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Friday
Jan222010

ONE HUNDRED TEN.

French designer Claudio Colucci's Mutant Attack Chair is a playful remix of the original, classic Thonet chairs. Designed for Clear Gallery Tokyo, the Mutant Chair present a sense of humor and the best part? They're made of recycle materials and available in different variations, in CMYK colors. (Source.)

Friday
Jan222010

ONE HUNDRED NINE.

Let's be honest. This week seemed a little slow in ending for all of us. But without missing a beat, it's time to talk about some of our Friday favorites. Remember, Friday favorites are all about what inspires us - things that we delight in, things that excite us, and things that we mostly stumble into discovering.

SPOON. It’s been three years since we’ve really had anything besides EPs from Spoon. 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga was such a strong album in its own right that it’s only right to expect something just as strong; Transference doesn’t disappoint either. It’s a much more mature sound complete with enough intrigue and signs that the band is definitely going in a new direction. Listen to I Saw the Light.

THE GHOST LAMP. From Italian designers Donato D'Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi, the Ghost lamp was created for Bonaldo. It has a light source inside the stem and the white polycarbonate diffuser, which then delicately illuminates the surrounding environment. Bonaldo will be exhibiting the Ghost lamp at the upcoming Now! Design a Vivre show in Paris.

PROENZA SCHOULER. Love, love, love the Pre-Fall 2010 Collection, which looks like it walked out of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. While the leather-sleeve varsity jackets definitely take us back, it's the little black jackets made with holographic sequins and metallic mohair that are favorites. Check it out!

LILLIAN PAU’S DEGREE COLLECTION. A dark, beautiful collection of jewelry inspired by OCD and designed to reflect order and disorder. As it's introduced on the sight, "repetitive, intrusive thoughts resulting in compulsive behavior are redefined in this collection, questioning whether we all have slight OCD."

CLAUDIA VAROSIO. Looking for something to put on your walls? Claudia Varosio, a London-based graphic designer, has completely re-imaged posters from some of our most classic films including Bonnie and Clyde, The Shining, Ferris Buller’s Day Off, and the Hitchcock classic, the Birds. Visit her etsy store for more.
MCNALLY JACKSON BOOKS BY FRONT STUDIO. Without a doubt, this is one of those "if I had the space, this is what I'd do without any hesitation" moments because just look. Front Studio says, "Because we are all avid readers and great lovers of books, our collaborations took on an amazing degree of synchronicity. We thus imagined a space where every moment evokes some visceral connection with books and with reading."

DEAR VAN GOGH. From Design Milk, by Mike Mak - there's no explanation needed. If your mind is going in that direction, you're absolutely right. Follow the link and check it out.

SCRAP LIGHTS. Seattle-based graypants, inc. has been getting a ton of material from their local dumpsters and transforming it into this. The handmade pendant lamps that come in three shapes: Disc, Hive, and Bell. Available as either hard-wired or plug-and-switch swag lights, all three styles have their own appeal: Disc, for example, hovers just like a flying saucer.

FASHIONTOAST. These days it's all about Look Books and quick and easy posts on Twitter; so when you do find a blog with fresh personal perspective and beautiful photographs, you know you've stumbled on a gem.

Thursday
Jan212010

ONE HUNDRED EIGHT.

Shepard Fairey has a new poster print set, which concentrates on the eyes and a politically charged message, and it's called "Eye Alert". There's a left eye and a right eye - already sold out according to the site.

Wednesday
Jan202010

ONE HUNDRED SEVEN.

BLOG OF THE DAY: Home Sweet Home is all about personal space and personal inspirations. Do check out this incredible gallery of photos.

Wednesday
Jan202010

ONE HUNDRED SIX.

Apparently it's Fashion Tuesday, here on the PHI blog - funny, since we were having a conversation the other day about things we could post and talk about.

Now theoutnet is a great place to find designer ware that has been markdown - still incredibly expensive though. And now a personal confession: Marc Jacob bags are a big favorite. They're always cool, always really innovative, and there's always a great color.

Take the Roberts canvas tote - Saffron colored with quilted leather purse embellishment. There's old-tone metal hardware, short double handles, a contrasting multicolored grosgrain detachable shoulder strap, two studs at the front, a plaque at the back, a turnlock to fasten and is fully lined. The even better part? There's an attached leather purse has a gold-tone logo-embossed frog clasp with purple jewel embellishment and stitched-seam detailing throughout.

But even though it's gone from $2150 to 752.50 (and apparently, it's now unavailable on the site), it's still on the list of wistful thinking.