Saturday, March 31, 2007

CA Boom Design Show 4 is This Weekend + An Architectural Tour Through Venice

Well, this weekend is CA Boom Design Show 4 here in Santa Monica. The kick off party was last night and thanks to Jean Aw of NOTCOT you can feel as though you were walking through the show and get a look at some of the items being showcased this year in the Barker Hangar via her gallery of photos. You can view them by clicking here.

Today's walking architectural tour (One of the coolest things about the CA Boom show are the architectural tours) is in Venice, CA. For those of you who aren't able to make it, here's a few pics of the five homes they will be seeing today:

Sharkey Residence
by du Architects
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AK Live Work
by Sant Architects
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One window house
by Touraine Richmond Architects
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chroma color house
by translation of space
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by XTEN Architecture
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Now you kind of feel like you are there!
If you can't get to the show this weekend, check out CA Boom's site for all the cool things you've missed.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Fun New Finds From David Weeks

For those of you who miss Butter NY (I know I do) it's good to know that David Weeks Studio is still going strong. An extremely talented designer best known for his interiors and lighting in retail, restaurant and retail applications, he has come out with a few new super fun products for 2007.

Above: David Weeks in his Brooklyn studio

David Weeks does it again. And again.
First fun new release, coming next month (April) are these 3 fun and funky silicone resin Gorilla ashtrays!
Now with a Robot theme and a Skull theme as well.

Spring 07A new edition of the Gorilla ashtray will be in stores starting in April.
Produced by Areaware, the silicone ashtrays will be offered in three versions, to suit the domestic requirements of goths, geeks, and primate lovers.

Above: Close-up of one of David Weeks' new silicone ashtrays, the Robzilla

above: The Skullrilla ashtray

Now in pink

In addition to those, he has designed these three new votives for Kikkerland (see below):

Where can you get them?
the candles will be available for sale at the gift shop of the Santa Monica Museum of Art in May.

And, as a dog lover, I couldn't very well forget to introduce you to Shiner Stout-Weeks, David's hound labrador mix:

Product Pick Of The Week:The Erosion Sink by Gore Design Co.

Gore Design Company's Erosion Sink combines the best of nature, design and functionality. And clearly, I am not the only one who thinks so. Recipient of positive press and even awards, this sink is a winner for both your home and the environment.

+ Gore Design Co. was awarded the Organic Design Award, presented by organicarchitect in recognition of their Erosion Sink which “embodies the organic spirit by being both innovative and environmentally friendly”.

+ The Signature Erosion Sink is featured in the February 2007 edition of Dwell Magazine on page 50 in the “In the Modern World” section.

Gore Design Co. was founded in early 2004 by Brandon Gore as an answer to the lack of eco-friendly countertop options in the residential and commercial market. From the very beginning, the focus was to create an environmentally responsible alternative to other products, such as granite and Corian, while simultaneously demonstrating environmental leadership. No small feat.

Holding true to these core beliefs, Gore Design Co. continues to be the leader in eco-friendly concrete design and creation. From utilizing industrial byproducts such as fly-ash, to incorporating reclaimed materials, using heavy metal free pigments and voc-free sealers, Gore Design Co. continues to set the bench mark of sustainable design excellence.

We are proud of our eco-friendly concrete products. We call our proprietary concrete blend of high quality ingredients and recycled aggregates “Recycrete™”.Our eco-friendly concrete products include exceptional concrete countertops, sinks, fireplace surrounds and hearths, kitchen islands, furniture and art. In the area of metal fabrication we can create unique gates, artistic doors, and exquisite furniture and art. Our environmentally responsible custom cabinetry is composed of “green” materials, such as Plyboo and formaldehyde-free products. Each piece is handcrafted by skilled artisans in our Tempe studio.

For more information on this fabulous sink and other Gore Design products, click here.

Gore Design Co., LLC
2111 S. Industrial Park Ave., Suite 115
Tempe, Arizona 85282
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