Fine Jewelry Goes To the Dogs – And Cats: Jari Limited

jari gemstone jewelry for pets

We know that nowadays people don’t seem to be sparing any expense when it comes to spoiling their furry friends. Jari Gemstone Jewelry for Pets by the UK’s Jari Limited  is no exception. Read more

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The Art of Art Appreciation: 53 Paintings Of People Looking At Paintings

Rainy Day People by Karin Jurick

Ever notice how many artists paint people admiring art? So that we observe the observer? There are quite a few, as you’ll soon see. So many that I felt it deserved investigation and I found that despite the commonality of the subject, there are vast and numerous differences. Read more

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2008 Bombay Sapphire Prize Gallery Of Over 30 Finalists

2008 Bombay Sapphire Prize Gallery Of Over 30 Finalists

It’s that time of year again.
The time when Bombay Sapphire announces the shortlisted finalists for their every growing Glass Competition, this year shown at The Milan Furniture fair. Read more

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Fabulous Fun For Fornasetti Fanatics: New Rugs, Wallpaper & More

fornasetti for the home

Chances are you are at least familiar with Fornasetti’s Julia plates (above). The numerous black and white (sometimes with gold) illustrated porcelain dishes that sport imagery of “Julia” (who is actually modeled after a woman named Lina Cavalieri), suns and moons and other Fornasetti themes. Read more

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Gulassa & Company – Industrial, Yet Elegant Furniture, Light Fixtures & More

Do you live in a loft? An arts and crafts bungalow? A japanese minimalist home or a modern cement abode? Want to find unusual furnishings, lights, custom hardware or fireplaces that have both an industrial but elegant feel? That combine organic materials with a stately style? Then you need to know Gulassa & Company Read more

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Post Apocolyptic Couture: Designer Gas Masks By Diddo


above: High Fashion Protection as interpreted by Diddo Velema.

Contrary to what other blogs and sites are saying, these were not made for Gucci, LV, etc, but instead as art pieces.

As described by the artist:
We are in a state of perpetual war – with ourselves and with the eco-system that sustains us. Perpetual war breeds perpetual fear. In the present context, this fear stems from our extreme desire for authenticity and manifests itself in our collectively insatiable culture of consumption.

Deep down, we are afraid we may never be satisfied. An expanding archive of branded myths and icons feeds this fear. Designer Gas Masks is an attempt to visualize this state of mind. Because it is only by first acknowledging and then challenging fear that we will all be able to breathe a little easier.

The masks are currently made for gallery purposes only.

Louis Vuitton Gas Mask:

Gucci Gas Mask:

Swarovski Crystal Gas Mask:

See the artist’s site here.

UPDATE:
Although slightly changed from their first showing, Diddo now sells art prints on high gloss Fuji Pro DP2 Pearl paper that measure 30”x30” (76×76 cm) of each of his fabulous haute couture masks:




Buy the art prints here.

I’m a big fan of Diddo’s work. be sure to his drool-worthy wetsuits here.

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Lladro Does It Again: New Re•Deco and Re-Cyclos Collections

new Lladro Re-Cylos and Re•Deco pieces

Last year, I wrote about how Lladro hipped up their previously grandma-like porcelain figures with the introduction of Bodo Sperlein’s Re-Cyclos Magical collection, a stunning nature inspired porcelain bisque collection from chandeliers to jewelry and wall hooks to votives. Read more

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Marcel Wanders For Holland Electro: WOW

Holland Electro (HE) invited dutch designer Marcel Wanders to create a line of home appliances for them. And boy did he ever!

With the following stunning and functional products, he outdid himself.

Theatre
A wooden side table in which a dvd and speakers are built into the left side and the subwoofer is hidden in the right side. And it comes with four beautifully decorated satellite speakers. 5.1 stereo sound.

Pandora
A small wooden side table in which a woofer is integrated. Accompanied with two wireless speakers, it generates 2.1 stereo sound for music on your laptop or mp3 player.

Egg
The beautifully designed wireless speakers that accompany the Pandora and Theatre

Domino Speaker System
Two beautiful and very thin speakers that can be used with a wireless transmitter (as in the case of the Mathilda and the Merlin) or standard audio cables.


The Mathilda and the Merlin
two antennas that magically send music to your speakers. Merlin has a USB connector and Mathilda has 3.5 plug that uses 3 AAA batteries. Both can be used with the Domino speaker system

The Carrie
A 1 gig USB flash drive

And lastly, the Wave TV. A microwave oven that integrates a TFT screen in the door so you can watch tv while cooking. It even has a built in DVD player!

The Crystal digital photo frame is a nice looking modern digital photo frame that is also part of the collection:

learn more about them here.
Download a pdf of all Marcel’s products for HE here.

Marcel Wanders Fan?
Then you must see these:

• Marcel Wanders’ Biscayne Bay, Miami Luxury Apartments
• Marcel Wanders’ Regal Christmas Designs For Bijenkorf
• Marcel Wanders Carpets and Tiles for Colorline

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Matryoshka Madness: Russian Nesting Dolls In Every Form

matryoshka madness1 IIHIH

I know, I know, you’ve seen the popular trend of these Russian Nesting Dolls on lots of blogs, but before you think you’ve seen them all, take a look. I defy you to find a larger collection than my own examples of Matryoshka Madness (especially since this post has been updated with Part 2!) Read more

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