Posts Tagged 'design'

Red and Green and NOT Christmasy!

Hello my dear blog! Im sorry I was gone for so long…I promise I’ll never do that again (at least until the next vacation). So I returned earlier this week from Japan but unfortunately my brain was a few days behind so Im just now getting to somewhat coherent status. I brought home with me some awesome goodies and videos of all sorts of domestic wonderfulness from the Land of the Rising Sun so look forward to a blogfest next week. But to hold you over until then I wanted to share this amazing living room I stumbled upon on Apartment Therapy today.

Elizabeth’s Apple of Her Eye

This room caught my attention because I never in my life imagined having a green and red color scheme for a room unless it was Christmas time at my mom’s house. Yet, Elizabeth from South Carolina created this fabulous and chic room in a color scheme she calls “Apples and Sky.” It began when she fell in love with a green couch at a store and from there worked to tie it in with the rest of her red furniture. Her room really inspires me to think of unconventional color schemes and how they can create a unique and hip room.

Elizabeth’s room is entered in Apartment Therapy’s annual Room for Color 2009 so be sure to vote for hers or any of the other amazing entries!

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Book alert!

While browsing the craft section of my local Borders at lunch today I came across the most awesome of books

Fashion Geek: Clothes Accessories Tech

Ah, a perfect marriage of technology and DIY fashion. I flipped through the book and was blown away by the projects, everything from a digital locket to a flower USB necklace to a hoodie with headphones. All easy enough for someone with basic sewing skills and soldering iron. I was even more excited when I realized that the book was written by one of my favorite Project Runway contestants Diana Eng from Season 2! I loved her geometric patterns and how she really thought about taking clothes to the next level and incorporating technology into fashion. Unfortunately she was booted off far too early (I think that maybe just the time constraints of the show didnt allow her genius to shine) because I wouldve loved to have seen her final show in Fashion Week.


This is one of the designs in the book, it uses magnets to activate lights in the buttons! How cute!

The book is on sale now for about $20 at Borders and I highly suggest picking it up if you want some fun cute projects to try out. If youd like a sneak sample project head over to etsy as they feature Diana and the instructions for one of her projects in this weeks How Tuesday!

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Tetris Pots

I think its apparent by now that we here at Domestic Geek LOVE Tetris. See Exhibits A, B, C and D. Well now we have another item to add to our growing list of awesomely geeky domestic products.

Tetris Pots

25 year old French artist Stephanie Choplin is an Industrial Design student working on her Master’s degree. Her work is clean and practical with a modern twist. Unfortunately it doesnt look like any of it is for sale as of yet, but hopefully Ms Choplin’s beautiful creations will be gracing store shelves sooner than later. Be sure to check out all of her work on her website.

[link via Current]

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Dream-Scape Design Spaces

Earlier today my good friend SuperJenn forwarded me the most amazing link to 3 dreamworld design spaces. So take the red pill and follow me down the rabbit hole…

Dream-Scape Design Spaces

Amsterdam design house Tjep. (the period is part of their name) specializes in both product furniture, interior design and everything in between. Their style is a mixture of childlike fantasy and modern minimalism. The above photos are from a Rotterdamn sofa shop called VilaSofa and they wanted to combine the warehouse look with a mixture of fanciful comfort classic designs. I love that it feels warm and inviting due to the childlike elements of the slide and picnic table all while looking very adult and chic.

This next design was done for a restaurant and yet again its focus was to create an environment that would be welcoming to both adults and children.

The trick was to make stylish furniture for the adults that the children can play with, for example bus tables, tunnel benches, play tables and movie houses. Don’t miss the play area to the left in the picture above.

Pop colors in a playful space! What more could you ask for?! The restaurant is called Praq located in Amersfoot. As a color geek I just have to say I love the use of orange and pink, it can be an overwhelming combo but when done correctly as it is here, it is chic and design forward.

Next up is a school…a school! I want to go to this school! Its a ROC professional training school in Apeldoorn and if I went to this school I would never ditch class…ok maybe I would but just to hang out in these awesome areas.

This is a conference room for the Economics department and the look is so industrial and yet airy that it creates such an intriguing atmosphere. For such a playful space it still feels charged with energy, power and creativity.

This is what I think everyone would agree is the most amazing space of all…ok maybe its not the most intriguing design but surely we would all love this in our home. A foosball table with bleachers for fans to cheer their favorite team on. Simple and fun, whats not to love?

[link via Enbironmental Graffiti]

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Next-gen shelves

I was trolling Apartment Therapy today and came across a really interesting article on future shelving.

Aside from some interesting shapes theres really no way to upgrade or improve on shelves…or so I thought. Sung-Pil Hwang from the Nothing Design Group has created these prototypes which would plug into light sockets and not only emanate light but charge your different portable devices.

I think this is such a great design concept, they are not only chic in appearance but they are also very practical and functional. My boyfriend and I have a plethora of portable devices from gaming systems to ipods and they are always scattered about the house charging on various plugs. This shelf would be great to not only clean up that mess but provide storage for magazine, books, plants, etc all while looking very hip. Hopefully they will perfect this concept and get these on the market asap!

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Tetris kitchen

Ive written about Tetris home geekery before (here and here) but I think Ive finally found the ultimate in Tetris domestic goodness. Behold….

Tetris Kitchen

Maybe this has been posted around the net before so pardon me if this is a late pass..but its new to me! Besides, something this awesome needs reposting. Inspired by the classic shapes of Tetris and the need for efficient clean space, designer June He created this geometric masterpiece. The kitchen is basically transformed into a jewelry box in which all the pieces pull out into place and hide away so it looks like a sleek tile wall when not in use.

