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Design of the Day – Little People Project

Street Artist Slinkachu was born in Devon in 1979 and moved to the hustle and bustle of London in 2002 to pursue a career in commercial art and design. Then in 2006, the anonymous artist embarked on the first installment of his street art collection, the “Little People Project” in 2006, which has attracted attention worldwide.

Slinkachou uses miniature figurines of people and abandons them in various satirical situations on the streets of London, based around themes of anonymity, alienation and loneliness inspired by city-living. You can choose from a number of this artists though provoking imagery in the form of a poster, badge or model from The Andipa Gallery in London.

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Design of the Day – Wallpaper that will literally brighten you’re day

This Design of the Day will certainly make your ears prick up and eyes open wide! Here is a revolutionary design by Swedish Artist Camilla Diedrich, that will transform any wall in any home into a glowing feature piece! Her fiber-optic wallpaper collection, Nature Ray Charles, is simply mesmerising with its subdude lines and feminine flower motifs, which project out the light.

Diedrich was drawing on her computer one day and accidentally slipped, knocking her keyboard and changing the appearance of the drawing making it extremely light. She then associated this with how blind people might view the world and the musician Ray Charles popped into her head. His name was then adopted as the collection’s title.

The are 8 different colours of paper to choose from so a colour to suit every personality! However, I’m struggling to find an explanation for how the light is sourced, powered fitted within the paper, so if anyone had a clue please give me holla, I’m dying to know!

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Design of the Day – Polar bear rug speaks a thousand words

A team of designers have a taken one of the worlds most pressing environmental issues and created a piece which speaks louder than words. Designers Ricardo Casas, Alejandro Castro, Héctor Esrawe, Emiliano Godoy and Cecilia León de la Barra have produced a thought provoking rug, which contrasts it’s oft and pleasant texture with the prickly problem we have surrounding the rapid decline of the Polar bear and melting ice caps.

Ironically named ” Global Warming“, this statement piece is sure to make anyone stop and think whether its placed in a living room, waiting room or café. I’m very impressed with the rugs simple design and how it conveys this message with such impact.

I would definitely have one of these in my home as way of raising awareness of global warming.

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Design of the Day – Humpty Dumpty’s murderer is shelved!

Humpty Dumpty sat on the, wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall! We all know the famous children’s nursery rhyme about a poor egg that broke into a thousand pieces after falling from a wall. Well, leading artist Jim Rosenau, has used this ancient tale to create a “tongue-in cheek” bookshelf which reveals to the world a secret….

It seems Rosenau has inside knowledge of who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall and has used three individually and carefully sourced books to name the culprit! Not only that , he seems to have found the suspected weapon used by the murderer – AN EGG WHISK!

Acutely named “Who done it?”, the shelf consists of three black and red books which have taken Rosenau years to source and holds a whisk through the middle of the base. I’m just in complete and utter love with Rosenau’s creativity and use of 3-D haiku’s to convey cheeky messages to passers by.

Rosenau creates an array of other wonderful pieces of furniture from his California studio, This and That which are also made from books. It’s no surprise this artist has such a flair for words, as he was raised in a house containing over 5000 books – not short of inspiration then!

You can buy one of Jim Rosenau’s off-the-wall shelves for roughly £600 which isn’t bad for something which is deep in meaning and has taken years to form.

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Design of the Day – Forget tank-top and think chunky knit!

The cold nights and winter weather will soon be jumping on us out of the blue. Mini skirts and tank tops will be exchanged for knee high boots and chunky knits, which is everyones favourite winter warmer. Well this Design of the Day will certainly make you want to gear up the fire and get ready for Mr Frost.

Phat Knits is a collection by Netherlands Designer, Bauke Knottnerus, who creates oversized knitted pieces for interiors using large threads. This piece looks like something a giant Grandma has knitted and would be a perfect snuggle rug for any room.

The collection is currently on display at the Mode Museum in Belgium  until 14th August 2011 for your perusal and is sure to take the winter worries away.

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The UK’s first degrees in Retail, Outdoor and Heritage Design start on Monday!

As August is literally on our doorstep and the British summer practically slipping through our mitts, it can all get a bit doom and gloom. But for us design enthusiasts, there’s something great to look forward to! Look over the hill and into next Monday you’ll find three new interior design courses, Retail, Heritage and Outdoor Living,  the first of their kind in the UK.  The National Design Academy in Nottingham will launch these sparkling new courses next week that will give students the chance to study a specialist area of interior design.

Retail design is becoming huge business with companies wanting their shop interiors to be more cutting edge than the competition. Window displays need to be bigger, brighter and bolder than the last to attract every last fashionista!

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Design of the Day – when Design and Street Art meet

Designer and co-founder of design studio Yellow Diva, David Whalley collaborated with Australian street artist Phibs to create this funky vinyl chair which was exhibited at the 2008 Fringe Furniture Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

Whalley based the design on the human body and Phibs graffiti represents Polynesian tattoo’s that was achieved with automotive spray die that soaked into the vinyl upholstery.My eye is instantly attracted to the colourful swirls which bring the chair and the smooth curves which look incredibly comfortable.

I also love the fact that is you look at the piece from the side it resembles a fish shape – not sure if that’s on purpose though!

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Design of the Day – Sat on a thousand balloons

This psychedelic chair created by Israeli industrial artist Pini Leibovich will brighten the darkest of rooms and is intended to created happiness and positivity. A piece of  “Happy Material” collection,  it’s made entirely of balloons – I wonder if it’s bouncy! This super cool chair is a tribute to surrealism and furniture-as-art and is featured in the New olds: design between tradition and innovation exhibition at Israel’s Design Museum Holon last month.

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Deaf Texan artists’ first UK exhibition at the Surface Gallery

Earlier this week I visited the über cool Surface Gallery in Nottingham to see the grand opening of their 2010 Surface Open Show winner’s exhibition. Texas based artist Janet Morrow has been preparing her three week solo exhibition for nearly a year after scooping the prize and is her first in the UK.

A Community of Non-normative Beings” is a body of work examining themes of deafness, disability and otherness and what it means to occupy a non-normative body in a culture where normality is narrowly defined. Striking shimmering sculptures of polythene plastic, polyester organza, ink, rope, helium and concrete among other materials, dramatically occupy the space. Continue reading

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Freelance textile designer Laura Olivia is making waves with her striking prints!

Laura Olivia, never dreamt that one day she’d be supplying her designs to manufacturers all over the world, as well as being selected by Jethro Macey for this years New Designers “One Year On” event in London.

Her colourful designs started off as watercolours, sketches and photographic images inspired by nature. Laura combines digital technology and embroidery to create bright, colourful designs, perfect to lift any mood. In an interview with The Design Hub, Laura talks about her journey from being a textile design student to now owning her own brand and how other people can go about starting their own business. Continue reading

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