Archive for August, 2008

Spring is about to be sprung

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

It has been a cold and grey winter here in Melbourne town.  Spring is finally about to be sprung, and I could not be happier about it!

Below are some pictures of a colourful little table scape in my house that has helped me get through this cold Winter!

View to kill

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

I think it would be a truly horrible thing to live in any of these houses.

I fear if i did, I would be rendered totally useless.

I wouldn’t leave the house, but sit and just stare day and night.

I’d have nothing further in my life to aspire to, I’d become empty…

Selldorf Architects via Studio Annetta

Selldorf Architects via Studio Annetta

Plataforma Arquitectura

Plataforma Arquitectura

Geoffrey A Blatt via Desire to Inspire

Geoffrey A Blatt via Desire to Inspire

Kendall Wilkinson Design

Kendall Wilkinson Design

Tim Griffith photographer via Desire to Inspire

Tim Griffith photographer via Desire to Inspire

Tim Griffith Photographer via Desire to Inspire

Tim Griffith Photographer via Desire to Inspire

Via Dwell Mag

Via Dwell Mag

Eh, I’d still be willing to give it a try anyway!!

Pressed metal. Its a thing

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I have been shyly flirting with pressed metal for a few years, seeing it here and there, every know and then.

Recently my flirtations have blossomed and I think I am ready to say the big L word!

I LOVE LOVE Pressed meta! -especially when it is painted.

I think it is such a fabulous way to add interest to a room and give reference to the architecture without detracting from everything else in the space.

Look how fabulous it is in these pictures! – Clearly NYC design firm Diamond Baratta feels the same way i do!

 Diamond Barratt Design

Diamond Baratta Design

Diamond Baratta Design

Diamond Baratta Design

Diamond Baratta Design

Diamond Baratta Design

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Via Construction Owl

Via Construction Owl

via Construction owl

via Construction owl

Aimee Herring photography -via Desire to Inspire

Press metal splash back

heritage ceilings

Mozy Collections via Design sponge

Mozy Collections via Design sponge

Pressed metal – its a thing!

Paper cuts and Mintie wrappers.

Monday, August 25th, 2008

I remember the days of being a kid and spending endless hours, mostly on school bus trips, trying to make a the worlds longest chain out of a Mintie lolly wrapper! (I think it was the teachers ploy  to keep us kiddies quiet and busy!) Hmm…I wonder if they still can do that in schools, the world being all super ‘PC’ & all?!!

So here is the very tenuous link!! (said it before: MY Blog, MY way!!)

Taking paper cuts to a WHOLE new level, Danish artist Peter Callesen is a very clever fella with his Stanley knife! I think his work is very appealing (yeah, pun intended!!)

Check it out:

I think this is SO clever & brilliant!! Im in awe!

Sundy cookups and the dream kitchen…

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

I’m in a rare mood (for me!) for a little cooking today and being a Sunday, thought I might do a little ‘Sundy’ roast for the fella and I!

I couldn’t help but be inspired to cook up a storm today after seeing this brilliant stop motion clip when visiting Apartment Therapy!

(I will use REAL food though!)


Stop Motion Spaghetti Cooking – Watch more free videos

My own kitchen is no dream kitchen! I have a tiny work space and its just not encouraging space to be a culinary creative in!

So I have begun to ponder what my ‘Dream kitchen’ would contain…

These uber cool ovens are of course by uber cool Marc Newson for Smeg. I know nothing more than they are coloured AND by Marc Newson. But that’s enough for me!!!

Marc Newson for Smeg via The Cool Hunter

Marc Newson for Smeg via The Cool Hunter

I also love the old school classic Aga stove – great colour choices for me there too!

Aga Stove

Aga Stove

I would HAVE to go the red Aga if any:

Aga Cooker

Aga Cooker

I’d have to have a collection of fabulous cookware:

Le Creuset does DiJon -via Apartment Therapy

Le Creuset does Dijon -via Apartment Therapy

I would love a fabulous stone or marble counter top

Via the once was Domino

And I LOVE a fabulous glass splash back.

Via Living Etc

Via Living Etc

A MUST for the Dream kitchen is it needs to be the seamless inside outside kinda deal.

Inside Outside living - Via Living Etc

Inside Outside living - Via Living Etc

I don’t consider myself to have the ‘cooking gene’ that so many do. So I wonder if I DID manage to get my Dream Kitchen, would I even use it to the potential it would deserve?

Pondering one of life’s big questions.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Here at Designalogue Blog, we ponder life’s BIG questions. You know the important stuff.

Today’s post is no exception. Today we will explore bedside tables.

“Huh?” I hear you say. “THATS a Big question?!” to which I retort, “Have you thought about the endless choices available? ALL the options, Have you?!”

Its a BIG impact of what seems to be a simple decision.

I have spent a lot of time of late thinking about bedside tables. A LOT of time (-um, Yeah. I’m a deep thinker!)

But I’m going to be looking for some new bedside tables for the fella and I soon. So I’m thinking about what actually I want in a bedside table: Decorative? Functional? Spacious? Compact?

