November 24, 2012

chocolate mill.

if you are a chocolate lover like me, then even the smallest bit of the sweet stuff will get my attention.  however, if you take chocolate, craft it into a gigantic wheel consisting of layer upon layer of intricate and beautiful geometric patterns that get revealed slowly with each turn of a giant mill, then i'm not going to be able to look away (or stop drooling).  the chocolate mill was created by dutch studio wieki somers in collaboration with chocolatier rafael mutter for an exhibition at the vitra design museum.  not to be missed is the truly mesmerizing and mouth-watering video of the chocolate mill in action here.  now where do i get my own?

November 8, 2012

a good day for a fixa.

bikes are awesome.  they are cheap, efficient, perfect for the city, and most important they are just plain fun to ride.  bikes deserve to be put on a pedestal - and with the fixa bike shelf, you can do that quite literally.  handcrafted in latvia by chrome ltd, the fixa is a clever creation of bike rack, drawer, and shelf in one.  each birch shelf has a secret compartment that pivots open for you to keep your trinkets inside, and the wall mount design is perfect for small living spaces where floor space is a precious commodity. officially added to my christmas list.  get your fixa here.

November 6, 2012


election day is finally here!  put on your finest voting gear and make your voice heard!  as much as i look forward to hearing the results tonight, i'll also be relieved when the nonstop campaigning, attack ads, and endless news coverage is over.  may (who i think is) the best man win!

November 4, 2012

paper birds.

i'm loving these paper-craft bird sculptures by colombian artist diana beltran herrera, who clearly has a way with detail and texture (and mad cutting skills).  the faces of the birds are so expressive, the color is vibrant and fun, and they are elaborate enough that it feels as though they will come to life at any moment.  since the holidays are beginning to permeate my mind, i'm picturing a whole christmas tree filled with ornaments just like these....  see more from diana here.


anyone who has spent some time in a dorm room is probably familiar with the ubiquitous (and ugly) butterfly chair, a cheap and easy-to-assemble piece of furniture that lets you kick back after a long day.  while i never personally owned one, the nest chair by slovakian design studio allt feels like a much cooler, much comfier, much more sophisticated iteration of the same idea.  three laser-cut pieces of strand board easily slot together to form a sturdy base, while a fantastically oversized pillow tops it off.  i feel myself falling over already.  see more here.

color study XXX.

1.  erie basin 1920s art deco cocktail ring  2. love rocks bow collar necklace 3. confetti system diamond pinata  4. muuba biker jacket  5. shakuhachi split oxfords  6. victorian hare bust  7. beauty in little things banner  8. sequined fairisle pillow  9. silvered writing desk