Design, Objects

Cool…kickstarter

8 November 2011

Cool…kickstarter


Kickstarter is a site devoted to getting funding for all sorts of projects, including design, fashion, art, theatre and  technology.  You can pledge a minimum of USD 1 up to over USD 1000.  For this you can get a variety of  rewards…dinner, advance production protypes etc.   Once the project reaches full subscription, the project will be funded.

I quite fancy backing the Tilt Macbook Pro stand which unfortunately is only being initially produced for the 15″.  Beautifully designed, it is fitted onto the computer with minimal weight gain and does not detract from the Macbook’s elegant looks.  However,  I have a 13″ so pretty useless to me at the moment, but I am considering backing it anyway as the heat emitted from my Pro can be unbearable, the quicker something like this goes into production the better.

I also fancy the mid century modern lamp, which alas they do not ship overseas, so again the benefit to me is minimal.  However, that doesn’t mean that I won’t fund it with a few dollars, I will get a thank you card!

Check out the range of projects on the site, stacks of cool gadgets and gizmos and some crazy ones too!

 






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Collecting, Design, Hong Kong, Interiors, Shopping

Cool…sneak peek at eclectic cool’s furniture collection

4 November 2011

Cool…sneak peek at eclectic cool’s furniture collection

I have been working hard in my studio putting together my antiques collection.   This  piece is a Napoleon III armchair dating around 1860.  (Napoleon III was the nephew of the more famous one and the second Emperor of France).  This chair has been restored and reupholstered using vintage linen sacks from Hungary, gorgeous italian velvet from Italy and hand selected pony skin. The pony skin will wear  with use and will reveal more blue.

The original upholstery was in fabulous condition, padded with horse hair and hessian, the chair will last another 150 years.

There will also be reproductions of these classic shapes available in many different hues.  Stay tuned……











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Design, fashion

Cool…python

3 November 2011

Cool…python


Python is in this season, and no one does it better than Prada.   They have dyed it all different colours, mixed it with other textures and had great fun.   I have been coveting the python this season, so was very  tempted,  when in Australia last week, to liberate these skins from the snake and give them to someone who deserves a new clutch bag.

As you can see, the skin of the python that lives in my garden is gorgeous enough- I wouldn’t have to do a thing.   However, the python obviously detected my keen hunter’s instinct and slithered away before I could put my hands on my machete.   Oh well- next time!

 

 











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Cool Places, Design, Resources

Cool…Microbial Home

2 November 2011

Cool…Microbial Home

As part of Dutch Design Week, which finished last week, Philips launched a new concept for the home, the microbial home.  This is  a domestic ecosystem that challenges conventional design solutions to energy, cleaning, food preservation, lighting, human waste and healthy lifestyle. It explores how the solution is likely to come from biological processes, which are by nature less energy-consuming and non-polluting. where each function’s output is another’s input. In the project the home has been viewed as a biological machine to filter, process and recylcle what we conventionally think of as waste – sewage, effluent, garbage, waste water.

For example, the larder concept is a system designed to keep ‘living food’ fresh, by using natural processes (as opposed to dead food in the refrigerator). The larder consists of an evaporative cooler and vegetable storage system built into a dining table. Materials such as terracotta is used to keep food fresh. The table is made from reclaimed wood, supported by a cast iron structure that consists of water and gas pipes. The power source is methane gas which is produced by the microbial home system.

Apart from the larder and the digester, the ecosystem consists of a beehive, bio-light, apothecary, toilet, and a plastic waste upcycler.

It just goes to prove, we need to go back to nature in order to move forward. You can read more about it here.











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Design, Interiors, Resources, Shopping

Cool…ikea hackers

1 November 2011

Cool…ikea hackers

I am partial to a bit of IKEA…I have never managed to make a move without my favourite Swedish store, so I was thrilled to see this website, IKEA Hackers.  Apart from the dodgy photos as you can see  by the images, anyone can submit their favourite things made out of IKEA components.  Truly fun and a great place to get ideas if you are on a budget.











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