Incredible Trampled Snow Art by Simon Beck | Bored Panda

27 12 2012

Bored Panda do it again! Great find on their excellent design blog. British engineer Simon Beck now spends his winters in Les Arcs, in France. There, he gets his exercise by donning snow shoes and treading out geometric designs he’s created on his computer.

I love this kind of because I can stuff. It’s inherently temporary, in that snow melts and can be covered over, or skied through. But it is such a commitment of time and energy… all an expression of internal drive and, I suppose, love of what you’re trying to achieve. When it’s done, if it ever truly is, then it has a limited time to be appreciated before it gets altered by the wind, or more snow, or other people.

There’s something intensely human about setting out on such a grand task with no real guarantee of success or lasting result. A little like love itself.

Incredible Trampled Snow Art by Simon Beck | Bored Panda.





Tea-time – Tea Steeper Design by Pengtao Yu » Yanko Design

5 12 2012

I like this idea. A solution for a couple of common tea issues. How to avoid your tea getting over-stewed and how to make a single cup with loose leaves without the hassle of making a full pot.

Tea-time – Tea Steeper Design by Pengtao Yu » Yanko Design.





10 Notable Staircases – Mental Floss

28 11 2012

“Miss Cellania’s Files” – I loved the title of this post.

10 Notable Staircases – Mental Floss.





I do love clever design!

10 11 2012

Check out these clever (and occasionally useful) gadgets!

Gadgetsnu 25 Simple Yet Awesome Gadgets and Accessories.

Wooden iPhone case

Book couch

On the edge goldfish bowl





Dirt Poster « Whitezine | Design Graphic & Photography Inspirations

25 10 2012

The future belongs to the few of us…

Dirt Poster « Whitezine | Design Graphic & Photography Inspirations.





Cool or naff?

16 10 2012

There’s a fine line between being cool, innovative and original… and just being, well… lame!

Think of snuggies, for example. So I came across Suck UK. I have to be honest and admit that there are indeed some items in the Christmas cracker/dollar store region of the naff-o-meter. But some of the other stuff is downright inspired.

For example “The Flower Grenade”. What a concept! Pre-loaded with seeds and growing medium. In a natural clay “grenade”. What a great way to have fun planting wild flowers… or breaking your neighbour’s window.

Every product from SUCK UK

My favourite of course was in pursuit of the perfect tone of tea…

Every product from SUCK UK

Every product from SUCK UK

Every product from SUCK UK.





How many invisible books do you own?

15 10 2012

Need an invisible bookshelf for your invisible books?

Check out boredpanda.com

33 Creative Bookshelf Designs | Bored Panda.





Fallingwater

10 03 2012

Bushwacking through the internet undergrowth when I came across THIS. Probably Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous design. In PA I think…

(No idea why there are THREE l’s on the original posting!)

Polarfox

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Imagine that!

16 02 2012

I like clever things. Especially if they’re curvy too!

So there I was reading ThoughtsOnTheatre when I saw this amazing digitally enhanced image:

ThoughtsOnTheatre: Taking Control of Your Own Path

ThoughtsOnTheatre: Taking Control of Your Own Path

Finding myself a bit curious (no comments thank-you), I tracked it down to possibly my new favourite website: dornob! With a tagline of “design ideas daily”, it’s a visual feast of all things creative. Some of the items are amazing images in themselves, such as the grassy flip-flops:

dornob: Grass Sandals? Front-Yard Flip Flops Take Gardens to Go

dornob: Grass Sandals? Front-Yard Flip Flops Take Gardens to Go

Then there’s the slightly more macabre heart-shaped water/wine carafes:

dornob: Heart-Shaped Carafe & Decanter Set is Somewhat Creepy

dornob: Heart-Shaped Carafe & Decanter Set is Somewhat Creepy

When it comes to sensuous curves though, you’d be hard pushed to beat this gorgeous sink design:

dornob: Complex Curves: Beautifully Smooth Basin Designs

dornob: Complex Curves: Beautifully Smooth Basin Designs

But I think you’d have to go a long way to beat this bathroom sink for just plain oddity:

dornob:  Bathroom Waterfall Wall Sinks Show Off Daily Use & Flow

dornob: Bathroom Waterfall Wall Sinks Show Off Daily Use & Flow

The design is intended to emphasise the water usage and theoretically reduce waste.

Probably not a great choice for families with young boys though.

Just sayin’…





Snakes on a plane (unless you roll it up)

5 02 2012

So every now and then, I tell myself I’ll sort out “some of those boxes we never go in”. Rarely a profitable enterprise. Take my advice… don’t bother, if you find yourself in the same situation.

Not uninteresting, mind you – just not a lot to show for the effort. All kinds of fascinating mementos hide away in various rubbermaids in dusty crevices of the laundry. On this particular occasion I came across a box of postcards. Some posted to us, some added to “the collection” by friends, and many bought at places we visited, as better photos than we’d ever take! One of the latter was bought at The City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham. It’s of a William Morris print, called Snakeshead, and created in c. 1876. It was designed for printed cotton fabric.

Wikipedia: Snakehead (printed cotton) c. 1876

Wikipedia: Snakeshead (printed cotton) c. 1876

If Wikipedia doesn’t sate you, try The Victorian Web instead.