Its a BIG decision you know! I mean, it will effect a lot of future decisions: Such as what kind of bedside lamp – big, little, desky. Do I have room for a book, water and a pencil? you see, there IS a lot to consider!!

So I’m asking myself:

Do I want to go with this kind of table – a little Rococo type number? I COULD easily re paint to my colour whims!

Living Etc

Or do I want a compact little decorative number like this pretty table?

Living Etc

Do I want to go dark & moody with uber storage like this one?:

Living Etc

I’m pretty sure this one isn’t going to suit my lifestyle, but should I discount it so easily JUST because its a wee one?

Living Etc

Do I want a little colour in my table?

Do I need to be thinking about a bit of sassy bedside storage?

Perhaps I should go the sensible kinda non committal, could go either way kinda number?

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Or the simple space keeper?

Or, do I rethink the entire bed head and go for built in storage simplicity?

Or, COULD be a good excuse to use some gorgeous fabrics – I DO have quite the stash hidden away!

Or, this type of ‘sensible’ table?

Or, what about an interesting twist! and OVER height! it certainly would fit a book and a glass of water!

Or, maybe I want to go antique?

And ALL this and I haven’t even started thinking about drawers or cupboards!!!

So you see, this really IS a big question!

Stay tuned, (but don’t hold your breath!) I will let you know which way I go!

Images all via Living Etc.

Designer Crush – this one could be love!

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Marc Newson is a rather clever fella! I remember the first time I heard his name, Madonna was lounging upon a cool metal loungey chair that looked oddly enticing in a ‘who cares about comfort’ type way in her film clip ‘Rain’.

Apparently an Australian Industrial designer had made this chair – his name, Marc Newson. My Design Crush began…

Since his Madonna days, he has been a clever and rather busy fella! Designing bags for Samsonite, a concept car for Ford, lots of stuff for Alessi, first class lounges at the Melbourne Airport (that I am unlikely to ever see!) and the odd cool bar and restaurant in NYC, a hotel in Madrid, Boutiques in Berlin, a lighting gig for the Sydney opera house at the Olympic Games in 2000, And, ofcourse I cant forget to mention a jet AND space plane. Variety IS the spice of life, as it is said!!

He is Uber cool. My Designer Crush could be love…

Marc Newson - where my crush began - The Lockheed lounge 86-88. Pic via Design Boom

Marc Newson - where my crush began - The Lockheed lounge 86-88. Pic via Design Boom

Marc Newsons Ford concept Car. Milan 2000. Pic via Design Boom

Marc Newsons' Ford concept Car. Milan 2000. Pic via Design Boom

Marc Newson- Ford Concept car 1999

Marc Newson- Ford Concept car 1999

Marc Newson- Qantas First Class Lounge via Cool Hunter

Marc Newson- Qantas First Class Lounge via Cool Hunter

Marc Newson - Qantas First class lounge via Cool Hunter

Marc Newson - Qantas First class lounge via Cool Hunter

Marc Newson -Kelvin 40 Concept jet

Marc Newson -Kelvin 40 Concept jet

Marc Newson Space plane 2007

Marc Newson Space plane 2007

Marc Newson - Lighting the Sydney Opera House for the 2000 Sydney Olympics

Marc Newson - Lighting the Sydney Opera House for the 2000 Sydney Olympics

Marc Newson Hotel Puerta America, Madrid 2005

Marc Newson Hotel Puerta America, Madrid 2005

Marc Newson - Syn Recording Studio Tokyo 1996

Marc Newson - Syn Recording Studio Tokyo 199

I’ve been Winked!

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Thank you to the gorgeous blog Desire to Inspire for winking (Weekend Link) me!

As a newbie to the blogosphere it is very exciting to share my thoughts on the design world and even more exciting when others read those thoughts of mine!

Thanks again Kim & Midcenturyjo!!

Obsession Confession #2

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Another Obsession Confession from me today!

Today I’m feeling stripey! – I DO love a good bold stripe!

Robert Passal

Robert Passal

Robert Passal

Robert Passal

Siskin Valls Interior Design via Desire to Inspire

Siskin Valls Interior Design via Desire to Inspire

Kate Parkin

Kate Parkin

Markham Roberts - Still stripes!

Markham Roberts - Still stripes!

Siskin Valls Interior Design via Desire to Inspire

Siskin Valls Interior Design via Desire to Inspire

Burnham Design

Burnham Design

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

via Habitually Chic

via Habitually Chic

Camilla Molders Design

CMD

Ingelwood stripe

Ingelwood stripe

Todd Romano

Todd Romano

Stripey Entrance

This one goes out to the computer nerds…

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

We stare for hours on end at pixels on the computer and TV, now add the sofa!

“Pixel Sofa” by Royal College of Art graduate (UK) Cristian Zuzunaga

I dig it!

Must be said: Written with love for the computer nerds amongst us – Especially my ‘fella’! After all, -the rest of us would be lost without your guiding nerd ways!

Pixel Sofa via The Cool Hunter

Pixel Sofa via The Cool Hunter