German surface and textile designer Elisa Strozyk shows us how to turn a familiar material like wood into an unconventional surface. “We are used to experience wood as a hard material; we know the feeling of walking across wooden floors, to touch a wooden tabletop or to feel the bark of a tree. But we usually don’t experience a wooden surface which can be manipulated by touch.”
She has created some very pretty tactile wooden surfaces by breaking down the wood into a grid of triangles, making is flexible so that it can be transformed manually in three dimensional ways. Depending on the geometry and size of the tiles each design shows a different behavior regarding flexibility and mobility.
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Painting or Tapestry – Caroline Larsen
A bird cage table by French designer Grégoire de Lafforest creates a theatrical aspect to the conventional table & a nod to curiosity cabinets and bell jar taxidermy. He has collaborated with Ateliers Seewhy for its construction using an array of mediums – glass for the viewing bell domes, metal for the tree, oak wood for the frame and tensioned cables for the cage. Close attention has been paid to the tree so that it looks as natural a form as possible with “leaves” placed in the branches which are small hollow feeders to accommodate bird food. The entire piece allows for practical usage, as a surface, as well as functioning as a habitat for small birds, where they can move around the interior space freely. Very cute indeed but I’m not sure if I would like to eat at this table.
Wig is such a lovely playful flower vase designed by Tania Da Cruz. I am quite a fan of floral crowns and own a couple myself. So, this vase would be just the ideal addition to my collection.
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Fancy some light reading anyone? Literally. Lumio is a portable and functional lamp that unfolds from a book. The further you open the book, the brighter the light gets. You can adjust it to any kind of space depending on your needs, transform it into multiple shapes and best of all, you can store it like a book. Follow the story of Lumio in the video below, its amazing, trust me.
Never judge a book by its cover. Its contents could be invaluable or better yet, illuminating.
(Lumio GIF taken from here.)
Jean and Dylan, both industrial designers, came together to start the Ladies and Gentlemen Studio in 2012, as an offset to their online vintage store. They developed a set of studio originals that repurpose and embellish vintage objects inspired by their everyday discoveries, explorations and surroundings
I must say that I find the Cane and Able collection absolutely delightful. I’m loving the vintage cane as one of the supportive legs for the stool – also very functional.
Lanterns come in all shapes, sizes and colours and they’re something you can use to enhance and beautify a dull corner of the house or a section outdoors.
I recently bought myself a Moroccan version, added a string of fairy lights inside it, and now it’s turned into my favourite part of the house.
I have put together some very beautiful images of rooms and interiors that I picked from my sister Natasha’s Pinterest board that she aptly calls Wow Ideas for Home. There are so many more images on her board that it was getting difficult for me to select few for this post.
Natasha has a blog called Atom and she has been writing and blogging much before I started. Since she herself is into creating magical interiors at her workplace, the topics she covers are mostly home spaces or travel related.
Someday soon, I will incorporate these wow ideas into my home too.