Posts Tagged ‘Design’
The London Design Museum Awards, known in the industry as fashion’s Oscar awards, honors the best of the best in the world of style. This year’s competition was fierce, with judges having to choose among contestants like Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge and French label Céline’s sleek car-inspired fall collection. But when it came to awarding pure innovation, nothing could top Issey Miyake’s 132.5 collection.
Opening their doors for business this May in the UK is the AirHotel, part theater, part treehouse, all fun. Designed by the Time Circus, a Belgian artist collective, AirHotel lets visitors spend a night in the forest on the ground or in the air. This new type of Bed & Breakfast features tree-climbing room service staff, aerial hostesses to cater to your needs, and live performances throughout the night.
Like any nice resort, AirHotel features a Wellness Machine Room complete with sauna and bar. And one pod, the “Drop” room can be lowered down to the ground for anyone feeling dizzy up in the trees. We’re not usually looking for quite such a circus in our getaways, but the creative design and unique take on forest living has got us hooked. AirHotel is part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and stays are limited to one night only.
Can you remember a time before text messaging? The relatively new invention was launched in 1992, but it’s hard to remember a time when this wasn’t one of our primary forms of communication. To celebrate 20 years, notebook innovator Moleskine has launched a special edition analog SMS text message. The tiny notebook comes with a cover launching pad and tiny messages such as “I Love You” and “Call Me” which can be folded up and launched via slingshot across a room. For us it recalls the schoolroom days when we’d get busted for writing a note and passing it to a friend. It’s a fun idea to celebrate a form of technology we now take for granted, and a great gift for anyone in your life with a smartphone addiction.
From maternity clothes to baby toys, unless you have a repeat pregnancy, it’s often difficult to reuse the many things necessary to purchase when having a child. One company, Gro Furniture, is trying to reverse that, at least when it comes to baby furniture. They’ve developed two special cribs designed to be used for generations, which many uses in-between.
It’s easy to think of Milton Glaser’s “I Love New York” logo when thinking of the Big Apple, or the Hollywood sign when we think of Los Angeles, but it’s not often we can define an entire city by one particular typeface. There’s news coming out of Chattanooga, Tennessee that is intent on changing that. Brand designer D.J. Trischler and designer Jeremy Dooley are helping to redesign the identity of their city with a brand new font called Chatype.
Happy Monday, Inspirees! Hope you had a fabulous weekend! As for me, well, I spent most of my weekend playing Draw Something – that popular new-age pictionary app that’s been making its rounds. I have to admit that it was the best thing for me to do this weekend to kill time in between waiting for the Hunger Games movie to start, my blueberry cobbler to bake, and my 5-month-old to wake up from her afternoon nap. We even got our CEO to join in on the Draw Something fun!
One of our most popular Facebook posts this year was when we posted pictures of the then just announced Tesla Model X. I remember the post because we debated internally whether you, our awesome community, really wanted to hear about a car. Well, after the enthusiastic response, not only are we glad we posted, but we decided to do some more investigation. We sent our intrepid reporter, Baby B to the seen for one of the first public unveilings of the Model X this weekend at Santana Row in San Jose, CA. (apologies for the less than professional photos – hopefully it just adds to the authenticity ;))
I’m not a designer, but having been lucky enough to be surrounded by designers for most of my life, I’m able to pick up some of their best tips. Before the web, the library was the go-to place for inspiration. Scrolling through old graphic design books, old posters, postcards, anything might get a designer’s brain going. Today the task is much easier, with thousands upon thousands of image websites, whose sole mission is to inspire.
Last week I had the pleasure of having my mind blown by a speech from Ms. Natalie Jeremijenko at a Lucid NYC event, a networking dinner that entertains with short presentations by big thinkers. Often I think the best solutions to environmental problems come from designers, and Jeremijenko has the distinct privilege of being an artist whose background spans biochemistry, physics and neuroscience. When solutions to giant problems are packaged through the mind of a designer, they’re easier digested by the public. She has a unique ability in making environmental solutions into concrete ideas and products that anyone could adapt. Additionally, Jeremijenko is dealing with issues in our own backyard, issues that affect New York City, but with solutions that could be implemented in any city in the U.S.
Here’s a look at some of the greatest projects she’s created so far through just a simple twist of modern design and science:
Visitors make an appointment and visit this NYU clinic similar to any medical facility. However, once they see a doctor they tell about a problem not just affecting them, but about their immediate environment. Once diagnosed, they leave with a prescription that can’t be filled at a drug store, but rather by actions to improve their surroundings. You can make an appointment on the website.
My pal Alissa wrote, “What Happens When You Put a Coffee Table at a Bus Stop?” for Good, a thoughtful piece exploring how strangers interact with a nice environment at a mundane bus stop. As a one car family with a daily bus rider in our household, the article inspired me to think more about our boring old public transit spaces.
Placing a coffee table, newspaper and flowers at a bus stop in Koreatown, designer Julie Kim filmed passerbys and bus patrons interact with her decorative installation. The result? A 1.5-minute video that made me smile for much longer than 1.5 minutes. The young girls seen sitting at the table are really enjoying the set up and the sideways glances from everyone else appear more curious than critical. [read more]