Thursday, 31 July 2008

Cut and paste

Make your own super cool hanging lamp

Italian designer Diana of Sämyii has created this great craft project for making your own hanging lamp.

What you will need:
Acrylic sheets (30 sheets, size depends on you)
A cord light kit (available at your local B&Q)

Step 1
Save the template to your computer. If you would like a bigger lamp, resize the image in a photo editing program. Print and cut out template.

Step 2
Using your template, cut 30 shapes out of the acrylic sheets.

Step 3
Start to assemble the pieces: the shapes have two pairs of matching corners, opposite diagonally (marked by the asterisks and arrows in the image). Fit together matching corners of the pieces, slowly “knotting” them together. There will be two different knots: the asterisk corners need 5 pieces to form the knot, and the arrow corners need 3 sheets to form the knot.

Step 4
Continue to assemble until you create a star, then fit in the remaining pieces in the same way.

Step 5
Continue until you create a sphere. Before completing the sphere, be sure to insert the light bulb end of the cord kit into the sphere.

Via Craftershock

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Licky Sticky Table

Owen loves this table by John Nouanesing he does – the drippy painty touchy feely aspect and at least his feet won’t get stuck to it – thankfully it has dried

Cut and paste

Some very cool guys at Portland based design company Fwis (checkout their site its great) have created the Readymechs.

They are free (I love free stuff), flatpack toys for you to print and build. All you’ll need is double-sided tape, thick matte paper, and 10-15 minutes for build time (ok so it took me a little longer – don’t tell anyone will you!).

And wait there is more –

For the coolest of cool - your own pinhole camera (yes its also free to download – didn’t I tell you these guys were cool?)

Monday, 21 July 2008

A Revolution

In this world of faceless mass produced goodies we just want to find things that are a little bit different because that’s what we all are – a little bit different.

We also figured it would be darn good fun because it gives us a foolproof excuse to go shopping with wild abandon and meet brave talented souls everyday…

Business cards - hooray!

We ordered some cards from the very cool guys at the print shop MOO and we just love them (100% recycled fibre – of course!)

We’ve used MOO a few times and they are fab – but you’ll have to wait a little while to see what other goodies we got them to make especially for us…

In the meantime if you need some cards of your own – checkout The Small Object by Sarah Neuburger. She has designed these great handmade cards which you can download and print for free – isn’t that a great idea?

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Wednesday, 16 July 2008


This is a really neat idea - foldschool is a collection of free cardboard furniture for kids, handmade by you.

The downloadable patterns can be printed out with any printer. Follow the instructions and assemble a stable piece of furniture.

Foldschool is the brainchild of Swiss-based architect and designer Nicola Enrico Staubi.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Quote du Jour

Have enough sense to know,
ahead of time,
when your skills will not extend to

Marilyn vos Savant

Monday, 7 July 2008

Out and About

Managed to have a good snoop around the New Designers show this weekend – and what a fabulous show. If you too have a heart that flutters when you hear the word unique…then keep an eye out for these future stars.

1 georgia trott 2 selina campbell 3 emily hartley 4 rie suruta 5 chloé beck

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Web developer extraordinaire

We have to give a big cheer to our incredibly talented web developer – Paul who has been very (very) busy putting all the necessary functions and flourishes to our site. We cannot recommend highly enough – and a little birdie tells us he may be available for new projects soon (very soon!)

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Text Texture Textile

Outi Martikainen just has the most amazing imagination and the subtleties of her work are inspiring. Beautifully textured and graphically ambiguous, her work challenges our perceptions and our own imaginations.

The ‘pearl necklace’ is just breathtaking.