Archives for category: Finds

I was inspired to use big, bold, new Designtex fabrics for TED 2012 in Long Beach and Palm Springs. Interestingly,  these new fabrics were influenced by a clothing collection acquired by The Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe. Lots of patterns and textures, a little retro but all new. They have some interesting shots and descriptions on their site that are worth checking out.

While exploring the second-hand stores in Edinburgh, I found several boxes of cards used to teach the English language. I was first attracted to the graphics (straight out of the 60’s), then became intrigued by the thoughtfulness behind the cards. They combine the fun of puzzles with the task of learning new words. This struck me as similar to where our culture seems to be moving, with the blending of work and play. Funny that someone back in the 60’s understood the magic of putting the two together.

A friend ask if I had any ideas on where to find a cool small table for her living room which could also be used in an outdoor space. Something different and colorful and fun, not this and not that. I immediately thought of the creative tables made from vintage kimono fabrics by Tomita Kazuhiko, an industrial designer. The price is a little high, at $395 each, and you will want at least two. Here are a few more options with simple shapes, bright colors and good prices that I found. Table B are available online at Room and Board for around $200. Table C, Frank Gehry Color Cubes are found at Hive. They come in 5 great colors and the price is $250 each, Height is 17.5”. Check them all out and freshen up your space!

A. Tomita Kazuhiko Tables

B. Room And Board Tables

C. Frank Gehry Color Cubes