Tulipa Vases by Lotte Van Laatum

Here is Lotte van Laatum’s interpretation of 17th century Turkish kaftans worn by royal sultans . The design pattern is based on the abstraction of a tulip which is probably the closest item to a national icon in Holland, but is ironically an import from Turkey and Central Asia. And, Lotte’s intentions when creating the […]

The Star Vent Hood by Elica

When I first saw this, I thought to myself: “This is the most beautiful light fixture I’ve seen in ages.” To my complete suprise, I found that this light was actually a kitchen vent hood. The light is nothing less than a jewel. Yes, it does look a bit like a disco ball, but the […]

ArtQuitect Collection by Jaime Hayon

Jaime Hayon made a huge splash at the 2006 London Design Festival with hi collection of bathroom fixtures for ArtQuitect. The reasons are obvious: the pieces are extremely sculptural, fluid, and baroque but without being completely unmarketable. I could see a lot of people wanting these pieces who are not just art collectors, in other […]

Grassland Tape by And Design

Object: Grassland Tape Designer: AndDesign URL:www.anddesign.jp Category: Housewares Price: $15 Lust Factor: Hot Description: The grassland tape is an attempt to capture nature in a roll of adhesive plastic. What I love about the new trend towards wall apliques is how fresh the ideas are when the amount of work to produce those ideas goes […]

Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial 2006 Designers: Deer Hat Hangers by David Wiseman

Object: Deer Hat Hanger Designer: David Wiseman URL: http://www.dwiseman.com Category: Furniture and Housewares Price: $visit website Lust Factor: Hot Description: I’ve got a few more Cooper Hewitt Designers left that I wanted to mention. OK, the deer heads are really cute. But beyond this, David Wiseman’s big concept is to use walls and ceilings as […]

The Dutch Tub

Object: The Dutch Tub Manufacturer: The Dutch Tub URL: http://www.dutchtub.com Category: Furniture and Housewares Price: $6000 Lust Factor: Hot Description: The Dutch Tub is one of those ingenious ideas where you wonder, ” Why has no-one thought of this before?” It’s a bit like an old-fashioned wood fired hot tub, but it uses a bit […]

Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial 2006 Designers: Gradient by Ransmeier & Floyd

Object: Gradient Designer: Ransmeier & Floyd URL: http://www.ransmeierfloyd.com/ Category: Furniture and Housewares Price: $? Lust Factor: Warm Description: This is definitely one of those ideas that people said, ” Why didn’y anyone think of this before?”. Or that’s what I said. I hate drying racks, however this one gets to me because of its ingenious […]

War Bowl by MosleymeetWilcox

Object: War Bowl Designer: mosleymeetswilcox URL: http://www.thorstenvanelten.com Category: Furniture and Housewares Price: $180 Lust Factor: Hot Description: The concept is simple and brilliant: melt a bunch of toys in a wok just enough that they form a bowl. The toy of choice is an army soldier. I had a number of these soldiers as a […]

Van Amburgh by Sam Johnson

Object: Van Amburgh Designer: Sam Johnson URL: http://www.thorstenvanelten.com Category: Furniture and Housewares Price: $80 Lust Factor: Warm Description: Here’s a couple of items from Thorsten van Elten… Van Amburgh is like a black diamond that you can sit on. The gray poly body is lightweight and stackable. I find it to be the perfect touch […]

Stripey by Simon Pengelly

Object: Stripey Designer: Simon Pengelly URL: http://www.modusfurniture.co.uk Category: Furniture and Housewares Price: $1,200 Lust Factor: Warm Description: God, I wish I had something special to say about this piece. I do love it, the way I love danish consoles from the 1960s. The piece just shouts to me: buy me so you have somewhere to […]