Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Day of Blogging Silence for Baby Cohen

Thinking of, and praying for, Megan and Brent who are holding the memorial service for their precious baby boy Cohen today.

For those unfamiliar with this sweet boy's story, visit Megan's blog here. For those who wish to participate in the moment of silence and want to know more info, go here.

Drink Dispensers

I'm loving large beverage dispensers with spigots! Perfect for larger gatherings! Here's a few pretty pieces that caught my eye....

Available here from Viva Terra

Available here at Fresh Finds

Available here from Amazon

Available here at Chefs

Available here at Pottery Barn

Available here from Classic Hostess

Available here from Pottery Barn

Available here from Z-Gallerie.

Beautiful Interior Design Collection Designed by Kube

Kube is a playful interior design set with a unique personality. Colorful and fresh, this furniture collection can completely turn around the way a room looks. It is very dynamic which is good enough to inspire the people who are around it to be the same. Designed by ZeroTreArchitetti for Linea Italia, Kube is a modular set which can be arranged in a variety of ways. One can choose to place the similar colors together for a “tidy” feel, or mix them up real good for a joyful and color-messy interior. There is no way you can go wrong arranging these furniture pieces, that’s for sure. The set also comes with a few pillows, perfectly adapted to the collection.

Beautiful Interior Design Collection
Beautiful Interior Design Collection
Beautiful Interior Design Collection
Beautiful Interior Design Collection

The Beauty Of Booze: Alcohol Molecules As Art

above: Tequila, as seen when magnified 1000 times

Magnified up to 1000 times under a high tech laboratory microscope, images of various alcohol, mixed drinks and plain beverages like Cola and iced tea are sold as customizable fine art and prints by American company BevShots.

The images are made by first crystallizing the drink of choice on a lab slide. Using a standard light microscope with a camera attached, the light source is polarized and passed through the crystal. This creates the magnificent colors and patterns you see in the following images.

Below are some examples of the macro photos of alcohol molecules from some common liquors and mixed drinks.






American Amber Ale:


Mixed Drinks
Dry Martini:

Pina Colada:

Rum and Coke:

Black and Tan:

Mint Julep:

Bloody Mary:

White Russian:

The pictures were taken in Florida State University's chemistry department and are are licensed from Florida State University and Michael Davison, the research scientist, who, in 1992 discovered photographic microscopy.

above left: Michael Davidson, right; Lester Hutt

The man who keeps the party going is Lester Hutt, president of BevShots MicroArt, LLC. BevShots is the perfect blend of Hutt’s business and science background. While working on his graduate degree in chemistry from UC Berkeley, Hutt worked on NASA’s Mars probes searching for evidence of past life on the red planet. Apple, Inc. then called on him to be a part of history as they released their revolutionary new product, the iPod.

You can purchase the above images and more in various sizes starting at $19.99.

Shop for them here.

all images courtesy of BevShots.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Carousel Clock & New Animal Jewelry from Hao Shi Design

Known mostly for their whimsical jewelry lines of rings and necklaces which pair sterling silver with white 3D animals, hao shi design studio of Taiwan has just come out with a moving tabletop clock shaped like a carousel, The Merry Go Round X Clock, and new double rings, the Crocodile 2X ring and the Hippo 2X ring.

The jewelry.

Their newest additions are these Animal rings that fit over two fingers:

shop their ring collections here.


shop for their necklaces here.

The Merry-Go-Round Clock

As described by hoa shi design:
The Merry Go Round clock connects time and memory by Merry-Go-Round. “Happiness” is the immediate feeling; however, “the memory of happiness” will extend to the infinity as time goes by. We therefore insert the element of time in this carousel.

A boy's vigorous movement is the second hand. The minute hand symbolizes a mother, who company with her child continually.

above: the numbers on the pillars represent the time.

The hour hand is like a father who steadily guards his family. The close relationships and interactions between them convert into the flow of time.

price $140.00, buy the clock here.

all of the above items can be purchased at the haoshi online store here.

Amazing Tansu Shoe For Onitsuka Tiger Wins Gold At Cannes

International creative agency, Amsterdam Worldwide has won a Gold Design Lion at the 2010 Cannes Lions Festival for their hand-crafted tansu shoe created for yet another one of their fabulous campaigns and collateral work for Onitsuka Tiger.

Honoured for its innovation and creativity, the Tansu shoe is the centerpiece of the 2010 brand campaign for Onitsuka Tiger.

The one and a half meter long Tansu-inspired wooden sneaker is a totem to classic Japanese design, and was hand-carved in a traditional 9th generation Tansu workshop.

Taking cues from ‘puzzle box’ cabinets created for the Samurai, it took a team of expert Japanese craftsmen over four months to craft the model using traditional methods.

The Tansu shoe comprises many authentic features, including a number of secret compartments which intrigued and engaged consumers in retail environments worldwide.

Below are screen grabs of the shoe's interactivity as it appears on the Onitsuka Tiger website:

Richard Gorodecky, Amsterdam Worldwide’s executive creative director said: “In a world increasingly dominated by the virtual, it’s great to see that something hand crafted and ‘real’ has won such a prestigious award.

This is the fourth in the award winning series of larger than life sculptures created from the agencies 'Made of Japan' strategy. Their campaign for Onitsuka Tiger won a Cannes Cyber Lion in 2007 and in 2008 the Electric Tiger Land campaign was a Cannes Titanium finalist.

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