How cute is this glass water bottle from the Austin shop, Spartan?! It is perfect to keep beside the bed for when you wake up in the middle of the night dying of thirst. I must get one for my new, super chic, apartment- that i must find in the next two weeks.
The logo for the London tube is a true design icon. Designed by Edward Johnston in 1918, the logo has remained relatively unaltered for nearly a century. Since then, cities around the world have developed underground, or in some cases above ground, modes of high-speed, mass transportation. With each city, comes a different logo, although many incorporate "M" into them because "Metro" is the most common term for the underground transportation throughout the world. Metrobits has a great overview of some of the different logos and what they represent.
Besides a handful of sports, I'm not that interested in the Olympic Games, except of course the design the comes out of them. I've already covered the logos, and what do you do with logos? Make posters! In June a new book, A Century of Olympic Posters was published which chronicles the evolution of the historically significant posters over the past 100 years. But you don't have to buy the book to see some of them, check out the collection that Abduzeedohas compiled.
Ok I know this is the third post in a row on plumbing, and I promise to post about other things after this, but this whirlpool tub is amazing. Teuco's Sorgente Bathtub truly breaks the mold, seamlessly integrating into its environment. The Sorgente also utilizes Teuco's revolutionary Hydrosilence- which results in a soothing, relaxing environment with the sounds of lapping water, rather than the sounds of whirlpool jets. The Sorgente is available in a wide range of finishes ranging from woods to stones and can be covered with the same material, allowing it to blend seamlessly into almost any environment.
The AQHayon Bathtub by Jaime Hayon is the perfect tub. It has an elegantly simple look, as well as a place to put that glass of wine, book, fruit, and anything else you may want within reach while soaking. The tub starts at $8,789 for the tub and legs with accessories such as a side ashtray costing extra. The tub is available via Generate.
How great is this sink? Drying racks in the kitchen have always posed a slight problem because for the most part they are just plain ugly. Often, the more aesthetically pleasing ones are very simple and lack a drainage solution. The Decosink by Finnish designer Tiina Hakala provides a beautiful solution with twig like design that funnels water back into the sink.
No one would ever call me technologically inclined, and I'm definitely not one to post about computer accessories, but I just couldn't help this one. Lately, my little Apple Powerbook has been feeling a little overwhelmed and I've been thinking about getting an external hard drive to serve as its "assistant." I really don't know much about specs or anything and haven't really pursued it much, but then today I stumbled across Samsung's new "Costume" external hard drive by Joongoo Lee. I think it was fate.
The ultra small external hard drive was inspired by a woman's makeup compact and measures just 2.5". I don't know any of the other specifics about it (like I said, I don't really "do" technology) but I want this. Now.
In 2004 Daniel Libeskind won the commission to design 106 acres of old fairgrounds in the heart of Madrid. The project, Fiera Milano, will be centered around a park and will feature residential, office and retail as well as a contemporary art museum.
According to Libeskind's website, the project will breathe new life into the veins of Milan and "create a new paradigm for new and emerging lifestyles, recreation and wellness."
The mixed use project is truly unique as it was designed unlike any other urban design in the world. Fiera Milano reexamines the physical environments that residents live and work in, while deliberately constructing stunning views and vistas, as well as "exciting pedestrian experiences."
Due to Fiera Milano's scope and enormity, Libeskind has collaborated with Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Pier Paolo Maggiora on the project. The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.
Bryan Berg created an "architectural model" of the Beijing Summer 2008 Olympic Village entirely out of playing cards. The card village features the "Birds Nest" stadium and Beijing TV Tower. The village took 160 hours to construct.
The contoured shape of the classic Coke bottle is considered somewhat of an American design icon. The bottle, originally designed to distinguish itself from other bottles, is one of few package designs granted a patent by the U.S. Patent office.
Originally created nearly 92 years ago, the iconic contour was ever present whether the bottle was plastic or glass, as well as in varying sizes. The 2 liter size, however, had always been the standard 2 liter packaging all 2 liter beverages came in and did feature a contoured bottle.
Until now. This summer The Coca-Cola Company announced that Chattanooga, TN and Birmingham, Al had been chosen (due to the cities' Coke loyalty) to serve as the testing grounds for a pilot program which featured a new 2 liter contoured bottle.
The new bottle was overwhelmingly preferred during consumer testing, as both aesthetically more pleasing, as well as for its functionality- its easier to hold and pour. I think its great because it makes the brand more consistent as well.
Wondering what to do with the old rotary style phones lying around? Here's a thought, create an art exhibit. These are sheep constructed out of rotary phones - the entire phone is used for the head, the bodies are the phone cords, and the hooves are the handsets.
Introducing MyCar by NICE. The new electric car, designed by Giugiaro of Italdesign, features alloy wheels, remote locking, electric windows, a radio/mp3 player and is available in seven colors.
The "car" can travel as fast as 40 mph and will run for about 40 miles before needing to re-charge for 6-8 hours. Drivers can opt for a "work 'n play" option which has a passenger seat that folds forward to allow for a laptop dock, because that's safe to use while driving.
With gas prices rising, it is important that we reduce our reliance on gas and large cars, but at some point doesn't a car this small become a safety liability for the drive?
Packing light is simply not in my vocabulary. I accepted long ago that I would always have to pay the fee for my bags weighing more than 50 lbs on airlines. Now that you have to pay for a second bag life is really going to be expensive. However, the new Oceano Travel Trunk by Poltrona Frau would allow me to pack all that I wanted AND stay super organized. Just check out all the different compartments and drawers for accessories! Okay, it might be a little expensive to fly with, but perhaps when I go on my Mediterranean cruise I have planned in my head. Inspired by the travel trunks that people used to take on cruises long ago, the trunk is made of multilayer birch and coated with textured, non-scratch paint. Perhaps jetBlue should hand these out to help launch their "jetting" lifestyle?
Vintage is in and everything that's old is new again and home appliances are no different. Smeg has developed this 1950s style refrigerator that recalls a much simpler time; a time before your refrigerator could tell you the weather and what products you were out of.
The Smeg Refrigerator comes in 10 different colors (pink, red, blue, pastel blue, silver, lime green, pastel green, orange and black) to suit your color palette and features an antibacterial interior (I wasn't aware there was another option) as well as lighting and a freezer compartment. There are also
a variety of shelving and drawer features.
There are also egg trays and ice trays. Plus, you can get the door hinges on either the left or the right side, depending on your dexterity.
However, I'm not so sure about the fact that the freezer compartment doesn't have a separate door? I'm not technologically savvy enough to know how that works though...
I'm not normally a yellow and black person - it comes off a little too bumble bee-ish for me. That being said, this room is incredibly chic and crisp, while still maintaining an inviting atmosphere, and definitely does not remind me of bumble bees.
pink firefly bites is about the sparks of creativity that brighten my world. it's what i enjoy, what makes me mad, and what makes me think; it's everything from design to pr, with slices of travel in between, and a smidge of pop culture sprinkled on top.