The tiles could also be changed color wise to reflect whatever scheme you would like. I for one and such a fan of this because living in an urban area like San Francisco, space becomes a luxury…yet at the same time I am unwilling to give up a large kitchen in order to obtain more living room space. This design allows for both kitchen space and open room all with an effortlessly cool and minimalist appeal. Unfortunately this design is still in prototype, but when I hit the lottery and built my dream flat, you can bet my kitchen will look like this.

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Things I like but will never be able to buy

I was trolling around Generate Design pining and drooling over their home decor products so I thought I would share some of the most ridiculously awesome and ridiculously expensive products.

Ghost Tree Coat Rack

This is one of the most organic subtlety beautiful coat racks Ive ever seen. Its also has one of the most ridiculous price tags Ive ever seen at $1,999.00! I think I’ll save my money and chop down a birch tree instead.

Easy Chair

Remember those awesome stacking chairs we all use as school children? Yeah those were uncomfortable but totally sweet. Now imagine them in a rainbow of awesome colors….and priced at $549.00 each. I’ll stick to my fond memories thank you.

Index Chopping Board

Not only is this a chic and gorgeous design, but its incredibly practical and good sanitation! Chopping boards can easily soak up juices especially raw meat juice and no matter how much you wash you often can’t fully remove it. This product puts an end to nasty juice cross contamination…but for a hefty price of $79.00.

Tab A/B

I dont even smoke and I want this! Hell I’ll let my smoker friends smoke in my house just because this is the most gorgeous ash tray Ive ever seen! But design comes with a price….this one happens to be $89.00.

LTB Illuminated Sink

I’ve always wanted to rave in my bathroom….but I’ll have to stick with dumping glowsticks down the sink since Im not ready to drop $249.00 to rave on.

Play Table

This coffee table is basically one big slide puzzle with the empty space revealing one of 6 storage areas. Awesome in so many ways…but I wont be storing any money in this thing since it retails at $7,599.00.

I could go on for hours about the gorgeous ridiculously expensive things that I will never purchase from this site…but I have work to do and presents to wrap!

Graphic wrapping paper

I realized earlier today that I needed to wrap Cesar’s birthday present which I have been hiding in my office before I take it home (trying very hard to keep it a secret!). I had looked at wrapping paper at the store the other day and didn’t really see anything I liked. Everything was either too Christmasy or just too cheesy so I decided to go for an oldie but goodie….news paper recycling! Yeah this isnt nothing new of course, we’ve all wrapped presents in the comic section, but I decided to go for something a bit funkier.

I grabbed a copy of SF Weekly that was lying around the office and flipped through it. The nice thing is that most papers now have full page color ads which can make for some pretty awesome patterns. I found an amazing full page H&M ad and decided to use it for the front of the package. This is the result (please pardon the shitty camera phone quality pictures).


I personally think it came out pretty awesome and much more exciting than neon balloons. The key is to pay attention to how you place the paper on the package. Focus on the front first but also make sure the back is engaging. I like the way the text, strip club ad (hehe couldnt resist throwing that one on there) and runoff from the H&M ad make a nifty geometric pattern. As a designer I love using text as pattern and textures, so remember that you dont have to have a picture to make an interesting image.

Im thinking of wrapping all my Christmas presents this year in newspaper wrapping paper, I think its a lot more creative than regular wrapping paper and of course eco-friendly and economical (bonus!). Plus with the holidays that means there will be tons of full sized holiday ads being printed so I should have no shortage of interesting material. I really want to play with making bows out of the newspaper as well….I’ll have to get back to you on that one after some experimentation ;)

Wardrobe of Suitcases

The Dutch have done it again! The graduate show at Dutch design school, Design Academy Eindhoven, is showing Maarten De Ceulaer’s A Pile of Suitcases as part of Dutch Design Week.

“While the project seems simple enough—a wardrobe made from a grouping of suitcases—it evinces de Ceulaer’s peculiar philosophy of combining the poetic with the practical: “I try to base my designs on a strong, simple and pure concept… to question what I see around me, and translate that in an object. I think poetry, humour and communication of ideas are very important aspects of my designs, but at the same time I want to make useful and functional objects with that way of thinking.” A Pile of Suitcases wardrobe comes with “well-measured compartments” and “steel profiles [that] keep the pile firmly together.” In its construction, the piece responds to the very real needs of its user.”

Sign me up for one! I always love when furniture looks like one thing but is in fact another. Plus the retro feel of the suitcases is just too awesome.

[link via Boing Boing]

80s Nostalgic Furniture

When I was growing up one of my favorite candies was those little button candies.

They all taste the same….sugar…and when you ate them you always got little bits of paper in your mouth too. I was a weird kid.

Anywho the design wizards at Jellio have made a bench that looks like a strip of those deliciously papery button candies. Behold, the Button Bench!


The buttons are rubber and squish down when you sit on them then pop back up after you stand up. The price to own this colorful piece of nostalgia? $1,400….just a wee bit more that the $1 it costs for a bunch of sheets of button candies.

Heres a few more awesome 80s nostalgia pieces from Jellio.

Rubiks Cube Table

Barrel of Monkeys Mirror

ViewMaster Mirror

The mirror contains slots to put your own pictures in!

Gumball Clock


Made from actual gumball and capsule vending machines they tell time AND dispense treats!

LiteBrite Table

Light table with removable pegs so you can rearrange into any design! Get awesome time!

Slider Wall Art


This was always one of my favorite toys as a kid…I think its because my optometrist always gave me one of these after my appointments when I was a child and I would play with it on the car ride home. Hell I still play the digital version on my computer all the time! Now I can get a giant one on my wall! Bonus, they do customized ones!


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