy oh boy are they tiny. And sharp.  And fast.  (One tried to make a break for it but I caught it mid-gallop.)  I found I had to just go about my business of tidying up because I was pretty sure that if I looked directly at their cuteness for too long, I would melt – or just forget about the litter boxes and make them dance with the little sparkly wand toy.  Wow.  So much cute.  

And this will be my routine every Tuesday morning.  So I’ve decided to dedicate one of my posts today (and every Tuesday) to animals of the world.  Tiny or large, picture or product, I am open to all things beast and would like to start the fur ball rolling with this awesome bag I found on NOTCOT.   It’s called the Picnica Bunny reusable tote bag by Japanese design studio EDING:POST.   Both bag and friend (in it’s ‘stuffed’ form) in one, as a proud owner you would no doubt be the envy of shoppers everywhere you go.

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*And my apologies for missing yesterday afternoon’s post!  My roller derby team had the opportunity to check out a new practice space with polished concrete floors (= butter) and I just couldn’t miss it!  And for those of you that don’t know, this is what roller derby looks like: 

derby spat

And if you, or any Kelowna girls you know want a piece of this action, please let me know! (We’re also looking for refs & coaches boys…)

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[clockwise from top: nebula nine sofa, ‘ego stud’ mirror, ad for line release, overdyed side table, cage lights]

Diesel has long had a reputation for edgy clothes, with equally edgy ad campaigns.   So it’s no surprise that when paired up with the versatile Italian furniture company, Moroso, the results would be cozy with a bite.  It’s industrial-meets-mid-century-meets 80’s punk rock.  Quite a combo that I think they actually pull off. That mirror, studded on the leather strap sides, is the perfect hat tip to old English style and not so old English punk.  Very nice.

via: designboom   additional image from: psfk & Racked 

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The eye candy quality of this new offering from Nothing Elegant is enough to make even the most casual of crafters reach for their paypal button.  Just think of the endless connection possibilities…  I’ve been wanting to label things in my home with their Italian names to help me towards my goal of Latin Love fluency and I might just be motivated to get to it if I had all the pretty colors to work with… 

To own your very own set of sticky radiance go to:  www.nothingelegant.etsy.com

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